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This application is due Friday, February 5th at 5pm. If your resume or schedule is not uploading please send an email to homecoming@psu.edu with an attachment of each and include your top two committees.

Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations Committee 

The Alumni Relations Committee works closely with the Penn State Alumni Association to ensure that alumni have a great experience when they return for Homecoming events, as well as to highlight the successes and achievements of Penn State alumni throughout the year. We coordinate all logistics involving Homecoming’s Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal, two individuals who exemplify the mission and ideals of this university. We also strive to build and maintain a strong relationship between the Homecoming Executive Committee, Penn State alumni, and the Penn State community through various events and initiatives, such as the Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social and the Tailgate Competition. 

Captain Descriptions:

Inter Committee Liaison/Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social (1)

This captain will act as the Administrative Assistant and plan the Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social. As the Administrative Assistant they will work closely with the Alumni Relations Director in organizing team building events and acting as the main connection between Alumni Relations and other committees. Their responsibilities will include taking meeting minutes, checking and collaborating with other captains, sending out reminders, and designing/ordering all Alumni Relations Committee merchandise. The ICS role requires they work closely with the Alumni Association to formulate the event layout, entertainment and activities, and the timeline. This captain will be responsible for reaching out to performing organizations, student organizations, and the student population in order to increase attendance and help advertise the event. This captain will also act as the liaison between Alumni Relations and Financial Management , working with the Financial Management Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee's expenses throughout the year. This individual must demonstrate creativity and an ability to work through event planning logistics while being organized and have strong communication skills.

Alumni Court (1)  

This captain is in charge of all logistics pertaining to the Penn State Homecoming Alumni Court. This individual will oversee the publicizing of the court, as well as the application and interview process. This individual will be responsible for maintaining and promoting good relationships between any Alumni chapters and groups involved in the process. Once the Alumni Court is selected, this individual is tasked with acting as the liaison between Homecoming and the Alumni Court. During Homecoming Week, this captain will go to Court Reception (along with your GM/HGM Liaison) to introduce the court to the audience. They will also escort the court to Vehicle Grounds and meet them at the end of the route to escort them to F&FT on Parade Day.

Alumni Engagement: Social Media (1)

This captain will be in charge of working with the Alumni Association to promote alumni recognition beyond just Homecoming Week. They will be responsible for utilizing our social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, to connect with accomplished alumni and reach out to interview them for the Alumni Spotlight Initiative. They will work closely with PR for the Spotlights and with use of Homecoming Social Media. This captain should be ambitious in their efforts to stay engaged with and highlight the successes of alumni through online platforms and be comfortable demonstrating professionalism while interviewing these alumni. This captain should be enthusiastic in their interactions and creative in finding new ways to highlight Penn State alumni. This captain will work closely with the other Alumni Engagement Captain to also highlight events.

Alumni Engagement: Events (1)  

This captain will be in charge of working with the Alumni Association to promote student engagement with alumni beyond just Homecoming Week, including guest speakers, luncheons and networking events. They will work closely with the Administrative Assistant, as well as the Alumni Association, to create new events and initiatives that will further engage students and alumni. They will also work with their director to continue to grow AlumniTalks. They should be ambitious in their efforts to stay engaged with and highlight the successes of alumni, and will be in charge of creating new ways to showcase our alumni throughout the year Homecoming season. This captain should demonstrate professionalism and have strong communication skills to other Homecoming volunteers and incoming Alumni.

Grand Marshal/Honorary Grand Marshal Captain (1)

This captain will be in charge of maintaining contact with Homecoming’s Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal prior to and throughout Homecoming Week, ensuring that they are aware of the timeline and other important information. They are in charge of promoting the Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal to the Penn State population, including planning how they will be revealed and sharing how these individuals have contributed to the Penn State community. This individual must be organized, demonstrate professionalism, and have strong communication skills. During Homecoming Week, this captain will go to Court Reception (along with your Alumni Court Captain) to introduce the GM and HGM. Additionally, this captain will escort the GM and HGM to Vehicle Grounds and F&FT on Parade Day.

Competition

Competition Committee 

The Competition Committee is responsible for coordinating the registration of student organizations and the scoring/judging for all competition events – Float, Madhatter, and Banner. We continue to develop the point system for all Homecoming events as well as manage the Homecoming Guide. All aspects of Homecoming pertaining to competition fall within this committee. We are also in charge of all communication between Homecoming and the competing organizations. We work to recruit new organizations and remain as an available resource for all Homecoming information.

Captain Descriptions:

Points (2) 

The Points Captains are required to attend all events at which Spirit and/or Competition Points are available and will oversee signing in organization members to receive points. They are required to create detailed spreadsheets that will be used by themselves as well as Competition Captains to keep track of all Competition and Spirit Points for each specific event. In addition to these responsibilities, the Points Captains will also assist the Competition Director in the maintenance and enforcing of the 2019 Homecoming Rulebook. They will be responsible for administering deductions according to the rules set forth in the Rulebook and will be required to create Rulebook quizzes that will be given to Competition Captains as well as Homecoming Chairs of each organization. These captains should be organized, prompt, and have some experience in creating spreadsheets (Excel).

Events/Registration (1) 

The Events/Registration Captain is responsible for the organization of the Madhatter Competition, Banner Competition, and Competitor Registration. This Captain is also responsible for being present to greet the judges and explain the scoring process at each event. This Captain will also be required to present gifts and thank you notes to each judge. In addition to these responsibilities, this Captain will organize Banner Collection and the judging process of Banner Competition. This Captain will also oversee the execution of all areas of the Madhatter Competition. This Captain will also be working with the Financial Management Director on Competitor Registration. The Event Captain should be outgoing, organized, have good communication skills, and be willing to reach out to distinguished Penn State students, faculty and alumni. This captain should have some knowledge of the greek organizations.

Organization Liaison (2) 

The Organization Liaisons will work together and serve as the main point of communication for all Penn State Homecoming Competitors. The Liaisons will be working to further outreach to more organizations on campus. These Captains must have a vast knowledge of everything involved with Competition and Homecoming, including, events, rules, dates, and scoring and will need to be prepared to answer Competitor questions at any time. They will be responsible for the planning and execution of the Spring and Fall Homecoming Information Meetings. The Competing pairs will be split, and each Organization Liaison will be given a group of Competitors for which they will provide information and send reminders to. These Captains must be responsible, organized, have strong communication skills, and be prepared to work with many individuals.

