It’s that time of year again! Time for budding trees, blooming flowers, and another
edition of the Student Employment Center Newsletter. We have been working hard to
ensure that the articles contained within this newsletter provide relevant and helpful
information to both student employees and student employee supervisors.
The Student Employment Center (SEC) is housed within the Office of Career
Services and assists students in finding part-time on or off-campus job opportunities.
It also coordinates with the Learning Enhancement Center’s Work Study Program.
Students who are seeking employment opportunities can stop by our office in 302
Pratt Hall to review the employment binder or access the on-line job listing atwww.iup.edu/sec.
Included in this edition you will find material related to the upcoming SEC-sponsored
workshop entitled “Are you a L.E.A.Der in the workplace?” which teaches key
successful habits in the workplace that can be applied to current or future
employment. This workshop will also help students to gain valuable life skills that can
help one be successful in the future.
Also, don’t forget to read about what is happening during Student Employment
Appreciation Week! This year Student Employment Appreciation Week will take
place the week of April 10-April 16, 2005. In order to show our appreciation for all of
the hard work that student employees provide, we are sponsoring an ice cream
buffet, hosting the above-mentioned workshop, as well as sending a few other
surprises to say “thank you” for all of your hard work during your student employment
Please remember that we are always accepting constructive feedback, so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or stopping by 302 Pratt
In closing, we want to wish all student employees and student employee supervisors
good luck for both a happy and productive remainder of the Spring Semester. We
would also 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
Student Employment Center
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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. – 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.
Web address: www.iup.edu/sec
Heather Brunetta, Interim Coordinator
Jessica Reed, Graduate Assistant
Heather Dravecky, Office Assistant
Enjoy the Rest of Your Semester!
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By: Blaine Knupp
If you had not visited the IUP University Libraries in the last five or ten years and
visited today, you would be greatly surprised by the changes that have occurred.
New technology, particularly computer technology, is revolutionizing how libraries,
including IUP’s, operate. Perhaps the most dramatic change (but maybe not the
most visible) is the development of the IUP Libraries’ virtual presence on the Internet.
The library staff has worked hard on developing the “Library without walls.” Now,
students are not constrained by a physical building and the hours of that building
to get to library materials. If you have a computer with an Internet connection,
you can access the Library’s resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are
awake, working on a paper at 3:00 a.m. and find you need to check on the
author of an article, you can do it through the electronic library. You can
find IUP’s virtual library at http://www.lib.iup.edu As you explore the Library web
page, you’ll see all kinds of new electronic services or traditional
services with an electronic twist. As you roll your mouse around the page, menus will pop up with
Through the PILOT online catalog (under “Books and More,” select the “Online Catalog” option),
you can search for all the books, media materials, journal titles and electronic sources
provided by the library. The system will give you the location of that material in the library or
provide a link to the electronic material. If you are looking for periodical articles you’ll find
them in one of the 130+ databases on the database list (under “Articles and More,” select
the “All Databases” option). IUP subscribes to databases in many different subject areas and
new ones come on board all the time. In many cases these databases will provide the full text of
journal articles right online. If they don’t, there will be a link where you can do a quick check of
the IUP catalog to see if that material is available locally. If you need a recommendation for which
database to use for your topic, just ask one of the librarians.
Speaking of asking a librarian, there are a lot of new ways to contact the librarians to get
assistance with any type of library material. The best way to get advice
from a librarian is to talk to one individually. For almost every hour
that the library is open, there is at least one, and sometimes two or
more, professional reference librarians at the Reference Desk on
the 1st floor of Stapleton Library. You can ask a librarian anything.
There is no question too large or too small. If the librarian doesn’t know
the answer, she or he will help you find someone or something that does have the
answer. That’s what librarians are all about…helping students find information.
If you can’t come in to the library to talk to a librarian in person, there are other means of
communication. Try the telephone. You can reach the librarians at (724)357-3006 (or toll-free
at 1-866-836-8815). This phone is answered by a librarian at the Reference Desk – not some
automated system. Just pick up the phone and call.
The librarians are also available virtually. One of the newest services is chat reference. You can
find the chat link on the library home page and during posted chat hours, establish a chat.
Monday – Thursday: 7:45a.m. – 11:45p.m.
