Alumni Spotlight: PJ Mullen
PJ Mullen graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Telecommunications. During his time at Penn State as a student, PJ was involved with the PSU Comm Radio program, as well as helping broadcast THON. Today, PJ is still in Happy Valley, working for Penn State Athletics as the Director of Marketing.
PJ describes his role as a “dream job”, being able to come back to State College after graduating and working on the fan experience. He takes pride in being able to put on a fantastic experience for all Penn State fans, whether it be in Beaver Stadium or the BJC, acting as if it is someone’s first or last time in that arena. Additionally, as Director of Marketing, PJ oversees Nittanyville and Legion of Blue, as well as work with many different clubs and organizations, such as Homecoming and THON, to help produce their perspective sporting events.
While PJ’s full-time job is working for Penn State Athletics, he also works part-time at the university, teaching in the Bellisario College of Communications as an adjunct professor. Through teaching, PJ can see life come full circle, as the people who taught him are now his colleagues when he teaches. PJ also dedicates part of his week to volunteer with different organizations in the Penn State and State College area, including UPUA, Movin’ On, LifeLink, SAB, the Special Olympics 5k, and the Polar Bear Plunge with YMCA.
PJ says the greatest way he’s kept Penn State in his life after graduation is by utilizing connections made within Penn State. He credits the Alumni Association and “connecting the dots” for allowing him to return to State College and Penn State. He also says networking is the greatest thing he has learned from Penn State. Penn State taught PJ to have a true passion for something outside of friends and family and to enjoy everything life throws his way.
PJ’s favorite flavor of Creamery ice cream is WPSU Coffee Break, and his favorite line of the Alma Mater is “thou didst mold us, Dear Old State.” If PJ could give one piece of advice to college students today, it would be to take calculated risks and go after everything. He also stressed to make an impact, make something happen, and enjoy the rollercoaster ride of life.