Academic advising seminar addresses college student mental health

January 29, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Academic Advising Noon Seminar series provides an opportunity every semester for professional development and networking and serves as a forum for the discussion of academic advising issues. These events are open to all interested Penn State faculty and staff.

This semester, the series begins with a panel discussion on mental health and wellness. Hosted by the Schreyer Honors College, this event offers seating and lunch for the first 30 registered participants. Additionally, the session will be available via Adobe Connect. Details appear below and at

College Student Mental Health: Equipping Advisers to Refer and Care for Students
Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 (lunch available starting at 11:30 a.m.)
C-9 Atherton Hall, University Park
Hosted by Schreyer Honors College

Are you reluctant to engage in advising conversations about students’ mental health and wellness even when it may be beneficial? Are you familiar with campus resources that provide support for these concerns? What happens when you refer a student? What is the process? Guest panelists will highlight mental health/wellness issues as they intersect with academic advising concerns, provide information to facilitate conversations with students about these topics and reframe common misconceptions about campus resources. This session will help attendees more confidently and resourcefully observe, communicate and refer students with mental health/wellness issues.

Guest panelists:

  • Stacy Jones, community health educator for University Health Services
  • Mary Anne Knapp, coordinator of outreach for University Health Services
  • Megan Marshall, academic adviser in the Smeal College of Business
  • Joan Miller, academic adviser in the Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • Suzanne Zeman, coordinator of educational services for University Health Services

Registration for on-site participation and lunch is limited to the first 30 who register at

Faculty and staff interested in joining this presentation remotely may also register at the link above by selecting Adobe Connect as the preference. Remote participants will receive the URL via email prior to the seminar with instructions to log in a few minutes before the presentation start time.

For more information or to propose topics for future seminars, contact Terry Musser at 814-865-7576 or

Last Updated May 12, 2016