Theta Chi fraternity pledges $100K to university

Theta Chi fraternity logoYoungstown State University will name a Kilcawley Center computer lab in honor of the Theta Chi fraternity, a way to recognize fraternity alumni of the Epsilon Delta chapter who raised $100,000 in pledges and donations for future renovations at Kilcawley.

An event celebrating the naming of the Theta Chi Computer Lab, located on the second floor of Kilcawley, YSU’s student center, is set for 10 a.m. Sat., July 21. Theta Chi was active on the YSU campus from 1956 through 2010 and is the first fraternity to have a room on campus named in its honor.

Paul G. Perantinides, ’66, a Theta Chi alumnus and Akron attorney, initiated the fundraising effort in October 2011. Paul Zaffaroni and Angelo Ford, both 1969 graduates, motivated support for the $100,000 goal by launching an email campaign to chapter alumni nationwide.

YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson, a guest at a Theta Chi reunion dinner in Sarasota, Fla. in March, said it was “truly inspiring” to hear the fraternity alumni share stories of their experiences at YSU. “At that gathering, it was clear that the friendships created on campus were genuine and lasting,” she said. “I’m so pleased that the members wish to support YSU by establishing a campus legacy for their fraternity.”

In all, 74 Theta Chi brothers contributed, and several made additional gifts in memory of 13 deceased members. A donor plaque will be unveiled at the room naming ceremony, listing the donors’ names and the deceased members in whose names memorial gifts were given. A representative from the Theta Chi International headquarters will be present, along with representatives from the deceased members’ families.

Theta Chi, a part of the Greek system, was founded in 1856 and is one of the oldest men’s college fraternities in North America. It has more than 160,000 members and 220 chapters nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact Catherine Cala in the Department of University Development, 330-941-3119.

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