Kick Off The Semester With Numerous Welcome Week Events

Penn State is obviously the greatest school in the nation, but it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the size of the campus and the number of opportunities that are available to you at first. Fortunately, Penn State’s Student Orientation and Transition Programs planned a jam-packed schedule of Welcome Week events that you can choose from.

Ranging from movie nights to ice skating to Jewish block parties, there’s something for everyone.

On August 17, folks can head to the HUB Lawn for a variety of ~glow games.~ Starting at 9 p.m., you can play glow-in-the-dark games of cornhole, ping pong, and mini golf.

Head to the Pegula Ice Arena at 7 p.m. on August 19 or 23 for a chance to ice skate on the varsity rink for free. Rental skates are included, too.

A photo booth will be set up at the HUB on the first day of classes, which is August 22. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you’re like us and can’t stop thinking about minions, August 25 is your day. There will be a free screening of Minions: Rise of Gru! at 9:30 p.m. in Thomas 100.

On August 27, Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) and Movin’ On will host a free concert on the HUB Lawn. The event, Lights UP, begins at 5 p.m. Another event on August 27 is the Lion DASH 5k that weaves through downtown State College. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Building, and it costs $15 to register.

In addition to these exciting events, there will be a number of welcome table events for the individual colleges. Penn State Hillel will host a number of events throughout the week, including a challah bake, a Jewish block party, and an open house. There are a number of events for international students, too.

A complete list of events and details can be found here.

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