History & Milestones

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in American higher education. DUS traces its origins to the 1930s when Penn State faculty began conducting pioneering research on student development. The earliest predecessor of DUS, the Division of Intermediate Registration (DIR), was created in 1948 to help meet the academic needs of returning World War II veterans. In 1956, DIR was replaced by the Division of Counseling (DOC). As part of its work, the DOC helped students better understand their personal characteristics and how these characteristics related to the new educational environment they were entering.

In 1973, after a three-year study, the University Faculty Senate recommended the creation of DUS to improve enrollment and advising programs for students as they developed their academic plans and to create a University-wide academic information and advising system. On October 1, 1973, Penn State's Board of Trustees established the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

When founded, DUS enrolled approximately 400 students. Now, with over 7,000 students at twenty campuses, DUS is Penn State's largest unit of enrollment for entering baccalaureate students.

Timeline

1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 19901991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

1973

  • DUS is established, approved by the University Faculty Senate on February 6, 1973, effective October 1, 1973
  • First DUS consultants are appointed. They are the precursors to DUS programs coordinators

1974

  • Harvey Wall is named first director of DUS on March 21, 1974
  • Academic Information Centers are established
  • Beaver Campus Advising Center is the first Penn State advising center established outside of University Park
  • First Courselector is published (contained descriptions of Penn State courses written by faculty members)
  • DUS staff throughout the Commonwealth meet for the first time at the Picasso, a resort in the Pocono Mountain region

1975

  • Fred Ball, DUS adviser, retires

1976

  • First DUS University Undergraduate Advising Handbook is published
  • DUS Student Council is formed

1981

  • Educational Planning Survey (EPS) is initiated

1982

  • DUS conducts comprehensive analysis of advising at Penn State

1983

  • DUS celebrates its tenth anniversary with a reception in Grange Building
  • Office of Undergraduate Programs is created
  • DUS is placed in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Programs
  • Planning retreat on future of DUS is held

1984

  • Carol A. Cartwright is named dean of undergraduate programs and associate provost
  • James Levin, DUS adviser; Eric White, assistant director of DUS; and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from District VI Phi Delta Kappa for "Identification of Predictors of Persistence and Success in Engineering Study: Implications for Counseling and Advising."
  • James Levin, Eric White, and Jack Wyckoff receive funding from Penn State's Educational Opportunity Program Council for "Development of a Pilot Academic Advising Program Designed to Maximize the Retention of Advanced Standing Minority Students from a Pennsylvania Community College."
  • Penn State York hosts the first Transfer College Meetings for students moving from York to University Park. The meetings continue to be held annually
  • A network of DUS programs coordinators at University Park colleges and at campuses throughout the Commonwealth is established

1985

  • DUS spring conference is held at Penn State Behrend
  • DUS is recognized by Developmental Academic Advising as one of four noteworthy advising programs in the United States
  • PATHS, written by Michael Leonard, supervisor of DUS operations, is published. It is the precursor to Major Decisions
  • Transfer program is formed between Penn State and the Community College of Philadelphia, designed to help students prepare to study at Penn State
  • DUS hosts conference: "Academic Advising: Perfecting the Practice."
  • Ed Danis, DUS adviser, becomes editor of the NACADA Journal
  • DUS holds its first fall conference, "The Advising Context: DUS Perspectives."
  • Ernest Fryer, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Behrend, retires
  • James Levin, DUS adviser; Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS; and Eric White, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from Penn State's Office of the President and the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Programs for "Development of a Community College of Philadelphia/Pennsylvania State University Transfer Program through the Development of a Formalized Articulation Guide."

1986

  • Harvey Wall, director of DUS, retires
  • Eric White is appointed director of DUS
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from Penn State's Educational Opportunity Program Council and the Office of the President for "Development of Procedures to Enhance Transfer and Retention of Minority Students from Three Pennsylvania Urban Community Colleges."

1987

  • Northeast Regional Advising Symposium is held at Wilkes-Barre campus
  • First DUS programs coordinators are appointed
  • Jerry Covert is named acting dean for undergraduate programs
  • DUS holds advising forum, "Academic Advising and Diversity."
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Toward a Definition of Advising."
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for "Identification of Predictors of Persistence and Success in Baccalaureate Engineering–The Sophomore Year: Implications for Academic Advising."

