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Want to see what our students are all about? Check out some of our other events and programs!

Alumni Achievement Awards Mixer

Each spring, the Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni who are 35 or younger. The Alumni Achievement Award winners gather for one weekend on campus, and during this time, students are welcome to attend a panel discussion and mixer to meet alumni, hear their stories, and ask questions about how they’ve achieved success.

Be a Part from the Start

The night before the first day of classes, all freshmen are welcomed into the Penn State community through this annual event. Join the Lion Ambassadors as they reveal a comprehensive look at what it means to be a Penn State student. From learning the fight songs and the Alma Mater, to doing football cheers and the wave, Be a Part from the Start is an hour of nonstop spirit and an early lesson in Penn State pride.

Blue & White BASH

At the beginning of each school year, the Blue & White Society offers a welcome back BASH for all students returning to campus. Join us at the Hintz Family Alumni Center for free food, entertainment, games, and opportunities to get involved with the Alumni Association.

Guard the Lion Shrine

Each Homecoming, immediately after the parade, the Lion Ambassadors host Guard the Lion Shrine, a tradition based on protecting our beloved Nittany Lion statue from the defacement from rival universities. There will be food, entertainment, and Penn State comradery, so we hope to see you there!

Lantern Tours

Each fall, the Lion Ambassadors provide historical nighttime tours of the campus guided by lantern light that start at the steps of Old Main. Characters from Penn State’s history, ranging from the school’s founding in 1855 to the modern day, share their insights.

PS i (heart) U Week

Held in the spring semester, PS i (heart) U Week is a spirit week for students and alumni to remember and share why the love Penn State.

Rally in the Valley

The Blue & White Society hosts a community-wide pep rally on the eve of a major athletic event. All Penn State fans are welcome to attend to see the Blue Band, cheerleaders, and other special guests. Get ready to pump up your Nittany Lions! This year, the Blue & White Society sent our men's basketball and hockey teams to Madison Square Garden as they faced Michigan in a Super Saturday double header. 

S-Zone

Football season is one of our favorite times of the year. At every home game, Lion Ambassadors lead a cheering section of 800 students in the student portion of the stands. Students are given blue-and-white T-shirts to wear that create an enormous “S” that can be seen clearly from any vantage point in the stadium. To ensure a spot in the S-Zone, arrive at Beaver Stadium a little early before the game and enter through the S-Zone ticket gate!

University-Wide Senior Sendoff

To commemorate the senior class saying goodbye to Dear Old State, the Penn State Lion Ambassadors hold University-Wide Senior Sendoff. This yearly spring celebration fills Hintz Family Alumni Center with food, activities, entertainment and resources about life as an alum.

To learn more about the many events and programs our student organizations offer, please visit their individual websites.
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We are more than happy to answer your questions about the Alumni Association and how to get involved as a student. You can reach us by phone at 814-865-4519 or come by our offices in 108 Hintz Family Alumni Center—where the duck pond is on campus—and let’s chat!

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Ashley Martin
Associate Director
Student Involvement

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Lindsey Zapletal
Assistant Director
Student Involvement

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Chelsey Scott
Coordinator
Student Involvement