On this episode of Podward State, hosts Matthew Paolizzi, Samuel Brungo, and Grace Cunningham are joined by associate producer Jordan Mansberger and special guest, CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association, Paul J Clifford.
Paul starts off the episode by telling his story of how he went from a bachelors in history to becoming an "alumni advancement guru" and how that led him to his current position as the CEO of the largest Alumni Association in the world.
After being at a number of different universities throughout his career, Clifford reflects on some of the best moments and takeaways from those experiences. He also pinpoints some of the differences that sets Penn State apart from the rest of the pack.
Growing up in a Penn State family, Paul reflects on some of his favorite memories this school has brought to him throughout his life and in the 6 years he has been here.
The Alumni Association is more than just graduates, so Clifford gives us some insight into what the Alumni Association entails and what it offers to its members.
Finally, Paul gives some advice to both graduating seniors and undergrads, as well as some information on how to get involved in the Alumni Association.
Podward State is an Onward State-produced podcast. Onward State is an independent, student-run Penn State news site that works to generate honest conversation in the hopes of enriching the Penn State community.
The show was founded by Matthew Ogden, Matthew Paolizzi, and Mitchell Stewart in 2019. They have covered a plethora of topics and hosted numerous guests including Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, Director of Saturday Night Live Don Roy King, 2018 PA Senate Candidate Ezra Nanes, Penn State sports legends Jordan Hill, Journey Brown, Bill Belton, DJ Newbill, and many more.
Podward State releases episodes weekly and features discussions about all things Penn State, including sports, news, student life, and entertainment which will be available on Spotify and YouTube.