Fall 2003

  • Introduction

    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
    student employee(s).

    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

    Contact Information

    Student Employment Center
    Indiana University of
    302 Pratt Hall
    c/o Office of Career Services
    Telephone: 724-357-2235
    Fax: 724-357-4079
    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
    these times.
    E-mail: tracyvan@iup.edu
    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.

    In This Issue

    To Fit In or Not – That Is the Question
    Did You Hear the News?
    College Central Network
    Remember to Register for Workshop
    Let’s Meet Jessica Farabaugh
    Dear Nora Knowledge
    Internship Opportunities
    What Do Employers Expect of Me?
    Tips for The Good Supervisor
    Student Employment Trivia
    Federal Work-Study Award Information
    The Service Learning Center
    University Testing Services
    Comments Section
    Upcoming Events
    Answers to Trivia
    News From The Co-op Store

    To Fit In or Not ---That Is the Question, Is It Not?

    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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    Did You Hear the News?

    The Service Learning Center has moved to 302
    Pratt Hall. More details pertaining to the Service
    Learning Center are available in this newsletter!

    College Central Network (CCN) Can Help You!

    By Sara Barnett, Student Employee, Office of
    Career Services

    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!

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    Remember to register for the workshop on “Get Back in the Box: An Entertaining Review of
    Grammar Basics”

    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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    Let’s Meet One of IUP’s Outstanding Student Employees…

    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!

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    Dear Nora Knowledge

    Dear Nora,
    I am preparing my resume, and I would like to include my student
    employment experience. How should I go about doing this?
    --Student Employee

    Dear Student,
    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!
    Nora Knowledge

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    Internship Opportunities

    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.

    What Do Employers Expect of Me as an Employee?

    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.

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    1. Establish clear goals.
    2. Delegate!
    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

    Student Employment Trivia Contest

    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?

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    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.

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    The Service Learning Center (Community Service with a Kick)

    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 visit
    www.iup.edu/servicelearning or contact the office at 724-357-2235.

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    University Testing Services

    By Kristin Eicholtz, Graduate Assistant, University
    Testing Services

    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!

    Comments Section

    We would greatly appreciate if you would drop any comments you may have
    via e-mail to tracyvan@iup.edu.

    Please tell us what you like or dislike, and share your ideas with us for future newsletters!
    Thank you!

    Upcoming Dates/Events…

    20 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

    1 Classes Resume at 8:00 a.m.
    6 Classes End
    8-12 Final Exam Period
    14 December Commencement

    January – 2004
    12 Late Registration
    13 Classes Begin

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    Answers to the Student Employment Trivia Contest

    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
    a paycheck
    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 at
    www.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

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    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.

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    News From The Co-op Store!

    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.