Annual Community Events

Annual Community Events

Below is Penn State Shenango's list of events that are open to the community. If you have questions about any of the events or are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact the event coordinator/chair or University Relations

Shenango Alumni Society Golf Outing 

June 

Allison Engstrom, Alumni Society

Since 2001, the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society has hosted its annual golf outing to raise money for scholarships and program support. This is the society’s biggest fundraiser and is always held the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. For information on team registration, prize donations, or volunteering, contact the campus’s Alumni Office.

STEM Camp 

June 

Kathy Shaffer

The purpose of this annual week-long day camp for middle school students is to expose them to a variety of fields in the STEM disciplines through fun and educational hands-on experiments and activities that are organized by Penn State Shenango faculty.

Shenango Alumni Society Cornhole Tournament

August

Allison Engstrom, Alumni Society

Since 2013, the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society has hosted its annual Cornhole Tournament to raise money for scholarships and program support. For information on team registration, prize donations, or volunteering, contact the campus’s Alumni Office.

Ice Cream Scooping at Hermitage Arts Festival

August

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

Students and staff scoop and sell Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream at this event as a fundraiser for the campus’s Alternative Spring Break trip.

Ice Cream Scooping at Buhl Day

September

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

Students and staff scoop and sell Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream at this event as a fundraiser for Alternative Spring Break trip.

Dr. Jane Williams 5K

October

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

In memory of Jane Williams, a staff member for 25 years at Penn State Shenango, this annual 5K run and 1.5 mile walk is held on the Shenango campus each fall. Proceeds benefit the campus’s Dr. Jane A. Williams Memorial Trustee Scholarship.

STEM Club Flock a Friend   

October 

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

Flock a Friend is an annual fundraiser for the STEM Club where club members take pre-orders and then place “a flock of flamingos” in the yard/office of a selected target for a certain period of time.

OT Global Day of Service

October

Tammy Divens

The occupational therapy assistant students participate in a service-minded event by volunteering at a community organization, such as a local mental health, skilled nursing facility, or community based program, to provide activities and awareness of occupational therapy services.

Stamp Out Stigma 

October

Tony Paglia 

Through personal stories and education, this program seeks to open up a dialogue about the prevalence of mental health disorders, the importance of treatment, and how to support others who struggle with mental health and addiction. 

Halloween Dance 

October

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

This event is typically sponsored by student clubs and offers a family-friendly dance, costume contest, crafts, games, and snacks for the public.

GirlScouts@PSU 

November

Kathy Shaffer

Girl Scouts of all ages spend one day on campus completing hands-on activities with Penn State faculty and students. Each Scout typically earns a badge or completes a patch program for her level of Scouting. 

Holiday Light Parade

November

Taylor Cole

Penn State Shenango faculty, staff, and students volunteer to decorate a holiday float to represent the Shenango campus in the annual Hermitage Holiday Light Up Parade.

Toys for Tots

November/December

Jen Jewell, PTA Club

Each November, the Physical Therapist Assistant Club participates in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots fundraising drive by collecting toys at a local retail store, as well as organizing specific areas on the campus to be community drop-off locations for toys.

Drama Club Production

December

Brandi Baros, Drama Club

Each December, the Drama Club puts on a holiday production and basket raffle, which is open to the community. Proceeds from the basket raffle go to the Community Food Warehouse, AWARE, or another local agency.

THON Spaghetti Dinner

Late Winter

THON Club President, Student Affairs, Jammie Clark

Each spring semester, the Penn State Shenango Benefitting THON organization holds a Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for kids with cancer. Pre-sale tickets are available from club members or in the Student Affairs office. Tickets are also available the day of the event.

Diversity Series

February

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

Each Wednesday in February, various diversity-based events, including speakers, movies, activities, discussions, are held for students and community members.

SGA Week of Service

March

Jammie Clark, Student Affairs

A designated week of community service that all Penn State Student Government Associations across the Commonwealth participate in. Service projects vary from year to year. 

Earth Fest

April

Tony Paglia

Celebrate Earth Day at Penn State with live music, educational presentations, activities for families, food vendors, an artists' market, information from environmentally-friendly local businesses and organizations, and a display of upcycled art made by local K-12 students.

Upcycled Art Contest (displayed at annual Earth Fest event)

April

Jen Jewell, Faculty Outreach

The Earth Fest Upcycled Art Contest has been designed to inspire elementary and middle school students to create treasure from “trash.” The process used to create these beautiful pieces of art will enable students to demonstrate their ability to reuse objects for a new purpose. The contest is open to students living within and around the Penn State Shenango community and is held in conjunction with the Earth Fest event on campus.

Hustle for Muscle 5K

April

Gizelle Dean, PTA Club

The PTA Club sponsors a 5K Run/Walk annually to support the club’s mission of improving health and wellness. This annual event allows PTA students to raise money to support their licensing review course. Additional monies are donated to support community organizations and the physical therapy profession.

Scoop and Paint

March/April

Phil Nash and Erika Jones

The Heart of Shenango Scholarship Committee hosts its annual Scoop and Paint fundraiser each spring. Participants are offered hearty scoops of Berkery Creamery ice cream to enjoy while painting a work of art. The class is led by a local artist or Penn State alumni. All proceeds are donated to the Heart of Shenango Scholarship, which offers financial assistance to transfer students entering a four-year degree program at the Shenango campus.