Ryan Family Student Center

Ryan Family Student Center

We aim to provide the most student-centered college in all Penn State history, and the Ryan Family Student Center serves as the core of our efforts.

The student center integrates tutoring, advising, student work space, and areas for casual interaction into a one-stop shop for student success. A walk through shows the vibrant and engaging academic atmosphere we foster for our students — our goal is to create a warm, welcoming, and small-college feel amid the rich activities taking place on the University Park campus.

The Ryan Family Student Center first opened its doors to students in 2004. It was named in honor of notable alumni John T. Ryan Sr. and Jr. and their families. John T. Ryan Sr., after receiving a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1908 from Penn State, went on to co-found the Mine Safety Appliances Company, which helped improve safety in the mining industry throughout the twentieth century. Both John Ryan Sr. and Jr. served on Penn State's Board of Trustees and were highly influential in the University's development.

Services Offered

  • Academic advising
  • Writing tutoring
  • Technology tutoring
  • Physics tutoring
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • Computer lab with free printing

In addition, the Student Center houses the office of the EMS Student Council and the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education — putting our administrative leaders in close proximity to our student leaders.

Hours

Semester Hours
Fall and Spring
  • Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Summer
  • Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Ryan Family Student Center staff

Staff in the Ryan Family Student Center are dedicated to helping students succeed throughout their time at Penn State. The student center includes advisers, tutors, and other specialized staff members who provide invaluable resources and guidance to students.

Stacy Davidson

Stacy Davidson

Enrollment Services Specialist
814-863-5518
sjp123@psu.edu

Kimberly Del Bright

Assistant Teaching Professor
814-863-6077
kdb9@psu.edu
Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Academic Adviser
814-863-2751
mag5199@psu.edu
Hilleary Himes

Hilleary Himes

Director Academic Advising
814-863-2751
hxs220@psu.edu
James Kelly

James Kelly

Lecturer-Tutor
814-865-6350
cjk133@psu.edu
Jane McCandless

Jane McCandless

Academic Adviser
814-863-2751
jfm4@psu.edu
Yvette Richardson

Yvette Richardson

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
814-865-7482
ypr1@psu.edu
Linda Spangler

Linda Spangler

Administrative Support Coordinator
814-865-7482
lqs9@psu.edu
Martha Traverse

Martha Traverse

Administrative Support Coordinator
814-865-7482
mjt5@psu.edu
Grace Turner

Grace Turner

Adminstrative Support Assistant
814-863-2751
gyt5006@psu.edu