2015 THON Dancers

Club Sports Dancers in THON 2015

The Penn State Club Sports Program would like to recognize all of our club members who are dancing in THON this weekend (February 20-22) at the Bryce Jordan Center. We wish them the best of luck standing for 46 straight hours to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

Throughout the past year, club sport organizations have been participating and hosting various THON fundraisers, canning weekends, and canvasing trips in order to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. This weekend will be a very memorable one for all of our clubs who are involved in THON, and will be especially memorable for those listed below who are dancing. One day we will dance in celebration. Until then, we dance for a cure. #CancerCannot

Dancer Name Club Sport
Chris Drobnick Baseball
Nick Carothers Baseball
Kellie O’Rourke Basketball (W)
Molly Luther Basketball (W)
Janice Tremin Cheerleading
Kyle Robb Crew
Amanda Hendrix Crew
Allison Richman Croquet
Andrea Murphy Croquet
Matthew Fell Croquet
Brad Thompson Cross Country
Kelly Herrington Cross Country
Thomas Stitt Cross Country
Lauren Powers Equestrian – English
Laura McAndrews Equestrian – English
Amy Coughlin Field Hockey
Katie McLaughlin Field Hockey
Brittany Baxter Gymnastics
Kristen McKelvey Gymnastics
Brandon Ament Lacrosse (M)
Cole La Pointe Lacrosse (M)
Sal Sassano Lacrosse (M)
Shannon Larson Lacrosse (W)
Emily Steckbeck Lacrosse (W)
Allison Hutton Outing
Briana Yablonski Outing
Logan Himich Powerlifting
Matt Wolf Powerlifting
Morgan Mills Sailing
Rachel Kreyer Sailing
Nikolaus Fritz Snowboard
Elisabeth Kelsey Snowboard
Eric Wang Soccer (M)
Christine Meizoso Soccer (W)
Emily Smith Swim
Caitlin McGarry Swim
Spencer Czajkowski Swim
Caitlin Kupp Swim
Katherine Timmerman Swim
Stephanie Resendiz Tennis
William Nauman Tennis
Jocelyn Corey Ultimate Frisbee (W)
Blake Ratner Ultimate Frisbee (W)
Natalie Meyer Volleyball (W)
Haley Nash Volleyball (W)
Kevin McClure Water Polo (M)
Jeremy Smith Water Polo (M)
Dena Feinberg Water Polo (W)
Chelsea Edwards Water Polo (W)

THON Dancer Meet and Greet

Sunday Feb. 15th from 4:00-6:00 pm we will be having a THON Dancer Meet and Greet!

We would like to invite all THON 2015 dancers from club sport organizations to this years Club Sports THON Dancer Meet and Greet. Being one dancer out of an amazing group of 700 can feel overwhelming, so the more familiar faces you know down on the floor, the better. That is why we’re excited to get all of our dancers representing Club Sports together to get to know each other better.Come join our Supervisors & Club Sports Staff as we host the Club Sports THON Dancer Meet & Greet on Sunday Feb. 15th! It will start at 4:00pm at the Club Sports Desk in the White Building.

We will have ice breakers, games, pizza, and the THON Executive Director will be around to speak with all the dancers!

Please RSVP to PSUCSP@gmail.com by Friday Feb. 13th!

We look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate your yearlong efforts and get you excited to dance!


THON 2015 Dancer Registration

THON has requested that we pay ALL club sport guaranteed dancer registration fees with ONE check from Club Sports (and your ASA account will be charged directly). This means all guaranteed dancers will NOT have to write personal checks for dancer registration and your treasurer will not need to go through the financial request process to have a check cut or submit an ASA transfer. We have spoken with this years THON Finance Director, Katie Mailey, and we have arranged to cut one check for all the guaranteed club sport dancers.

For clubs without guaranteed dancers, aka clubs in the THON Dancer Lottery, you will need to bring a personal check as we will not be able to cut a check quickly enough and THON does NOT want a transfer done for lottery dancers.

To assist us in this process, please have a member of your officer board complete the Google Form below, with all of the information required by Wednesday, January 28th at Noon. We will then work with your club treasurer to authorize payment for dancer registrations and work with THON to ensure all club sport dancers are paid for prior to dancer registration.



