University Relations

What UR Does

The University Relations Committee works to increase student involvement in Homecoming and serves as the liaison between Homecoming and Penn State administrators and student organizations. University Relations is responsible for planning and coordinating the logistics behind events such as the Homecoming Day of Service, Pollock Festival, Dance Competition, and the Homecoming Concert. Our committee color is Maroon.

For questions or concerns please contact University Director, Bailey Gibson, at

Captain Positions

Administrative Assistant (1)

This captain will work closely with the director to maintain committee organization. This involves keeping meeting minutes, sending out reminder emails, coordinating bonding activities and ordering committee merchandise. Additionally, this Captain will be the liaison between the University Relations and the Internal Development committee. The Administrative Assistant will be required to attend biweekly admin meetings with other Administrative Assistants throughout Homecoming. Finally, this Captain will act as an Organization liaison, answering any questions that organizations may have regarding homecoming. This captain should be very organized, as well as have excellent communication skills.

Involvement Captain (2)

This Captain will work towards increasing Homecoming involvement of the incoming freshmen. This will primarily be done by overseeing the First Year Involvement Committee. This Captain will promote applications for the committee, review the applications, hold meetings and plan events for them. This Captain should be creative and passionate about spreading the mission of Homecoming to first year students.

Pollock Party Captains (2)

These Captains are responsible for planning and executing the celebration to take place in Pollock Residence Area. They will work closely with Residence Life to plan the logistics for this event. They will also have to be creative in planning different events and activities to take place during the event. These Captains will also be in close communication with other Homecoming Captains to set up booths and tents for the event. These Captains must be innovative and able to work alongside different Homecoming and campus groups to make the event a success.

Outreach Captain (1)

This Captain will work with different administrators on campus to organize events that promote Homecoming participation, including Homecoming Day of Service. Responsibilities surrounding this position include creating timelines for events and delegating shifts for Captains to work. In order to plan successful events, this Captain must be comfortable handling logistic details and speaking with different Organizations, both in and outside of Penn State. They must be hardworking and outgoing in order to successfully complete tasks.

Student Athlete Involvement Liaison (SAIL) Captains (2)

These Captains will act as the liaisons between the Student Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and Homecoming. These Captains must be student athletes or have involvement with SAAB. A requirement for these Captains is to be able to attend SAAB general meetings as well as University Relations meetings, however, they cannot hold any other position on SAAB’s executive board or serve as the SAAB Homecoming Chair. These Captains will be the primary contact with coaches and athletes for appearances at various Homecoming events. Additionally, they will develop new and creative ways to better integrate athletics into Homecoming celebrations. These Captains should be motivated, passionate about all areas of Penn State, and willing to reach out to numerous athletic teams campus-wide.

Dance Competition Captain (1)

This Captain is primarily responsible for planning and executing the annual Homecoming Dance Competition. They will recruit and maintain communication with all participating dance organizations. This is done by holding Dance Competition information sessions, auditions, educating dance organization on competition criteria, obtaining emcee introductions and music files from each organization, and taking charge of checking-in dancers on the day of the event. This Captain should be motivated and organized to create this event.