Friday: 7:45a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Saturday: 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Sunday: 1:00p.m. – 11:45p.m.
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Monday – Friday: 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
connection with a librarian. The VRLPlus (Virtual Reference Librarian) software that the library
uses not only has the standard chat window, but also allows a “co-browsing” window that both you
and the librarian can see at the same time. With this feature, the librarian can push a web page to
you or watch as you do a search in a database and make suggestions about how to do a better
search. If there is not a librarian on chat duty or if you don’t need an immediate answer to your
question, the VRLPlus software also has an email component. Just enter your question, and
within 24 hours a librarian will get back to you with an answer.
In person, on the phone, and virtually, the librarians are available to help you. You can
never say that you can’t contact a librarian. The librarians are your best resource for information
As you are doing research using the online databases, you will sometimes run across
materials that IUP doesn’t own. Just because the material is not here, that doesn’t mean you
don’t have access to it. If you need books, try the PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Library
Consortium, Inc.) EZ-Borrow system. You’ll find it under “Books and More.” Just click on the
“PACLI” option. Use 16-digit number on your Icard to log in. You can search the catalogs of
about 50 academic libraries in Pennsylvania (and a couple in New Jersey and West Virginia). If
you find an item you want, and IUP doesn’t own it, just click the “Request” button. The system will
verify your contact information and then send a request to the owning library to have that material
sent here to IUP for you to use. You’ll get an email when it arrives on campus and then you can
pick it up at the Circulation Desk and check it out, just like an IUP book. It only takes about 3-5
working days to get a book through PALCI and it’s really easy.
If you can’t find the item on PALCI or if you need periodical materials, you want the ILLIAD system.
On the library home page under “Books and More,” click on the link to “Interlibrary Loan.”
On the ILL page you’ll see the link to ILLIAD. You must be a registered user to enter the
system, but if you don’t have an account set up, just follow the new user link at the bottom to
register. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll get request forms for photocopies or for books. Just
fill out the appropriate one and submit it. The Library’s Interlibrary Loan staff will research to
find out what libraries have that material and ask for it to be sent here for you to use. Again,
ILLIAD takes about 3-5 working days, depending on where the information is located.
These are just a few of the new electronic services available from the library’s web page.
Please explore this virtual library to discover all the great things the library can do for you. We’ll
see you online!
By Sara Barnett
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
Tuesday, April 12, 2005, 11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.
Location: Hadley Union Building, Ohio Room
(A pizza lunch will be provided!)
Participants will learn key successful habits in the workplace that can be applied to current or future
employment. In addition, this workshop will help to provide valuable life skills that can help one be
So remember to register for the “Are you a L.E.A.D.er in the workplace workshop by April 1st in
order to learn key employment skills! See insert for registration details.
Hope to see you there!!
The Career Services Office offers volunteer opportunities, workshops on a variety of topics,
career counseling, mock interviews, job listing for part-time employment, internship listings,
on campus interviewing, and much, much more!! Stop by 302 Pratt Hall today to find out
how we can help you.
By Leah Horcholic AmeriCorps
Office of Service Learning
The Office of Service Learning has undergone several changes since last semester, the major one
being location. Once again the office has moved within Pratt Hall. Now we are located in room 301,
still falling under the Career Services umbrella. Ou current hours for the spring semester are as
follows: Monday through Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm with later hours on Tuesday and Wednesday (till
6pm) as well as Thursday (till 5pm). As a result of this move we are attempting to outreach to the IUP
community more so everyone knows that our door is always open and we are always willing to help
those who want to help others.
Our current outreach can be viewed in several ways. First of all, we are moving more and more
into the information technology arena through our website and communication regarding various
programs/events. Advertising and outreach regarding our varying events has improved as well.
For instance, our KidsRead program, a reading program for children in the community, was able to
quickly reach its goal of tutors for this semester due to a highly successful campus-wide e-mail. This email
generated over 300 responses from students interested in becoming a part of the program. This
is a resource that we have not tapped previously but that we will continue to do in the future. It also
proved beneficial with regards to our Community Involvement Fair, which is held each semester. Not
only were we able to use campus wide e-mails to reach people regarding this but also the campus
bulletins, which can be found on IUP’s home page proved to be a valuable method of outreach. Our
most current way in which we are utilizing these forms of technology is with regards to our Into the
Streets day of service. Not only will students receive an e-mail regarding this event, but they will
also be able to register for the day via our website. This is a method which has proved very effective in
the past and one we will continue with into the future.
