Now Accepting PSU Chicago Board Applications

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, Sam Cipar

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.  
  • Treasurer
    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
  • Secretary
    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 Saturday, May 4th.

  • Scholarship Chair 
    • Lead Scholarship fundraising initiatives and annual event
    • Review scholarship applicants for upcoming scholarship year 
    • Engage with the University and PSUAA to track allocations and dispersal of awards to scholarship recipients
  • Service Chair
    • ​Lead Night for the Cure event and THON fundraiser activities
    • Recruit and manages the volunteers for Night for the Cure Committee
    • Coordinate with local community service initiatives (Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Greater Chicago Food Depository, etc.)
  • Sports Chair
    • ​Act as the main point of contact for Penn State sports tickets and local road trips 
    • Be the primary liaison of information regarding local sporting events of interest and when Penn State teams are playing in the region
  • Student & Parent Interaction Chair

    • Coordinate with the PSU Admissions liaison and local part-time paid recruiters to provide assistance with college fairs and admitted & prospective student events
    • Help plan the annual Student Send-Off Picnic and Alumni/Parents mixers
    • Act as the liaison for parents of current PSU students and increase engagement between the Chapter and parents.
  • Social Engagement Director

    • Schedule and plan social opportunities for Chapter members (i.e. dining outs, happy hours, membership party, etc.)
    • Collaborates with the Social Media Administrator to plan, promote, and advertise events on the Chapter's social media accounts
  • Watch Party Director

    • ​Coordinate and lead activities for football watch parties
    • Track and report earnings from each watch party event to the Treasurer
    • Maintains relationship with host bars/restaurants and acts as point of contact for watch party events 
  • Professional Development Director

    • Identify professional development opportunites for Chapter members
    • ​Schedule and plan career related activities for Chapter members 
    • Collaborates with Social Media Administrator to plan, promote, and advertise events on the Chapter's social media accounts
  • Promotional Director

    • ​Lead efforts for creating and procuring promotional items
    • Track Chapter's inventory levels for promotional items to Board
  • Social Media Administrator

    • Provide oversight and direction to the the Chapter's social media handles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram)
    • Regularly manage and maintain social media accounts
    • Collaborate with the board about promoting upcoming events on social media handles
  • Website Administrator
    • ​Provide oversight and direction to the Chapter's website. Experience with website design programs is a plus.
  • Member At Large 

    • Liaison to the Board Chairs and Directors 
    • Support the requested needs of the Board Chairs and Directors
    • Assist Board Chairs and Directors achieve goals
    • Propose new ideas to Board of Directors and Executive Board


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.
  • Networking
    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.
  • Visibility
    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.