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Parents & Families Weekend

Parents and Families Weekend Information Tables

Visit the information tables in the HUB-Robeson Center, first floor lobby, for schedules, maps, and general information about Parents and Families Weekend activities. You can also pick-up a Parents Weekend parking pass that will allow you park on campus at no charge throughout Parents Weekend.

Information Table hours:

Friday, October 11:   11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 12:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 13:   9:00 am -4:00 pm

Fill the Pantry
LION'S PANTRY FOOD DRIVE
A food drive for Lion's Pantry (the Penn State, student-run, food bank) will be held during Parents and Families Weekend. Bring a non-perishable food item with you and drop it off at one of the Parents and Families Weekend information tables in the HUB-Robeson Center.
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Schedule of Events
Below is a list of scheduled events for Parents and Families Weekend. Unless indicated in the individual event descriptions, events are free and don't require a reservation or ticket purchase (a list of these events can be found in the callout box below).

Look for these helpful symbols beside the event descriptions:

FF = Family-friendly event that is appropriate or enjoyable for younger children
R = Reservation Required or Recommended
$ = Ticket or fee
Events requiring advanced reservation/ticket purchase
These events require a reservation or recommend a ticket purchase in advance of your arrival to campus. If you would like to attend the following events, please review the details below to plan your visit.

19th Annual THON 5K Presented by PNC
Center for the Performing Arts Musical: The Book of Mormon
College of IST Parents & Families Day
College of Nursing “Just for the Health of It”
Experience the "Why" of Hospitality
Family Tailgate Lunch - SOLD OUT
Jewish Parents & Families Brunch
Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours
Pattee & Paterno Libraries Escape Room - THIS EVENT IS FULL/REGISTRATION CLOSED
Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours
Penn State Centre Stage: She Kills Monsters
Penn State Lunar Lion Lab Tour
Penn State Men's Ice Hockey vs. Sacred Heart
Penn State Thespians presents Heathers: The Musical
Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Ohio State
Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. University of Maryland
Schreyer Honors College Donuts with the Dean

Parents and Families Weekend  Event Schedule

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 EVENTS:
Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours (FF,R,$)

University Park Campus (meet at location of your choice - we'll come to you!)
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Tour rates begin at $65. Reservations can be made by emailing vamoslion@gmail.com or calling
(814) 404-2782.

 

Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours (FF, R, $)

Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
Tours will begin at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm
(Tours last no longer than 75 minutes)
Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Tickets: $20 adults. Children under 3 are free. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 10 am on August 15, 2019, by calling 1-800-NITTANY (select option 1). All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable. The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the museum’s collections and public programs. Questions: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.

Advocate Penn State Information Table

HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor
9:00 am-6:00 pm
Advocate Penn State connects members of the Penn State community with elected officials to help strengthen the University. The Office of Government and Community Relations will host an information table during the entire weekend so families can learn more about Advocate Penn State. Will have some giveaway items and folks can become an advocate right at the table. 

Extended realities - How immersive technologies transform research, education, and outreach (FF)

Pattee Library, Room W003
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Experience first-hand the transformative nature of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented realities: Forest futures, Mars, volcanoes, and more. This event is hosted by the Center for Immersive Experiences.

College of Education Advising & Certification Center Open House (FF)

Chambers Building, Room 228
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come and see the newly renovated Advising Center in the College of Education. Academic advisors will be available anytime between 1:00 – 4:00 pm to chat with parents and families about College of Education programs. Light refreshments will also be available.

President's Office Open House

Old Main, Room 201
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Visit the President’s Office suite in Old Main. Lion Ambassadors will guide you through while you enjoy the beauty, history, and tradition of Old Main, including the famed frescoes in the Rotunda. Guests can access Old Main through the main entrance, facing Old Main Lawn. No RSVP is needed. 

Eberly College of Science Open House (FF)

Ritenour Building, Room TBD
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Science in-and-beyond the classroom. Explore the many ways science educational experiences are enhanced, with new opportunities in and beyond the classroom. Engage with the science community of faculty, staff, and students. Light refreshments will be served.  

College of Agricultural Sciences Meet and Greet (FF)

Agricultural Engineering Building, Room 121
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One of the best fields for new college graduates? Agriculture! From animals and technology, to plants, food and the environment, the College of Ag Sciences has a career path for everyone. Join us in the newly renovated Ag Engineering Building for hands on displays with faculty, staff, and students.

 

Penn State Women's Ice Hockey vs. RPI (FF, $)

Pegula Ice Arena
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Support the Women's Ice Hockey team at the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena as they play host to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)! Tickets are $5 and available   at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/buy/details/19WH01RP, or at the ticket office on game day starting 1 hour before puck drop. For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

Experience the "Why" of Hospitality (R)

Mateer Building, Café Laura
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The School of Hospitality Management invites existing and prospective students and their families to experience hospitality. Get to know our faculty, staff, and student leaders' "why" of hospitality. Learn about the vast career opportunities, international programs, and engagement opportunities. Students must accompany the event with their families. RSVP at https://hhd.psu.edu/shm/events. For information: shmevents@psu.edu or 814-865-1854.

Writing in Action: A Grammar Clinic at Penn State Learning (PSL)

Boucke Building, Room 220A
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Penn State Learning’s Writing Program supports writers at all stages of their writing process, including workshops focusing on the essentials of English grammar. Come be part of a student-led grammar clinic to see what it's all about and to learn more about becoming a writing tutor at PSL!

 

Travel Back in Time: Selected Episodes from the History of Penn State, College of the Liberal Arts (FF)

Sparks Building, Room 10
3:30 pm- 4:45 pm
Liberal Arts History faculty member, Dr. Michael Milligan, will give a brief lecture about the history of Penn State.  Families will “travel back in time” by looking at Penn State through a historical lens.  Milligan will also share lessons and student research projects that have emerged from teaching undergraduates the history of Penn State course.  Information will be provided about our Liberal Arts programs, plus there will be swag and refreshments!         

College of Engineering Reception & Presentation

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Reception
Kunkle Lounge (located between Hammond & Sackett Buildings)
Faculty and students will mingle and provide information about the breadth of educational experiences in the College of Engineering, and answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

4:40 pm – 5:30 pm Presentation: Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow
Deike Building, Room 22
Dean Litzinger, along with College of Engineering students, will discuss how the college empowers students to find their inspiration and prepare to make an impact in the world through curricular and cocurricular experiences such as study abroad, cooperative education, and undergraduate research.  

 

Parents and Families Ice Cream Social (FF)

HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor (near Jamba Juice)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun. Meet members of the Penn State Parents Council, enjoy complimentary Creamery Ice Cream, and pick up a schedule of events.  Show your Penn State pride at the family photo booth.

Penn State Women’s Field Hockey vs. Northwestern

6:00 pm
Field Hockey Complex
Come support the Penn State Women’s Field Hockey team as they host Northwestern. Admission is free for all fans; no ticket needed! For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

The Arboretum at Penn State's Pumpkin Festival (FF)

H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum at Penn State
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
See hundreds of lighted jack-o'-lanterns from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Food vendors will be on site. For information: arboretum@psu.edu or 814-865-9118.

Parent and Family Shabbat (FF)

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Penn State Hillel is hosting student-led Shabbat services and dinner for the students and families of Penn State. Please join us at 6:00 pm for services, followed by a home-style dinner. We look forward to seeing you there. No RSVP needed, all are welcome. There is no fee for the dinner.

Penn State Men's Ice Hockey vs. Sacred Heart (FF, $)

Pegula Ice Arena
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Penn State Men's Hockey team opens the 2019-20 season when they host Sacred Heart October 11 and 12. Experience the excitement of Hockey Valley in the beautiful state-of-the-art Pegula Ice Arena! Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at https://www1.ticketmaster.com/penn-state-nittany-lion-mens-hockey-vs-sacred-heart-pioneers/event/02005709DFCE8DD4.   For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. University of Maryland ($) (FF)

Recreation Building (Rec Hall)
7:30 pm
Support Penn State Women’s Volleyball as they host the University of Maryland. Tickets: Adults $9.00 in advance, $11.00 at the door; Youth $5.00. For tickets, call 1-800-NITTANY or visit NITTANY or visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/buy/details/19VB09MD.

Penn State Thespians presents Heathers: The Musical ($)

Schwab Auditorium
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Heathers: The Musical, is an adaptation of the 1980s cult classic movie by the same name. It is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. This show contains dark themes, such as bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault, and violence in school. Tickets are $12, PSU students are $4.98; Children under 12 are $4.99. For tickets and more information visit:psuthespiansociety.com.

