Resources To Help You On The Road to Success

Posted: August 24, 2012

Whether you are a first-year or returning student, much of your success will depend on how you build your resource network and team. Who should be part of your resource team? Here are a few thoughts.

Your Academic Adviser

Your assigned academic adviser at your campus is a primary resource for information.  Advisers at Penn State’s campuses are uniquely linked to the College of Ag Sciences and are kept up-to-date on majors, programs, and services throughout the college.  Your adviser can also connect you to clubs, organizations, and activities on your campus. 

Debbie Little

Debbie Little is the Coordinator for Campus Enrollment and Retention for the College of Ag Sciences.  She is housed in the Office for Undergraduate Education at University Park.  Her role is to help you with issues such as exploring majors, connecting with academic advisers, opportunities for involvement, internship information, and transition to University Park. 

Academic Program Coordinators

Each academic program has an assigned faculty member who acts as a Program Coordinator, working with students on the daily issues affecting students interested in our majors.  Program Coordinators can support your campus adviser, answering advising or specific course planning questions.  Program Coordinators can also answer your questions about careers, internships, research, and study abroad opportunities.

Office for Undergraduate Education Staff

The Office for Undergraduate Education at University Park is the central hub for the college.  The office houses the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Director for Multicultural Programs, DUS Programs Coordinator, and Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment.  The full office staff listing is available on the college Web site and we encourage you to get to know us.

Campus Faculty and Staff

As you get to know more people at your campus, remember to draw on their expertise to help you navigate.  Some of the offices you may want to become familiar with include the Learning Center, Financial Aid Office, Registrar, Bursar, and DUS Programs.  In addition, your professors and instructors are available to you should you need help in the classroom or referrals to other campus resources.

As you become more acquainted with the college, you will also no doubt add alumni, county Extension partners, and community members to your list of resources.  Put them all together and you have a great team.  Our collective goal is your success.  Should you need help, all you need to do is ask!