Fall 2004

  • Introduction

    Welcome back IUP student employees and welcome student employee
    supervisors! We have been working hard to give you with a newsletter that
    provides helpful information for student employees and student employee

    The Student Employment Center is located within the Office of Career Services
    and acts as a resource for students who are searching for on and off-campus
    jobs. Students seeking part-time and seasonal job opportunities can do so by:

    1. Asking to review the employment binder located in the Student
    Employment Center in 302 Pratt Hall.
    2. Reviewing the employment bulletin board located outside of the
    Career Services Office located in 302 Pratt Hall.
    3. Accessing the on-line job listing at www.iup.edu/career.
    Included in this issue of the Student Employment Center Newsletter you will find
    articles regarding interviewing tips, the federal work study program, Student
    Employment Center trivia, University Testing information and registration
    information for the Student Employment Center sponsored workshop entitled
    “Negotiating Receptions: Juggling the Dishes and Small Talk While Networking”
    presented by Karen Litzinger.

    The Student Employment Center recognizes both the efforts of student
    employees and student employee supervisors so we encourage you to take
    advantage of any and all opportunities that we make available throughout the
    year. You may visit our website to find information on posting job vacancy
    announcements, guidelines for answering the telephone, job duties, and
    interviewing tips.

    Remember, if you would like to offer constructive feedback, please feel free to
    contact us and let us know how we can improve this newsletter. You can reach
    our office by calling 724-357-2235, emailing brunetta@iup.edu, or stop by and
    see us in 302 Pratt Hall.

    In closing, we want to wish all student employees and student employee
    supervisors good luck for both a happy and productive year ahead. We would
    like to express our appreciation for all of your hard work and contributions to the
    IUP learning community. All of your hard work makes IUP a better place to
    study, to work, and to live!!

    Jessica Reed, Graduate Assistant
    Student Employment Center

    Contact Information

    Student Employment Center
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    302 Pratt Hall
    c/o Office of Career Services
    Telephone: 724-357-2235
    Fax: 724-357-4079
    Office Hours: M/R/F, 8:00a.m.–
    4:30p.m., T/W, 8:00 a.m.– 7:00 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: brunetta@iup.edu
    Web address: www.iup.edu/career


    Heather Brunetta, Interim Coordinator Jessica Reed, Graduate Assistant
    Heather Dravecky, Office Assistant Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!!
    November 24 – November 28, 2004
    Classes resume on Monday, November 29, at 8:00 a.m.

    In This Issue

    A Tale of Two Internets
    How Can We Help You?
    Workshop Registration Info.
    Dear Nora Knowledge
    Federal Work-Study Award Info.
    Tips for Student Employees
    Tips for the Good Supervisor
    Student Employment Trivia
    University Testing Services
    The Disney College Program
    The Service Learning Center
    Upcoming Events
    Comments Section
    Answers to Trivia

    “A Tale of Two Internets”

    By: Eric Rosenberger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Counseling and
    Psychological Services

    For many of us, the Internet is a powerful friend. We use it to communicate, to research, to
    play, and to shop. It helps us to complete the tasks of living with speed, efficiency, and simplicity. It
    also connects us to others in ways we might never have imagined. For others, the Internet is like a
    trap – the very qualities that make it attractive draw others who struggle with addictive tendencies.
    They e-mail or IM constantly, run up credit card balances shopping or gambling, play games that
    distract them from their work or studies, or download “research” or papers that belong to
    others. In many cases, these individuals “lose” themselves and their perspective on reality – they
    lose focus of the world around them, their morality, their responsibilities, their friends and
    acquaintances, and in many cases, even their identities as healthy, productive people. These
    people can be captivated by the Internet – tethered to the screen, often for hours at a time.

