Condolences, Congratulations, and Kudos

Condolences to the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at Pennsylvania State University. On Sunday, September 27, 2015, sophomore Vitalya “Tally” Sepot died at the scene in a one-car roll-over accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The seven students in the car were Alpha Chi Omega and Tau Kappa Epsilon members who were returning from a trip to raise funds for THON, PSU’s student philanthropy. The other six students in the car were taken to the hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with the chapter and family members as well as the PSU THON community.

THON is the PSU IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. From its beginning in 1977, the event has raised more than $127 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Teams solicit funds in many ways, but a tried and true way is by canister solicitation, “canning.” Last weekend was the first of three official canning weekends. THON 2016 will take place February 19-21, 2016. Below is a photo from the chapter’s twitter feed of the memorial service held yesterday evening. (For additional information about the memorial service see

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Happy Founders Day to Delta Kappa Delta, founded in 1999 at Texas A&M University, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, founded in 1998 at UC-Davis.

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