Brian Petrosky

Undergraduate Studies Adviser and DUS Programs Coordinator, College of Health and Human Development
Latrobe, PA
B.S. in Special Education, Minor in Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State
M.Ed. in College Student Affairs, College Counseling Option, Penn State
Penn Stater since: 
The fall of 1997 when I was a first-year student in the College of Engineering.
I truly love to help people recognize meaning in day-to-day activities or past experiences and to encourage folks to actively engage in the present with an awareness that choices affect the future.

I have two dogs: Buddy and Mae. Both rescues. Mae is probably a lab/pit bull mix that came to live with us when she was 4 and Buddy is a Jack Russell Terrier that did not join our family until he was at least 7.

My favorite place I have traveled is... Anywhere because I like to drive, but the best trips are when my immediate family takes road trips to visit relatives and friends. I don’t mind flying, but it’s just not my thing.

My Bucket List consists of... Nothing. Having things undone makes me grumpy. I’d rather just do things as they come up.

My childhood dream was to play second base for the Pirates.

In my spare time, I follow sports (NFL, MLB, College Football, and the Penguins, but only after they make the playoffs), cook, fix things, and ponder or research whatever is most interesting to me moment-to-moment.

You may not know this about me, but I was a THON Dancer twice (’00 and ’01) and served as a Family Relations captain in ’02.

My grandmother always said that ‘Patience is a virtue.’ I still live by those words today.

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I enjoy salty things. I just don’t like the sweet stuff. I’d rather have seconds on dinner than dessert. My partner once made me a double-layer meatloaf ‘cake’ with mashed potato ‘frosting’ for my birthday.

When it comes to sports, I am not much of an athlete these days but I still like rooting for the Pirates, Steelers, Penguins, and Nittany Lions. I must say that I am also not quite the die-hard fan I once was.

Academic Adviser Brian Petrosky