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Penn State Love Stories: Part 6

This week, couples who met through Lion Ambassadors, in the quad outside the commons, at a dance at the HUB — formerly called a “jammy.” Introducing…

Kathy and Jay

He is: Jay Friedman, Class of 1965

She is: Kathy Friedman, Class of 1967

They first met: When Jay saw her at a “jammy” in the HUB, although she was dancing with another guy. The next night, there was another dance in North Halls, which he asked her to. (She said yes.)

What happened next: In Jay’s own words, “the rest is history.” They dated for a year and a half, he graduated, they kept dating until she graduated, and then they decided to tie the knot.

Now they’re: Married

And have been together: 49 years

Their soundbite: “We have four grandchildren who we are in training to be Nittany Lions.”

Kathy and Jay in 1965
Kathy and Jay in 1965

Tia and Jim

He is: Jim Pettit, Class of 2009

She is: Tia Pettit, Class of 2009

They first met: Freshman year in the quad outside the commons. They exchanged numbers and saw each other occasionally after that. He was very persistent about asking her out — not only did he find her on Facebook, but he drew her a picture in a last ditch attempt to win her over. Finally, they went on a date.

What happened next: They dated for 3 years, staying together through internships and semesters abroad.

Now they’re: Married

And have been together: 7 years

Their soundbite: “That drawing husband gave me all those years ago? We used it as our ‘Save the Date’ and featured it at our PSU dream wedding!”

Tia and Jim, right after they got engaged
Tia and Jim, right after they got engaged

Don and Chrissie

He is: Don Larson, Class of 1984

She is: Chrissie Larson, Class of 1984

They first met: Through Lion Ambassadors. He was on the interview committee and she was an interviewee.

What happened next: After she became a member, they started working together more closely. Over Thanksgiving, they each dumped their significant others and were an item from then on.

Now they’re: Married

And have been together: 27 years

Their soundbite: “We are PSU blue and white through and through.”

Don and Chrissie

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