Rules and Regulations  Event Safety

Natalie Hanson

Event Safety Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Plymouth, MA
Major: Immunology & Infectious Disease
Minor: Molecular Biology

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2016: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2017: Event Safety Security Captain
THON 2018: Event Safety Head of Pass

Why did you want to be a Director?

Throughout my time at Penn State, my involvement in THON has completely changed my life in ways that I could never have imagined. I would not be the person that I am today without the incredible people that I have met during my time in this organization. THON is an organization devoted to helping others, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of something that changes so many lives. The families that I have been able to meet and the passion that the THON community has for our mission motivates me every day to continue to find ways for this organization grow. I wanted to become a Director so that I can instill the same passion for THON that I have in others, and give back to the organization that has given me so much.

What are your main duties as the Event Safety Director for THON 2019?

My duties as the Event Safety Director are to ensure security of THON Weekend and all pre-THON events, as well as the safety of every supporter, volunteer or Four Diamonds Family in attendance. I work with University Police, EMS and emergency management to make sure all THON-sponsored events are protected and prepared for any emergency event that could occur. I work closely with the Bryce Jordan Center to coordinate all of the building security for THON Weekend and to make sure that all building policies are being followed. Along with Event Safety Captains, we facilitate and manage a variety of events that take place THON Weekend, as well as working with all Rules & Regulations Volunteers to ensure a positive environment for THON supporters who attend THON Weekend.

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory comes from a Special Visitors Trip I took to Hershey my sophomore year. While I was there, I met a young girl who asked me if she could practice french braiding on my hair. I sat on the floor of her Hospital room and helped her design her organization's THON Weekend shirt with colored pencils that we turned into watercolors and as she was braiding my hair, she said to me that she wished she had hair as pretty as mine. After this trip, I knew that I wanted to donate my hair at THON so that all little girls battling cancer can always feel beautiful, and this past THON I was able to donate 16 inches on stage.

Favorite Quote

"Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars"