Join THON Trivia!

Come get excited for the annual dance marathon by participating in PSU NNJ’s second annual THON Trivia event. This event will be taking place on Wednesday, Feb 17th at 7:30 pm via Zoom. It’s a great opportunity to meet other Penn Staters and show your THON knowledge. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to Once registered, Zoom links will be provided. 

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Penn State Vermont Chapter hosts Virtual Paint and Sip

Join us for a Penn State Inspiration Virtual Paint Night.   Together we will be painting the Lion!  We welcome all Alumni, friends, and family to the event.  The event will be held virtually on February 2nd, 2022 at 6pm EST.  

Admission + Paint Kit = $45 per person
Link to purchase: Admission + Paint Kit

The paint kit includes an 11″ x 14″ canvas board, a 10-piece set of paintbrushes, 6 custom acrylic paint colors, a printed inspiration – all mailed to your home directly! Shipping costs are included. 

Admission Only ( bring your own supplies ) = $15 per person
Link to purchase: Admission Only

Please sign up no later than Saturday, January 29th.  Upon registration, you will be emailed the Zoom virtual connect link and your paint kit will be mailed soon after.

We hope you can join us!  No previous painting experience is required.  We welcome Moms, Dads, kiddos, and more. This will be a great event to relax, unwind and network with your fellow Penn State Alumni.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Edwards.
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PSU NNJ Hosts “Cooking With Kevin” 9/18

The Penn State Northern NJ Alumni Chapter is taking our Cooking with Kevin series to a new level thanks to board member/resident chef, Kevin Rivera. On Saturday, Sept 18th at 11AM, Kevin will be streaming live from Lot 22 at Beaver Stadium for the White Out game against Auburn. The show will feature live action of the Grill master as he prepares a tailgate feast for his fellow Nittany Lion friends and family. He will be providing tricks and techniques, while answering questions throughout the show about tailgating and his grilling secrets. This event will take place via Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please email us at The link will provided to those that register.


After a successful cooking session last month, the Penn State Northern NJ Alumni Chapter is bringing you another edition of “Cooking with Kevin”. This remote event will be taking place on Saturday, January 23rd at 10AM via Zoom. It should last about 40 minutes. Kevin will be teaching us step by step how to prepare different types of noodles. These can be a great supplement to just about any meal. This cooking segment also will be helpful for those that are vegetarians or with have dietary needs. 

To register for this event, please email us at and we will send you the Zoom link. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, you may have. 


The PSU Northern NJ Chapter’s Send Off Picnic is always a success in part due to the efforts  of a resident grill master, Kevin Rivera. Despite the heat and humidity, we can always count on Kevin helping to oversee the grill and ensure that nobody goes home hungry. We are pleased to announce that Kevin is offering to share his culinary skills with all of you in a virtual event that we call “Cooking with Kevin”! This remote event will be taking place on Saturday, December 12th at 10AM via Zoom. It should last about 40 minutes.

Kevin will be teaching us step by step how to prepare a delicious chicken stir fry dish. This dish can be modified for vegetarians or those that have dietary needs. 

To register for this event, please email 

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Virtual Volunteer Session to be held June 24 before beer tasting

Looking for a new way to stay connected to Penn State? Volunteer with the CNJ Chapter! We have open board positions and committees. Meetings are held monthly via Zoom. Help us plan upcoming events such as Nittany Networking or the Annual Student Send Off! Visit our “Committees” page to get started.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register here. We will be holding a virtual volunteer session on June 24 before the virtual beer tasting to get to know more about our chapter, members, and opportunities! A Zoom link will be provided to those who registered in the afternoon on June 24th.

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Name that Tune! An event by the North NJ Chapter

Are you fans of TV shows like Beat Shazam or Name That Tune?! The North New Jersey Alumni Chapter will be hosting its own variation on Wednesday May 12, beginning at 7:30pm via Zoom.  A short music clip will be played and you will have to guess both the artist and song title and whoever gets the most correct, wins! So brush up on your music, so you can Drop The Mic against your competition.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to Once registered, Zoom links will be provided

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PSU NYC Chapter to host annual meeting featuring Cael Sanderson

All local Penn Staters (and friends of the University) are invited to join the NYC Chapter on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00pm for the Penn State NYC Virtual Annual Celebration! The NYC Chapter Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Cael Sanderson as the guest speaker this year! Coach Sanderson is Penn State’s Championship-Winning Head Wrestling Coach.

