What OPP Does

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. While we often work behind the scenes, OPP plays an integral role in the success of Penn State Homecoming. Our committee color is Orange.

For questions or concerns please contact OPPerations Director, Sean Karasik, at opphomecoming@psu.edu.

Captain Positions

Administrative Assistant (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, and ordering committee merchandise. In addition, he or she will organize and plan the OPP Captain and Committee retreat as well as other OPP bonding events. Additionally, they will also be in charge of handling all driving records required for vehicle usage and maintain the OPP Budget. This person should be highly organized and have strong communication skills.

Logistics Captain (1)

The 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/Tear Down and PDFG Captains to plan each event. This Captain will be a leader during event set-up and tear down to ensure all equipment is handled properly. This Captain must be organized and reliable.

PDFG Liaison (1)

This Captain will act as the OPP Liaison at the PDFG (Parade Day Focus Group) Meetings involving the Parade, Security, 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/Tear Down 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 individual should be an effective communicator in groups.

Special Projects Captain (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. 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 should not only be organized but also strong and effective leaders, and be willing to dedicate many hours to construction.

Set Up/Tear Down (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.

Sustainability (1)

This Captain's focus will be on the environmental impact of Homecoming. They 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 the Recycle Your Float Event as well as organizing a campus-wide Recycling Effort. This Captain should be creative, have good organization and communication skills, and have a desire to make an impact.