    There is no disputing the ways that the computer has changed our lives. Even the most
    basic computer functions (document storage and retrieval, making mathematical calculations, cutting
    and pasting) have greatly simplified the ways we work, study, and play. The Internet seems to
    embody the ways that technology has improved the quality of our lives. For most of us, life without the
    Internet does not seem like much of a life – how would we communicate, send documents, use our
    leisure time, check the weather, get the latest music, or find that hard-to-find item on E-Bay?
    Without the Internet, we would have to use the phone, the fax machine, the postal service, the car,
    the yellow pages, and the newspaper much more often. We would have to watch the news, weather,
    and sports on television. We would have to buy music in a store. We would spend more time in
    shopping malls looking for things we would not be able to find. We would spend more time in libraries
    seeking out information that is only seconds away on the computer. In short, we would have less time
    in our daily routines to do the other things we like to do. For better or worse, the computer has changed
    our lives.

    But even those of us who believe our technology habits are healthy have probably
    checked their e-mail a few too many times, bought something they did not need on the computer,
    wasted time at work reading news that could have waited, or closed their door to play just one more
    game of solitaire or free cell. Still more of us often check our e-mail multiple times a day, spend too
    much money, or waste time “working” on the computer playing games, reading the news, or
    doing other unproductive projects.

    Then there is a third category of people – people who are “addicted,” though perhaps not in
    the same way we think about other kinds of addiction. For these people, the computer is
    central to their lives – it is the first thing they turn on when they wake up (if it was turned off when they
    went to bed), their anchor during the day, and the thing that keeps them up at night. Though the
    nature of technology addiction differs from person to person, the defining quality is that they need their
    computer to feel a sense of fulfillment, and without it, they feel empty.

    For some, the problem is e-mail or IM – they feel empty and alone when they are not
    “connected” to others, and they feel disappointed when they have no new messages. For others, the
    addiction is about information – news, sports, weather. They set their home page to CNN, Sports
    Illustrated, or The Weather Channel, and they frequently check the Internet for updates, scores, or
    radar images. They report feeling lost or out of the loop if they are away from their computer for even
    short periods of time.

    Now that many Internet sites offer secure purchasing or data encryption, more people feel
    comfortable shopping on-line. They not only purchase hard-to-find items, but increasingly,
    people are buying more day-to-day items – clothing, office supplies, music, jewelry – the things
    they used to buy in shopping malls. In addition, the market for collectibles (books, trading cards, beanie
    babies, etc.) has soared, and what used to be a “pastime” for some has become an obsession for many. Other potentially problematic forms of
    Internet use include gaming, gambling, pornography, and on-line relationships.

    Addiction generally refers to two types of problems – physical addiction and psychological
    addiction. With chemical addiction (alcoholism, addiction to drugs), physical addiction is
    characterized by “tolerance” (over time, the body needs more of the chemical to achieve the same
    high) and “withdrawal” (characteristic symptoms when the user quits). Psychological addiction is
    more about the urge, and the primary place that the “substance” takes in the user’s mind. If we think
    about Internet addiction, we might not see the telltale signs of physical addiction, though we are likely
    to see signs of psychological addiction (the belief that one can not live without the Internet, the
    constant desire, the psychological “pull”). Despite the information one can find on the Internet, there is
    no such thing as an approved psychiatric diagnosis of “Internet Addiction,” though chances are that
    most of us know someone whose relationship with their computer is a little overboard.

    For the person who is struggling to break free from their problematic Internet behaviors, there
    are options available. Not only is there a “Center for On-Line Addiction” (this web-site offers a guide
    to healthy computing, in addition to a number of resources for people who are struggling including
    books, web-sites, and even counseling), but addictive behaviors fall into the realm of
    competency for most mental health professionals. In many cases, people who experience addictive
    behaviors also experience other mental health problems including loneliness, emptiness,
    depression, social anxiety, isolation, and problems with impulse control. Research has identified a
    relationship between Internet use and depression, though the nature of the relationship remains
    unclear (does the Internet use cause depression, or do depressed people spend more time on-line?).
    Treating these other behaviors could lead to improved feelings of self-esteem and/or improved
    relationships with others, perhaps decreasing the need to “connect” with others on-line. In addition,
    there are numerous self-help books to treat addictive behaviors, and support groups for people
    to share their experiences and successes with coping, Finally, as the problem of lost productivity
    in the workplace due to Internet use has grown, many employers/human resources directors have
    taken steps not only to help employees who are having problems, but also to limit access to
    “resources” that are not absolutely essential for job performance (e.g., many employers take steps to
    prevent the downloading of “unapproved” software onto employees’ computers).

