New fall festival designed for community, students and alumni

Chancellor Kevin Snider's vision of Penn State New Kensington developing a larger presence in the community comes to fruition Sept. 25 with the campus' inaugural Fall Festival that is geared to local residents, as well as campus students and alumni.

Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 35 acres and run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Most events will be free. Some events will require a paid ticket; others will utilize the pay-as-you-go system. The bulk of the community-wide festival's activities continue the next day on campus. Events include food vendors, crafts, car show, bed races, kids' activities, women's volleyball match, men's soccer game, bingo, an alumni tent, and an outdoor concert.

"We’ve also made great strides re-establishing ourselves as the community’s campus by engaging residents and opening events to the public. Our intent is to forge even stronger bonds between the New Kensington campus and the community by developing partnerships to make the Alle-Kiski Valley an even greater place to live, work and learn," said Chancellor Kevin Snider, Penn State New Kensington.

The day's festivities get under way off-campus at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, with the second Chancellor's Gala at Hill Crest Country Club. The event brings together donors, alumni, students, faculty and staff, and features dinner and entertainment by the big band sound of the Rick Farinelli Band. Penn State memorabilia and paraphernalia will be available through a mystery box sale or bids on auction baskets. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds benefit the "For the Future" campaign for campus students. For more information, call 724-334-6056.

Highlight of the daytime activities is the 11 a.m. Bed Race, believed to be the first of its kind at a Penn State campus. The race features five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who will navigate a bed over a measured course. Alumni, community, and student groups are encouraged to enter a team. Beds will be provided. The entry fee is $25 and benefits Penn State New Kensington and the United Way. For more information, contact Danielle DeStefano at 724-334-6019 or via e-mail.

The evening culminates with a 9 p.m. outdoor concert headlined by the Clarks, the Pittsburgh-based rock band that has sold more than 300,000 CDs. Tickets are $20 and include general admission lawn seating. For more information, contact Vanessa Myers at 724-334-6063 or via e-mail.

Alumni also will have their time in the sun, or rather in the tent. Dubbed Alumni Central, the tent will serve as the main venue for the noon Penn State-Temple football game on TV and as a social meeting place for alumni and the campus community. Friends of Penn State are welcome to join in the alumni activities. For more about alumni activities, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6046 or via e-mail.

Campus students kick-off the events schedule with "Spirit Week," a five-day schedule of student-centered activities that leads up to the weekend festival. Sponsored by the Student Government Association and Office of Student Life, the preliminary events include daily games and contests and a community blood drive.

In addition, the Admissions Office will sponsor an evening Open House on Sept. 23. Prospective students and families get a chance to explore the University, meet with faculty, and tour the campus with current students as hosts.

To register for the event, call 724-334-LION or 888-968-PAWS.

For general information about the festival, contact Angie Fisher at 724-334-6062 or via e-mail.

For a detailed schedule of events, visit online.


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Last Updated August 09, 2010