November Newsletter

Programs for Students

Get involved in High Impact Learning to explore your interests and discover your passions.

The Center for Transformation has supported the development and the high impact learning experiences of 165 students this semester. We are incredibly proud of the positive impact they have throughout our broader community!

We invite all students to stop by the Center in Lamson Library, room 003, to engage in programs designed to help understand and exercise personal and professional strengths.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”
-Marianne Williamson

Prepare for your projects with off campus partners

Will you be involved in an integrated cluster project, service learning experience, or internship in the spring? Engage in our High Impact Learning Online Modules for professional development that supports your success.

Click on our resources tab to find these modules and other high impact learning tools.

Resiliency and Responsible Risk Taking Workshop

Learn how to break through the fear of failure and live your best life.

Join us for this workshop featuring Dr. Maria Sanders on November 29th from 6-7:30pm in Lamson Library room 003. Pizza will be provided.

International Service Trip to Jamaica 2019 Information Session

Are you interested in experiencing another culture through travel and volunteerism? The International Service Trip to Jamaica will take place in January of 2019. Please join us for one of our information sessions to learn more about this week long experience.

November 27th, 3-4pm
November 29th, 10-11am
November 29th, 5-6pm

Nicole Lund, Class of 2017 engaging in the International Service Trip to Jamaica program this past year.

Help Transform the Holidays for Local Children

The Angel Tree Project supports local children and families by providing gifts to youth for the holidays.

We will be kicking off the program on Wednesday, November 15th in the HUB Fire Place Lounge between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you’d like to be an “angel” and pick out a tag, we will be in the Fireplace Lounge between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every weekday between November 15th – December 8th.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this link for available shifts, we are looking for help handing out tags and staffing our table.

We are also hosting a gift wrapping party on December 14th from 4-7pm in Lamson 003.

Please reach out to Molly Cassidy, if you have any questions or would like to participate!

Sustaining Students Through Crisis and Failure Workshop

Students facing challenges need support and assistance from their peer educators (mentors, tutors, community advisors, orientation leaders, etc.). Peer educators who have developed referral skills can contribute significantly to building success for students by directing them to appropriate campus resources and professionals.
Join us for this workshop featuring Chris Lee on December 5th from 5:30-6:30pm in Lamson Library room 003. Pizza will be provided.

PSU Volunteers

If you would like to get involved in a student organization, PSU Volunteers engages in volunteer opportunities on and off campus. The group meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial 010. Contact Stacey Oliveira at

Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

Faculty Round Tables

We are in the process of attending faculty department meetings to discuss the roles of each member of the Center for Transformation and to solicit topics for an upcoming series of teaching & learning round tables. These faculty guided round tables will be open to all members of the PSU community and will be held bi-weekly in the CFT starting in the spring semester.  We will cover a variety of topics based on faculty need and interest. To help keep everyone energized and happy, coffee and tea will be provided, feel free to bring a snack to share.

Speaker Series

To help inform, guide and energize PSU’s transformation, we will be hosting a monthly speaker series. The series will begin in January and continue through the spring semester and beyond. Drawing both from within the PSU community and without we will invite speakers who are both informative and engaging. These speakers will discuss topics of immediate interest such as student retention, student engagement, and leadership models as well as broader areas of concern like open education and accessibility.

Save the Date!

January Jamboree

January Jamboree 2018 is our next big opportunity to come together as a community to share and learn from one another. This year’s Jamboree will take place on January 17-18, 2018, and will be themed around the book “The Undergraduate Experience.” The Center for Transformation will be accepting ideas for session topics as well as issuing a request for presenters early next week. We hope you will help contribute to our collaborative learning environment!

Please visit the Center for Transformation to reenergize and collaborate!

Contact Information

Joshua Perks
Pedagogy and Instructional Design Partner

Jessica Dutille
High Impact Learning Partner

Casey Krafton
Active Citizenship and Engagement Associate

Jayashree Arasu
Graduate Assistant

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