Penn State Love Stories: Part 9
This week, our love stories feature a couple who met through their THON committee, a couple who met through their jobs at the HUB bookstore, and a couple who met through the Blue Band, though they didn’t reconnect until years after they graduated.
Morgan and Frank
He is: Frank Kohler, Class of 2007
She is: Morgan Kohler, Class of 2008
They first met: On the steps of Old Main. They had been chosen to be Hospitality Captains for THON ’07, and their first meeting was an icebreaker with all of the other captains.
The icebreaker was a “getting to know you” question, and everyone was supposed to ask a different question to each captain. Frank was the last person Morgan interviewed, because she said she was too intimidated to talk to him. When she finally approached him, the only question she had left was, “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?” Frank told her that he would go to Indonesia to surf.
What happened next: Frank and Morgan ended up being put on different committees, but were randomly selected to go on a “getting-to-know-you” lunch together, as all the captains had to do. Frank and Morgan consider that their first date — and the rest, as they say, was history.
Now they’re: Married
And have been together: 7 years
Their soundbite: “Frank came back to support me when I danced in THON ’08, and after I graduated, we moved to California together where he taught me to surf. We’ve lived in California for almost six years now and have continued to participate in Penn State Alumni events, including a mini-THON in Hollywood for the past two years.”
Laura and Matt
He is: Matt Farley, Class of 2012
She is: Laura Ingrassia, Class of 2012
They first met: As sophomores, when they both worked at the HUB bookstore. Though they didn’t talk much at work, they ended up spending a whole night together at an after-work party one night.
What happened next: They hid their relationship from their co-workers for about six months, “but not very well,” Laura said. They moved in together when they were juniors and have lived together ever since.
Now they’re: Dating
And have been together: 4 years
Their soundbite: “We are best friends, which I think is what makes the relationship work so well.”
Judy and Randy
He is: Randy Seely, Class of 1991
She is: Judy Engle Seely, Class of 1986
They first met: At Blue Band tryouts in the fall of 1985. They both played baritone horn and marched with each other in the same Blue Band “block.” With four practices a week plus football game performances, they spent a lot of time together.
What happened next: Randy asked Judy out many times that fall, but each time she said no. “It seemed like a bad idea at the time, spending so much practice time together,” Judy said. “What if it didn’t work out?” Still, they became great friends.
Eventually, Judy graduated and started working. Randy left Penn State for a stint in the Army, got married, finished at Penn State and started a family. They saw each other at least once a year at Alumni Band at Homecoming.
Fast forward to 2008, at which point Randy was single again. He emailed Judy about the changes in his life, and they reconnected over Blue White weekend — “Alumni Band again connecting us,” Judy said. At that point, they made plans to go out.
Now they’re: Married
And have been together: Since 2008, though as Judy points out, they’ve been friends since 1985.
Their soundbite: “I always joke that Randy married me for my PSU season football tickets and reserved parking spaces,” Judy said.
Check back next Friday for some more Nittany Lion love — and feel free to submit your own story about how you fell in love at Penn State.