Photos from Fall 2017

Check out the Brothers enjoying the Fall Semester both at the house and with THON child AJ Bobby.

If any alumni are up for a football game (or any reason), please stop by the chapter house - we'd love to see you!

2018 THON Canning - Last Trip Ever! (Photos)

On Sept. 24, 2017 all of Penn State made their last canning trips ever for THON (read Daily Collegian story about canceling canning trips). With that in mind the Omega Brothers hit the road with members of Sigma Alpha Sorority to raise money FOR THE KIDS!

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Now Accepting Nominations for the Theta Chi Alumni Association Board of Directors


I am pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the Alumni Board of Theta Chi of Penn State. If you continue to value the experience that Omega chapter has provided for you and for others for more than 90 years, consider nominating yourself or another brother to serve a two-year term on the Alumni Board of Directors. 

The alumni board serves the alumni brotherhood and undergraduates in a variety of ways. We coordinate alumni communications, plan annual events and reunions, manage the chapter property, provide short-term and long-term financial planning, and help to advise and support the active chapter. Engaged alumni volunteers are essential to a well-run fraternity.

As many of you may already know, Greek Life at Penn State has undergone significant changes over the past year due to the horrific incident at Beta Theta Pi. With these sweeping changes come a whole new set of challenges for our chapter and the way we operate. Our brotherhood will be in greater need of collaboration and strong leadership to help us prevail and thrive through these new challenges.=

Serving on the board is a great opportunity to meet and get to know brothers from different eras, to be invited to Theta Chi leadership and networking conferences both regionally and nationally, and to stay in touch with the undergraduate chapter and membership.  

Some of you may feel that you don't have the required experience or expertise to serve on the board. We urge you to toss that thought aside and volunteer if you have passion for your chapter as many of our alumni do. What's most important is that you are willing to invest a bit of your time and energy in support of the chapter and the experience that we aim to provide. By bringing together brothers with a variety of skill sets and a willing spirit, we can continue to offer a helping hand to our members for many years to come.

Please consider nominating yourself or another brother to serve in this essential role. Nominations can be submitted to me via email at and will be accepted through October 11th. If nominating another brother, please include their current phone number or email so that they may accept their nomination.  Thank you for your time.

Theta Chi for Life,

Kevin Trippel '14

2017 Theta Chi Open Results

2017 Theta Chi Open Participants - left to right - Bob Losinger, Ed Kivitz, Tom Hornyak, Paul Cunningham, Dave Matthews, Bob Bohach, Matt Mankus, Greg Schlegel, Hugh McClure, Mike Dalesio, John Wszalek, Bob Mausser, Ken Slaby, Bill Rooney

2017 Open Winner Matt Mankus with the Red Jacket (it actually fits) and the Trophy

2017 Open Winner Matt Mankus with the Red Jacket (it actually fits) and the Trophy

Brother Matt Markus won the Open in a one hole playoff with Bob Mausser.  As a result of heavy rain we were not permitted to play the scheduled course Avalon Country Club.  Not to be deterred we found another course Laguna Oaks that would accommodate us.  15 played golf and 25 attended the banquet

Next year's Open will be played on May 4th, 2018 at Avalon Country Club.  As always we will be playing the first Friday in May. We hope to see you next year!

For The Kids, For The Fight - THON 2018

Dear Friends,

Each year, more than 16,500 Penn State students and 25,000 alumni take action in the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, the Penn State Dance Marathon. In 2017, THON™ raised $10,045,478.44 for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, making THON’s total contribution to Four Diamonds more than $146 million since 1977. However, there is still work to be done.

Committed to spreading THON's mission, passionate students, alumni, and partners are taking the fight beyond Penn State and spreading hope to every corner of the globe. By raising funds and awareness, THON continues to provide emotional and financial support to children and families affected by childhood cancer. The THON community is also taking strides toward a cure by ensuring funding for critical research at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

This year, you have the opportunity to join us in our fight. You can take action for the kids by making a gift and spreading awareness of THON’s mission. Together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. 

Take action in the fight against childhood cancer. Every contribution brings us closer to a cure. 