Center for the Performing Arts Musical: The Book of Mormon ($)

Eisenhower Auditorium
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The New York Times calls it "The best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language.  Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.cpa.psu.edu. (Enter the promo code: parents). For information: 814-863-0255.

 

Penn State Centre Stage: She Kills Monsters ($)

Theatre Building, Playhouse Theatre
7:30 pm
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Tickets: $25, Penn State students $12.50. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information: 814-865-7586 or theatre@psu.edu.

Movie: The Lion King (2019) (FF)

Sponsored by  the Association of Residence Halls Students (ARHS)
HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
Showings: 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 12:00 am

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. This is FREE event for all. Seating is available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Weekend Craft (FF)

Sponsored by the Center for Arts and Crafts (CFAC)
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor
This weekend will be “Crafter’s Choice,” meaning that we will have a variety of craft options for students and families to complete. This is FREE event and open to all family members and students. 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 EVENTS: 
Schreyer Honors College Donuts with the Dean (FF)

Atherton Hall, First Floor Lobby
8:00 am – 8:45 am
Join Dean Peggy Johnson and Schreyer Honors College staff for this intimate morning session with light refreshments. RSVP at
https://www.shc.psu.edu/events/item.cfm?id=7559

Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours (FF, R, $)

Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
Tours will begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm
(Tours last no longer than 75 minutes)
Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Tickets: $20 adults. Children under 3 are free. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 10 am on August 15, 2019, by calling 1-800-NITTANY (select option 1). All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable. The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the museum’s collections and public programs. Questions: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.

 

Advocate Penn State Information Table

HUB-Robeson Center, Ground Floor
Saturday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Advocate Penn State connects members of the Penn State community with elected officials to help strengthen the University. The Office of Government and Community Relations will host an information table during the entire weekend so families can learn more about Advocate Penn State. Will have some giveaway items and folks can become an advocate right at the table. 

Parents & Families Welcome Breakfast Reception

HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
9:00 am – 9:45 am
Parents & Families Weekend official kick-off event includes a continental breakfast, student jazz ensemble, and an opportunity to meet Penn State staff and other parents. Your student may still be asleep, but you can join us for a free coffee and continental breakfast. We will provide event updates and announcements during the welcome.

Penn State Horticulture Show (FF)

Snider Agricultural Arena
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Students in the Horticulture Club create displays that show varied agricultural disciplines, including home gardening of plants and vegetables, sheds and other structures built by the students. Penn State fruits and vegetables for sale. Event is free to the public.

 

Housing for the 2020-2021 Year

10:30 am – 11:30 am General Session, Thomas Building, Room 100
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm General Session, Thomas Building, Room 100
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fraternity and Sorority Life Session, HUB-Robeson Center, Flex Theatre
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm General Session, Thomas Building, Room 100       

Learn more about on- and off-campus housing options for the 2020-2021 academic year. Information will be provided to assist you with helping your student decide which option is best for your student, and how to navigate the process to find and secure housing.

Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours (FF, R, $)

University Park Campus (meet at location of your choice - we'll come to you!)
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Tour rates begin at $65. Reservations can be made by emailing vamoslion@gmail.com or calling (814) 404-2782.

 

I Enrolled in the College of Education...Now What?

Chambers Building, Room 221 (Krause Learning Space)
10:00 am – 11:00 am
College of Education students will be available to share their experiences in various programs and recent alumni will discuss their professional paths after graduating with a degree from the College.

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications: From Campus to Careers (FF)

Carnegie Cinema, Room 113

10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Bellisario College of Communications Internship & Career Services office shares the importance of the College's 3-C approach and focuses on the third C: Career Preparation. Hear about the exciting internship opportunities students have and explore their transition from student to professional.

College of Arts & Architecture Open House (FF)

Stuckeman Family Building, First Floor
10:00 am – 11:30 am
An overview of the College of Arts and Architecture and its programs through informal discussions, followed by opportunities for chats with unit heads beginning at 10:45 am. Explore activities that engage creativity while socializing with the College of Arts and Architecture community.

THON Information Table (FF)

Osmond Building, Outdoor Fountain Plaza
10:00 am – 12:00 pm  
THON is a student run philanthropy with a yearlong effort committed to raising funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Stop by to learn about THON and the THON 5k happening Sunday. We can't wait to talk with you! 

