Communications

Conor Barber

Communications Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Enola, PA
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2018: Communications Committee Member
THON 2019: Communications Independent Dancer Couple Liaison
THON 2020: Communications Organizations Coordinator

Why did you want to be a Director?

Being a part of THON is such an indescribable experience. It's an opportunity for the Penn State Community to come together as one in the fight against childhood cancer. Throughout my time at Penn State, I have had the chance to be a THON Committee Member, Organization Member, Captain, and Dancer. Each unique opportunity has meant so much to me and hold memories that I will cherish forever. That being said, I left each feeling as though I needed to continue to do more to play my part in THON's mission. This feeling is what pushed me to the role that I am so fortunate to be in this year. Being a Director gives me the platform necessary to make an even greater impact in lives of children and families.

What responsibilities do you have as the Communications Director for THON 2021?

As the Communications Director, it is my job to ensure that the THON Community is being supported in three different facets: Organization Development, Education, and Outreach. Organization Development provides decision-making support to THON Chairs as they lead their organizations to success throughout the year. Education aims to ensure that THON's volunteers are properly educated about THON and its history to be able to serve as advocates and ambassadors of THON's brand. Outreach focuses on recruitment of the Penn State student body as well as outreach to faculty, staff, and other groups in the University looking to be involved in THON. Essentially, it is my job to always be a resource to all of THON's student volunteers.

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory was from THON Weekend 2020. In my role for THON 2020, I had the privilege to be the Communications Liaison to some of THON's highest fundraising organizations. Throughout the year, I got to help them through the highs and lows that arise and see them persevere in those tough moments. During the organization totals reveal, seeing their totals go up on the screen and knowing that their hard work and dedication to THON's mission had paid off brought me to tears because I knew how much it meant to them. Being able to be a small part of helping them succeed in that moment was such an unforgettable experience.

Favorite Quote

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

What are you involved with outside of THON?

Lion Ambassadors

What are your plans after college graduation?

After graduating, I plan to hopefully go into engineering working on new medical technologies. I have also contemplated staying in school for another year to earn a Master's in Management and Organizational Leadership through Smeal College of Business.