1988

  • C. Gregory Knight is appointed vice provost and dean for undergraduate education
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Perspectives on Advising."
  • Wilbur K. Kraybill, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Altoona, retires
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from the District VI Phi Delta Kappa for "Identification of Predictors of Persistence and Success in Baccalaureate Engineering–The Sophomore Year: Implications for Academic Advising."
  • Judith Goetz, assistant director of DUS, contributes a chapter called "Academic Advising" to Student Affairs Functions in Higher Education, a book edited by Audrey Rentz and Gerald Saddlemire

1989

  • Northeast Regional Advising Symposium is held at Hazleton campus
  • DUS participates in University Park Housing Fair for the first time
  • Altoona campus holds first "Major Event of the Year."
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, co-authors On Line With Accu-Weather: Instructional Modules in Meteorology, with Eliot Abrams, Barry Myers, A. Palmer, and F. Withum
  • DUS Student Advisory Board is established
  • DUS holds Advising Forum 4: "Academic Advising and Diversity."
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Perspectives on the Adviser."
  • James Levin and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive funding from the District VI Phi Delta Kappa for "Attitudes towards Mathematics and Their Relationship to Persistence and Success in College."

1990

  • James Levin, DUS adviser, and Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, receive research grant from National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to study "Attitudes Towards Mathematics and Their Relationship to Persistence and Success in College."
  • James Levin and Jack Wyckoff receive grant from Penn State's Equal Opportunity Program Council to develop an "Advising Model to Enhance Informed Decision Making: Key to Successful Retention for Minority Freshmen with Science/Engineering Interests."
  • DuBois campus holds transfer day
  • Ogontz campus holds transfer day
  • A Review of Educational Plans (REP) is given to students at University Park for the first time
  • DUS holds spring conference, "The Departments of Nutrition and Health and Human Development and Family Studies: Centers of Excellence."
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Advising in Context."
  • The first Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship is awarded. Recipients are Stacey Bronstein, Susan Kapalko, David Knighton, and Christopher Mahdik

1991

  • University Student Government votes to include a representative from DUS: "There are too many students in DUS for them not to have a voice" (Daily Collegian, 4/2/91)
  • DUS holds first "Major Event" at University Park
  • "Legal Issues in Advising" workshop is held at Berks campus
  • US, A DUS Newsletter, is published for the first time, edited by Diane Greenfield, DUS writer/adviser
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, co-authors Principles of Classroom Management: A Hierarchical Approach, with James Nolan
  • DUS holds spring conference at Altoona campus, "Diversity: Meeting the Challenge through Education."
  • "Ethics in the Context of Advising" is the theme of the DUS fall conference
  • Denise Chludzinski and David Hall receive the 1991-1992 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • James Levin co-authors second edition of On Line With Accu-Weather: Instructional Modules in Meteorology with Eliot Abrams, Barry Myers, A. Palmer, and F. Withum
  • University Park Ensemble is created, sponsored by DUS, Residence Life, and Office of Health Promotion and Education

1992

  • Name of DUS Student Advisory Board is changed to DUS Student Council
  • DUS alumna Suzie McConnell competes in 1992 Olympics on women's basketball team
  • DUS Writing Internship is established
  • DUS advising is praised in survey conducted by University Undergraduate Student Government Academic Assembly and the Council of Commonwealth Campus Student Governments
  • Jack Wyckoff, assistant director of DUS, retires
  • DUS holds fall conference, "The Art of Advising."
  • Audrey McDaid and Jennifer Watkins receive the 1992-1993 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, receives grant from Penn State's Equal Opportunity Program Council for "Developing Advising Instruments and Adviser Training Protocols for the Advising Model for First-Year Minority Students with Science Interests."

1993

  • DUS celebrates its 20th anniversary with receptions at the Nittany Lion Inn and Grange Building and a fall conference, "Advising for Environmental Studies."
  • C. Gregory Knight steps down as vice provost and dean for undergraduate education
  • John Cahir is appointed vice provost and dean for undergraduate education
  • DUS holds spring conference, "DUS-2000: Our Future Agenda."
  • Linda Campitelli, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Delaware County, chairs the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Diane Greenfield, DUS writer/adviser, and Terry Musser, DUS adviser, receive grant from Penn State's Equal Opportunity Program Council to develop videotape, "Cultural Diversity in the Curriculum: Choices and Opportunities," for Freshman Testing, Counseling and Advising Program
  • Susan Lynn Ritz and Wei Leng Amy Tan receive the 1993-1994 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • James Levin, DUS adviser, receives grant from NACADA for research on "The Relationships of Mathematics Attitude to Persistence and Success in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Program."

