At the beginning of this century, the Omega Chapter of Theta Chi at Penn State University was non-functional. What had been a vibrant and thriving chapter for over 85 years, had no active brothers, a boarded up house at 523 S. Allen Street, no money, unfunded-required modifications to the house and a board of directors without the capacity to fight for survival.
Leadership at Theta Chi National Headquarters knew the Chapter’s history and was prepared to fight for Omega’s survival, but someone from Omega’s alumni needed to step up, take the lead, and reform the chapter.
A little more than seven years ago, Rich Maltz ’90 became that someone. He encouraged alumni brothers to join him on a new board of directors, worked with senior Penn State officials as well as the leaders of the National Theta Chi organization, and in effect, gave new birth to Omega.
Since then, the Chapter has thrived. Not only has the financial health of the Corporation been restored, this capital campaign been successful, but equally important, the active chapter has grown and thrived to once again become a successful, essential part of the Penn State University Greek system.
On October 19 at the alumni corporation meeting, Rich Maltz stepped down from his position as president of the alumni corporation. While heartfelt thanks reflect the appreciation for all that he has done, some form of memorialization is well deserved. The option chosen will annually remind everyone what Rich’s efforts have meant to this chapter.
So, the alumni corporation board approved the creation of the Richard Maltz Century Award. This award will be given to the active brother who meets stringent requirements as developed by our current active brothers. The selection will take into account service, leadership, grade point average, among other criteria.
The Maltz award winner will be nominated by his active chapter brothers, selected by the alumni board, and presented annually at the homecoming corporation meeting.
To highlight the importance of this award in the Omega Chapter hierarchy, the recipient’s name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque, and will receive an award in the amount of $1,000. The Richard Maltz Century Award is the single monetary award given to an active member.
The inaugural winner of the Richard Maltz Century Award, announced at the October 19 Gala, was undergraduate Ian Maxwell.
New Scholarship Memorializes Robert Scavello ’88
We are thrilled to announce the Rob Scavello ’88 Memorial Scholarship. Rob was passionate about education and loved Theta Chi. In memory of Rob, whom we lost to cancer in 2007, we are starting a scholarship to benefit the brothers of Omega chapter. Details on the official launch and kickoff fundraising events will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can e-mail email@example.com or visit www.scavellofoundation.org for more information about how you can lend a helping hand towards supporting our brothers and honoring Rob.
- Alan Lauder ’90, Dave Yohannan ’88, and Kate Scavello
Meet the 2013 – 2015 Alumni Corporation Board of Directors
Dave Hartwich ’09, ’11 – President, Dave currently works as a research and development engineer for ANH Refractories in Pittsburgh, PA. He has served as treasurer of the under- graduate chapter for two years and had acted as a graduate student advisor. Dave has served on the alumni board as secretary the past two years.
Chris Burke ’93 – Treasurer, Chris worked for Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a licensed CPA. Chris is currently the CEO of the Maxus Group, and has been a Theta Chi Board Member and Treasurer since 2008 and was responsible for securing the new loan on the chapter house.
Jeremy Railing ’11 – Assistant Treasurer, Jeremy is currently working as a supply planning analyst for The Hershey Company and continuing his education toward an MBA from Penn State Harrisburg. Jeremy has acted as the undergraduate treasurer, vice presi- dent, and president. This is Jeremy’s first term on the alumni board.
Timothy Uhrich ’09 – Secretary, After working as a Leadership and Education Consultant for Theta Chi Fraternity IHQ, Tim completed a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs at Rutgers University in 2012. He is currently employed as a resi- dence hall director at Iona College. As an undergraduate, Tim served as a recruitment chair, social chair, marshal, and campus involvement chair and lived in the chapter house for three memorable years. This is also Tim’s first term on the alumni board.
Jeff Damcott ’91, ’94 – Board Member, Jeff has been in the golf course construction and management industry for over 20 years, most recently the superintendent of a public golf course in Yardley, PA. He has actively supported of the fraternity since his gradua- tion. Jeff currently serves on the capital cam- paign committee and is the alumni on-site project liaison for the side porch renovation project.
One Alum Discovers the Sweet Song of Success
New grad Liam Fennecken ’13 is no stranger to the limelight. This brother was a standout performer in PSU’s a cappella group, The Statesmen. Now, he’s picked up a new gig in the touring company of the Broadway musical American Idiot. Despite the busy schedule, Liam still had time to check in: