Monthly Archives: January 2016

Associate Dean’s Invite: Cultural Conversations

Next week, HHD is collaborating with the College of Arts and Architecture to sponsor “Cultural Conversations: For the Health….” an exploration of the ideas of health through dance, music, spoken word, visual arts and more.  The programming developed by faculty and students is both great entertainment and thoughtful reflection on the ideas of health and culture.
I hope you’ll attend.  The full schedule is below. Tickets, available at the door, at just $3.
And, now my invitation–I am willing to take up to 20 HHD students to the performance on Thursday, Feb 4–my treat.  We’ll meet at Panera for a quick cup of coffee at 7 PM, then head to the theatre next door for the performance at 7:30.  To reserve your spot, call Heather Zimmerman at 865-1427.  I hope to see you there.

Dr. Shea


The Penn State Downtown Theatre Center on Allen Street

2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/4  at 7:30 pm

2/5                            3:45pm
2/6                            2:00pm
Tickets $3 at the door50% of Proceeds from tickets sales go to the For Good Performing Troupe, featured on Saturday, 2/6 as part of CC 2016 Festival for the Kids!

Monday, Feb 1, 2016    For the Health of the Body: Body Language

A spoken word collaboration between Penn State studenta from Healthworks, the School of Theatre, the Penn State Sign Language Club, and the State College Area High School ESL Class
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 For the Health of the Mind
ETCH Modern Dance Company
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 For the Health of the Spirit
A collaboration between word and dance created by the Dance Department and Professor Angèle Kingué, the director of the Bucknell en France program. This is an evening of literature, theatre, music, and conversation focused on the connection between mental, physical, and social well-being as experienced in Professor Kinhue’s novel VENUS OF KHALA-KANTI”I have been fascinated by languages since I was a child growing up in Cameroon, West Africa…..” Angèle Kingué
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 For the Health of the Nations
A spoken word, visual arts, and musical conversation created by the HHD class called “Cultural Conversations Ambassadors”
Friday, Feb 5, 2016 3:45pm For the Health of the Planet
A thought-provoking showcase of storytelling, visual art, and music that communicates the role of parks in people’s lives from a local through global perspective.
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 For the Health of Our Children
A Festival of Dance starring Roots of Life African Dance Company, and For Good Musical Theatre Company 

Join us for a unique conversation about Health and

what it means to consciously create it!!!!!


Nutrition Habit Challenge

Change is hard.

No matter what area of life we’re discussion, trying to break old habits and start new ones is never easy.  And sometimes, the hardest part is just getting started.

That’s why I’m encouraging Health and Human Development students, faculty, and staff to join in the Nutrition Habit Challenge.  This event is a great opportunity to get started on building new and better nutrition habits.

If you visit the Nutrition Habit Challenge website, you can get full information, but the NHC is a month long individual and community effort to make all of us a little healthier.  By registering, you join thousands of other people at Penn State and in Centre County who make a commitment to change ONE nutrition habit for the better.  The site has some suggestions, but you choose the habit to change.

And it’s amazing sometimes what having a community supporting your change can do to help; and it’s equally amazing how just taking on a small step can make you realize how wonderful a healthy life can be.

And isn’t that what the College of Health and Human Development is all about?

So, I’d like to see our HHD students, faculty and staff lead the way for Penn State and Centre County.  If anyone should take this challenge, we should! If anyone can convince others to also take the challenge, we can!

I hope you’ll sign up now and get your friends to sign up as well.  There are four days left–won’t you take the challenge and help make Penn State and Centre County the leaders in health and fitness?