Dancer Relations
Caroline O'Rorke
she/her

Dancer Relations Director

4th Year Student
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Major: Rehabilitation and Human Services
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2019: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2020: Special Events Captain (THON History)
THON 2021: Dancer Relations Captain (THON Weekend Development)

Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?

After three very different, but equally life-changing years of involvement with THON, I have seen the impact that this organization has on our volunteers, alumni, and families. I fell in love with THON and the way that it unifies a community for the purpose of supporting others. THON became my home at Penn State, and I knew that there was so much more that I wanted to give to this organization.

What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?

As the Dancer Relations Director, my main responsibility is to ensure the safety and mental, physical and emotional well-being of all dancers during THON Weekend. I have the honor of working with the 24 Captains on my Committee to coordinate all logistical aspects of the dancer experience, such as Dancer Registration, Dancer Storage, EMS and Athletic Training services, Mail and Package Call, College of Nursing Services, the Line Dance, and more! This Committee also works very closely with Athletic Training, EMS, University Health Services, and the College of Nursing to properly train volunteers in dancer safety practices throughout the year. In short, The Dancer Relations Director is tasked with creating a culture of positivity, transparency, and support for Captains and their Committee Members, as well as creating a safe and memorable experience for all dancers throughout THON Weekend.

What is your favorite THON memory?

This is an answer that constantly changes for me, but I think my favorite THON memory is watching the THON 2021 Total Reveal. Last year was unlike anything we had ever experienced before, and every THON Volunteer really pushed the boundaries of their positions to adjust to a virtual setting. Even though we could not all be together in the Bryce Jordan Center, watching the Executive Committee hold up that total proved that all the hard work was worth it and showed how resilient the THON Community truly is.

What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?

I am most looking forward to working with the rest of Dancer Relations to continue to create new and innovative experiences for all dancers throughout the year!

What is your favorite quote?

"Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine" —Unknown

Are you involved in any organizations that participate in THON? If so, please share a special experience or memory.

As a member of Penn State Dance Alliance, I have had the incredible opportunity to get to know our amazing "THON Sisters", Catey, Cassie and Aly, and fundraise on behalf of our organization. Over the past three years, we have also been able to perform during THON Weekend, which was so fun!

What are you involved in outside of THON?

Penn State Dance Alliance

What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?

After graduation, I hope to work for a non-profit and have the opportunity to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of others.