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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Spend a Virtual Evening with PSU Legends

The PSU Great Valley chapter is hosting a virtual evening with two Penn State Football Legends, Adam Taliaferro and Zack Mills.   

This virtual event will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020, starting at 6:30pm Eastern.  Tickets are $10 each.

The online silent auction will start two weeks prior to the main event, with bidding opening on Friday, October 23, 2020.  All bidding will end on Monday, November 9, 2020. Event registration is not necessary to participate in the online silent auction. The auction can be accessed at

All proceeds benefit THON and campus programs. Additional cash donations are encouraged. Text PSGVAlumni to 41444, or go to to give now.

Sponsored by the Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society in association with the Penn State Abington Alumni Society.  Please contact with questions or for more information. 

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PSU CNJ Chapter Achieves Elm Level Status Again!

PSU Alumni Association Elm Level

Affiliate groups named as a “Group of Distinction” have served in several different programmatic categories, including career networking, social interaction and fellowship, supporting students, and leading THON-related activities. View all 15 categories at here.

PSU Alumni Association Elm Level
Elm level groups receive the following incentives: Patch and year pin, recognition in Penn Stater ad, mention at PSAA events, four free admissions to attend an Alumni Leadership Connections, an entry into drawing for $1000 grant to be used toward initiative of group’s choice , and more! Thank you for your help maintaining our Elm Level status!

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Spend an evening with Jay Paterno

The program will include:

A Talk by Jay Paterno with a Q&A Session

A PSU Football Antiques Road Show with special Penn State Football Artifacts

Sharing Time – Each Chapter shares PSU Football Memories

We hope you’ll join us for this very special evening and share in the festivities!

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Time:  8:00pm (EST) Kickoff 

Hosted By: PSU NYC & Big Ten area PSU Chapters

Where:  Register Here!

Pricing:  $5 (All sales benefit THON)

If you have questions you’d like to ask Jay Paterno or specific artifacts you would love to see, please include those requests in your registration on Eventbrite!

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2020 Student Sendoff to be held via Zoom in August

We’re pleased to share that our annual Student Sendoff will be held on August 13, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom video conference!

This is a great opportunity for incoming students and their families to meet Penn Staters from the area and ask questions before fall semester classes begin. We will also announce the chapter scholarship winner at the event. To apply for the chapter scholarship, please check out our Scholarship Page.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here no later than August 6, 2020. A link to the Zoom video conference will be emailed to you in advance of the event!

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Penn State Alumni Association offers Virtual Events

While we may not be able to gather for summer events like Big Ten Day at the Jersey Shore, the Penn State Alumni Association continues to offer plenty of virtual networking and education opportunities to PSU graduates!

Stay up to date on latest events offered by the PSAA by bookmarking their events page here.

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Donating To the Scholarship Fund Made Easier!

You can now donate to the CNJ Scholarship through the Alumni Association!  If your employer has a donation matching program, this site makes it very easy.

Click here to donate!

This site automatically selects the PSU CNJ Chapter Scholarship as the donation recipient.

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Now Open: The PSU CNJ Amazon Store!

Help Grow our #PSUCNJ Chapter Scholarship!

Use the links below to get all your shopping done for your favorite PSU Students and Graduates! Proceeds from Amazon purchases that come from the Affiliates Program will go directly towards our chapter scholarship fund.

Click here to shop on Amazon through the PSU CNJ Affiliates Program.


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Grab the spotlight!

If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Member Spotlight or submit an idea for a CNJ Roar article:

  1. Profile Information:
    1. Name: Full name not required
    2. Grad Year: Optional
    3. Major:
    4. Occupation: Optional
    5. Contact Info: Optional
  2. What is one of the best things you learned as a PSU student?
  3. What is one of your favorite memories from your time at PSU?
  4. Why did you become a member of the CNJ Chapter?
  5. What are your hobbies?
  6. Other Information (Recent Awards, Career Advancements, Earned a Degree) Optional



Member Spotlight: Lisa Danwalder


Name: Lisa Danwalder

Grad Year: 2004

Major: BA Media Studies, Minor Sociology

Company Name/Current Position: Sr. Buyer, Johnson & Johnson


What is one of the best things you learned as a PSU student?

I learned to think big and broad. The large and diverse student body and faculty revealed the possibility of different kinds of thinking (academic, artistic, intellectual, athletic, etc.).


What is one of your favorite memories from your time at PSU?

My favorite memory is the overall life at a large university set in a small town setting (the students, the classes, the exams (wait… not the exams), the parties, the snow ball fights, the many traditions, and football games).


Why did you become a member of the CNJ Chapter?

Being an alumni member not only keeps me both connected and up to date with happenings at the university, but it has also allowed me to build a local network. Our local chapter participates in many activities together, but most important is the time to gather with fellow Nittany Lions and reconnect with Penn State.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy traveling, but these days I have been hooked on Wii. In real life, I enjoy jogging and walking the dogs. Being from Pittsburgh, I also enjoy watching the Steelers, and I am especially fond of incorporating the french fries in the sandwiches.



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