• Calling all TKE’s from ’52-’53!

    Recognize this German exchange TKE brother?

    Harald Lichtendahl was a TKE brother who lived in our house from September 1952- May 1953. Harald was a hit with fellow fratters, the girls and the university staff as a whole.

  • Steven Parks ’81 recalls his days in TKE and why he gives back to the brotherhood

    “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” –William James

    Having not been a student in Happy Valley for nearly 35 years, one might wonder what motivates a man to give back to his former fraternity.

    Brother Steven Parks '81 recently submitted to a brief Q&A, which sheds light on his chapter days as well as why he continues to make sure the brotherhood is alive and well. Click below to hear more form Brother Parks.

  • November is a month to celebrate veterans & Pi Chapter has many to thank!

    Today Pi Chapter Brothers get their copies of “Pieces of Pi” by normal mail, but did you know that it originally started during World War II as a means of keeping Brothers who were deployed in the many theaters of battle in contact with one another?

  • TKE dominated Greek Sing for so long that the IFC had to change the rules!

    A lot is made of dynastic sports team and political families, but what about Greek Sing teams?

    Pi Chapter’s decade of dominance in the annual IFC event at Penn State is the stuff of legends. From 1950-60, Pi Chapter Brothers won 10-straight Greek Sing events. TKE’s domination of the event by actually discouraged other fraternities to enter so the IFC tried to "Level the playing field" in order to give other groups a chance.

  • An ode to our outgoing officers who accomplished much for Pi Chapter...

    With the 2015-16 Chapter officers elected; the outgoing officers assembled for a rare photo in front of the Chapter House.

  • The World has Lost a great Journalist and a great TKE Brother, Ken Denlinger

    Ken Denlinger was a man you felt like you knew even if you had never stood in the same room as him. Good reporters and writers have this effect on their readers and Ken did so for years at The Washington Post.

    A funny and engaging TKE Brother who achieved greatness in a journalism career that spanned nearly six decades, Ken died at his home in Frederick, Md. on Oct. 3 after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 73.

  • In Case You Missed It, Pi Chapter is planning its first Golf Outing! Here's how you can get involved...

    Like several other neighboring Penn State fraternities, TKE too is planning a golf outing at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center this coming summer in State College.

    Starting on Friday, July 22 and ending on July 24, Pi Alums will get a chance to play two rounds with plenty of opportunities to socialize with one another and renew bonds!  

  • Anthony Is the Nittany Lion of the Month, read about his touching story on the loss of his father

    The Skinny: Fraternity brothers help one another network, develop and become overall better people. They also rely on each other during tough times. Penn State football players have their own brotherhood and function in much of the same manor. Click below to learn more about our Nittany Lion of the Month, Anthony Zettel.

  • We don't think hazing has any place in our house, here's why

    Changes keep coming and are always needed in Pi Chapter's course as a Top TKE chapter. You might notice some of the traditions of past years have been eliminated. New improved ones are replacing them. The rationale for these adjustments might be different social norm acceptance levels, less individualized tolerance to demeaning tasks, societal demands, new institutional policies, improved national fraternal standards, and numerous court rulings.

  • Which TKE brother spent his spring watching his son in the majors and other alumni updates!

    Which of your brothers retired as a Lt Colonel from the Air Force? Which brother is now the Director of Intellectual Property for Srixon/Cleveland Golf? What about the brother currently soaking up the sun in Florida? Click below to hear from several of your brothers and see what they've been up to.

  • It's been a while since we reminded you, but we're still looking for old TKE trinkets!

    Think long and hard, or try to remember – do you have some Pi artifacts stored away somewhere!?

    Over the years a lot of great plaques, photos, awards, composites, etc. have disappeared from the house. We’re looking to retrieve them from you as the creation of new lockable display cases for all such artifacts is ongoing.

  • Training Camp Preview Part 2: Breaking down Penn State's receivers, secondary, running backs and specialists

    Penn State’s football season will be here before you know it and now’s the time for Pi Chapter brothers to get up to speed on the personnel the Nittany Lions will have at their disposal to start the season.

