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September 9th, 2015

For those of you who I have not had the opportunity to meet my name is Doug Watson and I am a fifth year in the Architectural Engineering program here at Penn State. For a short 12 week duration this summer I had the amazing opportunity to work in the Washington DC area for DAVIS construction. Regarded as the fourth best general contractor in the DC area and DAVIS is consistently regarded as one of the best companies to work for. I spent most of my days in the DAVIS office located in Rockville Maryland but I was able to get to the job site a few times a week. The project that I was assigned to was an office building in Sterling, Virginia. I learned quickly the nightmare that is the DC area traffic, which turned a 40 minute commute into an hour and a half. What was truly interesting and unique about this project was that it was tilt-up construction, something that is rare for the North East. In its most basic definition tilt-up construction involves lifting concrete panels, in the case of this project 10’ wide by 53’ tall, from a form and setting them vertically in place. Being able to help plan and coordinate the lifts of each panel really gave insight into how much thought needs to go into each task on a construction project.

Throughout the summer months, DAVIS and my specific project team took it upon themselves to make sure that I made the most of my summer and enjoyed it to the fullest extent. With my team, I had the opportunity to visit both glass and steel fabrication shops allowing me to learn how exactly these materials are made. Outside of work I was able to experience my first Nationals game 16 rows off first base, tour a couple of local breweries, get paid to take a segway tour around DC and met some truly incredible friends from across the country. Although it seems like most of my 12 week internship was all fun and games I worked tirelessly to learn all I could in order to improve as a professional. I'm proud to say that all of my hard work throughout the summer paid off when I received an offer to join DAVIS full time as a Project Engineer upon graduation in the spring. Who knows if I will choose to accept this offer as the school year comes to an end but this opportunity takes a major burden off my shoulders and will certainly allow me to focus on my classwork. I look forward to entering the workforce at the end of this school year and can’t wait to see what opportunities come my way.

Written by Brother Doug Watson

May 5th, 2015

"The Phi Psi 500: Charity, Racing, And The Pursuit Of Alcohol" is a recent article written by Jessica Myers of Onward State. The article informs readers of the history of one of Phi Kappa Psi's greatest memories. Younger Phi Psis have not had the fortune of experiencing this event, which has gone down in State College history. This has been an excellent read for undergrads and provides an opportunity for Phi Psi alum to reminisce. Brothers Jim Hedrick, Joseph Korsak, and Ray McCormick offer their input in the story.

Article can be found at Onward State

Written by Brother Fred Fagan

April 24th, 2015

Hello, my name is Derek Snyder and I am a freshman Business and Economics major. Along with being a full time student, I am also the founder and chairperson of a charity golf tournament entitled “Golf Fore Hope”, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This year’s tournament will be held at Mayapple Golf Links on May 30th, 2015. The tournament was originally started in March of 2014 with the help of my longtime friend and golf teammate, Steven Jumper. Steven and I created the event in honor and support of our friend Jackie Lithgow. Jackie was in the midst of his freshman year at Bloomsburg University, living the life of a normal college teenager. He was loving life and was in the middle of pledging the Pi Kappa chapter of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, the same chapter his father pledged over 30 years ago.

It was during that spring semester when tragedy struck him, his family, and his fraternity. While in the middle of a private fraternity event, unwelcomed football players from another University attempted to gain entrance into the event. When they were declined admittance, they began a fight that quickly became violent and moved outside the building. Jackie, playing the peacemaker in the altercation, was assaulted and punched to the ground in the middle of the street, placing him in a coma.

Jackie spent several months in a coma and was faced with surgeries, infections, and setbacks for most of the 2014 year. It is now in 2015 that he and his family have begun to see improvement in his condition. In January of this year, he was cleared to move back home, where his parents serve as his primary caregivers. He participates in several different types of therapies, so that he can hopefully one day walk, talk, remember things, and be back to where his health was before this all happened.

Last year, we were able to raise over $15,000 for the Lithgow Family, thanks to over 250 golfers and more than 40 sponsors that joined us in our efforts, including M&T Bank, First National Bank, R.S. Mowery & Sons, and Carlisle Regional Medical Center. This year, we’ve set our hopes and goals for the tournament even higher, as Jackie and his family need our continuous help now more than ever. We have gained an official sponsor in the Zeta Psi Pi Kappa Alumni Association, the same one that Jackie was pledging, and a partnership with the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, who developed an unique relationship with Jackie while he was in a rehab hospital in Philadelphia.

