• Photo Flashback: The Class of '61, Then and Now!

    It hasn’t been too long since the Class of ’61 got together for its 50th anniversary and we found this blast from the past while looking through an old edition of La Vie, Penn State’s yearbook.

  • For Many Alpha Chi Sigma alums, Retirement and travel plans are on tap...

    Retirement and travel plans are on deck for a handful of alums. Click below to find out who!

  • Saquon Barkley has emerged quickly, and the Penn State running back has gotten even better each week

    The Skinny: Per Penn State athletic department rules, true freshman like Saquon Barkley aren’t allowed to speak to the media.

    That’s okay. The running back lets his legs do the talking for him and Barkley’s made a pretty vocal entrance into the world of college football with his quick feet, turbocharged burst and ability to make tacklers miss.

  • Dogs, Corvettes and Texas Living: We Caught Up With Rene Evangelista ’83

    Brother Rene Evangelista '83 hit the real world hard after graduating from Penn State. After moving to Dallas, he was forced to grow up and experience the harsh reality of the real world, but he never looked back. Click below to read more about what Rene has been up to.

  • Time is Running Out to See the Nittany Lions, Here Are the Types of Fans You'll Meet at Beaver Stadium

    Can you believe the college football regular season is nearing an end already? Penn State began the season with six-straight games in Pennsylvania — with five at Beaver Stadium — and will return home once more on Nov. 21 to face a rising Michigan team.

    So in honor of our last chance to take part in “The Greatest Show in College Football” this season, we bring you nine characters you’re sure to meet in Happy Valley on game days!

  • Anthony Zettel has Endured Tragedy While Leading Penn State's Defense the Last Month and a Half

    No Penn State player played the past few weeks with as heavy a heart as Anthony Zettel, whose father passed away the day before Penn State’s game against San Diego State after a long battle with cancer. Click below for a brief Q&A with Zettel, our Nittany Lion of the Month.

  • Here are four reasons you should be in town from Oct. 9-11!

    Penn Staters know that State College becomes the commonwealth’s third-largest city on Penn State football game days. With more than 100,000 fans packed into the stadium, Homecoming is always a very special weekend and few need incentive to make the trip back to town.

    But in case you’ve forgotten, need any motivation or are wondering what will make this year stand out from other Homecoming weekends, keep reading!

  • The Brotherhood is strong in the league!

    Like the bonds we forged in Alpha Chi Sigma, Penn State football players share a special camaraderie in their own. Turn on almost any NFL team’s game on Sundays – or Mondays or Thursdays – and you’ll find that Nittany Lion football brotherhood strongly represented.

    When the NFL season began on Sept. 10, Penn State was one of the best-represented college teams with 32 former Nittany Lions on professional rosters. An additional 10 are members of coaching staffs.

  • A Proud Brother Recaps Pioneers Reunion with Photos!

    Brothers And Their Families Enjoy Pioneer Reunion Weekend
    by Peter L. Yochim, ΑΧΣ 1965

    Twenty of us ΑΧΣ brothers graduated from Penn State in 1965 and three have passed away since then. Of the 17 survivors, nine gathered in State College for the Penn State Alumni Association's Pioneer Reunion this past summer. We still had eight of us and six wives in town when we gathered around the Nittany Lion Shrine.

  • No Alumni News yet this year? Can't Be! Send in your news now!

    With over 960 active AXE alumni spread out across the country, we’d like to know what everyone has been up to this summer!

    And since Fall is rapidly approaching, we’d imagine those summer vacations, picnics and parties are about finished. So, what did you do with your summer? Go on a trip? Get married? Get a new job? Welcome a baby or grandchild into the world?

    Meet up with any fellow brothers lately?

    If so, your brothers want to hear about it! Alumni updates not only serve as a healthy conduit to fellow brothers, they also can lead to profiles, alumni event ideas and help strengthen Nu Chapter bonds nationwide!

    Submit your alumni updates here!

  • The Bucks Stop Here? Can Penn State or anyone else dethrone the Buckeyes?

    Football season is approaching and it’s time to look at – and discuss – where Penn State fits in the Big Ten picture.

