Being a part of the Penn State Chicago board is a great way to give back to the Penn State and Chicago communities while meeting fellow Nittany Lions. With your involvement, our Chapter can remain impactful to the Penn State and Chicagoland communities and continue to grow our presence in the heart of Big 10 country!
The board meets in person every two months and while position commitments vary, the average commitment per position is a few hours per month.
For more details on the Penn State Chicago board, please visit our Chapter's bylaws and policies page. You can also view the board's organization chart here. To receive the application or if you have specific questions, please contact President-Elect, Courtney Jackson.
Read on for a summary of the board opportunities.
Executive Commitee Opportunities
The Executive Committee of the Board consists of the following four executive officers of the Chapter and acts as the governing body of the Chapter: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Below is a description of the open executive committee opportunities.
Executive committee applications are due by Thursday, March 31st.
- Vice President
The Vice President shall be the President-Elect and serve a two year term. The Vice President shall work closely with the President to manage the day-to-day operations of the Chapter.
The Treasurer shall safeguard, account for, and disburse the funds of the Chapter. Accounts shall be balanced by the Treasurer before each Board meeting so that a report may be presented. The Treasurer is also responsible for managing and leading the Chapter's finance advisory group - which tracks the incoming/outgoing allocations, expenses, and revenue of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall file our tax forms after presenting the Chapter finances to a Certified Professional Accountant chosen by the Board
The Secretary shall keep the minutes and act as custodian of records. The Secretary is also responsible for conducting voting procedures. The Secretary shall work closely with the President and Vice-President to prepare all reports as required by the Alumni Association. Furthermore, it is the Secretary's responsibility to mediate communications and proposed board votes between the Executive Board and the Board of Directors.
Chairs, Directors, and Member at Large (MaL) Opportunities
The objective of the board Chairs and Directors includes, but is not limited to: setting defined goals and taking ownership for the respective position initiatives, along with forming committees to assist with activities. Below is a description of opportunities.
Chair, Director, and Member at Large applications are due by Wednesday, May 4th.
Benefits of being a part of the PSU Chicago Board
- Make a Difference
Take an active role in a non-profit organization striving to make an impact by promoting PSU, its students, and alumni in the Chicago area through educational, philanthropic, and social opportunities for its members and friends.
Network with Penn State leaders and Penn State Chicago members in a fun setting. Build up your list of contacts, as well as advance your own professional standing while staying connected to and supporting PSU.
- Leadership Development
Develop, strengthen, and apply your team leadership and project management skills.
Bring visibility and exposure to your professional organization and/or practice through the Chapter.
About Penn State Chicago
The mission of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is to promote The Pennsylvania State University, its students and alumni in the Chicago area by providing educational, social, community service and philanthropic opportunities for its members and friends while upholding the values set forth by The Pennsylvania State University.
The Chapter geographic area is specifically defined by Postal Zip Codes which cover the Greater Chicago metropolitan area from Elkhart, Indiana to Rockford, Illinois. The Chapter is organized exclusively for social, cultural, charitable and educational purposes, including distributions of funds to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.