PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Org Spotlight: Boulevard’s Chair On Why They THON

Despite coming to fruition only four short years ago, Boulevard has rapidly grown into both a successful and popular organization within the THON community. I was able to talk to their THON chair, senior petroleum and natural gas engineer Lauren Popko, about her organization’s involvement in THON, and what it truly means to be FTK.

Fun Facts About Boulevard: 

Funds Raised: $70,000
Year Founded At Penn State: 2011
THON Families: The Clousers and the Splawns
Number Of Dancers: Five

Onward State: How did you initially get involved with THON?
Lauren Popko, THON Chair and Boulevard Vice President: My sophomore year I was a member of the org, and then my junior year I danced while also serving as Boulevard’s secretary. I happened to dance with our THON chair at the time, and I just felt like I had to do something the next year, so I applied for the THON chair/Vice President position.

OS: Why does Boulevard THON, and why are you involved?
LP: Well, we’re actually a community service organization and a THON organization, so our whole premise is to really help out our community and help out those around us, and THON is a perfect way to get involved with that. So we obviously THON for both our families, while the whole outlook of Boulevard is that there’s a boulevard in every community, so we want to be active in every community. Everyone knows someone with cancer, so this is a way for us to kind of give back and lend a helping hand to everyone.

OS: What do you personally get out of THON?
LP: Personally, THON has been my entire Penn State experience. We work so hard all year long, and this is only our fourth THON, so we’re still very young. I mean, we went from two dancers in our first THON to five dancers in this THON, so we really grasp it and we’ve just kind of rolled with it. It’s been really awesome to see how all of our younger new members–we have a lot of freshmen–have jumped on and latched onto THON as much as we all have.

OS: What are your thoughts on this year’s line dance?
LP: I love it! It’s great, and I’m very happy that I’m in the stands learning it this year because last year I danced, and couldn’t remember any of it! The chorus is awesome, and it gets me really pumped up.

OS: Does Boulevard do anything special for its dancers to help get them ready for their dancing experience?
LP: Our dancers this year sat down with last year’s dancers, and just talked with them. This year, we actually made them a little booklet of advice from all of the past dancers from our entire organization, so that was pretty awesome. We have different committees, including a dancer appreciation committee that’s in charge of getting them all of the fun stuff, making them capes, putting stuff in their lockers, and things like that.

OS: Being an alum next year, what are you looking for Boulevard to do leading up to next year’s THON?
LP: I’m just excited to see what we started move forward, because everybody that’s graduating this year started four years ago as freshmen, so in a sense, the core is leaving. I know that we’ll keep getting bigger and keep being a presence at THON.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Emily Ogle, Frankie Tagliaferri, Kerry Abello, Rachel Wasserman, and Kim Dubs scored for the Nittany Lions in Sunday’s lopsided victory.

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Student Life

Lisa Salters To Serve As 2018 Homecoming Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal will be present at many of Homecoming’s events throughout the week and will be featured in the parade Friday night.

Student Body President Cody Heaton Welcomes Class of 2022 At Convocation

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Penn State Officially Welcomes Class Of 2022 At Convocation

The Class of 2022 joined the Penn State family Saturday evening at Convocation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend