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Upcoming We Are Weekend aimed at bringing community to Penn State Harrisburg

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 9/18/19

Don your Nittany Lion gear because the community is invited to participate in Penn State Harrisburg’s We Are Weekend from Sept. 27 to 29, and particularly its new community celebration, Nittany …

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Upcoming We Are Weekend aimed at bringing community to Penn State Harrisburg

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Don your Nittany Lion gear because the community is invited to participate in Penn State Harrisburg’s We Are Weekend from Sept. 27 to 29, and particularly its new community celebration, Nittany Neighborhood, on Sept. 28.

According to Yvonne Harhigh, Penn State Harrisburg’s director of marketing and communications, the campus is building on We Are Weekend, which is a recent alumni-focused tradition, to also showcase Penn State Harrisburg to the community, by inviting the community to a celebration Sept. 28, Harhigh said.

The lineup for Nittany Neighborhood includes a number of activities such as a free sports clinic for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and musical and cultural showcases.

“Penn State Harrisburg is proud to be a part of the Middletown community, and we want to continue to build positive relationships with all of our neighbors,” Harhigh said. “We are welcoming everyone to see the campus; to interact with our faculty, staff and students; and to learn about our programs and offerings — all of this while having fun.”

For the community, weekend festivities kick off at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at a tailgate party to watch the Penn State vs. Maryland football game. The public is invited to come watch in the Student Enrichment Center.

Nittany Neighborhood, the dedicated community celebration, has activities all day. It starts with a free sports clinic at 11:30 a.m. for those in kindergarten through eighth grade who play basketball, volleyball or tennis. The clinic is led by Penn State Harrisburg coaches and student-athletes.

Registration is required and can be done online at harrisburg.psu.edu/we-are-weekend. Registration is not required for the rest of the festivities, but it is preferred. 

Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a number of family-friendly activities. People can take a self-guided tour through campus with the help of a “passport,” and anyone who goes on a tour has the chance to win a door prize of two Penn State football tickets among other prizes.

That’s not all that’s happening during Nittany Neighborhood. Children can play in bounce houses, run through obstacle courses and play carnival games. After, they can take part in a guided science experiment, make a craft or make a slushie by pedaling a bike. There will be free food such as ice cream from Penn State Berkey Creamery or food for purchase prepared by Penn State Harrisburg’s executive chef Athan Spanos. This summer, he won the top American Culinary Federation award for his signature dish at the National Culinary Challenge in Denver.

First responders from the Lower Swatara Fire Department, Middletown Fire Department, Life Lion EMS, Air National Guard and Penn State Harrisburg police will also be there.

At 3 p.m., international students will perform songs and folk dances that highlight their cultures and traditions during a showcase called “Global Ambassadors Showcase the World.”

Chancellor John Mason Jr. will hold an ice cream reception at 4 p.m. while Penn State Harrisburg’s musical theatre program performs. The day ends with a showing of the 2019 movie “Aladdin” at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, the community is invited to attend an interdenominational service at 10:30 a.m. Residents can enter a cornhole tournament benefitting THON at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit https://harrisburg.psu.edu/we-are-weekend