Alumni Relations

What AR Does

The Alumni Relations Committee works closely with the Penn State Alumni Association to ensure that alumni have a great experience when they return for Homecoming events. We strive to build and maintain a strong relationship between the Homecoming Executive Committee and Penn State alumni through various events and initiatives. Our committee color is Royal Blue.                           

For questions or concerns please contact Alumni Relations Director, Emily Heere, at


Captain Positions

Administrative Assistant (1)

This captain will work closely with the Alumni Relations Director in a variety of roles, and will act as a liaison for the Homecoming Alumni Interest Group. They are responsible for taking meeting minutes, sending out reminder emails, and creating timelines for week-of events. The Administrative Assistant will also order all Alumni Relations committee merchandise, work closely with the Alumni Engagement Captain on the new Alumni Spotlight initiative, and is responsible for attending admin bi-weekly meetings in addition to their weekly captain meetings. It is important for this captain to be organized and have strong communication skills.

Grand Marshal/Honorary Grand Marshal Liaison (1)

This captain will be in charge of maintaining contact with Homecoming's Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal prior to and throughout Homecoming week, to ensure they are aware of the timeline and other important information. They are in charge of promoting the Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal to the Penn State population, including planning how they will be revealed. This individual must be organized and professional, and have strong communication skills.

Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social Captains (2)

These captains will collaboratively plan the Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social. They will work closely with the Alumni Association to formulate the layout of the event, as well as the event's entertainment and timeline. These captains will be responsible for reaching out to performing organizations as well as to the student population in order to increase attendance, and help to advertise the event. One captain will be primarily in charge of logistical tasks, while the other captain will handle more creative tasks

Tailgate Competition Captain (1)

This captain will organize the Tailgate Competition, as well as advertise it to recruit more participants. They will be responsible for preparing the competition's rules and scoring rubric, contacting alumni contestants and student organizations, and creating a timeline for the day of judging. The Tailgate Competition Captain will solidify prizes and promotional material, oversee registration, and help judge tailgates on the day-of. This captain should be able to come up with creative ideas for promoting the event in order to recruit more participants.

Alumni Engagement (1)

This captain is a new addition to Alumni Relations this year, and will be very crucial to the committee. This captain will be in charge of working with the Alumni Association to promote student engagement with alumni beyond just Homecoming Week, including luncheons and networking events, as well as continuing the Alumni Spotlight Lecture Series. They will also work closely with the Admin on the new Alumni Spotlight initiative. They should be ambitious in their efforts to stay engaged with alumni, and will be in charge of thinking of new ways to highlight our alumni throughout the Homecoming season.