Alpha-Delta Brothers Speak Up
In last month’s e-letter, we sent out a survey to our Alpha-Delta Alumni. Now, we’d like to share some of our favorite responses with you! If you want to answer these questions yourself, please CLICK HERE to take the survey. You may see your Alpha-Delta memories, photos or reflections published in a future newsletter or e-letter. We’d love to hear from all our Alpha-Delta Alumni! Here are your Brothers responses.
Christopher Longwill ‘73
“From time to time I run into guys who were friends in college.
In order for the association to reach its full potential, that requires as many brothers as possible to participate. I admit that I don’t. Interestingly, thanks to the alumni contact list, I’m trying to get in touch with a guy who lives along the way to a job that I will be driving to in 2 weeks. We haven’t talked or seen each other in probably 45 years or so.
Not much interesting happening in my life. My wife and I did vacation in Italy last summer. Alas, we did not visit Bologna.”
David Dick ‘74
“The fraternity was important in my life back then, and that remembrance pulls a little on the heartstrings. Also, seeing the names of some of the guys I went to school creates a little desire to join them again to, in a way, support our group of guys.
My brothers. Pledge brothers and older brothers alike. That special feeling of being part of something bigger than you. So many good memories, from hell week to dining together (I can still hear Gunner yelling about being in the clean plate club). Camaraderie is the word, and a special bond that forms. I have a real brother, but the older guys in the house had way more influence in my life.
We should all strive to continue to do the right thing by others. The old Golden Rule is still so apt. We’d all be better off or more folks followed it.
So many years have gone by without reconnecting, and everybody’s lives take different paths. I have not stayed close, while other guys do. Reading the alumni newsletter helps to keep up a little. And I know one of my old roommates, Rick Merti, just relocated back to State College. I hope Rick and Robin are loving it. Who knows, I may end up at the pig roast.
Retired from practicing law, and spending winters cycling in Arizona and Florida. Life is good, knock wood. My wife and I are lucky to have good health and good friends. Can’t ask for more.”
Richard Fisher ‘75
“I enjoyed my time back in the 70’s at the frat.
I haven’t tapped into the KE network or attended any functions in years, but at this stage of my life I’m a storyteller and I have many interesting stories from my four years in the house as the social chairman.
Being able to offer young men a scholarship or the opportunity to grow as a person and be able to successfully navigate life and a career.
We should strive to become mentors for our young men and discuss opportunities and life lessons learned.
I “semi-retired” in January 2019 and now have three consulting jobs because my golf game stinks.”
V. Paul O’Brien ‘71
“Brotherhood continues now, even 49 years after having graduated.
We need to do more than “tail-gating”. We need someone to oversee an annual get together of all available alums for a weekend of activity within the State College/Campus Area.
We should get busy on “getting Us back” on a regular basis. I would love to reunite with the graduating Classes of ’69, ’70, ’71 and ’72.
I’m now retired and living the Life!”
Louis Koehler ‘69
“I thoroughly enjoyed my years at KS and the enduring friendships I made. Many of the friendships have been maintained over the past 50 years since graduation. I don’t get to football games but have attended the recent reunions of the ’69-70 (and others) classes. I’m amazed at how successful most of us were during our working careers.
It was the guys in the house who made the experience. More recently, the alumni reunions have been great.
The Association does a good job of keeping alums informed of what’s going on. They were able to rebuild the house after it folded. I haven’t interacted with any of the current members but they seem like good guys
I’ve been retired now for almost 10 years. Split my time between Cranford and the Jersey shoe at Manasquan. Still do some consulting and write a monthly column for the Trade Association.”
Kevin Coppins ‘92
“The most valuable part of my Kappa Sig experience is staying connected with brothers from my era, as well as potentially helping undergrads make the transition to the working world.
Regular communication – and ideally, connecting brothers who have similar jobs post college. Example – all the IT sales related folks, get them together. All the CxO’s – get them together… all the engineers, etc.
The more the network can help the future, the better. Would also be good for undergrads to know which alumni networks to plug into.
I just took a job as the President and CEO of Spirion, LLC a leading Data Privacy and Security firm based out of St. Petersburg FL.”