I have reached out to many of my brothers to support myself and this event, and the way they have answered the call is just another reason why I am proud to be a Phi Psi. I also wanted to reach out to you, our alumni, in hopes that you too will join Penn State Phi Psi’s at the event, or consider being a tournament or silent auction sponsor, to help us in our cause of giving Jackie Lithgow back the life he deserves, so that he can go back to college one day to enjoy some of the days we will always remember. For more details about Jackie or the event, feel free to contact me at Thank you for your continued support of our great fraternity.

Written by Brother Derek Snyder

April 24th, 2015

On the weekend of March 28th, the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi PA Lambda welcomed our parents, siblings, and even some grandparents to our annual Parent’s Weekend event. Brother Vincent Washburn (Spring ‘14) and myself coordinated this year’s festivities and had over 125 members of our brotherhood’s families come. On Saturday night we served appetizers and cocktails, followed by a brunch the following morning. Our actives and their parents had a blast! It was a pleasure to see familiar faces of parents who came back from previous years and to meet new faces of the parents of our newly initiated brothers. With our evergrowing brotherhood, I am excited to see what next year’s parent’s weekend chairs have in store!

Written by Brother Drew Marhold

April 21st, 2015

This past year I had the pleasure of serving as the undergraduate president of PA Lambda and during that year I was able to see all of the hard work that our brothers put into making our house the best it could be. Last year we won the Chapter of the Year award and that was our goal again this year. We set that as our goal in the beginning of the year and we would stop at nothing to achieve it. So February 12th was a big day for our chapter as it was the Greek Column Awards, where the awards for the 2014 year are handed out. Brothers John Hewertson, Dan Combs, Brian Riel, Garrett Field and I were all in attendance for the ceremony. We were also honored to have some of our alumni in attendance as Brothers Pete Waldron, Matt Collins, and Aaron Mitchell came as well.

The first awards that we received at the ceremony was for our brothers' hard work in Greek Sing as we received an award for second place overall in Greek Sing and best set. The next award that we received was the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizing our outstanding community service work; this was the second year in a row that we received this trophy. The next awards announced were the Chapter of Excellence recipients; we were extremely pleased to find out that we were indeed named a Chapter of Excellence and were the only fraternity out of 50 to receive the honor. Soon it came time for Brother Pete Waldron to announce the Omega Epsilon Chapter of the Year Award and we all awaited anxiously to hear whether we had repeated as winners and to all of our delights we did in fact become of the Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row. The final award of the ceremony was the President’s Trophy, which is awarded to the fraternity or sorority that is recognized as the best overall lettered organization of the year. When they announced Phi Kappa Psi as the winner of the President’s Trophy Award we were all shocked, we had just won the most prestigious trophy in Greek Life! It capped off an amazing Greek Column Award ceremony for us and was a great reward for this brotherhood's amazing work during the 2014 year. We hope to repeat such great success in 2015!

Written by Brother Evan DiPillo

April 21st, 2015

Firstly, I wanted to start off by introducing myself. My name is John Ballog and I am the current Treasurer for Phi Kappa Psi PA Lambda Chapter. I pledged in the fall of 2013 and it was the best decision of my life. Myself, along with two other pledge brothers, Drew Marhold and Alex Bunney, were just accepted into the highly prestigious MAcc Program at Penn State. This program only accepts 120 students annually and by entering into the program, Drew, Alex, and I are going to receive our Masters Degrees in Accounting in our fifth year at Penn State. The workload will be challenging throughout our next three years, but the reward and benefits received are going to be propitious. I remember going to orientation and hearing about the MAcc program and thinking, “Wow, that would be awesome if I were to be a part of this program.” It almost feels surreal to now be a part of this program, but through my hard work and persistence, I have accomplished a goal that I set for myself early in my college career.

Now this success did not come easy and I attribute my accomplishments to my fraternity. Without it, I might not have had the qualifications to even be considered for the program. Phi Psi has opened myself as a person and I have met so many people that have helped me in my journey. Whether it be the study hours we offer during pledging, or just working with one of my brothers on an assignment and helping each other out, Phi Kappa Psi has played a huge role in my success as a student at Penn State. It is truly remarkable that three brothers of Phi Psi were accepted into such a selective program, and it speaks volumes as to who we have become as a fraternity as a whole. And as I move on in life and meet new people through the MAcc Program, I will never forget what helped me get to this position: my beloved fraternity and my fellow brothers. It’s great to be a Phi Psi.

