Welcome, IUP students and student employee supervisors! We are pleased to provide you
with the Fall edition of the Student Employment Center Newsletter. Once each semester
(October and February), a newsletter is produced that includes information about student
employment and other related topics.
In order that we provide you with an informative newsletter, we will greatly appreciate if you
take a moment to e-mail any “comments” pertaining to this newsletter. See the comments
section of the newsletter for an e-mail address. Please tell us what you like or dislike, and
share your ideas with us for future newsletters!
The Student Employment Center began in the summer of 1998 and is housed within the
Office of Career Services. The office assists students in finding job opportunities on campus
or in the local community. It also operates the Learning Enhancement Center Work Study
Students seeking part-time employment may access a listing of available jobs by doing any
of the following: asking to review the employment binder located in the Student Employment
Center (302 Pratt Hall, c/o Office of Career Services), reviewing the bulletin board located
outside the office, or accessing the on-line job listing at www.iup.edu/sec (24-hour
Because student employment is so invaluable, the Student Employment Center is planning
another informative workshop for both student employees and student employee supervisors
(including university staff members who do not oversee student employees but who would
like to attend). The workshop “Get Back in the Box: An Entertaining Review of Grammar
Basics” will be conducted on October 20. See inside for additional information!
The Student Employment Center recognizes both the efforts of student employees and
student employee supervisors. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities
that we make available throughout the year. You may visit our website to find information on
posting on-campus job vacancy announcements, guidelines for answering the telephone, job
duties, and interviewing tips.
We hope that each student employee experience is a positive one and that knowledge and
work experience are gained while achieving academic goals. In addition, we hope that
lasting and rewarding relationships are formed between student employee supervisors and
If schedules permit, we encourage everyone to attend the workshop scheduled for October
20. You don’t want to miss it! Have a great semester!
Tracy VanHorn-Juart, Coordinator
Student Employment Center
Student Employment Center
Indiana University of
302 Pratt Hall
c/o Office of Career Services
Office Hours: M/R/F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30
p.m., T/W, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
While classes are in session.
Office hours vary during semester breaks
and during the summer. Please contact
the office for hours of operation during
Web address: www.iup.edu/sec
Tracy VanHorn-Juart, Coordinator
Dustin Dreese, Graduate Assistant
Jaime Maudie, Office Assistant
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!!
November 26 – November 30, 2003
Classes resume on Monday,
December 1, at 8:00 a.m.
IntroductionTo Fit In or Not – That Is the QuestionDid You Hear the News?College Central NetworkRemember to Register for WorkshopLet’s Meet Jessica FarabaughDear Nora KnowledgeInternship OpportunitiesWhat Do Employers Expect of Me?Tips for The Good SupervisorStudent Employment TriviaFederal Work-Study Award InformationThe Service Learning CenterUniversity Testing ServicesComments SectionUpcoming EventsAnswers to TriviaNews From The Co-op Store
By Elizabeth A. Kincade, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Licensed Psychologist
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Do you ever feel that somehow you don't fit in?
Your clothes are wrong.
The way you talk is just not right.
You don't come from the right town.
You don't like the right music.
Well, if you do… then you are not alone. Many people feel this way. The world is so diverse that it
is difficult to feel completely at home. There will always be some way in which we don't fit. Often
this is related to things we cannot change about ourselves- our culture, our race, our body, our age,
and so on. Sometimes feeling like we don’t fit in is related to things that we can change but choose not
to, based on our values and beliefs. Other times there are ways in which we can fit in if we so
choose… there are positive and healthy ways to change so that we can fit in.
Feeling like you don’t fit in—or to put it another way: feeling like everyone knows the rules and
everyone has friends but you-- is usually worse when you are in the midst of some kind of change
in your life. It is at these times that people doubt themselves and their abilities. College is such a
time. Whether you are just coming from high school or returning to school after a number of years,
college brings change. In many ways, change is exciting. In other ways, it is scary. Different friends,
different foods, even different rules about ways of eating (who sits where and with whom at the
cafeteria) are some of the things that lead people to believe that just don’t fit and no one will ever accept
them. Often just giving things time helps you to adjust and fit in… other times, you have to take
First, it is important to know that there are positive and negative ways of fitting in and being accepted.
If you feel like you are all alone, standing on the outskirts of the crowd, and will never find people
with whom you feel comfortable, you are more at risk for dealing with this negatively. The two most
frequent unhealthy ways that people deal with not fitting in is through joining unhealthy groups
(sometimes called cults) or through alcohol abuse. Both of these might appear to work for a short
period of time because you suddenly have close, intense people in your life, but in the long run, they
cause more harm than good. Grades slip; you lose friends.
