OC PSU Events & News

Our chapter holds events throughout the year from community service beach days to holiday parties, bar tours, hiking, and everything in between. We also watch Penn State Football every game day at JT Schmid’s in Tustin and the Blue Beet in Newport Beach.

Wine Tasting with Gary Eberle – Thursday Sept. 24

Join Us for a Virtual Wine Tasting with Gary Eberle, Penn State alum and owner of Eberle Winery in Paso Robles!

Gary will be sharing Eberle’s history and teaching us about the 2019 Eberle Viognier and the 2017 Eberle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Eberle Winery is offering a special discount just for our members for this event so you can enjoy the wine he’s going to be teaching us about!

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PSU Alumni Group Hike in Newport – Sunday Sept. 20

Tired of being cooped up? Need a little blue and white love while soaking up that vitamin D? We invite you out for a small social distancing group Sunday morning stroll around the Upper Newport Bay nature preserve!

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Virtual Movie Trivia Happy Hour – Thursday August 27

Join us for a fun round of Movie Trivia on Thursday August 27 from 7pm – 8:30pm!

We will have a variety of movie trivia for everyone to enjoy, no matter what kind of movie buff you are! In fact, we base the questions on YOUR feedback. RSVP for our event here before 6pm on Wednesday August 26 to have an advantage over the categories.

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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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Virtual Student Send-Off – Thursday August 13

This year we will be holding our Penn State Student Send-Off virtually via Zoom on Thursday August 13 from 6:30 – 8pm PT.

All accepted Penn State students from Orange County or the Inland Empire and their parents or guardians are welcome to join. The event is a great way to virtually meet local students (new & existing), learn from upperclassmen and recent grads, and have last minute questions answered.
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Beat Shazam Virtual Happy Hour – Thursday July 30

We’re excited to announce our first ever Virtual Happy Hour!

Join us for a game of “Beat Shazam” aka “Name that Tune” where your musical knowledge will be put to the ultimate test! Whether you’re 18 or 81, there’s a wide enough variety for the whole family to jam out!

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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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Now Accepting PSU Student Scholarship Applications

Each year the Orange County & Inland Empire Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association awards scholarships to students living in Orange County and the Inland Empire who attend Penn State. Multiple scholarships are available. The application is a required combination of:

  • Personal Information
  • Compositions
  • Submission of your most recent College (or high school, for freshman) Transcripts

To access this year’s application, which must be filled out online via Google Forms, please go to our scholarship page: www.ocpsu.com/scholarship

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Penn State Cotton Bowl OC Watch Parties – Saturday Dec. 28

On Saturday December 28, No. 10 Penn State will be taking on No. 17 Memphis in AT&T Stadium at the Cotton Bowl!

This will mark the first time these two teams have met on the football field, though it will be Penn State’s fourth appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Experts project Penn State to win with a 7 point spread.

Join us at The Blue Beet in Newport Beach or JT Schmid’s in Tustin to watch the game with us! Both venues will be open for us and will be serving breakfast and drink specials. As always, we will be selling our OC PSU merchandise and giving away fun raffle prizes!

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