From now through Friday, October 31, students may nominate advisers for the 2015 Penn State Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Sponsored by the University Advising Council and the Office for Undergraduate Education, the award recognizes and rewards advising excellence. One award is given annually to a faculty member and one to a professional academic adviser. All current full-time University employees with advising responsibilities are eligible. Students who wish to nominate an adviser may complete a short, online form available below.
On Friday, October 24, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., in 102 Kern Building, University Park, the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites interested members of the Penn State community to attend a panel presentation, "Faculty Senate Petitions: What Advisers Need to Know," part of the Academic Advising Noon Seminar series offered every semester. This presentation will also be available via videoteleconferencing to accommodate participants at other campuses.
“Some students put a lot of pressure on themselves and think the major they choose will define them for life,” says David Smith, associate dean for advising and the executive director of DUS. “In reality, many careers can come out of any one major. We want to help students understand their options and which may work best for them.”
To help them along, advisers in DUS have developed two web-based tools — MajorQuest and MinorQuest — to help narrow down the possibilities. The tools prompt students to check off their interests and then filter the lists of majors and minors to reflect the students’ choices.