Finding healthy ways to fit in is not hard, but it does take work and some risks. First, it helps to know
yourself better and to have a solid sense of who you are. This way you are more secure in
determining what you can change, what you could change but choose not to, and what you just might
want to change.
Here’s a simple exercise. Make a list of ten things you believe about the world and ten things that you
like about yourself. Prioritize them. What are the top three? These are probably the things that you
value about yourself and your beliefs and do not want to compromise or change in order to be accepted by others.
Now look at your list and see if there is anything that you might feel comfortable changing in order to feel accepted.
Think about the risks and rewards of changing these things. Think about being open to new experiences.
You can further help yourself to deal with not feeling accepted by reminding yourself of the
qualities and abilities that made it possible for you to be here at IUP. There is no doubt that you have
already proved yourself to be intelligent and capable. Remind yourself of this frequently.
Counselors call this "positive self-talk," and it's a worthwhile thing to practice.
Try to build on the positive things that you experience here at school. As you get to know
some people, through seeing them in classes, in the lounges/cafeterias, or in the residence halls --
and as you become more familiar with the physical layout of IUP, you are likely to develop greater
confidence in yourself. Take the initiative to get to know others, when you can. You can meet people
with similar interests through the wide variety of clubs and groups on campus. (Remember to look
for healthy groups that allow people to be individuals!) Learn to give yourself credit for the
things that are going well in your life. All of these will help you to feel that you have a
right to be here… that you fit in. Accept yourself first, and others will follow.
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The Service Learning Center has moved to 302
Pratt Hall. More details pertaining to the Service
Learning Center are available in this newsletter!
By Sara Barnett, Student Employee, Office of
Where do you see yourself in five years? Can you see yourself job hunting, resume pushing, or even
career fair searching? Well, I am here to tell you about a tool that can help you on your journey, and
that tool is CCN!
College Central Network hosts a number of ways to help you as a student to find the perfect job. With
daily updates, CCN assists not only currently enrolled students but also has the capacity to help
recent and the not-so-recent graduates. Numerous students have tried this device with happy results.
So, next time you are looking for a job fair, an open house, a full-time position, or just a place to post
your resume, think College Central Network. What are you waiting for…visit the Career Services
website at http://www.iup.edu/career. Next, click on “Students” then click on “Register with CCN”!
Log in today!
Monday, October 20, 11:30 a.m. –
1:00 p.m. Location: Eberly College of Business
(A pizza lunch will be provided!)
This workshop is guaranteed to be fun, entertaining, and informative. Has it been a while,
perhaps a long while, since you have reviewed the rules of grammar? Are you using the rules of
grammar daily in your writing and speaking? Are you required to review the writing of others in your
work? Do you have a clue about why something sounds right or sounds wrong? Do you rely on the
grammar check in Microsoft Word to correct your errors? Are you wondering how “entertaining” and
“grammar” can be used in the same title? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this
workshop may be for you! Your grammar questions will be answered or your money back!
All student employees and student employee supervisors (including university staff that do not
oversee student employees but may be interested in attending) are invited. If you have not registered
but would like to attend, please complete the registration form provided in this newsletter or go
online at www.iup.edu/sec to review more detailed information and to submit a registration form.
Registration forms must be returned by Friday, October 10, 2003.
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By Jessica Farabaugh, Student
Employee, Eberly College of
Business and Information
Hi. My name is Jessica Farabaugh. I am an Accounting major and will be graduating in
December 2003. I wanted to tell you about my experience as a student employee at IUP. It has
been extremely beneficial to me.
I have been working in the Dean’s Office of the Eberly College of Business and Information
Technology since I was a freshman. I have gained many skills that will help me when I enter the
workforce. I have enhanced both my written and verbal communications skills by working with
students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and business professionals. I have learned a lot about
the importance of being courteous to people and trying to help them work through their concerns.
Being a student worker has made me a more reliable and responsible person. I need to make
sure that I balance my classes, homework, and job responsibilities. I need to be very thorough and
organized in order to be successful in what I do. Some student worker positions may involve filing,
answering the phones, and doing errands. In the Dean’s Office, I do much more. I have been able to
help the Dean and Assistant Dean in reviewing the budget status of the college and with keeping
records regarding purchases, grant activity, and expenditures. Last year, I was given the opportunity
to be a lead student worker in the Dean’s Office. In this job, I have helped with advertising, screening,
and hiring new student workers for the office. I have organized and reviewed work of other student
workers in the office. My student worker position was especially important to me because I am an Accounting major
in the college.
Working in the Dean’s Office not only has provided me good work experience, but it
also gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of people, both inside the university and outside. The
college has a Business Advisory Council that consists of many business professionals in the
region. Through my work, I have made many contacts.