  • Gifts to AXE have been sparse this year, you can help change that!

    We are eight months into our giving year and we are seriously lagging as we try to reach our goal of raising $5,000 toward our annual fund. we’d like to turn in a remarkable month to cap this giving year. So far, just one alum has given back since January.

    With more than 960 active alumni, we know we can do much better! Click below to see why you should make a contribution.

  • Photo Flashback: Brothers from the 50's Immortalized at Beaver Stadium

    A few years ago a handful of brothers from the 50’s reunited at Beaver Stadium and got the rare chance to pose on the picturesque Kentucky Blue Grass to be forever immortalized in the south end zone.

    With football season rapidly approaching, we want to see your football photos! If you have any of yourself inside Beaver Stadium we’d like to see them! We want new ones too, so make sure you bring  your cameras this fall! Submit any photos and alumni updates here.

  • More good press for the chemistry department

    In our last edition, we recognized  Dr. Tom Mallouk – who was awarded with the Alpha Chi Sigma Outstanding Professor Award in 2003 – for being named to the National Academy of the Sciences earlier this year.

    Now, another Penn State’s chemistry department faculty member is making headlines.

    Professor of Chemistry Phil Bevilacqua recently was featured in the international weekly journal of science, Nature. Professor Bevilacqua’s research on RNA folding in vivo is really fascinating and the full article is an eye-opening read. It’s also another prime example of the success and respect Penn State’s chemistry department continues to enjoy.

    Penn State’s program ranked 21st out of more than 110 schools in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent Best Grad Schools for Chemistry list. The program ranked 12th in the National Research Council rankings released in 2012.

  • Mallouk Earns High Honor

    It is with great pride that Alpha Chi Sigma recognizes Dr. Tom Mallouk for recently being elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

    Penn State’s Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Mallouk becomes the most recent member elected for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.  It comes as no surprise to anyone who has worked with Dr. Mallouk over the years that he has earned one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

    You can read up on Tom’s work here.

  • Come back for Arts Fest!

    With Arts Fest rapidly approaching, we know many Nu Chapter Brothers may be planning to trek back to Happy Valley and visit their alma mater.

    Arts Fest begins on July 9 and runs through July 12. As in years past, there will be plenty to do in State College. Catch up with other brothers for a beer, dinner or round of golf!

  • Penn State report: Breaking down the offensive and defensive lines and quarterbacks

    The college football season is just around the corner, meaning it’s nearly time for ACS alums to pull out their blue and white jerseys and other Penn State football gear in preparation for Penn State’s second season under head coach James Franklin.

    It also means it’s time to start taking a look at where the Nittany Lions stand with training camp looming.

  • Informal Reunions at Beaver Stadium & Pegula Ice Arena!

    Looking for a reason to return to Happy Valley this fall? How about to see two of Penn State’s most followed teams in two of the best environments in college sports?

    The Penn State football and men’s hockey teams will begin play at Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, respectively. Combined, both teams will play 25 games in Happy Valley, giving AXE brothers plenty of options for informal reunions!

  • Why Rush? Because AXE and the Community Needs You!

    When asked why she decided to rush her sorority, Penn State student Katie Litwin opined in a recent issue of The Daily Collegian:

    “…I love philanthropy and giving back and it seems like a great way to make the campus a lot smaller.”

    What do you think? Why did you decide to join AXE and how have you benefited?

  • Offseason Report: How Nittany Lions Fit on their New NFL Teams

    We all bleed blue and white! Do you know how our Nittany Lions are looking for this upcoming season? With the NFL Draft in the rearview, rookies will be in and out of NFL cities over the next few weeks for mandatory rookie camps and symposiums. A handful of Penn State players were selected in the draft while a few more have signed free agent contracts or secured rookie camp tryouts. Their next step? Make their respective teams. Click here for the outlook for Penn State’s next crop of pro players as teams can hold rookie camps as early as May 15.

    Speaking of football, are you coming back to reunite with your brothers for Homecoming this fall? Homecoming Week 2015 will begin on October 4, with the Homecoming Football game against the Indiana Hoosiers on October 10th. Check out our future eLetters for more updates.