Date:     Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Time:  7:00pm-8:30pm (Program featuring Cael Sanderson & PSU NYC President Linde Miles)

Where:  Zoom – Link to be provided to all Registered attendees!

For more information or to register, please visit the NYC Chapter website.

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Mixology Recipes

Thank you to those who shared recipes at our recent mixology event! If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a list for you next cocktail party:

Link to Mudslide Cocktail Recipe – submitted by Suzanne McCracken

Moscow Mule – submitted by Ryan Goudie

ngredients:1 ½ fluid ounces vodka
½ fluid ounce lime juice
ice cubes
½ cup ginger beer
1 lime wedge for garnish

Directions:Step 1
Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
Step 2
Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.

Notes: The classic Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug.

Dark and Stormy – click to download recipes – submitted by Karen Loughran

Tropical RumChata – submitted by Reba Dell’Angelo

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The American Chestnut Restoration

Generally recognized to be the greatest ecological disaster of the 20th Century, the American Chestnut Tree Blight which decimated the Appalachian region’s greatest source of food for wildlife and for livestock set loose to feed in the wild, isn’t what comes to mind for most people.  As devastating as it was, it didn’t wipe the tree out entirely.  Through the careful and diligent work of dedicated scientists at The American Chestnut Foundation, Penn State, the University of Vermont and the State University of NY among others, the tree may soon thrive again for future generations.

On March 23rd at 7pm, join the Vermont Chapter in hosting American Chestnut Foundation coordinators Sara Fern Fitzsimmons (PSU) and Kendra Collins (UVM) when they team up to present a historical overview of why the blight was so devastating, restoration efforts so important, and now so promising and possible.

Sara Fern Fitzsimmons has worked with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) at Penn State University since 2003, assisting chestnut growers and researchers throughout the Appalachian Mountains.  Born and raised in southern West Virginia (Hinton), Sara studied Biology at Drew University in Madison, NJ.  She then received a Master’s degree in forest ecology and resource management from Duke University’s Nicholas School.   Sara hopes her research and professional work will facilitate long-term conservation and restoration of native tree species at risk from exotic pests and diseases.

Kendra Collins, New England Regional Science Coordinator 

Kendra joined The American Foundation (TACF) in 2008 as Regional Science Coordinator for the New England region, which includes the ME, VT/NH, MA/RI, and CT state chapters of TACF. She received a BS degree in Environmental Conservation Science from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Natural Resources: Forestry from the University of Vermont. Her Masters research focused on American chestnut restoration, which led her to become involved with TACF and the formation of the VT/NH chapter. Kendra worked previously with citizen scientists through New Hampshire’s Volunteer Lake Assessment Program.
Topic: Vermont Chapter Speaker Series – American Chestnut Restoration
Time: Mar 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Engineering Alumni Panel Discussion

The Penn State Northern NJ Alumni Chapter is pleased to host an Alumni Panel Discussion focused on the College of Engineering. We’re very fortunate to have 4 local alumni in various engineering positions that are spending their evening with us to discuss their careers, Penn State stories, advice, and more. This is a great opportunity for incoming students, current students, recent graduates, engineers looking to change career paths, and those interested in learning more about the College of Engineering. A great networking and mentoring opportunity for all.  This event will take place on Wed, April 7th at 7PM on Zoom. Our 4 alumni volunteers will be asked pre-determined questions in a panel format. To register for this event or questions, please email the Chapter at with your name and preferred email address.

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PSU CNJ Will Match Your Contribution to THON 2021

While the last year has changed our lives dramatically, one thing hasn’t changed – Penn State’s commitment to fighting pediatric cancer! THON will be a virtual event held February 19-21 and needs your support more than ever.

Your donation to THON this year will have an even greater impact! The PSU CNJ chapter will match every dollar you donate between now and February 18.* Just send a copy of your donation receipt to to participate.

*Maximum contribution PSU CNJ can make in 2021 is $1000 – help us hit our maximum by donating at today!

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