Organization Liaison Coordinator (1) 

The Organization Liaison Coordinator Captains are responsible for drafting the emails sent to the organizations to keep them up to date with reminders and instructions and will be the facilitator between the Organization Liaison Captains and other committees within Homecoming to assist in answering questions any of the participating organizations may have. This Captain will also have the responsibilities of the Inter-Committee Liaison (ICL). This Captain will know the inner workings of Competition, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects, and be able to readily relay information regarding Competition to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. This Captain will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director and serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador by educating Competition on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. This Captain should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, have an in-depth knowledge of Homecoming events and confident in their writing abilities. This captain will facilitate bonding within Homecoming and will help design merch.

Court Relations

Court Relations Committee The Court Relations Committee is responsible for coordinating the selection of the Homecoming Student, University, Alumni and Graduate Courts, as well as planning various related events throughout the year. We review court applications and nominations, as well as coordinate a Student Leader panel for the University Court selection, and a faculty panel for selection of the Student Court. These individuals will develop creative ways to advertise voting for the Guide State Forward Award and increase the involvement of the Courts throughout the year in Homecoming. Court Relations captains also strive to meet, connect, and select members of the Penn State community to participate in our court who represent the values of Penn State and do everything For The Glory. Captain Descriptions Inter-Committee  Liaison  and Graduate Court: (1)   This captain will be responsible for organizing several aspects of the committee. They will work with the ICL's of the other committees across homecoming to coordinate efforts and create efficiency throughout the organization, as well as managing outreach for the committee. Our ICL is also responsible for taking meeting minutes and fostering morale and bonding within the committee. The ICL also doubles as our Graduate Court captain, who coordinates nominations, applications, and selection of the Graduate Court in addition to serving as the primary liaison for the Alumni Court. Event Captains (2)  The Events Captains are responsible for planning events in celebration of the selection of the 2020 Homecoming Court. This includes the Court Reception, Court Workshop, and Court Crash. They also communicate with the Alumni Association and Staff at the Hintz Center to prepare for these events. Student Court Captains (2)  These captains will work together to coordinate all efforts involving the Student Court. This includes communicating with the past court and involving them in Spring events for Homecoming. It also entails the nomination, application, voting, and selection of the Student Court for Homecoming 2020. This also involves assisting in the coordination of the Faculty Panel and ensuring the appearance of the Homecoming court at events throughout Homecoming Week. University Court Captain (1)  The University Court Captain is involved in the coordination of all things surrounding the University Court. This includes the nomination and selection of Court as well as the appearance of the court at events throughout Homecoming Week. Parade Day Celebration Captain (1)  The Parade Day Celebration captain is in charge of planning the Courts Tent for Parade Day. This captain will work closely with the Parade Day Celebration Captain of Internal Development in order to create a comfortable atmosphere for the family and friends of the courts throughout the parade.

Distribution Management

Distribution Management Committee 

Distribution Management (DM) is responsible for managing all aspects of the Homecoming organization’s supply chain—This means that we assist all other committees by purchasing, storing, and delivering all the physical supplies required to run Homecoming events successfully. In addition to all of the inventory, we also manage Homecoming’s physical facilities (warehouse and office). Our focus is on making inventory accessible, internal processes more efficient, and supplies sustainable. We work closely with OPP and Financial Management to manage all Homecoming resources and to fulfil supply requests. Captain Positions:

Inter Committee Liaison (ICL) / Supply Request Outreach (Internal) (1)

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Distribution Management Committee throughout the year.  As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director.  The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Analytics: (1)

The Analytics captain will be responsible for tracking and recording the utilization of various supplies. This Captain will also act as the liaison between Distribution Management and Financial Management. They will be expected to work with Financial Management’s Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee’s expenses throughout the year. They will also be expected to attend Fiscal Tracking Focus Groups. This captain needs to be organized and data oriented and have sound knowledge of Excel.

Inventory Visibility: (1)

The Inventory Visibility Captain is responsible for leveraging technology to ensure that an accurate count and exact location of all Homecoming materials is accessible to committees at all times. This captain will also manage the system through which committees request supplies. This captain will also keep track of what supplies are used and update the inventory count as necessary. The Organization Captain will work to keep the supplies organized so that they can be easily found when needed. This captain needs to be detail oriented in general; and be good at Excel specifically.

Procurement (Contracts): (1)

This Procurement captain will be responsible for acquiring all supplies that Homecoming rents on a contractual basis. They will be the main contact for one of the vendors for all Homecoming events, Best Event Rentals.  This Captain will be placing orders with Best Event and meeting with them to ensure the correct orders, dates, and times for all events.  They will coordinate pickups and drop offs and must be present at all Homecoming events to meet Best Event at the appropriate time. They will also be the point of contact for radio vendors. This Captain should be organized and have good communication skills.

Procurement (Purchasing) / Supply Request Outreach (External): (1)

This Procurement Captain will be responsible for ordering of all materials needed for the creation of Homecoming floats, and miscellaneous supplies requested by other committees. They will work with Tech and FM to manage the system through which organizations will request float supplies .They will also research quotes from various vendors and will work to find sustainable alternatives to common supplies. This Captain should have good communication skills.

Fulfillment (Event Operations) : (1)

The Fulfillment Captain will coordinate the final delivery of supplies during the day of event. They will be responsible for creating the timeline for pickup and return of all items for each Homecoming event. They will work closely with Financial management to organize the float supplies distribution event. This captain will also manage the distribution and return of Radios for all Homecoming events. This captain needs to be hands-on and should be able to work cross-functionally.

Financial Management

Financial Management Committee 

The Financial Management Committee works to prepare Homecoming’s operating budget for submission to the Student Fee Board and manages all transactions related to Homecoming’s Associated Student Activities account. The Financial Management Committee is also responsible for securing all donations, both in-kind, food and beverage, and monetary, per request of the Executive Committee. The committee also plans and coordinates all fundraising events including sporting event/concert concession and fundraisers at businesses located in State College. Lastly, they will work to develop positive relationships with all sponsors and ensure that they receive the appropriate entitled benefits.

Financial Management Captain Positions:  

Inter-Committee Liaison (1) 

This captain will be responsible for taking meeting minutes, organizing team building activities, and maintaining the organization of the Financial Management committee merchandise ordering process. This captain will also act as a liaison between the Financial Management committee and all other committees. The ICL will be responsible budget management for non-fiscal focused committees. Strong organization, collaboration, and communication skills are preferred.

