A program schedule with event locations will be also provided at check-in.

Day 1 Program Schedule

Check In 

9-10 a.m.

Welcome

11-11:30 a.m.

Meet Penn College's President, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, and the Connections staff who will guide you through the day. Hear general information and instructions that will help you make the most of your time here.

Making Contact (Students Only)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Making contacts and forming friendships while at college will enhance your experiences both in and out of the classroom. This session will help you meet fellow students and create connections that will last for many years.

Partnering with Penn College (Guests Only)

Guest resources, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and staying connected to Penn College.

Common Thread

12:30-1 p.m.

Throughout your two days at Connections, you will find common themes and common strategies to help ensure your success. This session will lay the groundwork for those "common threads" that will link your Connections experience.

Crafting College Success

1-2 p.m.

Like anything that really lasts, college success comes through careful personal crafting that uses the right tools for the
job. Learn the process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience.

Crafting College Success for Students with Disabilities

For students with disabilities, leaving secondary school to enter higher education brings fundamental changes with respect to educational rights and responsibilities. Gain an understanding of these rights and available accommodations and services. Information on the building process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience will also be discussed.

Campus Involvement

2-2:30 p.m..

Although academics are your priority while at Penn College, campus involvement should play a critical role in your college career as well. We will discuss how getting involved increases your opportunities for success in the classroom and in your future job search!

Living Away from Home (On and Off Campus Students & Guests)

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Discussing communication, civility & harassment, what to expect the first few weeks and more.

Commuter Success (Commuting Students & Guests)

How to stay connected on campus and how to manage your new life as a college student at home.

Community of Respect (Students Only)

Learn to connect with all fellow classmates, faculty and staff.

Q & A with the Vice President for Student Affairs (Guests Only)

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dinner

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Online Resources (Students Only)

5:30-6:30 p.m.

 Learn how to check your academic profile, access academic and library resources, find out what social events are happening around campus, and more about online tutoring.

Dessert Reception with Senior Administrators (Guests Only)

Meet other parents and Penn College staff and enjoy light refreshments.

Comedian: Michael Dean Ester

A Penn College orientation tradition!

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Evening Activities (Students Only)

Parent & Guest Lounge (Guests Only)

8:30-11:30 p.m.

Day 2 Program Schedule

Continental Breakfast

8-8:15 a.m.

Welcome

8:30 a.m.

Books, Money, and Meals

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Paying your bill, getting your refund, buying your books, and meal plan management.

Mathematical Mindsets Matter

9:30-10 a.m.

Strategies for shedding preconceptions about math and developing the mindset for behaviors to succeed.

Academic School Sessions

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Meet your Dean and hear school specific information to prepare you for your program of study. 

Brunch

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Health and Safety

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Learn how to be safe on campus, how to take care of your health-related needs, and where to get help when needed.

Next Steps and Final Thoughts

1:30-2 p.m.

Schedule for Friday, August 17

Check-in

8 - 9 a.m.

At check-in you will receive a detailed schedule of events including times and locations for all sessions.

Welcome

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Meet Penn College President, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, and the Connections staff who will guide you through the day. Hear general information and instructions that will help you make the most of your time here.

Making Contact (Students Only)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Making contacts and forming friendships while at college will enhance your experiences both in and out of the classroom. This session will help you meet fellow students and create connections that will last for many years.

Partnering with Penn College (Guests Only)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Guest resources, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and staying connected to Penn College.

Books, Money & Meals

10:30 - 11 a.m.

Paying your bill, getting your refund, buying your books, and meal plan management.

Community of Respect

11 - 11:45 a.m.

Learn to connect with all fellow classmates, faculty and staff.

Lunch

Noon - 1 p.m.

Crafting College Success

1 - 2 p.m.

Like anything that really lasts, college success comes through careful personal crafting that uses the right tools for the job. Learn the process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience.

Crafting College Success for students with Disabilities

1 - 2 p.m.

For students with disabilities, leaving secondary school to enter higher education brings fundamental changes with respect to educational rights and responsibilities. Gain an understanding of these rights and available accommodations and services. Information on the process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience will also be discussed.

Academic School Sessions

2 - 3 p.m.

Meet your Dean and hear school specific information to prepare you for your program of study. 

Health and Safety

3 - 3:45 p.m.

Learn how to be safe on campus, how to take care of your health-related needs, and where to get help when needed.

On-line Resources (Students Only)

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to check your academic profile, access academic and library resources, find out what social events are happening around campus, and more about online tutoring.

Q & A with the Vice President for Student Affairs (Guests Only)

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Next Steps & Final Thoughts

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Parents Depart

5:30 p.m.

Adult Learners Program Schedule

An alternative one-day Connections program will be offered on July 30 for adult learners (students age 25 and older). Adult learners may select to attend either a regularly scheduled two-day program or this alternate session. If you do not fit the above criteria, but feel that you should attend this session, please call the Student Activities Office at (570) 327-4763.

Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8 - 9 a.m.

Bush Campus Center, Lobby

Welcome

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Meet Penn College President, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, and the Connections staff who will guide you throughout the day. Hear general information and instructions that will help you make the most of your time at Connections.

Making Contact (Students Only)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Making contacts and forming friendships while at college will enhance your experiences both in and out of the classroom. This session will help you meet fellow students and create connections that will last for many years.

Partnering with Penn College (Guests Only)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Guest resources, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and staying connected to Penn College.

Crafting College Success

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Like anything that really lasts, college success comes through careful personal crafting that uses the right tools for the job. Learn the process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience.

Crafting College Success for Students with Disabilities

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.

For students with disabilities, leaving secondary school to enter higher education brings fundamental changes with respect to educational rights and responsibilities. Gain an understanding of these rights and available accommodations and services. Information on the process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience will also be discussed.

Academic School Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Meet your Dean and hear school specific information to prepare you for your program of study. 

Lunch

12:15 - 1 p.m.

Keystone Dining Room

Books, Money and Meals

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Paying your bill, getting your refund, buying your books, and meal plan management.

Online Resources (Students Only)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Learn how to check your academic profile, access academic and library resources, find out what social events are happening around campus,  and more about online tutoring.

Q & A with the Vice President for Student Affairs (Guests Only)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Health and Safety

2:30 - 3 p.m.

 Learn how to be safe on campus, how to take care of your health-related needs, and where to get help when needed.

Next Steps and Final Thoughts

3 - 3:30 p.m.