Social Events

Throughout the year, we host several social events ranging from our weekly coffee hour to spring ultimate frisbee league. We do our best to host a variety of activities to meet many types of interests, but we always welcome any ideas you may have–just shoot us an email or bring it up at a general body meeting.

Our Regular Semester Social Activities

Weekly Coffee Hour – Whether you need caffeine to get through the day or you want some delicious snacks and great company, join us either in 405 ASI or 231 FRB each week. This semester, we meet on Tuesday’s at 10 am. For details check our calendar.

Monthly (Interdepartmental) Happy Hour – The first and third Thursday of every month, we venture to a local bar to hang out, eat food, and get drinks. Even if drinking is not your thing, happy hour is a great time to meet new folks and catch up. This semester, we have teamed up with three other departments to provide a new opportunity to meet graduate students from other departments.

A different location is chosen each month, so be sure to check the website or keep an eye out for an email.

Cook-offs – To support our activities and events, we hold a fundraiser each semester in the form of our annual fall semester Chili Cook-off and our annual spring semester Crock-Pot Cook-off. Test your recipe’s mettle against other departmental faculty, staff , and graduate students. In addition to raising money for the GSO, these are highly popular events that bring together the department. Consider entering a dish in the next cook-off to compete for bragging rights and a prize!

The early crowd at our inaugural Chili-Cook-off in 2014.

The early crowd at our inaugural Chili-Cook-off in 2014.

Other Social Events

Intramural Teams – Throughout the year, the GSO participates in several different sports teams, often sporting a team that is a combination of many graduate student programs. We have participated in co-ed soccer, co-ed ultimate frisbee, co-ed volleyball, and many others.


Our spring ultimate frisbee team, TBD, competes in a local league game.


Service and Outreach Events – We organize and participate in outreach and service events involving the university and the community of State College. These events are advertised on our website and updated in our calendar as they are planned so keep an eye out!


Graduate students helping with invasive species removal and trail maintenance at the Penn State Arboretum.

Miscellaneous Fun – Look at our calendar, check our website, or look for an email to stay posted on our other events like movie nights, bowling, day-hikes–you name it!


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