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

Day 1 Program Schedule

 

Check In 

9-10 a.m.

Brunch

9:30-10:45 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)

Parents, family members, and supporters play an important role in helping their students have a successful Connections and college experience. Resources and programs directly related to parents and supporters will be introduced. Learn about your rights to your student's educational records as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Find out how to stay up to date on the latest Penn College news while your son/daughter is in school. 

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.

Just as with any endeavor, college success does not come by chance; it comes through careful personal crafting that uses the right tools for the job. Learn the building 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 fewweeks and more.

Commuter Success (Commuting Students & Guests)

How to stay connected on campus andhow to manage your new life as a collegestudent at home.

Community of Respect (Students Only)

3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

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

Dinner

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Online Resources (Students Only)

5:30-6:30 p.m.

As a Penn College student, you will have numerous resources to help you both in and out of the classroom, right at your fingertips. Learn how to check your academic profile, access academic and library resources, find out what social events are happening around campus, get tutoring assistance all hours of the day, and more – with the click of your mouse.

Dessert Reception with Senior Administrators (Guests Only)

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

Quizzo (Students Only) 

6:45-7:45 p.m.

Comedian: Michael Dean Ester

A Penn College orientation tradition!

8-9 p.m.

Evening Activities (Students Only)

Oasis Room (Guests Only)

Relax and enjoy this opportunity to
socialize and connect with other parents.

9-11 p.m.

 

 

Day 2 Program Schedule

Continental Breakfast

7:45-8:15 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

Connections is almost over… Now learn what you need to do over the rest of the summer to be ready when you return for Welcome Weekend.

1:30-2 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.

Families play an important role in helping their students have a successful Connections and college experience. Resources and programs directly related to families will be introduced. Learn about parents rights to your student's educational records as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Find out how to stay up to date on the latest Penn College news while your student is in school. Be sure to mark your calendar now to visit in the fall  for Parent and Family Weekend.

Crafting College Success

10:15 - 11 a.m.

Just as with any endeavor, college success does not come by chance; it comes through careful personal crafting that uses the right tools for the job. Learn the building process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience.

Crafting College Success for Students with Disabilities

10:15 - 11 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 building process that uses proven tools to build a successful college experience will also be discussed.

Academic School Sessions

11 a.m. - noon

Students and guests will have an opportunity to meet your school dean and learn more about your selected program. Each session is designed to address school specific information. All sessions will include time for questions and answers.

Lunch

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Keystone Dining Room

Books, Money and Meals

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Learn key information about the College Store, Dining Services, the e-Bill, and Financial Aid. Representatives from these areas will share items such as: the cost of and the best time to purchase books and supplies; meal plan and dining options on campus; how to add a parking permit or meal plan; what the PCT One Card is; how the College's Higher One refund process works; and the financial aid check sheet.

Online Resources (Students Only)

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

As a Penn College student, you will have numerous resources to help you both in and out of the classroom, right at your fingertips. Learn how to check your academic profile, access academic and library resources, find out what social events are happening around campus, get tutoring assistance all hours of the day, and more – with the click of your mouse.

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

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Health and Safety

2:30 - 3 p.m.

How safe is campus? What if I get sick? These are frequently asked questions by both students and parents. 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.