PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Meet Relay For Life 2017 Executive Director Kirsten Borsos

The final month of the school year is often one of the most hectic times for any Penn Stater. As Relay For Life 2017 Executive Director Kirsten Borsos and the rest of the team know, busy an understatement — the end of the spring semester means putting the final touches on one of the biggest philanthropy events of the year.

Relay for Life is a charity that benefits the American Cancer Society. Each year, Penn Staters have the opportunity to participate in the event right on campus. Those who wish to participate are welcome to make a donation, sign up for Relay for Life as an organization, or build their own team.

For Borsos, one of her favorite parts about getting involved in Relay For Life is watching a single event bring an entire community together for one cause. The event is open to anyone, and the inclusive environment helps bridge gaps between students, staff, and the rest of State College.

“It’s a way to get everyone involved,” Borsos said. “We even have a bunch of staff members and community members involved in our Relay, and I think that’s something that’s really special.”

From the moment Borsos set foot on campus, she knew she wanted to get involved in something that would allow her to give back. She enjoyed participating in a THON org among other activities. When a friend told her what Relay for Life was all about, she knew she had to find a way to be a part of the cause. From that moment on, getting involved in Relay for Life has been nothing but rewarding.

(Photo: Kirsten Borsos)

“I had a friend who introduced me to Relay through our THON organization, and I just fell in love from the very beginning,” Borsos said.

Though participating in Relay for Life has been one of the best parts of Borsos’ college career, heavy involvement in the cause doesn’t come without a few challenges. Like many other events on campus, one of the hardest parts of getting the community to participate is simply letting students know it’s there in the first place.

“I think the most challenging part is just getting the word out there,” Borsos said. “There’s even so many people I’ve met over the past four years that have said, ‘I’ve done Relay all my life at home and then I came here and didn’t even realize we had one.'”

However, the Relay for Life team has come a long way in terms of facilitating event outreach. The group has garnered support from THON captains and various student groups on campus, and participation in Relay for Life at Penn State grows each year. One of Borsos’ main goals is to ensure Relay for Life takes place at the HUB consistently — that way, Penn Staters can look forward to participating in the event in a more central location.

“My main goal is establishing our permanent home at the HUB, and I think that just would just establish us more as an organization and a campus-wide event,” Borsos said.

Relay for Life 2017 will take place from Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. to Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m. on the HUB lawn. For more information on specific events and how to get involved, visit the event Facebook page.

About the Author

Claire Fountas

Claire Fountas is the student life editor for Onward State, as well as a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and psychology. She lives in a suburb of Chicago and strongly disagrees with anyone who hates the Cubs or the Blackhawks (so, pretty much anyone at Penn State). You can follow her @ClaireFountas or email her at [email protected]


More by Claire

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

If alumna Alex Perry hadn’t accidentally gotten into the wrong admissions line before a football game, she might never have met the love of her life.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

Penn State Love Stories: IM Flag Football Teammates


Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

“Just to be able to hear my name called at the NBA Draft, it’s just a dream come true.” Penn State men’s basketball guard has reached the pinnacle of the sport — entering the NBA pro ranks after getting drafted Thursday night in Brooklyn by the New Orleans Pelicans. Carr, who had to wait around […]

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

[VIDEO] New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr In 2018 NBA Draft

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Bundling Student Tickets And Offering Options: What Penn State Can Learn

Student Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Penn State’s Student Farm will celebrate the longest day of the year with tours and live music Thursday evening.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

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.

Pittsburgh-Based Burger Joint BRGR Opening State College Location

BRGR was able to strike a deal for the building in the past six months or so, as the new goal is to open Happy Valley location — the restaurant’s first outside of Pittsburgh — in early January 2019.

Bream Won’t Be Charged With Perjury

Tim Bream, the former live-in adviser for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, will not face a perjury charge for his testimony at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.

That potential lies as much in the hands of active, informed, and opinionated students as it does in those of the profit-driven athletic departments.

Send this to a friend