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Fast Start Alumni Mentors Needed

The Centre County Chapter supports the FastStart mentoring program, which is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs.

Through FastStart, alumni can make a difference by helping students from under-represented populations through their first year of college and assisting them with career exploration. Please consider being an alumni mentor – a helping hand who knows what it takes to success at Penn State and who can share real-world experiences.

For more information or to apply online, please go to or contact program coordinator, Lindsey Zapletal at 814-863-6386.

Welcome Booth

The Welcome Booth provides information to visiting fans at Beaver Stadium during the football season. Game day buttons are distributed, which serve as a source of revenue for the Chapter’s contributions to the Blue Band Drum Major and the Blue Sapphire uniforms, as well as the emergency grant fund, scholarship, and other charitable causes. For more information, contact Don Miller. Volunteers enjoy unwanted Mellon/Citizens Bank buttons—including older ones—so dig through your closets, and contact Don if you’d like to donate your old buttons to the Welcome Booth.

Student Involvement

In the past, the Chapter has donated to the Penn State Dance Team, the Penn State Crew Team, the Penn State Rugby team, the Penn State Blue Band Building Campaign, and the Penn State Trombone Choir. The Chapter provides support for the Blue Band Drum Major and the Blue Sapphire (feature twirler) each year,  with an annual maximum contribution of $1500. Contact Marti Duffy for more information.

Emergency Grant Fund

Imagine yourself as a student, away from home and the tragedy of a sudden serious illness, fire or theft in you apartment, strikes.  With your already tight educational budget, the expenses brought on by unexpected situations like these could make it extremely difficult or even impossible to remain enrolled at Penn State.
The Centre County Chapter established the Emergency Grant Fund to help reduce the financial stress for all Penn State students facing unforeseeable hardships, and give them a chance to complete their studies.
CCCPSAA donates $3,000 annually to this fund.  There are no residency restrictions or other stipulations to receive emergency aid.  Our chapter is the only Penn State Alumni Association affiliate group to provide this type of assistance to Penn State students in need.  With the economic conditions of recent years, an increase in the number of requests and the average amount of emergency assistance is needed.  Our funds last year were used by many deserving students and are currently at a low level  If you are considering a gift to Penn State and want to ensure it will make a real difference in a student’s life, please consider a tax deductible donation to the CCCPSAA Emergency Grant Fund.
Checks can be made payable to CCCPSAA with a note in the memo saying  Emergency Grant Fund.  Mail to: CCCPSAA, P.O. Box 10082, State College, PA 16805-0082.

Hintz Center Staffing

The Penn State Alumni Association has formed a corps of local volunteers to staff the visitor areas of the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Volunteer staff usually commit to a two-hour shift on Saturday or Sunday about twice a semester. The days and hours may vary during football weekends and campus events.  If you’d like to be part of this vital group, contact Ilene White  of the Alumni Association at 814-865-6516.   We are looking for volunteers for the spring and summer of 2014.

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