Special Events

Brian Seitz

Special Events Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Major: Rehabilitation and Human Services
Minors: Psychology, Deafness and Hearing Studies

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2018: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2019: Family Relations Captain (Family Events Coordinator)
THON 2020: Dancer Relations Captain (Event Coordinator)

Why did you want to be a Director?

After three years of involvement, I have seen the ever-lasting and immense impact that THON leaves on volunteers and Four Diamonds Families. I wanted to be a Director so I can continue to stand alongside families and this relentlessly hopeful community in our fight to end childhood cancer. After reflecting on these past three life-changing years, I knew that I needed to do more for this community and continue to pour my heart and soul into to our mission. Penn State might be my school, but THON has made it a home for myself and tens of thousands of others.

What are your main duties as the Special Events Director for THON 2020?

As the Special Events Director, I oversee the planning, logistics, and execution of all pre-THON events, such as the THON 5K Presented by PNC, 100 Days 'til THON Celebration, Family Carnival, THON Athletic Events, THON Showcase, and No Hair Don't Care. The Special Events Committee is committed to ensuring that the magic and excitement of THON Weekend is felt throughout all 365 days of the year by creating lifelong memories for volunteers and Four Diamonds families at events.

What is your favorite THON memory?

During THON Weekend 2019, I had the opportunity to plan and execute the Kids Talent Show that Four Diamonds families are able to participate in. As I stood from at back of the stage, I was in complete awe as I watched Four Diamonds children and siblings perform in front of tens of thousands of students. Students that were singing along, cheering, and putting their lighters to the sky as these children poured their hearts out on stage for the whole community to see. It was a powerful moment of pure joy, love, and hope that spoke volumes to me about the sense of belonging and family that THON fosters to students and Four Diamonds families alike.

Favorite Quote

"If you think you have peaked, find a new mountain."

Other involvement outside of THON

Penn State Harmony, Camp Kesem Central PA

Plans for after college graduation

Earn my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and become an occupational therapist.