Meet Your 2020 Homecoming Court
Penn State Homecoming’s Executive Committee announced this year’s student, graduate, and university courts Friday afternoon.
Breaking tradition, Homecoming chose not to select a grand marshal or honorary grand marshal this year. Instead, the organization will feature an alumni panel of past grand marshals and honorary grand marshals on its social media platforms on October 14.
“Each court consists of individuals who are identified as well-rounded, spirited Penn Staters who embody each of Penn State’s six core values of: respect, integrity, responsibility, discovery, excellence, and community,” Homecoming said. ”Reviewers consider each applicant’s representation of the university’s core values.”
Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about each member of Homecoming 2020’s courts. You’ll (virtually) see them when Homecoming 2020 kicks off on October 10.
Major: Recreation, park, and tourism management
Involvement: Executive director of the Council of Sustainable Leaders, organizer for the Sustainability Showcase Series, undergraduate student representative for the College of Health and Human Development, Penn State Alternative Breaks program
Major: Health policy and administration
Involvement: THON, Camp Kesem, Lion’s Pantry, Springfield
Major: Materials science and engineering
Involvement: THON Entertainment Captain, New Student Orientation leader, Multicultural Engineering Society
Major: Public relations, Spanish
Involvement: Administrative Vice President of Lion Ambassadors, a Bellisario Fellow, Leadership JumpStart, THON, Schreyer Scholar, Paterno Fellow, and New York Women in Communications Scholar
Major: Engineering science
Involvement: Vice president for Finance on the Panhellenic Executive Council, Greek life, THON
Major: Political science, history, Jewish studies
Involvement: President of the Penn State College Democrats, UPUA, Lion Caucus, a student member of the Daily Collegian’s Board of Directors
Major: Communication arts and sciences, public relations
Involvement: President of Penn State Lion Scouts, THON
Major: Biochemistry and molecular biology
Involvement: Lion Ambassadors, Homecoming, Penn State Select Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias, and Community Safety
Major: Digital journalism
Involvement: Student ambassador, member of the Alumni Association, serves on Student Affairs committee for World Campus Student Government Association, THON, president and founder of Zeta Mu Phi
Major: Business management
Involvement: Chair of UPUA’s Student Life committee, University Park Student Fee Board Steering Committee, Executive Board of Lion Caucus, Delta Sigma Pi
Education: Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate pursuing a dual Ph.D. in statistics and social data analytics with a graduate minor in computational sciences
Involvement: Student Body President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, Chair of the University Park Student Fee Board, Statistics Climate and Diversity Committee, Anti-Racism Working Group
Education: Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology
Involvement: Recipient of the Bunton-Waller Fellowship, Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program Scholarship, and 2019 Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Award winner
Position: Teacher in Penn State’s kinesiology department
Involvement: Volunteer advisor with Penn State Christian Athletes
Position: Vice president for Government & Community Relations
Involvement: Created an undergraduate internship in the Office of Government and Community Relations, founder of Lion Caucus
Position: Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and assistant dean of Interprofessional Education at the College of Medicine in Hershey
Involvement: Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, Academy of Pharmacology Educators fellow, National Pharmacology Educator Award, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Preceptor of the Year Award
Position: Assistant director of Student and Young Alumni Programs at the Penn State Alumni Association
Involvement: Lion Ambassadors
In 2018, Homecoming removed gendered titles such as “Homecoming Queen and King” and took away the 1:1 ratio of male to female representation within the court. It said it made this change to embrace diversity and gender inclusivity within Penn State’s community.
In September, Homecoming moved its 2020 parade online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festivities will include aa pre-recorded parade on Friday, October 16 as well as features and clips from alumni and community members.
Homecoming 2020 will run from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18.
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