Penn State, State College community members to join forces for annual LION Walk

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State students and University and State College officials will once again kick off the fall semester with the seventh annual Living in One Neighborhood (LION) Walk on Monday, Aug. 25.

After a short orientation at 5:15 p.m., participants will split up into 25 to 30 groups consisting of a student, a law enforcement officer, a borough official and a representative from the University. Starting at 6 p.m., the groups will walk door-to-door to greet residents, both students and non-students in State College and distribute bags with helpful information and resources.

Officials scheduled to participate in the walk include Penn State President Eric Barron, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and State College Borough Manager Tom Fountaine.

“One of the goals is to encourage a healthy dialogue between residents in the community,” said Centrice Mulfinger, assistant to the manager for Community Engagement in State College. “We encourage residents to engage with their neighbors.”

The LION Walk is a collaboration among Student Affairs, the Off-Campus Student Union and the Borough of State College. This year’s overall theme is “be a good neighbor” and encompasses past LION Walk themes including increasing personal safety and reducing high-risk drinking.

“We want to hone in on the fact that good neighbors will be respectful of others in the community and everyone contributes to improving the quality of life in the neighborhoods,” Mulfinger said.

More than 100 volunteers are expected to visit more than 700 homes in the Highlands, College Heights and Holmes-Foster neighborhoods. “The overall mission is to enhance the town and gown relationship that exist in the community and to be engaged in the community,” Mulfinger said.

In addition to The Lion Walk, which originated in 2008, University and borough representatives work together on multiple projects including The Partnership: Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking and the Off-Campus Housing Fair.

For more information on the walk, visit http://www.statecollegepa.us/LION.

Last Updated August 19, 2014