As one of the top 5 largest student-run music festivals in the country, and a Penn State tradition now in its 42nd year, Movin' On brings a free celebration intended to wish off all graduating students who are "movin' on" in their lives. Movin' On's rich history includes a wide variety of musical acts including Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Run DMC, Jimmy Eat World, Bowling for Soup, Lupe Fiasco, O.A.R., Ludacris, MGMT, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Passion Pit, and more.
Why come to Movin' On?
IT'S A FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Since its inception in 1975, Movin' On has remained true to its roots by providing a fun-filled day of diverse music, exciting events, and community involvement. As a 18+ student only show, Movin’ On has remained a substance-free environment at no charge to Penn State students.
How did Movin' On come about?
COLLABORATION BETWEEN UPUA, GPSA, ARHS, AND SPA.
In the fall of 2010, Movin’ On was born through collaboration with four other other campus organizations. UPUA, GPSA, ARHS, and SPA held their own concerts in the springtime, but the students wanted one big show instead of four small scale events. With the help of UPAC, Movin’ On is funded through the Penn State student activity fee, and has combined forces with these other organizations to create one big festival.
Alisa Vasquez, is a freshman from Washingtonville, New York studying Broadcast/Sports Journalism. A long-time fan of Movin’ On, Vasquez describes the festival as an extraordinary event where “thousands of students unite while jamming out to talented artists and musicians.” She compares the hype of the event crowds to that of the Penn State football student section knowing that the enthusiasm students and festival goers will add to the overall experience. Vasquez cannot wait to step out on stage alongside her co-host Jason Hu and celebrate Movin’ On 2017.
Jason Hu, is a senior from North Wales, Pennsylvania studying Marketing with an International Business minor. Jason describes Movin’ On as “…the last big PSU tradition that caps off the year.” Hu also states “To hold such a successful music event on this scale is an opportunity that I am truly grateful for.” Hu is excited to add to the energy on stage at the festival alongside the artists and musicians of this year’s festival.
Who's really running the show?
The 2017 Exec Board
Director of Production
Director of Administration
Co-Director of Marketing
Co-Director of Marketing
Director of Operations & Logistics
Director of Sponsorship
Movin' On Liasions
KATIE MISCHLER Executive Director
Katie is a junior from Erie, Pennsylvania majoring in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management and minoring in Entrepreneurism & Innovation. Katie is looking forward to seeing all of the team’s hard work come to fruition and see the school she loves and the people she loves having a blast listening to some awesome live music. Her favorite Movin’ On memory was during last year’s festival when she was dancing in the barricades with the rest of the executive board and the lights and sound were blaring. She calls it “a genuinely perfect moment”. In her spare time, you can catch Katie programming SPA’s Noontime Concert Series. A fun fact about Katie is that she is a professional air guitarist.
ERIN CLEARY Director of Production
Erin is a senior from Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania majoring in Theater Design and Technology and minoring in Music Technology. This year Erin hopes to make Movin’ On as amazing for others as it was for her in the past two years. Erin looks forward to being at the front of house during the headliner and watching everyone enjoy the show. Erin’s favorite Movin’ On memory was volunteering at the festival for the first time and working with a professional crew as an equal. In her spare time, Erin enjoys coloring and going on hikes. A fun fact about Erin is that she can eat her weight in pomegranates.
JEREMY BOOK Director of Administration
Jeremy is a senior from Montville, New Jersey majoring in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and minoring in Business. This year, Jeremy is looking forward to all of the new projects that the Executive Board is working on and how it’s going to take the festival to the next level. Jeremy’s favorite Movin’ On memory was standing on stage at Movin’ on 2016 while WALK THE MOON was performing and looking out into the crowd. He says it was the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and it was a surreal feeling. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys hanging out with friends or watching television. A fun fact about Jeremy is his family invented the book.
RYAN HEIDIG Director of Marketing (Creative)
Ryan is a senior from Media, Pennsylvania majoring in Film & Video and minoring in Business. This year, he is excited to continue to build Movin' On and all of its additional assets/events into a cohesive brand. He hopes that the festival becomes a brand that people recognize and one that students want to get involved with when they come to Penn State. Ryan’s favorite Movin’ On memory is taking photos of WALK THE MOON on stage as they performed “Anna Sun”. In his spare time, you can catch Ryan snapping photos and videos, sometimes of his buddy the Nittany Lion. A fun fact about Ryan is he has a twin brother. He also had the opportunity to see his favorite band, the Foo Fighters live at Firefly in the first row.
EMILY FOSTER Director of Marketing (Promotions)
Emily is a senior from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Digital Media Trends and Analytics. This year, Emily is looking forward to releasing Movin’ On’s new merchandise line and all the additional activities the day of the festival. Emily’s favorite Movin’ On memory was looking into the crowd last year and seeing so many students sing along to WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up and Dance”. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hanging out with friends and discovering new music on Spotify. A fun fact about Emily is that she lived in Naples, Italy for three years when she was young.
JACKIE NUNES Director of Operations
Jackie is a senior from Sayreville, New Jersey majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Business. This year, Jackie is looking forwarding to all of the activities, games and other additions that are being included at the festival. Her favorite Movin’ On memory was looking at the crowd during WALK THE MOON and seeing so many Penn Staters come together for one common interest. She says it was incredible to watch so many of her peers singing, dancing, and enjoying themselves during the festival. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing sports and listening to music. A fun fact about Jackie is that she has attended over 100 concerts!
