As temperatures soar, Penn State moves to offer cooler options

July 22, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- High temperatures today (July 22) at University Park that are topping out close to 100 degrees and weekend projections for the intense heat to continue have prompted Penn State officials to make contingency plans for students, campers or guests who may not be in air-conditioned spaces.

"Our Residence Life and Housing staff have done a good job over the last several days encouraging summer residential students and guests to limit their time outside during the day, drink plenty of fluids and seek air conditioned space when possible," said Gail Hurley, associate vice president of Auxiliary and Business Services. "But we're looking at the forecast and we'd like to provide some relief."

A collaboration among staff in Residence Life, Housing and Conference Services has resulted in a pool of available air-conditioned spaces, which will be offered on a voluntary basis:

Residential Students

Students enrolled in summer session classes will be able to secure a single room in Eastview Terrace until 10 a.m. Monday, July 25. If high temperatures persist, staff will be able to extend students' stay. Students will be able to pick up a key at the desk in Redifer Commons for each night they opt to stay in Eastview and will be encouraged to bring their own linens. (Staff will provide linens in the event any student does not bring his or her own.) Those temporarily housed students will be provided a list with the names and phone numbers of on-duty Eastview Terrace staff in the event they need to contact them during their stay.

Sports Camps

Conference Services staff administering Penn State sports camps have been in close contact with Intercollegiate Athletics and are aware of all air-conditioned rooms available in East Halls. Athletics staff will move and/or assign any sports camp participants in need of air-conditioned space.

Conference Guests

Conferences and Institutes staff are in the process of contacting each conference coordinator to offer air-conditioned space in North Halls to any members of those groups requiring it who are not already in air-conditioned rooms. Arrangements are being made on a case-by-case basis.

Residence Life, Housing and conference staff will be monitoring the weather and adjust this schedule as conditions change. As of Friday afternoon, Monday's temperatures are expected to return to a more seasonable high of 83 degrees.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated July 25, 2011