1994

  • CAAIS (Comprehensive Academic Advising and Information System) Collaborative Design Team is formed. It includes Jim Kelly, associate director of DUS; Mike Leonard, DUS coordinator of operations/adviser; and James Levin, DUS adviser
  • DUS Alumni Resource Directory is compiled by the DUS Student Council
  • DUS students are given representation on University Faculty Senate
  • Brown-Bag Lunches on Advising are initiated
  • Edward Danis, associate director of DUS, publishes The Professorenroman in America: A Study in Cultural Cross Currents, Popular Acclaim, and Literary Survival
  • Linda Higginson, DUS programs coordinator in the College of Health and Human Development, is named a Penn State Administrative Fellow
  • Robert Sabatino, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Hazleton, retires
  • Timothy R. McWilliams and James Scott Pflumm receive the 1994-1995 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship

1995

  • Ed Danis, associate director of DUS, receives Fulbright Grant
  • Huey Jones, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives award from Multicultural Resource Center
  • Ellen Laun, DUS programs coordinator at Fayette campus, receives Administrative Excellence Award at Fayette campus
  • Eric White, director of DUS, co-edits Teaching Through Academic Advising: A Faculty Perspective with Alice Reinarz. Jim Kelly, senior associate director of DUS, and Barbara Wade, senior DUS programs coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences, contribute chapters
  • DUS holds spring conference, "Environmental Studies at Penn State."
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Responding to Our Adult Learners."
  • Major Decisions, by Michael Leonard, DUS coordinator of operations/adviser, is published
  • Gina Desko and Jennifer Petullo receive the 1995-1996 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • The National Academic Advising Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, held in Lancaster, is sponsored by Penn State York and chaired by Robert Campbell, senior DUS programs coordinator
  • DUS hosts the second annual CIC Academic Advising Administrators meeting

1996

  • The Penn State Adviser is published, written by Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture; Peter Hagen, senior undergraduate studies adviser; and Stan Supon, DUS programs coordinator, Smeal College of Business Administration
  • The DUS Navigator is piloted, developed by Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Michael Leonard, DUS coordinator of operations/adviser; and Weldon Sams, senior undergraduate studies coordinator
  • Web version of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook goes on-line
  • Major Decisions goes on the Web
  • A Commonplace Book for Advisors, by Michael Leonard, is published on the Web
  • Sarah Haddad, DUS programs coordinator at McKeesport campus, retires
  • James Levin, senior DUS programs coordinator, Eberly College of Science, co-authors The Self-Control Classroom: Understanding and Managing the Disruptive Behavior of all Students, Including Students with ADHD, with John Shanken-Kaye
  • Brad Piergrossi and Kathleen Reilly receive the 1996-1997 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • DUS and University Testing Services initiate a pilot of computer-based placement testing with testing sites at University Park and York

1997

  • CAAIS is released to the University community
  • Listserv for DUS students at University Park is established
  • Ed Danis, associate director of DUS, gives the opening address at a conference of the German Society of Academic Advisers: "Academic Advising in the United States: What Can We Learn From Each Other."
  • DUS holds spring conference, "Advising Continuity within a Dynamic Academic Environment."
  • DUS holds fall conference, "The Marriage of Advising and Technology."
  • Leonard Szpara, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Worthington Scranton, retires
  • Jack Barton, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Schuylkill, retires
  • Brian Foley and Michaela Hackner receive the 1997-1998 Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • The University Faculty Senate passes a revised University Advising Policy (32-00), effective fall 1997, mandating the first University Advising Council, which met for the first time on December 3, 1997. Members included Robert Campbell, senior DUS programs coordinator at Penn State York, and Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture. The meeting was facilitated by Eric White, director of DUS, and convened by Marilyn Keat, DUS associate director for special projects

1998

  • DUS begins the celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary year with a reception and a fall conference, "DUS: An Advising Tradition for the Next Century." Anniversary remarks presented by President Graham Spanier.
  • The DUS Navigator receives a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Institutional Program Award
  • The DUS website goes on-line
  • CAAIS receives a NACADA electronic publication award
  • "Ask the Adviser" column is published in the Daily Collegian
  • DUS Impact Statement is added to the DUS website
  • Rob Campbell, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State York, wins a NACADA Outstanding Adviser Award and a Penn State Excellence in Advising Award
  • Center for Excellence in Academic Advising is established
  • Jim Kelly, senior associate director of DUS, retires
  • James Levin, senior undergraduate programs coordinator, Eberly College of Science, co-authors the textbook Meteorology, with Eric Danielson and Elliot Abrams
  • Linda Enseki, DUS programs coordinator at DuBois campus, is named a "Penn Stater of the Quarter."
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected NACADA Mid-Atlantic Region Representative
  • Eric White, director of DUS, is appointed treasurer of NACADA
  • Endowment is created for the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students, formerly the Division of Undergraduate Studies Scholarship
  • Krystal Houghton and Michael Killoren receive the 1998-1999 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students

