Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence¹ and it is estimated that physical aggression occurs in 20–30% of college dating relationships² . Domestic Violence Awareness month aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and empower everyone to take steps to end it. Relationship violence happens to women of all ages, religions, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic classes and is never the victim’s fault. Learn more about how to recognize abusive behaviors and support victims of relationship violence from Penn State’s Center for Women Students. You can also learn more by visiting the information table in the UHS lobby this month.

The following counseling and medical resources are available to students who experience intimate partner violence.

Emotional Support Services:

Center for Women Students (CWS)
204 Boucke Building
(814) 863-2027

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
501 Student Health Center
(814) 863-0395

Centre County Women’s Resource Center (open 24 hours)
140 W. Nittany Avenue

Medical Resources:

University Health Services
Student Health Center
Schedule an Appointment Online
(814) 863-0774 — Schedule an Appointment by Phone
(814) 863-4463 — Advice Nurse available 24/7

Mt. Nittany Medical Center
1800 E. Park Avenue
State College, PA 16803
(814) 231-7000 — General Information
(814) 234-6110 — Emergency Medicine

To report misconduct related to relationship violence call 1-800-560-1637 or visit


¹ U.S. Department of Justice Special Report; Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003–2012

²K.M. Bell, A.E. Naugle; Effects of social desirability on students’ self-reporting of partner abuse perpetration and victimization. Violence and Victims, 22 (2007), pp. 243–256

Financial Literacy Programs

Do your monthly expenses cause you stress? Penn State’s Student Financial Education Center offers valuable resources to help students make informed decisions regarding money management. The Center offers a series of online workshops called MoneyCounts: A Financial Literacy Series. Topics include student loans, budgeting fundamentals, credit cards, debt management, and taxes. Staff and peer educators from the Center can answer questions via email or to meet with students by appointment.

For more information about educational programs, peer educators and online resources, visit

Party Smart Guides

This fall University Health Services created party smart guides for students living on and off campus.  We hope the information helps you stay safe and have a trouble-free year at Penn State.  There’s a guide for students living on campus:  On Campus Guide (accessible). And there’s a guide for students living off campus: Off campus Guide (accessible).

The guides were funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  The project was a collaboration between University Health Services and State College Police Department.

Tips for Being Active at Penn State

Being active is one of the most important things you can do for your health and happiness. Staying physically active doesn’t have to mean long, grueling hours at the gym. It can be as simple as taking a walk while having your weekly phone call with Mom or your best friend from home. You can be physically active regardless of your lifestyle, fitness level, or interests. Select activities that fit best in your life. Here are some tips to get you started.

Tips for Being Active at Penn State:

1. Walk to class instead of taking the bus
2. Play frisbee with your friends
3. Take the stairs, not the elevator
4. Take a walk in the Woodlands Trails at the Arboretum
5. Join a dance club with a friend. Go to and search under “Music/Performing Arts”

Visit this link to learn more about the benefits of being active

Extreme Stater 2015 is coming!

Do you have what it takes? This fall, get ready for an outdoor adrenaline rush. Penn State’s Extreme Stater is ready to meet your adventure-seeking needs and is moving to a new location at the Stone Valley Recreation Area!

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On Sunday, October 18, twenty-five teams will compete by racing on an outdoor obstacle course to win prizes and glory. The race will start and finish at the Stone Valley Recreation Area, near the Odyssey III course/boat house (located 17 miles from campus). Bus transportation will be provided for students who need it. The course will feature running, climbing, canoeing, team obstacles and other extreme encounters. Be prepared to challenge your mind and body in ways the classroom can’t!

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 8th and closes on Tuesday, September 29th or when filled. Register at the Office of Student Activities in room 209 A HUB between 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  Registration forms may be completed in advance: Extreme Stater Registration Form

Building Your Team
Each Extreme Stater team must consist of four competitors (two males and two females). An event waiver form is required per participant and will be available at the time of registration and must be completed prior to race day. Students 17 or younger will be required to have guardian signature on the waiver.