  • We're past the halfway point in our giving year, so how are we doing?

    We’re just past the halfway point in our giving year and are wondering – is this the month you’ll give back to Pi Chapter TKE?

    So far, 66 brothers have made gifts totaling just over $8,500. To illustrate our spike in giving so far this year, we look to last year when at this point just 25 brothers had made gifts totaling $3,463. Thank you to the 66 brothers who have made a gift. Your support is invaluable and your gifts impact the brotherhood.

  • Help us reconnect with these lost brothers!

    We know people go their own ways and can be tricky – even in this day and age of social media – to track down. Luckily, we have hundreds of alums who can help!

    Pi Chapter TKE has steadily been able to decrease lost member totals by reaching out to brothers who may know their whereabouts and the best ways to contact them using these eLetters. So it’s been a while but we’re asking again – can you help us locate these lost brothers?

    Right now 114 brothers do not have a valid mailing address in our database while another 474 are not privy to our communications via email. It’s easy to submit a lost brother’s information. Simply click on his name in the corresponding PDF file and you’ll be prompted to enter that information.

  • TKE came of age in the 50s, here's a video documenting those years

    The 50s – what a decade!

    Those years gave birth to what has become the largest, most impactful fraternity on the planet – Tau Kappa Epsilon. Of course, we have an abbreviated history here but in combing YouTube, we stumbled upon this two-minute TKE history lesson and it is a must-watch for all TKE Brothers!

  • A president talks TKE: Ronald Reagan wants you to support the Brotherhood!

    With the presidential race heating up – it seems like new candidates, especially on the GOP side, enter the fold each day.

    With names like Paul, Trump, Rubio, Christie and others making headlines as the race for the republican nomination heats up, many conservative voters are reminded of one man who many consider the standard-bearer for conservatism. President Ronald Reagan’s name is mentioned often on the campaign trail and has been for years among GOP candidates. And it just so happens, Reagan was a TKE brother!

    We found this video from a TKE recruitment guide circulating on YouTube. And no matter your political position, it is pretty neat to see a sitting president making a recruiting pitch from the White House to prospective TKE brothers.

  • Training Camp Preview: Dissecting Penn State's offensive and defensive lines, quarterbacks and linebackers

    The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for TKE Brothers to pull out their blue and white jerseys and other Penn State football gear in preparation for Penn State’s second season under head coach James Franklin. It also means it’s time to start taking a look at where the Nittany Lions stand with training camp looming.

  • We’re still looking to add to the TKE memorabilia collection!

    Think long and hard, or try to remember – you have some Pi artifacts stored away somewhere! Over the years a lot of great plaques, photos, awards, composites, etc. have disappeared from the house. We’re looking to retrieve them from you as the creation of new lockable display cases for all such artifacts is ongoing.

  • Football Five Pack: A Full Spring Practice Recap

    The college football season may seem far off at this point but the truth is Penn State will open its season in a little over three months. Plenty has changed in Happy Valley in the last few years but for the first time in what seems like years, the Nittany Lions will enter training camp in August with a sense of regularity.

  • Offseason Report: How Nittany Lions Fit on their New NFL Teams

    We all bleed blue and white! Do you know how our Nittany Lions are looking for this upcoming season? With the NFL Draft in the rearview, rookies will be in and out of NFL cities over the next few weeks for mandatory rookie camps and symposiums. A handful of Penn State players were selected in the draft while a few more have signed free agent contracts or secured rookie camp tryouts. Their next step? Make their respective teams. Click here for the outlook for Penn State’s next crop of pro players as teams can hold rookie camps as early as May 15.

    Speaking of football, are you coming back to reunite with your brothers for Homecoming this fall? Homecoming Week 2015 will begin on October 4, with the Homecoming Football game against the Indiana Hoosiers on October 10th. Check out our future eLetters for more updates.

