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Penn State Love Stories: Part 11

This week we have three more love stories featuring a couple that met in their freshman dorm lobby, at LEAP, and lastly, in an Industrial Engineering class.


Kristina and John

He is: John Leo, Class of 2011

She is: Kristina Koltalo, Class of 2011

They first met: In the common area of their freshman year dorm. He told her, “I noticed you because of your crazy curly hair and thought ‘dang, who is this girl?'” John did some stalking and found Kristina on Facebook. They kept in touch via the Internet, and finally on Halloween night, he went down to her dorm room and introduced himself.

What happened next: They had a lot of mutual friends and went to a lot of the same parties, but Kristina just saw John as a friend. However, on January 28th their sophomore year Kristina changed her mind and they officially became boyfriend and girlfriend.

Now they’re: Engaged

And have been together: 7 years

Their soundbite: “John proposed to me on our six year anniversary this past January. He is the most incredible guy and adores me. We will be getting married October 24, 2015 because it is so close to the day we met (Halloween) and we will then have known each other for 10 years the year we get married. We are Penn State college sweethearts!!”

Kristina and John
Kristina and John

Laura and Daniel

He is: Daniel Gillespie, Class of 2004

She is: Laura King Gillespie, Class of 2003

They first met: At LEAP in the summer of 1999. Laura’s roommate had a class with Daniel and she introduced them at Pollock Computer lab. It was far from love at first sight. Laura says, “He did not seem impressed to meet me. I did not like him much.”

What happened next: Summer passed and they remained acquaintances. They had a class together during the fall and Dan would follow up every answer Laura gave the professor with a statement like “What she means to say is…” Laura continued to dislike Dan throughout the semester and they did not see each other much throughout spring semester until they ran into each other at the east loop stop on St. Patty’s Day. Even though Laura hated Dan he was in the front of line so she swallowed her pride and called out to her buddy Dan and joined him at the front.

Now they’re: Married – “with two gorgeous babies in blue and white”

And have been together: 13 years

Their soundbite: “Dan and I are completely soul mates. We had a Penn State themed wedding and we called WE ARE out to the crowd when we entered the reception site (met with thunderous replies of PENN STATE). We are die hard and not just because of the football. The university is such a huge part of our story and I know that I couldn’t have written a more perfect story than the one I found at University Park Campus starting in the summer of 1999.”

Laura and Dan with their kids Evangeline (4) and Colin (2)
Laura and Dan with their kids Evangeline (4) and Colin (2)
Dan and the kids at the Lion Shrine
Dan and the kids at the Lion Shrine

Lisa and Kyle

He is: Kyle McCorkel, Class of 2008

She is: Lisa McCorkel, Class of 2008

They first met: In a class their junior year. They were both industrial engineers and Lisa asked Kyle playfully, “Will you be my friend?” He replied “Heck yeah!”

What happened next: They were both in on again/off again relationships with people from high school, and the timing didn’t work out for a long time. However, they stayed friends in the meantime: going to parties and bars together, sitting together in class, and even doing a co-op together in Pittsburgh. Finally, almost two years after meeting, they had their first kiss at Indigo.

Now they’re: Married

And have been together: 13 years

Their soundbite: “Advice for current PSU students: don’t feel like you have to hold onto your high school girlfriend or boyfriend. You are in college with lots of awesome people who share at least one big thing with you: they love Penn State! If you can find that someone special at PSU, this is something that you share with that person for the rest of your life.”

and Kyle
Lisa and Kyle

Hope you enjoyed this week’s stories and be sure to submit your own if you also fell in love at Penn State! You can check out our previous editions here.

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