Students plan fall community events as part of learning experience

The Penn State All-Sports Museum, located in Beaver Stadium, pays tribute to the student athletes. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students enrolled in Programming in Recreation Services are planning several community events as a way to gain practical experience while serving the public.

Under the direction of Kathleen Raupach, instructor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, students will host numerous community events in Centre County over the next several weeks, which are intended to benefit participants and a sponsoring agency.

“The goal is for students to learn how to plan, promote, implement and evaluate a real community event while working with team members and professionals in the field,” Raupach said.

Each of the 10 teams works with a different nonprofit group, state park or campus organization to plan a three-hour special event for a minimum of 50 participants.

“This is a difficult class for many. It requires a large amount of responsibility and collaborative work,” Raupach said. “With the support of a peer mentor, their agency contact, and their instructor they learn that they can do more than they thought they could.”

Scheduled Events


Fall into Nature

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 28, Bald Eagle State Park in Howard, an event for homeschool students

HalloweenTown Haunts Bellefonte

6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 28, Bellefonte YMCA, an event for the entire community

Golfin' with Goblins Par-Tee

1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 30, Penn State Golf Courses in State College, an event for youth and their families


“Old Bag” Auction

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 2, Centre Region Parks and Recreation Centre Region Senior Center at Nittany Mall in State College, an event open to all

College Night Out at the Museum

5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 2, Penn State All-Sports Museum at University Park campus, an event for college students

Harvest Carnival

6 to 9 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church in Bellefonte, an event for the entire community

Nature Go Unplugged

1 to 4 p.m., Nov. 9, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College, an event for homeschool students

Big & Small, Safety for All

9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 12, Stay & Play Preschool in State College, an event for families with young children

Spread Peace, Give Thanks

5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 14, Cancer Survivors Association at Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg, a potluck dinner with 1960s-themed activities for cancer survivors, their friends, family and caregivers

Rolling with the Tide

Nov. 17, an event for children who are grieving, not open to the public

Last Updated October 28, 2016