College of Nursing “Just for the Health of It” (FF, R)

Nursing Sciences Building, Ground Floor (near Simulation Lab)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet faculty, staff, and talented students for fun fitness games for all ages. Learn about incorporating fitness and wellness into every day at home and work. Tour our state-of-the-art simulation lab, view our virtual learning technology, and learn about our research innovations. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2Fpd7GJ by 10/1/19. For questions, contact 814-863-2239 or nursece@psu.edu. 

Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic Open House & 90 Years of Service Celebration (FF)

Ford Building, Room 110
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Our speech, language, and hearing services are 90 years and counting! Come celebrate with us, tour our clinic facilities, get your hearing and voice screened, and learn more about our community services and educational programs in communication sciences and disorders.

Exploring Biology (FF)

Mueller Lab, Room 115
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore various experiences the biology major offers. Activities include: human anatomy and physiology explorations of some organ systems; a travel log from the Art and Anatomy course in Italy; DNA extraction and visualization; and a virtual field trip to Costa Rica with a tropical ecology course.

 

Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Open House (FF)

Grange Building Lobby
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Parents and families of students enrolled in DUS are invited to talk with academic advisers and hear how students work with advisers to identify majors of interest, qualify to enter colleges/majors, and learn how to plan and manage their education. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Smeal College of Business Open House

Business Building, Atrium
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join the Undergraduate Education office for the Smeal Open House with faculty and staff. There will be opportunities to learn more about the college with representatives from various departments, college programs, a finance demonstration, and an education abroad presentation.

Department of Nutritional Science's Food Lab Tour (FF)

Henderson Building, Room 007
10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
How much do you really know about the foods that make up a healthy diet? Visit the Nutritional Sciences Department’s Food Lab to find out the facts from some of our current students. Spin the wheel to explore nutrition and show off your diet know-how. Free healthy snacks, recipes, and more!

Get Involved as a Penn State Parent Information Table

HUB-Robeson Center, First Floor Main Lobby
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Visit the Get Involved information table to learn how you can become involved at Penn State. Current Penn State Parents Council members will be on hand to answer your questions about various opportunities for involvement and why they chose to join. For more information about family involvement opportunities, please visit the Parents Program “Get Involved” webpage at parents.psu.edu. Applications for the Parents Council are available now online.

 

Penn State Lunar Lion Lab Tour (FF, R)

Research Center C (581 Hastings Road)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a tour of the Penn State Lunar Lion lab space. Lunar Lion is a multidisciplinary team that is working on an autonomous vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, that utilizes liquid propellant rocket engines. The tour will discuss their successes and failures, along with their vision for the future. RSVP by October 1 at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeD3o6jgAaJhUixDOGVMNhyJDCMywgX5dfgVEbOabo5C22uIg/viewform?usp=sf_link.  For information: Gregory.macchio@gmail.com or rvpatel159@gmail.com

 

Extended realities - How immersive technologies transform research, education, and outreach (FF)

Pattee Library, Room TBD
10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Experience first-hand the transformative nature of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented realities: Forest futures, Mars, volcanoes, and more. This event is hosted by the Center for Immersive Experiences.

 

Tours of Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science (FF)

Walker Building, Room 606
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Student members of the Campus Weather Service will provide tours of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center and Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science TV Studio, where the popular show Weather World is recorded.

 

College of IST Parents & Families Day (FF, R)

Westgate Building
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
During the free event, families can participate in discussions and demonstrations led by IST faculty; and connect with the IST community in an informal setting, and reconnect with those closest to you. Attendees may register for our event at the following link: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8HUk1u1YgBBcb9H. RSVP Deadline: October 1, 2019. For information: 814-865-3528, dean@ist.psu.edu or kqb2@psu.edu

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Open House (FF)

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building (driveway entrance from Bigler Road)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Visit the only research reactor in PA. Learn about how radiation is used in our everyday lives. Find out how we solve mysteries of the past and research nuclear applications for the future. Adults please bring photo ID (photo driver’s license or PSU ID). For information: 814-865-6351 or https://www.rsec.psu.edu/.

Materials Science and Engineering Hands-on Demonstrations (FF)

Steidle Building, Room 112
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn about the multi-faceted field of Materials Science and Engineering, a major within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, by taking part in hands-on demonstrations in polymers, metals, and ceramics. Visitors can also explore Steidle Building, our academic home and LEED Silver Certified facility.

