2017 Honor Roll Call


We like to thank all of you who donated this year. Your generous support means a great deal to Theta Chi. Thanks to you, and a growing number of other Alumni who have responded with similar gifts, we are able to do more to support our fraternity and continue to keep Theta Chi competitive with the fraternity system at Penn State. 

Edward J. Turko '78 - CC
Evan J. Rosenberg '80 - AF
Kerry E. Becker '82 - AF
Robert B. Tucker '83 - AF
Alan H. Vladimir '85 - AF
Robert F. Kramer '88 - CC*
Robert Scavello, Jr. Estate - '88 - AF
Reed W. Goodwin '91 - AF
Daniel S. Kahl '91 - CC & AF
Gregory M. Rush '91 - CC
Stephen R. Rozyckie '92 - AF
Mark T. Kelly '95 - AF
Matthew S. Keller '00 - CC
Robert A. Blumstein '07 - CC
Jasen V. Marshall '09 - AF
Michael B. Cronin '11 - AF
Gregory J. Smith '12 - AF
Aaron L. Speagle '12 - AF

George W. Chapman Jr. '49 - AF
Thomas E. Morton '53 - AF
George L. Walz Jr. '55 - AF
Samuel F. Mastrorocco '57 - AF
Richard L. Hill '58 - AF
Keith F. Vansant '58 - CC*
Barry A. Herr '60 - AF
Richard R. Jones '60 - AF
Neal D. Rhoads '62 - AF
Robert V. Zedelis '62 - AF
James C. Stalder '63 - AF
Alfred T. Romanoski Jr.'67 - AF
Thomas J. Glendon '69 - AF
John N. Weiss Jr. '70 - AF
Matthew A. Mankus '73 - AF
I. Kurt Nathan '73 - AF*
George E. Hoffman Jr. '75 - AF
Robert A. Hoffman '76 - AF
Steven L. Putterman '78 - AF

Chapter Eternal - William Elmore '53

William K. Elmore '53 - 1953 Compoaite photo

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 that we report the passing of:

  • William K. Elmore '53 - Sept. 10, 2017

William Elmore

William Elmore

William K. "Bill" Elmore, 87, passed away September 10, 2017. He was born in New Haven, CT August 19, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cmdr. Eugene E. Elmore and Marie Link Elmore; brother, Eugene E. Elmore III; daughter, Donna Link Elmore; and son-in-law, Craig L. Newberg. Bill graduated from Penn State where he met his wife of 62 years, Marilyn DuPont Elmore. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Clarence K. Bronson DD668 as a gunnery officer in the Korean War. After his service, they moved to Florida in 1959 where he opened his own firm, The Elmore Company, a business accounting firm for over 40 years. He also served as the executive director of S.E.L.L (Southeast Long Line), a collaboration of used auto parts dealers. He was a member of the Allied Gasoline Retailers Assoc., Christ the King Catholic Church (where he served on the parish council), The Tin Can Sailors, and the Penn State Alumni Association. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn; daughters, Ann Marie Newberg, Karen E. (Michael) McMahon, Susan E. Haire, and Marilyn E. (Britt) Brinson; eight grandchildren, Leigh, Erika, Donna, Charlotte, Lauren, Everette, Brianna, and Reid; four great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Ayden, Rylie, and Daniel. He was an extraordinary man who loved the Lord, his family, and his country. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Society of St. Vincent DePaul at Christ the King.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 1952

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 1952

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Elmore - 2012


Winter 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 Here to Read Online

Click Here to Read Online

Click Here to Read Online


  • The Piano Man - Phil Vassar
  • Esprit de Corps
  • Theta Chi Awards 
  • Alumni and Undergraduate news and more

Chapter Eternal - Hanley '51 and Martin Jr. '53

We have been honored to call these men our Brothers. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brothers.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • William K. Hanley '51
  • Alexander Martin Jr. '53

William K. Hanley '51 - LaVie Portrait

Alexander Martin Jr. '53 - LaVie Portrait


Make an Impact in the Life of a Child Today - Support THON 2018

When you decide to support THON™, you become a partner in the ongoing fight against childhood cancer.  Our organization, THON, along with 16,500 student volunteers and more than 25,000 alumni, work tirelessly to support more than 3,700 families at Penn State Children’s Hospital. These efforts culminate in a 46 hour, no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon held every February. As the largest student run philanthropy in the world, our mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research- all in pursuit of a cure. Since 1977, THON has raised over $146 million dollars, For The Kids™! Last year alone, the THON community raised $10,045,478.44, generating the funds to support:

  • 50,227 hours of nutritional therapy

  • 66,970 days of outpatient therapy

  • 13,394 research experiments

  • 6,697 days to manage all patient needs

  • 13,394 routine maintenance visits for therapy and treatment for a child


THON's hope is for every child to have the opportunity to live out their childhood dreams. Despite advancements in research and treatment, this may not become a reality for some. With your help, we will continue to fight for the day that no parent has to hear the words, “your child has cancer.” It takes each and every student, volunteer, alumnus, donor, and supporter to spread awareness of THON’s mission across the country and throughout the world. With your dedication and support of THON, together, we will make a difference in the life of a child. Join us in the fight, For The Kids.