  • Active Chapter Updates -- TKE Still Doing Stellar

    Curious as to what the undergraduates have been up to? Want to know how many men rushed this past fall? Or which brother is now currently at MIT? Click below to find out all that and more.

  • A List Of Brothers Who Stepped Up For The 1st Time

    We would like to acknowledge our first time donors from this year! Thank you so much for your support and your first time gift to Tau Kappa Epsilon! Click below to see which of your brothers stepped up and showed their support. Haven't contributed yet? Click here to donate and see your name on our honor roll.

  • Where is Robert Moyer '65?

    In a world where breaking news is ideal, it is imperative to make sure your information is up to date. Consider this email a confirmation that you are ready to accept the most recent news from the Pi Chapter of TKE. Even though your email address is registered in our database, many of your brothers' are not. In fact, 480 of your brothers are “lost”! Click below to find out which brothers are missing out and what you can do to help.

  • Giving Year 2014: We’re Coming Up On The End!

    Twelve months. Four seasons. Two semesters. One brilliant year.

    A return to normalcy – no capital campaign to be stressed about, the holidays are here, and it’s a good time to sit and reflect on the last throes of 2014.

    As you sit in your comfortable chair in front of your fireplace (if you have one – if not, maybe it’s just your space heater) and think about this year, we want to share something with you:

  • TKE and the Smashing Pumpkins at Penn State

    Maybe not those Smashing Pumpkins. But there was a pumpkin smashing party!

    The TKE Pumpkin Smash party was held in the rear parking lot the afternoon before the evening Ohio State game at Beaver Stadium.  TKE, for the third year, put on a flawless event for near 1,000 invited guests from several other fraternity and sororities. The party served as a warm up to the "white out" evening football game. Check out the photos!

  • Searching for Pi-TKE Memorabilia

    Over the years a lot of great plaques, photos, awards, composites, etc. have disappeared from the house.  Pi would like to ask its alumni to visit their closets and attics to see if they have any of their personal TKE memorabilia that they know will be thrown out when the kids need to clean out your homes.  The chapter would love to build a new collection of great photos, old newsletters, class composites in the 8x10 format, a list of awards the house won during your years,  lists of TKE BMOCs on campus, newspaper clippings of TKE events, happenings, recognitions, etc.

  • We Are Looking for Your Brothers!

    Do you know any of the 106 brothers who aren’t getting this communication? 106 members of TKE are not receiving our email updates and e-letters! Do you know any of the member inthis list?

    If you do, send the name and their email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll make sure they’re added to the email communication list! Bring everyone into the group!

  • Happy Valley Rankings Are In!

    See how we stacked up!

    As most TKE brothers know, Penn State is a prestigious and well-known university to attend. However, many have asked: “Where does Happy Valley rank in the spectrum of things?”

  • Tradition is a sacred thing.

    Find out what traditions we're looking for!

    You know better than anyone else. Tradition is heavily engrained in the DNA of every fraternity, in the blood of every brother, and in the memory of every alumnus. Most men tell their stories to their grandchildren – their traditions, their college days, and their working days.

  • The White Out Game

    Send us your white out photos today!

    Every year, one of the cannot-miss games that is played is the Penn State Nittany Lions versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. And every time it is played at home, it is usually a white out.

  • Homecoming at the TKE House was Awesome! Were you there?

    Homecoming might be over, but the stories and pictures last forever. 

  • Who Has the Best Homecoming Moment From 2014?

    Old photos are like Thanksgiving turkeys. On one day out of the year, we take time to enjoy them and then wonder why we choose to enjoy them only on special occasions. Why can't we fix a turkey and stuffing on the Fourth of July? So, even though you may have put your Homecoming 2014 memories behind you already (yeah, that game was a tough one), we want to keep the spirit of the weekend alive. Specifically, we want to see your photos from the weekend. The best photo will be featured on our website home page later this month. Click below for details.

