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Alumni and Friends

A&A Alumni and Friends

Be involved and connected!

Support the arts and design

Alumni and friends are an integral part of the College of Arts and Architecture family. Thanks to your involvement, we are able to support students and faculty in their studies and in their creative and research pursuits. Graduating does not take you out of the equation – it just means there are new ways for you to stay involved and connected.

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A&A Alumni Society

WE ARE…award-winning actors, architects, graphic designers, artists, musicians, lighting designers, set designers, stage managers, photographers, landscape architects, art historians, art, music and museum educators, and more. Nearly 20,000 Penn State alumni call the College of Arts and Architecture home!

If you are a College of Arts and Architecture graduate and you join the Penn State Alumni Association, you automatically become a member of the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society. We benefit from annual funding from the Penn State Alumni Association based on membership. Some of this funding is used to support alumni events, and a portion of it is made available to departmental alumni groups (APGs) for activities specific to the department’s alumni base. The Arts and Architecture Alumni Society is governed by a board of directors that meets quarterly. There are occasional openings for new members. For more information about a position on the Alumni Society Board, please get in touch!


Ashley Hardison

  • Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Kelsey Knight

  • Director of Alumni Relations and Stewardship
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A&A Alumni Society Leadership

As the governing body of the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society, the members of the board serve as a resource for the College of Arts and Architecture by promoting ongoing communication and relationships among alumni, students, faculty, administration, and affiliated groups.

Affiliate Program Groups

APGs are groups of alumni who share a common interest in a particular academic unit or department. There are no dues to join the department-based groups – by being a graduate, all alumni are automatically members. The APGs in the College of Arts and Architecture are focused on issues that are uniquely valued by their own departments, and each is governed by its own board of directors. The College of Arts and Architecture is also home to the Alumni Blue Band Association APG, because of its unique relationship with the School of Music.

To become actively involved in an APG, contact Kelsey Knight ( or Ashley Hardison ( in the Arts and Architecture Alumni Office or get in touch directly with the group’s current contact person listed below.

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Your gifts truly make a difference!

Scholarships help give students financial security so they can focus on their studies. Program endowments support faculty endeavors that raise the profile of their creative work, research, and interdisciplinary initiatives. Your gift could allow an undergraduate to take an unpaid internship, or a faculty member to conduct on-site research for her next book.

Learn about Making a Gift
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+175k Members Strong!

The Penn State Alumni Association

The Alumni Association connects alumni to the University and to each other, to provide valued services to members, and to support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. Learn more about alumni events, groups, travel, career opportunities, giving, leadership, and so much more.

Alumni Association Website

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Penn State Arts and Architecture is stronger for all of the students, alumni, and friends who are engaged and active contributors to our community!

Keeping in Touch!

We want to keep in touch with you! As you move through life – taking on new roles and marking new achievements – we hope that you will reach out and let us know so that we can celebrate your successes. Feel free to provide updates via the Alumni Association update form. If you have professional news that might be of interest to the larger community of Arts and Architecture alumni and students, please reach out to us.

Similarly, we love to share student, faculty, alumni, and school news, events, and happenings. Units across the college send out e-news publications that help to keep you abreast of the latest from your alma mater. Please complete the form below to indicate the information you’d like to receive.

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