February 14th, 2017
Filed Under: Alumnae News | History | Misc.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we asked our alumnae to send in pictures with their sweethearts they met during their time in college. We were overwhelmed with so many heartwarming submissions! You can find posts on social media by searching #ADPiCollegeSweethearts, but we listed some of our favorite love stories below! Grab a tissue – happy tears are ahead!

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“Eric and I became friends in 5th grade, but did not start dating until my sophomore year at Kansas State University (Alpha Eta). We were pinned my junior year and married my senior year (his first year of grad school) We have been happily married for 50 years and have two sons and four grandchildren.” – Carolyn Norberg


“As soon as I heard about #ADPiCollegeSweethearts I knew I needed to share a picture of my grandma, Betty Lou Honaker, and grandpa. When I think of college sweethearts I think of them….

The fact that they met because grandpa’s sister was grandma’s sorority “little sister” makes this ADPi love story that much sweeter. Grandpa talked about being the happiest guy on campus when she agreed to go on a date with him…..”We started dating pretty steady – real steady. Started talking about getting married when we both finished college but that was way too far in the future and we moved it up to the summer of 1947.”

So, within 6 months of meeting at the University of Mount Union, the Phi Kappa Tau Epsilon Chapter and the Alpha Delta Pi-Gamma Theta began their life together ” – Abby Honaker

“Randy and I met at an ADPi/Phi Tau function our freshman year. Been married 41+ years. A year ago moved back to Stillwater (Oklahoma State) to retire.😊(Alpha Omicron)” – Karen Mackey Reed

“On the porch of the Alpha Xi Chapter house at The Ohio State University circa January 1996. Stellar 90s fashion on display and fun memories” – Katie Knostman

“My husband and I met at The University of South Carolina in 1981. This picture was taken at our Black Diamond formal. We got married in 1984. We are now going on 33 years…and we are still sweethearts!” – Jackie Mason Travis

“This photo of me and my boyfriend/now husband, Hardy Homich, was taken at Ole Miss, circa fall 1963 at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. I was an Ole Miss Delta Sigma ADPi pledge in the fall of 1962, initiated in early 1963. Hardy and I have been married for fifty two years!!” – Karla Homich



“We’ve been pinned two years today yet I love you a thousand times more” Don

A telegram my grandpa Don Ellis (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) sent my grandma – Joyce Cazier (ADPi Tau – KU). He sent this to her at ADPi’s first house at KU. They met at KU and went on to get married. My mom – Natalie Ellis (now Drake) and her sister Ingrid Ellis were also members of Tau, and then I was, 30 years later.
Being in the same sorority as my mom and both of my grandmothers meant so much to me, but Joyce was the trailblazer who started it all. Rock Chalk 💎❤” – Katie Morris


“Keith and I met during Sigma Chi Derby Days in 1981 when he was the ADPi Lieutenant. Married, September 1984 ~ Celebrated 32 year Anniversary last September.” – Gloria Swindle


“ADPi Spring Formal 1966 at Western Ky. University. Celebrating our 48th Anniversary this year.” – Susan & Lacy Gray

“My mom (Rita Walker, Delta Alpha – Emory) & dad met in college. Been married now 54 years. I met my beloved in college (Delta Alpha – Emory). Been married almost 21 years.” – Rev. Meghan Gurley



“This photo is from Fall 1982 taken at UNC-Greensboro homecoming of my husband, David Huffine, president of Phi Theta chapter and me–president of Zeta Psi chapter. We will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in July. David currently serves Lambda Chi Alpha as the Grand High Phi” – Linda Schaub Huffine

Share your love story with the hashtag #ADPiCollegeSweetheart!


  1. Dawn Victor-Herring says:

    I love everything about this post and the great memories it provided for our alumnae members. This is what sisterhood and connection is all about. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

    Dawn Victor-Herring

    President| 302-233-0234

    Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

    Educate Lead Serve 1386 Ponce De Leon Avenue, NE

    Atlanta, Georgia 30306


  2. Emily Aderhold says:

    I love this! My grandparents were “ADPi” sweethearts at The University of Texas (Delta Chapter). Then, their son married his ADPi sweethearts (also Delta Chapter).

  3. revgurley says:

    Thanks for featuring my parents and I in the article! We both had good luck finding our true loves while ADPis at Emory.

  4. When I saw the photo of ADPi sister Susan Gray in the daisy swing, I did a double take. I have the same photo of Max and me from the same dance at Western KY University in 1966. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.

  5. Cara Corradetti says:

    This is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the love today, sisters!

  6. Susan Jones says:

    Love this feature! – don’t know anybody but the fashions and hairstyles bring back the same memories I had of the 70’s as an ADPi at Illinois (Sigma)

  7. Jana Andriano Clayton says:

    I love this blog! It was fun to read all the stories. But I especially loved reading about a former advisor and past TCS Natalie Morris Drake’s parents love story and telegram! Love the ADPi roots Joyce Morris planted for her family. Thanks Katie Morris for sending in the pictures!

  8. Brianne Boon says:

    I loved reading these stories, especially the last one. Like Linda I met my Lambda Chi Alpha husband while in ADPi. We just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and have been together for 16 years!

  9. Charity says:

    Oh I loved reading these stories! Pi Love💎💕

  10. Karen Jenkins says:

    Awesome. I recognized the house for Xi Chapter right away!

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