Written by Brother John Ballog

April 21st, 2015

On Wednesday, April 8th, a philanthropy team representing Phi Kappa Psi competed in a 3v3 basketball tournament held by the Delta Gamma sorority, which benefited the Service for Sight charity. Despite rainy conditions and five closely contested games, team Phi Psi moved on to the final round of the tournament only to compete against a club basketball team who outsized them greatly. With determination, excitement, and exceptional shooting, the team representing Pennsylvania Lambda was able to win the entire tournament in overtime.

On top of the basketball, the brotherhood has participated in multiple philanthropy and community service events throughout the semester that embody the spirit of serving others. Last weekend, the brotherhood participated in an annual cemetery cleanup, an Autism Walk, and the famous Relay for Life in which they gathered the most hours out of any other fraternal organization and the third most for greek organizations as a whole. Along with the close to 1000 dollar donations to charities last weekend, the brotherhood's performance at Relay for Life also won them a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of America. After being awarded the annual Greek Service Award last year, the brotherhood has put an even stronger emphasis on winning the award for consecutive future. It’s great to give back to others and it’s great to be a Phi Psi!

Written by Brother Alex Frederick

March 23rd, 2015

I cannot find many things in my time here on this planet that have left me nearly speechless. Dancing in THON 2015 just so happens to be one of those circumstances. It was an absolutely incredible experience and one that I will remember for the rest of my entire life. I have never felt such pride and honor in my life. THON means so many things to so many people. To me THON is not about the money we raise but about the lives we change. We as students have this once in a life time opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of so many children who happen to be less fortunate than us. That thought and understanding was what enabled me to pick my head up, smile, laugh and dance each and every time I thought I could go no longer during THON weekend. It also helped that our THON child Ethan and his mother would completely douse us in water with their super soakers every time we saw them.

THON means everything to me. I THON because no person should ever have to face this terrible disease. Like many of our brothers cancer has touched my life and I have recently suffered a terrible loss. My cousin Mandy lost her 7 year battle with stage 4 breast cancer last year on the 16th of December at the age of 30. Ever since I knew I wanted to dance I wanted to do it for her. The one thing I wanted to do more than dance for her was to see her face when I told her I was going to. Tragically that was something that I was never be able to do, but instead of dancing for her I danced in her honor. In honor of the life she lived and the lives she changed along the way. There was never a moment that she wasn’t on my mind during that weekend. I knew that she was looking down on me and giving me strength that entire weekend. The back of my dancer shirt says “ForMandyWatson” and every time I look at it or think of THON it only solidifies the fact that that weekend was truly the best weekend of my entire life. Although it may have been the best weekend of my life the best THON of them all will be the one we do not have to have. Until that day comes I will always continue to support THON for the kids and for the cure.

Written by Brother Doug Watson

THON 2015
March 23rd, 2015

THON 2015 capped off an incredible year of hard work and fundraising by Phi Psi and fellow partner SNAP. Penn State as a whole raised $13,026,653.23 for the kids in the fight against childhood pediatric cancer. Together, as a pair, we raised over $152,000, a total that has gone up from the previous year. We strive to keep this total rising on a yearly basis and can only hope next year is even better!

Written by Brother Fred Fagan

February 4th, 2015

This Spring Phi Kappa Psi PA Lambda was given the pleasure of six new potential members. The members include Kyle Gaynor, William Lee, Quinn Charney, Juan Pablo Vallarino, Josh Evans, and Colin Paulauskas. The entire brotherhood was extremely overjoyed to extend bids to these fine young men each holding a lot of promise for the progress of the chapter. All potential members express great pride to affiliate with Phi Psi and are extremely excited to begin their journey to become Phi Kappa Psi gentlemen. On behalf of the entire brotherhood a warm welcome is extended to these six young men.

