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


Virtual Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Registration Link: Eventbrite Virtual Happy Hour Registration

Location: Chilling at home in your virtual bar

  • Bring a drink

  • Chat with fellow chapter members

  • Meet new PSU alum

We can’t physically go out for drinks, but we can share a cocktail together by video chat. Please follow the ZOOM instructions to join the meeting (see below).

Come hang out while observing social distancing. Wear your favorite Penn State attire (t-shirt, football jersey, or a comfy hoodie) and share your choice Cinco de Mayo “quarantini”!

This will be a Zoom meeting. To avoid the Zoom bombing that has been rampant in other events like this, we are asking you to register for this event and we will send you the meeting info via email.

With everyone quarantined, we are providing some relatively easy drink recipes that require only a few ingredients to keep these accessible for everyone.

Recommended drink specials:

The Vitamin C "Quarantini"

*Brand of juice and vodka are your choice.

- ½ glass of orange juice

- 1 oz. (30mL) of Vodka

- ½ glass cranberry juice

Blue and White "Quarantini"

*Brand of juice and vodka are your choice. You may add ice if you like.

- 2 oz. (60mL) Malibu Rum (Caribbean White Rum with Coconut Liqueur)

- 4 oz. (118mL) orange juice

- splash of Blue Curacao Liqueur

Please note that any rude or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the event

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PSAA Upcoming Virtual Events

Here are a few upcoming events from the PSU Alumni Association you should check out.

PSAA Virtual Speaker Session featuring Dr. Vijaykrishnan Narayanan: Third Eye: Assisting the Visually Impaired, Ensuring Social Distance

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Event Description: While our day-to-day lives have changed significantly due to the pandemic, there are some for whom the social distancing practices are even more challenging. Imagine needing the assistance of a store service assistant at a grocery store to guide you to a product. The quality of service varies even in normal times but is really challenging now. My research team has been developing assistive technologies that embed intelligent object recognition and detection to help navigate a person with visual impairment in a grocery store. This talk will highlight the technology being developed as well as how the student researchers continue to push ahead in their effort to assist those in need, in spite of all the social distancing challenges.

Registration Link: https://cvent.me/1PAw3l

Location: Zoom

Registration Fee: Free


PSAA Virtual Speaker Session featuring Dr. Christina Grozinger: Pollinators in Pennsylvania: Our Legacy and Future

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Event Description: Pennsylvania's uniquely diverse cropping system depends on both managed and wild pollinators. Christina Grozinger will discuss the importance of pollinators to our agricultural and natural systems, the surprising diversity of pollinators in Pennsylvania, current threats to pollinator populations, and what we can do to preserve and expand our pollinators for future generations. She will highlight the research, education, extension and outreach programs of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, and how these can help you support pollinators in your own backyards.

Registration Link: https://cvent.me/5VkxOk

Location: Zoom

Registration Fee: Free