Welcome Week events planned at Penn State Harrisburg

Words "Welcome Week" and cartoon Nittany Lion
Credit: Penn State Harrisburg/Sharon Siegfried

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg is planning several events to welcome students to campus for the fall semester. Extending through the first week of classes, Welcome Week activities are intended to welcome back returning students and help new students become engaged with campus life and the surrounding community.

The full slate of events can be found at harrisburg.psu.edu/welcome-week.

New students have many signature mandatory events scheduled for them throughout the first weekend on campus, including Move-In Day on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Student Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Capitol Union Building (CUB) Gym, Playfair on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the CUB Gym, educational sessions and residence hall meetings.

A welcome and Convocation T-shirt giveaway for all incoming students will take place on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the Kulkarni Theatre. 

There also will be events and information sessions intended for returning, off-campus and international students.

Some Welcome Week events scheduled include:

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Friday Night Social — Includes yard games, music and food.  (Capital Village Quad and Community Center, 7 to 10 p.m.) 

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Choose Your Adventure — For all students; students will be able to choose from several activities including a fitness class, trip to Target or Walmart, crafts, tour to find classrooms, and games. (Check-in will be at the Student Enrichment Center (SEC) Living Room at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Off-Campus Student Check-in and Gathering — A social for students to connect with each other. (SEC Lobby, 4 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Residence Life Block Party — An evening of music and giveaways. (Capital Village Quad, 7:30 to 10 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug. 21

  • Choose Your Adventure — (SEC Living Room, 9:30 a.m. to noon)
  • All incoming students:
    • Convocation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. — CUB Gym (Mandatory)
    • Paw Photo at 5:15 p.m. — (SEC Lawn)
    • Convocation Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Free food and live music (Vartan Plaza)
    • Outdoor Movie: "Dr. Strange" at 8 p.m. – (SEC Lawn)

Monday, Aug. 22

  • First Day of School Photos —  Photos, coffee, pastries and Penn State cookies. (Olmsted Atrium, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 23

 Wednesday, Aug. 24

  • PAC Giveaway — PSU Pennant (Olmsted Atrium, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Kickball and Intramural Games — (Turf Field, 9 to 11 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug. 25

  • Lawn Games — Corn hole, ladder ball, badminton and Frisbee disc. (Vartan Plaza, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Mike Super — Magic and illusion show, register via Engage.  (Kulkarni Theatre, 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Drag Bingo — (Stack’s Stage, 9 to 10:30 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 26

  • Breakfast with Student Affairs — (Olmsted Atrium, 9 to 11 a.m.)
  • Late Night Activities at the CUB — (CUB, 9 p.m.)

 Saturday, Aug. 27

  • PAC Trip to Hersheypark — Register via Engage. (Olmsted Parking Lot, 10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)