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    How Can We Help You? Your Guide to the Office of Career Services

    By: Jessica Reed, Graduate
    Assistant, Student Employment Center & Service Learning

    Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or a fulltime career, the Office of Career Services can help.
    The Office of Career Services offers everything from mock interviews to community service
    opportunities, career counseling to part-time job listings and everything in between. We can start
    you on the road to success and help you along the path to a prosperous future.

    One of our most highly rated programs offers you an opportunity to practice your skills in a simulated
    interview setting. Immediate feedback is provided on your performance. This will boost your
    confidence and make you more effective in presenting yourself to an employer.

    Whether its for writing resumes and cover letters, making a career or major change, searching for
    potential employers, or evaluating job offers, our counselors can answer your questions and make
    you aware of additional resources or services.

    Each semester, the Office of Career Services sponsors a series of workshops on career and
    related topics, such as resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. We also cover topics
    such as professional etiquette and the electronic job search.

    This is a convenient way to make one-to-one contact with a wide variety of employers in one
    place at one time. There are departmental fairs during the academic year as well as large regional
    events held during the semester break and the spring semester. Information about these events is
    available in Career Services (302 Pratt Hall).

    The Office of Career Services houses an online employer database, career resources, and
    subscriptions to job listings for specific occupations.

    IUP is a popular source of candidates for employers because of our size, the quality of
    education provided, and the performance of our graduates. For these reasons, many employers
    choose to come on campus to interview students. In fact, over 120 organizations representing
    manufacturing, sales, retailing, banking, financial services, government, education, social services,
    health care, and non-profits typically visit our office (this does not include the additional employers who
    attend departmental or regional career fairs each year).

    Interviews for the fall semester start in October. Interviews for the spring semester begin in
    February. You must sign up well in advance of the interview date, so have your resume ready! On
    campus recruiting is coordinated through College Central Network (CCN). To register and upload
    your resume go to www.collegecentral.com, click on “student Central”, manually type in Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and follow the online prompts. To
    submit your resume for interview consideration, go to the above website and click on the following
    options: Students, Enter ID and password, Search for On-campus Recruitment jobs, scroll to the
    bottom of the screen and click “Begin search.” This will give you the complete listing of on-campus
    recruiters. Then click on the JOB ID number, in red, to view the job details. This screen will provide
    you with the job description for that position. For interview consideration, submit your resume by
    clicking “Submit resume” on the bottom of the screen.

    We recommend that you start interviewing this fall. Some majors will have specific interviewing
    "seasons." For example, the Fall semester is the key time for Accounting majors to interview, even
    though they may not start their jobs until the next summer or fall! Education majors will have more
    luck in the Spring and at job fairs specifically with school districts. Other majors will find employers
    scheduled throughout the academic year. Most employers only come once each year, so don't
    miss their visit!

    The Student Employment Center provides assistance to students seeking part-time and/or
    summer employment for both off-campus and on campus employment opportunities. The purpose of
    this program is to facilitate contact between the local business community, seasonal employers, on campus
    departmental offices and talented college students who are interested in working while
    attending classes.

    Through the Serve Study program, students can receive payment for community service through
    Federal Work Study. The office maintains direct contact with Serve Study students throughout their
    term of employment and those students are encouraged to share any comments and concerns
    they may have with their agency so that we can assure the highest possible quality experience to all

    The Volunteer Services division of the office helps students wanting or needing community service
    hours. We help keep students informed of opportunities in the Indiana area and help agencies
    find volunteers. The office also assists groups of students that are interested in fundraising for a nonprofit

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    Remember to register for the workshop on “Negotiating Receptions: Juggling the
    Dishes and Small Talk While Networking

    Monday, November 1, 2004, 11:30
    a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location:
    Hadley Union Building, Ohio Room
    (A pizza lunch will be provided!)

