Cara Aungst

Cara Aungst

Fun Guide Managing Editor

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Happy Valley Hospitality

Kristina Goldhorn: I’m participating in a beautiful part of State College tradition

Penn State third-year student Kristina Goldhorn has been living the iconic Penn State experience since she transferred from the Brandywine campus to University Park in 2021. While she studies Supply Chain Management, she serves as a tour guide with Lion Ambassadors on campus, and is the director of Brotherhood for the professional development fraternity Omega Chi Sigma, and works at The Corner Room. “The Corner Room is the place where I made my first friends in State College, the place where I immediately felt comfortable, and the place where I can positively affect my customer’s day with just a smile,” she said.

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Happy Valley Hospitality

Brian Adair: I love turning a guest’s bad day into a good day

For Brian Adair, his career in hospitality started two days after graduation. “I started working as a doorman at Zeno’s Pub on the Monday after commencement,” he said. That was five years ago. From that first job, he moved to serving, and then bartending. “Zeno’s Pub has been the place where I have celebrated my undergraduate and graduate graduations, family reunions, and was my usual hangout spot during my college career. I made countless friends and witnessed awesome musical performances. It has a special place in my heart and I am happy to contribute to the sense of community I have found there,” he said.

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What to Expect for Homecoming Week 2022:

It’s Homecoming week, and there are festivities from Monday, October 17 until kickoff on Saturday. From Allen Street Jam to Best of Penn State (BOPS) Homecoming Carnival, you don’t want to miss the fun. Here’s what is in store!

Ellen Braun

Happy Valley Hospitality

Ellen Braun: I love being part of cultivating diversity in Happy Valley

Ellen Braun’s hospitality story started with a detour. “I graduated from Penn State in 1984 with a degree in English and quickly realized that I was so shy and introverted that I wasn’t emotionally prepared for any of the career paths I’d dreamed of,” she said. So, to overcome it, she got what she calls “assertiveness training” — a job at The All American Rathskeller. The job turned out to be a crash course, not only in confidence, but also in her career path.

Lesley Kistner Nittany Mountain Blush Standing

2022 Fall + Winter Guidebook

Mount Nittany Winery Fall 2022 Events

Mount Nittany Winery is a family farm winery nestled in the side of Mount Nittany. The winery produces exceptional, locally-produced wine from their 65-acre mountainside setting that’s just minutes from State College. With breathtaking views across Penns Valley to the Tussey Mountain Range, you’ll find the perfect setting for gatherings with family and friends. This fall, try one of their wine and food pairings to make your visit even more memorable.

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