Letter from the President
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Like many of you, I am a nonnative Chicagoan, I arrived in the Midwest eight years ago, and started looking for some fellow Nittany Lions with whom to watch football games on Saturdays. That eventually led to board involvement, and with that, meeting a lot of fantastic people who share more than just an alma mater. It’s hard to explain the concept of the “Penn State family” to anyone who hasn’t been to Happy Valley, but my involvement with the Greater Chicago Chapter has only underscored its importance over the past year. It’s been so encouraging and amazing to meet so many new faces, from recent State College transplants to parents of current students to retirees, looking for a sense of community.
Whether you are new to the area, or have been here for many years, I invite you to connect with the PSU Chicago community. We have initiated some fantastic new partnerships this autumn, including the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, and our official bar, AJ Hudson's in Lakeview. We recently participated in a 5K, attended sporting events, and hosted a lecture from a Penn State professor, and continue our strong tradition of volunteering, networking, dining out, fundraising for Thon and Scholarship, and attending a whole range of events as a group. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any ideas for events or initiatives, or if you would like to volunteer or get more involved in the Chapter.
A huge thank you to all who have attended our events, supported our causes, and connected with us on social media. As a nonprofit organization, we are run by volunteers and funded solely by membership fees. Please consider joining the Chapter-at only $15 for an individual and $25 for couples- and help us continue our efforts to provide a “home away from home” for Chicagoland Penn Staters.
For the glory-
Art History, 2001
President, Greater Chicago Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association