  • Miss The Game? See The Recap!

    Were you unable to make it back to Happy Valley for the Blue-White game?  Wonder if everything turned out the way it was planned?  No worries, you’re in luck!CLICK HERE for an article that encompasses all of the most important points of the 2015 Blue-White game in just one short piece. Check it out and stay in-the-know with the Nittany Lions and start preparing for the 2015 season!  

  • Hungry For More Photos? Check This One Out!

    Craving some more photos? Check this one out from 2007, with the AXE boys in the Penn State Blue and White!

    We’re missing YOUR photos. If you have some awesome pictures laying around from this year, last year, or yesteryear, scan and send them to our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You might just see your photo in an e-letter or newsletter! 

  • We're Trying To Regain Our Members. Aid Us Today!

    We’re still trying to increase and bring back into the fold as many alumni as we can possibly get. Please look atthe list here and try and figure out if you know where any of these brothers are. If you do know, please send their contact information to our alumni relations office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Why join us? Well, online we release a monthly e-letter, you receive up-to-date information on events and possible goings-on, as well as official access to any parts of the website.

    Send your email. Join the herd. We’re waiting for you! 

  • PSU Headed to Pinstripe Bowl

    It has been a long three seasons since the Nittany Lions made their way into a postseason bowl game. Well, we made it! Penn State will play Boston College at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, December 27 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

  • Holiday Gifts Fit For a Lion

    Looking for the perfect gift for the Penn Staters in your life? Try one of these unique ideas...

  • Holiday Wishes from Alpha Chi Sigma

    This time of year encourages us to take a step back, pause, and take a moment to think about and be thankful for the opportunities we have been given. We want to thank YOU wholeheartedly for your support.

  • The Nittany Nus Newsletter is on the Way!

    Watch for The Nittany Nus to hit your mailbox in the coming weeks! 

  • Join Us for Our Annual Meeting

    Saturday, Nov. 22 … It's an away-game weekend. So, make plans to return to State College, join us for our 10:00 a.m. annual meeting at 406 S. Pugh St. and then catch the PSU game against Illinois with some fellow alumni at one of your old State College haunts. Click below to submit your RSVP.

  • Step Up Your Game! Accept the CHALLENGE!

    Click below to find out how you can compete today!

  • We Cracked Open the Vault!

    Check out what we found! This is a group of brothers initiated into Nu Chapter on April 16, 1955. Click below to read more and to find out how you can submit your own old photos.

  • We Want You!

    ...To donate to THON. Click below to see a group that really needs your support!

  • A Few of Our Favorite Things … the Alpha Chi Sigma PSU Top 10

    As you think about Alpha Chi Sigma at Penn State and the value in being a part of this organization, what are your favorite things? What motivates you to give to your fraternity? We have come up with our own list of reasons to stay connected, support Nu Chapter and help us return to our glory days.
    We want your feedback on this Top 10. If you have other favorites to add to the list, e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We want to hear from you!

  • Homecoming 2014: Prepare to Honor the Purpose, Carry the Pride

    On the heels of the announcement that the NCAA has restored Penn State's bowl game eligibility and scholarships effective in 2015, along with the team's eligibility to play in this year's Big Ten Championship game, let us "raise the song, raise the song" with our brothers at Alpha Chi Sigma as we prepare for Homecoming 2014. Click below to read about events planned for the week and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest student-run homecoming in the nation.

  • So, What's Your Story?

    Whether you ran a marathon this last year, welcomed your first child (or grandchild), traveled the world or met up with a few brothers for a PSU football game, we want to know it. Now is your chance tell us your story!

  • 8 Tips for Your Return to Happy Valley This Fall!

    The countdown is on for the 2014 Penn State football season with kickoff just a few short weeks away! That hopefully means your return trip to Happy Valley is around the corner! Whether you went to Penn State when the Skeller still had Ponies or could participate in the Phi Psi 500, there is something we can all agree on: It's great to be home. Click below to see the checklist of things to watch for when you come back to Happy Valley this fall!

  • Rathskeller Celebrates 82 Years!