1999

  • The Mentor, an Academic Advising Journal debuts on January 1
  • A DUS twenty-fifth anniversary celebration and spring conference are held at Gettysburg/Mont Alto
  • Ed Danis, associate director of DUS, gives invited workshop, "Academic AdvisingAmerican Style: Is Anything Adaptable?" at the National Conference of German Academic Advisers and Counselors
  • DUS holds fall conference, "Assessment in Academic Advising."
  • Edward Linder, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Lehigh Valley, retires
  • "Websites: Why Are We Doing This?," a program presented at the National Academic Advising Association National Conference by Linda Campitelli, DUS programs coordinator at Penn State Delaware County, is sponsored by the NACADA Technology in Advising Commission
  • "The Mentor, an Electronic Journal for Advisers," a program presented by Ed Danis, associate director of DUS, and Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, at the NACADA National Conference, is sponsored by the two NACADA commissions: Technology in Advising and Adviser Development
  • DUS Alumni Resource Directory goes on the Web
  • Marilyn Keat, senior associate director of DUS, and Eric White, director of DUS, are two of the authors of University Colleges and the Student-Centered University, published by the Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies
  • Janelle Hake and Lisa Kienzle receive the 1999-2000 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students

2000

  • Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives Penn State's Excellence in Advising Award and is selected as a 2000 National Academic Advising Association/ACT Outstanding Adviser
  • Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture, is elected vice president for commissions on the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Board of Directors
  • Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected chair of NACADA Commission for Undecided and Exploratory Students
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, is elected chair of NACADA Commission on Technology
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected NACADA Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative
  • Huey P. Jones, senior undergraduate studies adviser, retires
  • CAAIS is selected as a finalist in the American Council on Education Academic Excellence and Cost Management National Awards Program
  • DUS receives a $150,000 two-year grant from the Hewlett Foundation for the Discover House General Education Project. The grant supports the publication of a monograph, Students in the Balance: General Education in the Research University.
  • The Mentor, an Academic Advising Journal, receives the 2000 NACADA Outstanding Advising Publication AwardElectronic Category
  • DUS fall conference is held in the Northeast Region, hosted by DUS programs coordinators Judy O'Donnell, Penn State Hazleton; Marissa Yarnes, Worthington Scranton; and Kathy Flanagan-Herstek, Wilkes-Barre
  • James Levin, senior undergraduate studies coordinator, Eberly College of Science, co-authors the third edition of Principles of Classroom Management: A Professional Decision Making Model with James Nolan
  • Emily Allen and Amber Folmar receive the 2000-2001 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, receives the Making Life Better Award from the Office of Undergraduate Education, in recognition of having gone beyond expectations to make life better for the Penn State community

2001

  • The second edition of The Penn State Adviser is published, written by Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture; John W. Moore; associate professor of English and comparative literature; Marion Schwartz, DUS programs coordinator for the Colleges of Communications and Education; and Stan Supon, senior DUS programs coordinator and administrative director, undergraduate programs, School of Information Sciences and Technology
  • The Penn State Adviser receives the 2001 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Publication Award
  • Tammy Russell, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected chair of the First-Generation College Student Advising interest group for NACADA
  • DUS receives funds for the development of an eLion application: "Successful Academic Adjustment to College" from Penn State's Educational Opportunity Program Committee. Team members are Diane Greenfield, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Gail Kamon, DUS programs coordinator, College of Engineering; James Levin, senior DUS programs coordinator, Eberly College of Science; Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Tammy Russell, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Marion Schwartz, DUS programs coordinator, Colleges of Communications and Education; Margaret Sebastianelli, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Health and Human Development; Stan Supon, senior DUS programs coordinator, School of Information Sciences and Technology; and Barbara Wade, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Diane Greenfield, coordinator of DUS communications/senior undergraduate studies adviser, retires
  • Marilyn Keat, DUS associate director for special projects, retires
  • DUS hosts General Education Symposium at University Park, funded by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation. Attendees are representatives from the following institutions: the University of California at Los Angeles, The University of Chicago, The University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin. Penn State moderators are Jeremy Cohen, associate vice provost; Marilyn Keat, associate director of DUS; and Eric White, executive director of DUS
  • DUS hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Region NACADA conference, "2001: An Advising Odyssey," chaired by Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser. President Graham Spanier presents "Creating a Student-Centered Learning Community."
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, co-edits Beyond Teaching to Mentoring with Alice Reinarz
  • Advising @ PSU debuts
  • Jane Emery, undergraduate studies adviser at Penn State York, is named a "Penn Stater of the Quarter."
  • Eric White, executive director, is appointed to a three-year term as the Pennsylvania representative to the ACT Corporation
  • DUS fall conference is held in the Southeast Region, hosted by DUS programs coordinators Barbara Brugel, Penn State Abington, and Linda Campitelli, Penn State Delaware County
  • Nikole Brake and Katherine Doyle receive the 2001-2002 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • James Levin, DUS programs coordinator, is appointed head of the DUS programs coordinators for a three-year term