Written by Brother Matthew Gormley

February 2nd, 2015

Hello, my name is Jason Cornelius and I am a sophomore Aerospace Engineering student at the Pennsylvania State University. This past Christmas break I was fortunate enough to be selected as a participant of the 2015 Bell Helicopter Boot Camp. The boot camp is a weeklong endeavor in which the students are given a design challenge and need to present their solution to the Executive Leadership team at Bell by the close of the program.This year the challenge was to design an EMS kit that could be purchased separately and installed into the new Bell 505. Throughout the week we received presentations and lectures teaching us valuable engineering tools such as six sigma. Through our long hours (usually 7am till 1 or 2am the next day) we met with several different parts of the industry. One day we met the Care Flight medics to get the customers input incorporated in our design. Included in the program were tours of several of the facilities at Bell including the fatigue testing lab, a V22 Osprey Simulation room, several of the factory lines and much more. Out of the two teams of ten students my team was chosen as the winners of the competition warranting us a ride over Dallas in two Bell 407’s. I will dare to say that in this one week I learned more about real life engineering than I have in an entire semester at school. I am very pleased to note that I will be returning to Bell in the summer as an Intern.

Written by Brother Jason Cornelius

January 26th, 2015

We here at PA Lambda are very pleased to announce that we have been paired with our third THON family, the Elli McPherson family. Elli is 21 years old, and has a daughter Tatum who is 3. Elli marks our third family, joining the Phi Kappa Psi and Student Nurses Association of PA’s THON family. She joins Ethan Van Aulen (14) and our new addition from last year, Megan Mowatt (18), and their families.

We had the pleasure of meeting Elli for the first time on January 25. Members from both organizations participated in a canvassing fundraising trip to Brother Anthony Pesavento’s (Fall ’12) house in Enola, PA. After a successful time fundraising, we met Elli, from nearby Shermans Dale, for lunch at Red Robin. Elli brought Tatum and her friend Abby along with her, and everyone enjoyed getting to meet them. Tatum is adorable, and she looks just like her mom. We’re thrilled to welcome Elli and her family, and are looking forward to seeing them again soon at THON.

Phi Kappa Psi continues to push hard to reach our goal of breaking $150k raised for THON, and we are honored to do it in support of these three amazing families. If you are interested to donating to Phi Kappa Psi’s THON effort, you can make a donation following the link at the bottom of every page.

Written by Brother Anthony Pesavento

January 1st, 2015

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The brothers at Phi Kappa Psi Pennsylvania Lambda chapter participated in the 29th annual Panhellenic sanctioned Greek Sing event. The brothers practiced for over 100 hours to perfect dances along with their partners, Sigma Kappa and Alpha Gamma Rho. With much anticipation, the Greek Sing team competed on December 4th, 2014 for the chance to perform their hard work at THON.

After many great performances before them, the Phi Psi, Sig Kap, and AGR team closed out the show with their best performance thus far. After a long deliberation by the judges-- including a Mrs. Sue Paterno-- the Phi Psi team earned a Second Place award and the opportunity to perform at the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. The Phi Psi Pa Lambdas are more than proud and excited to watch the performance on the center stage at THON 2015.

Written by Brother Alex Frederick

January 1st, 2015

As an entire brotherhood, we are more than happy to welcome in the newly initiated brothers of the PA Lambda chapter of Phi Kappa Psi. As of early December, we officially have 18 young men on board and ready to help continue the tremendous success of this house. Each and every new member holds a high range of potential to continue to put us in the right positions to move forward. Many of them have already begun to show interest in Spring positions and have even acquired some of these positions. We are all eager to see what Spring 2015 has in store for us, especially with this great group of new guys along for the ride.

Written by Brother Fred Fagan

January 1st, 2015

If you saw people standing at intersections or storefronts in the past few weeks holding enormous cans and signs, it could have been one of your PA Lambda brothers supporting the Four Diamonds Fund. Over the weekend, the PA Lambda chapter spent their time assisting with the third and last canning weekend of the year as part of our commitment to raise money for the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known by the Penn State community as THON.

THON started at Penn State University in 1973 as a dance marathon organized by fraternities and sororities to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. Phi Kappa Psi has been part of this great cause since the beginning of the years and will continue to increase their total raised with the passing of the years. Most of the brothers can agree with me that attending a canning trip is one of the most meaningful experiences as a Penn State student. As a current graduating senior student, this past weekend made me realize how much I will miss spending an entire weekend with my brothers raising money for such a meaningful cause. It has been an amazing 4 years along with my Phi Kappa Psi brothers and I know that this year we will achieve our goal of reaching Top 10 total raised between paired fraternities and sororities.

As always, you can donate online at and help us achieve this goal so we can support families battling pediatric cancer. We appreciate your constant support. For The Kids!

Written by Brother Christian Mota



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