Frank Ancharski ’83

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Thank you to Frank Ancharski '83 for participating in this Q&A

552 ancharski medWhy did you join TKE as an undergraduate? TKE had a great reputation, but the brotherhood was one that I could relate to from an athletic, social and academic standpoint.

What are some of the funniest memories from your TKE days? There are so many: rooming with Bill Tobin '81, who was the frat version of Oscar Madison/Pig Pen, Bob Breslin '83 singing on the piano and falling mid song, the poling episodes, the Sunday morning brunches and the ugly mugs you saw in the mornings, both leaving the house and those eating breakfast. Order of the Pig (people from my time will remember it). When I was pledging, I was trying to get "Tex's" sig and the only way to do this was to do a dip of Copenhagen; I got so sick that I never did it again.

What are the fondest memories you have shared/will share with your children and grandchildren? There are a few: initiation night, orchid ball as a senior eating gold fish with "Cat" and "Zigler", The charity TKE Keg Roll, Completing the Dance Marathon, dating my wife, TKE Little Sister, Judy (Scalzo) Ancharski.

How do you stay connected with your brothers as an alumnus? Mostly through the TKE newsletter, LinkedIn and some phone calls.

Have you visited Happy Valley since graduation? Why or why not? I've visited plenty of times, but it's still not enough. Prior to the renovations, my family had a negative experience with the house, which is why I'm willing to support the renovations. I received a call from Mike Brower '83, the Hegemond from my pledge class who also became the house manager. After the probation was settled, I received a phone call from him which caused me to get reconnected.

What about your membership in TKE makes you the most proud? Sharing in the Bishoff Trophy as intramural athletics champions. I'm also proud of the national recognition we receive with people like President Reagan and Phil Simms being TKEs. And seeing the Fratters who have stepped up to contribute in any way they can to help with the renovation. The way so many honored our departed brothers Prytanis, William Wise '82 and John Fenstermacher '83 who left us way too early.

How would your life be different today if you had never joined TKE? My leadership, collaboration, team and social skills would not have been anywhere where near they are without my TKE experience and interactions with the brothers.

If you could go back and relive one moment from your TKE years, what would it be and why? I would relive the night I accepted my bid, because the sense of pride and the thrill of being accepted was awe-inspiring. There were approximately 60 guys in the house at the time of various ages and accepting my bid gave me a real sense of belonging and brotherhood that I had only felt playing sports. And the beer was free.

Where has life taken you since graduation? What's new in your life today? My son, Kyle, is the president of Sigma Nu at UNC Chapel Hill as a sophomore and was an all conference high school football player in North Carolina. My daughter is 15 and following in her mother's footsteps as a cheerleader at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, NC. I coach her on the high school softball team as well. I've done consulting in places like Palermo, Italy; Toronto, Canada; Anchorage, Alaska and all throughout the continental US in medical fitness, corporate fitness and commercial fitness.

Who do you stay connected with in your alumni years? Are there any brothers you've lost touch with whom you'd like to reconnect? I keep in touch with Rich Colucci '83 and Tom Caffery '83, John "Oaks" O'Conner '82 and my last roommate, who was the single funniest person I ever met, John McCarthy '83. All of these guys were at my wedding and we stay in distant contact, but not nearly enough. TKE Little Sister, Suzie Swarup's (Donahue) '83 kid is a schoolmate of my son Kyle at UNC. I'd love to reconnect with Steve Shane '84, Steve Davisson '83 and Mike Brower '83, Bill Tobin '83, Ed Krasovec '83, John O'Conner '82. (Fat Frank The Army Tank's Mobile: 724.759.1479)

Why would you encourage other brothers to engage with TKE in their alumni years? I would encourage it because every one of us who pledged TKE creates a fabric and a fiber in our body that will always keep us connected and it's good to honor what made us who we were as young adults. The people who love us today love us partly because of the memories and experiences we had as brothers and I think you need to honor that. We did the same things at the house that they do today, which is why we need to remember that YITB means something beyond graduation. Maybe we could create a mentor program with existing brothers and those who have the time to spend with the "nids."

What is the best thing about your alumni experience? Currently, the anticipation about the renovations and getting a chance to see the brothers that come back to the new TKE who we haven't seen for a while is pretty exciting. By homecoming, part of the house should be done and I will probably be going and supporting the new generation of brothers as well as supporting the house financially because they need us. I'm also looking forward to having some adult beverages with my old brothers. See you at the HOOOUUUUUSSSE!

Reconnect with Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-542-4854.