Welcome First-Year Students Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME)

Three days and 300 new friends add up to a great start in the Schreyer Honors College.

During SHO TIME — Schreyer Honors Orientation — you will learn what it takes to succeed in the Schreyer Honors College while finding your way around campus and getting acquainted with new and returning Scholars. We pack plenty of information, fun and activities into your first three days at Penn State and still give you time to unpack and make yourself at home.

New Student Orientation (NSO) Arrival Information
New first-year Schreyer Scholars and Orientation Mentors participating in a tug of war


We have a full slate of activities for incoming Scholars (and a few for their families) to get you off to a great start in the Schreyer Honors College.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Move-In and Arrival

Welcome to Schreyer! Orientation Mentors, Scholar Assistants (SAs), Resident Assistants (RAs) and Schreyer Honors College staff will greet you and your family, address any questions you may have, and help you find your way on your first day on campus.

Parents & Families Welcome

3:00 PM A Special Time to "Let Go"

Get ready to send your student off to an amazing three-day orientation. Take time to say your good-byes and to share a hug or two! Orientation Mentors will begin directing new Scholars to VIP seating in the front of the auditorium at 3:15 PM. Special seating for parents and families is reserved as well.

Parents & Families Welcome

3:30 PM Dean's Welcome

Welcome to SHO TIME: Discovering Your Path! Join Dean Johnson and Schreyer Honors College staff to learn more about the mission, vision and values of the College. Watch the excitement build as the 2019 Orientation Mentors whisk new Scholars off for a traditional class photo, engaging welcome activities, and an entertaining Blue-White dinner in Redifer Dining Hall.

Parents & Families Welcome

4:15 PM SHO TIME for Parents and Families: What Next?

Congratulations to all proud parents and families of new Scholars! Let’s talk about what’s next for parents and families of a new Schreyer Scholar. The Dean, Associate Deans, Scholar Program Assistants, and Orientation Team Leaders will share valuable resources and ways parents and families can support student success in Schreyer.

Parents & Families Only

4:15 PM Get in the Picture

Join SHO TIME Orientation Mentors for this decade tradition on the Monumental Stairs in the Hetzel Student Union Building (HUB) — a place where students can study, dine, and gather with friends.

5:45 PM Bon Appetit!

Enjoy the first of many meals in Redifer Dining Hall just minutes from Honors Housing. Enjoy a variety of dining choices at the savory Southside Buffet or delicious à la carte options as you get to know your fellow classmates.

7:30 PM First Night (Playfair)

Join fellow Scholars and the SHO TIME Mentors for an exciting late-night team activity in one of the newest gymnasiums on campus. Be a part of a 300-person selfie, meet your first “College Buddy,” and enjoy friendly competitions with new friends.

8:00 AM Rise and Shine Breakfast

Welcome to Day Two of SHO TIME! Start your day by getting to know members of the Schreyer Honors College staff. On your way to the buffet, feel free to ask them questions or share a story or two about your hometown! WE ARE…

9:30 AM Student Leaders' Welcome

Student Council members and Scholar Assistants kick off this session with an introduction to the Schreyer community. What does it mean to be a Schreyer Scholar on campus?

10:00 AM Navigating Your Academic Success with Honors

Learn how to succeed with honors in the classroom with integrity. Hear from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, faculty, staff, and Academic Success Coaches of the Schreyer Honors College about academic expectations, advising resources, and ways students can overcome academic challenges to achieve success.

11:00 AM Mission Possible: Why Service and Sustainability

This 45-minute interactive program led by faculty experts and committed volunteers will define the impact of serving as a leader outside the classroom and discuss ways that new Scholars can have an impact in shaping an inclusive and welcoming living-learning community.

12:30 PM Special "Pack and Go" Meal with Mentors

Pick-up your favorite foods at Redifer Dining Hall and continue conversations with staff and Orientation Mentors about life as a Scholar. The menu includes a variety of options prepared just for you.

2:00 PM Global Dialogues

Join Schreyer Honors College’s Coordinator of International Programs and current Schreyer Scholars to hear about the impact studying abroad can have in shaping your honors education and why it matters.

3:00 PM Finding Your Path

Take a hike around campus with your Orientation Mentors and get a jumpstart in finding your classrooms, the library, museums, and popular study and relaxation spaces.

5:30 PM "Dinner Among the Stars" Engagement Fair

Enjoy a variety of dinner options from the many buffets in Redifer Commons. Your Orientation Mentors transform this space to showcase student organizations, clubs, and interest groups. Ask questions and learn more about out-of-classroom programming then sign-up for one or two groups that interest you the most.