All of these changes however are not as beneficial if students still do not know of the additional
services we have to offer. For example, currently we have a system in place that allows students who
are interested in community service to sit in our office and look through a binder of information from
some of the human service agencies in the area. Then the student can take a copy of the
brochure(s) that are of interest to their needs and/or those of the organization they are representing.
This is something we hope to expand upon to include more agencies and to inform the campus
community of this option that is available for use. For more information on this in office system or for
general volunteer advice or information please contact Leah Horcholic, AmeriCorps
Representative, at either 724-357-3104 or via email, Leah@iup.edu.
There is also our e-mail distribution system which has been set up for quite some time now. Through
this service students can receive e-mails periodically regarding volunteer opportunities that
we are notified of here in the office. E-mails are sent with the information about the event or
volunteer need that an agency currently has and contact information is given as well. It is then up to
the student to contact that location directly to commit to and/or make arrangements for that
particular opportunity. We have had great success with this e-mail list serve and currently have around
400 students included in these e-mails. For more information about our e-mail distribution list, to be
added to the list or for general volunteer advice or information please contact Jessica Reed, Graduate
Assistant, at either 724-357-2235 or via e-mail, J.L.Reed@iup.edu.
For more information regarding these programs, events and services look to our website in the
months to come as we continue to move into the technology arena.
I am a senior and have been a student employee for my entire four
years at IUP. How can I show my student employment experience on
my resume so that prospective employers know that I have
developed good work skills?
Dear Resume Builder,
Like most of us, you’ve probably gained many skills that you’re not even aware of through your student
employment experience. Identifying these skills can be difficult, because most people tend to think
of them as nothing special. However, at the very least you’ve developed assets such as good work
habits, meeting the expectations of your supervisor, and the ability to respond effectively to clients.
Your first step should be to develop a comprehensive list of all the duties and
responsibilities you’ve had on your job, especially the ones you’ve enjoyed most. This will be very
detailed, and some of the information will seem very routine and unimportant. However, this step is
necessary so you can identify the skills and abilities that you want to “sell” to a potential employer in
your field. With the “big picture” in front of you, you’ll have an easier time of incorporating your
student employment experience into your resume. For example, you may decide that an ongoing
project to track graduates in the department where you work provided a number of skills you want
prospective employers to know about. Focus on that particular project in your resume, using strong
descriptive words and results to explain what you did. The point is that you may not need to list
everything you did on the job (especially if answering phones is not what you want to present
to employers). Instead, you are selectively describing your experience to present your
qualifications to potential employers. You might phrase your entry this way:
• Researched data from other university sources
• Tallied responses from over 1500 alumni
• Set up and maintained database using Excel
This sort of information will not only show that you have used organizational, oral communication,
research, computer, and writing skills, but it will also demonstrate that you are dependable and can
follow a task through to completion. While most employers are looking for specific skill sets, they
also want to know that you have the personal qualities necessary to succeed on the job.
A final reminder: You can also use your cover letter to provide more detail on specific points from your
resume that are applicable to a particular job or organization. Also, you should be prepared to
discuss these points in even greater detail during an interview. If you’re feeling a bit nervous about
any aspect of your job search, the Office of Career Services can assist you with preparing your resume
and cover letter, identifying potential employers, developing outstanding interview skills, or any other
concerns you may have. Office staff members are available to help you in 302 Pratt Hall, or call (724)
357-2235 to schedule an appointment. Good luck with your job search!
By Chad Jurica
Student Employee Office of Career Services
1. If I’m undecided on a major what office could I visit to acquire information on a
major that I might be interested in?
