College Success Month

October 2017 – College Success Month

Choose Success!  Being successful in college is a matter of choice and taking positive action.  Our campus offers many resources and opportunities to assist you on your journey.  Make October the time you choose to take purposeful action to make the most of your college experience.  All activities listed below are open to all students.

 

Week 3 – Make Adjustments

  • Wednesday — 10/18/17 —  Finish Strong Workshop — CATS 209 — 3:30-4 and 7-7:30 pm — Angela Zarybnicky
      • Come learn how to read your syllabus and calculate your grade(s).
  • Wednesday — 10/18/17 — Annual Glow Walk  –  AWAC — 8:30-9:30 pm — Jamie Eberly/Athletics
      • As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the goal is to raise awareness of mental health issues on campus and show support to others in this area. Take a walk around the perimeter of campus wearing the glow sticks provided and end at Sapp Plaza for smores.
  • Thursday — 10/19/17 — Relaxation Station – Aromatherapy/Guided Imagery/Deep Breathing Guided Session — CATS 209 — 11-11:30 am — Jamie Eberly
      • Mental Health Awareness Month initiative-enjoy a relaxing atmosphere that will offer opportunities to destress or gain new relaxation skills through a guided session.

Week 4 – Catch the Spirit — Sesquicentennial and Homecoming Week

  • All week — All Campus — Faculty, staff, and students — Show your PSC/Bobcat pride — Wear PSC/Bobcat Gear this week — Professional Staff Senate
      • All employees wear your PSC gear this week.  Bring out your new and old memorabilia from your years at PSC.  Jeans will be allowed for employees on Friday, October 27th.
  • Monday — 10/23/17 — Counseling Open Forum — CATS Counseling Center– 5-7:30 pm — Janell Moore
      • Janell will be available to any student to come in and talk in open setting in regard to time management issues or homesickness. Will have brownies available.
  • Tuesday — 10/24/17 — Catch the Bobcat Spirit with Phi Alpha Theta! — CATS 201 — 11-noon — Samantha Jackson, Phi Alpha Theta/Social Science Club
      • Samantha Jackson will be presenting a PowerPoint about our campus activities last year and how it ties to the Sesquicentennial, engaged learning, and being an active organization on campus.
  • Tuesday — 10/24/17 — Volleyball Tailgate — Delzell Game Room  —  4-5 pm — Res Life
      • Come for some pre-game festivities in the basement of Delzell before we head over to cheer our Bobcats on to victory over Clarke University
  • Thursday — 10/26/17 — Community Service, Volunteering, and Success — CATS 209 — 11:00-11:30 am — Peggy Groff/SSS Mentors
      • Find out how community service and volunteering connects you to others, is good for your mind and body, can advance your career, and brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
  • Friday — 10/27/17 — Quiz Bowl — CATS 201 and 209 — 1-4 pm — Angela Zarybnicky
      • Teams of 4-5 students will compete in a challenge of general knowledge.  Gather your friends and sign your team up here.
  • PSC Homecoming Schedule here
  • PSC Sesquicentennial Schedule here

Week 5 – Plan for the Next Phase

  • Tueday-Wednesday — 10/31 — 11/1/17 — Advising Tune-up — Student Center — 11-1 pm — Academics
      • Check to see if you are clear of any registration holds for spring semester classes
  • Tuesday — 10/31/17 — Professional Clothing Closet Open — 2nd Floor CATS — 3-4 pm — Career Services
      • Stop upstairs in the CATS building to add free pieces to your professional wardrobe so that you can make an excellent first impression at practicums, internships or even for campus presentations.
  • Tuesday — 10/31/17 — Taking the Scary Out of Grad School and Occupation Exams — Library/Curriculum Area — 11-11:30 am — Veronica Meier
      • Learn how PrepSTEP and other library resources can help you to prepare for the entrance exam (e.g. GRE and MCAT) to graduate school or for an occupation exam such as the PRAXIS.
  • Tuesday — 10/31/17 — Internship Q &A — CATS Conference Room — 3:30-4 pm — Deans Greg Galardi, Paul Hinrichs, Ellie Kunkle
      • Internships can be a great way to apply your learning and make connections for your first job. Meet with the School Deans to learn more about internship opportunities in your major at this interactive session.
  • Tuesday — 10/31/17 — Study Abroad Q&A  —  CATS Conference Room – 4-4:30 pm — Timothy Borchers
      • Learn about study abroad opportunities for Peru State College students at this interactive session with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Thursday — 11/2/17 – FAFSA Completion for 2018-2019 –CATS Computer Lab – 11-noon — Financial Aid Staff
      • Make sure you have your financial aid award in place before school starts in the fall.  Bring your 2016 tax return and FSA ID information to complete the student portion of next year’s FAFSA with help from Financial Aid experts.
  • Thursday — 11/2/17 – Graduate School Exploration –CATS 201 — 11-noon — Robert Biggs
      • How does graduate school differ from an undergraduate career? Is graduate school something I want to consider? What is the cost of graduate school? How and when do I apply to graduate school? Learn the answers to these questions and more by joining Robert Biggs in a presentation and discussion.​

