Monthly Archives: July 2019

HHD Undergraduate News July 4 2019

New, Important, Upcoming
  • Tues July 9, LEAP Dinner, 5:45-7:15, 14 Henderson: Guide to Central PA Arts Fest (Kathleen Raupach, CPFA Board member will attend and share some insider tips for students about the events) Highlighted Departments: CSD and NUTR Highlighted Topic: Connecting with Community, Organizations and Service 
  • Academic Calendar Reminder:
    • Late Drop – Deadline  Monday  July 29 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)
    • Withdrawal – Deadline  Wednesday  August 7 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
    • Classes End  Wednesday  August 7
    • Final Exams  Friday   August 9
    • Sign up now to attend a workshop with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) senior director and thought leader, Sandi Lewis, and learn about your implicit assumptions and biases. Do you know your blind spots? While Penn State values integrity, community, and respect, these aren’t just squishy and meaningless words. All kinds of companies and nonprofits are looking for potential employees who demonstrate strong relationship and collaboration skills. Do you know who you are? Do you know the kind of person you want to be? Implicit bias thrives when you aren’t paying attention. Use information from this workshop to help build your best self. 
      • BLIND SPOTS: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.(lunch included) Free workshop open to students, only. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Use the link below to sign up and receive additional information. Challenging assumptions to build inclusive leaders This program made possible by a grant from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Sonia DeLuca Fernández at 814-865-5906 in advance of your participation or visit.  
    •  Study Abroad Applications and Deadlines: Check out HHD Study Abroad Spring 2020 Application Deadline is July 15
    • The First Step to Small Business Success Free Workshop When: July 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Have you always had the dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to begin? This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of owning a successful business, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Event Details and Registration
  • Students interested in research opportunities with faculty can learn more about working with faculty at the Research Opportunities web site. Information on funding for research related travel, grants for research and more is found there. Students can see a list of faculty and projects looking for undergraduates to be involved, searching by college, key word:
  • Take a Professor to Lunch (or Coffee or Ice Cream): The HHD Dean’s Office will pay for lunch, coffee, or ice cream for up to five HHD students and one HHD faculty member at any one of the University’s on-campus eating establishments. As one of the most popular colleges at Penn State, we know how hard it can be to get to know your professors in our majors. But, we also know our faculty are wonderful people, and would love the opportunity to get to know you.  The charge card has a set monthly limit, so call early in the month to reserve your place.  Each HHD student is eligible to participate once per semester; faculty may participate as often as they are asked!
  • Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Support  Penn State undergraduates who are presenting the results of their research or creative work at national or regional professional conferences may request financial support to defray the costs of attendance at the conference. 
  • Study Abroad Applications and Deadlines: Check out HHD Study Abroad
    • Spring 2020 Application Deadline is July 15
  • The Arts and Design Research Incubator brings together faculty, students and community around projects that connect to the arts.  Interested in how health, recreation, and other HHD fields connect to music, dance, and other arts fields? Check out ADRI! ADRI projects are typically collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, push methodological boundaries, link research and teaching, make innovative use of technology, engage with university-wide research initiatives and priorities, and have the potential to garner national and international recognition. ADRI also coordinates and hosts a range of programming designed to foster and support innovative arts research and its broad dissemination.
  • The Council of Sustainable Leaders unites Penn State student leaders in sustainability. 
  • The Undergraduate Fellowships Office is THE place to seek help in applying for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, and much more.  Learn more about their resources and look at their fellowship/scholarship database to learn more
    • Deadlines–AUGUST 30
      • FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM–There is an office deadline for Fulbright Study/Research and English Teaching Assistant Awards because these fellowships require the involvement of our office before the national deadline (October 8, 2019). We provide substantive and targeted feedback on application materials to help applicants. The last day to submit materials for feedback is two weeks in advance of the application deadline. Please see our FAQs for more information.
      • SCHWARZMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM– There is an office deadline because this fellowship requires the involvement of our office before the national deadline (September 26, 2019). All applicants/nominees will be advised of any other relevant deadlines when applying. We provide substantive and targeted feedback on application materials to help applicants. The last day to submit materials for feedback is two weeks in advance of the application deadline. Please see our FAQs for more information.  Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Open to Senior, Grad Student, Recent Alum in Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts. Info: Schwarzman Scholars Program
    • Interested in starting your own business at some point? Check out Invent Penn State for resources and opportunities to get started on your path to innovation. Learn about the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, funding for start-up ideas, and more.
    • The First Step to Small Business Success Free Workshop When: July 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Have you always had the dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to begin? This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of owning a successful business, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Event Details and Registration
  • Pre-Law Advising CenterInterested in going to law school?  Then you are a pre-law student. Pre-Law Advising helps students from all Penn State majors and campuses. Stop by 101 Grange Building to learn more and look for info and advising sessions in the Fall
  • The LGBTQA Student Resource Center is a great resource for students. To check out their resources visit If you are interested in getting involved visit
  • EPPIC (English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center) supports international students in improving their English language skills. For more info: or stop by 7 Thomas Building. 
  • Health Professions Advising Center. Open to all Penn State students interested in the health professions. Group advising sessions begin in the Fall. Check out the  advising resources at 
    • Summer 2019 Walk-in Hours: May 16-August 7: Walk-ins will be held each day at 10:00-11:30am. Walk-in advising is reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes. Check in is at the computer kiosk in 225 Ritenour Building. Note: There will be no walk-ins on the following days: Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day) and Friday, July 5
  • The Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center ( is offering regular webinars via Zoom throughout the year from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Tuesdays. To access any of these free webinars, please use the Zoom link provided below, no registration needed: Next Webinar:
    • July 2, 2019        Environmental Stewardship
    • July 30, 2019        Insurance Planning 
  • Are you struggling to pay for food?  Visit The Lion’s Pantry!
  • Need help with medical emergencies? Death of an immediate family member? Housing insecurity Unexpected events or challenges? Contact the Office of Student Care and Advocacy:
  • Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for all students who need help during the semester. Visit to learn more about their services. And any student facing a crisis or knowing another student in that situation can contact a 24/7 number:  
    •  Penn State Crisis Line (24/7), (877) 229-6400
    • Crisis Text Line (24/7) txt “LIONS” to 741741
HHD Research Seminars
  • The Future of Foster Care: New Science to Address Old Problems September 23-24, 2019 The Nittany Lion Inn 200 W. Park AvenueState College, PA 16803 
    • Approximately 6% of youth in U.S. experience foster care in their lifetime. Decades of studies have detailed the poor outcomes these children face, in terms of health, education, behavior, and social functioning. Scholars and policy-makers have identified a litany of reform targets, from school instability to the use of congregate care and yet, many of the core concerns about the foster care system appear intractable – every week, news stories emerge about foster children who have died, been trafficked, been moved dozens of times, exited foster care to homelessness, or been returned to unsafe families. Research has largely found that foster care produces outcomes similar to simply leaving children with abusive or neglectful parents. Why, after dozens of policy changes and a myriad of research studies, has so little changed for the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care each year?  The Future of Foster Care conference will focus on identifying and addressing the barriers to meaningful change and innovative policy and practice solutions to the foster care system’s most pressing challenges. Leaders from government, academia, and the non-profit sector will meet for a two day event during which speakers will elucidate key challenges and detail solutions that are currently being tested in real-world settings. Monday, September 23, 2019 – Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration ($50 for Penn State Students)  

