A Message from the President

Hello Chicagoland Penn Staters and Visitors! 

It’s wild to think that it’s been 11 years since I started my journey at Penn State! Coming from a small town in NE Minnesota, Penn State was unlike anything I had ever known. The town, the university, and, of course, the football, was everything I could’ve ever wanted and more from a college experience! From living in Irvin Hall to participating in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), I was able to build those genuine, long-lasting friendships and memories that I’ll always cherish – as I’m sure many of you have as well.

When I moved to Chicago in Jan 2020, I did not know anyone in the area. First thing I did was look up the local chapter to make friends and be apart of a community with shared interest. That sense of community was even more important at the beginning of quarantine, when we all were feeling so isolated.  
I highly encourage all – alumni, students, parents, and friends of Penn State – to come and see what our Chapter is about. Know that you have a family of over 1400 in the Chicagoland area and 726,141 in the entire world, ready to give you all the support, encouragement, and sense of belonging you need. I can’t wait to meet each one of you at our Chapter events in the future, so we can share and continue to build more wonderful Penn State memories together!


Courtney Jackson  ‘15 & '20

Greater Chicago Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association