“One of the things you have to remember is that you are a part of a huge, supportive family,” says Gary Clauss. He explains that there is something about being in the Penn State Family that gives you opportunities that can be a big part of your life. Gary is very aware of this because, though he lives in Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, he still feels the Penn State Pride wherever he goes.
When he moved there in 1980 he got involved in as many local Penn State events as he could. His soon-to-be SoCal wife Nancy attended her first PSU football game at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, AZ, witnessing our classic National Championship win over Miami!
Gary worked on the original Board of Directors to get the Orange County Chapter started and remains an active member. They normally have over 100 people at Saturday morning west coast time breakfast viewing parties for Nittany Lion football games and all show their Penn State Pride no matter the outcome!
Gary loves seeing Penn State attire being worn wherever he goes in his travels throughout California. He and his wife were walking along the surf on the Newport Beach walkway and someone enthusiastically pointed out his Penn State attire. That simple act put a Nittany Lion sized grin on Gary’s face.
He is thankful for the diversity that his Penn State education exposed him to. It really helped him get a taste for the world and it has helped him in his career. He frequently needs to interact with colleagues in other countries around the globe such as China and Germany as Application Development Manager for Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (with US headquarters in Reading, PA). He explains that students today view diversity as the norm and they may not understand how beneficial this experience with cultures of the world may be to their future careers.
Gary loved his time at Penn State, especially Penn State Ogontz (now Abington). He chose to go to Ogontz for his first two years because it helped him save for his last two years of school in State College. Just $750 a year for 3 terms, not 2 semesters!
Gary was very involved on the Ogontz campus. He was the Vice President of the Student Government Association, played Intramurals, and was a part of the Ogontz News. In between those activities and classes, he still found time to play pinochle in the Lares Bldg multi-purpose lunch room and enjoy photography with friends by the duck pond and around campus.