Student Affairs

The many diverse administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs work in concert to provide programs and services that support, challenge, and encourage students to expand learning beyond their classwork, develop their personal and professional understanding and skills, and achieve the success they seek both at Penn State and in their lives beyond. These opportunities deeply enrich the Penn State student experience, giving our students the tools and insights required to lead meaningful lives. They also encourage a safe and healthy learning environment, in which students can explore endless interests, develop a new awareness of the world’s complexity and their role in it, and form lasting relationships.

Here is a small sampling of Student Affairs’ work:

The Student Engagement Initiative

Civic volunteer and service opportunities, lectures and concerts, performing arts participation—these are but a few examples of the opportunities beyond the classroom that await our students, and which greatly increase the value of the Penn State experience. Student Affairs creates, manages, advises, and promotes these many opportunities for our undergraduates.

University Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, and Campus Recreation

University Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services address the physical and mental health needs of our students, while Campus Recreation encourages students to discover the lifelong pleasure and benefit derived from active participation in recreational sports.

The Center for Character, Conscience, and Public Purpose at Penn State

Located in the Hetzel Union Building, this new initiative guides students in developing their personal beliefs about character and conscience and their understanding of what it means to be a citizen in a democracy. The Center’s wide range of programming includes facilitated discussions about controversial issues and hands-on civic service and public engagement activities.

To read more about the diverse programs and initiatives overseen by Student Affairs, visit

Student Affairs

The Pennsylvania State University 
2601 Gateway Drive, Suite 150 
State College, PA 16801 
Phone: 814-865-7698

Damon R. Sims, vice president for student affairs
Andrea M. Pagano-Reyes, director of development
Willie D West, associate director of development
Georgiana Cole-Archer, stewardship coordinator
JoAnn Kline, administrative support assistant
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