Scholarship Update

We received this email from our most recent Chapter Scholarship recipient, Matthew Gelhard and we'd like to share it with you:

Dear Central Maryland Chapter Members,

I cannot be more thankful to be chosen for this scholarship. The money received will go towards paying my tuition on my way to becoming a Nittany Lion for life. I hope the Penn State community has been safe during the pandemic, and have kept their spirits high as COVID-19 has changed the daily lives of many. Sadly, thirteen games into my freshman year of baseball, the season was cancelled and we were sent home for the duration of the semester. We all had the challenge to continue our studies. I worked hard and was able to keep my straight A's. This summer I was able to continue baseball with ITD, an organization where I could continue playing and be a coach at the same time. In the future I plan to coach more baseball. Throughout my childhood, coaches have encouraged me with their guidance which furthered my love for baseball and it is only just to pass that same message on to future generations. I continue to work for my father's home restoration company, "J Gelhard & Sons Restorations" and the 10 acre farm my grandparents own. The passion I have for my family and for working hard I continue to carry with me. I will resume the following semester at Penn State Mont Alto and plan to finish the final two at University Park. I will apply for College of Communications, where I can explore marketing, management, journalism, and graphic design to decide what branch of Communications I will follow. My goal is to work in a field where I can improve and advance how people with interact with each other. I have attached a picture for the announcement and cannot be more proud to wear Penn State gear on your page. I know many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, but getting an opportunity to give thanks at an event in the future would be an honor. With my older brother and I graduating in the next few years, we cannot wait to be a part of PSUAA.

With much gratitude,

Matthew Gelhard

Hopefully you found this to be as moving as we did and if you did, we'd ask that you join us in helping other future Penn Staters by donating to our scholarship fund. It's very easy - just click on the scholarship link at the top of the page and follow the instructions. Thanks in advance for your generosity - We Are!

Membership Invitation!

Hello Penn Staters!

The new membership year for the Central Maryland Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is upon us. Our chapter’s membership year runs from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021, so now is the time to join or renew! Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone our annual membership event, originally scheduled for May, due to the pandemic, so we’re conducting our membership drive online.

The chapter does receive some financial support from the PSU Alumni Association, but this doesn’t cover all of our operating expenses. By becoming a member of the chapter, you help us sponsor many activities throughout the year, including our annual membership event that we hope to conduct live post-COVID-19, the annual freshman sendoff, weekly football watching parties, monthly happy hours and other special events, including supporting THON. The chapter also supports local charities such as Toys-4-Tots and the Polar Bear Plunge and offers opportunities to represent Alumni Association values. By becoming a member, you will also receive regular emails from the chapter with event notices and our newsletter.

Please join or renew your annual dues today. Dues are $15 per year for individuals or $25 per year for a family membership.

All you need to do is click on the "Join Us" button in the menu bar at the top of this page and follow the directions. We have set up an entirely new membership tracking process, so we are asking that you complete the membership form, even if you are renewing.

Thanks in advance for your help and can’t wait to see everyone again soon!

We Are!

Lisa Garrett

Vice President of Membership

E-Mail Policy

The chapter has changed its e-mail policy so please take a second to review this information so that you can continue to received regular updates (typically monthly) from us.

We are moving to a much stricter opt-in policy to receive regular updates from the chapter. A few times a year, for important notifications (e.g. this membership invitation), we will use a mailing list from the Penn State Alumni Association for people in our local area who have opted into their mailings. But this is a limited one-time-use listing, so unless you select the option to be added to our regular list, these are the only updates you will see. If you'd like to continue hearing about chapter events and receive our newsletter, you'll need to opt-in. You can do this by clicking on the Join-Us link in the menu at the top of this page and enter your Name & Email in the "Subscribe to our Email List" box.

Letter from the Chapter President

Dear Friends,

I thought I’d take a few minutes to send this note to the members of the Central MD Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

The Board of Directors and I hope that you and your family are well during these unusual times. We also hope that especially during this holiday season, whether you celebrate Passover or Easter, you take time to appreciate the opportunity to be thankful and to celebrate with family and those close to you whether in person or virtually.

Speaking of virtually – the Central MD Chapter Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, April 6 virtually. So, our chapter’s business goes forward. Each board member shared how they have been dealing with social distancing. Although most are working from home, a common thread was that we’ve all re-arranged our daily schedules to also attend to family activities as well. Some board members even had young children on their laps during the meeting – nice to see!

All official Penn State organizations are prohibited from sponsoring or engaging in any activity that brings people together – which should come as no surprise. It has, however, greatly impacted the essence of the vibrancy of our chapter. Our Happy Hours, which are the main chapter activity during the Winter and Spring that bring members together, are on hold. Our annual Membership Event held each Spring is also on hold. When we are able, we will reschedule the Membership Event which our policy dictates be held annually. Our football viewing gatherings will resume in the late summer and fall, given the resumption of football.

The board discussed alternative ways to engage the chapter membership to keep the PSU spirit going. These include virtual happy hours; themed virtual get togethers (best PSU outfit); and, possibly our Membership Event. Keep checking the Chapter website and Facebook page for updated information.

Finally, we hope that each of you and your families stay safe and healthy.

Vic S. Gladstone, ’68; ‘69