"A friendship founded on mutual esteem and dependence..."
"A friendship founded on mutual esteem and dependence..."

Stepping Up for the Old Lady

Message from Bill Rottschaefer, Sigma Triton '01, Vice President of Alumni House Corporation:


Since our founding, our brotherhood has relied on the generosity and benevolence of you, our esteemed alumni. With our charge house turning 90 years young this year, we ask you to donate in support our Brotherhood.

In 1923, Brother H.O. Smith and other alumni funded the construction of our house at 305 East Prospect Avenue. From these brothers’ benevolence of $40,000 and the support of alumni since, our brotherhood has seen more than 1,000 men pass through the halls of our home.

Through the decades, our fraternity has grown and remained bound together through a friendship founded on mutual esteem and dependence. Whether you are a member of the Beta Charge of Sigma Phi Sigma or a recent Theta Delt initiate, we are one brotherhood that continues to positively impact the Penn State community each and every day.

Now in our house’s 90th year, we are asking you to continue in the steps of Brother H.O. Smith and others who followed his example by making a donation in support of our Brotherhood. Unlike the contributions at house events which offset the expenses for these events, donations to the house corporation are set aside specifically for maintaining alumni communications and for accelerating renovations to the physical structure of our house.  Thus, your continued support here is critical to the success of these efforts.


There are many methods to donated to our House and Brotherhood.  Here are some methods:

  • One-Time Donation by Check or Credit Card: You can make a one time donation by credit card or check by clicking here
  • Recurring Donation by Credit Card: You can sign up for a recurring monthly, quarterly or annual contribution, which will assist us in capital planning by clickng here
  • Bequests as Part of Estate Planning: You may also make a bequest to the brotherhood within your estate planning by clicking here


We are also open to receiving the assistance and support that you may be able to provide outside a donation.  In past renovation projects, brothers have stepped in to provide architecture services and gerneral contracting support.  Brothers have provided assistance in setting up our eNewsletter and our website. We are open to considering offers of support to the brotherhood.


Thank you for your support of our Brotherhood.  Because of you, our Brotherhood has been able to continue long past the initial investments that Brother H.O. Smith and others made back in 1923. 


If you have any questions of me or in regard to donating to the House, please contact me via the link below.


Kindest regards,


Bill L.. Rottschaefer, Sigma Triton '01

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We asked a handful of alumni to share their thoughts with you in regards to why they donate. Here is some of the feedback we received:

"I’m so proud to be able to give back to our fraternity as Theta Delta Chi has had such a meaningful influence on my life since I pledged in the Fall of 1996. I want to make sure that Theta Delta Chi can continue to impact future brothers the way my life has been."


Cuong C.. Dang, Sigma Triton ’01

"My membership in our great fraternity did not end after graduation. It is my responsibility to ensure our charge of Theta Delta Chi is alive and well, and the best way that I can do that, in lieu of spending my time there, is to donate consistently. This is the responsibility of each alum who says he loves the House and has the means to do so. We are one of the few fraternities who own our House, and I have a great sense of pride for that ownership in which I share. Our Brotherhood, our House and the values fostered there helped me grow into a better man and helped me find wonderful friends and allies that still enrich my life today — this is why I give to the House."

Michaeljohn A.. Tristani, Sigma Triton ’08

"As a proud alumnus of Sigma Triton, I am honored and compelled to give back to the House. I recall a time when I was president of the Charge in the mid-’70s and humbly asking for assistance from the alumni association for major issues within the House. Most often, we were accommodated as needed, and it not only made living in the House much more pleasant, it made the rush effort much easier. I cherish the bonds and friendships made through the years, both as an active and as an alum. I feel that the education and character building derived from living with my Brothers has contributed as much, if not more, as the classroom experience at PSU to the success I found throughout my career. I find that giving this same opportunity to future Theta Delts and creating an atmosphere within the physical plant of our House is an obligation we all should take seriously. The gift of friendships that last a lifetime is not to be taken for granted and allowing this to continue for generations is a gift we should all be willing to give. So many have sacrificed for “The Old Lady,” and giving back is a small price to pay for future generations to experience the same.”


Tim “Gus” J.. Gustafson, Sigma Triton '77

"I have always been really grateful for acceptance by my top choice fraternity at Penn State. All of the guys were great then and have been ever since. I am very proud of the success they all have had in their lives. I feel that the fraternity has continued to initiate top-quality Brothers who represent the House very well at PSU, within the State College community and ever increasingly within
the national office of Theta Delta Chi. I especially appreciate having had a place at Penn State to call home. I am glad to have had an excellent alumni corporation. It has done very well to keep up the House, now over 90 years old and very expensive to maintain.”

H. Ray Hallett, Sigma Triton '55

"Maybe I am little different: far from the House, Arab, English as second language and Muslim. With all of these differences and through many years, my loyalty remains as strong as the first day I pledged.”


Asim A.. Al-Raisi, Sigma Triton '91

“I would echo the sentiments about the friendships that I started at the House and the fact that they have grown stronger over the years. In a funny twist, I actually started donating more in the past couple years partly due to Brother Eric Kelley’s (SigTri ’04) efforts around the Charitos Society and the Ed Foundation. When I decided to send a check to that, it occurred to me that I should do more to support my home Charge. I also think that the e-mail list has helped to at least keep the House in the forefront of my thoughts.“

Tod A.. Stenger, Sigma Triton ’93

"Helping to ensure the future of the House to the benefit of others is an important priority for me. During my time at PSU, my pledge class had the good fortune of living in the House shortly after the kitchen, bathrooms and second floor were renovated. Though I can’t return to the House as frequently as I’d like, I enjoy going back and finding that things are still well kept and in working order. Likewise, when I see some of the areas of the House in disrepair, it motivates me to do even more to ensure a comfortable and safe living environment for my college Brothers. TDX has afforded me some of my best and lifelong friends over the years. Giving something back is the least I can do.”


Matt D.. Miller, Sigma Triton ’96

“My motivation is very simple. I thoroughly enjoyed my four years in the House and the friendships I made there. I want that ambiance to continue.”


Jan D.. Steber, Sigma Triton ’54

“I have to say I donate because I feel I was lucky to have found Sigma Triton. Not only did it give me Brothers whom I will treasure for life, it also gave me experience operating in an organization where people had differing opinions. I feel like it is under-recognized how much the ridiculousness of the House has actually prepared us for the ridiculousness of actual, real life.”

Phil R.. Parker, Sigma Triton ’08

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