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Alpha Chi is Back!

I’m pleased to report that things are back on track at Alpha Chi. Since last year, a number  of Alums have stepped-up and gotten involved  to help to get us back to an operationally sound state. Better communication with the Chapter has helped too. Chapter Advisor Byron Woodrum, HC Treasurer Bruce Karper and Alumni House Manager Andy Gildersleeve have been tireless in their work to help make things better. Sigma Chi Grand Praetor William Sapoch has also been very supportive, as has Regional Director Art Berg.

The Chapter recruits a record Pledge Class

While we can always do better, the Chapter is working with us. Chapter Advisor Byron Woodrum is doing an outstanding job working with the Chapter. As an example— the Chapter just got a record Class of 32 Pledges and held initiation at the end of March. They had a good THON and a successful Derby Days. Parents Weekend was also a huge success!

The House is the cleanest it has been in years and as the Actives head home for the summer we are making plans for our 29th Annual Alumni Weekend.

Blue White Weekend

We had a successful Alumni breakfast on 4/13 – about 20 alumni showed up. Great meeting and some great food. Lots of good discussions with the Chapter officers about making Alpha Chi great. The House was clean and families got to hangout in the great hall and discuss the prospects for the Nittany Lions and who the starting QB will be in the fall.

Our Great House

Our Chapter House is 93-years-old and maintaining our great house takes time and it takes money. Andy Gildersleeve has been a champion in working with our contractors on a number of projects, including work on our outside porches, floors, and adding security cameras on the outside of our property.








  • We plan to paint the entire House this summer – all bedrooms too.
  • We plan to refinish the great hall floors this summer.
  • We plan to install security cameras and new locks (RMF recommends this.)

What We Have Done

  • We bought new furniture for the great hall, card room and dining room
  • We held a Planning Retreat with the Chapter to set goals for Spring Semester
  • We have the House cleaned 2x a week – this started in January and is making a difference
  • We have a security service that monitors parties – partially, to protect our activities from Police and PSU.
  • We have rental agreements for the House and for each Brother in place. Thanks to Bob Shuster for all his work on this.
Pictured – James Rommel, Will Dixon, Andrew Dixon, Bud Shuster,
Bill Shuster, Garrett Shuster, Bob Shuster and Jonathan Shuster









The result is that the House is much cleaner and the Brothers are also doing their part. Damage is down and the House looks more like a domicile.

How you can Help
There are a number of ways you can help:

  • Spread the word with other alumni that we are back.
  • Attend our Events: Alumni Weekend and Homecoming.
  • Get involved. We are always looking for assistance from alumni. We are a volunteer organization.
  • Donate. Our donations are down this year compared to past years. A donation of $100, $250, $500 or $1000 or more would be greatly appreciated and will help to offset some of our project costs. You can donate online by visiting our website, pennstatesig.org.

We hope to see you at our 29th Annual Alumni Weekend on June 7-9th in Happy Valley. Remember, Alpha Chi of Sigma Chi is BACK!!

In Hoc,

Jim Lundy ’82

House Corporation President