STEPHEN J. DIORIO ‘78: PI KAPPA PHI GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AS A LEADER

Stephen J. DiOrio ‘78 (steve@stevediorio.com) remembers what made him to decide to pledge to Pi Kappa Phi. “It was the closeness of the brothers in the brotherhood and the beautiful condition of the chapter home.”  

He says that Pi Kappa Phi stood apart on Penn State’s campus. “The brothers were engaged in fraternity activity on campus and the leadership of the chapter in the IFC.” 

His favorite memory? “Initiation into the brotherhood with the members of my pledge class,” he says.  

DiOrio says that Pi Kappa Phi impacted his life long after graduation. “I had the opportunity to grow as a leader and to manage the affairs of the Chapter.”  

He says that giving back is critical for him. “The leadership skills and lessons that are taught in working together with others for a common purpose and goal are not skills and lessons that are taught in a classroom. Creating those opportunities for today’s generation of young adults has never been more important.” 

He says that even more could be done with more donations. “We could impact more young lives in a positive way and provide a living environment that is clean, contemporary and purposeful.”  

“Fraternity life is different today than it was during my years at Penn State, but so is the world in so many ways,” he added. “We need to adapt to those changes while still providing the important lessons of leadership, good citizenship and purpose.” 

Without Pi Kappa Phi, I wouldn’t be the same man I am today. 

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