  • To the Somebodies Like You …

    "I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then, I realized, I am somebody." Does it matter who said it? No. What matters is that we have those "somebodies" who have chosen to give to our Annual Fund for the very first time this month. Click below to find out who those "somebodies" are and to join them on our Honor Roll.

  • We Cracked Open The Vault

    We opened the photo vault. Check out what we found!

  • Homecoming Is 2 Weeks Away … And We Need Your RSVP!

    The Pi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon requests your attendance to honor Larry Foster '48 and James R. Rummel '76 at this fall's Homecoming celebration. Following the game against Northwestern, join us on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the house, 346 E. Prospect, for a reception and plaque dedication ceremony. And take time to view WWII-era Pieces of Pi on display in the library. Click below for the schedule of events and details on how you can RSVP! We want you back for Homecoming!

  • Homecoming 2014: Prepare to Honor the Purpose, Carry the Pride

    On the heels of the announcement that the NCAA has restored Penn State’s bowl game eligibility and scholarships effective in 2015, along with the team’s eligibility to play in this year’s Big Ten Championship game, let us “raise the song, raise the song” with our TKE brothers as we prepare for Homecoming 2014. Click below to read about events planned for the week and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest student-run homecoming in the nation.

  • '68/'69/'70 Classes: Sign Up for This Fall's Reunion!

    Classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 … Join us in State College during the weekend of Oct. 10-12 for a three-day reunion this fall. Click below to read more.

  • Can You Put a Price Tag on Belonging?

    We want to share a story with you. This story comes from a Penn State fraternity … a situation that took place in 2013. One brother had a daughter who was facing a very serious genetic illness. The best doctor available in the area was in Baltimore, but he had closed his doors to new patients. As often happens, this brother’s dilemma was shared by one brother to another and to another. Thanks to the efforts of one brother, the base of those who knew about this expanded, and the doors (literally) opened. This young girl was able to see the specialist she needed and begin her path to healing. But that is not where the story ends. Click below to read more.

  • So, What's Your Story?

    Whether you ran a marathon this last year, welcomed your first child (or grandchild), traveled the world or met up with a few brothers for a PSU football game, we want to know it. Now is your chance tell us your story!

  • 10 Pi Facts You Might Not Know

    Could it be that there are some things you don't know about our Pi Chapter? How many members lived in the house last spring? What is our chapter GPA? Click below to get the answers.

  • Pi Chapter Named "Top TKE Chapter" for 2013-14!

    Early in July, Pi Chapter received notification that we had won Top TKE Chapter Award for 2013-14. This is the highest award our national fraternity gives. This year, it was presented to only 12 of TKE’s 260+ chapters nationwide. Click below to read more.

  • What Does Our House Corp. Do for You?

    Four times a year, the House Corporation — comprised of 10 alumni and two active officers holding positions as the Prytanis and Crysopholis — meet at the chapter house to cover diverse topics such as policies, actives’ house contracts, finance, insurance, maintenance, active issues and social events.  How do they decide on key issues? Click below to read more.

  • 8 Tips for Your Return to Happy Valley This Fall!

    The countdown is on for the 2014 Penn State football season with kickoff just a few short weeks away! That hopefully means your return trip to Happy Valley is around the corner! Whether you went to Penn State when the Skeller still had Ponies or could participate in the Phi Psi 500, there is something we can all agree on: It's great to be home. Click below to see the checklist of things to watch for when you come back to Happy Valley this fall!

  • Special Campaign Request: Can You Help in Our Final Stretch?

    With the closing of the chapter’s capital campaign for the recent renovation, we are pleased to announce we have received 87% of total payments on all the commitments:  94% of all pledged donations through the Educational Fund and 80% of donations through the House Corporation campaign account. There is approximately $140,000 (13%) remaining to be collected. Your final payment is greatly appreciated! Click below to read more.

  • Congratulations 2015 Seniors and Spring 2014 Initiates!

    Congratulations to our brothers who will be graduating during this 2014-15 academic year.

