Ivy Leaf - Fall 2007
Forecast Sunny for Penn State Altoona Alumni
The water wasn't the only thing blue this July in St. Croix, as one hundred-sixty blue and white Penn State alums descended upon the island's Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino as part of the Alumni Association's Family Escape. Held during the week of July 21, the trip was part of the Association's Travel and Education Program.
Chancellor Lori J. Bechtel welcomed Penn Staters who attended Altoona during their college careers to St. Croix during a special sunset reception. More than thirty alumni visited with the Chancellor to catch up on developments at the college and view photos of familiar sights from their Ivyside Park days.
The week-long escape featured day camps for young travelers and a variety of activities to engage parents and grandparents in all the island's attractions. Children and teen camps were organized by Penn State Altoona students majoring in elementary and kindergarten education. The youths learned moku jumbie dancing (traditional island stilt dancing), made an assortment of island crafts, and explored the sea while learning to snorkel.
For the more mature travelers, the Divi offered "How to Play" sessions in the resort's casino throughout the week, capping it off with a Penn State Casino Night. Adults also had the opportunity to learn moku jumbie dancing and explore the island on various tours.
A trip highlight was the Wednesday night crab race, during which visitors chose and named hermit crabs and then cheered them to a hopeful victory as they scurried toward the outer edge of a circular "racetrack." The race's excitement was followed by professional moku jumbie and firewalking performances.
To view the Penn State Alumni Association's 2007-2008 travel schedule, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/travel. Watch for details on Family Escape 2008 in your winter edition of the Ivy Leaf.