Parent Session: Getting Your
Student on the Right Track
First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program
How many of you …
have a student coming right from High
are a family member of an adult learner?
have a college experience of your own?
have a student that will be living away
Student Affairs Mission at PSU
To support, facilitate and develop the student as a scholar, person
and citizen. Student Affairs focuses its attention on students; their
needs, concerns and development outside the formal classroom
experience. Student Affairs attempts to provide opportunities and
experiences for students to expand their personal horizons as well
as help them to learn, grow, and develop as a person who can
contribute to a future role in the workplace in a society as a whole.
Student Affairs Staff
Rebecca Pennington Director of Student Affairs (Career Services, Judicial Affairs,
(814) 375-4766 firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Barb Holt Staff Assistant: Student Affairs
(814) 375-4760 email@example.com
◦ Kim McCurdy Financial Aid and Scholarships Coordinator
(814) 375-4760 firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Jill Betton Campus Nurse: Health and Wellness Coordinator
(814) 375-4765 email@example.com
◦ Ken Nellis Coordinator of Athletics and Intramural Sports
(814) 375-4857 firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Marly Doty Student Life Coordinator
(814) 375-4764 email@example.com
Melissa Duttry Director of Enrollment Management
(814) 375-4721 firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Patti Maholtz Staff Assistant: Admissions
(814) 375-4720 email@example.com
◦ Holli Lashinsky Admissions Counselor
(814) 375-4844 firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Garrett Roen Admissions Counselor
(814) 375-4726 email@example.com
◦ Tharren Thompson International Student Coordinator
(814) 372-3043 firstname.lastname@example.org
High School vs. College
High School College
Mandatory and usually free Voluntary and expensive
Time is structured by others Manage your own time
School year is 36 weeks long Academic year is broken into two separate 15 week
Teachers check your homework and grade it Professors may not always check completed
homework, but they will assume you can perform
the same tasks on tests. All homework assignments
may not be graded.
Teachers remind you of due dates, incomplete work Professors expect you to be responsible for
everything on your syllabus whether you are there
Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative,
material; makeup tests are often available covering large amounts of material. A particular
course may have only 2 or 3 tests in a semester.
Makeup tests are seldom an option.
You may graduate as long as you have passed all You may graduate only if your average in classes
required courses with a grade of D or higher meets the departmental standard – typically a 2.0 or
Initial test grades, especially when they are low, may Watch out for your first tests; usually wake up calls.
not have an adverse effect on your final grade They may also account for a large part of their
Things to keep in mind…
A new study released by Sallie Mae, a college-financing company, finds that the average
undergraduate carried $3,173 in credit card debt last year, which is 68% higher than the last
time the study was done in 2004.
The higher the grade level, the greater the card debt, according to Sallie Mae. In 2008, college
seniors with at least one credit card graduated with an average of $4,138 in card debt! Not too
mention the thousands of loan debt they are graduating with!
Applications will start now!......If they haven’t already!
Clueless about cash!
Quotes from college students…….
“Spending $1,000 using my new credit card is way cheaper than
writing a $1,000 check, because I only have to pay back $20 per
“The bank must be wrong, my account can‟t be overdrawn, I still
have 10 checks left in my checkbook”
“I just got my first credit card, I love it, when this one‟s full, I am
going to apply for a couple more”
Identity theft/fraud http://collegetipsforparents.org/info-fraud.html
◦ Names, addresses, birthdates, social security numbers, account numbers, and other
personal data are valuable commodities on the underground market. An ex-boyfriend
could easily possess all of this info. In fact, he might even know inside information such as
passwords, PIN number, mother‟s maiden name, etc.
What are some of the reasons young people are frequently
◦ Casual attitude about taking precautions.
◦ Naive about security and safety.
◦ Trusting (often because they have never been swindled before).
◦ Less likely to review their credit report for unusual activity.
According to MoneyManagement101.org, parents should talk to their
kids about identity theft and information security. Although the following
tips may seem obvious to experienced adults, a surprising number of
young people don’t follow some of the following basic guidelines.
◦ Never lend your credit card or debit card to anyone, and never share your password.
◦ Do not print your driver‟s license number, birth date, or social security number on your
◦ Do not put outbound mail in your mailbox for your postal carrier to pickup. Take your mail
directly to a US postal mailbox.
◦ If your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen, alert your bank/credit card issuer
◦ Avoid using passwords or PIN numbers that might be easy for a thief to figure out (i.e. avoid
birth dates, common names, etc.
◦ Shred any financial documents or anything containing sensitive information before putting
them in the trash.
◦ Always check your credit card statement for charges you did not make.
◦ Order a copy of your credit report at least once per year. Look out for creditors on your
statement that you never applied for. https://www.annualcreditreport.com
Rights and Privacy Act
What is FERPA?
How does it impact my student?
What does it mean for me, as a parent?
What is it?
Why would we contact you?
What can happen?
Health and Safety
When and why will you contact me?
Text alerts http://newswires.psu.edu
◦ Weather info
Steps to help your student make a
successful and smooth transition to Penn
What is Lion Cash?
Where can it be used?
How do I put money in there?
Lion‟s Den Café – Hiller Building
Hours of operation 7am to 2pm
Accepts Lion Cash
Daily lunch specials
Meal plans not offered
PSU Bookstore – Hiller Building
Percentage of sales goes back to students in
scholarships, programs, etc.
Can place semester‟s book order online
Books are guaranteed!
Sell back books
Free book drawing for one lucky student at NSO!!
Why should my student get involved?
What can they get involved in?
Cultural and Performing Arts
Community and Service Learning
◦ ID Discount
◦ Movie Tickets
◦ Readership program
◦ Fall Sports
Men‟s and Women‟s Cross Country
◦ Winter Sports
Men‟s and Women‟s Basketball
What information will I get?
◦ Meet Faculty/Staff
◦ Parent Workshop
◦ Opportunity to talk with different campus
departments and community resources
◦ Student services overview
◦ Career information and student timeline
◦ The information in this presentation is available at