Manager of the Penn State Ice Rink. Part of the PSU People series. Oct. 2011
Chris Whittemore has been the manager of the Penn State Ice Rink for 11 years. He learned the basics of rink management and maintenence in the Pittsburgh area and came to Penn State in July of 2000. He enjoys the sense of community and the quality people at Penn State, and looks forward to continuing the day-to-day work of facility management, coaching and customer service at the new Pegula Ice Arena, slated for opening in 2013.
Chris Whittemore, manager of the Penn State Ice Rink on the University Park campus, helps to organize some of the more than 700 pairs of rental skates available at the facilitiy. The ice rink offers more than 30 public skating sessions monthly.
Chris Whittemore, Penn State Ice Rink manager, helps student employees Max Banner, left, and David Drago organize the busy evening schedule for the facility. The staff at the rink includes more than 30 Penn State students who help run the facility, coach kids, run the snack bar and drive the Zamboni.
Penn State Ice Rink manager Chris Whittemore sharpens rental skates for an upcoming public skating session. The ice rink staff offers skate sharpening for both figure and ice hockey skates. Go to www.athletics.psu.edu/rec/icerink/ for more information about events and public sessions at the facility, located on Penn State's University Park campus.
The Penn State Ice Rink, located on the University Park campus, offers public skating sessions, youth and adult ice hockey, figure skating and private parties. Chris Whittemore and his staff maintain the facility and organize the busy daily schedule of events that keeps the ice rink active from early morning until late at night.
Administrative Assistant Barbara McKinley, right, and Penn State Ice Rink manager Chris Whittemore discuss the coming weekend schedule for the facility. Whittemore and his staff organize and manage a full daily schedule of public sessions, figure skating, classes, and Penn State and youth ice hockey games and practices.
Penn State Ice Rink manager Chris Whittemore checks the discharge and oil pressure of the ice plant at the facility. The ice plant is essential to the operation of the rink and makes ice by drawing heat from the rink floor keeping it at approximately 15 degrees fahrenheit at all times.
Penn State Ice Rink manager Chris Whittemore spends time in his office at the facility working on schedules, budgets and assisting in the planning for the new Pegula Ice Arena, scheduled for completion in 2013. Whittemore has been working at Penn State and managing the ice rink for 11 years.
Chris Whittemore, manager of the Penn State Ice Rink, checks the battery on the Zamboni prior to going out to the ice. The facility offers public skating sessions, club and private events, and is available for rental by the hour to students, staff and the public.
Chris Whittemore cuts the ice at the Penn State Ice Rink with the facility's Zamboni. The Zamboni has a blade that thinly shaves the surface of the ice, eliminating grooves and uneven areas, then pumps hot water over the newly cut ice. The water quickly freezes, creating a smooth new ice surface. Whittemore and his staff run the Zamboni on the ice several times daily.
Rink manager Chris Whittemore. To view photos of Whittemore and his staff, click on the image above.
The Penn State Lady Icers conduct an afternoon practice at the Penn State Ice Rink. Manager Chris Whittemore and his staff maintain the facility for use by both the Lady Icers and the Penn State Icers. Penn State's hockey teams will begin competing at the NCAA division one level in the 2012-13 season, and will move to the new Pegula Ice Arena when it is completed.