Prospective students can chat live with campus faculty

Prospective students who can’t make it to Penn State New Kensington for admissions events can still reap the benefits of the recruiting programs with a new online initiative that provides access to campus faculty.

“Connect with Us” is a series of live chats with various departmental faculty discussing academic programs and answering questions. High school students and adult learners can submit questions online, and faculty will answer in real-time. Participants who fill out the attendance form and apply to the campus will have the $50 application fee waived.

The next two chats highlight the bachelor’s degree programs in administration of justice and psychology. Faculty from the administration of justice program will be online from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The four-year degree focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system: public and private sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment and community services. The program is designed for students interested in entry-level employment, academic or research positions or graduate education. In addition to chatting online with administration of justice faculty, prospective students can talk with faculty in-person at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, during an open house in the campus Art Gallery.

Psychology faculty will be available to chat from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 5. The program offers degrees in bachelor of science and bachelor of arts. The science component prepares students for careers in clinical, cognitive, developmental, health and industrial/organizational or social psychology. The arts component combines the knowledge, skills and values of psychology with a thorough liberal arts foundation.

The chats are hosted by Adobe Connect. Participants are encouraged to read the connection instructions in advance to ensure a smooth process. For instructions and more information, visit

Previous chats focused on the information sciences and technology and communications programs. For those who missed it, videos of the sessions are available at

The sessions complement the popular Be a Penn State Student for a Day program that allows high school students and adult learners to sit in on college classes, interact with current students and take in the campus' atmosphere. 

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Last Updated March 27, 2013