Penn State Outing Club

Special Announcement (5/04)


We wanted to provide an update on our progress since our last press release on April 27, 2018. Pushing through finals week, we focused our efforts on reviewing your feedback form responses and reaching out to you for letters of support, the history of the structure of PSOC, and the structure of other outing clubs across the country. We are continuing to build our case.

Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs, has reached out to us to discuss the status of the Outing Club. Our club advisor and the officers are scheduled to meet with him on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. We look forward to this discussion! Our intention is that this is just the first of many meetings throughout the summer in achieving our goals.

This morning, we met with Mark Dambly, Chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees (BOT), for a few minutes before today’s BOT closed-door discussions at The Penn Stater Conference Center. Given the short time available, we emphasized that the risk assessment did not include many of the key players (and still has not been released) and that our main goal is that we want a well thought-out, reasoned, and transparent review process with input from all stakeholders: the administration, the Board of Trustees, academic departments and faculty members, the greater outdoor community, and, most importantly, the student body. We handed him 10 copies of the attached 1-page letter that succinctly provides the details of what happened; the importance of PSOC to the student body and how it helps to achieve Penn State’s own goals; and our plan moving forward. Furthermore, we delivered a supporting materials package consisting of 499 pages of your PSOC stories and testimonials, the two petitions (now, totalling over 22,000 signatures), your letters of support, the press releases by Penn State and us, and a copy of each of the 150+ news articles and opinion pieces on PSOC published in the last three weeks. The copies of these letters and the supporting materials package have been distributed to the BOT at today’s meeting.

We cannot thank you enough for all your support along this journey so far. Please continue to send us your stories and letters of your support. We will keep updating you as we continue to make forward progress! Happy Graduation to our seniors!

The PSOC Officers

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Who are we?

The Penn State Outing Club, PSOC for short, is an entirely student-run organization that is dedicated to experiencing the outdoors in every possible capacity.  PSOC was founded in 1920, making it one of the oldest clubs at Penn State.  Still running strong today, PSOC club members organize backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and trail maintenance trips from the Catskills to California.  PSOC is dedicated to helping the community through extension programs at Shaver’s Creek and the surrounding trail maintenance groups.

Spring 2018 Meetings:
Our meetings are Tuesdays at 8pm in 350 HHD. See the schedule for the rest of our meetings here.

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Laurel Highlands (Jan 27)
Winter Rothrock Backpacking (Feb 3 – 4)
Chuck Keiper Trail (Feb 10 – 12)
TBD Day Hike (Feb 17)
Quehanna (Mar 17 -19)
Shenandoah National Park (Mar 24 -26)
Pine Creek Canoe/Camp (Apr 14 – 16)
Black Forest Trail (Apr 21 – 23)