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Received Event Title Requested Approved Status
03/04/15 First Year Student Engagement and Mentoring

Proposal Details

Date Received
2015-03-04 13:30:04
Organization
None
Student Sponsor
Alyssa Zelwalk
Student E-mail Address
AJZ5156@psu.edu
Contact Name
Patrick Tanner
Contact Email
ptanner@psu.edu
Event Title
None
Event Date
2015
Beginning Time
Time Ending
Amount Requested
$16,000
Total Event Cost
$18,000
Details
A variety of surveys and other research methods have recently revealed that Penn State York students are not developing as strong a sense of belonging on campus as their peers across the commonwealth and across the nation are. As such, the campus has been working on a number of initiatives to address this urgent issue. Some of these initiatives include further research studies, paired courses, and PSU008, the first-year ‘learning to learn’ course. We have seen significant success in some of these platforms, and are planning to increase, among other ideas, the number of PSU008 courses that we will offer this fall.

In addition to that significant progress, we are capitalizing on a number of great ideas that have been introduced in the past two years. Two years ago, a peer mentoring program was piloted. The next year, another mentoring plan was piloted with faculty and staff as the mentors instead of the students. During the fall of this year, as the mentors gathered to discuss the merits of and suggestions for the program, mentors suggested that there be undergraduate students who would be paired with a faculty or staff member, and that the connection to the students should start in the spring/summer, as opposed to just once they got onto campus. This idea was then connected to a wonderful proposal that was brought by a faculty member to a subcommittee that reports through the Campus Senate – specifically to provide structure and guidance for first year students to engage in activities that provide meaning and perspective for students as they navigate the Penn State experience.

The resultant idea is the comprehensive one that is presented in this proposal.

The human resource aspect of this structure would be to pair (and train) sets of mentors. One faculty or staff member would be paired with an Orientation Leader – this mentor pair would be assigned to roughly 20 incoming first-year students (mentees). Their connection would begin during the spring semester (via email/facebook/text messages/twitter/Instagram/etc.) so that questions can be asked by the mentees, and a relationship can begin. The first in-person meeting would assumedly be at New Student Orientation Phase II which occurs on the last Friday before classes begin in late August. Orientation Leaders would have been working with their Pride Groups throughout the summer, and the faculty/staff mentors would join the group for lunch at a minimum.
All through the development of these relationships, the chief purpose is to connect students to the University by encouraging their engagement in the life of the campus. The hook here would be that this encouragement (assuming approval of this proposal) would be incentivized. We’d encourage them to engage in activities that would assist them in developing a deeper sense of belonging throughout the first semester – meeting with their advisor once; attending ConnectEd events twice; attending athletic competitions twice; going to club meetings twice; attending a financial literacy event once; etc. Right now there is a list of 12 items that would qualify (this could be modified) and for every 3 items that they check off the list, they would be eligible for an incentive of increasing value. For their first 3 and second three items, they could get a $10 gas card, bookstore gift card, PSU apparel, etc. For items 7-9 and 10-12, they could get a $15 Weis card, or a prioritized parking spot, or something of the like. This means that every student could be eligible for $50 worth of incentives ($10 + $10 + $15 + $15 = $50). This proposal allows for 300 students to do that – out of more than 400 new first year students.

Other programs have incentives that are only available at the end of the semester or end of the year. We’ve not seen the level of participation in those programs, so providing incentives early and often may compel students to do more of the things we want them to do, and continue to do them too. This engagement is not only aimed at increasing students’ sense of belonging due to their increased participation in student activities and connection with both a faculty/staff person and an upperclass student, but it is also a retention initiative, and it could prove to be an initiative that initially brings more students to campus as well.
Itemized Request
$15,000 - $50 worth of incentives for 300 FY students

$1,000 - Food for 1 day of training for all mentors (breakfast, lunch, and snacks)

$2,000 - Campus funds used to pay faculty/staff mentors
Itemized Matching Funds
$2,000
Open to all Campus?
This will be advertised widely across campus, to the faculty and staff, to the students when they make their deposit, through the Orientation Leaders, and it will be a primary part of what is shared with parents during New Student Orientation Phase I over the summer. It will also be a big part of all first-year students’ first semester due to the ongoing mentor/mentee relationships.
# of Students Benefit
Over 300
Enhance PSY
This proposal addresses concepts of increasing enrollment, campus priorities, and individual student engagement in student activities.
Desired Outcomes
Students will know more about learning outside of the classroom through campus involvement. They will be able to articulate the benefits of becoming involved on campus; and they know that they are cared for by the campus community.
Comments
Thanks for your consideration.
Accept Partial Funding?
Yes

SAF Committee Decision

Notes
3.20.15

Members present: Hira, Georgakapoules, Bos, Lewis, Fritz, Brown, Bartell, Why, Baumgartner, Royer, Tanner

Questions or comments -
Similar to ConnectEd
Seems like more of an extension of Orientation
Only available to FY students. Why?
Not a bad idea.
Could have given comparison of other campuses and comparisons of before and after orientation.
What happens if it isn't successful?

Vote to table until next meeting and more information can be presented.

Approve:
Deny:
Abstain:
Status
Pending
Amount Approved
$
$16,000 Pending
04/25/13 Alternative Spring Break Trip

Proposal Details

Date Received
2013-04-25 22:18:17
Organization
n/a
Student Sponsor
Katherine Lewis
Student E-mail Address
kdl5126@psu.edu
Contact Name
Dan Puccio
Contact Email
dpp15@psu.edu
Event Title
n/a
Event Date
March 2013
Beginning Time
n/a
Time Ending
n/a
Amount Requested
$5,000.00
Total Event Cost
>5,000.00
Details
The purpose of the trip and the reimbursement of funds of up to $500 per student would be to immerse students in the culture of the south and also to immerse students in a area of the country that needs volunteer and service help year-round. The students would learn about a different culture, do valuable service work in a different part of the country, and learn to not take for granted many of the things that they have in their lives that others do not.

Fundraisers would be arranged throughout the year to offset the cost of transportation, lodging, and food so as to reimburse students as little as possible out of the SAF funds .
Itemized Request
The requested monies would go towards a reimbursement for students of no more than $500 each and up to 10 students for attending the Alternative Spring Break trip, potentially traveling to New Orleans, LA.
Itemized Matching Funds
n/a
Open to all Campus?
All students are welcome to sign-up for this trip and will become open for student sign-ups once the Fall semester begins. Flyers will be created and placed across campus, an ad will be put into the Stall Seat Journal, part of the weekly email of campus updates, hand bills, through the trip fundraising events, and social media.
# of Students Benefit
Approximately 10 students in theory.
Enhance PSY
The entire purpose of this trip is for service learning...to show students another side of the way people live and to offer them just a small token of help in their time of need. The trip will also be potentially linked with other Penn State campuses which would only further drive Penn State's name and image in the community but in the community of a different part in the United States. Community Service is important for all students to experience and this trip is sort of the culminating service trip that Penn State York could offer to our students.
Desired Outcomes
As a result, students will be able to show an appreciation for what they have in their daily lives, the satisfaction of doing good, hard, volunteer work in the community, working together as one big Penn State group, and has the potential to grow to other smaller trips to local communities/bordering states if this program does serve to be successful.
Comments
n/a
Accept Partial Funding?
Yes

SAF Committee Decision

Notes
4.26.13

This proposal is being tabled due to a lack of clarity on the details of the trip. Please resubmit when a plan is solidified.
Status
Pending
Amount Approved
$
$5,000.00 Pending
10/31/12 Ava's Birthday Party

Proposal Details

Date Received
2012-10-31 09:57:56
Organization
THON
Student Sponsor
Emily Muller
Student E-mail Address
ekm5151@psu.edu
Contact Name
Josie Moore
Contact Email
josie.moore@psu.edu
Event Title
THON
Event Date
Nov 9, 2012
Beginning Time
5 pm
Time Ending
8:30 pm
Amount Requested
$250
Total Event Cost
$350
Details
This will be a birthday party to celebrate our THON child, Ava's, 5th Birthday!!!! Funds will be used to have a fun, and exciting environment in which to celebrate!
Itemized Request
Pizza $100
Drinks & Snacks $50
Cake & Ice Cream $60
Decorations (Balloons, table clothes, streamers) $40
Itemized Matching Funds
$100
Open to all Campus?
We will accomplish this by putting up fliers, sending emails and advertising to the whole campus. Also, club members will be asked to promote the event to their fellow classmates as much as possible.
# of Students Benefit
Approx: 30
Enhance PSY
Supporting the birthday of Ava is about showing her that her friends here at Penn State York care about her and are proud of everything she has been through in her fight against cancer. This is a great opportunity for students on campus to meet and incredible and inspirational little girl.
Desired Outcomes
After this event we are hoping students who attend will have a connection with one of our THON families. Also, we hope that students will understand the importance and significance of what THON does and stands for. It will help students to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves and make the difference in the life of a child.
Accept Partial Funding?
Yes

SAF Committee Decision

Notes
Quorum not met at 11.9.12 meeting.
Status
Pending
Amount Approved
$
$250 Pending