Mark Odendahl '97

Mark Odendahl '97 has fond memories of undergraduate TKE life that carry over to his alumni days. He stays connected with TKE through an alumni fantasy football league and his service on the Pi Chapter Alumni Board. This brief profile is part of an ongoing series designed to help us get to know our brothers better. If you know a brother you think would make a good profile subject, please send his name and graduation year, along with your name and grad year to our alumni relations service: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure to mention that it's for Tau Kappa Epsilon - Penn State University.

Mark spent his younger years in Monmouth, Il., and West Palm Beach, Fl. He came to Penn State in 1993 and immediately found some life-long friends at Tau Kappa Epsilon. "Not being from the Northeast and with no family in the area, TKE and the friends I met there have been very important in making PSU the best damn place in the world," he said.

He could rattle off tons of great times at PSU including football games, Spring Breaks, socials, and just hanging out in the halls. "I guess one of my favorite memories from my active TKE days is Juan's Iced Tea and grilled cheese lunch." Mark lived in the TKE house his junior and senior years. David 'Hoss' Foertsch '97 was his roommate one year.

Staying connected to his fraternity is important to Mark. "I stay in touch with most of the TKEs from my year; that's been easy these days with all of the weddings. Also, I recently moved from Baltimore to New York City and have found that both cities are full of TKEs. It's great to have a built-in connection to so many old and new friends."

Mark tries to hook up with other TKEs once or twice a year during return trips to Beaver Stadium for Penn State football games. When they can't return, they hook-up on-line for their own fantasy football league with other TKE alumni. Mark also has a regular summer golf game in Dewey Beach, Del., with Eric Boyer '98, Josh Tzuker '97, and Terrence Storey '97.

He graduated from PSU in 1997 with a degree in finance and is currently working in U.S. Equities at Deutsche Bank in New York City. Mark also serves on the Penn State TKE Alumni Board. His two main hobbies are football and football - the Penn State Nittany Lions and the fantasy football league.

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Frank Ancharski ’83

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.

John Fenstermacher '83

Q. Why did you join Tau Kappa Epsilon?
A. My friends were pledging.

Q. What is your favorite memory of the fraternity?
A. Winning IM football championship and beating Rockview Prison.

Q. What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
A. I learned about initiative.

Q. With whom are you still in touch?
A. Tom Caffrey '83 and John McCarthy '83 come to visit me regularly.

Q. Tell us about your family.
A. Married Cindy on March 24, 1995. I have three stepchildren: Chris 21, Mike 19, and Britni, 17.

Q. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
A. Fensty, short for Fenstermacher

Q. What do you do for a living?
A. Heating and A/C sales

Q. What organizations are you involved with in your community?
A. Bethlehem Steelers Youth Football, West Bethlehem Youth Wrestling, Liberty High School Wrestling, Pennsylvania District 11 Hall of Fame member, Penn State Wrestling Booster Club, Lehigh West Bethlehem American Legion Baseball, Northampton County American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame member, Allentown Morning Call 2000 Baseball Manager of the Year, 2000 Bethlehem Easton Express Times Manager of the year.

Q. What hobbies do you enjoy?
A. Coaching youth sports

Q. What are your goals for the next few years?
A. I'm an ALS patient - to stay alive.