Past Events

Week 1 Prepare for Midterms

  • Monday — 10/2/17 — Counseling Open House – CATS Counseling Suite — 2-4 pm — Jamie Eberly and Janell Moore
      • As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want students to get to know the campus counselors and services offered! Find the location, ask questions, hear about what a first appointment entails and see the initial paperwork. Light refreshments available.
  • Monday — 10/2/17 — Using PrepStep — Educational Resources At Your Fingertips — CATS Computer Lab — 7-8 pm — Bobbie Barton
      • PrepStep is an interactive, online learning platform now available to Peru State students. Join us as we learn to navigate through the modules and discover the vast educational resources it provides from college success skills to the core Math, Science, and English Skills reviews.
  • Tuesday — 10/3/17 — Make Your Own Trail Mix — Morgan Basement — 8-9:30 pm — Res Life
      • Fuel your brain! Make your own trail mix from a variety of delicious mix-ins.
  • Wednesday — 10/4/17 — Study Skills Workshop — CATS 209  — 3:30-4 and 7-7:30 pm — Angela Zarybnicky and Felicity Balluch
      • Students will learn different study techniques and receive resources that help them with their studying.
  • Wednesday — 10/4/17 — Pool and Ping Pong Tournament — Delzell Game Room — 8-10 pm — Res Life
      • A pool and ping pong tournament to help students de-stress from midterm studies.
  • Thursday — 10/5/17 — Relaxation Station – Make Your Own Stress Ball — Student Center Entry — 11-1 pm — Jamie Eberly
      • Midterms are approaching and college life in general can be stressful. Make your own stress ball to take with you as an effective way to cope!

Week 2Balance Healthy Mind/Healthy Body

  • Monday — 10/9/17  — Fitness Center 101 — AWAC Weight Room — 3-4 pm — Kyle Ryan
      • Learn how to properly use the training equipment available on campus.
  • Tuesday — 10/10/17 — Self-medicating and Mental Health — Student Center Entry — 11-1:30 pm —  Janell Moore
      • As part of Mental Health Awareness Month and True in Peru (TIP) Social Norms Campaign, Janell Moore will have information on self-medication and how to get help in dealing with this type of situation.
  • Tuesday — 10/10/17 — Native American Healing —  Burr Oak Room — 11-noon — SSS
      • Native American artist Sarah Rowe will share knowledge of Native American healing ceremonies that will enrich our connections to ourselves and the earth, promoting well-being and balance of mind and body.
  • Tuesday — 10/10/17 — Mindful Coloring — Palmer Game Room — 7-8:30 pm — Res Life
      • Come for a relaxing night of coloring pages and quiet conversation!
  • Thursday — 10/12/17 — Healthy Eating — Dining Hall — 10:30 am-1 pm — Creative Dining
      • Dining Services will promote healthy eating with games and prizes!
  • Thursday — 10/12/17 — Yoga — Burr Oak Room — 11-noon — Wellness Coalition/Shana Walsh
      • The campus community is invited to participate in a one hour long yoga class that will focus on building strength, flexibility, and balance for the body while calming and relaxing the mind. All levels are welcome.
  • Thursday — 10/12/17 — Relaxation Station – Mindful Walk — CATS — 11:30-noon — Jamie Eberly
      • As part of Mental Health Awareness month initiatives, meet in front of the CATS building at 11:30 am to gain brief information on mindfulness and walk around campus practicing strategies (plan for approximately 30 minutes)
  • Thursday — 10/12/17 — Nature, Exercise and Success — CATS 209 — 11:00-11:30 am — Jeremiah Villeneuve/Peggy Groff/SSS Mentors
      • We all intrinsically think that nature must be good for our health and happiness. A recent analysis of a large-scale nature challenge scientifically shows how important feeling part of nature is to our physical and mental health.