    (l-r) Chris Chesko, Industrial Engineering, York, Pa.; Travis Singer, Mechanical Engineering, Williamsport, Pa.;
    Jason Donehower, Risk Management, West Chester, Pa.; Kyle Kauterman, Aerospace Engineering, Morgantown, Pa.;
    Andrew Stein, Finance, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Joe Kracke, Accounting, Marlboro, N.J.; Stuart Kase, Athletic Training, Wyomissing, Pa.;
    Kenney Echevarria, Finance, Marlboro, N.J.


    And welcome to our Spring 2014 initiates:

    Jordan Latendresse, Finance, Danville, Calif.
    Billy Lobosco, Biology, Mariton, N.J.
    Devon Madara, Accounting, Camden, Del.
    Blake Bohlen, Supply Chain, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
    Skylar Korek, Biology, Scarsdale, N.Y.
    Shane Kaminski, Political Science, Marlboro, N.J.
    Max Titlebaum, Finance, Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Rathskeller Celebrates 82 Years!

    The Rathskeller, the oldest bar in State College, celebrates its 82nd year this fall!  Countless Penn Staters have spent many a night at the well-known establishment, just as you probably did!  Check out the full story on the Collegian's website.

    Tell us your best and greatest Rathskeller memory. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll use your story in the next eletter! C'mon, you know you will enjoy sharing these and reading other brothers' stories!

  • Big Shoes to Fill: Will You Step In?

    Your Pi Chapter House Corporation Board of Directors each year elects or re-elects various members who serve three-year terms. This year, longtime board member Paul Podwika '76 is stepping down. The board is requesting alumni interested in the future affairs and maintenance of the chapter to offer their names for service on the board. Won't you consider taking a more active role? Click below to find out how you throw your name in the hat.

  • Thank You for Your Gifts This Year!

    Part of your pledge to our brotherhood was your involvement in helping to sustain the chapter for generations to come. Since January, we have already received $3,413 from 24 alumni toward our Annual Fund and in support of Pi Chapter's daily operations. Thank you to those who have made contributions this year. Click below to see the names of those brothers who given. Consider making your gift today!

  • Help Us Find Some of Our Alumni

    We need your help. Some of our brothers have lost touch with us. Job changes, moves, technology upgrades … there are a lot of reasons that our contact information changes. But some of you might know how we can get these brothers back on our mailing and email distribution lists. Click below to find out what addresses we are missing and how you can submit any information you have for these brothers.

  • Meet Us at the TKE Alumni Tailgate This Fall!

    Will you be looking for your TKE brothers during Penn State home football games? Meet us in RV spot #2115. This is in the reserved RV parking lot across Park Ave. from the north end of Beaver Stadium (north of the Ag Arena). Click below for more information on where you can find us. All TKE alumni and friends are welcome.

  • Capital Campaign Ends With Success

    The Pi Chapter House Corporation would like to express its appreciation to all alumni who made contributions to our five-year campaign to raise funds for much-needed improvements to the Chapter House. Your generosity enabled us to raise $1,164,496. This has permitted us to significantly improve the physical condition of the house and, as a result, attract strong members who have put Pi Chapter in the forefront of fraternities at Penn State.
  • Are You One of the 17 Making an Investment in Our Impressive Undergraduates?

    Pi Chapter has an impressive group of active brothers. Stop for a moment and think about those alumni who supported our journey as undergraduates. They saw something in us worth their time and donations — an investment worth making to ensure the development of new leaders, teachers, innovators, thinkers, husbands and fathers. Where do you stand today on your support of the next generation to step into the halls of 346 E. Prospect? Click below to find out how you can pay it forward.

  • Pi Chapter Brings in $102,947 FOR THE KIDS!

    It is a scene like none other. For those of you who have been part of THONs past, you know. Click below to read more about TKE's participation about the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • Brother Lawrence G. Foster: Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations Dies at 88

    Westfield, NJ (Oct. 17, 2013) - Former Johnson & Johnson Corporate Vice President of Public Relations, Lawrence G. Foster, who guided the company's now famous response to the Tylenol crises of 1982 and 1986, died today at the age of 88.

