SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
The Department of Safety and Security at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a full--service campus police department. All of the officers are trained and certified under the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. The officers receive annual update training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation and basic first aid and emergency response.
The University has also instituted a new Emergency Notification Service that will be used to communicate though voice and text messages as deemed appropriate in the event of an emergency. Faculty, staff, and students can sign up for this service by visiting my.pitt.edu. and logging into their account and clicking on the “Emergency Notification” tab. Subscribers can enter up to three cell phone numbers.
The University is able to send emergency e-mail simultaneously to all faculty, staff, and students.
If the University cancels classes due to severe weather, faculty, staff, and students can go to the following Pittsburgh TV stations: WTAE, KDKA, and WPXI. We will also post the cancellation on our Web site at www.upg.pitt.edu and send out an e-mail. We have also established an emergency hot line number at 724-836-7780.
Starting college is stressful. It’s an adjustment to many changes, and changes cause stress - even positive changes. This is particularly true for incoming freshmen who live in the residence halls, but it is also true for transfer students, upperclassmen, and commuters. New schedules, new instructors, new hall, new roommate, new major, new job, and making new friends – all these adjustments can feel overwhelming. And being overwhelmed and surrounded by the unfamiliar can lead to homesickness.
Feeling homesick is a normal emotional response to the stress of starting college. Again, this is especially true for resident freshmen, but returning students can be homesick too, when facing adjustments at school after a summer at home.
It’s hard to receive sad phone calls asking to come home, and it’s tempting to come to the rescue, but the best way to manage homesickness is to just tough it out. The more you can encourage your student to stay on campus the first few weeks of this semester, the easier it will be for her/him to fit in socially and acclimate to college. Everyone is a little homesick at first, and everyone is eager to make new connections. If your student comes home during this time and misses that period where everyone is reaching out, it may be harder for her/him to make those connections later on, when other students have already begun to form friendships.
Instead, encourage resident students to attend campus events, find an organization to join, and talk to others in their residence halls. If you get a tearful call, suggest that your student focus on the positives, even going so far as to list 3 good things that happened each day. Remind resident students to rely on the support of their RAs. Sending cards and occasional care packages, and even coming to take your student out for a meal in the area – but not home overnight – are good ways to offer support.
Commuter students may not experience homesickness, but they may feel really intimidated by the process of fitting in and finding comfortable places to hang out on campus. Family members may see reluctance or resistance to coming to campus instead of homesickness. Encourage commuter students to stay on campus between classes, study in common areas, join a club, and attend evening events. Remind them Pitt Greensburg’s student body is over 50% commuters – they are not alone! As with residents – the more commuter students stay on campus early on this semester, the more likely they are to develop a sense of belonging here.
Of course, no one knows your student like you do. If you feel the homesickness or resistance your student is experiencing is beyond what’s normal, please contact the Counseling Center. We can discuss your individual situation and determine if other interventions are appropriate.
Gayle F. Pamerleau, LCSW
vaccine which is available to all faculty, staff, students and
their families will cost $23.00 per injection. The Menactra
(meningitis) vaccine will cost $130.00 per person. Meningitis
vaccines should be ordered and paid in advance by contacting
Passport Health, 412-372-4007.
may not be ordered, reserved or prepaid. Please remind
your son/daughter about the clinic; especially if you have paid
for a meningitis vaccine. Thank you.
The flu vaccine which is available to all faculty, staff, students and their families will cost $23.00 per injection.
The Menactra (meningitis) vaccine will cost $130.00 per person. Meningitis vaccines should be ordered and paid in advance by contacting Passport Health, 412-372-4007.
Flu vaccines may not be ordered, reserved or prepaid.
Please remind your son/daughter about the clinic; especially if you have paid for a meningitis vaccine. Thank you.
Thursday, October 2nd, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 30 regional schools to learn about program requirements, prerequisites, application procedures, and deadlines. Successful admission into grad school requires careful planning and this information is extremely valuable in that process. A wide variety of fields of study will be represented, including law, business, information science, health-related programs (such as PT, OT, and PA) teacher certification, and various areas in the liberal arts. Students will also receive a complimentary copy of the 2008 Graduate School Guide.
Whether your student has a particular program in mind or just wants to check out some options, this is a great chance to do preliminary research and planning. The fair is free and open to the public, and there’s no preregistration. All majors and levels are welcome!
For a complete list of participating graduate and professional schools, visit www.upg.pitt.edu.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Getting involved in college can make or break your student’s experience. Joining a student organization will not only help students meet others on campus with similar interests, but improve their ability to succeed academically and feel a connection to the campus community. If a student is involved he or she will spend more time on campus and have more opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, and students. Accordingly, students who do not get involved spend less time on campus and may not have regular contact with the campus community. Joining a student organization is a great way for students to feel connected to the campus and meet other students.
The Activities Fair gives all of Pitt-Greensburg’s fifty student organizations a chance to display their groups and recruit new members. Representatives from each student organization will be available to answer questions and tell students how to join their organizations. This is a great opportunity for students to see which student organization they are interested in joining. Additionally, many campus departments will be on hand at the Activities Fair to showcase the various services that are available for students at Pitt-Greensburg. All students are encouraged to attend. There will be food, games, and prizes!