As the sun set on a balmy June day, the Penn State University campus transitioned from a scene of daytime hustle to an illuminated playground of gleaming opportunities. The night was filled with an energy that matched the glowing LED lights that outlined the event, transforming the campus into an enchanting spectacle. This was the “Glow Games” – a major highlight of the Summer Welcome.
The Glow Games were an invitation for new and returning students to come together, mingle, and enjoy an evening of laughter and friendly competition. The games were carefully selected to ensure maximum engagement and fun, each accompanied by their unique charm and glow.
1. Luminous Rallies: LED Ping Pong
As the night progressed, students found themselves drawn towards the vibrant green of the LED Ping Pong tables. The game offered a strikingly futuristic experience, with bright LED lights bouncing off the table, keeping pace with the rapid-fire volleys. The electrifying combination of friendly competition and visual appeal made this attraction a popular hotspot for those looking to engage in fast-paced fun.
The first stop for many was the LED Mini Golf. This wasn’t your average mini-golf course. Bright LED lights framed the course, and the vibrant neon hues dancing across the greens cast an enchanting spell on students. The lit-up fairways created an atmosphere of illuminated amusement as students maneuvered their shots, aiming for a radiant hole-in-one.
The night’s radiant charm was amplified at the Giant Foosball Xtreme. Traditional tabletop foosball was upsized and uplit with glowing LED lights. The sight of students lined up on either side, maneuvering their LED-lit poles with concentration and delight, was a spectacle in itself. The high-energy atmosphere around this game was a testament to its success, with roars of victory echoing throughout the night.
The dazzling lights led the way to another exciting station—the LED Skeeball. A nostalgic arcade favorite got an electrifying makeover, complete with radiant lanes and glowing targets. The atmosphere here was contagious; whoops and cheers filled the air as students took turns trying to land the perfect high-score roll. Each successful ball in the target hole was met with not only points but a celebratory burst of light, amplifying the thrill of the game.
This was the classic “Connect Four” on a glowing, grand scale. The grid lit up in vibrant colors, each slot awaiting a bright LED token. Students engaged in strategic competitions, their focus amplified by the mesmerizing lights. The LED 4-in-a-Row was an absolute hit, providing both nostalgia and futuristic fun in one gleaming package.
The final glowing gem of the evening was the Giant LED Corn Hole. This classic lawn game, super-sized and super-bright, was a crowd favorite. The LED-lit boards were a challenge to miss, and students gathered around to test their tossing skills against the glowing target. The radiant laughter and glowing smiles from this area were evidence of the delightful experience it offered.
Each of these attractions served as a unique catalyst for interaction and engagement, ensuring that every student found an activity that resonated with them. The end result was an unforgettable night of light-hearted fun and connection. Ben, the Assistant Director of Welcome Programs, summarized the evening perfectly when he said,
“I just wanted to thank you all for helping to make last night’s event so fantastic! We had crowds of students there as soon as it opened all the way through to closing—so it was absolutely a success.”
The Glow Games epitomized the spirit of the Summer Welcome, illuminating the journey ahead for the students at Penn State University.
The university’s welcome programs are a testament to Penn State’s commitment to ensure a smooth transition for its students into campus life. These programs are designed to help new students settle in, familiarize themselves with the campus, and connect with their fellow Penn Staters before the hustle and bustle of the semester begins. From comprehensive orientations and interactive tours to large-scale activities like the Summer Welcome, the Welcome Programs offer a variety of events that cater to different interests and needs. The goal is not only to acquaint students with the physical campus but also to introduce them to the rich culture, spirit, and resources of Penn State. With a blend of academics, extracurricular activities, and vibrant social events, Penn State’s Welcome Programs truly set the stage for students to embark on an enriching and exciting college journey.