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The 2007-2008 academic year marked the campus’ 40th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the campus hosted a year-long series of special events and initiatives to bring back alumni, reminisce on how it all began, and connect with the Delaware County community. Each month was filled with a number of anniversary-themed activities.

  • The 40th Anniversary Kickoff, September 25, 2007, launched the year-long celebration on the first day of classes. Students, staff, faculty, Advisory Board members, our campus founder, and members of the first three graduating classes were invited to an outdoor barbecue with food, live music, free T-shirts and – best of all – 40 cakes baked by 40 of our best campus chefs. All the bakers wore special 40th aprons and toque hats, and our 40th cookbook – The Lion Cooks Tonight – made its debut.

  • Faculty Forum, 40th Anniversary Edition. This lecture series is offered on campus yearly, but this year the 40th theme was woven into the presentations. Six faculty members spoke on topics related to their area of expertise.

  • The Lion Painting Project.  We invited our campus community and the broader community — seasoned artists and occasional dabblers alike — to participate in this project by painting or sponsoring a lion. Our initial goal was to find 40 willing participants. However, the project took the community by storm, and we soon had 100 lions spoken for. The best 40 of these were auctioned at the Anniversary Gala and the remaining 60 are available online.

  • Lion Lectures.  Faculty members were asked to designate one lecture each semester as open to the public. We promoted this as a way for community members to experience life as a Penn State student for a day.

  • Forty Acts of Kindness and Civic Engagement. Service learning is a strong and cherished tradition at Penn State Brandywine, so it was a given that this would be an important element of the 40th celebration. The 40 Acts included hands-on projects on campus and throughout the community.  Examples of our 40 acts are:
    • ConKerr Cancer Center Pillowcase Project.  ConKerr Cancer provides “a case for smiles” by giving a bright and colorful pillowcase to children with cancer or life threatening illnesses at pediatric hospitals. On Friday, September 14, thanks to the efforts of many in our Penn State family, we successfully sewed 50 pillowcases in four hours!
    • National Make a Blanket Day. In celebration of Project Linus' National Make a Blanket Day, the campus made more than 70 blankets in four hours!  All blankets will be used by the Chester/Delaware County chapter of Project Linus for children in area hospitals.
    • Huggy Pillows. Faculty, staff, students, and a few family members accepted the challenge to sew 40 heart-shaped huggy pillows in four hours for the cardiac recovery unit at Chester County Hospital. We exceeded our goal by creating 94 pillows in four hours!
  • Penn State Day, October 20 2007, expanded the traditional annual event held primarily for prospective students and their families. The day began with a morning program, followed by a festival, which included games, rides, food, painted lions, and live entertainment.

  • 40th Anniversary Athletics Banquet, April 13, 2008. Former and current athletes were recognized and autographed sports memorabilia, such a John Cappelletti football, was available for auction. Our keynote speaker was football legend Vince Papale of the Philadelphia Eagles, who spoke about his motivation and following a dream.

  • 40th Anniversary Gala, May 10, 2008. At this formal dinner dance the campus honored its campus founder, John Vairo, and saluted six outstanding alumni who have made notable contributions in their fields. The auction of the 40 painted Nittany Lions raised more than $40,000 for student scholarships.