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A Few Brothers Have Spoken.

You answered five brief questions in a survey last month. Here is what you said:

What is your fondest memory of being part of Delta Upsilon?

  • Partying with my brothers in a great house!
  • Gaining two of my lifelong best friends, John Del Signore and Steve Serfass.
  • The brotherhood at the time. We ate, socialized and worked for the benefit of the house together.
  • The great friendships and good times we had at the fraternity with the other DU brothers.
  • Dinners with brothers and the conversations that ensued.
  • We had a great group of guys and significant number of athletes that represented Penn State and DU of which we were all very proud.
  • Pledge brothers and the Egan room
  • The pledge process and being amongst friends in the Egan Room or building things for the house.
  • Lifelong friendships and brotherhood.
  • The brotherhood we shared over the years.
  • The brothers
  • The relationships and friendships built through brotherhood.
  • The bonding with the brotherhood.
  • Tim Finn pledge class party in Lavin suite

 

What are the top 3 things you gained from your Delta Upsilon experience?

  • Lifelong friends, Cool place to come back to, Memories
  • 1. Friendship 2. Leadership skills 3. Lifelong memories
  • Friendships, Campus supports- I.M.'s, For those of us that were on athletic teams, the house stood behind us.
  • Work together, not everything in life is easy and great people can make things happen
  • Friends, leadership experience, social maturity
  • Learned to get along with people very different than myself. How to compromise as well as persuade. Life long friendships that cannot and never will be replaced.
  • As a veteran it was truly my home. I met a lot of really smart people who helped me to reacclimate to civilian life and academics. I never particularly liked school or taking classes. DU made it more tolerable. I was a candidate for all University student president. Though I came in second, I still want to thank all my fraternity brothers who came out and pushed me, encouraged me, supported me, worked so hard for me in a losing cause. Their support for me is still one of my fondest memories.
  • Leadership skills, brothers for life, and mentors / peers to help with the job search as an undergraduate
  • Responsibility, persuasion, budgeting
  • Memories that last a lifetime, Pride in DU principles and brotherhood, Being able to use and quote "Diffusion of Liberal Cultures"
  • Brotherhood, A sense of belonging, Happy times
  • 1. The ability to work, live and cooperate with a diverse group of people. 2. The confidence to accomplish goals (like pledging). 3. Lifelong friendships.
  • 1. Leadership abilities 2. Independence 3. Support structure to make a very large school feel smaller
  • Listening skills, Sense of humor, Empathy

 

How would your life be different today if you had never joined Delta Upsilon?

  • I don't even want to think about it.
  • Not certain, I think the experiences at DU helped me to grow and succeed in the business world
  • Less friendships, lesser college memories, smaller social network
  • I would be missing out on some rock solid friendships.
  • I have had a fairly decent life, both personal and professionally. Things I learned about interactions with people and groups have been a big part of that.
  • Wouldn't know about 2 dozen friends!
  • Not nearly as jovial
  • I would not have the brothers that I shared my time with at Penn State.
  • I would not possess the confidence and character that I gained and I would have missed out on so many fond memories with friends.
  • Delta Upsilon gave me a purpose while I was in college. Some of my lasting friendships from Penn State stemmed from my time living in the house.
  • No sense of humor or weaponizing wit!

 

Share an update (family, career, hobbies, other interesting news) for possible publication in an upcoming mailing.

  • With the assistance of cell phones and computers there is still a lot of good contact shared with a lot of guys during our eras
  • Married, 2 grown girls that are married with 6 children (my grandchildren) between them, 44 years in the life insurance and financial services world, married 42 years to a lovely woman, recently semi-retired with 2 younger advisors gradually taking over my clients, have done a lot of road trips and spend approximately 6 months a year at our place in Vail, CO. I consider myself to be very fortunate and blessed.
  • Can you believe that my daughter is going to be in high school this year?
  • I went to PSU on the GI Bill plus a lot of jobs (mostly janitoring at the university, washing dishes at other frats or cleaning up at the Rathskeller). After leaving PSU (I finished in three years trying to make up for lost time) I went to work for 30 years for GM. Academically, I also got an MBA and a Masters in Public Administration from CMU and two certifications in Strategic Planning from Northwestern and Indiana Graduate Schools, courtesy to GM. On the side, I was a city commissioner, Mayor, County Commissioner, Parks Commissioner and the Chairman of a very large Road Commission and the Republican Candidate for Congress in my Congressional District. There are also some other things, but you get the point that I have also been active in Politics. In my spare time I have played a lot Tennis (I played Freshman Tennis which was my entry to DU, but had to give it up-I was just to busy getting by) and golf but have slowed down on both those activities. Life goes on and I feel blessed every day that I was chosen by GOD ALMIGHTY to be born in the good ole USA.
  • I've made it to at least one football game a year, with at least two fraternity brothers every year since graduation in 1993. Would love to catch up with others, this year I will be at the Michigan game.
  • Recently met with a group of DUs in the Philadelphia area to golf and see the Phillies.
  • As the Director of an Area Agency on Aging  that is dedicated to helping senior citizens, I am amazed how the memories of our lives define us as individuals and are a source of strength and lifelong happiness, even though those historical times no longer exist. The ties we have to the good time of our past are invaluable to our health and happiness.
  • Retired and living happily in State Collage.
  • My son Lance is currently doing a summer internship at Philly Jam. He graduates with a double major in Music Business Technology and Vocal Performance from Millersville University next year. My daughter Leah will graduate from East Pennsboro HS next year as well. We are currently college shopping!
  • I have now earned my doctorate in educational leadership. My wife and I live outside the Chicago area with two high school aged children and my youngest who just started junior high school.

 

As an alumni association, we strive to keep you connected with the Pennsylvania State chapter long after graduation. What could we do to encourage you to become more active in the association? Perhaps by hosting more fun events? Any other advice?

  • At our ages (above 80) there is not a lot of contact with the youth - travel distances, time constraints, etc. make it tough be proactive. Also, a group leader, like a Bill Lander (my era) kept many of us coming back. A good thing.
  • Not certain, I truly believe you are doing a great job, I just haven't taken advantage of those opportunities
  • Put some personality and personalities in newsletter. More individual alumni inputs and updates. One undergraduate article too per newsletter
  • Organized tailgates, keep the news letters coming. Include stories of alumni and how they've grown in their careers. Start with stories of military service (Kern, Tedesco)
  • 2-4 events a year including at PSU and somewhere other than PSU.
  • Family friendly functions during non-football weekends.

 

Thank you for sharing your touching memories and your opinions. Your words mean something to us, brothers. We have heard you and will act on your advice.

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