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Mark Singel '75

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Q & A with Mark Singel '75

An Impressive Political History ... but a Phi Kapp at Heart

Some of you know him as "Pooh Bear." Many of you know him as a former lieutenant governor in the state of Pennsylvania.

Today, Brother Mark Singel '75 is a lobbyist providing government affairs services to clients in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. We caught up with him to see if we could learn about his days at Pi Kappa Phi and how his Alpha Mu experiences have impacted his life today. We hope you enjoy this alumni profile.

 

Why did you join Pi Kappa Phi at Penn State?
I was introduced to the fraternity by my future brother-in-law who was a brother. I was impressed by the diversity and camaraderie that existed in the chapter back then.

 

Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.
My fondest memories have to do with spontaneous events like 3:00 a.m. soul-searching sessions with friends in various stages of sobriety, road trips (the details of which are shielded by fraternal confidentiality), football weekends and raucous chapter meetings.

 

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?
The brothers of Pi Kapp have been a source of friendship and support in my public endeavors and have never hesitated to weigh in on policy issues. While most of my closest friends are political "antagonists," they have helped me balance my own perspectives, and it is a real comfort to know they are there.

 

With whom do you still stay in contact?
The Pi Kapp Invitational involves eight to 12 brothers from my era who get together for golf and reminiscences at least once a year. The Skip Moehler ('77) tailgate is still a good way to catch up with folks during football weekends. I am grateful that I still have Phil Buriak '73, John Talone '74, Pat Ryan '74, Bill Lane '75, Bill Walsh '77, Jeff Wilhour '76, Skip Moehler, Brian Lehman '76, Steve DiOrio '78, Fred Fisher '74, Casey Moore '89, Vince Weiser '74, Bob Igo '77, Yota, Arnold McFarland '75, Randy Hughes '75, Scott Edelman '75, Rob Trotter '75 and many others on my Rolodex.

 

Tell us about your family.
I am married to Jackie, and we have three children: Allyson Singel Aldous (22), Jonathan (19 - junior at Penn State and occasional visitor to Pi Kapp) and Christoper (17 - freshman and a Pi Kapp at George Washington University!).

 

What other activities or organizations were you involved with during college?
Aside from my positions as archon, secretary and rush chairman for Phi Kapp, I was involved with the undergraduate student government, IFC, President's University Council as a student representative, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Parmi Nous and the Young Democrats. Additionally, I held legislative internships with the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

 

Did you live in the house?
Yes, I lived in the house and experienced a string of roommates who usually moved on to avoid my snoring. Bill Lane and I roomed together for a semester. My most memorable times with him have to do with attending each other's weddings, watching our children grow up and supporting each other in wrenching life experiences - like our 50th birthdays!

 

What affiliations do you currently have?
I served as chief of staff to two members of Congress, a state senator, a lieutenant governor and the acting governor of Pennsylvania. I directed the Pennsylvania Energy Office, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, several state boards and commissions and was chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. I served as president of Pennsylvania's Electoral College in 1997 and was a delegate to four national conventions. I served as the governor's representative on the Penn State Board of Trustees, as a trustee for St. Francis University and hold several honorary doctoral degrees. I serve on the boards of energy and financial concerns. I continue to remain active in politics at several levels and served as chairman of the Transition Executive Committee to Governor Ed Rendell.

 

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy the guitar, karaoke (bad), golf and the occasional Texas Hold 'Em with my sons.

 

What are your goals for the next few years?
I want to continue to provide quality representation for all of my clients while leaving the door open to another political venture.

 

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