 

Fiscal Tracking (2)

These Captains are responsible for tracking all internal expenses and profits of Homecoming. They will also work closely with the Financial Management Director to manage various committee budgets and fiscal reports for the year. Responsibilities include merchandise profit analysis, profit/expense report tracking, and committee budget management. This position will entail educating all Inter-Committee Liaisons and Financial Management Liaisons on proper financial recording methods and fiscal tracking. These Captains will be responsible for tracking the budgets for fiscal focused committees. This includes the Distribution Management, Internal Development, OPPerations, Parade, Pride Events, Public Relations, Talent Relations, and University Relations committees. These captains will help the Financial Management Director lead the Fiscal Tracking Group in meetings. There will be extra meetings for this position. Detail orientation and excel experience are preferred skills.

Corporate Fundraising: (1)

This Captain will be responsible for establishing and developing fundraising events with businesses in State College for Homecoming. They will be required to organize and manage fundraisers, contact various businesses and corporations, and make trips to businesses to strengthen Homecoming’s relationship with them. To set up corporate fundraising, they will need to plan by contacting and working with local businesses and corporations, along with making trips to the businesses to strengthen Homecoming’s relationship with them. This Captain will also act as a liaison between Homecoming and the Bryce Jordan Center in coordinating concession stand fundraising events. This Captain will work closely with the Internal Development Director in communicating all of Homecoming’s fundraising efforts to all committees. Strong creativity, communication, and organizational skills are preferred.

Donation Development: (1)

The Donation Development Captain is responsible for spreading awareness of Homecoming sponsorship opportunities. This includes keeping track of all donations to Homecoming by improving and maintaining the donation tracker. They are in charge of planning and implementing new strategies to better suit both our current donors and potential future donors. This captain will also work closely with Public Relations committee and the Benefitting Captain in order to develop a new benefitting packet. Communication skills, creativity, and the ability to express the importance of Homecoming are the most pertinent skills necessary to succeed as the Donation Development Captain.

Benefitting: (1)

The Benefitting Captain will develop a new Benefitting Packet for Homecoming 2020. This project will be the vast majority of this Captain’s role in the Spring semester. This captain will work closely with Public Relations. The Benefitting Captain is responsible for thanking donors and sponsors of Homecoming which mainly takes place in the Spring. They will need to be conscious of donation follow-up protocol. They will put together sponsor packets and work with other committees to coordinate necessary donations. This captain will also be responsible for coordinating parade day donations and managing the Donor Tent with the Donation Development Captain. Some aspects of this may include supervising tent set up, ordering catering, decorating the tent, developing the invitation list, inviting donors, networking during the parade, and supervising tent tear-down. They will work closely with Internal Development’s Friends and Family Tent Captain(s) and OPPerations captains to ensure that the parade day tent is run smoothly. Professionalism, promptness and good communication skills are needed in order to be successful in this position.

Alternative Fundraising (2)

These Captains will be responsible for creating and coordinating alternative fundraisers for Homecoming. The Alternative Fundraising Captains should be creative and driven to pursue projects of their own creation throughout the year. These captains will also be in charge of implementing the Gift Card Initiative across Homecoming. They will be in charge of drafting an email and sending it out to different stores in State College and across the state of Pennsylvania. They will try to get $20 gift cards from stores such as Walmart, Target, grocery stores, Home Depot, and more! These Captains should have innovative ideas and strong communication skills.

Alumni & University Liaison

This Captain will work with the Alumni Relations Committee to spread awareness to alumni of sponsorship opportunities for Homecoming 2020. This captain will work closely with the Financial Management Director to develop more prevalent donation funds. They will work with the Benefitting Captain to improve on the Benefitting structure for Alumni donors. The Alumni & University Liaison will also work with the university to determine how they can help Homecoming. This Captain should be creative, have good communication skills, and have knowledge of the Alumni Association.

Internal Development

Internal Development Committee 

The Internal Development Committee works throughout the year to promote professional and personal growth of directors, captains and committee members. This committee is responsible for coordinating a variety of professional development and team-building events leading up to Homecoming week. Internal Development also organizes the Friends and Family Tent at the parade and plans the End of the Year Banquet to celebrate the successes of the year!

Captain Descriptions 

Inter Committee Liason: (1)

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Internal Development Committee throughout the year.  The ID ICL will serve as the Head ICL and will assist the ID Director in running all ICL meetings. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director.  The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Engagement: (1)

The Engagement Captain will be in charge of organizing bonding activities throughout the year. The goal being to increase the involvement between all Captains and Committee Members. They will be responsible for planning social events and activities for all member. This Captain will also be in charge of the weekly Homecoming newsletter and Captain/Committee Cup. This Captain will head the Homecoming Week Committee, which will be selected in the fall and will assist with the planning of the All Homecoming Retreat, an event in which all of Homecoming can come together and bond through our shared goals and mission before Homecoming Week.

Head of Captain Development: (1)

This Captain will be in charge of both Captain Workshops. The first is a bonding event with games and inter-committee bonding activities, while the second is a professional development event. The main goal of professional development is to give Captains skills that will translate past Homecoming and into their professional life as well. This Captain will be in charge of creating event agendas, finding guest speakers, and orchestrating their events workshops. This Captain will also work with the Engagement Captain and the ICL to coordinate inter-Committee bonding through Captain Cup

Head of Parade Day Celebration: (1)

This Captain will be in charge of organizing the Friends & Family Tent (FFT) on parade day. The FFT is where distinguished alumni, guests of the Homecoming Executive Committee, Student Court, and Faculty Court sit during the parade. This Captain will arrange the guest list, as well as send out invitations and save the date reminders. They are also responsible for creating and distributing VIP passes, organizing the setup and decoration of the tent, and coordinating food and refreshments for parade day. This Captain will work closely with Alumni Relations and Royalty, as well as communicate with many other committees including OPP, Financial Management, and Distribution Management.

Head of End of Year Banquet: (1)

This Captain will be in charge of the Homecoming End of Year Banquet. This is a celebratory event after Homecoming Week. This Captain will be in charge of creating event agendas, finding guest speakers and performers, planning awards and gifts, and orchestrating the event with the selected venue. This Captain will work through the Spring semester to plan the Banquet and locate a good venue, while also planning a good schedule of events.