THON has assured us that club sport organization guaranteed dancers will not need to show up with a check in hand at dancer registration even though your org. may receive an email from THON stating that you must. They will recognize your dancers were already paid as long as you make sure you reply to us by the deadline above so we can process the payment through ASA.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

First Aid/CPR/AED Classes

Penn State Aquatics offers multiple opportunities during the fall, spring, and summer semester for Penn State students, faculty, and staff to receive American Red Cross certifications in standard first aid and adult CPR/AED at a discounted rate.

Club sport organizations that are a risk level 2, 3, or 4 must maintain no less than two student safety officers at all times to be active and risk level 3 and 4 clubs must have at least one coach/instructor with safety certifications.

For a full list of upcoming classes, please visit the Penn State Aquatics website:http://www.athletics.psu.edu/rec/nat/FirstAidCPRAEDTraining.asp

If you are interested in attended a class, you must register in-person at the McCoy Natatorium and pay in full for the class. Club accounts cannot be directly billed though individuals may be reimbursed by their clubs at the club’s discretion and only with their original receipt received at the Natatorium upon registration.

New Officer Training Sessions – Spring 2015

Any newly-elected officers must attend a Club Sports Program Officer training session to be recognized as a leader for their club. This only applies to newly-elected officers for Spring 2015 and any new treasurer. If you are maintaining your officer position from Fall 2014 or moved from one position to another (excluding treasurers) you do NOT need to attend training again this year.

Please follow this link to register for a training session: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jXgRNLvVc8AZ_M1VjHSnhW4BfCFP1UaW9shZ3sLiIug/viewform?usp=send_form

All attended MUST per-register for a session.

If a class/academic conflict prevents you from attending one of the scheduled sessions for your position please contact Matt Kutz (mjk44@psu.edu) immediately. Club practices/meetings are not valid excuses for missing a training session.



Upcoming Club Sport Events

Club Sport organizations are hosting many events this Spring on and around the Penn State campus. Continue to check back here as more events are added throughout the semester. Come out and support your club sport athletes!

Women’s Ice Hockey Club
Games vs Navy and Northeastern
Pegula Ice Arena
Fri. 1/30 at 10:15pm
Sat. 1/31 at 7:00pm
Sun. 2/1 at 11:00am

Swim Club
Penn State Winter Invitational
McCoy Natatorium
Sat. 2/7 – 12:00pm-4:30pm

Women’s Volleyball Club
Spring Tournament
Intramural Building Gym 1
Sat. 2/7 at 8:30am

Boxing Club
2015 Home Show
White Building 126
Sat. 2/7 – 2:00pm-10:00pm

Men’s Ice Hockey Club
Game vs Sacred Heart
Pegula Ice Arena
Sun. 2/8 at 12:45pm

Track & Field Club
Happy Valley Invitational
Multi Sport Indoor Facility
Sat. 2/14 at 10:00am

Men’s Volleyball Club
EIVA Central Division Matches
Intramural Building Gyms 1 & 3
Sat. 2/14 at 8:30am

Women’s Water Polo Club
CWPA League Tournament
McCoy Natatorium
Sat. 2/14 at 10:45am
Sun. 2/15 at 8:45am

Men’s Volleyball Club
EIVA Championship Tournament
Intramural Building Gyms 1 & 3
Sat. 3/28 at 8:30am







Club Sports Athlete-Only Weight Room Hours

The Club Sports Program, in partnership with Penn State Strength & Fitness, provides “Club Sport Athlete Only Lifting Hours” in the Intramural Building Weight Room each week during fall and spring semester.

The (old) IM Weight Room is located downstairs in the IM Building. Club Sports hours for Spring 2015 semester are as follows:
Sundays 7pm-9pm
Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
Thursdays 7pm-9pm

To gain free access for your club members during this time, a club officer must email a list of names to Club Sports Program staff member Donna Basalla (dms1@psu.edu). Any club member on the list from Fall 2014 semester will carry-over; you do not need to re-send names of approved members from Fall, only new additions for Spring.

NOTE: Please only send the names of club members who have approved participation agreements/waivers on file with the Club Sports Office. Club officers can check their approved roster at any time online under the Officer Log In section of our website. Do NOT copy and paste your entire roster into an email. We are happy to allow access to anyone in your club who will utilize this service but with over 5,000 participants in club sport organizations, we want to only create lists of members who have expressed interest to you. Each member will be asked to show an ID to enter the room.

Club Sport members do not need to purchase a fitness pass in order to use the IM Weight Room during Club Sport lifting hours but will not have access any other days/times or access to other weight room facilities on campus. Only student members of clubs will be added to the Weight Room List.