THON is a Greek organization that works tirelessly each year to benefit the Penn State Dance Marathon. With the generous support of our large alumni base, we are able to continue the fight against childhood cancer even after graduation. Since 1973, the Greek Life community at Penn State has united with a common purpose: For The Kids, For The Cure! Each year we stand together to show what cancer cannot do.

Chapter Finishes in 3rd Place Overall for 2017 Homecoming

Omega Chapter of Theta Chi along with Volé finished the 2017 Homecoming competition in 3rd place overall. They finished 1st in the For The Glory Talent Show.

Below is video of the chapter's float as it passes Allen Street on College Ave.

Theta Chi and Volé march with their float during the Penn State Homecoming Parade

2017 Homecoming Minutes

Call to Order: 10:07 AM, Nov. 12, 2017

Alumni Brothers In attendanceK. Trippel, A. Speagle, J. Damcott

Undergraduate Reports:


  • 2 new members for Fall 2017
  • Aware that recruitment is an issue
  • LEC visit went well but identified two items for improvement
    • Recruitment. Set goal of 20 new members for Spring 2018.
      • Condition of chapter house
  • rd place Overall for Homecoming 2017
  • Highest GPA among fraternities


  • Finances holding for now, concerned about upcoming insurance bill due to low undergraduate membership numbers
  • Requests discussion audience with Alumni Treasurer for path forward

Other Concerns

  • In-house wifi is not performing at acceptable levels, need assistance to support repair/replacement.
  • Recruitment concerns & rule changes
    • New members must be Sophomores or higher (24 credits)
    • Discussed methods of informal recruitment. Befriend freshmen, and suggest for recruitment as sophomores and beyond
    • Discussed that recruitment is the responsibility of the entire chapter
  • Payments no longer going through bursar, discuss switching to OmegaFi

New Business:

Alumni Executive Board Elections:

  • Br. Trippel stepping down as Alumni President
  • Br. Damcott stepping down as Alumni Advisor
  • New alumni executive board has been selected by voting Alumni members
    • Chris Burke ‘93, Paul Kirkegaard ‘92Jason Jonas ‘15Ian Maxwell ‘13Aaron Speagle ‘12 and David Stoltzfus ‘13
  • New board will select roles at a date TBD

  • New board begins the 3-3 stagger, three of the members will choose to serve a 1 year term, and return to 2-year terms fall 2019. Each year 3 board members will be elected/re-elected.

Alumni Advisory Boar

  • New Alumni Executive board will be reaching out to other alumni to chair and sit on a chapter advisory board to increase frequency of communications between undergraduates and alumni.

Greek Life Sanctions/Challenges

  • Discussion of ongoing challenges faced by recent rule/regulation changes made by the university and the borough with respect to greek organizations
  • Discussed need to tread very lightly moving forward to remain operational.
  • Discussed finding ways to be more frequent with communication between alumni and undergraduates.
    • Have undergraduate executive board meet with alumni board

    • Have members of alumni advisory board or exec board call into or videoconference at undergraduate chapter meeting


  • Issue/Distribute Omegaphone
  • Close/Finalize Capital Campaign Reporting
  • Send/Distribute Fundraiser Mailers
  • Centre County Fire Code Report
  • Insurance from National
  • Alumni Advisory board
  • Repair House Wifi

Meeting adjourned 11:00am ED

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Omega Finishes First in 2017 For The Glory Talent Show

The Below excerpt appeared in the Daily Collegian. Click here to read complete story.

Theta Chi and Vole Perform at Eisenhower Auditorium during For The Glory Talent Show

...Vole and Theta Chi won first place with their electric jazz performance incorporating The Great Gatsby.

Mary Decavalcinte (senior-mathematics), of Vole, said the performance was based off of a dance in their fall showcase this past weekend that they tweaked, making it adaptable for the Theta Chi members.

Saif Khalil (senior-civil engineering), president of Theta Chi, stepped in last minute.

"I was pretty nervous going up there," Khalil said. "I thought some of the other performances were just as good as ours, if not a little bit better."

Khalil said Theta Chi has never had the opportunity perform at THON but are so happy to finally do it for the kids.

Decavalcinte said she is excited Vole won first place in the talent show but also that they get to share the stage with Theta Chi.

"It feels amazing just going out there in front of the kids and performing for them," Khalil said. "It's going to be such an honor."

Decavalcinte and Khalil agreed that they both thought they would end up in the top three but did not expect to be number one.

"It came as a complete shock to me," Khalil said. "I'm still shooketh right now."