Lion Shrine bricks leave a legacy on campus

The Penn State New Kensington Office of Development is taking orders through Dec. 22 for engraved bricks for the Nittany Lion Shrine on campus.

The bricks make excellent gifts for December graduates. Parents and spouses of new graduates can leave a legacy for them and build a path to the future with an engraved brick that leads to campus' Lion Shrine. An engraved brick is a perfect gift for the Penn Stater in your life who already has everything blue and white.

Penn Staters also can give their spouses and parents a big "thank you" that will last forever. A Certificate of Legacy will be sent to the brick sponsor that can be presented as a gift for the Christmas holidays. Orders placed by Dec. 22 will be installed in the spring.

The personalized engraved bricks come in two sizes: 4-inches by 8-inches (three lines, 14 characters per line) for $75 or 8-inches by 8-inches (five lines, 14 characters per line) for $150. Our bricks also make special gifts for all holidays, weddings and anniversaries, and any festive occasion. Proceeds support scholarships for students at the campus.

Located adjacent to the bridge entrance, the Lion Shrine’s pathway displays the sentiments of more than 200 alumni and friends. The shrine area was upgraded recently with new seating niches, green space and landscaping.

The special bricks form the border of the herringbone-style pathway on the right and left side of the shrine. Engraved bricks replace plain bricks on an ongoing basis. More than 200 of the 1,200 bricks in the two pathways have been engraved. The Heinz Warneke sculpture sits on a natural monolithic sandstone block in a cove of spruce trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, seasonal plants and perennials. The base of the shrine is surrounded by flagstone slabs filled in with other ornamental grasses.

For more information and to reserve a brick today, contact Bill Woodard, Alumni and Public Relations, at 724-334-6049 or


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Last Updated December 06, 2012