Bob Cavaluchi ’64 reports on Sigma Tau Gamma, Pi Chapter Reunion 2007

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Sigma Tau Gamma, Pi Chapter Reunion—May 4-6, 2007

Reported by Bob Cavaluchi ’64 

The Brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma, Pi Chapter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who graduated from 1962-66, gathered for a reunion May 4-6, 2007, in Indiana, Pa. The following brothers were present: Patsy Aluise ’63, Don Anderson ’67, Byron Beard ’66, Dan Berdell ’65, Bob Cavaluchi ’64, Dave Dahlin ’63, Dick DeWitt ’64, Dan Edgar ’64, M’65, Cliff Huen ’64, M’71, Ken Humphrey ’62, Bob Kerr ’63, M’71, Stan Konowalski ’66, Bill Kreuder ’65, Denny Lipecky ’68, Ron Martini ’66, Jim Mazza ’64, Jim McCracken ’63, M’72, Gene Meglio ’64, Don Miller ’65, Jim Rankin ’63, Bill Rusnack ’66, Ray Rutter ’66, Chuck Sabatos ’65, John Sabatos ’63, M’67, Denny Summers ’66, M’68, Al Thomas ’64, Terry Wansor ’65, M’71, Gary Willison ’66, M’73, and Sam Zattiero ’62. Guests included Phyllis Aluise, Carol Walker Anderson ’66, Dotti Cavaluchi, Marlyn Dahlin ’63, Joy Kerr, Lou Ann Hauger Kreuder ’65, Sue Lipecky, Phyllis Pfouts McCracken ’63, Carol Meglio, Beverly DeLong, Marilyn Fleming Sabatos ’65, Jan Sabatos ’63, Nancy Lape Wansor ’65, Rose Mary Zattiero, Scott Morgan, and Mary Morgan ’91. 

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The reunion was organized by Byron Beard, with support in planning, organizing, and execution by the staff of the IUP Office of Alumni Relations, who went well beyond expectations in making this event a success.

The weekend started and ended with a golf outing at Tom’s Run at Chestnut Ridge, Blairsville, organized by Ron Martini. The Office of Alumni Relations sponsored a welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments Friday evening in the Breezedale Alumni Center. In addition to the brothers, Bob Davies, vice president for University Relations and executive director of the IUP Foundation; Mary Jo Lyttle ’86, M’89, director of Alumni Relations; Mary Morgan, assistant director of Alumni Relations; and several student ambassadors were present.

Saturday’s schedule included a pig roast at the Holiday Inn, a visit to the STG house, and an IUP campus guided tour, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Coney and a chapter meeting, with former president Terry Wansor presiding. A chapter room at the Holiday Inn was open throughout the weekend, with refreshments and displays of art work (a.k.a. pledge paddles), old photos, and other memorabilia. Brothers met one-on-one and in small groups to catch up on families and careers and to swap stories and pranks from the good ’ole days. Several of the brothers are still working, but many are retired. The variety of distinguished accomplishments and professional careers in academia, military service, sports, and private industry was very impressive. I found myself asking, “Is this really the same group of brothers I knew forty-two years ago?”

The next reunion will be in 2009, chaired by Jim McCracken and Gene Meglio. They and any other brothers who want to participate will meet next year to plan the reunion, at a time and place to be determined. If you graduated between 1962 and 1966 and would like to receive the announcement or be added to the mailing list, please provide your contact information to Bob Cavaluchi, 15016 Timberlake Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905 or e-mail cavaluch@yahoo.com.

All present were duly impressed with the students and staff they met, with the growth of the university facilities and student body (now at 14,248), current projects under construction, plans for future growth, and maintenance of existing facilities, many of which were campus mainstays in the early sixties. If you have not contributed to the Foundation for IUP to support this growth and upkeep, you are encouraged to do so. The current stewards of our alma mater are doing a superb job maintaining our legacy and building legacies for the future. They need our support. Your donation is important. This is the university that put us on the path to success.

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Bill and Lou Ann Kruder

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Bob Cavaluchi and Gene Meglio

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Dan Berdell, Bill Kruder, and Al Thomas

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Dick DeWitt

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Don and Carol Anderson listen to Chuck Sabatos

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John Sabatos

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Marilyn Sabatos and Bill Rusnack

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Terry Wansor

(May, 2007)