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Mental Health and Wellness Week Begins November 10

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In partnership with the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, Active Minds, CAPS, and others, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) is proud to announce that Mental Health and Wellness Week will return for the week of November 10. The week raises awareness and support for mental health issues through various events on campus.

Former Broadway talent Amber Krzys kicks off the week with talk about body image and self-degradation in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Krzys started bodyheart in 2008, an educational outreach program that seeks to combat the causes that lead to poor body image.

CEO of the Human Power Project and author Ross Szabo will speak at Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday about depression amongst college students as well as alcohol’s effects on mental health. Szabo has spoken to more than one million students about the significance of mental health, and has received the Removing the Stigma Leadership Award and the Changing Minds Award for his advocacy work.

Two panels will be held throughout the week to discuss mental health issues. The first will take place in 129A HUB at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and will cover stress and anxiety. The second panel will discuss alcohol and substance abuse, and will take place in 302 HUB at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity to pose questions to mental health professionals anonymously at both events.

In addition, there will be tabling in the HUB from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the entire week to hand out flyers and distribute information on available resources within the community. Lastly, there will be continuous raffles for different items throughout the week.

Here is the full list of events for Mental Health and Wellness Week:

Monday, November 10: Eating Disorders & Body Image:

-Amber Krzys in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, November 11: Stress, Anxiety & PTSD:

-Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony on Old Main Lawn at 11:00 a.m.

-Student Panel in 129A/B HUB at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12: Suicide & Depression:

-Ross Szabo in Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 13: Substance Abuse & Addiction:

-“The Truth About Suicide” Film Showing in HUB Auditorium at 12:00 p.m.

-Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) Panel in 302 HUB at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 14: Resiliency (Stick it to Stigma):

-Tabling in HUB at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please email if you have any questions regarding the week’s events.

Student Financial Education Center Opens Doors For Fall Semester

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Student Financial Education Center, created in a partnership between the University Park Undergraduate Association and the University Libraries, is now open for the fall semester.

Formed in January 2014, the SFEC provides student-to-student personal finance education focusing in the subjects of budgeting, credit, and student loans. The SFEC is staffed with students who have been trained in specific areas of personal finance, to work one-on-one with students to improve and sustain financial literacy.

The SFEC office is located in 309A Paterno Library and appointments can be set up by visiting or emailing In addition, office hours are offered at the following times:

Monday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Thursday: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Friday: CLOSED

The SFEC is also actively recruiting new members to become Peer Educators for the spring semester. Interested members should stop by the SFEC or email to obtain an application.

“I’m excited that the SFEC is open for business for its second straight semester,” said Student Director of the SFEC Tom Orr. “I hope that we continue to educate more and more students, and hopefully we become a well-known resource on campus.”

If there are any questions, please contact the SFEC by email at pennstateSFEC@gmail.

UPUA Holds Public Student Forum on Sunday

To provide students with the opportunity to share their opinions on Trustee Al Lord’s resolution, The UPUA is holding an open Public Student Forum this Sunday, October 5th at 8:30pm in 302 HUB.

Students are welcome to come and participate in conversation which will  be considered by the Governmental Affairs Committee. It will also aid the committee members in their writing of legislation on the topic, as no formal decisions were made in the closed Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday October 1st.

Students unable to make the Forum may email their comments to any time before 8:30pm on Sunday.

The Blue & White Brigade to Michigan

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University Park Undergraduate Association is pleased to announce that the Blue & White Brigade, an initiative to bus students to and from away football games, will return for the Michigan football game on Saturday October 11th. Students who have purchased a ticket for the game will be able to receive free transportation to and from the game on Saturday.

The buses are scheduled to depart from Penn State at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and will leave Michigan after the conclusion of the 8:00 p.m. game at midnight.

Students may sign up to ride by visiting the UPUA table outside of the Bryce Jordan Center, where tickets to the game are being sold, on Monday October 6th starting at 7:00am. If you have already purchased a ticket you may sign up online at However, a student ID and proof that you have a ticket to the game are required to sign up.

Any questions about this program may be directed to Shannon Rafferty at

UHS Advisory Board Seeks Three At-Large Representatives

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In conjunction with the University Health Services (UHS), the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) has established a UHS Student Advisory Board to provide consultation and advice on Penn State health needs, education, programs, and initiatives.

The Board will meet approximately once a month, and will serve as the liaison between students and the UHS Administration. In addition, the Board will consist of members from the UHS Administration, as well as one representative from the UPUA, GPSA, ARHS, and OCSU. There will also be three At-Large positions established on the Advisory Board. All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for membership on the UHS Advisory Board.

To apply for an At-Large position send in a completed application attached and a resume to Scott Tomensky ( by Friday, October 10th at 5:00 p.m. Students can also drop off applications at the UPUA office located in 314 HUB.

The first UHS Student Advisory Board meeting is Thursday, October 16th.

A link to the application:

Any questions regarding the application or the Advisory Board should be directed to Scott Tomensky at swt5141@psu.

Test Prep Week Begins Today!