Three Brave Knights: Physics Lecture Demonstration & Magic Show (FF)

Osmond Lab, Room 119
Show 1: 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show 2: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
A fast-paced and exciting show, featuring Penn State Society of Physics Students as brave knights that battle an evil magician. Parents, students, and children of all ages are encouraged to attend and stay after the show to participate in some of the hands-on activities.

 

Health & Human Development Sticky Buns & Ice Cream Social (FF)

Henderson Building, Room 10
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stop by for some world-famous Berkey Creamery ice cream, sticky buns and a chance to meet other parents and students as well as college administrators, faculty, and staff.

Parents Supporting Career Services

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
HUB-Robeson Center, 1st Floor Lobby
The Penn State Parents Council is partnering  with Penn State Career Services offices with a goal of connecting parents/families who have interest in hiring and/or supporting career aspirations of Penn State students. Stop by and learn more about how you can become a mentor, a recruiting advocate for your company, and/or an advocate encouraging students to connect with Career Services. 

 

 

Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Reception

Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Parents and families, join HPA faculty, staff and students for a reception where you can learn about all there is to offer in HPA. Learn about study abroad opportunities, student organizations, HPA integrated undergraduate/graduate programs while enjoying refreshments at the Nittany Lion Inn.

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences Open House (FF)

Deike Building, Ryan Family Student Center (Room 14)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come find out what makes this small college unique. Meet the Ryan Family Student Center team and explore our space. Refreshments will be served.

Palmer Museum of Art Community Day (FF)

Palmer Museum of Art
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Explore world-class exhibitions and collections while enjoying a variety of art-inspired programs available throughout the day, including gallery talks, tours, performances and art-making activities.

Family Tailgate Lunch (FF, $, R) - SOLD OUT

HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall  
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Join us for a tailgate lunch with grilled basil pesto chicken breasts, BBQ pulled pork, fresh veggies with ranch dressing, herbed potato salad, ranch pasta salad, fiesta black bean salad, cookies, brownies, and drinks. Eggplant parmesan will be available as a vegetarian option upon request. Entertainment provided by Penn State students in designated seating areas. Guest seating will be available in the HUB dining area. Tickets $18.55/person, children under 5 are free. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. If you purchased tickets and have questions, please contact the Parents Program at parents@psu.edu or 814-863-1313.

Penn State Learning: Survive and Thrive in Large Lecture Classes with Guided Study Groups (FF)

Boucke Building, Room 220A
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Course concepts difficult to understand? The Guided Study Groups (GSGs) Program helps undergraduates in select courses find academic success and helps GSG leaders hone transferable skills employers are seeking. Learn more about this free, instructor approved, conveniently located program.

 

Penn State Women's Ice Hockey vs. RPI (FF, $)

Pegula Ice Arena
1:00 pm
Support the Women's Ice Hockey team at the beautiful Pegula Ice Arena as they play host to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RP)I! Tickets are $5 and available at https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/buy/details/19WH02RP or at the ticket office on game day starting 1 hour before puck drop. For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

We Take Pride in our Lions: Creating Your Future through Penn State Learning

Boucke Building, Room 220A
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Do you want to go to grad school? What about present at an academic conference? Or publish research? We know where you can get your start: Come work for Penn State Learning as a peer tutor. Join our dynamic panel discussion where student leaders share how working for PSL helped create their future!

 

Student Engagement Space Open House (FF)

HUB-Robeson Center, Engagement Space (first floor)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
The Engagement Space offers a showcase of student learning and engagement experiences from around the world that encourages current students to "Find their Why" and "Start their Journey." Families will find student interns ready for conversations about all experience types, impact and growth areas.

 

University Health Services Information Table

Student Health Center Plaza (lobby in case of rain)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Staff will be available to discuss services offered and answer questions regarding immunizations, student insurance, clinical services, and pharmacy, as well as other aspects of health care services available to students.

Counseling and Psychological Services Information Table

Student Health Center plaza (lobby in case of rain)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Counseling and Psychological Services will have an information table and two staff members on hand to answer any questions about the range of mental health and psychiatric services available at the student counseling center, and how students can access them.

Kids Go Wild (FF)

Forest Resources Building, Rooms 102, 104, and 106
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Kids Go Wild is an event to teach families and students - from elementary to college - about various aspects of wildlife from basic biology to conservation and impact. Shaver's Creek Environmental Center may also present a live animal lesson and demonstration.

