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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 pennstateupua.com/hangout, 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 UPUA@psu.edu.
 
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.

 

Signed,

Anand R. Ganjam

President, University Park Undergraduate Association

Cell: 717.542.8987 | Email: arg222@psu.edu

 

John Shaffer

President, The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments

Cell: 814­421­1787 | Email: jbs5340@psu.edu

 

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.
http://sites.psu.edu/tfonshi/faq/

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 ejm5405@psu.edu.

Events Happening This Week!

First, Finals Frenzy is this Friday May 2 from 11am to 4pm at the tables on the first floor of the HUB. Free blue books, pencils, highlighters, index cards, juice boxes, bananas, and granola bars will be provided to students.

Second, i>Clicker rental returns will take place in 332 HUB from 11AM-4PM from Wednesday (4/30) to Friday (5/2). We will be accepting clickers rented both this past spring and fall (and providing full reimbursement checks for them).

Student Financial Education Center opens in Paterno Library

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A partnership between the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) and the University Libraries has created the Student Financial Education Center (SFEC) to provide student-to-student financial educational resources and presentations. The SFEC is staffed by Peer Educators, students who have been trained in specific areas of personal finance (budgeting, credit cards and student loans), who work one-on-one with students to improve and sustain financial literacy at Penn State.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a grand opening reception to promote the services of the center from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

The SFEC, located in 309 Paterno Library, in the William and Joan Schreyer Business Library, will begin accepting walk-ins or appointments on Monday, Jan. 27. Hours vary each semester and are posted along with other information at pennstateupua.com/SFEC.

Additional events for students scheduled during Financial Education Week, Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Friday, Jan. 24, include SFEC Peer Educators tables in the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, noon to 4 p.m.

Other events for Financial Education Week, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, include:

– “Budgeting,” by SFEC peer educators, 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21

– “Wage and Tax Fundamentals,” a workshop on taxes for students and part of “MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series” by SFEC advisers Daad Rizk and Cathy Bowen, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22

– “Student Aid,” by SFEC adviser Brad Yeckley, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23

For more information, contact UPUA Representative Anand Ganjam at arg222@psu.edu.

If you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact SFEC administrative officer Lauren Reiter, business and economics librarian, at lmr29@psu.edu or 814-865-4414.

The Blue & White Brigade to Ohio State

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) is proud to announce the second iteration of its popular “Blue & White Brigade,” a new program that provides transportation to away football games for students. The Blue and White Brigade will travel to the Ohio State football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8:00 p.m. to give Penn State students a safe way to travel and cheer on their team.

“After the success of the Blue & White Brigade to MetLife stadium earlier this year, we’re happy to announce the second trip the Blue & White Brigade will make to Ohio Stadium,” said Brenden Dooley, vice president of the University Park Undergraduate Association. “We’ve changed the registration process for the Ohio State game, and we hope this will allow us to reach even more students interested in going to the game to support our team.”

Registration for the Ohio State game will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. UPUA Representatives will be outside the ticket office of the Bryce Jordan Center with laptops so that students who have purchased student tickets may sign up. This process differs from the Syracuse game, as it requires students to physically be at a location rather than just sign an online form. Like the Syracuse game, each student must have his or her PSU ID with their 9-digit number and enter his or her phone number and email address to reserve their seat. You must have proof of a ticket purchase to sign up, but it doesn’t have to be purchased at the BJC ticket office.

Three Fullington coach buses will travel to Ohio Stadium with a total of 150 seats available. Seats may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are responsible for buying their own ticket for entrance to the game, and must have one to be eligible to sign up.

A tentative timeline for the trip is as follows:

Date: October 26th, 2013
Depart Penn State (HUB): 10:30 a.m.
Travel Time: 6 hours (including two 30 minute stops)
Arrive at Ohio Stadium: Between 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m.
Depart Ohio Stadium: Immediately after the game
Arrive in State College: Approximately 6:30 a.m.on October 27th, 2013

Please direct all questions to Julie Koserowski, the Executive Director of Facilities at upuapsu@gmail.com.

UPUA i>Clicker Rental Program

UPUA is pleased to once again offer the popular i>Clicker Rental Program to all undergraduate* students in need of an i>Clicker.

Rentals will be available from 11am to 4pm, Monday August 26th through Friday August 30th in 325 HUB. Students must bring their PSU Student ID and a $40 deposit, which will be refunded when they return their i>Clicker and receipt at the end of the semester. Deposits may be in the form of cash (exact change only) or check, made out to the University Park Undergraduate Association.

i>Clickers will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be sold out prior to Friday, August 30th.

 

*Unfortunately, as this time we are only able to offer i>Clickers to undergraduate students.

Questions or concerns? E-mail upuaPR@gmail.com and we will help you out.

Penn State Student Governments Reach Out to PA Senate

University Park, PA – The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) has partnered with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) to contact Pennsylvania State Senators in support of an upcoming piece of legislation that directly affects students at Penn State University.

