Alumni Profile: Jim Chrivia ’70

Thanks to Jim Chrivia ’70 for answering our our survey! We asked him about his favorite place to go in Atlanta, his favorite college tradition, and where life since Georgia Tech has taken him. Here’s what he had to say:

Where was your favorite place to go in Atlanta, why was this place so special to you?

I think my favorite place to go in Atlanta was the Kappa Sigma house. Georgia Tech can be a very intimidating place for a young transfer student. The house was always a place of movement and help with your studies. The brothers were always willing to help with understanding how to navigate the workload and pressures of a Tech education.

What was your favorite event, tradition, or activity to partake in during your college years? Why was it so important to you?

College football is very special to me and GT has a rich tradition of athletics even though the school is rather small and demanding.

As an alum, what do you see as the most valuable part of your Kappa Sig experience? 

I will always treasure the life lessons of being in a leadership role with Kappa Sigma. Life with that many close friends gave me confidence, responsibility, and a sense of direction for the rest of my life.

Share an update of what’s new in your life (career highlights, family news, etc.)

My wife and I live in Charleston, WV and I am retired from the local Caterpillar dealer. Gaylene is still working as the State Director of AARP. “ Child bride”. We have children and grandchildren in Atlanta, Panama City, Beach and Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. We have seven wonderful grandchildren but lost a grandson to cancer four years ago. I owe a lot to GT and a lot more to Kappa Sigma for the success I’ve had in my life.

Would you like to let your brothers in on your answers to these questions? Email us at [email protected] and let us know!