Campus Recreation Tours (FF)

Intramural Building
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come and see the center for Campus Recreation. Staff will be giving guided tours of the IM Building starting every 15 minutes during the day. Anyone is welcome to attend. Visitors must be accompanied by a student with a Penn State Id. 

Study Abroad 101: For Parents and Families (FF)

Thomas Building, Room 100
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join the Education Abroad staff as they provide an overview of education abroad programs at Penn State, the steps to study abroad, and resources for students interested in studying abroad. A question and answer session will follow.

Penn State Thespians presents: Heathers The Musical ($)

Schwab Auditorium
Show 1: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Show 2: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Heathers: The Musical, is an adaptation of the 1980s cult classic movie by the same name. It is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. This show contains dark themes, such as bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault, and violence in school. Tickets are $12, PSU students are $4.98; Children under 12 are $4.99. For tickets and more information visit:psuthespiansociety.com.

Fraternity & Sorority Life Session

HUB-Robeson Center, Flex Theater
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn about the fraternity and sorority community at Penn State and receive updates on University initiatives and upcoming recruitment and intake processes. A "Fraternity & Sorority Life Housing Information for Next Year" session will directly follow in the same room.

Center for the Performing Arts Musical: The Book of Mormon ($)

Eisenhower Auditorium
Show 1: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm 
Show 2: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The New York Times calls it "The best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.cpa.psu.edu. (Enter the promo code: parents). For information: one at 814-863-0255.

Family Pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine (FF, $)

Corner of Burrowes and Curtin Road
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participate in a time-honored Penn State tradition. Gather your family and join  our student photographer for a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine. Photos will be available for purchase on-line approximately one week after the event. In the event of inclement weather, please check with the Parents & Families Weekend information table in the HUB-Robeson Center for more information.

Penn State Centre Stage: She Kills Monsters ($)

Theatre Building, Playhouse Theatre
Show 1: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Show 2: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. Tickets: $25, Penn State students $12.50. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information: 814-865-7586 or theatre@psu.edu.

 

Multicultural Resource Center Open House

Grange Building, Room 220
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) to meet the counselors and learn about our services. MRC provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students (African/Black American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian).

 

Men of Song Festival Concert (FF)

Music Building I, Recital Hall
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The performance includes a 120-voice choir made up of high school tenors and basses from around the state, the Hi-Lo's and Glee Club. This is free event. For Information: Dr. Christopher Kiver, cak27@psu.edu.

 

The Arboretum at Penn State's Pumpkin Festival (FF)

H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum at Penn State
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
See hundreds of lighted jack-o'-lanterns from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Family activities will be available from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and a band will be playing at the Overlook Pavilion from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Food vendors will be on site. For information: arboretum@psu.edu or 814-865-9118.

United in Song: A Celebration of Penn State A Cappella (FF)

HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Join us for a special a cappella concert featuring our Penn State student groups. This event is hosted by the Penn State Parents Council. 

Haunted-U Science Festival

Osmond and Whitmore Buildings
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

All are invited to Haunted-U, Eberly College of Science's annual Halloween-themed science festival! Come tour Penn State's campus to see the transformed labs and classrooms and participate in hands-on activities and demos designed and run by Penn State faculty, students, and staff (some supplies are limited, and associated activities will be first-come, first-serve).
Event highlights include Nittany Chemical Society Demo Show, Society of Physics Students Demo Show, Forensic Science Club Haunted Cottages and so much more!

Penn State Men's Ice Hockey vs. Sacred Heart (FF, $)

Pegula Ice Arena
4:30 pm
The Penn State Men's Hockey team opens the 2019-20 season when they host Sacred Heart October 11 and 12. Experience the excitement of Hockey Valley in the beautiful state-of-the-art Pegula Ice Arena! Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at 
https://www1.ticketmaster.com/penn-state-nittany-lion-mens-hockey-vs-sacred-heart-pioneers/event/02005709DF988D61. For information: 1-800-NITTANY

 

Air Force ROTC Parent Update (FF)

Wagner Building, Room 110
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
An update for Air Force ROTC parents on the latest happenings in Air Force ROTC, what students can expect in the future, and an opportunity to ask questions of the department leadership.