When interviewing for full-time positions, I have found that organizations are really interested in my
work experience. They are really impressed with students who have worked while they were in
college. If you are a student worker, take your job seriously. It will pay off!
I am preparing my resume, and I would like to include my student
employment experience. How should I go about doing this?
You should organize the work experience you have had in chronological order, starting with the most
recent. If you do not have an extensive amount of work experience related to the type of job you are
applying for, treat your student employment work experience as your most recent job.
When including any work experience in a resume, make sure that you include:
Your job title;
The name of the Organization/Company
The city and state in which the
organization/company is located; and
The beginning and end date of your employment
You want to provide bulleted information about what responsibilities were associated with each job
that you held. Make sure that the information you provide is concise, descriptive, and addresses the
types of skills that you developed. You should have no more than ten bulleted items for each of
the jobs that you list. Try to use numbers or percentages within your bulleted information to
further emphasize what you accomplished. For example, stating that you increased sales profits by
150 percent within a six-month period is more descriptive for employers.
Remember that your resume needs to speak to the experience that you have had and how it has
prepared you for the position for which you are applying. Your student employment work
experience is appropriate to include on your resume, because it has helped you build skills that
can be useful in different job settings.
Good luck with preparing your resume, and stop by the Office of Career Services (302 Pratt Hall) if you
need more detailed assistance in developing and organizing your work experience!
The Internship Office works in conjunction with academic internship coordinators to assist students
in identifying internship opportunities which enhance their education and career development
and are related to their occupational interests.
Internship opportunities received by the Internship Office are posted to College Central Network. For
more information, contact the Internship Office at 724-357-2235.
By Kathleen Manion, SPHR, CEBS
Classification Manager, Office of Human Resources
They expect me to:
Come to work everyday . . . on time.
Make smart decisions. Follow directions.
Concentrate on my work and care about the quality of my work.
Read, write, and calculate well.
Recognize problems and find solutions.
Finish a job when I'm supposed to without sacrificing quality.
Be honest and dependable.
Take the lead and work hard.
Communicate well and get along with other people . . . especially customers.
Dress properly and practice good grooming.
Be cooperative. Have a positive attitude.
1. Establish clear goals.
3. Set a positive example of professional, polite,
and ethical behavior.
4. Remember that student employees are students first.
5. Show appreciation for exceptional work.
6. Allow for students’ input.
7. Be an accessible supervisor.
8. Be a student.
9. Be a teacher.
10. Encourage risk taking and decision making.
11. Communicate openly and honestly.
NSEA Newsletter/Spring 2001
By Kaila Clouser, Student Employee, Office of Career Services
1. How do I submit my hours online?
2. If I want to work for a nonprofit agency and would like to get paid through my Federal
Work-Study, what would I do?
3. How do I know if I have Federal Work- Study?
4. Where would I go if I wanted to get my resume reviewed?
5. Who is the new president of IUP?
6. What exactly does the Office of Career Services do?
By Aileen Bowman, Assistant Director
Financial Aid Office
Students are able to view their own Federal Work- Study awards online. For students whose aid
packages include Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) funds, the award information may be found
by logging into the secure area of www.iup.edu/URSA and accessing the financial aid
information. Not all students have been reviewed for FWSP eligibility, because it requires both the
annual completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a specific
request being made to the Financial Aid Office to be considered for FWSP. The IUP Fall/Spring
Federal Work-Study Application is available online at www.iup.edu/financialaid.
If FWSP is not part of the financial aid package, it does not necessarily mean that the student is not
eligible. Students interested in working under FWSP rather than University Employment (i.e.
State Work-Study), who do not have an FWSP award may contact the Financial Aid Office to
inquire about eligibility. The Financial Aid Office is located in Clark Hall and may be reached by phone
at 724-357-2218 or by e-mailing financialaid@ iup.edu.
It is recommended that students review their FWSP award online on a regular basis in order to be
aware of any changes that may have occurred in the FWSP eligibility. The Financial Aid Office
monitors students’ earnings and notifies supervisors when students are no longer able to be
paid under FWSP. Students should also try to monitor their own earnings.
By Dustin Dreese, Graduate Assistant
Student Employment Center/Service Learning Center
Are you interested in getting involved with the Indiana community, building strong, professional
relationships, or maybe even making some MONEY? Did you know that there is an office on
campus that can help any Federal Work-Study student obtain a fulfilling part-time job aiding local
nonprofit agencies? IUP’s Service Learning Center can help you.
The Serve Study program allows students to receive payment for community service through
Federal Work-Study. By providing a variety of experiential learning opportunities, the program can
give students practical experience directly related to their academic or personal interests.