Head of Committee Member Development: (1)

This Captain will be in charge of both Committee Member Orientation and Committee Member Workshop. The first is a welcoming event for all new CMs to introduce themselves and meet their new committees, while the second is a professional development event. The main goal of professional development is to give Committee Members skills that will translate past Homecoming and into their professional life as well. This Captain will be in charge of creating event agendas, finding guest speakers, and orchestrating their events.

Merchandise

Merchandise Committee 

The Merchandise Committee is responsible for the ordering and sales of all merchandise for Homecoming. We work to find innovative ways to create, market, and sell Homecoming merchandise, and to emphasize brand pervasiveness, consistency, and customer service. We are responsible for maintaining the inventory of all merchandise and for documenting merchandise purchases throughout the year. We also coordinate all online store orders and ensure the online store is operating correctly. The Merchandise Committee strives to celebrate Homecoming through the sale of quality products and cutting-edge designs.

Captain Descriptions

Inter Committee Liaison: (1)

ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Merchandise Committee throughout the year. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their Committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their Committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their Committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and assist with ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings led by the Internal Development Director. The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their Committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. Additionally, this Captain will be responsible for planning all committee gatherings such as retreat and committee bonding events with both captains and committee members. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing.

Financial Management Liaison: (1)

The Financial Management Captain will serve as a liaison between the Merchandise and the Financial Management Committees. This Captain will be responsible for maintaining a financial tracking database and creating reports using that information for the Director. They must be able to create income statements, expense reports, and invoices (in Excel or another comparable medium) to analyze merchandise sales. Keeping track of finances is crucial to ensuring our success as a committee, so this Captain will also assist in keeping track of Committee-specific merchandise ordered throughout the year. The Finance Management Captain will also work with the Merchandise Director and Financial Management Committee to create a standard system for tracking merchandise financials from year to year. Additionally, they will be expected to work with Financial Management’s Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee’s expenses throughout the year. They will also be expected to attend Fiscal Tracking Focus Groups. A background in finance and accounting, or proficiency in Excel or other spreadsheet programs is preferred for this position. The Financial Management Liaison should be very organized, prompt with emails, adaptable and eager to learn.

Graphic Design: (1)

The Graphic Design Captain will be in charge of all the graphic design needs that the Merchandise committee may have. They will work to share ideas and develop new items and logos for Homecoming gear. This Captain may also be assigned to individual tasks such as designing specific-committee merchandise, or graphics. The Graphic Design Captain will act as a liaison to the Public Relations Committee to ensure Homecoming’s brand pervasiveness and consistency across the Penn State community. This Captain will also be asked to design the posters for merch sales. Lastly, the Graphic Designer will also be aiding the Director with reviewing all Homecoming competitors’ merchandise before participating in Homecoming events to make sure all attire is Homecoming appropriate. The ideal candidate should be extremely creative and dedicated and have an interest in fashion and design. This Captain must be proficient in using Photoshop or other graphic design programs and must provide a portfolio with at least three pieces of work with the application.

Inventory (Logistics): (1)

The major responsibility of the Logistical Inventory Captain is to ensure all sales locations are supplied with merchandise. Merchandise needs to be inventoried after every sale; therefore, they will be asked to keep accurate records of inventory, spot any trends in selling to communicate with the Ordering Captain, and work together with the Financial Management Liaison Captain to produce reports on all items sold. This Captain must also have a way to record the quantity of each item sold at each sale. The Inventory Captains will also assist in the organization and maintenance of the merchandise storage room. Additionally, the Inventory Captains will work with the Head of Sales Captains to ensure all sales and display bins are accurately stocked before and after each sale. This Captain must be very organized, proficient with Excel (or other spreadsheet software), strong communication skills, and flexible.

Inventory (Outreach): (1)

The major responsibility of the Outreach Inventory Captain is to ensure all sales locations are supplied with merchandise. Merchandise needs to be inventoried after every sale; therefore, they will be asked to keep accurate records of inventory with the other Inventory Captain. This position will also involve managing the merchandise online store. Online store responsibilities include packing and shipping all online orders and responding to customer service questions via e-mail. The Inventory Captains will also assist in the organization and maintenance of the merchandise storage room. Additionally, the Inventory Captains will work with the Head of Sales Captains to ensure all sales and display bins are accurately stocked before and after each sale. This Captain must be very organized, be able to respond to e-mails adequately, proficient with Excel (or other spreadsheet software), strong communication skills, and adaptable.

Ordering: (1)

The Ordering Captain will be responsible for placing all orders for Homecoming specific merchandise. This Captain will work closely with the Merchandise Director and our vendors to ensure that all merchandise orders are correct. This position will also involve preparing the order sheets to be sent out to the vendors in a neat Excel Spreadsheet. Lastly, this Captain will work closely with the Merchandise Director to ensure the accurately of the orders and to ensure timely delivery/pickup. This Captain must be organized, be able to respond to e-mails promptly, have a strong attention to detail, and be very patient.

Head of Sales: (2)

The Head of Sales Captains will be responsible for selecting the members of the Merchandise Committee, who will help work sales in the HUB and at Homecoming events. They will help build unity within the Merchandise Committee and work with the Inter-Committee Liaison to plan activities with the Captains and Committee Members. These Captains must be creative in finding ways to keep committee members involved in Homecoming throughout the year. The Head of Sales Captains will not only attend weekly meetings with the Merchandise Director and Captains, but they will also be expected to hold weekly meetings with their Merchandise Committee. They will also be responsible for creating a schedule for Committee Members and Captains to ensure that sales are manned at all times and lead set-up and tear-down procedures. These Captains will make sure all Captains and Committee Members are aware of the sale procedures by working with the Merchandise Director to teach the skills necessary to best sell our products. Additionally, these Captains will work with the Inventory Captains to ensure all sales and display bins are accurately stocked before and after each sale. The Head of Sales Captains must be strong leaders and great role models for their Committee.

OPPerations

OPPerations Committee 

The OPPerations Committee is responsible for the logistics behind all Homecoming Events. We plan and prepare to know how each event will work and ensure that it runs smoothly and safely. In order to do so, we acquire, setup, manage, and teardown all equipment used for each event during Homecoming Week, as well as promote proper waste management at each event. The OPPerations Committee also plays a pivotal role in the security of all events throughout Homecoming. While we often work behind the scenes, OPP plays an integral role in the success of Penn State Homecoming.

