Pictures of different activities during the Weeks of Welcome.

Weeks of Welcome (WoW) set for August 21-September 1

New and returning Penn State York students are invited to two weeks of free events and activities to get the semester started off right and connect with members of the campus community on class days, August 21 through September 1.
Free events and activities designed to welcome new and returning students!

“Weeks of Welcome kicks off the fall semester with free, fun, and engaging events planned to welcome our new and returning students,” said Jeff Gerstein, associate director of student affairs at Penn State York. “All programs are designed to help students meet other students, feel a greater sense of belonging, and get connected with the Penn State York community,” he said. Gerstein invites all students to join in the events and activities beginning on the first day of class, August 21, and continuing through September 1.

In addition to the events during the first two weeks of the semester, members of the campus community are encouraged to wear Penn State colors on We Are Wednesdays every week. Wear some blue and white or maybe even be nostalgic and wear Penn State’s original colors, black and pink!

Mark you calendar for these exciting upcoming events:

Week 1

Munchie Monday

Enjoy some Bubble Tea.

Date: Monday, August 21
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Outside the Upper Entrance of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center (The Ruhl Center)

Rita’s Water Ice

Cool down with free Italian ice from Rita’s!

Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Outside the Upper Entrance of The Ruhl Center

Grocery Bingo

Grab a bingo card and play to win free groceries.

Date: Wednesday, August 23
Time: 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Location: Rosie’s Café, The Ruhl Center

Welcome Back Bash

Get some free food, play games, and listen to music all while making friends and having fun!

Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Outside the Upper Entrance of The Ruhl Center

Penn State York Night at Suburban Bowlerama

Show off your bowling skills and see who can earn the top score. The Bowlerama is located at 1945 S. Queen Street, very close to campus.

Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: 1945 S. Queen Street (close to campus)

Student involvement fair.

Week 2

Munchie Monday

Stop-by the tent for a free donut for a morning pick-me-up.

Date: Monday, August 28
Time: 7:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Location: Outside the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center


Have your caricature drawn and take home a memento of the start of the fall 2023 semester.

Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Rosie’s Café, The Ruhl Center

Global Eats - India

Sample Indian cuisine and celebrate the culture of India. Global Eats is an event designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity on our campus and a different country is featured each month throughout the semester. The event is sponsored by the campus Office of Global Engagement.

Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Rosie’s Café, The Ruhl Center

Student Involvement Fair

Discover all the clubs and other organizations Penn State York has to offer and sign up to be a part of groups to get involved. Research shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities actually do better in the classroom. The rain location for this event is in The Ruhl Center in the hallways and the Precision Custom Components (PCC) Community Room.

Date: Thursday, August 31
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Walkway Between The Ruhl Center and the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center

Roller Skating at Roll R Way

Put on your roller skates or rollerblades and enjoy an evening of fun. Student participants can win prizes and enjoy free food.

Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Roll R Way, 940 Vander Ave., York (close to campus)

For more information or to get your questions answered about any of the events and activities during WoW, please contact Penn State York Student Affairs at 717-771-4045.