In partnership with The Princeton Review, the University Park Undergraduate Association will once again offer free practice exams and discounted test prep classes for students looking to take the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE starting this week. Here are the times and locations of each practice test:

GMAT: Monday Sept. 29 6-9 p.m., 206 Wagner
LSAT: Tuesday Sept. 30 6-9:30 p.m., 206 Wagner
MCAT: Wednesday Oct. 1 5-10:30 p.m., 105 Wagner
GRE: Thursday Oct. 2 5-9:30 p.m., 322 HHD East

Students can register for the tests and classes on the Princeton Review website.
In addition, representatives will be in the HUB next Monday through Thursday handing out FREE test prep books from 10:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Contact if you have any questions.

Rent an iClicker for FREE

Don’t spend money buying an iclicker this semester- The UPUA is renting them for free!

Stop by 314 HUB, The UPUA Office,  this Tuesday through Friday any time from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to get yours. How does it work? You put down a $40 deposit to receive your clicker, then at the end of the semester return it for a full $40 refund.

New Student Virtual Q&A

Between finding your way around campus, buying textbooks, attending involvement fairs, and picking up items you forgot to pack, it is no secret that the first couple weeks of your time at Penn State can be incredibly hectic. In light of this, the University Park Undergraduate Association hopes to help alleviate some of that stress by giving incoming students a head start at finding out where they want to get involved on campus, as well as giving them a chance to pick current students’ brains about anything they want to know through UPUA’s first-ever Incoming Student Google Hangout.
UPUA has partnered with a variety of major student organizations to host this live Google Hangout Q&A session. The Hangout will provide incoming first year students the opportunity to learn more about ways they can get involved on campus, and ask any remaining questions they have about Penn State prior to their arrival. This event will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. and will be open to all incoming first-year students.
On the day of the hangout, students can visit, where the Hangout will be live-streamed. Starting at 2:00 p.m., each host will be providing a brief synopsis of their organization and ways in which students can get involved. The remainder of the time will be open for questions, which can be submitted by tweeting @UPUA using #PSUhangout. Questions can also be submitted ahead of time by e-mailing
Hosts of the hangout include leaders from the UPUA, THON, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Homecoming, Council of LionHearts, Daily Collegian, Onward State, Blue and White Society, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Association of Residence Hall Students.

Student Trustee Selected

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – On Friday, June 13 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced his nomination of Ms. Allison Goldstein to serve as the Student Trustee on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Ms. Goldstein will be succeeding Peter Khoury, who served as the Student Trustee from November 2011 through his graduation in May of 2014. On June 30, 2014, Ms. Goldstein was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve in this capacity.

On behalf of the three Student Government Associations of the Pennsylvania State University, representing over 98,000 students, it is with great pleasure that we offer our support of Governor Corbett’s appointment of Ms. Goldstein, and are thrilled at the news of her unanimous Senate approval.

The selection of Ms. Goldstein marks a critical step for student representation on the Board. A Trustee Selection Committee comprised of student leaders and other University community members convened throughout the spring of 2014 to review applications, interview candidates, and provide a recommendation to the Governor for the Student Trustee appointment. After a comprehensive review process, the student selection committee unanimously decided to recommend Allison Goldstein to serve as the new Student Trustee.

Throughout the selection process, Ms. Goldstein demonstrated great poise, knowledge, and a thorough understanding of Penn State. Her experience in higher education, paired with her passion for Penn State, have equipped her to be successful in her new role of as the Student Trustee. Additionally, Goldstein’s experience as Chairperson of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated shows her ability to represent the interest of students on a large scale, among a myriad of options and opinions.

The selection of Allison Goldstein by both the student-lead selection committee and Governor Corbett proves that a student-driven selection process is not only feasible, but also optimal for the best interest of the student body and the Board. We are grateful that Governor Corbett selected the candidate recommended by students, and we will continue to advocate for the codification of this process to ensure a permanent student-selected student trustee position in order to effectively guarantee that the student voice is always included on Penn State’s Board of Trustees.



Anand R. Ganjam

President, University Park Undergraduate Association

Cell: 717.542.8987 | Email:


John Shaffer

President, The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments

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Danielle Rhubart

President, Graduate Student Association

Cell: 315­408­8637 Email: Rhubart@psu.

Task Force Examines Student Health Insurance Changes

In response to the changes in Aetna Insurance (available for Penn State students to purchase) the Student Health Insurance Task Force was created to do the following:
(1) To explore the interpretation of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) applies to the Penn State student health insurance plan, using information provided by our insurer, Aetna, our consultant, Towers Watson, and, if necessary, other sources internal and external to the University.
(2) To examine factors that contribute to the rising costs of coverage independent of ACA, including plan utilization, review the short-term cost mitigation strategies proposed by the University and others, and recommend approaches to control costs and ensure equity and prevent hardship during the life of the existing student insurance contract with Aetna and that may be appropriate for future contracts.
(3) To review the longer term challenges and opportunities facing student health insurance at Penn State linked to rising health care costs and health reform, and to identify recommendations for the University to implement or explore with the goals of ensuring access to quality, cost-effective care for current and future students.

Above is a link to their findings and a helpful FAQ to answer your concerns about the Penn State Student Health Plan through Aetna for the 2014-15 school year. The Student Health Insurance Task Force is expected to publish its formal recommendations within the next month.  Any concerns and further questions can be addressed to Emily McDonald, the undergraduate representative on the task force, by email at

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