    The Rathskeller, the oldest bar in State College, celebrates its 82nd year this fall!  Countless Penn Staters have spent many a night at the well-known establishment, just as you probably did!  Check out the full story on the Collegian's website.

    Tell us your best and greatest Rathskeller memory. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll use your story in the next eletter! C'mon, you know you will enjoy sharing these and reading other brothers' stories!

  • Join the Club with Dr. John A.L. Campbell '60

    Thank you to the one donor who has given to our Annual Fund since the kickoff of our new giving year on Jan. 1, 2014. Donations such as this are key in helping us jumpstart our alumni communications this year and start to plan for alumni events back in Happy Valley. Help us connect our members "with a life of true meaning and lasting friendship." Click below to find out how you can make your gift today.

  • Make Every PSU Home Game a Reunion!

    Have you ever wondered how you can find which of your Alpha Chi Sigma brothers and sisters are returning for PSU home football games? Now it's easy. All you have to do is register on our Nu Chapter alumni website for each game you will be attending this fall. Next month, we will be publishing the list of alumni registered to attend each game. This gives you all a chance to make plans as Nu alumni and reconnect. Click below to read more. 

  • Can You Help Us Find Some of Our Alumni?

    We need your help. Some of our brothers and sisters have lost touch with us. Job changes, moves, technology upgrades … there are a lot of reasons that our contact information changes. But some of you might know how we can get these brothers back on our mailing and email distribution lists. Click below to find out what addresses we are missing and how you can submit any information you have for these brothers.

  • Looking for Homecoming Photos Past and Present

    Brothers, we're working on building out the photo album section of our website. With Homecoming last month, we thought we'd start with collecting Homecoming photos! Go through your camera cards or shoeboxes and find pictures of Homecomings past and present!

  • I'm Thankful For Tasteless Humor and Terrible Roommates

    It's one of our favorite times of year—Thanksgiving.  Click "read more" to find out how our fraternity brothers gave us so much to be thankful for, no matter how inappropriate, and then be sure to share your own stories and photos!

  • AXE Brothers Come Home

    Calling all AXE Brothers! October 12 is just around the corner and we hope you're planning your trip "home" if you haven't already. Penn State has a jam-packed Homecoming planned complete with an Ice Cream Social and Alumni Zone Tailgate.

  • Color Me Happy: The 2013 Homecoming Color Run

    Do you believe in unicorns and the power of the rainbow?  More than 10,000 runners were asked the same question at this past weekend’s 5K Color Run in Happy Valley.  This race, dubbed as “the happiest 5K on the planet” drew a huge crowd, including teams of fraternity and sorority undergrads and alumni.  

  • 2013 THON Recap…the Details and Dollars

    Ever wondered how Penn State comes up with those final fundraising figures?  Or what portion of your gift actually goes FTKs?  

  • Penn State Homecoming 2013 vs Michigan

    The 2013 Homecoming Committee and Penn State Alumni Association have planned a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend for returning alumni around the theme Generations Evolve, Tradition Remains,beginningOctober 11. Join brothers to cheer on the Nittany Lions as we face off with the Michigan Wolverines.

  • Author aims Spotlight at Penn State Football, Brotherhood Shines

    In a widely-circulated, recent article by John U. Bacon of the Wall Street Journal, Penn State Football is lauded for its ability to foster what epitomizes our love for the chapter and school: brotherhood.

  • The Reality is that Fear Damages; Truth Heals- A Message to the Board of Trustees

    Spencer Niles, author of this article, is a participant in the NCAA Lawsuit. He is a member of the PS4RS Board and is a Penn State alumnus earning his doctoral degree from the College of Education in 1986. He served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State from 2000-2013.

  • Attention: Lion Fraternity Alumni Association Face Off State College Borough

    The LFAA are facing off with the State College Borough yet again, only this time the new challenge relates to the Borough’s proposed changes to the point system that dictates suspension of rental properties. They have written a letter and have asked that we distribute it to all brothers. Please read the letter carefully as the matters discussed therein greatly affect Greek life at Penn State.

