Fresh Start offers newcomers service opportunities

August 29, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- First-year, transfer, and change-of-assignment students will have the opportunity to make a smoother transition into life at Penn State's University Park campus while lending a helping hand to the community by participating in Fresh Start 2003 on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Last year, more than 800 students took part in the event. Fresh Start chairman Adam Tarosky anticipates even more students will participate this year, as they spend the day volunteering with numerous non-profit agency sites around the Centre region. Some of these organizations include Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, the State College Food Bank, The AIDS Project and local nursing homes.

Student participants will arrive for a pep rally at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the White Building. Once the day of service has ended, students will enjoy a light meal and attend a service fair in the Bravo Room in East Halls, where they will network with current student leaders and learn how to get involved at Penn State. This one-day commitment to service is designed to acquaint students with the various service organizations and non-profits during their time at Penn State.

Interested students may sign-up for Fresh Start during the week of Sept. 7 at 207 HUB-Robeson Center or at the tables in front of the elevator on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center.

The student-run event is coordinated by the Fresh Start student committee and is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities' AT&T Center for Service Leadership. For more information, contact Adam Tarosky at or (814) 880-7139.

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Last Updated March 20, 2009