Howard Alter '41 Honored at 1983 Homecoming

Since 1963, the Omega Chapter of Theta Chi has had the honor of being represented in the National office by alumnus member Howard Alter '41.

In view of his retirement this summer, the active chapter decided to honor Howard for his unending work and contributions to both our chapter and Theta Chi chapters across the country.

The weekend began with a welcome back tap on Friday night. A large turnout kept the reunion party alive into the morning hours, winding down only after a crowd gathered to sing traditional songs as well as It Is To Thee Dear Old Theta Chi.

Mike Garrity (L) and Howard Alter Jr. - Br. Alter was honored at 1983 Homecoming celebration with the unoffical renaming of the alley behind the chapter house to Alter Alley - October 22, 1983

Saturday began with a tailgate at Beaver Stadium featuring Bloody Marys, beer and plenty of hamburgers and hot dogs for all. The tailgate festivities were followed by an awesome game by our own Penn State Nittany Lions, who clobbered West Virginia 41-28.

Following the game, it was back to the chapter house for the dinner/roast of Executive Director Howard Alter. Along with the 120 people who came to enjoy the filet and lobster tail dinner. Omega was honored by the presence of two National officers and three regional counselors.

The roast part of the evening, emceed by then active Chapter President Michael Garrity, featured speeches by various members of the active chapter and National members.

The highlight of the evening came when Garrity christened the alley behind the chapter house with a handmade "Alter Alley" street sign to be erected at the corner of Prospect Avenue and the alley.

Brother Alter spoke last. His speech, which stressed the importance of Omega Chapter to National over the years, was greeted by a huge round of applause and a standing ovation.

The active chapter would like to thank all who attended. The large turnout was extremely gratifying. We at Omega are thankful for the privilege to honor such a great man in Theta Chi Fraternity.

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