Academic Advising Seminars

Spring 2016 seminars

What are they? Forums for discussing academic advising

Who’s invited? All faculty and staff (please spread the word)

Why attend? To network, share how-to’s, and learn about advising resources

College Student Mental Health: Equipping Advisers to Refer and Care for Students

Friday, February 12, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by Schreyer Honors College

Are you reluctant to engage in advising conversations about students’ mental health and wellness even when it may be beneficial? Are you familiar with campus resources that provide support for these concerns? What happens when you refer a student? What is the process? Guest panelists will highlight mental health/wellness issues as they intersect with academic advising concerns, provide information to facilitate conversations with students about these topics, and reframe common misconceptions about campus resources. This session will help attendees more confidently and resourcefully observe, communicate, and refer students with mental health/wellness issues.

Guest panelists:

  • Stacy Jones, community health educator for University Health Services
  • Mary Anne Knapp, coordinator of outreach for University Health Services
  • Megan Marshall, academic adviser in the Smeal College of Business
  • Joan Miller, academic adviser in the Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • Suzanne Zeman, coordinator of educational services for University Health Services

Full recording at:

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Curricular Differences: ENGL 015 and ESL 015

Monday, March 21, noon to 1:00 p.m.
102 Weaver Building, University Park

As members of the academic advising community work with students from different countries to choose between English (ENGL) 015 and English as a Second Language (ESL) 015, broadening our understanding of the curricular aspects of each can help to ensure our discussions with students are productive and meaningful.

This session will address:

  • the curricular features of the two courses (what is similar, what is different)
  • the types of assignments students typically complete in each
  • tips to help students determine which course may be more appropriate to schedule

Guest presenters:

  • Deryn Verity, director of ESL/EAP Programs (English as a Second Language/English for Academic Purposes), College of the Liberal Arts
  • Erica Fleming, lecturer in English, College of the Liberal Arts

Full recording at:

Presentation slides can be downloaded here.

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Location Change: The Division of Undergraduate Studies advisers will be located on the 3rd Floor of the Bank of America building during the Fall 2016 semester. Please visit us there. Our phone, email addresses and mailing address remain unchanged as noted below.

Mailing Address

Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
101 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802

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Phone and Email

(814) 865-7576
(814) 863-8913
8:00am - 5:00pm (M-F)

DUS at All Penn State Locations

For information on DUS enrollment and academic advising at all Penn State locations, please view our list of Advising Centers to find your location.