Penn State Love Stories: Part 3
Another week, another round of Penn State love stories — including a couple who got engaged on the top of the Fraser St. garage. If you’ve missed the previous installments, be sure to catch up on Penn State Love Stories Part 1 and Part 2.
Shaun and Megan
He is: Shaun McPartlin, Class of 2010
She is: Megan Ackerman, Class of 2009
They first met: When Megan’s roommate introduced herself to Shaun’s roommate’s dad, thinking that the 45-year-old was their new neighbor.
What happened next: They saw each other at parties and hung out as friends.
Now they’re: Engaged
And have been together: More than 4 years (engaged for 2 months)
Their soundbite: “I proposed to [her] at Arts Fest this summer on top of the parking garage on Fraser St. where we had our first date. Might sound like a lame first date, but pizza on top of a parking garage from Faccia Luna as the sun goes down did the trick for us.”
Justin and Alyssa
He is: Justin Brooks, Class of 2010
She is: Alyssa Brooks, Class of 2010
They first met: At a “washboard abs” class on Valentines Day. (Neither of them had dates.)
What happened next: They went to a movie and were too nervous to say a word to each other. (After, though, they went to Dunkin’ Donuts, where they “talked about everything from [their] favorite flavor of Chapstick to [their] outlooks on life.”)
Now they’re: Married. He proposed on the top of the Empire State Building over spring break during their senior year.
And have been together: 6 years
Their soundbite: “The [day after we met] he was auctioned off at a date auction, and I “bought” him (for $40!) so that I would be guaranteed a second date! Little did I know, he was hoping I would do that, and we have been virtually inseparable ever since. Had I known that just $40 would ‘buy’ my future husband, I may have bid a little more!”
Joseph and Kathy
He is: Joseph Blackburn, Class of 1982
She is: Kathy McIntyre Blackburn, Class of 1981
They first met: In Runkle Hall, where she said massive water battles used to take place. She rounded the corner and was hit in the face with water — by him. She said it was “as far from ‘love at first sight’” as you could get.
What happened next: She has been making him pay for the water incident ever since.
Now they’re: Married
And have been together: 31 years
Their soundbite: “It all started at Penn State, and continues to this day. My oldest was a captain of the Penn State baseball team (he actually came home from the hospital in a Penn State onesie) and my middle daughter is also a graduate of the Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College. Now they’re both engaged and planned to be married to….Penn Staters.”
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