ALEXANDRA FRANKLIN Director of Sponsorship
Alexandra is a senior from Greenlawn, New York majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. She is looking forward to the improvements and additions that his year’s executive board has made for the festival. Because most of the executive board has been involved with festival for two or more years, she says she is excited to experience Movin’ On 2017 as a family. Alexandra’s favorite Movin’ On memory was at Movin’ On 2016, during Sammy Adam’s set. She has been a fan of Sammy Adams for quite a while, and says it was incredible to be able to look out into the crowd and see how many Penn State students were there to enjoy the music that her, along with my fellow Executive Board members, were able to bring to the festival. She says she will never forget how it felt to see thousands of people enjoying life, music, and Penn State. A fun fact about Alexandra is she believes that her and Harry Styles will be in a committed relationship. She also was born with crooked pinkies.
JESS SWEENEY SPA Liasion
Jess is a junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania majoring in Public Relations. She is looking forward to having more activities at the festival. Jess’ favorite Movin’ On memory was seeing X Ambassadors perform at Movin’ On 2016. She thinks that this will make the day even more fun for students and make the festival a well-rounded experience. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums, doing her makeup, watching YouTube videos and collecting vinyl records. A fun fact about Jess is she has worn winged eyeliner almost every day for the past three years.
ANTHONY PINTER GPSA Liasion
Anthony is a second-year master’s student from Dayton, Ohio studying IST. This year, Anthony is looking forward to bringing Penn State a better festival experience with activities and giveaways. His favorite Movin’ On memory was watching Fitz and the Tantrums perform at the festival his junior year. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys traveling, going to concerts, running track and watching food documentaries. A fun fact about Anthony is in 2016 he listened to over 50,000 minutes of music on Spotify.
MITCH ROSEN ARHS Liasion
Mitch is a sophomore from Richboro, Pennsylvania majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Physics. He is looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come together to create an awesome show. Mitch’s favorite Movin’ On memory was watching X Ambassadors perform at Movin’ On 2016. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys snowboarding. A fun fact about Mitch is that the artist Pink! is from his hometown.
GEORGE SAMUEL UPUA Liasion
George is a sophomore from West Chester, Pennsylvania majoring in Nursing and minoring in Business Administration. George is looking forwards to all of the activities that will be at the festival this year. His favorite Movin’ On memory was being a part of the crowd at last year’s festival. In his spare time, you can find George playing guitar. A fun fact about George is that he went to preschool in India.
Photograph and capture Movin’ On’s Promotional Events, Battle of the Bands, and the festival itself. These individuals provide as needed support to the Directors of Marketing and Marketing CORE Committee by taking photos for social media, web, and promotional purposes.
Videotapes all promotional events, Battle of the Bands, the Festival, and additional videos as needed. Has skills in filming, editing and producing video content.
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Requires a large amount of collaboration within Movin’ On, between the Directors of Marketing, the Events Coordinator, the Graphic Designer, Photographers, Videographer, and many more. Runs all Movin’ On social media accounts, while trying to reach and engage more students with each post.
The DJ/Music Coordinator will be bumping tunes at all Movin’ On events (ranging from promotional events around campus, Battle of the Bands, & the festival itself). This individual is always making friend’s new mix tapes, has live DJ experience, and is skilled at audio recording.
Dina Tennekoon Jamila White
Works closely with the Directors of Marketing to organize promotional events around campus including Movin’ On Promotion Days, Merchandise Sales, and other Movin’ On events.
Collaborates with the Directors of Marketing, the Executive Board, and the Graphic Designer to create merchandise for the Movin’ On Executive Board, Movin’ On CORE Committee and for the general public.
PROMO TEAM CAPTAINS
Erica Cruz Justin Gorsuch
The Promo Team Captains are in charge of managing and coordinating the efforts of a team of thirty plus individuals to help assist Movin’ On effectively market, staff and run promotional events, Battle of the Bands, and the festival itself.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR
Executes external communications with the general public up to and including the day of the festival. The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for drafting press releases, as well as coordinating all press contacts the day of the festival.
Makes arrangements to reserve hotel rooms for the bands, their crew members, and the stage, lighting, and sound company employees. Prepares shopping lists for supplies and food requested by the bands. Contacts band tour managers and agents to ensure both parties are up to date with travel plans, arrival times, parking space, and hotel reservations.
Jeremy Fratoni Tim Kunz
In charge of reserving trash receptacles, gloves, and other materials needed for the day of the festival.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT COORDINATORS
The Project Development Coordinator creates and incorporates initiatives throughout the year to bring to life at events leading up to and including the day of festival. This individual is responsible for both brainstorming and executing all activities and games at all Movin' On events and the day of the Movin' On.
In charge of recruiting, organizing, and communicating with volunteers for the day of the festival.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS COORDINATORS
Breanna Fair Kim Beck
Create a thorough Battle of the Bands rulebook. Creates and collects student band applications. Setup and execute Battle of the Bands. Act as a liaison to the Battle of the Bands winners. Once Battle of the Bands is over, this chair will serve as an additional Hospitality chair.
Alex Freeman Katie Formichella Lyric Hamilton Tyler Horn
Makes arrangements with production companies. Serves as a liaisons between bands and the professional production staff. Ensures technical riders are satisfied.
LOCAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATORS
Anna Lewis Hannah Galpin Patrick Droder
The Local Sponsorship Coordinators work to connect locally in State College with potential sponsors (marketing managers and local business owners) to Movin' On's immense student audience.
NATIONAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR
The National Sponsorship Coordinator works to bring in national sponsors in both monetary and in-kind donations. This individual reaches out to larger corporations and meets with local representatives of these corporations to form partnerships to connect these corporations with Penn State students.
A 32 person committee responsible for promoting the festival & working other special events throughout the year
Erica Cruz Justin Gorsuch
Volunteering the day of festival is a great opportunity to learn about how a concert is put together, logistically. Sign up here to get information about volunteering, what it consists of, and how you can be apart of one of the biggest student-run music festivals in the country!