DUS News - February 24, 2020

How Do I Know When to Schedule?

February is a great time to ask yourself that question. Most DUS students will schedule in April with the exception of priority (early) registration for some (veterans, athletesSchreyer Scholars, and students with disabilities). 

How to determine your registration date:

1) Typically students with more credits register first; registration dates are determined by adding your total credits earned to the credits on your current schedule.

2) There are two ways to look up your date to register: Registration Timetable and in LionPATH, look at your Student Center for Enrollment Dates.

3) You can begin enrolling in classes at 12:00 a.m. on your day to schedule.

Now is a great time to make an appointment with your adviser to plan for next semester and beyond. Preparation is the key to success!

Important Dates: 

More events at dus.psu.edu/calendar.

Resource Spotlight: 
Health Professions Advising

Interested in a career in health care? Visit Health Professions advising in the Eberly College of Science Advising Center. Health Professions advisers work with students from all colleges and Penn State campuses.

Events and Announcements: 
Penn State Leadership Institute - Apply Now
University Park

Interested in developing transferable skills and a personal practice rooted in commitment to creating positive community change? Apply to be involved in the Penn State Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is an innovative leadership retreat designed for undergraduate students at University Park to build meaningful connections with their peers. 

This six-day leadership development experience fosters a collaborative and engaging environment for students to grow as an individuals, professionals, and community members. The Leadership Institute views leadership as a process, not a position, so students of any level of experience are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are being collected through March 3. The program is scheduled for the week May 11–16, 2020

If you would like more information, visit the Penn State Leadership Institute website. Questions can be directed to leadership@psu.edu.

Join the DUS Leadership Council
University Park

First-year students at University Park: Do you want to develop leadership skills while helping other exploratory students find their niche in college? Do you want to give back to the DUS community while gaining public speaking skills? You may want to learn more about the DUS Leadership Council. To be invited to apply for the Leadership Council, you must be nominated by your academic adviser no later than March 2. Make an appointment with your adviser before this date to learn more about the opportunity and to ask to be formally nominated. 

Eligibility requirements and more information can be found on the DUS website: https://dus.psu.edu/dus-leadership-council

Unique Opportunity to Work on Your Writing
University Park

Penn State Learning and ENGL 250: Peer Tutoring in Writing are seeking 15 students who would be interested in sharing their personal stories of discovery and success with the Penn State community. Student narratives will be workshopped with writing tutors in training and then published in Penn State’s Short Edition dispensers. Submissions should be under 8,000 characters and will be added to the dispenser located in the Grange Building after workshopping. Interested students would commit to three writing consultations with their ENGL 250 partner at the Undergraduate Writing Center in 220 Boucke Building. The first session will focus on brainstorming, the second on reviewing and discussing a rough draft, and the third on reviewing the final draft for a public audience. These consultations would take place between February and early April; times would be chosen based on what works best for the student and writing tutor.

In partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Penn State Libraries, the project aims to showcase student stories focused on discovery, exploration, and overcoming and/or working through adversity. Specifically, we are looking for students who are willing to share a piece of their Penn State journey with the many community members who visit the Grange Building on a daily basis. Tutors will work with students to develop narratives that illustrate the challenges, discoveries, and passions that are ultimately shaping their education.

To learn more or to nominate a student a student, contact Beth Parfitt (eep112@psu.edu), the ENGL 250 course instructor.

Be a DUS NSO Peer Adviser
University Park

If you’re looking for a great way to gain leadership experience this summer, check out the DUS NSO Peer Adviser position. The DUS NSO Peer Adviser team will play an important role in helping to promote a positive awareness of the exploratory educational experience and well-informed decision making before entering colleges/majors. To learn more about the role, visit https://dus.psu.edu/dus-nso-peer-adviser, or apply via the Penn State jobs website at https://psu.jobs/job/92687.

Questions can be directed to Tanja St. Pierre at txs181@psu.edu or Rebekka Kuhn at rcs5081@psu.edu.

Review of applications began on February 4 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Study Smarter Workshops
University Park

How can you better monitor your learning so that you don't waste time and effort on ineffective study strategies? This workshop presents research-based evidence that metacognition (awareness of how you learn and the predictable effects of the related choices you make) can help you successfully transition to the demands of college-level courses as well as the flexibility of setting your own schedule.

Sign up for a study smarter workshop to learn more at http://bit.ly/studysmarterworkshop.

Upcoming Study Smarter Workshops (all located in 220A Boucke):

  • Monday, March 2, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Wellness Offerings
University Park

Did you know there are many free opportunities to improve your overall health and wellness on campus? Listed below are just a few of the many resources available to you as a Penn State student. For more information on these resources or to learn about other events and activities, visit the Health & Wellness website.

Wellness Hour: Curious about your overall wellness? Stop in for 10-minute consultations with trained peer educators. You can discuss topics such as stress, sleep, physical activity, nutrition, and relationships. Consultations are available from 4:00–5:00 p.m. in various locations in the residence halls. Check the website for specific locations. 

Free Yoga every Tuesday (6:00–7:00 p.m. in 103 Findlay Commons) and Wednesday (5:15–6:15 p.m. in 107 Pasquerilla). No experience required. All are welcome. 

Wellness Wednesdays: HealthWorks will lead a variety of interactive sessions that are designed to help improve your well-being. Every Wednesday from 4:00–4:45 p.m. in 20 IM Building. Activities listed on the website. 

Thursday Wellness: Activities on certain Thursdays will be from 5:15–6:15 p.m. in 20 Intramural Building. Supplies and materials are provided. Activities are different every week and are listed on the website. 

Group Advising Sessions
University Park

DUS will be holding Group Advising Sessions throughout the semester as a way to discuss popular advising topics with groups of students. These sessions are open to all DUS students and will help you to learn more about the topic and to ask questions in a friendly, open environment. For more information on each session, including dates and times, visit https://dus.psu.edu/group-advising. All sessions are held in the Grange Building Lobby, unless otherwise listed on the website.

Topics include:

  • Tools for Success: Starting the Semester off Strong
  • Improve Your Study Skills
  • Exploration Workshop
  • Standing Out: Choosing Minors & Involvement Opportunities
  • Interested in Smeal?
  • What Gen Eds Do I Need?
  • DUS Students and Study Abroad
Need Resume Help?
University Park

Starting after Spring Break, a representative from the Business Career Center will hold drop-in hours in the Grange Building Lobby every Monday from 12:00–2:00 p.m. Stop by for tips on resumes, cover letters, career events, and resources. These opportunities will start on March 16 and go through April 27. No appointment needed. For assistance at other campuses, visit your campus career center