New Fall Fest tradition features free food and entertainment on Nov. 7

November 05, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's newest tradition, Fall Fest Featuring University House, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the University House lawn on the Hintz Family Alumni Center grounds on the University Park campus of Penn State. Attendees will enjoy free food, entertainment, interactive tours of University House, and a special performance by My Hero Zero. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend.

Tours of University House will begin at 5:30 p.m. Each tour will last about 20 minutes and will feature appearances by Evan Pugh, George Atherton, Rebecca Valentine, Roger Williams, La Vie, and other characters from Penn State’s past and present. The tours provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn about a historic yet little-known landmark on campus.

Participants also are invited to join a pumpkin painting contest. Pumpkins and painting materials will be provided. Prizes will include a basketball signed by the men’s basketball team; alumni baskets; and free T-shirts, mugs, and other Penn State goodies. Local band, My Hero Zero, will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the stage in front of University House. Additionally, participants are encouraged to challenge a Lion Ambassador to a game of limbo, baseball catch, or ring toss during the event.

University House was completed in 1864 as a residence for Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh and his new wife Rebecca Valentine. Since its completion, 16 University presidents have called University House home. Though presidents no longer reside in University House, it still functions as a conference center and the home of The Penn Stater magazine. In 2001, the Hintz Family Alumni Center, which houses the Penn State Alumni Association offices, was built onto University House.

Fall Festival Featuring University House is hosted by the Penn State Lion Ambassadors — the Alumni Association’s student alumni corps. The group’s goal is to instill knowledge and pride in all members of the Penn State community by hosting events focused on different aspects of Penn State. Lion Ambassadors also play an active role in University admissions as campus tour guides and serve as an important outreach arm of the Alumni Association. For more information, visit

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Last Updated November 06, 2012