Captain Descriptions

Inter Committee Liaison: (1)

This Captain will assist the Director by keeping the committee informed on all things Homecoming and by being the point of contact for any in-house questions. He or she will be responsible for taking meeting minutes, sending emails, ordering committee merchandise, maintaining the OPP Budget and creating the OPPerations Homecoming Week Survival Guide. In addition, he or she will organize and plan the OPP Captain and Committee retreat as well as other OPP bonding events. They will attend weekly meetings led by the Internal Development Director. They will serve as a Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for organizing the Sustainability Seminar and creating Sustainability educational resources for all ICLs to share with their committees each week. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Equipment Logistics: (1)

The Equipment Logistics Captain is responsible for sourcing all materials and equipment, including tables, chairs, and vehicles needed for Homecoming Week. He or she will work closely with Penn State OPP and will be in constant contact with outside vendors and with other Homecoming Committees fulfilling their needs for events. This Captain will be working constantly with the Set Up/Teardown and PDFG Captains to plan each event. This Captain will be a leader during event Set Up and Teardown to ensure all equipment is handled properly. This Captain must be organized and reliable.

Parade Logistics: (2)

The Parade Logistics Captains are responsible for roping and staking the Parade Route. These Captains will develop a Parade Security layout that displays the exact placement of all stakes and ropes on Parade Day. These Captains will also act as OPP Liaisons at the Parade Day Focus Group Meetings. In addition, these two will serve as the Captains for the OPP Committee Members. They will be required to hold committee meetings and organize committee bonding events. These Captains must be organized, detail-oriented, and strong leaders.

PDFG Liaison: (1)

This Captain will lead the PDFG (Parade Day Focus Group) Meetings involving the Parade, and Distribution Management committees. He or she will be responsible for creating the master timeline for Parade Day. They will work closely with the Set Up/Teardown and Logistics Captains to plan the OPP timeline for Parade Day, specifically focusing on Set Up and Teardown of the Parade Route. This Captain will be a leader throughout Parade Day and will be the point of contact for other Committees. This Captain should be an effective communicator in groups.

Police & Security Liaison: (1)

This Captain serves as the liaison between Homecoming and various Police Departments. This Captain will attend meetings with the Police to ensure that Homecoming is following all protocols and fulfilling all security obligations necessary to run a successful Homecoming. This Captain will also act as an OPP Liaison at the Parade Day Focus Group Meetings. Additionally, they will also be in charge of handling all driving records required for vehicle usage. This Captain is also responsible for coordinating and communicating with all Parade Day Volunteers. This Captain should be an effective communicator.

Special Projects: (2)

These Captains will be responsible for any projects that fall outside the normal responsibilities of the OPP committee. They will design and construct all structures requested from other committees. These individuals should be creative and comfortable using basic tools necessary for construction. They will also keep inventory of the OPP Off Campus Storage Unit. These Captains should be organized, reliable, and be willing to dedicate many hours to construction.

Set Up/Teardown: (1)

This Captain is responsible for creating the OPP timelines for every Homecoming event. They will work throughout the year to logistically prepare for OPP’s biggest responsibility, the Set Up and Teardown of each event, and will work closely with the Logistics and PDFG Captains to effectively coordinate Parade Day. This Captain should not only be an effective leader but possess good problem solving skills and have sufficient knowledge of all Homecoming events.

Waste Management: (1)

This Captain’s focus will be on the environmental impact of Homecoming and will spread Homecoming’s sustainability efforts and mission. Throughout the year, this Captain will help lead Inter-Committee Liasons in their Sustainability efforts. This person will be responsible for ensuring proper waste management at all Homecoming Events as well as leading Homecoming’s effort to become a zero-waste organization. This Captain will be in charge of planning Recycle Your Float Event and Homecoming OPPerations Protecting the Environment (HOPE), a campus-wide Recycling Effort. This Captain should be creative, have good organization and communication skills, and have a desire to make an impact.

Parade

Parade Committee 

The Parade Committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the largest student-run parade in the nation. This entails coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and community organizations in the parade, communicating parade policy and procedures to all participants, creating the Parade Order, and managing the set up and tear down of the Parade Grounds. The Parade Committee will also perform float safety inspections prior to Parade Day and organize the Recycle Your Float event.

Captain Descriptions

ICL/Walking Grounds Coordinator (ICL): (1)

This Captain is responsible for the organizational aspect of the Parade Committee throughout the year. They will oversee recording meeting minutes, send reminder emails,and order merchandise. They will attend bi-weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director. Additionally, this Captain will work with the Director and Financial Management’s Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee’s expenses throughout the year. They will also attend Fiscal Tracking Focus Groups. This Captain will be responsible for the Student Walking Grounds. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time for Parade Day, secure staging ground reservations with the University. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Student Walking Grounds. This Captain should be detailed oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills. 

Alumni Liaison: (1) 

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all alumni participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering alumni questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Alumni Walking Grounds. This position requires professionalism, organization, and excellent communication skills.

Community Liaison: (1)

procedures, and information to all community groups participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will send confirmation, check-in, and reminder emails throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering community questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will also be responsible for the set up and tear down of the Student/Community Walking Grounds. This position requires professionalism, organization, and excellent communication skills.

Student Organization Liaison: (1) 

This Captain will communicate deadlines, policies, procedures, and information to all student organizations participating in the parade. They will manage the intake of final registration. They will communicate confirmation, check-in, and reminders throughout the year. They will be responsible for answering student organizations’ questions concerning their participation in the parade. They will work closely with the Competition Committee to communicate information to all student organizations competing in Homecoming. This position requires organization, responsibility, excellent communication skills, experience working with excel, and the ability to work professionally in stressful situations. 

VIP/ Vehicle Grounds Coordinator: (1) 

This Captain will be responsible for coordinating the participation of student, alumni, and government VIPs in the parade. They will develop the list of potential invitees, send invitations, and track RSVPs. They will work closely with the Community/Donor Relations Liaison to secure vehicles for VIPs in the parade. This Captain will also be responsible for the Vehicle Grounds. They will secure staging ground reservations with the university. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Vehicle Grounds. This Captain should be detail oriented, organized, and possess excellent professional communication skills. 

Floats Grounds Coordinator: (1) 

This Captain will be responsible for the Float Grounds. They will secure staging ground reservations with the university. They will handle all grounds paperwork with the university. They will create diagrams of their staging grounds, assign participating organizations a check-in location and time on Parade Day, and manage a timely departure of the Float Grounds to the Parade Route. They will oversee the set up and tear down of the Float Grounds. This Captain should be detail oriented, organized, and possess excellent communication skills.  

