Whether the Nittany Lions are playing at Beaver Stadium or playing on the road, the Penn State Alumni Association offers a free, pre-game activity for alumni and friends: Penn State Pep Rallies at away games and "Huddle with the Faculty" at home.
Before home games, Penn State football fans can feed their minds at “Huddle with the Faculty,” the Alumni Association’s free lecture series now in its 18th year. The rest of this season’s “Huddle with the Faculty” lineup is:
-- Sept. 18 (Kent State): “Global Health: From Helping to Sharing,” Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, professor and department head of biobehavioral health, 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. lecture;
-- Sept. 25 (Temple): “Expecting the Unexpected: Threats from Emerging Diseases,” Peter Hudson, director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Willaman professor of biology and founding director of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. lecture;
-- Oct. 9 (Illinois): “Black Diamond, Black Gold, and Black Shale: Pennsylvania’s Energy Landscape,” Rudy Slingerland ’77g, professor of geosciences and associate of Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. lecture;
-- Oct. 30 (Michigan): “Hot Topics in Sports Medicine,” Douglas F. Aukerman, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics team physician, associate professor in the Penn State College of Medicine and director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. lecture;
-- Nov. 6 (Northwestern): “A Whirlwind Tour of the Universe: Astronomy 101," Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and director of AstroFest, time TBA;
-- Nov. 27 (Michigan State): “A Lark in the Parks: Communicating the Joy of Science in a YouTube World,” Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences, associate of Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, time TBA.
At away games, Penn State fans can get revved up and ready for the game at Penn State Pep Rallies, which feature the Penn State Pep Band, the Nittany Lion, cheerleaders and some rallying words from President Graham Spanier and Alumni Association Executive Director Roger Williams. The remaining pep rallies, tent opening times and locations are:
-- Oct. 2, 4 p.m. Central Time, Iowa. Location: Hawkeye Village, at the original Grant Field, adjacent to the Iowa football team’s Kenyon Practice Facility; Iowa City, Iowa;
-- Oct. 23, Time TBA, Minnesota. Location: Gateway Plaza, directly south of the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis;
-- Nov. 13, Time TBA, Ohio State. Location: On the grass behind the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road; Columbus, Ohio;
-- Nov. 20, Time TBA, Indiana. Location: Bud Light Pavilion, between Gates F and G of FedEx Field; Landover, Md.
Pep rally tents open three hours prior to kickoff, and the pep rally program begins two hours before kickoff. Pep rallies are free and open to all Penn State alumni and Nittany Lion fans.
For more information on Huddle with the Faculty, pep rallies or other events, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/events/ or call 800-548-LION (5466).