  • FSPAC Fights for Tax Break Legislation

    With nearly 70% of all Congressmen and senators belonging to Greek organizations, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is rallying to gain their support for a tax break bill that would mean massive changes for every Greek organization. However, recent negative media coverage of the legislation threatens to derail FSPAC efforts so far.

  • Alpha Chi Sigma's Website Gets a Makeover

    Have you seen the changes on our website? To improve your online experience, we are excited to share our revamped web platform, complete with a visual overhaul and new features to make reconnecting easier. The website is still available at www.axepsu.org, but your username and password have changed temporarily (you can change yours back when you login the first time). 

  • Penn State Home Opener and Other Football Weekends

    Penn State Football is back in Happy Valley on September 7 as the Nittany Lions face Eastern Michigan at Noon. Get more details on the home opener weekend and other football weekends that include more University athletics and activities, and Happy Valley events.

  • Flashback From the 60's!

    If you haven't already checked these out, then you are missing out! See class photos from the 40's, 50's 60's (like this featured one), 70's and on up! Recognize any alumni? All smiles from decades of AXE!

    View more in the Composites album.

  • Arts Fest Tradition Brings Alumni Home to Happy Valley: July 10-14

    Need a reason to reunite with Penn State friends? Want to show your kids where "the good old days" happened? The 47th Annual Festival of the Arts is right around the corner and guarantees a memorable experience for both your college crew and family.

    As always, Arts Fest offers an array of food, live music and, of course, row upon row of incredible artwork. With more than 125,000 people expected to attend, you might bump into some old friends and acquaintances along the way. Some hotels still have space available, or try hotels just outside State College. If you're close by, it's the perfect day trip. Hope to see you there!

  • Alum Recalls Memories of the Old House

    Recently, alumnus Ben Moore '97 wrote in about his sadness over the chapter house's closing:

    "It is a shame that our house has to close. I have so many great and some not-so-great memories in that house! When I look back, I can mainly remember the good. We had so much fun at football games! Dizzy Bats, parties, Thon, etc... All the guys were usually willing to help a brother in need! I have lost touch with most of the people from these years, but the house is what tied us all together! It seems like a member of the family has died.

  • 1000+ Professional Networking Opportunities

    Take advantage of the professional networking benefits that comes with being a brother in Alpha Chi Sigma by joining the national organization's LinkedIn group today!

  • The Last Hurrah of College

    Exams are over, the boxes are packed, and the cap and gown is pressed and ready for the big event. Graduation day is such a bittersweet moment in our lives, as we say goodbye to the youth and vitality of college life, and usher in a new era in our lives: full-blown adulthood. Think back to your own time and tell us a story about your graduation day. How did you spend your final days as an undergraduate member of AXE? Were there any last hurrahs or memorable moments with brothers that especially stand out?

  • Flashback

    If you haven't already checked these out, then you are missing out! See class photos from the 40's, 50's 60's (like this featured one), 70's and on up! Recognize any alumni? All smiles from decades of AXE!

    View more in the Composites album.

  • Problem at Nu Chapter

    Dear Nu chapter brothers of Alpha Chi Sigma,

    In mid October we received a notification that Nu chapter was being deactivated by the Supreme Council (1) of Alpha Chi Sigma for a violation of the national Risk Management Policy. The active chapter and the Nine Old Men negotiated with the Supreme Council over the next month to drop the inactivation decision without success.

  • A 20 Year Old with 48 Extra Years of Experience

    We recently came across this great story in the New York Times, featuring a 68-year-old man who enrolled in college – and chose to join a fraternity – at age 65. It’s a great read and a testament to the true fraternity values and the definition of brotherhood.

    Would you do it all over again, and relive your fraternity experience in today's day and age? Share your response below. 

  • Photo Memories

    We love old memories, especially when they come with a photo! View glimpses of the old house, hairstyles, clothing, and maybe some familiar looking traditions. Check out more memories from years past in AXE in the photo albums section. 

  • Remembering Our Heroes this May

    May is just several weeks away. This year, we’d like to share your thoughts, messages, and memories of those soldiers who have served their country. Maybe you want to send well-wishes to a brother who may have lost a family member in Afghanistan or Iraq? Or you simply want to share a fond memory of a long-lost brother who died in combat? Now you can.