2002

  • Barbara Brugel, senior DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Abington, retires
  • Alfred Boardley, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Shenango, retires
  • Barbara Wade, senior DUS programs coordinator, co-authors Navigating Your Future: The Principles of Student Success with James Beierlein
  • James Levin, senior DUS programs coordinator, co-authors the second edition of Meteorology
  • Stanley Supon, senior DUS programs coordinator and administrative director of undergraduate programs, School of Information Sciences and Technology, receives a 2002 Excellence in Advising Award from the Undergraduate Student Government's Academic Assembly
  • eLion becomes part of the Computerworld Honors Archive
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, receives the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising, presented by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • Edward Danis, associate director of DUS, retires
  • Rocco DeMaiolo, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Beaver, retires
  • William Hughes, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Mont Alto, retires
  • Marie Lindhorst, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Harrisburg and Schuylkill, is appointed associate director of DUS
  • The DUS fall conference, "Academic Advising at the Speed of Light," is held at University Park
  • Janis Jacobs is appointed vice provost for Undergraduate Education and International Programs
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, is appointed to the NACADA National Board of Directors for a term of October 2002 to September 2005
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected to the NACADA National Council as a regional division representative for a term of October 2002 to September 2004
  • Rob Campbell, DUS programs coordinator and director of the Advising and Career Center at Penn State York, is recognized for twenty-five years of service at the University
  • Robert Purdy, undergraduate studies adviser at Penn State Delaware County, is named a "Penn Stater of the Quarter."
  • Jay Schrader, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State New Kensington, is named a "Penn Stater of the Quarter."
  • Penn State Behrend's Advising Handbook receives a NACADA Certificate of Merit
  • Abigail Pierotti and Meghan Snell receive the 2002-2003 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • James Levin, DUS programs coordinator, receives the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award for exceptional leadership and service contributions to the college
  • James Levin, DUS programs coordinator, co-authors From Disrupter to Achiever: Creating Successful Learning Environments for the Self-Control Classroom

2003

  • All incoming first-year students participate in Web-based placement testing during FTCAP
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives a 2003 Excellence in Advising Award from the Undergraduate Student Government's Academic Assembly
  • The Mentor Academic Advising Conference, sponsored by The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal, is held at University Park
  • Ruth Hussey is selected as a 2003 National Academic Advising Association/ACT Outstanding Adviser
  • Linda Campitelli, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State Delaware County, retires
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is awarded a NACADA Research Grant for her project "A Case Study Examining an Academic Advising System at a Large Institution Using Systems Theory Constructs."
  • Jane Witt, DUS programs coordinator, is awarded the 2003 Administrative Excellence Award from the Fayette Campus
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, and Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, co-author "Faculty Advising and Technology," a chapter in Faculty Advising Examined: Enhancing the Potential of College Faculty Advisers, a book edited by Gary Kramer
  • George Rimbach, DUS academic consultant for the College of Arts and Architecture until 1986, dies at the age of 77
  • A DUS conference, "Student Characteristics Matter: Implications for Academic Advising," is held at University Park
  • The DUS fall conference is held in the Southwest Region, hosted by DUS programs coordinators Elsie Boucek, Penn State McKeesport; Jay Schrader, Penn State New Kensington; and Jane Witt, Penn State Fayette
  • Judith Goetz, senior associate director of DUS, contributes a chapter called "Learning as a Journey: Making Explicit Faculty Perspectives on Academic Disciplines" to Advising and Learning: Academic Advising from the Perspectives of Small Colleges and Universities, Monograph Series #8, published by NACADA
  • Weldon Sams, senior undergraduate studies coordinator; Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser; Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser; and Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, contribute an article called "The Development, Implementation, and Assessment of a Systematic Academic Advising Program for Exploratory First-Year Students" to the NACADA Journal
  • Responsibility for pre-law advising at University Park is transferred to DUS. Barbara Rayman joins DUS as a senior undergraduate studies adviser (pre-law)
  • The Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award is established to recognize outstanding achievement by a DUS student
  • Donald Leslie is appointed associate vice provost of undergraduate education
  • James Levin, DUS programs coordinator, co-authors What Every Teacher Should Know about Classroom Management
  • Patricia Mutzeck is appointed the DUS programs coordinator for the School of Information Sciences and Technology

