Penn State York to celebrate Homecoming Oct. 12, 13

October 04, 2012

Penn State York will celebrate its second annual Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 with a variety of events, including a concert, reunions, a Life Lion helicopter landing and events for children. Activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

Velveeta, a popular State College retro rock band, will be doing a one-night performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 12, at The Paddock in York. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $15. This event is being sponsored by the Penn State York Alumni Society. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at  or by a check made payable to the Penn State Alumni Society, c/o Penn State York Alumni and Development Office, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., York, PA 17403.

The Penn State Day Fall Open House kicks off the Oct. 13 activities from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., offering a glimpse campus life for high school juniors or seniors as well as adults interested in becoming a student. For more information on the open house, go to or call 717-771-4040 or 800-PSU-6227.

At 9:30 a.m. Penn State York students, faculty, staff and alumni will take part in the 3rd Annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk. The campus team will meet in the lower student parking area and walk to the starting point of the walk in Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to campus. Alumni can contact Di Hershey at or 717-771-4127 and students, faculty and staff should contact Ann Fetterman at or 717-771-4162 to become part of the campus team.

Penn State York veteran alumni will gather at 10:30 a.m. for a veterans' brunch in the Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, to celebrate the Chi Gamma Iota (XGI) 40th Reunion. Current veteran students will join in the festivities and alums will reconnect with friends, share some of their wisdom with current students and learn more about veteran initiatives at the campus. Contact Hershey by Oct. 6 at 717-771-4127 or reply at

Pumpkin painting -- while for supplies last -- will take place for children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the art room on the lower level of the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. This event is sponsored by the Penn State York Visual Arts Club. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a number of inflatable games will be setup outside between the Main Classroom Building and The Pullo Center.

At noon, Life Lion, Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s medical helicopter, will land for one hour on the soccer field behind the Main Classroom Building, offering the opportunity to learn from the flight team about this life-saving resource.

Penn State York’s men’s soccer team will take on Penn State Schuylkill at 2 p.m. on the soccer field, and at 3 p.m. the Penn State York baseball team and recent baseball alumni will take on the XGI/Veterans team on the city fields adjacent to campus.

Two reunions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Alumni who graduated in engineering will have the chance to network and tour the Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center that opened on campus in August 2011. Members of the Information Sciences and Technology Affiliated Society, which includes computer science, and information sciences and technology graduates, will also gather.

Homecoming Saturday comes to an end with “A Night of Laughs with Anton Shuford” at 6 p.m. in The Pullo Center. Members of the Penn State York Penn Players will open for Shuford with some improvisation. Shuford is an author, writer and comedian who has been a finalist at many prestigious national comedy festivals and is recognized as one of the best rising acts in comedy. He has taken his comedy all over the world including Japan and Korea and can be seen at clubs and colleges across the country.

As a sneak peek to Homecoming, Rohan Murphy will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, in The Pullo Center. Inspiring is just one word people use to describe Murphy, a former Penn State wrestler, accomplished powerlifter and founder of Murphy, who lost his legs at birth, will share his story, and ask and answer the question, “What’s inspiring you today?”

For a complete listing of activities, visit or for more information on alumni events please call 717-718-6781. For information on other events, please call 717-771-4045


  • Anton Shuford will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 13, in The Pullo Center.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated October 04, 2012