For The Kids™, 

Kelly McCready             
Alumni Engagement Director
2018 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon

P.S. Don't forget to credit your favorite student organization in the memo line of a check donation or online at!

Chapter Eternal - George Chapman Jr. '49

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

George W. Chapman, Jr. '49 as he appeared in LaVie

George W. Chapman, Jr. '49 as he appeared in LaVie

It is with great sadness we report the passing of:

  • George W. Chapman, Jr. '49

George was born on August 18, 1925 and passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

George was a resident of Pennsylvania. 

George attended Penn State University graduation in 1949.

Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. in The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St, Bethlehem, PA 18015. There will be no calling hours. George's arrangements have been entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. A memory tribute may be placed at

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte St
Bethlehem, PA, US, 18015

In lieu of flowers, gifts in loving memory of George Chapman be made to The Cathedral Church of the Nativity (321 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015) or the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (245 North Graham Street Allentown, PA 18109) 

Summer 2017 Edition of the Rattle is Online

The latest edition of the Rattle is available online at the National website. Read about what is going on with other chapters around the country and see what is doing with our National fraternity.

Click image to download PDF of Summer 2017 Rattle

Click image to download PDF of Summer 2017 Rattle

Click Here to Read Online


  • Theta Chi's New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
  • Expansion
  • Distinguished Achievement Awards 
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Chapter Eternal - Frederick Grun '47

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of:

  • Frederick H. Grun '47 - Feb. 16, 2017

Frederick Grun '47 in LaVie

Frederick Grun '47 in LaVie

Frederick H. Grun, 93, beloved husband and father, died Thursday, February 16 at the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home.

Born in Philadelphia on March 31, 1923, he was the youngest son of Frederick C. L. Grun and Florence Gigon Grun. A graduate of Frankford High School, Philadelphia, he received his industrial engineering degree from Penn State University in 1947, where he was a member of Theta Chi, Omega chapter. During WWII he interrupted his education to enter the U.S. Navy, receiving his commission from Officer Training School at the age of 21. He served in the Philippines, received his discharge as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, and returned to college.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janet Hartman Ganter Grun; two daughters, Ellen Hunter of Dallas, PA, Emily Grun and husband, John Nasta of Hershey; their mother, Donna Kaplan; step-children Roberta and husband, Ed Hoffer of Annville, Allan and wife, Sue Ganter of Lebanon, Fred and wife, Dawn Ganter of Tampa; a brother, Bill Grun of Doylestown; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother, Bob Grun; sister, Bettie Roth; and first wife, Mary Louise Wollerton.

He began his career at Bethlehem Steel and retired as a Supervisor of Technical services after 35 years. After retirement he and Janet operated The New Rail Fence in Cleona, he worked for Light Heigel Assoc in Palmyra, and served as a Retail Merchandiser for several companies, retiring from SPAR Marketing in December 2016.

Frederick Grun

Frederick Grun

A 50+ year member of St. Andrews Presbyterian church, he served in many leadership roles there and enjoyed singing in the choir. Over the years he was involved in many Lebanon County organizations including Industrial Management Club, Cancer Society, Boy Scout Troop 21, PSU alumni club, and the Naval Reserve Officers' Group. He served as Auditor of North Annville Township and was a Board member of the Annville Free Library.

Fred loved life and always had a positive outlook. His property in Annville was a source of great joy as were his many friends and activities. He was an avid reader and Bridge player. He had a wonderful memory, was willing to help everyone, and could develop a 'solution' for any problem. He was a real pleasure to be around.

After moving to LVBH, Fred embraced many activities there including the Wood Shop, the Annual Sale, the Welcome Committee, and he was a champion Wii bowler.

Fred was a life-long fan of Penn State football and enjoyed many games at Beaver Stadium – never leaving a game early, despite the weather or the score.

Fred left us with many great memories, and he will really be missed.

Fred's ashes will be interred at Ft. Indiantown Gap with full military honors on February 20, at 2 p.m. A Memorial service in Fred's honor will be held on March 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Lebanon.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Lebanon County Unit, 855 Tuck Street, Suite 2, Lebanon, PA 17042 in his memory.