Student Safety Captain: (1) 

This Captain will serve as the primary liaison to the parade flatbed vendor. They will coordinate the delivery of all flatbeds and flatbed supplies to participants. They will communicate flatbed safety regulations to student organizations. They will plan and organize the Parade Float Safety Inspections. Also, they will be in charge of handling all security paperwork for the parade. This Captain will also attend police meetings. This Captain should have excellent communication skills, be detailed oriented, organized, and able to act professionally.

Logistics Liaison: (1)

This Captain will responsible for all communication with the other Committees in Homecoming. They will attend weekly meetings for the Parade Day Focus Group. On Parade day, they will work with the VIP/Vehicle Grounds Coordinator to oversee the Vehicle Grounds. Also, they will be in charge of planning and overseeing Recycle Your Float. This Captain should have excellent communication skills, be organized, be professional, and be adaptable.

 

Pride Events

Pride Events Committee 

The Pride Events Committee is responsible for planning major events such as Legacy, Nittany Night, Allen Street Jam, Past to Present, and the Best of Penn State Carnival. These events are designed to help unite the Penn State community by engaging all aspects of the university and teaching them about historical traditions that makes Penn State what it is today. We want to bring all Nittany Lions together through celebrating Penn State!

Captain Descriptions

Inter-committee Liaison (ICL) (1) 

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Pride Events Committee throughout the year. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will record meeting minutes, send reminder emails, act as a liaison for the Pride Events committee, and order merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director. The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. In addition, they will plan Nittany Night in the fall. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Celebration Captains (2) 

These captains are responsible for planning and executing the Homecoming Events Legacy and Past to Present. The focus of Legacy Celebration is to celebrate the new Homecoming Logo with the Penn State Community and signify that Homecoming is a year-long celebration. This event occurs in the spring semester; moreover, these captains must be prepared for fast pace planning, and must come prepared with creative and innovative ideas for this event. Past to Present Celebration is an event that takes place in the Fall and encompasses the history of Penn State and how it has developed into the Penn State we see today. The applicants for this position must possess efficient communication and interpersonal skills, organizational abilities, creativity and originality.

Allen Street Jam Captain (2) 

These captains are responsible for planning and executing the Allen Street Jam event. This event will be a small festival for the Penn State community to have fun and kick off Homecoming week in the Downtown area. This captain will be in charge of all aspects of the event, including, but not limited to, organizing the layout of the event, working on a timeline for the entertainment, gathering and reaching out to potential vendors and organizations for booths, along with set up and tear down of the event. These captains should have a strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, creativity and organizational skills.

Best of Penn State Carnival Captain (2) 

These captains will be responsible for planning and executing the annual Best of Penn State Carnival (BOPS Carnival). These Captains will be in charge of all aspects of the event, including, but not limited to, gathering a list of potential booths and coordinating them, finding large amusements and attractions, planning a layout of the carnival, working on the timeline for the entertainment, helping with set-up, overseeing the event itself and assisting with tear-down of the event. These captains must come prepared with innovative and creative ideas for the future of this event. Applicants must possess strong work ethic, efficient communication skills and excellent organizational abilities.

Public Relations

Public Relations Committee 

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for all publicity of Homecoming events and acts as the liaison between the media and the Executive Committee. We work to design promotional materials for all Homecoming events, which includes, but is not limited to, advertisements, fliers, and posters.

Captain Descriptions

Inter-Committee Liaison (1)  

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Public Relations Committee throughout the year. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director. The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. This captain will also act as the liaison between Public Relations and Financial Management. They will be expected to work with Financial Management's Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee's expenses throughout the year. They will also be expected to attend Fiscal Tracking Focus Groups. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities. In addition, the Inter Committee Liaison is responsible for writing and managing the Penn State Homecoming Blog along with writing and sending out the monthly newsletter. Applicants should be organized, have strong writing and communication skills, and be team-oriented.

 Social Media Captain (2) 

The Social Media Captains will be in charge of maintaining the Homecoming Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. These captains should be interested in ways to broaden the Homecoming appearance in alternative media and should be prepared to work closely with other committees to promote events and share Homecoming news and updates. The Social Media Captains will also be in charge of maintaining the brand image and voice of Penn State Homecoming. Applicants should have a strong background in social media, possess creativity, excellent writing and communication skills, and a strong voice.

Media Relations Captains (2) 

The Media Relations Captains’ responsibilities include writing press releases, media advisories, PSAs, and feature articles to be sent to local and state newspapers. These Captains will also work closely with TV/radio stations and should be prepared to assist media and print networks during all Homecoming events. The Media Relations Captains will also be in charge of creating the 2020 Homecoming Press Kit, Press FAQ Sheet, and Crisis Communication Plan. Applicants should have excellent writing, communication, and time management skills. Applicants are encouraged to have a strong background in public relations.

Photography Captains (2) 

The Photography Captains will be in charge of documenting all Homecoming events throughout the year by taking photos. In addition, they will be responsible for editing and uploading these pictures in a timely manner. These captains will also be responsible for overseeing a the photography and production committee with their fellow production captain. These captains will work closely with the Social Media Captains, Graphic Design Captains, and the Technology Committee. Applicants should have prior photography experience, possess creativity, have a strong understanding of Homecoming's image, and have strong leadership skills. Applicants should present a portfolio.

Graphic Design Captains (3) 

The Graphic Design Captains are responsible for designing and creating advertisements that will appear in various publications and places across campus using Homecoming’s brand guidelines. These captains will also create designs for balloons, flyers, and posters used to promote Homecoming. Applicants should have prior experience using Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and have knowledge of graphic design. Majors in graphic design and advertising are encouraged to apply. Applicants should present a portfolio.

Marketing Captain (2) 

The Marketing Captains will be responsible for developing marketing plans for each Homecoming event. These Captains will work closely with the Public Relations Director, as well as, many other committees to create big picture plans. The Marketing Captains will be the main point of contact between the Public Relations committee and the rest of the Homecoming committees to ensure everyone has the information needed to promote all Homecoming events. Applicants should be organized, dedicated, and have marketing experience. Marketing majors are encouraged to apply.

Video Media Captains (3) 

The Video Media Captains are responsible for filming, producing, and editing all Homecoming videos such as: the Emcee Announcement, Logo Reveal, Grand Marshal Reveal as well as many others. These captains will also be responsible for overseeing a committee while working closely with Social Media to produce content. Applicants should be knowledgeable in or eager to learn about DSLR cameras, Adobe Premiere or other video editing software. Applicants should be creative, self-motivated, and collaborative. Applicants should present a portfolio.

