UHS Counseling Center Newsletter

November 2022


Some colleges ask students to update their application files and submit first quarter grades. Use the form below to submit a request to your school counselor for your first quarter grades to be processed. First quarter grades will automatically be included with initial transcript requests with transcripts processed after November 21st. Check your individual college's websites to see they require first quarter grades.

Request to submit first quarter grades linked here.

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Please see registration information on the School Counseling Website linked here:


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Breathing Technique

The square breathing technique is a coping strategy that we discussed during freshman seminar to manage stress. This is an excellent tool that students and parents can all use!
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Registration is now open for the spring 2023 SAT® administrations. UHS will be hosting the SAT on March 11th. Registration information can be found on collegeboard.org.
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Invitation for Students: Business Conference at Scranton

The Path to Business Excellence Conference will be held at The University of Scranton on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of Path to Business Excellence is to introduce students to the dynamic and rewarding world of business. This conference will be an interactive and meaningful educational experience. Sessions will be held with our award-winning faculty, distinguished executive alumni, and students from our Business Leadership and Beta Alpha Psi Honor Programs.​​​​​

Students attending the conference should be current seniors who have applied to a business program at the University, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Participants who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance to The University of Scranton for the first-year entry term of fall 2023.*

All participants will receive a certificate of completion and attend a brief recognition and networking reception. Students may invite their parents/guardians to attend the conference and participate in the parent track. All participants are requested to dress business casual.

To register, students should complete the online Path to Business Excellence form by Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Please note that space is limited. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Hugh Doyle, Associate Director of Admissions, at (570) 941-4257 or hugh.doyle@scranton.edu.
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PennDOT Innovations Challenge

Students are invited to participate in the sixth annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge, which encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges in a competition among their peers. The Innovations Challenge is open to all students in grades 9-12, regardless of their school's learning model.

For this year’s challenge, students are asked to develop ideas to help address the shortage of commercial truck parking along major interstate corridors in Pennsylvania. Trucks parking on highway shoulders and ramps is common during overnight hours and presents a significant safety issue. As just-in-time deliveries continue to be the mainstay of global business, the demand for truck parking will continue to increase. Federal hours-of-service regulations require more down time for drivers, which translates into an increased demand for truck parking, and many local governments have strict ordinances against overnight truck parking in their communities.

The challenge asks students to select one of Pennsylvania’s interstate corridors where truck parking is a known issue and develop an innovative approach to increase commercial truck parking availability in that area and offset costs incurred for construction. The solution must consider local ordinances and zoning laws for the area selected, commercial entity interaction in land development, community impact, restroom facilities, and space requirements for commercial trucks that are generally 70-80 feet long.

“Pennsylvania is a critical freight corridor, and it’s important that commercial drivers have adequate safe parking along our roadway network,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “I'm excited to see the creative ideas that the students bring to this year’s challenge.”

Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to present their solutions to the PennDOT Secretary and a panel of judges, who will determine the statewide winner. For this year’s challenge, the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC) has donated $2,500 and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) has donated $1,500 for a combined total award of $4,000 to the statewide winning team.

"In addition to the challenge itself, we hope that this experience will open students' minds to the possibility of a career in transportation after graduation, maybe even with PennDOT," Gramian said.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit www.penndot.gov/innovation and click on Innovations Challenge. The submission deadline is Jan. 27, 2023.

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Register for these Penn State admissions events at the website linked here.