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.

Join Us for Creamery Ice Cream and the Last Football Game

One of the things we all miss about Penn State is Creamery Ice Cream!

Join us on Saturday, 11/24 for the Maryland game, 12:30 Pacific time, at JT Schmidt’s at The District in Tustin or Blue Beet in Newport Beach, where we’ll be serving up Creamery Ice Cream to all of our members!

At the Blue Beet we’ll have Peachy Paterno & Death by Chocolate, and to cater to the large crowd at JT Schmid’s, we will have a few more flavors to choose from like:

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Thanksgiving Dinners Donated to 430+ Families in OC

As is our chapter tradition, throughout November we collected donations (both food & monetary) for the Orange County Basket Brigade.

Since 1995, this wonderful organization has been helping to provide all the necessities of a Thanksgiving meal which are given to families in need. This year we collected several bags of food (we had two full Trader Joe’s bags from Blue Beet alone) and over $250 from Penn State fans at JT Schmid’s and The Blue Beet.

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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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Giving Back this Thanksgiving with OC Basket Brigade

On Sunday November 18, we’re volunteering with OC Thanksgiving Basket Brigade to treat families to a full Thanksgiving dinner who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one.

To contribute to our Thanksgiving baskets, please bring an item of food to either of our football viewing parties (at Blue Beet or JT Schmid’s in Tustin) by November 17th.

Read on to learn more about this great cause and how you can help give back!

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Join Us For Homecoming – Saturday 10.13

After a long BYE week, we’re finally getting back together this weekend (12:30pm on 10/13) to see the Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Michigan State Spartans. This game is extra special for us alumni, as it’s HOMECOMING Weekend!

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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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Join Us for Penn State Football All Season in Tustin or Newport

*Note: We make updates to the schedule below every week during football season to ensure we are giving you the most up to date information on game times.*

It’s our favorite time of the year! Fall is in the air! Students are getting settled into their dorms, classes are back in session, and Penn State football is back in action! We welcome you to join us every game day this season at either of our two viewing locations: The Blue Beet in Newport Beach & JT Schmid’s in Tustin. Read on for more details and a glimpse at the schedule.

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Our Newport Beach Summer Bar Tour Recap

Written by: Camille Mesite ‘81

Our local Penn State alumni had a great time on our annual Summer Bar Tour in Newport Beach. I took the free Balboa Peninsula Trolley so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a parking space by the Newport Pier. They started this last summer and I highly recommend it. It’s free to ride, and free to park your car in the parking lot at Tustin St & Avon St, off of PCH in Newport Beach.

We started out at 2 pm at Baja Sharkeez. Only a handful of people were there that early, but by the time we left for the second bar, we were up to 9 people. Some of the early birds were Brian Snyder, Patti & Terry Brennan, and their Penn Stater daughter Caitlyn, visiting from New York. Sharkeez gave us a drink special of buy one, get the second for 50 cents. They also provided a free appetizer platter to share.

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A Student Send-Off to Remember

Despite the summer heat, the coolest students throughout Orange County & the Inland Empire had a blast on Sunday, July 29 at this year’s annual Student Send-Off! From as far away as Redlands, Penn Staters and their families converged on Santa Ana filled with both excitement and anxiety about the adventures ahead.

There were 20 students, including incoming Freshman and Upperclassmen from various campuses (including World Campus!), along with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends joining the Nittany Lion extended family. The attendees enjoyed getting to know other students in similar situations, either heading off from home for the first time or leaving loved ones behind for a few months to rejoin East Coast friends again.

The party, generously hosted by Peggy and Dale Quayle, was a celebration of achievement and being a part of one of the most distinguished universities in the country. It also kicks off the next chapter ahead for the young and bright minds that will represent both Penn State and our Chapter’s area.

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