2004

  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, is elected president of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator for the College of Arts and Architecture, is elected chair of the Research Committee for NACADA
  • The Division of Undergraduate Studies staff at University Park receives the Contributions to Students Award, presented by Janis Jacobs, vice provost for Undergraduate Education and International Programs, at a UEIP staff appreciation event
  • Elsie Boucek, DUS programs coordinator at Penn State McKeesport, retires
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, receives the NACADA Service to Commission Award from the Technology in Advising Commission
  • The Academic Review is selected as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program by NACADA, which annually recognizes programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices in academic advising
  • Judith Cary, undergraduate studies adviser at Penn State Lehigh Valley, retires
  • Jeffrey Markowitz and David Osolnick receive the 2003-2004 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Amy Haver receives the first Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • Robert Purdy, undergraduate studies adviser at Penn State Delaware County, retires
  • James Levin, DUS programs coordinator, co-authors the fourth edition of Principles of Classroom Management: A Professional Decision-Making Model
  • Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, is appointed head of the DUS programs coordinators for a three-year term
  • A DUS conference, "What Generation Are We Advising?: Facilitating a Successful Transition to College," is held at University Park. Guest speaker President Graham Spanier presents "Emerging and Persistent Issues for First-Year Students: A Conversation with the President."
  • A conference monograph, Student Characteristics Matter, edited by Joyce Buck, with chapters written by presenters from the fall 2003 DUS conference, is published
  • Margaret Sebastianelli, director and senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Health and Human Development, and Barbara K. Wade, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences, publish Assessment of the Division of Undergraduate Studies Programs Coordinators Network: On the Wings of Change
  • Judith Goetz, senior associate director, contributes the chapter, "Academic Advising," in F. J. D. MacKinnon's book, Rentz's Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is appointed to the NACADA Diversity Committee
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, contributes an article called "Results of a National Survey on Technology in Academic Advising" to the NACADA Journal
  • Tammy Russell, senior undergraduate studies adviser, co-authors the chapter "High School to College Transition" in Advising Transfer Students: Issues and Strategies, Monograph Series #12, published by the National Academic Advising Association

2005

  • Bryan King and Lisa Marvin receive the 2004-2005 Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Olga Gutenko receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • A DUS conference, "The Arts and Sciences of Academic Advising," is held at University Park
  • Advising for General Education, a minigraph written by Marion Schwartz, DUS programs coordinator, and edited by Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator, is published
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives the NACADA Region 2 Service to Region Award and the NACADA Outstanding Advisor Award
  • Joyce Buck, DUS programs coordinator for the College of Arts and Architecture, receives the 2005 Academic Assembly Excellence in Advising Award
  • Gail Good, Jen Slusser, and Joy Sottile, undergraduate studies advisers, Penn State Altoona, receive the NACADA Region 2 "Best in Region" award for their dynamic presentation of "Advising Hat-titude" in Virginia Beach
  • Gail Good, Jen Slusser, and Joy Sottile, undergraduate studies advisers, Penn State Altoona, present the award-winning "Advising Hat-titude" at the National NACADA Conference in Las Vegas
  • DUS hosts the CIC Academic Advising Administrators annual meeting

