Welcome (back) to Penn State Wilkes-Barre! While the University is still adjusting to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we understand and believe that a true college experience is reliant upon students being able to engage in social activities with their peers and others outside of the classroom setting. We will be offering a diverse range of events throughout the semester. Though the majority of our campus activities will be held virtually, when possible we will provide in-person programming for small groups of students who sign up in advance.
Welcome Week activities create opportunities for students to interact in small groups with their peers in a safe and responsible environment. Below is a list of virtual and in-person Welcome Week events for new and returning students.
Welcome Week Events
Masks, Mugs, and Mug Shots
Pick up your two free Penn State masks and your Student Government Association-sponsored travel mug. While you’re there, take a selfie at our Lion Shrine!
When: Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25, 10:00 am–1:30 pm
Where: In person, at the Lion Shrine
Note: If you are unable to attend, you can pick up your masks in the Police and Public Safety office in Hayfield House weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting Wednesday, August 26 through Friday, September 4.
Free Ice Cream!
Compliments of the Student Government Association (SGA) and your Student Activities Fee (SAFee).
When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 26 and 27, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Where: Hickory Court Café
Club & Student Organization Fair
Join our Student Government Association (SGA) and representatives from our clubs and organizations for our annual Club/Organization Fair. For more information about the SGA and campus clubs and organizations, visit the Penn State Wilkes-Barre SGA website. Can’t make it? You can still sign up for clubs and organizations you’re interested in.
When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 26 and 27, 11:45 am–1:15 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom. Click on a club name to visit its Zoom room:
- Blue and White Society
- Business Club
- Four Seasons Club
- Gender & Sexuality Alliance
- Just Amazing Musicians (JAM)
- Lion Ambassadors
- Nerd Herd
- Radio Club
- The Revolt (campus newspaper)
- Student Gov’t Association (SGA)
- Students for Justice
- Surveying Society
- THON: For the Kids
- United Stance Society
- Veterans Support Club
Student Town Hall Meeting
All students are invited to join Dr. Dale Jones, Chancellor of Penn State Wilkes-Barre, for a Student Town Hall. He will be joined by Wanda Ochei, Director of Student Services and Dr. Lynda Goldstein, Associate Chief Academic Officer. At this meeting you will learn more about Penn State developments concerning COVID-19, instructional/classroom support, campus expectations of students, and other important information. You will also be able to ask questions to all the presenters and share any student concerns.
So, come join your peers and be a part of this discussion with key campus administrators!
When: Friday, August 28, 12:15 pm–1:15 pm
Where: Virtual via Zoom (attend the Town Hall)
Zoom + Bingo = Z-I-N-G-O!
Join the Student Activities Office for a night of Penn State Wilkes-Barre ZINGO! Log in at psu.zoom.us with your psu.edu email and password and then join us in Zackie’s Zoom Room to play.
When: Friday, August 28, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm (log in as early as 6:45 pm)
Where: Virtual via Zoom (Play ZINGO in Zackie’s Zoom Room)