On Friday, Sept. 11, the fourteenth annual professional development conference on academic advising will take place at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College. This year's theme is "Looking to the Future: The Importance of the Academic Adviser in Higher Education."
The program will feature a keynote address by guest speaker Marc Lowenstein, Ph.D., who suggests thinking about the future may begin by predicting, with a focus on how forces outside advising will affect our work and on possible changes in the tools we will use.
The Division of Undergraduate Studies launched a new website recently to help students learn to explore majors and minors, connect goals and interests to areas of study, and better understand the value and purpose of a college education.
At http://dus.psu.edu, undergraduate students can take advantage of tools, resources, and advising assistance to find majors that fit them well and make informed decisions about other academic opportunities, such as minors, certificates, and concurrent majors. The site additionally highlights ways for students to fully engage in a total college experience that can include research, study abroad, internships, leadership roles, and service-learning programs.
Volunteer readers from the Penn State community are invited to take part in choosing the 2016–17 Penn State Reads common text. The Penn State Reads steering committee collected book nominations earlier this year and narrowed the submissions to a short list of eight books, including:
— “The Good Food Revolution,” by Will Allen
— “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain
— “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers
— “The Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison
— “Far From the Tree,” by Andrew Solomon
— “Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art,” by Lindsey Swindall
— “Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson
— “Covering,” by Kenji Yoshino