An Update on Coronavirus

Written by on March 24, 2020

This page will be updated as information develops.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In addition to the livestream at, Penn State’s virtual Town Hall events on Tuesday, March 24, will also be available at and broadcast locally on WKPS 90.7 FM in the State College area.


University leaders are convening two separate hour-and-a-half events to provide updates and answer questions to the Penn State community as the University takes measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of faculty, staff, students and communities.


Both events will be recorded and archived for later viewing.


The first event, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. on March 24, will be devoted to answering questions from faculty and staff. Joining Penn State President Eric Barron for the panel discussion will be:

  • Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost;
  • David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer;
  • Lorraine Goffe, vice president for human resources; and
  • Matthew Ferrari, associate professor of biology and researcher in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.


The second event, set for 3 to 4:30 p.m., will focus on questions from students and parents. Joining Barron will be:

  • Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost;
  • Damon Sims, vice president for student affairs;
  • Renata Engel, vice provost for online education;
  • Yvonne Gaudelius, associate vice president and senior associate dean for undergraduate education; and
  • Matthew Ferrari, associate professor of biology and researcher in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.


SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW: Faculty, staff, students and parents from all Penn State locations are invited to submit questions in advance and during the event using an anonymous form, or by email their queries to (to those who submit by email., your identity will not be shared).


For the latest information about Penn State’s response to the coronavirus, go to

March 18, 2020

Penn State University announced today that the suspension of in-person classroom learning is extended through the end of Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, all on-campus student-sponsored events and activities are also suspended through this date.

Because of this, The Lion 90.7fm will extend the suspension of regularly-scheduled programming through at least May 11, 2020 (pending guidance stating otherwise).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced new guidance recommending social distancing from groups of 10 people or more. To help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the CDC recommends following these guidelines:

  • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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March 11, 2020

Like many organizations across the country, The Lion 90.7fm is grappling with the effects of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our goal is to take the necessary, active steps to confront this public health threat and manage our risks.

Penn State University has announced, effective immediately, and until Monday, April 6th, 2020, all in-person classroom learning is suspended. Additionally, all on-campus student-sponsored events and activities will be postponed/cancelled until April 6th, 2020.

As a registered student organization headquartered on-campus at Penn State University, we are required to follow official university guidance. Therefore, effective immediately and until April 6th, 2020 (pending guidance stating otherwise), all regularly-scheduled programming is suspended. Listeners can expect to hear a variety of music choices throughout the day, but live/scheduled programming with DJs or hosts will not occur.

We are working in concert with Penn State University officials to address this unprecedented health crisis while continuing to provide quality entertainment to our listeners. While there are no known cases of coronavirus at University Park or Penn State’s campuses at this time, there are currently more than 1,000 cases throughout the United States, including in Pennsylvania, and we anticipate this figure will grow. The best mechanism for prevention based on advice from experts is social distancing, and unfortunately that is very difficult in a university setting. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work with our partners at the local, state, and federal government to return to normal operations as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions, please email


Alex Mellott

President/General Manager

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