  • TKE Alumni Homecoming Tailgate

    Because of the game time vs. Michigan for this year’s Homecoming game, there will be no official functions at the TKE house this weekend.
  • 2013 THON Recap…the Details and Dollars

    Ever wondered how Penn State comes up with those final fundraising figures?  Or what portion of your gift actually goes FTKs?  

  • Author aims Spotlight at Penn State Football, Brotherhood Shines

    In a widely-circulated, recent article by John U. Bacon of the Wall Street Journal, Penn State Football is lauded for its ability to foster what epitomizes our love for the chapter and school: brotherhood.

  • The Reality is that Fear Damages; Truth Heals- A Message to the Board of Trustees

    Spencer Niles, author of this article, is a participant in the NCAA Lawsuit. He is a member of the PS4RS Board and is a Penn State alumnus earning his doctoral degree from the College of Education in 1986. He served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State from 2000-2013.

  • FSPAC Fights for Tax Break Legislation

    With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Website Gets a Makeover

    Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.TKEpennstate.com, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time).


  • Penn State Home Opener and Other Football Weekends

    Penn State Football is back in Happy Valley on September 7 as the Nittany Lions face Eastern Michigan at Noon. Get more details on the home opener weekend and other football weekends that include more University athletics and activities, and Happy Valley events.


  • Arts Fest Tradition Brings Alumni Home to Happy Valley: July 10-14

    Need a reason to reunite with Penn State friends? Want to show your kids where "the good old days" happened? The 47th Annual Festival of the Arts is right around the corner and guarantees a memorable experience for both your college crew and family.

    As always, Arts Fest offers an array of food, live music and, of course, row upon row of incredible artwork. With more than 125,000 people expected to attend, you might bump into some old friends and acquaintances along the way. Some hotels still have space available, or try hotels just outside State College. If you're close by, it's the perfect day trip. Hope to see you there!

  • 2013 National Conclave August 8-11 in Washington D.C.

    Save the date for the 2013 National Conclave, August 8-11 in Washington D.C.'s Grand Hyatt Hotal! 

    This biennial event won't come again until 2015, so be sure to register today by going online to the national website, where you can also find discounted room rates during the event's dates. 

  • Professional Networking Opportunities

    Take advantage of the professional networking benefits that comes with being a brother in TKE by joining the national organization's LinkedIn group today!

  • Why Did You Join TKE?

    Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Why did you join TKE?

    Share your responses below.

  • Making an Impact

    In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question: How are the values you learned in TKE still making an impact in your life today?

    Scot Spelyng '01 writes: " I wouldn't be where I am today without the connections and growing experiences at TKE."

    Share your answers below.

  • Alum to Publish First Book

    Thanks to Michael Kline '80 for sharing the following...

    He writes: "My first book, "The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln," goes to paperback in February 2013 as my publisher hopes to ride Spielberg's "Lincoln" coattails. As I've gotten older, I've become more conservative and more Christian in my views. The Penn State scandal only reinforced that. But I was delighted to see Bill O'Brien's class act success, and the pluck of the great kids that stayed with the team; it was a great season, all things considered. We Still Are."

    What's new with you? Share your news in the alumni updates section.

  • TKE Yields More than Just Brotherly Bonds

    In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we wanted to feature the stories of brothers who met their spouses thanks to their membership in TKE. Thanks to Michael Kline '80 for sharing this story...

    "But for TKE, I would never have met my Proverbs 31:10 wife, Denise. But for marrying Denise, I would never have had two wonderful children, Elizabeth and Kevin. But for having two wonderful children Elizabeth and Kevin, I would never have been privileged to send them to college. Now, if they could only find a job..."

    Did you meet your spouse or significant other thanks to TKE? Share your story below or on the message board.

  • Ain’t Young Love Grand?

