Diane Farnsworth, M.A.
Assistant Director / Counselor
Diane Farnsworth has been working as a counselor with the MRC since 1986. She has come to know many students during this time and continues to value and enjoy the relationship she shares with them (some who have long graduated continue to send pictures of spouses and children as the years go on). Having been a PSU student herself, Diane sees the value and need to connect with someone at the University who knows you by name, who cares about you as a student and as a person...one with dreams, hopes, and connections with home, struggles, and stories to share." Ms. Farnsworth also recognizes the value of quickly connecting to others that share a common interest, culture or vision, by way of joining a club or organization. In addition, Diane makes every effort to connect students to upper-class students, faculty and staff who will be valuable in the development of their future career and professional skills. Creating informal mentor relationships is important to every student, especially to those who are new to the university. After all, that's what helps makes this large institution a "home away from home". Diane also appreciates meeting those students who may have been, or are currently up against, personal and/or academic challenges. "I feel most rewarded when I can help a student solve problems and completely turn a semester around or remedy a previously disastrous semester."
"I want to be an advocate for students in whatever way possible. I am fully aware that some students view Penn State as overwhelming and impersonal. I want to be the staff support that changes that perception."
Diane feels particularly connected to this age group. She and her husband have three children, each of whom attended or currently attend the university. She muses "I see the challenges and distractions this generation faces. My own children make me aware every moment!!" Ms. Farnsworth works with students in time management, taking control of their environment, reducing distractions and a lot more. “Whatever a student wishes to talk about, I’m there to listen.”
Diane also facilitates B.O.T.H. (Blends of Traditional Heritages). B.O.T.H. is a group for all students who classify themselves as Biracial or Multiracial, but it specifically focuses on the special concerns of students who share a common African/ African American heritage. The group meets Sunday evenings, biweekly, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.. It is always open to interested students. In addition, Diane is the primary adviser to all Lenfest Scholars at the University.
Please contact her for more information: 865-1773.
- (Blends of Traditional Heritages)
- Biracial Group (B.O.T.H. Blends of Traditional Heritages)
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