  • Searching for Nearly 700 Alumni

    We need your help! There are currently close to 700 Nu alumni on our lost email list, including George Christy '67, John Copelli '76, Linda Ladick Rothchild '84, Kyle Ross '90 and Anne Ricketts '02. This means that we don't have valid email addresses on file for them to receive our eLetter and other electronic communications. Please help us to reach more alumni more frequently and cost effectively by reviewing our lost email list. If you recognize any of the names on the list, simply click them to send an email to our alumni relations firm with their updated contact information. Our email database is used solely for chapter communications.

    Thank you for your help!

  • AXE Alum Flies High

    Thanks to Edward "Ned" Ridings '71 for sharing this story.

    He writes, "I recently got my private pilot license and bought a single engine Cessna. I continue to work as a general surgeon in Lewistown, Pa. I owe meeting my wife of 41 years to AXE (during week with AOPi). I also found my continuing best friend, Tom Peiffer, in AXE. We introduced Tom to his wife Sue through AXE and they actually married before us. We continue to see them yearly or more and vacation together often; they live in Phoenix."

    Share YOUR news in the alumni updates section. 

  • What Do You Miss Most about Living in Happy Valley?

    No matter how far away you are today, you share a great experience with 1,008 other brothers: getting to spend four (or more!) years living in Happy Valley.

    What do you miss most about living on campus? Share your story below or on the message board.

  • Steve Ritthamel '81: "The People Made the Ticket"

    Thank you to Steve Ritthamel '81 for participating in this Q&A. In it he shares why he joined AXE, his most memorable moments, and the value of respect in his alumni years.

  • Show Your Support of THON

    If you are planning to donate to THON this year, please go to www.thon.org and designate your gift to the Professional Chemistry Club, which represents the actives in our house at 406 S. Pugh St.

  • Ain’t Young Love Grand?

    There's nothing quite like romance in college. Tell us your stories:

  • Gone but Not Forgotten

    Happy Valley has a rich history of places and traditions from yesteryear. Unfortunately, many of these no longer exist.

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  • Alumni Association Adds New Officers, Continues to Grow Active Chapter

    By Joe Nock

    The Alumni Association of Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma held its annual meeting on November 10th. Jackie Bortiatynski, Brain Shaffer, Perry Stambaugh and Fred Vosbury were confirmed for three-year terms and Jason Minnion was added to the Board which now has ten out of the allowed 12 members.

  • Class Composites from All Eras! Find Yours...

    Check out Alpha Chi Sigma all through the years in our Composites folder in the photo album section! They range back from the 40s to the 2000's. Add your comments, share it with friends and fellow classmates and send in your own if you come across any!

    A big thank you to Fred Vosbury '73 for submitting almost all of the quality pictures and memories in the album.

    Check out this great one from the '72!

  • Making an Impact - 2012

    In an effort to increase alumni participation in our communications program, we will be asking questions each month that will hopefully prompt some funny, meaningful and creative responses.

  • A Lifetime of Connections, Thanks to AXE

    Thank you to Ned Ridings '71 for submitting the following...

    "I owe meeting my wife of 41 years to AXE (Spring week with AOPi). I also found my continuing best friend, Tom Peiffer, in AXE. We introduced Tom to his wife Sue through AXE and they actually married before us. We continue to see them yearly or more and vacation together often; they live in Phoenix."

    Did you make lifelong connections thanks to AXE? Click on the headline to share your story.

  • Nothing Beats Having Good Friends

    Thank you to Lou Pelosi '76 for participating in this Q&A. He shares why he joined AXE, how he met his wife Kathy, and how the fraternity still makes an impact on his life today - through good friends.

    Click on the headline to read the Q&A.

  • Board Meeting

    The Alumni Association of Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma held a board meeting on September 8th in State College. The house is filled for the fall semester and there are only two openings for the spring semester. The financial status of the house is stable.

    The Board discussed house rules, maintenance and recruiting for next year. New members of the board Jim Delaney, John Zwick and Perry Stambaugh were welcomed.