Penn State York to celebrate homecoming Oct. 21, 22

“Pride, Strength, Unity/Three Words, Two Colors, One Body” is the theme for Penn State York’s homecoming set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22.  Events take place beginning Friday with art shows, reunions, and an evening program, “Ice Cream with the Coaches,” where people can enjoy Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream and meet the coaches of Penn State York’s athletic teams.

Beginning in the afternoon on Oct. 21, visitors can check out the artwork of Penn State York students on the lower level of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) and enjoy the photographs of Victoria Weaver’s exhibit, “A Photographic Narrative of Mohegan Island, Maine,” inside the Lee R. Glatfelter Library.  Both exhibits can be viewed from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and then all day Saturday, Oct. 22.

Two reunions are set to take place from 5-7 p.m. Alumni who graduated in engineering will have the chance to network and tour the new Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center that opened in campus in August. Members of the Information Sciences and Technology Affiliated Society, which includes computer science and information sciences and technology graduates, will also gather and have the opportunity to make new friends and visit with old ones.

At 7 p.m., everyone is invited to the Lion’s Den in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, to hear from Penn State York’s athletic coaches and enjoy some ice cream. The Lion’s Den will become York’s homecoming version of the Penn State Berkey Creamery.  Attendees who make a donation, in any amount, to benefit the athletics program at Penn State York can step-up to the sundae bar and create their own ice cream masterpiece. Those who donate also will be added into a drawing for two tickets to see the Nittany Lions play at Beaver Stadium against Nebraska on Nov. 12. Students and alumni will mix and mingle and everyone will have the opportunity to meet Penn State York’s new chancellor, Lisa Ann Plowfield.  Pay It Forward (PIF) Scholarship donors can wear their PIF T-shirts for a donation-free trip to the sundae bar.  Phil-lion-thr-opy students participants can also make a donation-free trip to the sundae bar.

Saturday morning’s activities, Oct. 22, begin with the Penn State Day Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information on the open house, visit

At noon, an artist reception for Matt Rice, a three-year starter defensive end for the Nittany Lions and now a successful professional artist, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. He will display and sell his work in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center until 2 p.m.  Rice who earned a bachelor of arts in integrative arts and one in African-American studies, went on to play in the National Football League (NFL) and after leaving the NFL went on to become a professional artist and art teacher. He is the founder and CEO of Mateo Blu, LLC and BluArt Foundation.

Also beginning at noon, outdoor little lion programming begins with a variety of fun activities for children -- carnival games, prizes, face painting and more -- sponsored by Penn State York student clubs and organizations. Rain location time is 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building. Visitors who get hungry can visit the Lion’s Den, Penn State York's café, which will be open in the afternoon with items available for purchases and food vendors will be stationed throughout the campus selling such favorites as French fries and ice cream.

At 1 p.m. visitors can take a photo with the Nittany Lion outside the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center, visit the Penn State York Bookstore sidewalk sale until 5 p.m., or travel to the upper campus’ Lee R. Glatfelter Library for children’s storytelling. Students and guest readers will share stories until 4 p.m. that match-up to upcoming shows at The Pullo Center. 

For those interested in watching a sporting event, at 2 p.m. the Penn State York baseball team will take on an alumni team of baseball players in the city fields adjacent to the campus.

In the evening, beginning at 7 p.m., plan to attend the student sponsored Homecoming Dance for all current and former students with Penn State ID. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned and music is provided by DJ EXEL.The dance also will include a modeling show by the Nittany Catwalk Modeling Club.

Velveeta, the popular State College band, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center located 5 minutes from the campus. This popular State College band will be doing a one night performance as part of Penn State York’s Homecoming Weekend activities. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. No need to worry about missing the Penn State vs. Northwestern football game, it will be broadcast on two big screen televisions.

The event is being sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society and the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA), York County Chapter. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 online at by clicking on the events page or send a check made payable to PSAA-York County Chapter, c/o Penn State York Alumni and Development Office, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403.

Velveeta, a four-person band that has been entertaining for more than 16 years, started playing as a joke at The Brewery in State College. Their fan base has grown over the years and Velveeta is now considered one of the top bands performing in State College and around the area.

Another option for homecoming attendees is to attend the LeAnn Rimes concert at 7:30 p.m. in The Pullo Center. Homecoming visitors can get $5 off a ticket to the concert (up to two tickets) by bringing their homecoming program to the box office. For more information, contact The Pullo Center at 717 505-8900 or visit the website at

For a complete listing of homecoming activities, visit or for more information call 717-718-6781.

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Last Updated February 09, 2015