Talent Relations

Talent Relations Committee 

The Talent Relations Committee is responsible for showcasing student talent and providing music for all Homecoming events throughout the year. This committee maintains relationships with all performing groups and works to produce the annual Homecoming Dance Competition and For the Glory Talent Show in the fall. Additionally, the Talent Relations committee recruits and develops the skills of the two Homecoming Emcees, in addition to writing the scripts the Emcees will perform throughout the year. This committee also works to finalize the performance timeline for all Homecoming events.

Captain Descriptions 

Talent Coordinator: (2)

The Talent Coordinators are responsible for forming relationships with various performance groups for Homecoming events, including but not limited to bands, artists, dance teams, poetry, and comedy acts. This Captain will be in constant communication with performance groups and ensure that they are prepared to perform at events during Homecoming week but also throughout the year. This Captain should be organized, confident communicating with others, and a good planner. This position will also work with the Performing Arts Council (PAC) to relay Homecoming’s performance opportunities.

DJ Captains (2):

The DJ Captains are responsible for coordinating the music played at all Homecoming events. This includes internal Homecoming events throughout the year, as well as the music played at Homecoming events. These Captains will collaborate with other members of internal Homecoming to secure music at each specific event, and work with the Talent Coordinators and Events Captains to acquire specific tracks for performers. The DJs should have previous DJ experience and it is recommended but not necessary to own DJ equipment.

Emcee Coordinator (1):

The Emcee Coordinator Captain will be responsible for acquiring Emcee talent as well as writing scripts throughout the year. This Captain will be conducting Emcee interviews and will work very closely with the Emcees to ensure they are prepared for events and comfortable with their scripts. The Emcee Coordinator will also act as the liaison to other committees throughout the year to assist with performance organization and development. This Captain should be confident in their script writing abilities and capable of working well with others.

Inter-committee Liaison (1): 

The ICL is responsible for the organizational aspect of the Talent Relations Committee throughout the year. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of the committee, work closely with the Talent Relations Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will record meeting minutes, send reminder emails, act as an intra-committee liaison, facilitate committee bonding, and order merchandise. They will attend biweekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Events (2):

The Events Captains are responsible for the logistics and planning of For the Glory Talent Shows and the Homecoming Dance Competition in the fall. These Captains work closely with the Emcee Coordinator Captain, in preparing scripts for the Emcees to deliver at these events. These Captains will be working throughout the year to find new and exciting talent, as well as create a timeline and schedule for both events. These Captains must be organized, well spoken, and confident in their event planning skills.

Technology

Technology Committee 

The Technology committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of the official Homecoming website and technological advancement of Homecoming initiatives. This includes updates, operating the merchandise store, handling applications, registrations, general information, and other content that needs to be on the website. Our other work includes taking on projects to enhance the Homecoming experience through technological immersion. The Technology Committee is always looking for ways to improve Homecoming through the use of technology.

Captain Descriptions

Inter Committee Liaison: (1)

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the Technology Committee throughout the year. As an ICL, this Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and maintaining forms on the website. They will attend weekly meetings lead by the Internal Development Director. The ICL will also serve as the financial management liaison and attend meetings for the respective focus group. The ICL will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s sustainability efforts and mission each week. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Web Developer Captains: (2)

They will be responsible for maintaining active development on the Homecoming website. These Captains must be technologically innovative and must think outside of the box when it comes to Homecoming’s use of technology. These Captains should be technically-minded, have strong communication skills, and a willingness to learn. While not required by any means, a knowledge of HTML and WordPress is useful for this position.

Systems Administrator Captain: (1)

This captain will be responsible for managing elements of the Homecoming website to ensure the reliability of the site. As the Systems Administrator Captain, you will be responsible for performing weekly backups of the website and database, testing and performing updates, and conducting security assessments. This captain should have a technical mindset, strong communication skills, and a willingness to learn. Experience with Linux or Unix-based systems and information security concepts is useful for this position.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)/Analytics Captain: (1)

This captain will be optimizing the website for search engine indexing.  This captain should have knowledge in Google Analytics and know how to effectively use it.  Also this captain should be able to utilize YoastSEO to promote best practices for search engine optimization.

Special Projects Lead Captain: (2)

This captain will help lead any special project for Homecoming. This captain should have project management skills. This captain is required to have intermediate programming skills – experience with web frameworks such as Django is a plus. Any experience with virtual reality technology is also a plus but not required. This captain must have effective communication skills.

Special Projects Developer Captains: (2)

These captains will help develop any special projects for Homecoming. These captains need to have intermediate programming skills. They should be creative and have a background knowledge and experience of web frameworks.

Application Project Development Captains: (2)

These captains will work on developing a mobile application to meet different requirements for the Homecoming organization. Intermediate programming skills are required, any previous experience building apps is a plus. These captains must have a general knowledge of developing applications framework and storyboarding.

University Relations

University Relations Committee 

The University Relations Committee works to increase involvement in Homecoming and serves as the liaison between Homecoming, Penn State administrators, student organizations, Penn State Athletics, faculty, and commonwealth campuses. University Relations is responsible for planning and coordinating the logistics behind events such as the Homecoming Day of Service, Tailgate Competition, Office Competition, and Homecoming Blood Drives. The University Relations Committee also works to organize various athletic events throughout the year and works with SPA for the concert to kick off Homecoming Week. The University Relations Committee is always looking for creative ways to interact with the University and the Penn State Community. We dedicate time throughout the entire year, including after Homecoming Week, in order to promote a year-round celebration of Penn State Homecoming.

Captain Descriptions

Inter Committee Liason: (1)

The ICL will be responsible for the organizational aspect of the University Relations Committee throughout the year. This Captain will know the inner workings of their committee, work closely with their Director to be knowledgeable about all operational aspects of their committee, and be able to readily relay information regarding their committee to other ICLs and all Homecoming Captains. The ICL will oversee recording meeting minutes, sending reminder emails, acting as an intra-committee liaison, and ordering merchandise. They will attend weekly meetings led by the Internal Development Director. This Captain will serve as the primary Sustainability Ambassador for their committee and will be responsible for educating their Committee on Homecoming’s Sustainability efforts and mission each week. This Captain will work with the Involvement Captains to help to coordinate and promote the Involvement Committee. This Captain will also act as the liaison between University Relations and Financial Management. They will be expected to work with Financial Management’s Fiscal Tracking Captains to track the committee’s expenses throughout the year. They will also be expected to attend Fiscal Tracking Focus Groups. The ICL should be very organized, comfortable with appropriate technologies, and confident in their writing abilities.

