LION Walk welcomes students to downtown

August 26, 2009

A large crowd of Penn State faculty, staff and students, along with community members and members of both the Penn State and State College Borough Police Departments, gathered in the State College Borough Building Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, before assembling into teams and going out into downtown neighborhoods to welcome Penn State students and give them information that will help them become part of the communities in which they now live. The event also reaches out to permanent residents to bridge the divide that might otherwise exist. This is the second year for the event, known as LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Walk.

After State College Borough Council President Elizabeth Goreham welcomed the group, Tom Kurtz, assistant manager of State College Borough, thanked the volunteers participating in the LION Walk, and told them the goal was to make sure each person they met on the walk was made to feel welcome in the community. "Wherever they're from, they live here in State College now. This is their home," he said.

More than 500 households were visited, and residents of each were given a bag of information about how to be a smart party host, as well as information about the H1N1 flu.

The LION Welcome Event is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Penn State Division of Student Affairs, the State College Borough, and the Off-Campus Student Union. For more information, visit online. For photos from the event, visit online.

  • University Park Undergraduate Association President Gavin Keirans, the Nittany Lion, Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and State College Borough Council President Elizabeth Goreham listen as Sean Gensert, left, and Rob Chakravarty, right talk about their experiences in the neighborhood so far. For more photos, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz
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