Penn State vs. Iowa Football Game-Watch Party (FF)

HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
7:00pm Doors Open (Game Kick-off at 7:30)
Wear blue and white and join other Penn State families to cheer on the Nittany Lion football team as they play Iowa! The game will be shown on the big screen in the HUB. Enjoy light refreshments, special entertainment, and be prepared to compete in family games during breaks and half-time.

 

Penn State Men's Soccer vs Northwestern (FF)

Jeffrey Field
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come support the Penn /atate Men’s Soccer team as they host Northwestern. Admission is free for all fans; no ticket needed! For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Ohio State ($) (FF)

Recreation Building (Rec Hall)
7:00 pm
Come support Penn State Women’s Volleyball as they host Ohio State. Tickets: Adults $9.00 in advance, $11.00 at the door; Youth $5.00. For tickets: 1-800-NITTANY or visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/pennstate/EN/buy/details/19VB10OS.

School of Music Choral Collage (FF)

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Worship Hall
7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
More than 200 students will perform in six Penn State choirs including Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club, Oriana Singers, University Choir, and Vocal Dimensions singing a variety of music from the Renaissance through Jazz, and a massed rendition of the Alma Mater. Admission is free. For information: Dr. Christopher Kiver, cak27@psu.edu.

 

Haunted Valley: Campus Ghost Tours (FF)

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tours will begin at Old Main, Patio
Visit 'Haunted Valley: Ghost Tours' to learn more about our University and its haunting past!  Lion Ambassadors will guide guests through tales of Penn State’s eerie past, enlightening attendees with legends of spooky areas on campus and the ghosts that inhabit them. Tours will begin every 15-20 minutes and last approximately 30 minutes. No registration needed. For information: Alumni Association, 1-800-548-5466. 

Astronight (FF)

Davey Laboratory, Lobby, 5th and 6th Floors
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
The faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics will present an evening festival of astronomy including planetarium shows, an opportunity to see astronomical objects through our telescopes, presentations on topics such as black holes and life in the Universe, and other demonstrations.

 

Movie: The Lion King (2019) (FF)

Sponsored by  the Association of Residence Halls Students (ARHS)
HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
Showings: 7:00 pm, 9:30 pm, 12:00 am

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. This is FREE event for all. Seating is available on a first-come-first serve basis.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 EVENTS: 
The 19th Annual THON 5K Presented by PNC (FF, R, $)

Bryce Jordan Center
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Support THON’s yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Participants can register for $15 between 8:00 - 11:30 am on the day of the event or register online at THON.org. For information: thon.5k@thon.org.

Penn State All-Sports Museum Beaver Stadium Tours (FF, R, $)

Beaver Stadium, All-Sports Museum/Team Tunnel Entrance
Tours will begin at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
(Tours last no longer than 75 minutes)
Beaver Stadium tours hosted by the Penn State All-Sports Museum include the media room, home locker room, tunnel and field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Tickets: $20 adults. Children under 3 are free. Walk-up tickets are rare, but if they are available the day of the event, they will be $25/person. Tickets can be ordered for the public starting at 10 am on August 15, 2019, by calling 1-800-NITTANY (select option 1). All tickets will be first come first served and are non-refundable. The stadium bag policy will be in place. All proceeds benefit the museum’s collections and public programs. Questions: asmevents@psu.edu or by calling 814-865-0044.

Why Penn State Learning Thinks Their Math Packets are the Best

Boucke Building, Room 220A
9:00 am – 10:00 am
So many math study packets! Which ones do Penn State mathematics professors endorse? Which are costly, and which are free? Penn State Learning tutors will tell you about campus learning resources and opportunities they provide that are instructor-approved and for which there’s never a charge.

Advocate Penn State Information Table

HUB-Robeson Center, Location TBD 
Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Advocate Penn State connects members of the Penn State community with elected officials to help strengthen the University. The Office of Government and Community Relations will host an information table during the entire weekend so families can learn more about Advocate Penn State. Will have some giveaway items and folks can become an advocate right at the table. 

 

Penn State Horticulture Show (FF)

Snider Agricultural Arena
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Students in the Horticulture Club, create displays that show varied agricultural disciplines, including home gardening of plants and vegetables, sheds and other structures built by the students. Penn State fruits and vegetables for sale. Event is free to the public.