Involvement: (2)

These Captains will work towards increasing Homecoming involvement with the incoming freshmen. This will primarily be done by overseeing the First Year Involvement Committee (FYIC). These Captains will promote applications for the committee, review the applications, hold meetings and plan events for them. These Captains will work with other committees to engage FYIC in Homecoming week events and find new and innovative tasks that FYIC can undertake. These Captains should dedicate time after Homecoming week to encourage FYIC members to stay involved with Homecoming next season. In addition to the work done with FYIC, these Captains will work to produce new material to get organizations and students involved with Homecoming on campus and present this material at involvement fairs and recruiting activities. The Involvement Captains will also work with the ICL to help coordinate and promote the Involvement Committee. These Captains should be outgoing, creative and passionate about spreading the mission of Homecoming.

Athletic Engagement: (1)

This Captain will help to coordinate and plan Homecoming athletic events. This Captain will be expected to be in contact with the Penn State Athletics Marketing Department to help coordinate existing and future participation in athletic events, including but not limited to, the Homecoming Basketball, Field Hockey/Lacrosse, Soccer, Hockey and Wrestling events. This Captain will also be responsible for coming up with new and innovative ways of getting student, faculty and alumni involved at athletic events. This Captain should also develop creative opportunities for all Penn State athletes to be involved in Homecoming Events. This Captain should be able to communicate creative ideas to Public Relations for promoting events and be innovative when producing programming and activities in limited space at athletic venues. This Captain should be prepared to work on multiple projects at once, have strong communication skills and be excited about Penn State Athletics.

Tailgate Competition and Athletics Liaison: (1)

This Captain will organize the Homecoming Tailgate Competitions held at the Blue and White Game and on Homecoming Gameday. They will be responsible for preparing the competition’s rules, categories, and scoring rubric, contacting potential alumni contestants and student organizations, and creating a timeline for the day of judging. In addition, this Captain will oversee coordinating the Blue and White Tailgate Competition by creating a series of small, interactive games to help increase Penn State Tailgate involvement in school pride. This Captain will also work with the Sustainability Institute to coordinate Homecoming’s involvement in the Tailgate Ambassadors program. In addition to their tailgate focused responsibilities, this Captain will work with the Athletic Engagement Captain and Penn State Sports Marketing to coordinate Homecoming Baseball and Women’s Volleyball. This Captain should be able to communicate creative ideas to Public Relations for promoting events and be innovative when producing programming and activities in limited space at athletic venues. This Captain should have great organizational skills and be capable of communicating with many contacts at once. You can contact this Captain at tailgatecomp@psu.edu

Faculty and Commonwealth Outreach: (1)

This Captain will be communicating with various university contacts throughout the year to encourage increased involvement of Penn State faculty in our Homecoming celebration. This Captain will contact specific academic colleges to engage with faculty, present educational material about Homecoming, and provide unique opportunities to participate in our Homecoming celebration. The Faculty and Commonwealth Outreach Captain will be responsible for assisting in the planning and promotion of the Homecoming Office Competitions and faculty events. In addition, this Captain will seek new opportunities for Homecoming to interact with commonwealth campuses to spread our tradition and instill pride across the entire commonwealth. This Captain will work closely with the Student Outreach Captain when creating and disseminating promotional material. This Captain will have creative freedom to produce any new programs or initiatives, with the aim to increase the involvement of faculty and commonwealth campuses. This Captain should a creative, organized thinker and have excellent communication skills.

Student Outreach: (1)

This Captain will be communicating with various student organizations throughout the year to incorporate more students in our Homecoming celebration. This Captain will also oversee contacting academic colleges to encourage the promotion of Homecoming to their students. The Student Outreach Captain will be responsible for assisting in the planning and promotion of the Homecoming Office Competitions and the Homecoming Nittany Pursuit. This Captain will also have creative freedom to produce any new programs with the aim to increase Homecoming’s inclusivity planning. In addition, this Captain will organize newsletters and releases to inform students of Homecoming events and spotlight different student organizations. The Student Outreach Captain will work closely with the Faculty and Commonwealth Outreach Captain when creating and disseminating promotional material. This Captain should have superb communication skills, be creative and organized.

Historian: (1)

This Captain will keep records and distribute information about Penn State and Homecoming History. Any press releases, printed media and/or online media will be recorded by this Captain and transferred into engaging multimedia material. This Captain will plan the Past to Present Tour on the day of the Homecoming Parade with the goal of instilling pride in new Penn Staters and educating alumni on changes. This Captain will help to coordinate the historical parts of the Homecoming website and present tradition topics to celebrate specific traditions of Homecoming and Penn State. This Captain will be tasked with developing unique and engaging ways to present these topics to Homecoming Captains, the student body and the general public. This Captain should be prepared to dedicate time to researching different topics related to Penn State, Centre County and Homecoming. In addition, this Captain should be creative and capable of organizing information in an educational and appealing manner.

5k : (1)

This Captain will work closely with the University Relations Director to organize the Homecoming Blue and White 5K. Responsibilities will include contacting running-related companies and campus entertainment, creating a logistical timeline for the set-up and duration of the event, and organizing an appropriate system for runner registration. The 5k Captain will also work with their Co-Captains to contact and incorporate student organizations into interactive stations along the route. This Captain will also work with Public Relations to promote the event and create excitement among the community. In addition, this Captain will work with SPA to enhance Homecoming’s involvement at the concert to kick off Homecoming week. The 5k Captain will also have the opportunity to manage a FYIC committee. This Captain should be passionate about organization, event planning and logistics.

Service: (1)

This Captain will work to increase the involvement of all Homecoming volunteers and volunteers outside of Homecoming through service in our annual Day of Service. They will work to organize service sites, transportation and rosters for the event as well as finding new ways to develop the volunteer experience. In addition to our annual Day of Service, this Captain will coordinate Homecoming Blood Drives and communicate with multiple outside organizations to find additional ways for Homecoming’s volunteers and our competitors to get involved in community service. In addition, this Captain will have the opportunity to lead a FYIC Committee. This Captain should be organized, passionate about the community and able to communicate with multiple groups at once.