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.

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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2019 Holiday Mix & Mingle Networking Event and Party – Tues Dec. 3

Since last year’s event was a hit we are excited to announce we are hosting a 2019 Holiday Mix & Mingle Networking Event at our home bar in Newport Beach: The Blue Beet.

The spirit of the holidays creates a great time to meet new people, learn about their experiences, and build connections that will help you grow as an individual and professional.

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Penn State vs. Rutgers Viewing Party in Orange County – Sat Nov. 30

It’s our last game of the season! If you’re in Orange County on 11/30, join us for Penn State vs. Rutgers and Creamery Ice Cream!

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Penn State vs. Ohio State Party in Orange County – Sat Nov. 23

This is the game we’ve all been waiting for all season! Penn State is headed to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State this weekend!

We invite you to join us Saturday November 23 at 9am at The Blue Beet in Newport Beach or JT Schmid’s in Tustin.

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Announcing our Scholarship Winners for 2019

Every year, our chapter awards scholarships to local Penn State students.  This year’s decision was the toughest the Executive Board has had to make. Although we consider all our students winners, this year we had the largest group of applicants ever!

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Penn State vs. Indiana Viewing Party in Orange County – Sat Nov. 16

Following a heart-breaking loss last weekend against Minnesota, this week we’re back at Beaver Stadium ready to take on Indiana!

We invite you to join us Saturday November 16th at 9am at The Blue Beet in Newport Beach or JT Schmid’s in Tustin.

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