Mission

The mission of Penn State Homecoming is to celebrate tradition and instill pride in all members of the Penn State family through active engagement of students, alumni, faculty and staff across the community.

Vision

We believe that the traditional sense of a homecoming celebration encompassing a parade and football game has evolved, and strive to set a new standard for homecoming celebrations.. Penn State Homecoming organizes a number of exciting events in the spring and fall semesters culminating with the events of Homecoming Week.

When I Was A Lion Blog - 1980s

1980

1981

Name: Mary Beth

What did you study at Penn State?

Speech communications

What is a significant experience that you had at Penn State?

I committed my life to Christ and was an RA for 3 years.

What are you doing now?

Wife and mother of four and an Independent Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

How has your time here influenced where you are now?

My entire life changed when, as a freshman, I gave my life to Christ. Being an RA also gave me wonderful leadership experience and a chance to serve others.

What is the most significant piece of advice that you have ever received, and that has helped you through the years?

That in every circumstance, life event--good or bad--give thanks and trust that God is with me through it all.

Please include any additional information you would like to share:

I came from a high school graduating class of 95. Going to Penn State was a tad different. But it was helpful to have my first RA, Maggie Horgan, navigate life. She is still my dear friend today. As an RA we focused on growing our floor as a sisterhood even though we weren't a sorority. We had socials, IM sports teams, educational programs. I participated in all. My daughter attends Penn State now. She also planned to be an RA and took the RA course. I must say the focus of the training is very different from my years at PSU. Two traumatic things happened to her--one happened the first weekend of her freshman year. Her RA was of no help. Her sophomore year she was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave school her spring break. Not once did her RA call, text, or send her a card. In fact, as I moved her out of the dorm the RA told me to wish my daughter luck. This would never have happened back in my day because our focus was on our girls' well being. Today's training seems to be focused on political correctness instead of getting to know the girls/guys, seeking a cohesive floor environment and really caring about who is on your floor. I have wonderful memories of my floor and my fellow RAs. 
I also remembered how much green space there was. It's sad to see more buildings than the open green which once was. But I had a great time and thank you for the survey.


1983

Name: Dan

What is a significant experience that you had at Penn State?

Meeting Franco Harris at the Regatta

What are you doing now?

Working for a medical publication company

How has your time here influenced where you are now?

Gave me the background I needed to get into graduate school and get a great job.

What is the most significant piece of advice that you have ever received, and that has helped you through the years?

Put as much money into your 401K as you can


 

1986

Name: Jeff

What did you study at Penn State?

Civil Engineering

What is a significant experience that you had at Penn State?

My memorable experiences where going to football games and tailgating. Also having the opportunity to be a part of the various organizations and the independence of being on my own at a big university and navigating my way everyday.

What are you doing now?

I am now the Vice President and General Manager of the Large Caliber Ammunition Business unit for General Dynamics Corporation living in St. Petersburg, FL.

How has your time here influenced where you are now?

My time at Penn State gave me the ability to interface and interact with many different types of people and be able to work and lead in a group environment. It also provided me with the chance to be a Penn Stater and have that alumni connection that is very useful in business. I have had many occasions where the Penn State connection was a opening for a business relationship.

What is the most significant piece of advice that you have ever received, and that has helped you through the years?

That time is a variable and factor that can be used to your advantage. People sometime lose perspective and need everything now and you can use time to your advantage.