Just Ask Me (JAM) Tent

Welcome Week 2021

Penn State York welcomes students back to the campus with a variety of free events and activities including an outdoor picnic and more. Just Ask Me (JAM) tents offer students a place to get their questions answered.
Welcome Week 2021 offers students plenty of fun and information

Welcome Week, Aug. 23-27, offers a variety of activities for students to have a little fun and get to know other students on the campus. The Just Ask Me (JAM) tents outside the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center (The Ruhl Center) provide a place for students to get answers to their questions.

“Welcome Week, sponsored by the campus’ University Programming Board (UPB) is designed to bring students together and connect them with co-curricular experiences that enhance their learning and student life,” said Scott Simonds, director of student affairs at Penn State York. UPB is a student organization that plans a variety of events and activities throughout the academic year. The price is right on all the events, free!

Students Welcomed Back for Fall 2021

Ashton Ball, seated, gets reacquainted with her friends, Charissa Trout and Madison Forbes, outside the Fitness Center in the Joe and Rosie Ruhr Student Community Center (The Ruhl Center).  All three women are seniors majoring in human development and family studies (HDFS), and happy to be back on campus.


Credit: Barb Dennis

Monday gets started with Cool Down with UPB from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside The Ruhl Center. Snow cones and other sweet treats are available to students, while supplies last.

Tuesday brings the Sweet Willows ice cream truck to campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The truck will be located on Irving Rd., between the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (Grumbacher) and The Ruhl Center. Grab a cone or a dish of ice cream and relax.

Wednesday is the Welcome Back Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). The picnic features barbecue from Big Bob’s Barbecue, and an inflatable obstacle course, balloon artistry, selfie gif photo booth, music, laughter, giveaways and much more. This is a time for the entire campus community, students, faculty, and staff, to gather and celebrate the start of the fall semester.

Thursday is the fall Club Rush and Involvement Fair plus lunch from noon until 1:30 outside The Ruhl Center. This is a time to learn more about the more than 20 student clubs and organizations available at Penn State York. Representatives will answer questions and provide information on how to be a part of their group or how to start one. Visit this website to learn more about the variety of clubs and organizations on campus.

Also on Thursday is the Community Blood Drive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building. Penn State York, Fox43 news, and the American Red Cross have joined together as the need for blood right now is critical. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit the American Red Cross website. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

Friday features the Student Government Association (SGA) Town Hall from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Rosie’s in The Ruhl Center. Learn more about the campus and discover how you can be a part of the SGA.

Students are asked to bring their PSU student ID, but you can still take part in things without it. For more information, please contact the Penn State York Office of Student Affairs at 717-771-4045

Welcome Week 2021 Sign

Penn State York students started the fall semester on Aug. 23 with plenty of Welcome Week activities sponsored by the University Programming Board (UPB).

Credit: Barb Dennis