2006

  • Robert Pangborn is appointed vice president and dean for undergraduate education
  • Rob Campbell, senior DUS programs coordinator at Penn State York, retires
  • Mike Chiteman, senior DUS programs coordinator at Penn State Erie, retires
  • Joyce B. Buck, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture, retires
  • Patricia Mutzeck, senior undergraduate studies adviser and DUS programs coordinator, College of Information Sciences and Technology, retires
  • Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser and senior DUS programs coordinator, Smeal College of Business, is elected as a NACADA Administrative Division Representative for a two-year term
  • Terry Musser, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is elected to the NACADA Board of Directors for a three-year term
  • Brent Hurley, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives the 2006 Academic Assembly Excellence in Advising Award
  • Patti Hoppes, staff assistant, receives the Staff Recognition and Appreciation Award from the University's Staff Advisory Committee
  • The eLion Late Course Drop application is selected as a "Best Practice" in the academic advising category by the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS)
  • The DUS Learning Outcomes Assessment Team is recognized at the Quality Issues Forum
  • A DUS conference, "The Curriculum of Academic Advising: What We Teach, How We Teach, and What Students Learn," is held at University Park
  • Jill Herlihy and Rachel Karp receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Erin Nester receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • James Levin, senior DUS programs coordinator, Eberly College of Science, co-authors the fifth edition of Principles of Classroom Management
  • DUS produces a series of six audio podcasts for prospective, new, and current DUS students. The first episode premieres on March 28
  • An Alumni Interest Group (AIG) for former members of Discover House is formed
  • The Ellen M. Laun Trustee Matching Scholarship is established. Dr. Laun served as DUS programs coordinator at Penn State Fayette from 1987 to 1997
  • Tom Murt, assistant coordinator of the Academic Advising Center at Penn State Abington, is elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, representing the 152nd district
  • FTCAP, the First-Year Testing, Counseling and Advising Program, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary
  • A monograph titled eLion: Penn State's Comprehensive Web-Based Academic Advising System is published. Authors are Holly Hart, former senior undergraduate studies adviser, Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser and DUS programs coordinator, Smeal College of Business, Michael Leonard, assistant director of DUS, James Levin, senior DUS programs coordinator, Eberly College of Science, and Susan Winck, academic adviser, Smeal College of Business
  • Margaret Sebastianelli, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Health and Human Development, is appointed head of the DUS programs coordinators for a three-year term
  • The third edition of The Penn State Adviser is published, written by Joyce Buck, senior DUS programs coordinator, College of Arts and Architecture; Lynda Goldstein, associate professor of English and women's studies; Brent Hurley, senior undergraduate studies adviser; John W. Moore, associate professor of English and comparative literature; and Marion Schwartz, senior undergraduate studies adviser and DUS programs coordinator, College of Education
  • DUS hosts the University of Michigan in the first CIC Academic Advising Administrators adviser exchange program

2007

  • Wes Lipschultz, senior undergraduate studies adviser, and Michael Leonard, assistant director, co-author "Using Technology to Enhance the Advising Experience," a chapter in Academic Advising: New Insights for Teaching and Learning in the First Year, published by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and the National Academic Advising Association
  • Lucianna Hayden and Kimberly Papay receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Elisabet Eppes receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • Judith Goetz, senior associate director, receives the NACADA Service to Commission Award from the Advising Graduate and Professional Students Commission
  • Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is honored with a NACADA Outstanding New Adviser Certificate of Merit
  • Judith Goetz, senior associate director, retires
  • Jay Schrader, DUS programs coordinator at Penn State New Kensington, retires
  • Weldon P. Sams, senior undergraduate studies adviser, passes away after an extended illness
  • Elena Galinova, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives a Southeast European Researcher grant from the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education to study higher education reform in Bulgaria
  • A DUS conference, "Sophomore Year: Critical Turning Points for Students and Their Academic Advisers," is held at University Park
  • Penn State Alumni Association pledges a $50,000 endowed scholarship to the Division of Undergraduate Studies

2008

  • Harriett Gaston, minority programs coordinator for DUS at Penn State Altoona, receives the Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award
  • Orkhon Boldbaatar, Richard McMillen, Katherine Stratico, and Natilee Weldon receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Aleigha Cessna receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • A DUS conference, "What Do We Know About Academic Advising? Theory, Research, and Practice," is held at University Park
  • The Undecided College Student: An Academic and Career Advising Challenge (3rd ed.), by Virginia T. Gordon, recognizes the Division of Undergraduate Studies as an "… exemplary practice for undecided students."
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director, contributes "Using Technology," a chapter in Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook (2nd ed.), by Virginia Gordon, Wesley Habley, and Thomas Grites (Eds.) and published by Jossey-Bass
  • Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser, and Marie Lindhorst, associate director, contribute an article called "Advising Is Advising: Toward Defining the Practice and Scholarship of Academic Advising" to the NACADA Journal
  • Harvey W. Wall, first director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, dies
  • John "Jack" H. Wyckoff, former assistant director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, dies

