Join Lion Ambassadors to 'Guard the Lion Shrine' on Oct. 5

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Lion Ambassadors, along with members of the public and campus community, will "guard the lion shrine" beginning at 10 p.m. Oct. 5. The event, which runs until midnight, is the oldest Penn State Homecoming tradition and celebrates the history and significance of the Penn State mascot. The event includes student performing groups, free food, games, prizes and music; all are welcome to attend.

The Nittany Lion Shrine, carved out of Indiana limestone by Heinz Warneke as the Class Gift of 1940, has stood as the symbol of Penn State pride since its unveiling in 1942. Numerous attacks on the shrine throughout the 1940s and 1950s forced students to rally and protect their beloved Lion. On the Friday night of Homecoming weekend, attendees will have a chance to learn more about the shrine while enjoying activities and community spirit with other Penn Staters.

An annual event, “Guard the Lion Shrine” is hosted by the Penn State Lion Ambassadors -- the student alumni corps of the Penn State Alumni Association. Their 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

For more information about Homecoming-week activities, visit Information about parking and transportation for the Friday, Oct. 5 Homecoming Parade can be found at

Last Updated October 04, 2012