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FALL FESTIVAL SATURDAY: car cruise, food, crafts, kids zone; List of sponsors

9/26/2011 —


Saturday, Oct.1, Upper Parking Lot, Lower Parking Lot, Athletics Center

Special Fountain Dedication: 10:00 a.m.

Car Cruise: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Crafts and Food: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Kids' Zone: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Bed Races: noon - 3:00 p.m.

"Alumni Central" Tent: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
featuring Penn State TV Football: noon

Free Outdoor Concert: 4:00 -7:00 p.m
featuring The Clarks: 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Gala: 6:00 p.m.
Hill Crest Country Club

Penn State New Kensington's quest to develop a larger presence in the community continues this weekend with the campus' third annual Fall Festival, geared to local residents as well as campus students and alumni.

The festival gets under way off-campus at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, with the Chancellor's Gala at Hill Crest Country Club. Then, from11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, activities for all ages will take place across the campus' 72 acres.

All events on Oct. 1 will be free to the public. Events include food vendors, crafts, a car show, bed races, kids' activities, an alumni tent, and an outdoor concert by the Clarks.

"We’ve also made great strides re-establishing ourselves as the community’s campus by engaging residents and opening events to the public," said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the campus. "Our intent is to forge even stronger bonds between the New Kensington campus and the community by developing partnerships to make the Alle-Kiski Valley an even greater place to live, work and learn."

In advance of the festival, campus students are celebrating "Spirit Week" from Sept. 26-30, a five-day schedule of student-centered activities.

For a detailed schedule of festival events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/StudentLife/43255.htm online.

Dinner, dancing and a silent auction highlight the third annual Chancellor's Gala, set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, at Hill Crest Country Club. Alumni and friends of Penn State New Kensington will be entertained by the Penn State New Kensington Jazz Ensemble. The cost is $75.The theme of the gala is "Blue and White Lions Night," and the event will bring together founders, donors, alumni, students, faculty and staff, and features a silent auction, a mystery box sale and raffle items. While the contents of the mystery boxes cannot be revealed, the auction items include tickets to a Penguins ice hockey game at the Consol Energy Center, a Las Vegas junket, and a golf package. For those who cannot make the gala, a special auction feature, "Buy it Now," allows Penn Staters and friends from around the world to purchase items prior to the auction at a pre-determined price. All proceeds benefit the campus' Advisory Board Trustee Scholarship, which is a part of the University-wide fundraising effort, "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students." The gala is sponsored by Burrell Group Inc., McCutcheon Enterprises Inc and Industrial Automation and Control.

For more information, contact Tina Sluss at 724-334-6056 or tms57@psu.edu, or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/43987.htm online.

Daytime activities at Penn State New Kensington's Fall Festival will kick into gear at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.1, with a car cruise, craft booths and food vendors in the upper parking lot. Children can enjoy the festivities with numerous activities in the Kids' Zone, located in the Athletics Center. A special event, the official dedication of the new three-tier water fountain is set for 10 a.m. The decorative fountain, located at the front entrance to the campus, honors the legacy of  Dr. Larry Pollock who served the campus for 35 years as chancellor and director of student affairs. The car cruise is sponsored by Gatto, Glen Bush Ford, Highland Tire and Nick Chevroet.

For more information on the fountain dedication, call 724-334-6056 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43928.htm#NEWS43928 online.
For more information on the car cruise, call 724-334-6025 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43979.htm#NEWS43979 online.

The afternoon schedule of Penn State New Kensington's Fall Festival gets rolling with bed races. Preliminary heats begin at noon in the lower parking lot. The race finals are slated for 3 p.m. Campus faculty and staff can catch up with former students at the campus social, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Alumni Central tent, located on the front lawn of the Engineering building. Visitors will be able to watch Penn State take on Indiana University at noon on a 65-inch TV in the tent. The bed races are sponsored by PNC Bank. The alumni tent is sponsored by the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society.

For more information on the bed races, call 724-334-6019 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43930.htm#NEWS43930 online.
For more on the alumni tent, call 724-334-6049 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm online.

The Clarks will headline Penn State New Kensington's free outdoor concert from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.1, on the main stage in the Athletics Center parking lot. The Clarks will take the stage at 5 p.m. Bishop Clay, an alternative rock band from Pittsburgh, will open the show at 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-334-6063 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43923.htm#NEWS43923 online.

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