PENN STATE HOMECOMING
Embrace the Journey, Roar with Pride
Penn State Homecoming Week begins Sunday, Nov. 5, culminating with the Homecoming and Military Appreciation Football Game, Nov. 11, against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Beaver Stadium. Will you be there?
Penn State Homecoming 2017 Logo Makes First Appearance
At the recent Blue and White Football Game, the Homecoming Executive Committee took the field during halftime to unveil the year’s logo.
The logo was created by Turner Blashford, a junior graphic design major.
When asked about his design process, Blashford said, “I was seriously exploring two other concepts, when I drew a little doodle in the margins. The doodle ended up being the route I took for the final logo.” The logo includes none other than the Nittany Lion posing in his iconic “roaring embrace,” which is seen at every home game when the Lion pumps up the crowd.
Blashford’s design was one of 20 presented by students from Professor Kristen Sommese's junior graphic design class. Every year, students from Professor Sommese’s class designs prospective Homecoming logos as one of their major projects.
The Big Reveal
The Penn State Homecoming 2017 theme, “Embrace the Journey, Roar with Pride,” was announced during THON. The inspiration behind the theme includes the varying backgrounds and “journeys” each Penn Stater experiences, and the similar pride they all share.
“I love this year's theme,” said Executive Director Jillian Susi. “I think it truly encompasses Homecoming and Penn State, and that is my favorite part about it. All Penn Staters have different journeys that lead us here, as well as different experiences once we get to Penn State. Even though we are all unique, we are bonded in the immense pride we have for our university.”
Another big Homecoming announcement? The two student emcees—Emily Chertow and Stevie Sievers—chosen to promote Penn State pride by announcing at all Homecoming events, including the For The Glory Talent Show, the Best of Penn State Carnival and the Homecoming Parade.
Selecting the emcees is a rigorous process, with two interview stages and readings with other students. “Seeing Stevie and Emily interact together during their interview was thrilling,” said Paige Wisehaupt, Homecoming 2017 Production Director. “The Production Committee looks for students who interact well together and build off each others’ energies. We are very happy that we found that with Stevie and Emily.”
“By volunteering in Penn State Day of Service, I think all of the volunteers can look back and be proud of the tradition that they are a part of. It always amazes me that each year, we can get 200+ volunteers to wake up and dedicate their time to our organization and to the community. This really emphasizes the pride they have for their university,” said Bailey Gibson, the University Relations Director in charge of planning the event.
This year, 230 volunteers participated at 15 different service sites, from local parks to nursing homes.
The next Homecoming event, the 7th Annual Legacy Celebration, is set for April 26.
Stay tuned for more updates on all things Homecoming!