Penn State Alumni Stay Connected Around The World

With the goal of developing a strong, interconnected network of international alumni, Penn State has launched new initiatives designed to provide opportunities for international graduates living and working around the globe to reconnect with one another, with current and prospective students and with the university. 

Whether in Shanghai, Barcelona, Beijing or Lima, Penn State alumni are staying connected and giving back to their local communities and to their alma mater. There are many ways that international alumni can get involved. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Join a Penn State Alumni Chapter in your region. With new chapters formed in Beijing, Shanghai and Kazakhstan, we can help you connect with fellow Penn Staters wherever you are. (Include Shanghai photos with Paul Clifford, CEO, Penn State Alumni Association, Kevin Barron, director of volunteer services for the Penn State Alumni Association, JT).
  • Start a new alumni group in your region. The Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (CCCPSAA) recently adopted the new Penn State Alumni Chapter in Kazakhstan as its sister chapter to provide invaluable resources and guidance to the new Kazakhstani alumni volunteers. Dr. Michael Adewumi, vice provost for global programs and Mike Erdman from the CCCPSAA hosted an alumni reception in Kazakhstan where new friendships were made and best practices made.
  • Volunteer as a Global Alumni Ambassador
    • Global Alumni Ambassadors represent Penn State around the world: in their local communities, companies and universities. Alumni ambassadors host events for Penn State faculty at overseas universities, help identify new internship opportunities for Penn State students, serve as point of contact and resource for alumni new to the region, and help the university update alumni contact information.
  • Volunteer for professional development events with Penn State international students
    • Our international students benefit greatly from interacting with global alumni in a wide array of professional development opportunities such as virtual networking events, resume reviews, mock interviews, career fairs and career panel discussions.
  • Speak with prospective international Penn State students and their families
    • Penn State alumni always enjoy speaking with international families about the benefits of a Penn State education and the value of being a member of the Penn State global alumni network of more than 500,000 living alumni around the world. (Do we have any photos from past ISO events that include parents?)

If you are interested in getting involved as a Global Alumni Ambassador, organizing a new alumni group in your country, hosting an alumni event or speaking to prospective students, please contact Jennifer Theiss in the global alumni relations office at