The Pennsylvania State Senate is currently considering a bill that, in part, establishes permanent student representation on the University’s Board of Trustees. Together the UPUA and GSA have sent over 100 letters supporting and recommending changes to the bill.

“Because the student trustee position is currently a gubernatorial appointee, we support this bill because it ensures a student voice in major university decisions,” said Brenden Dooley, UPUA Vice President.

However, in addition to supporting the legislation, the UPUA and the GSA are suggesting that the bill go one step further, and make the student trustee an elected position, as opposed to a gubernatorial appointee.

“Since the student trustee represents the students, we feel strongly that he or she should be elected by his or her constituents to improve accountability and representation,” said Katelyn Mullen, UPUA President.

The letters were mailed out August 22, 2013 and are being sent to every Pennsylvania Senators legislative and constituent offices.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 410 can be found in its entirety at the following link: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2013&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0410&pn=0438.

Additionally, a full copy of the letter is listed below;

Dear Senator,

Your continued fight for increased transparency at Penn State University has not gone unnoticed.

We are specifically writing to you to support Section 1, Paragraph 4 of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 410, as it establishes permanent student representation on the University’s Board of Trustees. We hope that you will help this legislation become law and that the work of you and your colleagues remains steadfast until proper reform is achieved for the students of this great Commonwealth.

While we support the bill and its spirit, we unequivocally believe that the role of students in the University community must go beyond the transactional nature of higher education. Specifically, we believe that the students’ role in governance must go beyond the solidification of one permanent student trustee position appointed by the governor.

As you are aware, there are nine elected seats which represent Penn State alumni. With 616,000 living alumni, each of these trustees realistically represents 68,000 alumni. However, despite enrollment numbers approaching 100,000 university-wide, there is only one student trustee on the Board — and most students don’t even know who that trustee is or how the position is selected. We believe that by increasing the number of student stakeholders in choosing their representation, we can stimulate an increased awareness in university governance and create a better informed student body.

It is our belief that the student body of this university should be involved in the selection of its own representative. It is the students who will reap the immediate benefits and face the consequences of Board decisions, and we firmly believe that the student trustee should be selected by a committee of his or her peers.

We urge you to consider the following process to ensure the establishment of proper student representation:
Students shall complete the application that is currently used for the Student Trustee appointment process.
Candidates shall go before a committee comprised of ten Penn State students, which shall include the current Student Trustee and the three student body presidents.
The committee shall appoint a student to go before the Board for confirmation.

We hope you will consider this idea and are willing to discuss our proposition. We know that reform of a 158-year-old Board is no easy task and will take a considerable amount of time and resources, but with your help, we can achieve a more transparent and accountable Penn State. Indeed, the Commonwealth demands it.

We look forward to working with you and your colleagues.

UPUA Sponsoring “Blue and White Brigade”

University Park, PA – The University Park Undergraduate Association is unveiling a new program that provides transportation to away football games at no cost to students — the “Blue and White Brigade.” Both the Syracuse game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and the Ohio State game at Ohio Stadium have been selected as games the Blue and White Brigade will be traveling to for the 2013 Football Season.

“The Blue & White Brigade program provides a service that the UPUA believes Penn State students deserve. It presents students with a responsible and reliable way of reaching away games so that they can  support their school and team,” said Brenden Dooley, vice president of the University Park Undergraduate Association.
 
Registration for the Syracuse game at MetLife Stadium will open on Monday, July 8, 2013. The webpage to sign up (pennstateupua.com/buses) will go live at 9 a.m. Each student must input his or her name, 9-digit PSU ID number, phone number, and email address to reserve their seat.
 
Three Fullington coach buses will travel to MetLife Stadium with a total of 150 seats available. Seats may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are responsible for buying their own ticket for entrance to the game.
 
A tentative timeline for the trip is as follows:
 
Date:
August 31, 2013
 
Depart Penn State (HUB):
Scheduled to leave HUB at 9:00 a.m.
 
Travel Time:
3 hours and 55 minutes
 
Arrive at MetLife:
Scheduled to arrive at MetLife Stadium between 1:30-2:30 p.m.
 
Kickoff:
3:30 p.m.
 
Depart MetLife Stadium:
Scheduled to depart the stadium after game
 
Arrive in State College:
Approximately 11:30 p.m.
 
The project was conceived through relationships with student governments at other Big Ten universities.
 
“After attending a conference with the Big Ten student governments, we discovered that peer institutions provided buses to away football games. When we pitched the idea to students, they were excited to see that there was potential to commute to away games, especially since this year’s schedule includes games in MetLife and Ohio Stadium,” said UPUA President Katelyn Mullen. “The UPUA has been working hard this summer to ensure that we are able to provide buses to the Syracuse and Ohio State games, and we are looking forward to the expansion of this program in the future.”
 
Contact: Grant Brown, Director of Communications, UPUA
upuaPR@gmail.

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