Athletic Training Services for Club Sport Athletes – Spring 2015 Hours

The Club Sports Program offers athletic training services for all student members in our 78 club sport organizations. This service is free of charge and allows club sport athletes to have injuries evaluated by one of Penn State Sports Medicine’s best!

Our athletic trainer for 2014-15 is Andrew Plate and he holds appointments on a weekly basis in the White Building Athletic Training Room (52). Andrew schedules 25-minute time slots from 10:15am-12:45pm on Mondays and Fridays as well as 2pm-4:30pm each Wednesday during Spring Semester.

To schedule an appointment, please stop by or call the Club Sports Office (814-865-9202). You must have a valid participation agreement/waiver on file for 2014-15 with your club and you must be a student (with limited resources and times we cannot extend this service to faculty/staff members of clubs).

While we all stress health and safety as well as injury prevention, we understand that injuries in sport do occur. Please inform your club members of this enhanced Club Sports Program service should they have an injury related to their participation with your club.

If you would like to schedule athletic training services for your on-campus events during the 2014-15 academic year, please put in a request with Tommy (tommyo@psu.edu) or Matt (mjk44@psu.edu) at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

PSU Club Sports Staff Alums: Where Are They Now?

The Penn State Club Sports Program is proud to announce some big career news amongst our staff alums. In the past four months, four former interns/professionals have accepted new professional positions within the campus recreation field while two student interns from the 2013-14 staff will begin graduate assistantships in August.


Tyler Spencer, who served as an intern with our program in 2008-2009, is now the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness at Western Carolina University. Previously Tyler was the Sport Clubs Coordinator at the University of Kansas. After his work at Penn State, Tyler spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida. He is originally from Bowling Green, KY and is a 2009 graduate of Western Kentucky University.



Drew D’Elia got his start in recreation as an undergraduate intern with Penn State Club Sports in 2011-2012. Following graduation Drew accepted a graduate assistantship position at the University of Central Florida within their Sport Clubs Program where he also received his masters this past spring. Last month Drew accepted the position of Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Youth Programs at Rowan University in New Jersey. Drew hails from Hatfield, PA.

Nick Petrone

Nick Petrone, a 2011 Penn State graduate and a student staff member during the 2010-2011 academic year, returned to his roots recently as the Assistant Facility Coordinator of the Intramural Building at Penn State. Nick previously worked with facility and events management at Villanova University before completing his masters in sports administration at East Stroudsburg University where he also served as a GA for two years.



Jimmy Woods-Corwin spent the past year as the Assistant Coordinator within the Club Sports Program but leaves us this month to become the Sports Clubs and Intramural Coordinator at Rutgers University. Prior to Penn State, Jimmy worked with various community recreation organizations in Seattle, New York, and Boston before entering the collegiate recreation world as a Nittany Lion. During his time here, Jimmy also worked with the Aquatics Program and game management operations for Mens and Womens Ice Hockey. Jimmy is a 2007 graduate of Skidmore College and received his masters in sports administration from Old Dominion University.

Andrew Funari is a 2013 graduate of Penn State and worked with the Club Sports Program as both an undergraduate intern and a post-grad intern. Andrew will take his recreation knowledge and talent to Tallahassee, FL where he will serve as the Competitive Sports and Facilities Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and pursue a master’s degree in sports management.


Tori Lord
is a 2014 PSU grad who spent the past year as an undergraduate intern with Club Sports while also working for the PSU Fitnes     s Program. Tori has accepted the position of Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She will be enrolled in the sports management master’s program at TAMU as well.


Other PSU Club Sports Program Staff Alums in the Collegiate Rec Field


Former interns Laura Thomas (2010-2011) and Ryan Groth (2009-2010) have both been in their positions for just over a year now. Laura is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Sport Clubs & Intramural Events at Texas Tech University while Ryan is the Coordinator of Club Sports at California State University San Marcos.

After interning with Penn State Club Sports, Laura (a Texas State University graduate) completed her masters and a graduate assistantship at Ohio University. During her time at OU, Laura also served one year as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Student Leader.

Ryan spent a year at Penn State between undergrad and grad school. A Sonoma State State University graduate, Ryan completed his masters at Saint Mary’s College (CA) and his GA work at UC Berkeley before taking a position at the University of San Diego prior to his role at Cal State San Marcos.