Second annual WE ARE Lehigh Valley Homecoming Week a success

the nittany lion on stage with a band
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Penn State Lehigh Valley hosted its second annual Homecoming Week at the campus and at locations around the Lehigh Valley community during the week of Sept. 17.

The week-long celebration included free, fun, family friendly events for the Penn State community. The week kicked off with an athletics pep rally and THON pizza party on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Lehigh Valley campus.  

The Welcome Back Wine and Cheese Reception returned for its second year on Tuesday, Sept. 18. At the reception, alumni had the chance to reconnect with faculty and staff and new friends were welcomed on campus for the first time.

group of people in room listening to a speaker and enjoying cheese and fruit

Alumni, faculty, and staff reconnected at this year's Wine and Cheese Reception held on campus. 

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Sports fans cheered on the Penn State Lehigh Valley women’s volleyball team that same night as they beat Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 3-2.

Students enjoyed Homecoming activities during the week with a visit from Carlos Andres Gómez, award-winning poet, speaker, actor and writer on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Backyard Olympics on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The celebration continued with Penn State Night in SouthSide Bethlehem on Friday, Sept. 21. More than 100 people gathered in the SouthSide for a pre-game tailgate and game viewing party. Fans enjoyed music by Acoustic Kitty Project, food by Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub and a visit from the Nittany Lion. By 8 p.m., fans gathered at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks to watch the Penn State vs. Illinois football game on the big screen.

large group of people watching football game on big screen in front of Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

During the viewing party at Levitt Pavilion, football fans cheered on Penn State as they played Illinois. 

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On Saturday, Sept. 22, the women’s soccer team played their home opener and fell to Penn State Hazleton, 11-0.  The men’s soccer team played next and continued their undefeated PSUAC play with a win over Penn State Hazleton, 1-0. That night, the Penn State community enjoyed an outdoor showing of “Incredibles 2” and popcorn under the stars on the campus soccer field.

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Nittany Lion face painting was done at the outdoor movie. 

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Homecoming week concluded in the Ronald K. De Long Gallery on campus at the Gala in the Gallery. Attendees celebrated Latin America and the work of Rigo Peralta with tropical refreshments, dancing, a gallery talk with Nelson Quiñones and Peralta, and Peralta’s exhibit, “Sellos de una colección.”

WE ARE Lehigh Valley Homecoming Week recap

The second annual Homecoming Week at Penn State Lehigh Valley was held during the week of Sept. 17. 

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