The Penn State Pokémon Society

Penn State's premier Pokémon club lives here


A Brief History of our Club:

The history of the Penn State Pokémon Society is as long and thrilling as the steps a trainer might take to evolve a Bagon into a Salamence. It all started in the Fall of 2009 in the basement of a west side apartment with a group of bright young minds chatting about their favorite childhood pastime, Pokémon, while trying their luck in a game of poker. Alex Zwaizek spoke up and described how awesome it might be if, somehow, a Pokémon game could take place in real life. Within the hour, Alexander Daise, Stephen Hite, Francis Fisher, Connor Loch, Tom Anthony, and Ray Gaspari were all discussing ideas that formed the foundation of a Live Action Role Play game, centered around the Pokémon video game. The original goal was simple: mimic the game as much as possible and create an amazing experience for Pokémon players of all skill levels. Gym leader battling teams were constructed to fit in line with the virtual gym leaders, and as an evil organization was designated, Stephen Hite emerged as Professor Maple Buttersworth, the foremost Pokémon professor in all the land.

As the much anticipated day finally arrived in Spring of 2010, a great number of challengers and characters arrived at the scene ready to make their once outlandish dream a reality. The meeting room filled with nostalgia as Professor Maple Buttersworth addressed the new Pokémon trainers and informed them of their upcoming task. At the end of the event, one challenger stood victorious. Fil Fernandes and his team of Pocket Monsters prevailed over all the rest. His team can be found in the Hall of Fame.

Since this first event generated more excitement than ever anticipated, the ingenious band theorized that such an event could potentially occur each semester. They realized that planning a weekend of such epic proportions once every four months would require a dedicated committee to recreate the experience. Perhaps they would attempt to unite all aspects of the Pokémon franchise in a collective effort to bring people together through Pokémon. Perchance one day they could expand membership and invite other similar clubs from other colleges across the world to compete together. And so the Penn State Pokémon Society was founded. With Alex Zwaizek as president and reinforced by Alexander Daise as his first vice president, the newly created club would be sure to make great waves in the Pokémon and Penn State communities for years to come. The PSPS has since blossomed into a very active club in the competitive Pokémon community under the leadership of our past presidents: Alex Valente, Andres Morales, Royal Downs, Geoffrey Sauk, Nicholas Seman, and Adam Warfield. Our current president is Dalton Brough.

Meet our Officers:

Officers, the Organization Pokémon. Officers are known to run stuff around here, and rumor has it that they're both good at battling and are pretty cool people too!

Dalton Brough

Category: President 

Primary Ability: Biology

Hidden Ability: Entomology

Pokedex Entry: Despite having played Pokemon since Blue, he didn’t get into competitive play until Pokemon Y rolled around. Having found the club’s Facebook group before making it to State College, he attended the first Friday Night Fights his first semester and got demolished by a Baton Pass Scolipede. He’s been in love ever since. Other interests include beekeeping, eating whole pizzas, and chess. Don't hesitate to contact him if you want more info on the club, or if you want to talk about insects.

 Preferred Battle Partners : Shuckle, Crawdaunt, Mega Beedrill, and Grubbin

Location: [email protected]

Nicholas Taylor

Category: Treasurer

Primary Ability: Mathematics; Economics

Hidden Ability: Undiscovered

Pokédex Entry: Having played Pokémon since the days of Ruby and Sapphire, Nick finally joined the club his sophomore year. He had dabbled in OU in high school, but it wasn’t until he was fully immersed in the club that he got into competitive battling. During his semester abroad, Nick was amazed to discover how Pokémon can connect people across boarders and languages. In his spare time, Nick also enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, cooking, and updating excel files.

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Ditto, Bruxish, Mega Manectric

Location: [email protected]

Geoffrey Sauk

Category: Trading Card Game Head

Primary Ability: Statistics

Hidden Ability: Risk Management

Pokédex Entry: He discovered this group before becoming a Penn State student by meeting them at a Pokémon tournament. Has been playing both the Card game and the Video game since he was 3; more of the card game player than the video game player. Aside from playing Pokémon, he mostly spends his time playing League of Legends. He tries (key word of tries) to help out whenever necessary.

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip, Sawk, and Mudkip.
Location: [email protected]

Sheryl Dykstra

Category:  Advisor♀

Primary Ability: Chemistry Lecturer

Hidden Ability: Ph.D.

Pokédex Entry:  See Arceus.  Became the advisor for the PSPS after wearing her Pokewalker to Chem 112 lectures and in Chem 213 labs.  She enjoys playing the video game and TCG. 

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Ninetales, Mew, Shaymin, Raikou, Landorus-T

Location: [email protected]

Adam Garfield

Category: Vice-President

Ability: Information Science and Technology

Hidden Ability: Eating Lasagna

Pokédex Entry: After having not bought a new game since Emerald Version in elementary school, Adam invested in a 3DS and Pokémon X to rekindle his love for Pokémon. He soon developed and began to explore a growing interest in competitive play. After hearing about the club from a friend, Adam joined the fall semester of his sophomore year to meet new friends and further himself as a competitive player. Some of Adam’s other interests include ice hockey, computer programming, going to concerts and running.

Preferred Battle Partners: Umbreon, Zapdos, Entei

Location: [email protected]

Emily Catalano

Category: Secretary

Ability: Film/Video

Hidden Ability: English

Pokédex Entry: She has been playing Pokemon ever since Ruby and Sapphire but didn’t get into competitive battling until Pokemon X. Emily joined the club during her first fall semester at Penn State. Since joining the club she has made many new friends and has gone to tournaments for VGC. Other interests include drawing, writing, anime, and video editing.

Preferred Battle Partners:  Weavile, Arcanine, Raichu, Mega Scizor

Location: [email protected]

Victoria Jones

Category: Penn State Pokemon Challenge Head

Ability: Chemical Engineering

Hidden Ability: Undiscovered

Pokédex Entry:  A late bloomer, she entered the world of Pokémon with Emerald. This marked the beginning of a complicated series of events that ultimately culminated in her joining the PSPS in her first semester. When she has time (which is not very often), she tries to better herself as a competitive player. Other interests include acting, art, and all things science.

Preferred Battle Partners: Vulpix, Milotic, Gardevoir, Sableye, Skarmory, Volcarona, and Manaphy
Location: [email protected]