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Virtual Penn State Student Send-off was a Huge Success!

Year after year, the Annual Student Sendoff is a chapter highlight. This year, the Orange County-Inland Empire Area was faced with lemons due to COVID-19. On August 13 they were turned into lemonade for 15 students, 3 parents, 1 guest, PSAA Regional Director Misha Demchuk and 9 Board Members.

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Donate to our Scholarship Fund via Amazon Smile

Are you an Amazon.com shopper? If so, you can help us raise money for our Student Scholarship every time you check-out using our special link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-5081013

To get started, all you have to do is click the link and agree to support our chapter with your purchases.

Once it’s set up, instead of going to amazon.com, start your shopping experience at smile.amazon.com. From there, Amazon will donate a small % of each purchase to our chapter. All proceeds go toward our student scholarship fund!

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WE ARE In This Together – A Letter To Our Members

Dear Penn State Alumni and Friends,

To say these are unprecedented times is an understatement. The Orange County-Inland Empire Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (OCIEA) meets monthly online to discuss ways to bring Penn State closer to you this year. We look forward to a future where we can reconnect in person. The health and safety of our members and those around us are foremost in our minds. It’s a challenge, but we are up to the task. We miss you and we hope you feel the same.

With the fall football schedule uncertain, we’ll have little opportunity to raise money for our Endowed Student Scholarship. We take great pride in the work we’ve done to award $10,000 every year to local students seeking to join the Penn State family. Those scholarships are from your contributions at football games, membership dues, and fundraising we do all year long. But this year will be a struggle.

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Our Chapter Has Been Awarded Elm Level Status 2 Years in a Row!

We are honored to have received Elm Level status for the 2nd year in a row!

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LionNotes Engages Alumni and Current Students

For the 2018-2019 school year, our Chapter launched a new pilot program called LionNotes to promote engagement between the chapter and current students.  Each August we host a “Student Send Off” party to meet and engage with the local students attending Penn State in the fall.  LionNotes will continue where the Student Send Off leaves off.  The intention of the LionNotes program is to send continual support to Orange County students who have chosen to attend Penn State and are far away from home.  The model for this program is a one-on-one “adopt a student” model.  The alumni “sponsors” are matched with a student based on a commonality such as sports, Greek life or major.

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Penn State Student Acceptance Reception Recap

This week three of our board members (Anna, Valerie and Katie) attended the Penn State Student Acceptance Reception at the Costa Mesa Marriott! It was so fun to meet prospective students and parents, and share tips, insights and information about what it’s like to attend Penn State.

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What We’ve Been Up To and Upcoming Events

We just had our Board meeting this Thursday and we have so many exciting updates to share!

Last weekend was THON, where Penn Staters raised $10,621,683.76 for the kids! Our chapter was able to donate $200 and then we were matched by a Board member’s company, bringing the overall donation up to $500!

At our meeting we also solidified events for the upcoming months! More information to come soon, but please save these dates:

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Happy 32nd Birthday to Us! A Recap of our Celebration

We turn 32 today! Yesterday we had a great time at both of our viewing locations, celebrating our birthday as well as the people who founded the Chapter 32 years ago. And Penn State beat Wisconsin, so that was a nice cherry on top!

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Elm Level Status Achieved!

We are excited to announce that our chapter has just achieved Elm Level status, which is the highest Penn State Alumni group of distinction. This means that our chapter is in the uppermost tier of all Penn State’s affiliate groups.

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