8:30 PM The One and Only Brain Show

A SHO TIME tradition and trivia game as you have never seen before on stage. Get ready to form a team, answer questions correctly, and be prepared for an evening of laughter and fun.

8:00 AM Rise and Shine Breakfast

Welcome to Day Three of SHO TIME!

9:30 AM Shaping Your Future

Join the Director of Career Development who will facilitate a conversation with new Scholars and current Scholars about how internships, fellowships, and grants can shape your future as a Schreyer Scholar.

10:00 AM "World in Conversation" Dialogues: Session 1

All new Scholars and Orientation Mentors will gather as a large group for a brainteaser activity before breaking into smaller groups that will feature lively and interactive discussions to help prepare you for classroom discussions, lectures, and meaningful one-on-one conversations with faculty, staff, and your peers.

12:30 PM Lunch

Enjoy talking with classmates in your mentoring groups from different academic backgrounds while enjoying an open buffet of salads, entrees, and desserts.

2:00 PM "World in Conversations" Dialogues: Session 2

A continuation of the earlier session with new small group activities.

3:30 PM Your Debut!

Get ready to be a star in a special video production filmed by Schreyer Scholars to capture Schreyer Scholars in action during SHO TIME. Watch for this special production to be previewed at the first Simmons Atherton Social in September!

5:00 PM Class of 2023 Dinner and Project 2023: "Hello Future Self"

Arrive on time to complete Project 2023—a letter to your future self. This special Schreyer Honors College tradition results in laughter and tears when students read their letters four years later on thesis day! The letters are confidential and returned in a sealed envelope when before you graduate.

8:00 PM SHO TIME Finale

Congratulations! You have completed your three-day orientation and your final orientation event will leave you in awe as Scholars showcase a wide range of amazing talent in one of the newest buildings on campus. Your Orientation Team Leaders and Orientation Mentors will host this one-of-a-kind show planned to celebrate your arrival on campus. The evening includes special guests, music, and so much more.

Let Scholars Be Your Guide Orientation Mentors

From the moment you arrive on campus, you'll be greeted, taught, encouraged, and led by nearly 100 returning Scholars, who have spent months preparing to be your SHO TIME Orientation Mentors. They're excited to share with you what they've learned during their time at Penn State and in the Honors College.

Communications/Social Media

Lauren DeCastro headshot
Lauren DeCastro Team Leader Vet & Biomedical Sc (BS) lnd5146@psu.edu
Alexander Palmer headshot
Alexander Palmer Team Leader Accounting (MACC) Accounting (BS) German (BS) aep5388@psu.edu
Harrison Brennan headshot
Harrison Brennan Economics (BA) International Poltcs (BA) Philosophy (BA) Asian Studies (BA) hrb28@psu.edu
Mike Chan headshot
Mike Chan Engr Premajor (PMAJ) mkc5372@psu.edu
Dan Cohen headshot
Dan Cohen Info Sciences & Tech (PMAJ) dxc5527@psu.edu
Gabrielle Davidson headshot
Gabrielle Davidson Business Admin (PMAJ) gmd5376@psu.edu
Emily Duddy headshot
Emily Duddy Education (PMAJ) ejd5451@psu.edu
Erik Hall headshot
Erik Hall Health Policy/Admin (BS) euh71@psu.edu
Megan Harris headshot
Megan Harris Communications (PMAJ) mch5576@psu.edu
Joshua Johnson headshot
Joshua Johnson Biobehavioral Health (BS) Nutritional Sciences (BS) jcj5234@psu.edu
Bailey Klein headshot
Bailey Klein Biomedical Engneerng (BS) brk5201@psu.edu
Nicolette Nybro headshot
Nicolette Nybro Actuarial Science (BS) nan5101@psu.edu
Ben Wackerman headshot
Ben Wackerman Business Admin (PMAJ) baw5571@psu.edu
Taylor Yount headshot
Taylor Yount Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) tay5051@psu.edu

Communty Builders/Finale

Meghan McNicholas headshot
Meghan McNicholas Team Leader International Poltcs (BA) Fr & Francophone Std (BA) mpm5775@psu.edu
Zachary Pettoruto headshot
Zachary Pettoruto Team Leader Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) ztp5031@psu.edu
Salvatore Antonucci headshot
Salvatore Antonucci Business Admin (PMAJ) sba5449@psu.edu
Kaitlyn Bridge headshot
Kaitlyn Bridge Info Sciences & Tech (PMAJ) kzb43@psu.edu
Adwait Chafale headshot
Adwait Chafale Psychology (BS) abc5887@psu.edu
Mark Leone headshot
Mark Leone Biology (BS) mal6119@psu.edu
Ninad Mahajan headshot
Ninad Mahajan Biomedical Engneerng (BS) Mechanical Engr (BS) nfm5171@psu.edu
Antoinette McFarland headshot
Antoinette McFarland Business Admin (PMAJ) akm6186@psu.edu
Lauren McNally headshot
Lauren McNally Nursing (BSN) lem5581@psu.edu
Ben Nasal headshot
Ben Nasal Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) bln5145@psu.edu
Stephanie Poly headshot
Stephanie Poly Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) skp5393@psu.edu
Jessica Santucci headshot
Jessica Santucci Science (PMAJ) jzs462@psu.edu
Sarah Vo headshot
Sarah Vo Biology (BS) suv70@psu.edu
Nate Wilson headshot
Nate Wilson Biology (BS) npw9@psu.edu
Billy Young headshot
Billy Young Finance (BS) wjy4@psu.edu


