LHU students return to class as fall semester kicks off

Welcome back to ‘The Haven’

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Lock Haven University students, from left, Sol Asparria, Ivo Klaric and Mikaela Clemson, exit the Science Building on campus following a class on Monday.

LOCK HAVEN — On the first day of classes at Lock Haven University, students hustled from building to building, phones in hand, backpacks loaded down with the essentials.

For Laura McPherson, the first day of class held some extra stress. McPherson, 47, is a returning student. She’s aiming to get her degree in education because she wants to teach in Pennsylvania.

She didn’t have a parking permit, she said, so she found some parking off-campus and began a bit of a trek toward campus.

“I’m excited, but nervous,” McPherson said as she hustled to her first class of the day.

That seemed to be a theme for students on this day. On the first day, it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, freshman or senior — the butterflies come out.

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS The Christian Student Fellowship was present on campus during the first day of classes at LHU. From left, adviser Kate Jackson, students Jared Gettig and Sarah VanKirk.

McPherson knows she is not the normal LHU student, but that didn’t seem to faze her.

“I have to do this,” she said with a smile.

And so it begins. Students who moved into town over the weekend got their first dose of reality when the alarms went off on Monday morning. However, it’s not all work — LHU has a plethora of events scheduled for the first few weeks of classes.

Here are some of the highlights:

Today — Cup of Consent (free coffee), 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Ivy Lane; Lawn Games sponsored by New Life, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., University Commons.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 — Welcome Back Hump Day with food, music, games and the Funky Freezer, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on the lawn at University Commons; pancake dinner sponsored by Sigma Kappa ($4 per person), 6 p.m.-8 p.m., University Commons.

Thursday, Aug. 29 — Color Splash (wear old clothes), 7 p.m., University Commons.

Friday, Aug. 30 — Summer Concert Series featuring LHU president Robert Pignatello, 6 p.m., Triangle Park.

Saturday, Aug. 31 — Lock Haven Jaycee’s Boat Regatta and Festival featuring music, boat racing, food, fun and games, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., along the river near the intersection of Water and Jay streets.

Sunday, Sept. 1 — Taste of the Town presents “Pizza of Lock Haven,” 8:30 p.m., University Commons.

Monday, Sept. 2 — Labor Day (no classes).

Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Welcome Back Event sponsored by Protestant Campus Ministries, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., University Commons.

For more information about events — both on and off campus — visit www.lockhaven.edu.events.