The Volunteer Services division of the office helps students find community service opportunities in
and around Indiana County. In addition, the office assists groups of students who are interested in
fundraising for a nonprofit agency. For more information, please visitwww.iup.edu/servicelearning or contact the office at 724-357-2235.
By Kristin Eicholtz, Graduate Assistant, University
Are you tired of test-scheduling stress and cumbersome testing site searches? University
Testing Services is here to save the day and reduce that anxiety. We provide testing schedules,
administration, and score report services for the purposes of graduation, competency, licensure,
and personal certification. Tests that can be taken at our site include and are not limited to: GREs,
Millers Analogies Test (MATs), Praxis, GMATs, TOEFLs, and CLEP tests. Our office, located in 311
Pratt Hall, provides a convenient and comfortable environment for test takers.
There are two simple ways to go about scheduling a test. First, you may stop by our office and
schedule when you arrive. Come with a test date and time in mind and we will try to accommodate
your request. If you plan on taking a test that is not computer based, we can provide you with
registration/information packets that will guide you in the right direction. We accept credit cards
(American Express, Visa, and Master Card), money orders, and personal checks. Second, you may
schedule a test over the phone. Once again, have a date and time in mind. If you are calling to
schedule, you must pay by credit card.
We want you to focus on preparing for and “acing" the tests listed above, not worrying about how to
schedule or where to take them. Come and let us serve you. We are closer to home than you think!
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Please tell us what you like or dislike, and share your ideas with us for future newsletters!
October20 Workshop for student employees and student employee supervisors:
“Get Back in the Box: An Entertaining Review of Grammar Basics”
30 Individual Course Withdrawal Deadline
26-30 Thanksgiving Recess
December1 Classes Resume at 8:00 a.m.
6 Classes End
8-12 Final Exam Period
14 December Commencement
January – 200412 Late Registration
13 Classes Begin
By Kaila Clouser, Student Employee, Office of Career Services
1. To submit your hours online:
• Log on to www.iup.edu/ursa
• Select Secure Area
• Click on Employee
• Click on Time Sheet
• Select the current weeks
• Click on time sheet, again
• Enter hours worked
• Click on Submit for Approval
• Your supervisor will need to approve
the hours in order for you to receive
2. If you want to work for a nonprofit agency and be paid through Federal Work-Study,
you must first complete the Serve Study On8 Line Application form atwww.iup.edu/servicelearning. Once you submit your application, you will receive
online instructions on how to proceed. For more information, contact the Service
Learning Center at 724-357-2235.
3. Eligibility for Federal Work-Study may be verified by logging on to www.iup.edu/ursa
and logging into your secure area. Next, click on:
• Student Services & Financial Aid
• Financial Aid
• My Award Information
• Award for the Year
• Current Year
• If you have been awarded Federal
Work-Study, the dollar amount that you can earn will be displayed. If
you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at
Note: If Federal Work-Study does not appear in your aid package, you may still be
eligible. Contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire.
4. If you would like to have your resume reviewed, you may call the Office of Career
Services at 724-357-2235 to schedule an appointment.
5. I’m sure many of you have wondered who the new president is. The new president of
IUP is Dr. Derek J. Hodgson. He was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1998 until he came here in August 2003. He and
his wife, Billie, have one daughter, Julie, a graduate of the University of Nebraska who
attends Syracuse University College of Law For more information, you can go to his
biography at www.iup.edu/president
6. The Office of Career Services is located in 302 Pratt Hall. The office offers many
services to students and alumni. Services include: College Central Network, mock
interviews, CareerSearch, Career Library, Job Fairs, workshops, and individual
counseling. Also in Career Services are the: Student Employment Center,
Internships, Office of Service Learning, On- Campus Recruiting, and the University
Testing Center. Please call (724-357-2235) or visit the website at www.iup.edu/career
for more information.
By Pete Alexander, Director, Co-op
The Co-op Store in conjunction with the Student Co-op Association are
celebrating their 70th Anniversary, and as part of a year-long celebration, the store is offering a
chance for graduate/undergraduate students to win FREE textbooks for the remainder of their
undergraduate and or graduate career at IUP. The Co-op has a file listing all students attending
IUP, and before every IUP home football game, one name is pulled. During the game, the lucky
student's name will be announced by the game announcer and that student will have 10 minutes to
go to the IUP Spirit Tent to claim their prize. You must be at the game to win!
The Student Employment Center wishes to thank all of the contributing writers. Your efforts are greatly
appreciated. We also thank those who encouraged others to write. Thank you for taking time out of your
busy schedules to assist the Student Employment Center in promoting student employment success.