    With food in your right hand and a drink in your left, it’s hard to work the room without making a mess of
    yourself. During this presentation there will be discussion on some basics of reception etiquette
    and tips on networking during a reception, along with interactive exercises that could result in leads
    for your career decision-making and internship or job search.

    So remember to register for the “Negotiating Receptions: Juggling the Dishes and Small Talk
    While Networking” workshop by October 15 in order to attend and learn key networking techniques!
    See insert for details. Hope to see you there !

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    Dear Nora Knowledge

    Dear Nora~
    I am currently a new student employee on campus and I am a
    little scared about what is expected of me as a student
    worker. Do you have any tips for me?
    Scared and Nervous

    Dear Scared and Nervous~
    There are many things that are expected of an outstanding employee. The most important quality
    to have is to know when to ask for help. Though you probably will be working with little supervision
    on some tasks, it is okay to ask your supervisor for help. They are there to supervise and help you,
    and it’s better to ask then make a mistake.

    Another great quality of an outstanding student employee is to be professional at all times. Make
    sure you use good communication skills, good manners, be friendly and helpful, and make sure
    that you ask your supervisor if there are any criteria that the office has on professionalism.

    Dependability and responsibility are also very good qualities to have. Your co-workers, other
    departments, and the students, staff, and faculty that come in for help all depend on you. If you can’t
    come into work, notify your supervisor. Always be responsible for yourself and the things you do.
    There are so many other qualities that make an outstanding student employee. The longer you
    work the better you’ll get. It comes with practice. Just keep these few points in mind and you’ll be on
    your way. And remember, you can use these qualities in everyday life as well as when you
    graduate and start your career.
    Nora Knowledge

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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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    Keys to Success Tips for Student Employees and Student
    Employee Supervisors TIPS FOR THE GOOD SUPERVISOR

    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 role model.
    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 Chad Jurica, Student
    Employee, Office of Career
    1) List three ways that a student can access listings of available jobs for both on- and off campus.
    2) What areas are housed within the Office of Career Services?
    3) What year was the Student Employment Center started here at IUP?
    4) What are the different tests offered on-campus at our Computer Based Testing Center?
    5) Where can a student go to find out if he or she has federal work-study?
    6) What are the office hours for the Student Employment Center?
    7) I’m graduating. What can I do to look for a fulltime job?

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    Come to work everyday . . . on time.
    Make smart decisions. Follow directions.
    Concentrate on office work and care about the quality of the work.
    Read, write, and calculate well.
    Recognize problems and find solutions.
    Finish a job within the deadline 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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    University Testing Services Praxis, GREs, MATs, Oh My!

    Are you looking to take the Praxis exam? Dreading the idea of driving three hours to
    take the GRE? Do you think that you might be the next Johnny Cochran and need to take the LSAT?
    Well, the University Testing Center can help. The University Testing Center offers a variety of tests
    including the GRE, MAT, LSAT, and the Praxis right here in Indiana, PA.

    The University Testing Center is located within the Career Services Office and can be reached by
    calling 724-357-4994 or 724-357-2235. The office is your complete guide to the tests offered at IUP
    along with other universities. The University Testing Center Office Hours and
    Contact Information 311 Pratt Hal 724-357-4994 or 724-357-2235

    Office Hours:
    Monday: 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
    Tuesday: 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Wednesday: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Thursday: 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Friday: 9:00a.m.-1:30p.m.

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    By Sara Barnett, Student Employee,
    Office of Career Services

    Hello everyone! My name is Sara Barnett. I am a Special Education major here at IUP, and I
    plan on graduating during the spring of 2006. I wanted to tell you all about my experience working
    at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as a College Program student this past spring &

    I have always been a huge Disney fan and I can vividly remember walking through the parks as
    a child hoping that someday I could be Snow White. Well I didn’t exactly become Snow White,
    however; I did become a cast member at the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom.
    Being a cast member at one of the most well-known businesses in the world has been an
    amazing learning experience for me. I had to learn to balance my work, my class schedule and my
    social life while trying to maintain a living in one of the biggest tourist sites in the world. I needed to be
    sure that I could pay my bills while keeping up with the social aspect of the program.