2009

  • Linda Higginson, assistant dean for advising, receives the 2009 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award
  • Eva Bednar and Steven Jackson receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Jordan McClane receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • A DUS conference, "Innovative Advising in Challenging Times," is held at University Park
  • The tenth anniversary of The Mentor is celebrated
  • The tenth anniversary of Discover House is celebrated
  • FTCAP graduate student interns from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of South Carolina
  • Classroom Response System ("Clickers") in FTCAP is initiated

2010

  • Ryan Kocse and Marisa Peal receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Shan Jiang receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • Michael Leonard, assistant director, retires
  • Amanda Mulfinger, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is awarded the Wesley R. Habley NACADA Summer Institute Scholarship
  • Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser, is the keynote speaker at the Region 2 Conference of NACADA in Atlantic City, NJ
  • The first conference for Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinators in the eastern region of Pennsylvania is conducted
  • Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser, and Marie Lindhorst, associate director, contribute a chapter, "The Historical Foundations and Scholarly Future of Academic Advising," to the NACADA monograph, Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising
  • Eric R. White, executive director, and Michael J. Leonard, retired assistant director, contribute a chapter, "The Practitioner-Researcher: Generating Scholarship from Practice," to the NACADA monograph, Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising
  • Terry Musser, DUS programs coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences, contributes a chapter, "A Qualitative Approach to Understanding an Academic Advising System: One Researcher's Journey into the Field," to the NACADA monograph, Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising
  • Sean Bridgen, DUS programs coordinator, Penn State New Kensington, awarded Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit by National Academic Advising Association
  • The first conference for Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinators in the western region of Pennsylvania is conducted
  • Barbara Rayman, senior undergraduate studies adviser (pre-law), retires
  • A DUS conference, "Academic Advising: Who, What, Where, When, Why?," is held at University Park
  • Barbara Wade, senior undergraduate studies adviser, retires
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, contributes a chapter called "Discover House: A Living-Learning Community for First-Year Students" to Organizing for Student Success: The University College Model, Monograph No. 53, published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

2011

  • Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser and senior DUS programs coordinator, Smeal College of Business, retires
  • Eric White, executive director of DUS, and Marie Lindhorst, associate director of DUS, contribute the chapter, "Academic Advising," in N. Zhang & Associates' book, Rentz's Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education (4th ed.)
  • Jennifer Naro and Yunhua Zhou receive the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Beth Rudoy receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • Ruth Hussey, senior undergraduate studies adviser and senior DUS programs coordinator, Smeal College of Business (retired), receives the 2011 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award
  • Jim Levin, senior undergraduate studies programs coordinator and director, Academic Advising Center, the Eberly College of Science, retires
  • "Advising for the Global Community," the tenth annual professional development conference on academic advising, is held at University Park
  • Eric R. White, executive director; Linda Higginson, assistant dean for advising; and Deborah Oakes, communications coordinator, contribute a chapter, "Creating Communications and Advertising Strategies: Building a Brand," to the NACADA monograph, Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century

2012

  • Eric R. White, executive director, and Janet Schulenberg, senior undergraduate studies adviser, contribute a chapter, "Academic Advising—A Focus on Learning" to the January/February 2012 issue of About Campus: Mapping a Course for Student Success
  • Elena Galinova, senior undergraduate studies adviser, receives the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award
  • Theresa Musser, DUS programs coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences, receives the 2012 Service to NACADA Award for exceptional service to the National Academic Advising Association
  • Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser, earns the 2012 Multicultural Resource Center's Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award
  • Jon Merritt, senior undergraduate studies programs coordinator and director, Academic Advising Center, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, retires
  • Christopher Dudek and Hongyi Gao earn the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Thomas Riley receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • "Deconstructing Decision Making: Theories, Strategies, and Data," the eleventh annual professional development conference on academic advising, is held at University Park
  • Eric R. White, executive director and associate dean for advising, retires

2013

  • Molly O'Malley, Orian Navat, and Katherine Rosko earn the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Shivam Hemnani receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award
  • Gail Kamon, DUS programs coordinator, College of Engineering, retires
  • David R. Smith, Ph.D., is appointed Penn State's associate dean for advising and the executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • "Updating the Advising Toolbox: Understanding the Complex Needs of Today's Students," the twelfth annual professional development conference on academic advising, is held at University Park
  • Linda Higginson, assistant dean for advising, retires.

2014

  • Lei Chen and Megan Roth earn the Division of Undergraduate Studies Award for Exploratory Students
  • Monica Hunter receives the Joyce Buck Division of Undergraduate Studies Award