 

Lion Chariot Pedicab Tours (FF, R, $)

University Park Campus (meet at location of your choice - we'll come to you!)
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Relax and see Penn State aboard your private Lion Chariot!  Tours cover much of campus in about an hour. Allow our chariot guides to tell the Penn State story in a fun, entertaining way. Chariots seat 2-3 persons, depending on size. Advanced reservations required (same day reservations possible if availability).  Tour rates begin at $65. Reservations can be made by emailing vamoslion@gmail.com or calling (814) 404-2782.

 

Making Money Moves: A Financial Literacy Panel

Business Building, Room 110
9:30 am – 10:30 am
This interactive panel discussion will highlight topics in financial literacy and introduce the Financial & Life Skills Center as a resource for students. We plan to discuss money choices the students have made (and witnessed), lessons learned, and how to best navigate finances in college.

 

Penn State Career Services: Succeeding at Penn State & Beyond (FF)

Bank of America Career Services Center
Session Start Times:  10:00 am and 10:30 am
Join Career Services staff for a tour of the Bank of America Career Services Center while learning about a variety of career services programs and resources. Travel through our career counseling student waiting area, interview facility and more.

Family Pictures at the Nittany Lion Shrine (FF, $)

Corner of Burrowes and Curtin Road
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Participate in a time-honored Penn State tradition. Gather your family and join our professional student photographer for a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine. Photos will be available for purchase on-line approximately one week after the event.  In the event of inclement weather, please check with the Parents & Families Weekend information table in the HUB-Robeson Center for more information. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the Blue White Society. 

 

 

Housing for the Next Academic Year

10:30 am – 11:30 am General Session, HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium
Learn more about on- and off-campus housing options for the 2020-2021 academic year. Information will be provided to assist you with deciding which option is best for your student, and how to navigate the process to find and secure housing.

Sunday Brunch at the Dining Commons (FF, $)

North Food District, East Food District, Pollock Dining Commons, South Food District, and West Food District
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Enjoy everyone's favorite meal of the week! Menus and hours vary slightly based on location. $8.00 Family/Friends Meal Deal - available for purchase at each location. For more information please visit: https://foodservices.psu.edu/dining-commons.

 

Jewish Parents & Families Brunch (FF, R)

Findlay Commons, Private Dining Room (East Halls)
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Meet other Jewish families and see the kosher dining option available to all students on campus. Guests must register by Friday, October 11 to Penn State Hillel at 814-826-4246. This is a free event.

 

Pattee & Paterno Libraries Open House (FF)

Paterno Library, Mann Assembly Room (Room 103)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
What does a 21st century library look like? Visit Pattee and Paterno Library and explore! Families can take a guided tour of our newly renovated Collaboration Commons and Central Atrium, and learn about our services. For information: Megan Gilpin, mcg13@psu.edu. 

As part of this event, an Escape Room is scheduled but registration for the Escape Room is full and now closed. However, the Library Tours are still available and registration is not needed. Guests can walk-in for the Library Tours anytime between 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tours will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Off-Campus Housing Fair

HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Housing Fair is a great resource for students who are thinking about moving off campus into the community. Take the opportunity to meet with local landlords, property managers, businesses, and bank representatives in one convenient location.

Penn State Women’s Field Hockey vs. University of Iowa (FF)

12:00 pm
Penn State Field Hockey Complex
Come support the Penn State Women’s Field Hockey team as they host the University of Iowa. Admission is free for all fans; no ticket needed! For information: 1-800-NITTANY.

 

Public Skating at Pegula Ice Arena (FF, $)

Pegula Ice Arena
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enjoy ice skating at the state-of-the-art Pegula Ice Arena, home to Penn State's Men's and Women's Hockey Teams. Skate rentals are available for $3.00. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for youth and senior citizens, and $6.00 for Penn State students with valid ID.

 

Palmer Museum of Art Open House (FF)

Palmer Museum of Art
1:00 – 4:00 pm
The Palmer Museum is a cultural resource for Penn State students, faculty and staff, the local community, and guests. Get to know the Palmer and enjoy brief highlight tours offered throughout the day. Tours begin every 30 minutes.

Center for the Performing Arts Musical: The Book of Mormon ($)

Eisenhower Auditorium
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The New York Times calls it "The best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. Contains explicit language. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.cpa.psu.edu. (Enter the promo code: parents). For information: one at
814-863-0255.

Penn State Student Affairs
Penn State Parents Program