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THON 2015: Empower The Dreamers Theme Description
 

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Introducing: THON e-Learning Management System

Fundraising Safety Workshops, previously offered on-campus and facilitated by THON Captains, will now be offered through an e-Course online platform, known as TeLMS: THON e-Learning Management System. The newly created TeLMS site features an e-Course of brief quizzes and videos that aim to accomplish the overall goal of volunteer safety. Rules & Regulations Volunteer Safety Director, Jack Small, expects the new e-course to continue the goals of the on-campus workshops by improving upon the communication and distribution of our volunteer safety protocols.

Committee Updates: Communications

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Committee Updates: Name Change for Morale Committee

In order to more accurately reflect the role of the Morale Committee in the THON community, Morale will be renamed the Dancer Relations Committee. The implementation of this change will begin in the THON 2015 season.

The Dancer Relations Committee will continue to fulfill the duties the Morale Committee previously handled, which include: coordinating logistical components of the dancer experience, planning various pre-THON and THON Weekend Events, and ensuring the physical safety and emotional well-being of the Dancers throughout THON Weekend.

Committee Updates: Event Safety & Volunteer Safety

For THON 2015, Rules & Regulations will be comprised of two separate Committees, Event Safety and Volunteer Safety. Read below to see how these Committees are working to improve the safety and security of THON:

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Committee Updates: Entertainment & Family Relations

The Entertainment and Family Relations Committees have some exciting changes for THON 2015! Read below to find out what they are:

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THON 2015 Calendar Update

Changes have been made to the THON 2015 calendar of events. Originally, the first Canning Weekend coincided with the religious holiday Yom Kippur.

New Spring Captain Positions for THON 2015

There are new Spring Captain positions for THON 2015! Applications can be found on THINK.THON.org and are due online and in 210 HUB by 5pm on Monday, April 21st. You can learn about the new positions below:

Communications: Campus Outreach-Faculty (1) 

Redefining The Possibilities Around The World

In the years since its inception, THON has seen a huge amount of growth in terms of fundraising, involvement, and support. During THON Weekend, a livestream is made available to the public so that any THON supporters, even those outside of State College or the US, can follow along with the weekend's events. Supporters from around the world tuned into the livestream, especially for the final four hours and total reveal one week ago today. Here are a few of your stories.

From Barbara Hannan

THON's Reach Extends Outside Penn State

As everyone in the BJC celebrated the magic that is THON this past weekend, there were countless other supporters watching the livestream from around the world. This note was sent in to the THON blog by a THON supporter named Rosalie Carbone, and serves as an important reminder that you don't have to be in the BJC or even attend Penn State to spread THON's message.

How You Redefined The Possibilities

THON Weekend 2014 has come and gone, but the memories left behind will last forever. Four Diamonds families redefined what it means to be courageous, dancers redefined what it means to be strong, and everyone in the BJC redefined what it means to be a family. Everyone experiences THON differently, but this weekend everyone involved in THON proved that nothing is impossible. Here's how you redefined the possibilities this weekend.

The THON 2014 Total Is...

Thank you to every THON volunteer, donor, family, and supporter who helped make this total possible. $13,343,517.33 for the kids and for the families is an amazing accomplishment.

What was your favorite memory from THON 2014? How did you Redefine the Possibilities? Email your stories to social.media@THON.org!

THON Weekend Survival Guide

THON is TOMORROW! Now that final preparations are being made, it's time to start thinking about THON weekend. We've compiled a list of tips to help you know what to expect so you can make the best of the weekend! For more THON weekend tips, visit the THON Weekend Survival Guide on THON.org.

How To: Pack for THON Weekend

THON Weekend is just around the corner, and whether you're a captain, committee member, organization member, or general supporter, it's time to start packing! If you're wondering what to pack, we're here to help. Here's your THON weekend packing list:

1. THON T-shirts

How To: Prepare for THON Weekend As a Dancer #3

With THON only 3 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have more tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!

How To: Prepare for THON Weekend As a Dancer #2

With THON only 5 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have some tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!

