Parent Session Getting Your Student on the Right Track

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					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
    from home?

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,
                       NSO/transition services)
          (814) 375-4766
    ◦ Barb Holt               Staff Assistant: Student Affairs
          (814) 375-4760
    ◦ Kim McCurdy             Financial Aid and Scholarships Coordinator
        (814) 375-4760
    ◦ Jill Betton             Campus Nurse: Health and Wellness Coordinator
          (814) 375-4765
    ◦ Ken Nellis              Coordinator of Athletics and Intramural Sports
          (814) 375-4857
    ◦ Marly Doty              Student Life Coordinator
          (814) 375-4764

    Admissions Staff
   Melissa Duttry     Director of Enrollment Management
        (814) 375-4721

    ◦ Patti Maholtz    Staff Assistant: Admissions
        (814) 375-4720

    ◦ Holli Lashinsky  Admissions Counselor
        (814) 375-4844

    ◦ Garrett Roen     Admissions Counselor
        (814) 375-4726

    ◦ Tharren Thompson International Student Coordinator
        (814) 372-3043
                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
                                                                               or not
  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
                                                                               grade.                         6
 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
    ◦ 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, 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.

          Family Educational
          Rights and Privacy Act
   What is FERPA?

   How does it impact my student?

   What does it mean for me, as a parent?

                  Judicial Affairs
   What is it?

   Why would we contact you?

   What can happen?

Health and Safety
   When and why will you contact me?

   Emergency Plan

   Text alerts
    ◦ Weather info

        Student Checklist

Steps to help your student make a
successful and smooth transition to Penn
State DuBois

Lion Cash
 What is Lion Cash?
 Where can it be used?
 How do I put money in there?

Food Services

 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!!

                         Student Life
   Why should my student get involved?

   What can they get involved in?
    ◦ Clubs/Organizations
    ◦ Events
         Cultural and Performing Arts
         Activities
         Leadership Opportunities
         Community and Service Learning

   Special Offers
    ◦ ID Discount
    ◦ Movie Tickets
    ◦ Readership program

   Varsity Athletics
    ◦ Fall Sports
       Women‟s Volleyball
       Men‟s and Women‟s Cross Country
       Women‟s Soccer
    ◦ Winter Sports
       Men‟s and Women‟s Basketball
       Men‟s Wrestling

   Fitness Room

   Intramurals
                Parent Orientation
 August 19th
 What information will I get?
    ◦ eLion/ANGEL
    ◦ 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