Ashley Morris headshot
Ashley Morris Team Leader Mathematics (BS) alm6239@psu.edu
Andrew Pei headshot
Andrew Pei Team Leader Chemical Engineering (BS) aap5502@psu.edu
Carly Siegle headshot
Carly Siegle Team Leader Secondary Education (BS) Mathematics (BS) cps5503@psu.edu
Shravan Asthana headshot
Shravan Asthana Science (PMAJ) sfa5385@psu.edu
Nicholas Birosik headshot
Nicholas Birosik Social Data Analytics (BS) Political Science (BA) ncb5239@psu.edu
Erin Doolin headshot
Erin Doolin Political Science (BA) Criminology (BA) emd5579@psu.edu
Kate Frankenberg headshot
Kate Frankenberg Info Sciences & Tech (PMAJ) kaf5793@psu.edu
Himavath Jois headshot
Himavath Jois Aerospace Engr (MS) Aerospace Engr (BS) hxj5142@psu.edu
Eliza Mull headshot
Eliza Mull International Poltcs (BA) eam376@psu.edu
Nicolas Myers headshot
Nicolas Myers Finance (BS) Economics (BS) njm5611@psu.edu
LuzKarla Rodriguez headshot
LuzKarla Rodriguez Vet & Biomedical Sc (BS) lbr5160@psu.edu
Johnathan Tielsch headshot
Johnathan Tielsch Engr Premajor (PMAJ) jpt5426@psu.edu
Thomas Torquato headshot
Thomas Torquato Engr Premajor (PMAJ) tmt5501@psu.edu
Peyton Woodward headshot
Peyton Woodward Economics (BS) paw5281@psu.edu
Matthew Wozniak headshot
Matthew Wozniak Engr Premajor (PMAJ) mpw5520@psu.edu
Sophia Yurkovetsky headshot
Sophia Yurkovetsky Engr Premajor (PMAJ) smy19@psu.edu

Move-In & Arrival/Finale

Kyle McKelvey headshot
Kyle McKelvey Team Leader Architectural Engr (BAE) kbm5557@psu.edu
Morgan Philips headshot
Morgan Philips Team Leader Classics/Anc Med Std (BA) Secondary Education (BS) mkp5489@psu.edu
Caroline Anderson headshot
Caroline Anderson Engr Premajor (PMAJ) cga5102@psu.edu
Peggy Burke headshot
Peggy Burke Psychology (BS) mmb6246@psu.edu
Nathan Gardner headshot
Nathan Gardner Engr Premajor (PMAJ) nug158@psu.edu
Blake Greenspan headshot
Blake Greenspan Science (PMAJ) beg5202@psu.edu
Emma Lutz headshot
Emma Lutz Glbl & Intrntl Studs (BA) ewl5256@psu.edu
Jared Martin headshot
Jared Martin Engineering Science (BS) jdm6243@psu.edu
Peri Newman headshot
Peri Newman Agriculture (PMAJ) pen4@psu.edu
Sahil Patel headshot
Sahil Patel Economics (BS) Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) sjp5815@psu.edu
James Qu headshot
James Qu Div of Ug Studies (PMAJ) jqq5059@psu.edu
Casey Sennett headshot
Casey Sennett Anthropology (BA) Jewish Studies (BA) cms7542@psu.edu
Nora Van Horn headshot
Nora Van Horn Philosophy (BA) Chinese (BA) nxv49@psu.edu
Swati Vipperla headshot
Swati Vipperla Finance (BS) sxv78@psu.edu
Schreyer Scholar Andrew Ren

I chose Schreyer because it helped to open doors for me to pursue different opportunities that I was interested in both personally and professionally. Schreyer is unique because it provides a breadth of great experiences, whether that be student groups, research labs, or internships, all while maintaining an intimate relationship with each individual student.

Andrew Ren '18 Electrical Engineering

Welcome First-Year Students Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME)

New Student Orientation (NSO) Arrival Information