Welcome to the Berks County
Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association
The Berks County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is chartered through the main Penn State Alumni Association and serves any Penn State Alumni in the Berks County area. However, you do not need to be a member of the Alumni Association to be a member of the Berks County Chapter. Membership is open to any alumni, family of alumni, faculty, staff, students, or friends of Penn State and many of our events are open not only to our members, but also to any Penn State Alumni or friends of the University.
TYPES OF ALUMNI GROUPS
The Penn State Alumni Association
Penn State has many different Alumni groups and we understand that this can be very confusing to the average Alumni! We hope this page will provide Alumni with a better understanding of the differences between these groups.
To keep alumni connected to each other and to the University, the Penn state Alumni Association sponsors a variety of chartered groups that provide opportunities for professional development, networking, volunteering, and friendship building. No other association offers a wider scope of affiliate programs than the Penn State Alumni Association. This tradition began in 1898 when the first “branch” of the Penn State Alumni Association was formed – the Pittsburgh Club. Today there are more than 200 affiliate groups. They are broken down into the following: Societies, Chapters, Affiliate Program Groups (APGs), and Alumni Interest Groups (AIGs).
Chapters are groups of alumni and friends that form in specific geographical areas. Chapter members share their Penn State pride with their communities by performing community service projects, participating in charitable endeavors, promoting Penn State Fellowship, and supporting local area students in their transition to Penn State via student sendoff and scholarships. Each chapter develops its own programming, so the type of events and level of activity may vary from chapter to chapter. There are 134 chapters in the United States and 75 in other countries, from Berks County to Venezuela.