greetings, Pitt-Greensburg Families. What follows is some insight on
what your student might be coping with at this point in the semester.
In short, October and November are when reality sets in.
One common stressor for college
students, particularly freshmen, around October is that some of their
idealistic expectations of college life are beginning to wear thin. In
everything from classes to roommates to social life, students realize
college is not as perfect as they may have thought. Fitting in and
finding a group of friends can be hard work, and for some students not
dating when they would like to be is disappointing. By November, most
students have had some midterms, and coursework is heavier. Mid-term
grades may not be as good as students were used to in high school. All
of these factors can take their toll on students’ self-esteem.
One important piece of advice for
students who call or come home dealing with the above stressors is to
gently remind them that college is hard work and it’s ok to take some
time to adjust. It’s normal to build up unrealistic expectations about
something new, and to then feel let down when reality doesn’t live up to
those expectations. Students need you to listen and understand, but
not necessarily to offer quick solutions. For freshmen, offer support
when grades are not what they (or you!) are used to. At this point in
the semester, there is plenty of time to talk to faculty or change study
habits to bring grades back up. As always, though, if you are concerned
that your student is not handling something well compared to how he or
she normally copes, suggest that she or he consider talking to someone
in the Counseling Center. My graduate intern, Jennifer Palmer, or I
would be happy to help – it’s why we’re here.
Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW
Director of Counseling
Get Ready! Get Set!
Pitt-Greensburg’s Office of Career Services and the Alumni
Association will once again hold a speed-interviewing event for
junior and seniors. Pitt-Greensburg alumni as well as other
Greensburg area professionals from a variety of fields will
serve as the interviewers.
This is a great how-to
opportunity for students, as they round-robin to answer a
variety of interview questions from professionals in the field.
Following their responses, the students will receive feedback
from the alumni to further develop their interviewing skills.
Afterwards, students will have the chance to network with the
interviewers and gain insight into various career paths.
Space is limited and registration
is required. The deadline to register is November 5.
Students should contact Career Services at 724-836-7182 or via
firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for more specifics about this program.
We hope that you will encourage your
student to take part in this very valuable program.
Miele, of WTAE-TV Channel 4 News
will return as guest moderator.
November 12, 2008
To R.S.V.P. or
for additional information, please contact
Karen Gavula at 724-836-7497
or e-mail at
Learning Resource Center
Center, FOB 104 and 105, is the home of tutoring, writing
center, study skills, and disability services. Tutoring has
certainly been busy this fall!
To have a trained, faculty-recommended tutor
review papers, students should come to the drop-in desk in the
hall outside the Learning Center. Our green sheet advertises the
following days and times that someone will be available to look
over papers students have written for any course:
||11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Appointments are not necessary. Students who want the tutors to
review their papers should bring their assignments and sources.
At this late date, many of the Center’s tutors
are already booked; however, it may still be possible to add a
student to an already existing group.
Finals are coming soon! Free test-taking and
note-taking handouts are available in the Center. Students are
also welcome to use the computers for academic purposes.
Students interested in disability services
should email or call Dr. Lou Ann Sears:
724-836-7098, or stop by her office, FOB 105.
THE WEB BENEFITS PITT-GREENSBURG
searches can lead to increased revenue for Pitt-Greensburg.
Introducing the GoodSearch search engine, which donates 50
percent of its revenue to the charities and schools that use it.
The money donated to Pitt-Greensburg by GoodSearch comes from
advertisers; users pay nothing. Each search will generate
approximately $0.01 for the University. Simply visit
and enter University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
in the “who do you GoodSearch for” box. After verification, you
can click “amount raised” to see how we’re doing! Please note
that not all searches count toward revenue, such as image
searches, video searches, “search this site” searches, searches
for URL’s; sites where the URL is well known such as hotmail,
ESPN, MySpace, Facebook, gmail, AOL, etc.; searches for stock
quotes, searches for word definitions; and other searches
generated from fraudulent use.
also includes GoodShop, which is an online shopping mall of
world-class merchants who help fund worthy causes. Every
purchase made from GoodShop results in a donation to
Pitt-Greensburg – an average of 3 percent but potentially as
much as 20 percent or more depending on the retailer. You can
shop from the GoodSearch page or visit
us in celebrating our 45th Anniversary. All events with an
asterisk are open to the public.
NCAA Division III: Follow all the action as basketball swings
into action. For rosters, schedules and scores, visit
La Cultura Lecture Series*
Dr. Tim Savisky
Assistant Professor of Biology
“Doom, Gloom, and Prosperity: 45 Years of Environmental
Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center
Joan Chambers Concert Series*
Natasha Snitkovsky, pianist
Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center
“A World of Change: An Evening
of One Acts”*
Tickets are $6general, $3 students/senior citizens, and $1 with