About Lutheran Student Community at Penn State

Our Mission

As believers in Jesus Christ, the Penn State Lutheran Community is committed to:
Welcoming all the name of Jesus,
Embracing Personal Growth and understanding,
Exploring the connections between God’s Word and the world,
Preparing to follow Jesus’ example with our lives,
So we may go forth in a celebration of God’s Love.

Our Staff

Alicia Anderson, Campus Minister

Hello!  Serving as a campus minister is absolutely the best job I can imagine!  I really enjoy the constant stream of new and interesting students!  There are lots of things that change each semester, but students are always a delight and a challenge (in the best possible way).  I am grateful to walk with students in their time on campus, and I love to hear the perspectives they bring, the questions they struggle with, and the hopes and dreams they have for the future.  It is a privilege to be with students as they learn, grow, and figure out just what their faith means to them in their college years and into the future.

A little bit about me:  I’ve lived in central PA for 25+ years, yet I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  I went to Luther College and Wartburg Seminary (both in Iowa) and served in campus ministry in Nebraska and Wisconsin before coming here to Penn State.  I am really a flatlander at heart, though I find the mountains of this area simply beautiful and State College/Lemont has become home.

My household includes my husband, Bob Skelly (a recently-retired clinical psychologist from Chambersburg), my 19-year old daughter Mara (in her 2nd year at Luther College) and two Siberian Husky dogs, Aspen and Lola.  My older daughter and her husband (Jessa and Luke) live in St Paul, Minnesota where she works with Habitat for Humanity and he works in fund-raising for a college.  I live in scenic Lemont, on the side of Mt. Nittany, just a few miles outside State College.

The activities I enjoy include bicycling, walking and training the dogs, taking road trips, and reading.  I am a fan of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show.”  I listen to oldies music (80s are the best) and NPR podcasts.  I’m still in love with “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” and “The West Wing.”  I’m a fan girl of Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj, and I eat yogurt and granola every day.  I’m also very find of ice cream, so tell me you read that fact in my online bio and I’ll treat you to a cone or dish at the PSU Creamery!

Enjoying another wonderful year!  There is never a dull moment!

Lutheran Student Community Leadership

2022- 23 Leadership Team

The Lutheran Student Community Leadership Team is a body of students who represent the Lutheran community here at Penn State, University Park. The Leadership Team helps to plan, organize and lead events of the Lutheran Student Community at Penn State and Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State, in cooperation with the Lutheran Campus Ministry and Grace Lutheran Church by working with the staff members of these agencies.

Madi Apple, Lehigh Valley, PA

Zane Burris, Lawrence, KS

Logan Cargbaugh, Gettysburg, PA

Sydney Robinson, Frederick, MD

Brooke Sargen, York, PA

Leadership Team members use their gifts such as dedication, communication, responsibility, faith, motivation, and enthusiasm as they work together to serve God and others, while living out the Gospel. Have ideas to suggest?  Interested in joining?  Email lutheran@psu.edu or contact Alicia Anderson at ara2@psu.edu.

Lutheran Council for Campus Ministry Board

The Lutheran Council for Campus Ministry Board is made up of people who care about Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State and are committed to overseeing and supporting LCM’s work on campus.

Board members represent the Allegheny Synod, the Lower Susquehanna Synod, and the Upper Susquehanna Synod, and the university community.  Those who serve include PSU faculty and staff, student leaders from Lutheran Student Community, local pastors, alumni of LCM, members of local congregations, parents of current or past students, and our campus minister serves as an ex officio member.

The LCCM Board meets twice each semester, and once in the summer months.

Lutheran Council for Campus Ministry Board Mission Statement

As ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are partners with the Lutheran Student Community at Penn State in ministry and mission.

We oversee and develop the resources of LCM,
call and support staff,
evaluate programs and staff
share stories of CM in church and other contexts,
assist LSC in their ministry.

As baptized children of God, we feed and are fed by one another through our work together.