2. When is Student Employment Appreciation Week?
3. What are the different tests offered oncampus at our computer-based testing
4. Who is the person in charge of writing the student employment center newsletter?
5. Who is the new president of IUP?
6. How do I go about finding an internship in my major?
By Aileen Bowman
Assistant Director Financial Aid Office
In order to be considered for the Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) for Fall 2005, you must file
the 2005-2006 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or Renewal FAFSA, and the 2005-
2006 Fall/Spring Federal Work-Study Application. If you have not already received the 2005-2006
FAFSA, you may obtain one from the Financial Aid Office and mail it to the Federal processor or apply
online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Fall/Spring Federal Work-Study Application is available online
at www.iup.edu/financialaid; you will need to print this application and submit it to the Financial Aid
Office. The deadline for both applications is April 15, 2005. If you do not submit the FWS application
by April 15, you might not qualify at a later date based on other aid awarded, such as Federal
The Summer 2005 payroll begins May 14 and ends August 19. If you are interested in working under
Federal Work-Study during Summer 2005, there is a separate application process. You can begin this
process immediately. You must first secure a position then submit a completed Summer 2005
IUP Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office. The Summer 2005 IUP Financial Aid
Application is available at www.iup.edu/financialaid. You can check the status of your awards by visiting
the website www.iup.edu/ursa and logging into the secured area with your IUP student ID number and
PIN. Summer awards will be listed under the 2004- 2005 aid year. Also, be sure to check the message
area for important information about your financial aid status. If approved for summer Federal Work-
Study, you and your employer need to complete the Federal Student Employment Profile/Job
Assignment form and you must submit it to the Student Payroll Office, located in G-8 Sutton Hall.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you require additional information about FWSP.
Inquiries may be made in person at the Financial Aid Office service counter in the lobby of Clark Hall,
by e-mail (email@example.com), or by phone (724.357.2218). If you need help in locating a
work-study position, the Student Employment Center is available to provide such assistance.
By Eddy Cruz
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. Please contact us at
(724) 357-4994 for more information.
By Jessica Reed
Graduate Assistant Delta Epsilon Iota, Advisor
On February 3, 2005 the first meeting for the new IUP Chapter of Delta Epsilon Iota took place. This
new academic honor society for career oriented students inducted approximately 315 new members
at this reception. These new members represent about 70 majors at IUP and have one thing in
common, they are all outstanding students. One of the goals of this organization is to assist the
IUP Office of Career Services in its many tasks. For example, you will probably see some Delta
Epsilon Iota students at the Teacher Recruitment Fair and Into the Streets. This new student group
also exists for these students to help and support each other in their career goals and decisions.
So how can you become a member of Delta Epsilon Iota? The requirements are few, but
important. You must have at least 30 credit hours completed at IUP and have a 3.3 GPA. If you meet
these requirements, then in the not too distant future you will probably receive a letter from me
inviting you to join this outstanding group of students.
We would greatly appreciate if you would drop any comments you may have via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please tell us what you like or dislike, and share your ideas with us for future newsletters!
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23 Individual Course Withdrawal Deadline
Criminology & Government Career Fair
25 Semester Course Withdrawal Deadline
31 Pittsburgh Educational Recruiting
Consortium Job Fair
2 Into the Streets
5 Student Volunteer Recognition Reception
6 WestPACS Art Careers Day
10-16 Student Employee Appreciation Week
19 Professional Day, No Class
21 IUP Teacher Recruiting Fair
27 Reading Day, No Class
28 Finals Begin
May4 Finals End
By Chad Jurica
Student Employee Office of Career Services
1. If you can’t decide on a major, you have several options. You can stop by The Major
and Career Exploration Center in 214 Pratt Hall. Career Services can also help narrow
your options, by helping you to hone in on your skills and interests to pick a major that
will best suit you.
2. Student Employee Appreciation Week will be held the week of April 10-16. During this
week there will be an ice cream buffet, a workshop on leadership, a student
employee of the year reception, and some fun surprises for our student employees.
3. The Computer Based Testing Center offers the following exams:
CLEP, College Level Examination Program
MAT, Miller Analogies Test
GRE, Graduate Record Examination Test
GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test
TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language
4. The people in charge of this wonderful newsletter are Heather Brunetta, Interim
Coordinator of the Student Employment Center and Jessica Reed, Graduate
Assistant in Career Services/Student Employment.
5. The newest addition to the IUP community is Dr. Tony Atwater, the new president of
IUP. Dr. Atwater came to IUP after serving as the Provost and Vice President of
Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
6. Visit www.iup.edu/internships for information regarding whom to contact for
internships opportunities in your department. The Office of Career Services
also posts internship opportunities online at www.iup.edu/career.
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.