President’s Letter

Dear Brothers,

Unfortunately, I again start this letter on a sad note. James O. Trainer (1973) passed away on February 16, 2022. He was affectionately known as “Pie” by his close Alpha Delta brothers. Please see the attached article with pictures (old & new) and Jim’s obituary.

We have a nice article from Brother Rodd McDanel (1977). He reminiscences about his positive experiences with Alpha-Delta and his times as an active brother at Penn State. Equally important is Rodd’s acknowledgment of how his fraternity experience at Penn State provide him valuable lessons throughout life. Thanks for sharing, Rodd!

The current THON is behind us now, with a record-breaking total donation. Brother Jim France (1982) provides a nice trip down memory lane with his experiences as a dancer in the IFC Dance Marathon in 1980, now called THON. Many people do not realize that THON (largest student run philanthropy in the world) was created from Penn State Greek Life! Thanks Jim!

As you all know, our Alumni Corporation directors are all volunteers. We do this to keep Alpha-Delta connected, something that is needed now more than ever. Our newsletters and other communications, which we have been able to provide continuously for over 50 years, are solely funded through generous Alumni donations. This annual program and other corporate expenses continue to exist regardless of the Active Chapter status.

To date, our annual fundraising campaign is far below our target levels. We thank those who have already contributed to our campaign. If you have not already done so, please consider a donation, at any level, so that we can continue to provide quality communications for you, our esteemed Alumni. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Finally, as you read this newsletter, keep in mind that our Alumni updates are very popular. Why not take a moment to send in a short update (pictures make updates even better) to let your brothers see what you have been up to. Make sure we also have your current email address and contact information.

Looking forward to a nice warm spring & summer!


Ed Gorkes