How To: Prepare for THON Weekend As a Dancer

With THON only 8 days away, it's time to start making final preparations. In the days leading up to THON weekend, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. Today, we have some tips from previous dancers on how to prepare for THON Weekend as a dancer!

Family Story: The Ellen Smith Family

The Ellen Smith Family 

THON Weekend Dancers

We dance in just 15 days!

Traditionally, THON has 708 dancers. We recently learned that due to reasons unrelated to THON, an organization allocated dancers for THON 2014 is unable to participate. Given THON’s addition of odd dancer numbers for organizations this year, a portion of their dancers were reallocated to the lottery, resulting in an odd number of dancers for THON 2014.

Commonwealth Campuses Benefitting THON: Penn State Schuylkill

Each year, thousands of Penn State students contribute to THON's cause. Included in that number are students from several commonwealth campuses across the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to recognize the efforts of Penn Staters everywhere and encourage new involvement at every campus, the THON blog gathered information from several commonwealth campuses about their THON efforts. This week we share the efforts of Penn State Schuylkill Benefitting THON!

How To: Write the Best Dancer Mail

With THON less than three weeks away, it's time to start making final preparations. Over the next few weeks, we'll provide the THON community with a series of how to posts in order to help everyone efficiently prepare for THON Weekend. This week, we have some tips and tricks on how to write the best dancer mail!

 

Storify: THON Hoops

My THON Journey: Craig Dewalt

Whether you’re a volunteer, donor, supporter, or Four Diamonds family member, very person who has been involved with THON at any capacity has had their own unique journey with THON. We asked you to send in your stories about your involvement with THON through the years and recieved some awesome submissions. Today, we share the THON journey of Craig Dewalt.

My THON Journey: Craig Dewalt

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Commonwealth Campuses Benefitting THON: Penn College

Each year, thousands of Penn State students contribute to THON's cause. Included in that number are students from several commonwealth campuses across the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to recognize the efforts of Penn Staters everywhere and encourage new involvement at every campus, the THON blog gathered information from several commonwealth campuses about their THON efforts. This week we share the efforts of Penn College Benefitting THON!

Penn College Benefitting THON

Commonwealth Campuses Benefitting THON: Penn State Brandywine

Each year, thousands of Penn State students contribute to THON's cause. Included in that number are students from several commonwealth campuses across the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to recognize the efforts of Penn Staters everywhere and encourage new involvement at every campus, the THON blog gathered information from several commonwealth campuses about their THON efforts. This week we share the efforts of Penn State Brandywine Benefitting THON!

Tell Us About Your THON Journey!

Calling all THON supporters!

We want to hear from YOU! Between volunteers, families, donors, and other supporters, THON has affected everyone differently, and everyone has had a unique THON journey. THON's supporters are so vital to its mission, and we appreciate each and every one. In order to better connect the THON blog with all of THON's supporters, we want to hear your stories. Tell us about your journey with THON and how THON has affected your life. Send your stories to social.media@thon.org and they could be featured on the THON blog! FTK!

Storify: THON Dodgeball

Commonwealth Campuses Benefitting THON: Penn State Harrisburg

Each year, thousands of Penn State students contribute to THON's cause. Included in that number are students from several commonwealth campuses across the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to recognize the efforts of Penn Staters everywhere and encourage new involvement at every campus, the THON blog gathered information from several commonwealth campuses about their THON efforts. This week we share the efforts of Penn State Harrisburg Benefitting THON!

Travel Tuesday: Winter Break Edition

Over winter break, many THON volunteers were able to travel to exotic and exciting places on several different continents. We recieved lots of amazing photos from all over the world! Here are a few of the great photos that were sent in: 

Hailey Kantrow ran into other Penn Staters at the top of Par Guell and threw her diamonds up while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain!

Start of the Semester Motivation

Today marks the first day of classes for spring semester, and THON weekend is just around the corner. For the start of the semester, we bring you the story of David, a young hero who battled Histiocytic Sarcoma. His family shared his motivational story on a Facebook page in support of him, David's Sidekicks

David's Story - Battling Histiocytic Sarcoma

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