Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2016

9th Annual Living In One Neighborhood Walk

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What: University and Borough officials will come together for another Living In One Neighborhood (LION) Walk scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Following a short orientation at 5:15 p.m., representatives from both town and gown will break into 30 group. Each group will consist of a student, law enforcement officer, a borough official and a representative from the University. The groups will begin walking in the Highlands, Holmes-Foster and College Heights neighborhoods by 6 p.m. going door-to-door to greet neighborhood residents. At each visit, the neighborhood resident will receive a friendly greeting and bag filled with neighborhood and community resources.
The LION Walk will be followed one week later by the 2nd Annual LION Bash, on August 30, 2016.
Who: The Office of Community Engagement coordinates the Living In One Neighborhood also known as the LION programs. Through the Office of Community Engagement, which is funded by Penn State Student Affairs and the Borough of State College, the mission of helping to strengthen the marriage of State College and Penn State is achieved. During the Walk, each group will stroll through the Borough neighborhoods that edge up against campus (Highlands, College Heights and Holmes-Foster) to visit more than 500 homes to offer a neighborly greeting with each resident. Officials scheduled to participate in the walk include Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims and State College Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine.
Why: In September 2008, a joint initiative began between Penn State and the Borough of State College to remind students and other local residents that "We areone community." As one of the ‘Living In One Neighborhood’ LION programs, LION Walk has been successful at bringing together town and gown officials for an opportunity to greet neighborhood residents and provide neighborhood information that promotes building positive neighbor to neighbor relationships. More information about the LION walk and other LION programs coordinated through the Office of Community Engagement can be found online at
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sign-in and dinner;
  • 5:30 to 5:55 p.m., Kickoff ceremony with comments from Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones, Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, and Borough Manager Thomas Fountaine;
  • 5:55 to 6:15 p.m., Nittany Lion mascot introduction and departure of groups;
  • 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., LION Walk in College Heights, Holmes-Foster and Highlands neighborhoods;
  • 7:30 p.m., Return to Municipal Building for refreshments.
(Note: all times are approximate)

Where: Walking routes begin and end at the State College Municipal Building, Room 201, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 (Maps of walking routes are available at the registration table).
Visuals: Group shots of the volunteers departing the Municipal Building; Group shots of the Nittany Lion interacting with volunteers and residents.
Photographers who follow the lead group will have photos with the Nittany Lion, Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones, Present Chief of Police Thomas King and newly sworn-in Chief of Police John Gardner, Council President Thomas E. Daubert, Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) President Terry Ford. 


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an appointment with representatives of the Borough of State College, please contact the Administration Department by phone at (814) 234-7110 or by email at

Media Contact: Centrice Mulfinger, Communication Engagement Manager, (814) 278-4146.
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