    There's nothing quite like romance in college. Tell us your stories:

    • Describe your best or worst date from your college days? Did it lead to long-term love?
    • Do you think it was easier to find a girlfriend because of your association with a fraternity? Why?
    • How much do you think you spent on a typical date during college? And where did you take her?
    • Have you ever been set up by a fellow brother?
    • Any dating advice you'd like to pass on to our young undergraduate brothers?

    Share your story below

  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot - A Lesson in What NOT to Say

    When a gentleman gets a promotion, and a co-worker does not...

    He does not say:
    "I told you you should have chipped in on the boss's Christmas present."
    "Guess the cream always rises to the top."
    "Bet you wish you hadn't bought that new BMW."
    "I could use some coffee. How about making a pot?"

    But he does say:
    "Joe, I'm looking forward to our continuing to work together. Let's grab some lunch"

    If a gentleman and his friend have both been considered for the same promotion, it is foolish to pretend that once one of them has moved up the ladder, business can simply proceed as usual. A gentleman may choose to say nothing about his good fortune, but he must continue to be cordial to his friend and associate. If the friend appears unduly glum...the gentleman may simply and privately ask the tough question, "Joe, is there a problem between us because of my new job?"

    Excerpt from As a Gentleman Would Say: Responses to Life's Important (and Sometimes Awkward) Situations by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis (2001, Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

  • Who Was Your Role Model?

    Have fun as an alum! In a new initiative to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

    Get involved by answering this month's question:

    Who was your role model?

    Share your responses below.

  • Brother Andrew Kriebal Chosen as Top Recipient of the Galye Beyer Scholarship

    Each year, the Panhellinic Council organizes the fundraising event "Greek Sing" in order to support the Gayle Beyer Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for Penn State Greek members.

    This year's Greek Sing saw a massive turnout in Greek organizations competing, and students showing up to watch the nearly 3 hour event of performances ranging all the way from Green Day's "American Idiot" to "Peter Pan" and "Mamma Mia".

  • The Last Hurrah of College

    Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of TKE? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

  • The Things That Made Us Laugh

    What's spring without a little practical joke amongst brothers, right? From those memorable, light-hearted pranks to the ridiculous, harmless antics of our youth, one thing is clear: college life is full of laughter.

  • Remembering Our Heroes this May

    May is here, which means Memorial Day is just right around the corner. This year, we'd like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat? Now you can.

  • What Do You Miss Most about Living in Happy Valley?

    No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,168 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

  • Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About THON

    THON has long been one of the largest and most widely recognized organizations on campus, but there are many things in THON's past that you might not know. Here is a list that Onward State compiled of things that you (probably) didn't know about THON, as well as a great history of THON from the university libraries.

    What are your best THON memories (either ones that we may know or things we may not)? Click on the headline to share them. And be sure to stop by the BJC if you're in Happy Valley the weekend of February 15-17 to support the dancers in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

  • A Holiday Reunion

    Thank you to Damian Finio '91 for submitting this photo of good holiday cheer with TKE brothers! We love seeing pictures or hearing news of reunions. Check out more in the photo albums.

    From left to right in the picture: Chris Cummings, JJ Snyder, Ted Starishevsky, Damian Finio and Tom Cimino at Chris Cummings' Christmas Party 2012.

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  • Pi Chapter Celebrates 90 Years at Homecoming 2012

    By Tanner Fitzgerald, Prytanis

    Homecoming this year was very unique to Pi Chapter, as we celebrated our 90th anniversary. We had the honor of hosting Alumni from as far back as 1954. We not only honored our 90th anniversary, but received and dedicated the bronze plaque of all donors to the capital campaign whose gifts exceeded $2,500. Our chapter room also was presented with a hand carved and painted TKE Coat of Arms- an extraordinary work of art. It was truly a homecoming: the newest of TKEs learned from those that came before them, both parties enlightening the other on how the times have changed. We hope that this is the start of another 90 years, and that we will come back someday and share with the actives our stories and listen to theirs.