January 2020 Newsletter

News & Upcoming Events

Saturday February 15th: Baylor Bears vs WVA Mountaineers @ Waco tickets available
Thursday February 20th: Networking Event @ Parlor & Yard / 6-8 PM
Saturday February 22nd: THON Fundraiser @ Orange Theory (Triangle Location)
THON Donation Link Through Penn State Central Texas Alumni Association
Call for Company Sponsors - Professional Speakers - Photographers - Videographers

Cotton Bowl and Football Watch Parties Recap

As many of you know, the 2019 Penn State football season concluded by getting a Cotton Bowl bid against Memphis in Dallas.  With the game right in our backyard, we had over 100 diehard fans make the trip up to Dallas, with over 50 on the bus service we coordinated and had an incredible time.  Also, with Penn Staters being Penn Staters, we sold out of our first block seating offering in 12 hours.  

Our watch parties at Parlor and Yard this season were such a great success again.  What started several years ago as a way for dozens of Penn State alumni to watch the game (with audio) in the middle of UT territory has grown into hundreds of fans packing a West 6th bar for a Penn State - Idaho game and filling to capacity an hour before kickoff against Michigan on a Saturday night.  The watch parties were both a great way to meet new people in Austin and to have fun watching Penn State football.  On top of that, we raised hundreds of dollars for our scholarship fund and were able to raffle away some cool swag like a KJ Hamler jersey and signed Saquon Barkley jersey.

We wanted to thank everyone that was able to attend a watch party for making it such a fun football season and Parlor and Yard, one of THE go-to bars during football season.  It's a huge testament to our group when we have fans from Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, etc. that would rather watch the games in "enemy" territory at Parlor and Yard then at their own watch parties.

With all that said, the 2020 football season will be even bigger and better...


2019 Sponsorship Recap

We're excited to welcome our newest corporate partner, Seat Insiders. Seat Insiders is Ticket Agency for Sports, Concerts, and Theatre Events and is our new official ticketing partner for chapter events. Founded and owned by two Penn Staters, Seat Insiders helped us secure the PSU CenTex ticket block for the Cotton Bowl and made the process a breeze. We ended up saving a total of almost $18k on tickets by partnering together, allowing extremely affordable options.

Not only is Seat Insiders a great company, but they care about giving back to our organization. They have committed to donating a portion of all sales for any chapter events they organize, as well as giveaways like gift cards and tickets for raffles we hold throughout the year.

We're excited to partner with Seat Insiders to bring you more chapter events, just like the Cotton Bowl. If you have any ideas for an event, please let us know.

Learn More about Seat Insiders Here

We also welcome our other new sponsor, Family Clothesline based in State College, Pennsylvania. Family Clothesline has generously donated lots of merchandise for our Watch Parties to raffle off to local Penn Staters, and supplied us with a discount on clothes for the Cotton Bowl. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Family Clothesline and supplying lots of goodies for our future events!

Tickets Available:
Baylor Bears vs West Virginia Mountaineers


Saturday February 15th, 2020 |  3:00-5:30 PM
Ferrell Center, Waco Texas


As we hope the Nittany Lions to make it into the 2020 March Maddness competition, we thought it would be a fun daytime activity to support another local University basketball team- the Baylor Bears- in their pursuit towards the #1 ranked NCAA basketball team of 2020.

On February 15, 2020 @ 3:00 PM they will take the current #14 basketball team the West Virginia Mountaineers at home in Waco. For anyone who wants to take an afternoon trip to Waco, our partner Seat Insiders is providing us with tickets to the game.

Grab your friends, kids, or partners and lets support another local Texas team who isn't as far away as the Nittany Lions!

A few notes:

  • Though these tickets are comparable to prices on StubHub or other ticket resale sites, Seat Insiders actively donates a portion of sales back to the PSAA Central Texas Chapter. Buying tickets through us directly supports our chapter.
  • Currently, we are not providing transportation, but we can coordinate carpool/ a possible group dinner based on the number of tickets sold.
  • Any other questions / comments can be sent to:
  • They will be delivered electronically by Seat Insiders after February 7th.

Save the Date: February Networking Event


Thursday February 20th, 2020 |  6:00-8:00 PM
Parlor & Yard


As we move on from football season, mark your calendars and get your business cards ready for our first networking event this year! You can expect...
  • Professional headshot photographer
  • Drink specials
  • Local Austin vendors with giveaways
  • Penn State raffle items
This is a great way to network with fellow alumni as well as meet local companies.  If you don't currently have a professional headshot or need an update, this event is your opportunity for that.

We'll have more details to share, such as the location, in the upcoming newsletters so be sure to keep February 20th free.

If you know of any companies that would be great sponsors for the event or have any questions, please reply or reach out to 
Mathew Kapela

Save the Date: THON Fundraiser at Orange Theory

Saturday February 22, 2020 | 4:15 - 5:15 PM
Orangetheory Fitness- Triangle
4601 N Lamar Blvd #508, Austin, TX 78751

After last year's successful event, we're excited to announce that we will be partnering with OrangeTheory Fitness again this year for a THON fundraiser event.  Last year we had a ton of fun and raised $1,437.48... lets see if we can beat our numbers from last year!

The event will be sponsored by fellow Penn State alum Troy Taylor. Troy is not only an active member of our group, but also loves giving back to the community.

Ticket information for this event can be accessed here. All ticket sales will be donated back to THON!

If you are not interested in attending the OrangeTheory event but want to donate to THON through our chapter, please visit this link. 


Company Sponsors/Professional Speakers

As we're planning our professional events for 2020, we're looking to have great local and/or Penn State alumni owned companies to highlight as sponsors for these events.  These sponsors will get great exposure to our incredible alumni base at the networking event as well as featured in our newsletter.

Additionally, we're looking to have successful professionals at some of our events this year (particularly if they're a Penn State alum).  Austin has so many accomplished individuals that have a wealth of knowledge to share - especially for some ambitious Nittany Lion professionals.

If you or anyone you know would have interest in being a sponsor or know of someone that would be a great speaker at our events, reach out to 
Mathew Kapela or reply to this email.

Photographers / Videographers Wanted

Know anyone that has photography or videography experience?  Let us know by replying to this email!

We're looking for a couple people to use for our professional events this year. No experience required.

Central Texas Alumni Association Exec Board

Marielle Balz / Mallory Gold- Co-Presidents
Amanda Kuroda- Vice President
Mathew Kapela / Renwick Harvey- Co-Secretaries
Christopher Nelson, Treasurer
Peter Connolly / EJ Ekhato- Game Day Coordinators
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