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Student Affairs and CSCE are looking to change up some of the ways we have been delivering information to the parents and families of new students during the summer New Student Orientation sessions and potentially as part of the Welcome Week programming.  The concept is simple, have actual current and former students talk about the challenges of being a college student today (brilliant, right?).  

What does that mean for you?  We want you to tell your story....

Welcome Weekend Lunch RSVP

Please use this form to RSVP to a complimentary lunch on Friday, January 5 at 1:15 p.m. in Port Sky's Mountain View Room.

If you have questions or concerns, please email  RSVPs must be submitted by the 5:00 p.m. on January 3, 2018.

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Welcome Week 2016

The Center for Student and Civic Engagement would greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the impact of programs offered during Welcome Week 2016 (August 19-27) so we can begin utilize your thoughts to plan the 2017 Welcome Week for the Class of 2021.

New Student Orientation's Welcome Week is designed to introduce new students to the academic opportunities, co-curricular possibilities, and human services available at Penn State Altoona while also instilling...

Orientation Leader Application 2018

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Orientation Leader for 2018.  As an Orientation Leader, you will provide guidance and information about Penn State Altoona to new students and their guests.  Before you fill out this form, it is incredibly important that you understand that the commitment to be an Orientation Leader is for the entire Fall semester.  If you are chosen to be an Orientation Leader, it is expected that you will be involved in this capacity for the...

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College Colors Day- Blue and White Day

Friday, Aug 26, All Day

College Colors Day is an annual national celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience and celebrates the kick-off of the college football season.  Make sure your College Colors Day experience is complete by wearing Blue and White!

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Involvement and Community Service Fair

Thursday, Aug 25, 12 pm
Slep Student Center and around the pond

Come out to the pond to learn about the vast amount of clubs, organizations, and community agencies that you can get involved with!  Hear from students who run the club and find out how to sign up.

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The Naked Roommate

Wednesday, Aug 24, 7 pm
Wolf Kuhn Theatre, Misciagna Center for Performing Arts

Sponsored by the Center for Student and Civic Engagement and the Health and Wellness Center

Harlan Cohen, college transition expert and New York Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate and The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only is coming to campus!  Harlan has helped millions of college students make the transition to life in college and is ready to help you!  Harlan shares the latest facts, stats, and his own personal experiences to help students get comfortable with the...

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Student Resources Fair

Tuesday, Aug 23, 12 pm
Slep Pondview Lounge

For all students.  Find out what campus resources are available to you in your time at Penn State Altoona.  These offices, services, and departments want to help you be successful!  Gather information from offices like Career Services, Health and Wellness, Residence Life, Information Technology; programs like Global Languages & Cultural Programs, the Arts Center, Criminal Justice, and more!   

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Blue & White Bash

Monday, Aug 22, 11 am
Laurel Pavilion

Sponsored by the Blue & White Society

Help the Blue & White Society kick off the fall semester with FREE food, entertainment; games; and more at the Blue & White Bash!

You can also volunteer to be a part of the Blue & White Society!  Blue & White Society is the student membership of the Penn State Alumni Association. Members support the Penn State Alumni Association's service to the University and to its communities through Penn State pride and civic...

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Volunteer Request

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help with Move In Day 2017.  This form should be used to help with aspects of Move In Day not related to Move In crew.  For example, volunteers may be assigned to help University Police with registration for move in, CSCE for help regarding check in for Welcome Week, F&O for help with recycling initiatives, etc.  

Move In/New Student Orientation kick-off is such an exciting day every year and a great way to get...

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First Year Follies

Sunday, Aug 21, 7 pm
Wolf Kuhn Theatre, Misciagna Center for Performing Arts

Presented by your Orientation Leaders, some of campus’s finest actors, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Penn State Altoona in an incredibly entertaining way. 

This event does not require an RSVP.

Ice Cream Social

Sunday, Aug 21, 6 pm
Maple Hall

Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, Residence Hall Association, and the National Residence Hall Honorary Come get some FREE Penn State Creamery ice cream!

This event does not require an RSVP.

Student Government Association & Leadership Opportunities

Sunday, Aug 21, 5:15 pm
Slep Fireside Lounge

Presented by the SGA Executive Board

Learn about what SGA does, who gets involved, and what personal benefits you could have from joining this student advocacy organization.  You do not have to be interested in politics/government to enjoy SGA! Come find out what you need to know! 

This event does not require an RSVP.

Athlete or Fan; How to Get Involved in Intercollegiate Athletics

Sunday, Aug 21, 4:15 pm
Slep Fireside Lounge

Would you like information regarding how to try out for Varsity athletics?  Come find out how!  Would you like to support our athletic teams on campus by cheering them on at games and competitions?  Come to this session!

This event does not require an RSVP.

Faith & Spirituality at Penn State Altoona

Sunday, Aug 21, 3:15 pm
Slep Fireside Lounge

Presented by the Campus Ministry Staff

Learn about the opportunities available to you to learn about other faiths, explore your own, or worship with others who share in your beliefs.  This session is meant as an introduction to opportunities available throughout the year to all students.          

This event does not require an RSVP.

Office of Information Technology- Drop In Support

Sunday, Aug 21, 3 pm
234 Hawthorn

Do you need help setting up your computer to campus networks?  Do you want to put your PSU email on your smart phone?  Stop by OIT anytime with your device and they’ll help you get set up!

This event does not require an RSVP.

Studying Abroad at Penn State Altoona

Sunday, Aug 21, 1:15 pm
Slep Fireside Lounge

Dr. Beth Seymour, Study Abroad Coordinator

Find out what Penn State Altoona can offer you in regard to studying outside of the United States of America.

This event does not require an RSVP.

Performance Arts Opportunities

Sunday, Aug 21, 12 pm
Slep Pondview Lounge

Dr. Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, Assistant Professor of Music

Naomi Baker, Instructor Theatre Arts

Caitlin Osborne, Instructor of Dance and Theatre

Learn about what performance arts opportunities are available to you, regardless of your major, including the student dance company, Ivyside Pride (the vocal arts student group), and theatrical productions (including tech). 

This event does not require an RSVP.

Port Sky Café Open

Sunday, Aug 21, 10 am
Port Sky Café

You may use your meal plan, Lion Cash, or cash/credit card to purchase items. 

This event does not require an RSVP.

Club Sports at Penn State Altoona

Sunday, Aug 21, 11:30 am
Slep Pondview Lounge

John Carey, Director of Recreation and Facilities

Come learn about the offerings and registration process for participating in Club Sports!

This event does not require an RSVP.

Intramurals at Penn State Altoona

Sunday, Aug 21, 11 am
Slep Pondview Lounge

John Carey, Director of Recreation and Facilities

Come learn about the offerings and registration process for intramural sports. 

This event does not require an RSVP.

Free Bus Trip to Wal-Mart

Sunday, Aug 21, 11 am
Hawthorn Parking Lot

Did you forget something at home?  Need to stock up on snacks or clean socks?  Just jump on the bus and get what you need!

Shuttle will return every 45 minutes

This event does not require an RSVP.

Shuttle Off Campus

Saturday, Aug 20, 10 pm
Smith Parking Lot

Do you need a ride back to your private residence like Nittany Pointe, College Park, or a private, rented house?  Grab a free ride.  If the shuttle isn't there when you arrive, wait patiently.  The driver will be doing loops from 10:00 PM until 1:00 AM. 

This event does not require an RSVP.
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