Big Brother: Todd Moore
OX: Why did you join Theta Chi?
Paul Vassil: It was a low key, down to earth diverse group of guys - not at all like the fraternity stereotypes I wanted to avoid.
OX: What is your favorite Theta Chi memory or story?
PV: When, as a pledge, I was sitting two tables down from Ed Brown and Al Guber at the Cellar in the HUB; I buried my head in the Collegian as they discussed the plans for our pledge class's Hell Night and they didn't see me. I later told the details to the guys in my class, so we weren't totally caught off guard for our initiation. I'm not sure Ed and Al knew this....until now!
OX: What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
PV: It taught me to relate to all different kinds of people with different goals, morals and values; this is definitely something I have to apply in my line of work. It also showed me how a group so different as individuals can make a really pretty solid whole.
OX: What is your nickname? How did you get it? Did anyone in particular give it to you?
PV: None, really, so no story.
OX: Did you live in the house? If so, who were your roommates? Tell us about a memorable time with them.
PV: I was a brother but a "townie", doing the off campus apartment thing. I never roomed with another brother, but I don't think that limited my experience much.
OX: Where did your pledge class go on their bolt? What brothers did you take? Any funny stories you can tell?
PV: We went to James Madison University and partied at a really cool dance club while Bob Kramer tried to steal a keg and smooth talker Jamie Alder and a few of us others had to get him out of trouble. To this day I still do NOT believe that Big AL blew chunks on the trip!
OX: With whom do you stay in contact? And is there anyone with whom you’ve lost touch that you would like to find?
PV: Not as many as I'd like. I correspond at holidays with Ed Brown, Al Guber, Rod Miller, Bob Kramer, and Anthony Panichelli and hope to get better at keeping up with e-mails. Ron Haws lives not far and manages a pretty popular restaurant in our area- hope to see him there. I'd like to get in touch with Leo Sugg and Randy Siegmann - we were pretty close in college.
OX: What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
PV: I wrote for the Collegian and was in the Penn State Scholars Program - that got me into some really cool programs and lectures.
OX: Tell us about your family. Have you married? Do you have children?
PV: I've been married to Maria, a pharmacist, since 1995. We have four children - Kyriaki, born 8/97; Katerina, born 6/99; and Markella and Peter,our twins, born 1/03. They keep us pretty busy most of the time!
OX: What do you do for a living?
PV: I'm a Family Practice physician in Lititz, PA. It's challenging all the time, rewarding most of the time, and boring little of the time. I do urgent care,home visits and nursing home care too, to KEEP it interesting.
OX: What hobbies do you enjoy?
PV: Spend time with my family - the kids are growing too fast! We really like the beach - Sandy Hook, Island Beach State Park, and Spring Lake, NJ are our favorites. We like watching movies and old TV shows at home, and we even enjoy going shopping. I do like to exercise, if you can believe it - I set my goal at 4 times a week.
OX: What are your goals for the next few years?
PV: To be a good, caring physician; to impart my own values and the benefits of my experiences on my children, and to raise them to appreciate that what is of value comes through commitment and hard work. I want them to live by the mantra: sing as if nobody's listening, dance as if nobody's watching, and live every day as if it were your last!
OX: What organizations are you involved with in your community?
PV: I'm a member of the PA Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.