Penn State Berks Homecoming Weekend

Penn State Berks Homecoming Weekend

Thursday, September 21

Arts & Lecture Series Alumni Edition
Jim Fitzgerald, ‘75
7 p.m.
PSC Auditorium

See a special presentation from former Berks student and Penn State graduate, Jim Fitzgerald.  Jim is a former FBI supervisor specializing in Linguistics who was essentially the catalyst for solving the Unabomer case and is now a technical advisor for the show Criminal Minds. He was also recently featured on the CBS mini-series which revisited the JonBenet Ramsey case, and Jim’s role in solving the Unabomer investigation will be highlighted in Discovery Channel’s scripted mini-series Manhunt: The Unabomber premiering on August 1, 2017.   Copies of Jim’s books will be available for purchase at the Bookstore and at his presentations.  

 

Friday, September 22

Arts & Lecture Series Alumni Edition
Jim Fitzgerald, ‘75
12:15 p.m.
PSC Auditorium

See a special presentation from former Berks student and Penn State graduate, Jim Fitzgerald.  Jim is a former FBI supervisor specializing in Linguistics who was essentially the catalyst for solving the Unabomer case and is now a technical advisor for the show Criminal Minds. He was also recently featured on the CBS mini-series which revisited the JonBenet Ramsey case, and Jim’s role in solving the Unabomer investigation will be highlighted in Discovery Channel’s scripted mini-series Manhunt: The Unabomber premiering on August 1, 2017.   Copies of Jim’s books will be available for purchase at the Bookstore and at his presentations.   

 

Float-Building Party
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BCC Lot

Bring the whole family to see our student organizations put their creativity to the test as they construct their best parade floats for tomorrow’s homecoming parade at 12 p.m. Floats will be judged and the winning organizations will receive funding to host a social for their members!

 

Theatre at Berks Presents:
The Pavilion by Craig Wright
8 p.m.
PSC Auditorium

Craig Wright is an award-winning writer who is best known for his work with the television programs Six Feet Under and Lost. His play, The Pavilion, is focused on former high school sweethearts Peter and Kari, who meet at their high school reunion 15 years after a devastating breakup. Kari is consumed with bitterness and resentment, and Peter is determined to restart the only relationship that he thinks can give his life meaning. Mr. Wright uses an omniscient narrator who plays all the other characters in the play in this dramedy which takes a piercing, but humorous look at lost love, grief, and how our past decisions create our current circumstances.  In a production directed by Senior Theatre major Taylor Clark Housel, come see our talented Theater students bring this intriguing story to life.  This production is not appropriate for children.

 

Bonfire
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Luerssen Lawn

Kick off homecoming weekend right. The annual bonfire is a sight to behold! Join us for an evening of music, snacks and camaraderie on the Luerssen Lawn. Sponsored by the Student Government Association. 

 

Saturday, September 23

Special Living Options Open House
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ivy Lounge, Woods Residence Hall

Residents, family members, and alumni are invited to join Residence Life staff to learn more about the Special Living Options on campus.  Continental breakfast will be served.

 

PSU Berks Women’s Volleyball vs. Wilson
11 a.m. Beaver Community Center

 

Free Attractions
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Perkins Lawn, Perkins Plaza and adjacent lawns

Street performers, freebies, inflatables and other attractions will provide fun for the whole family! Meander across the lawns of the beautiful Penn State Berks Campus and enjoy these free activities.

 

Picnic
*Advance registration required
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Perkins Lawn Tent

Register online by September 16 if you and members of your family plan to attend the free picnic lunch on Saturday, September 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Perkins Lawn. The picnic is free for Penn State Berks students, alumni, employees and their families. Due to space limitations, the maximum number of guests per party is five. If you are a family member of a current Berks student, please include them in your count. Click here to register.

 

Alumni Social
*Advance registration is required
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Mini Tent Perkins Lawn
“It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along the way.” – The Wizard of Oz
So follow the road back to Penn State Berks and reconnect with faculty, staff and alumni you met while attending the campus.
Berks alumni are invited to stop by the Alumni Tent, located by the Beaver Community Center, to pick up a free alumni gift and enjoy light refreshments.  Click here to register.

 

Homecoming Parade
12:00 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will show “There’s No Place Like Berks” as they make their way across campus in their custom-made floats.  Follow the signs for the best view between Luerssen and Perkins! 

 

Club Fair
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Perkins Lawn, Perkins Plaza and adjacent lawns

Show your support for Berks Campus clubs and participate in activities like “Pluck-a-Duck”, fundraisers, guessing games, candy scramble and meet & greets.

 

PSU Berks Soccer vs. College of Saint Elizabeth
Soccer Field
1 p.m. – Men’s Game
3 p.m. – Women’s  Game

 

Crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen
1:45 p.m. Lion Shrine

Join us to cheer on and celebrate the 2017 Penn State Berks Homecoming Court!

 

BERKS BENEFITTING THON BINGO
Perkins Lawn Tent
3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Support Berks Benefitting THON by playing bingo for a chance to win prizes ranging from sports memorabilia to Vera Bradley and other great items.  Special games, extra books, and raffles will be available for purchase at the event.  Tickets will be available the day of the event or after September 15 for $25 or in advance for $20 if purchased before September 15, 2017.   Please email Michael Aboulhouda (mra5264@psu.edu) or Victoria Muttin (vum15@psu.edu) for details or go to https://sites.psu.edu/berksbenefittingthon77/.  Limited tickets available.  All proceeds support THON and pediatric cancer research. 

 

Tie-Dying, Sponsored by Blue & White Society
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Perkins Multipurpose Room

Bring $2.00 and receive a Penn State Blue & White Society t-shirt to tie-dye, or bring your own item to tie-dye for free.

 

Dinner Available in Tully’s
Starting at 4:30 p.m.

 

Family College Feud
Tully’s Food Court
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bring your family (or create a family) of five to play this outlandish game and win gift cards to local restaurants!

 

Gold Reunion

More information coming soon!

 

Theatre at Berks Presents:
The Pavilion by Craig Wright
8 p.m.
PSC Auditorium

Craig Wright is an award-winning writer who is best known for his work with the television programs Six Feet Under and Lost. His play, The Pavilion, is focused on former high school sweethearts Peter and Kari, who meet at their high school reunion 15 years after a devastating breakup. Kari is consumed with bitterness and resentment, and Peter is determined to restart the only relationship that he thinks can give his life meaning. Mr. Wright uses an omniscient narrator who plays all the other characters in the play in this dramedy which takes a piercing, but humorous look at lost love, grief, and how our past decisions create our current circumstances.  In a production directed by Senior Theatre major Taylor Clark Housel, come see our talented Theater students bring this intriguing story to life.  This production is not appropriate for children.

 

Sunday, September 24

BERKS BENEFITTING THON 5K
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Perkins Plaza

Participate in this 3.1 mile run or 1-mile walk to support Berks Benefitting THON’s goal of raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer.  Register after September 10 or day of race for $25 outside the Perkins Student Center or in advance before September 10 for $20 at https://sites.psu.edu/berksbenefittingthon77/.  

Advance registration includes a T-shirt.    Race day registration will begin at 8:45 a.m.