    While some College Program jobs were less glorified such as housekeeping and food service, I
    somehow managed to become an Operations cast member. Working at the Haunted Mansion as a
    ride operator meant that I not only welcomed guests to the ride, but also helped guests with
    disabilities, assisted guests getting on and off the ride, and also helped preserve the magic for years
    to come. Working in a business as a full-time cast member honed my skills for the workforce later in
    life, and I will always be thankful to Walt Disney World for the opportunity that I received.
    The Walt Disney World College Program presentations come to campus twice a year, once
    in the fall and once in the spring. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this wonderful
    learning experience. If you have any further questions please contact the Office of Career
    Services (302 Pratt Hall).

    Just remember, “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme,
    for when you wish upon a star your dreams come true!”

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    The Service Learning Center (How to Get Involved in YOUR Community)

    Jessica Reed, Graduate Assistant
    Student Employment Center & Service Learning

    Are you looking for a way to give back to the Indiana community? Need community service
    hours for class? Or just want to help out? The Office of Service Learning can help.
    Throughout the year we receive a variety of volunteer opportunities from various organizations
    around Indiana County that are looking for volunteers. These organizations are looking for
    interested, motivated individuals to help make their organization or event run smoothly. Without these
    individuals many organizations could not function as they do.

    If you are interested in giving a little bit of your time to help one of these organizations, please email the
    Office of Service Learning at J.L.Reed@iup.edu in order to be updated on volunteer opportunities.

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    Upcoming Dates and Events

    Fall Recess 10/18-10/19
    View Mid-term Grades 10/25

    Individual Course Withdrawal 11/5
    Total Semester Withdrawal 11/12
    Thanksgiving Recess 11/24-11/28
    Classes Resume 11/29

    Classes End 12/13
    Finals Begin 12/14
    Finals End 12/18
    Commencement 12/19

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    Comments Section

    We would greatly appreciate if you would drop any comments you may have
    via e-mail to brunetta@iup.edu. Please tell us what you like or dislike, and share your ideas
    with us for future newsletters! Thank you!

    Answers to the Student Employment Trivia Contest

    By Chad Jurica, Student Employee, Office of
    Career Services

    1) Students seeking part-time employment may access a listing of available jobs by doing any of
    the following: reviewing the bulletin board located outside of the office, asking to review the
    employment binder located in the Student Employment Center (302 Pratt Hall, Office of
    Career Services), or by accessing the on-line job listing at www.iup.edu/sec
    2) The Office of Career Services is the home to Internships, Student Employment Center, Oncampus
    recruiting, Computer-based testing center, Service Learning, and Volunteer Services.
    3) 1998
    4) The computer-based testing center offers:
    -CLEP, College Level Examination Program
    - MAT, Miller Analogies Test
    - LSAT, Law School Admission Test
    -GRE, Graduate Record Examination Test
    -GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test
    - TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language
    -PRAXIS 1
    -ACT Assessment
    -Foreign Language Competency Test
    -Certified Health Education Specialist Test
    5) The Financial Aid Office located in Clark Hall or by checking your URSA account. See the Federal
    Work Study Award Information article on page five for URSA instructions.
    6) While classes are in session: M/R/F. 8:00am-
    4:30pm. T/W, 8:00am-7:00pm. Office hours vary during semester breaks and the summer. Please
    contact the office for hours of operation during these times.
    7) Visit the Career Services website at www.iup.edu/career. Select students and then the
    CCN Link. Complete the registration screens and upload your resume. Employers will be able to
    view your resume. This website will provide you access to the on-campus interview schedule, job
    fair postings, and actual job postings (both local and nationwide).

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    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 preparing student employees for success.