Who Can Participate?
Participation is open to University Park undergraduate or graduate students. Registration will end when twenty five teams have registered or by September 29.

The race will start and finish at Stone Valley Recreation Area near the Odyssey III course/ boat house area. Stone Valley is located 17 miles from campus. The GPS address is 325 Charter Oak Road Petersburg, PA 16669. See the map below. We will offer bus transportation for students who need it.

How Much Running Is Involved?
About 4.5 miles.

What are the Prizes and Do We Get Swag?
The registration fee includes an event t-shirt and a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Prizes for the top 3 finishing teams:
• 1st place team- $50 gift card/team member to the Penn State Bookstore
• 2nd place team- $40 gift card/team member to the Penn State Bookstore
• 3rd place team- $30 gift card/team member to the Penn State Bookstore

Additional prizes will be randomly distributed in a drawing at the end of the race. All finishers will be eligible for the drawing. Prize donations have been made by the following offices and local businesses*:


Freeze Thaw Cycles

Webster’s Book Store & Cafe

Residence Life

Adventure Recreation

Campus Recreation

University Health Services

Student Book Store

Rapid Transit

*This list is subject to change as additional donations come in.

*This list is subject to change as additional donations come in.

Who’s Sponsoring Extreme Stater?
Current sponsors of this event include the Association of Residence Hall Students (A R H S), the Kinesiology Club, University Park Undergraduate Association (U P U A), Residence Life, Student Activities, Adventure Recreation, Campus Recreation, and University Health Services.

What’s the Start Time and When Do We Check In?
The event will start at 10:00 a.m. Teams must check in at the registration table near the Odyssey III course/boat house area by 9:30 am. All team members must be present at the time of check in. Carpooling is recommended. There is limited parking on site.

What if it rains? The race will be held rain or shine.

Where is Stone Valley?
Follow Route 26 West (West College Ave) for 9 miles. At the base of Pine Grove Mountain, turn right on Charter Oak Road. Follow Charter Oak Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto Lodge Lane (Stone Valley West Entrance). Follow the signs for Extreme Stater parking.Map


Photos from previous Extreme Stater events:

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Free Yoga Classes to Continue in Fall Semester

UHS will continue to offer free yoga classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm throughout fall semester.  The Tuesday class begins on August 25.  The Wednesday class begins on September 2.  The Thursday class begins on August 27.  Classes are held in 205 Student Health Center.  Stop by and learn yoga basics from a certified yoga instructor. Yoga can help you relax and improve fitness & flexibility.  Yoga mats and other props are provided.



Vegetarian Taco Salad

by Ashley Hassett, HealthWorks Peer Educator

This colorful and zesty vegetarian taco salad tastes amazing! Packed with protein and fiber from the beans, this recipe will keep you satisfied and energized.

Makes: 6 servings, about 1 ½ cups each

Total time: 40 minutes



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels or frozen, thawed
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked long-grain brown rice
  • 1 15-ounce can black, kidney or pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled tortilla chips
  • Lime wedges for garnish




  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and corn; cook, stirring, until the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Coarsely chop 1 tomato. Add it to the pan along with rice, beans, chili powder, 1 teaspoon oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomato cooks down, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. Coarsely chop the remaining 3 tomatoes. Combine with cilantro, salsa and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oregano in a medium bowl.
  3. Toss lettuce in a large bowl with the bean mixture, half the fresh salsa and 2/3 cup cheese. Serve sprinkled with tortilla chips and the remaining cheese, garnish with lime wedges and the remaining fresh salsa at the table.

See the link below for photos and more delicious recipes.

Eat Well in Pollock Dining Commons


Learn how to create a well balanced meal while eating on campus in the dining commons. Maggie Dempsey, a HealthWorks Peer Educator, will give you a brief tour of Pollock Dining Commons and share with you how to choose foods that make up a well balanced meal. You can create many different delicious meals suited to your taste buds by following these guidelines.