Q: What factors contributed to you attending PSU- And eventually, what made you join DU?

JP: “It was truly love at first sight, with respect to Penn State.  I first set foot on campus in the fall of 1988 and it simply felt like home.  28 years later, I get that same feeling when I return to State College. Friendships from my dorm led to my introduction to fraternity life and DU.”  

Q: What was the atmosphere like on campus and at DU when you pledged?

JP: “The late 80’s / early 90’s were really a great time period to be on campus.  DU was thriving at that point, with quality leadership and a strong brotherhood. There was a push to reconnect with alumni, which gave undergrads an opportunity to talk and meet with Brothers of decades past.”

Q: When you look back, what is your favorite/most humorous memory of your time in DU?

JP: “One of my favorite memories was listening to Charles Prutzman tell stories during the celebration of the chapter house at 229 Locust Lane turning 100.  I believe Brother Prutzman was in his early 90’s and having an opportunity to listen to the experiences of a person who lived through the ALL of the events of the 20th century (to date) was amazing.” 

Q: Why do you feel that as an alumnus, it is important to give back to the chapter?

JP: “It’s very simple; the chapter will not exist if alumni simply walk away after graduation.  We have far too many resources not to share.  We all had different experiences as college students and fraternity brothers and we all have something to teach and give back from those experiences.  Whether its money to maintain the chapter house or advice to help undergraduates or alumni succeed in life, we can all contribute in some way.”

Q: How do you benefit from the alumni experience? Are there any events you enjoy going to each  year? 

JP: “I enjoy going back for Founders Day as often as possible but, really, just enjoy any opportunity to get back to the house and see DU brothers past and present.”

Q: Do you get back to PSU often? If so, what is your favorite place to visit when you make it back to Happy Valley? 

JP: “Not often enough!  Like most, I swing by the shrine and creamery when I’m in town and I usually try to walk through the HUB and visit Old Main.  It’s funny though, I always find myself making a trip to McLanahan’s at the corner of Garner and College Ave.  There’s something about walking through that store that makes me feel 25 years younger.”

Q: If your pledge class reunited today, what would that be like? Set the scene.. 

JP: “Of all the brothers I’ve personally reconnected with, other than through social media, I haven’t had an opportunity to see any of my pledge brothers since graduation. I’m sure one of the memories we’d laugh about would be our LAWN enforcement duties after planting what seemed to be 200 bushes around the perimeter of the yard. Trying to redirect intoxicated undergrads from taking their normal route home (across our lawn) was hilarious.”

Q: What are the top three things you learned from DU? 

JP: “As a pledge, I was sure all I was learning was how to do yard work and house work!  Both necessary and very much appreciated by my wife.  However, I think the relationship lessons learned in the fraternity environment are invaluable and serve you throughout your life.”

Q: How would your life be different today, had you not been a part of the fraternity? 

JP: “I think there would be a big void.  Although I don’t see many of my brothers on a consistent basis, there were lifelong relationships that were formed.”   

Q: What advice would you give the active brothers today? 

JP: “Enjoy every day; you will be in the real world before you know it.  This is a great time in your life, embrace it and take advantage of every opportunity you have.”

Q: What do you do for a living? Do you think DU helped prepare you for your career and if so, how? 

JP: “I’m in the asset/wealth management field and, yes, I believe that my affiliation with DU helped me prepare for a career where I’m in constant contact with people.  My business is about relationships and it’s actually very easy to get lost on a big college campus, never really forming meaningful relationships.  The fraternity dynamic was a great precursor for a career dealing with people.  Learning how to form and keep relationships with many different personalities.  Great life lessons!”

Q: Do you have a family? Wife? Kids? 

JP: “I’ve been married for almost 15 years and have two boys, 10 and 13.  I live in Loudoun County, Virginia about an hour west of Washington, D.C.” 


Q: What should every man know about money? 

JP: “You’ll never really be able to enjoy what money can buy if you have to pay somebody else interest to make the purchase.”

Q: What skill should every man have?

JP: “Humility!”

Q: What advice would you give the younger you?

JP: “Open your eyes more to the world around you.”

Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

JP: “The ability to fly, that would solve my fear of heights.”

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