HHD Faculty News, July 2019

This is a great time for HHD Faculty who want to connect with undergraduates for research can post research opportunities online. If you have already created a research opportunities account, you can post those opportunities here:

If you have not yet created a research opportunities account, apply for an account here:

For more info and resources on guiding undergraduate research:

HHD Endowment Funding for Undergraduate and Outreach Programs: The College of Health and Human Development will again be offering funds for support of undergraduate education and outreach programs through its endowments. Details on each of the endowments is attached. For funding in 2019-20, the College is especially interested in projects that emphasize the following:

  • Proposals that develop new courses, enhance existing courses, and otherwise advance elements our new minor in Diversity and Inclusion

We are also interested in the following:

  • outreach programs that connect college majors, faculty, and students to students in high school and middle school
  • Proposals that develop new or improve existing outreach programs or undergraduate education through hybrid approaches, online World Campus courses, or innovative teaching technologies
  • Proposals that develop new Honors courses, including courses that might target incoming students or Honors courses that would appeal to students in multiple HHD programs
  • Proposals that target emerging areas of undergraduate education and outreach programs, including entrepreneurship, sustainability, public health, health disparities, global health, social media, data analytics, teamwork, improving management and policy in the service industries, impacts of demographic change (aging, diversity, immigration, family change, etc.) on health, hospitality, tourism, recreation, education and human services

Common criteria across all the endowment funds, beyond those listed for individual endowments, include support from department heads and program PICs, collaboration among faculty within and/or across departments, involvement of both tenure-track and fixed-term faculty, involvement of both senior and junior faculty, and connection to the College and/or department strategic plans. While none of these elements are required, all will be considered in identifying the best applications. Interested faculty should contact Heather Zimmerman for proposal information.

Five Things I’m Reading

Have a reading suggestion?  Let me know!

Open Education Resources: Opportunity for university presses publishing Penn State faculty books to get funding to make them open access. Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) is a collaborative effort between the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries,  and the Association of University Presses. Penn State’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has committed to funding $45,000 to be split among up to three subvention grants to support publishing open access monographs each year for five years (2018-2023). Each grant will be contributed directly to a press participating in the program for an open access publication of an eligible Penn State faculty-authored work.

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Penn State Events

  • IT Learning and Development Workshops(including Canvas and other teaching seminars):
  • World Campus Faculty Development: Courses and certificates to improve your online/hybrid teaching:
  • Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence— Great programs on challenging class situations and efficient grading coming up. See all upcoming seminars
  • New information on embedded global travel programs–With the support and input of several colleagues and faculty leaders, Global Programs has developed a more detailed “how to” online guide for faculty-led embedded course development.
  • What the heck are Open Educational Resources?
  • Kaltura is now available for the University community to store, create and stream media to individual devices and through links embedded in Canvas. Kaltura will work with Zoom, Penn State’s conferencing system, to provide a complete conferencing and streaming solution to replace Adobe Connect. Training resources including a quick-start guide for students and Learning Paths for faculty, instructional content creators and non-instructional staff, are available on the Kaltura website,


  • Faculty Academy for Engaged Scholarship: Faculty Fellows:  The Faculty Academy is intended to deepen the University-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of engaged scholarship at Penn State. More info:
  • Global Programs Faculty Travel Grants: Global Programs maintains a fund to support faculty travel related to developing global awareness, global literacy and global competency among our undergraduate population. The Faculty Travel Grant (up to a maximum of $3,000 per project) supports faculty members traveling abroad for a short-term stay (1-4 weeks). Transformational Travel Grants are awarded twice annually, with applications due by 5:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time) on the following dates: September 15 by 5:00 P.M. (EDT) for travel to take place on or after November 1 of that year and February 15 by 5:00 P.M. (EST) for travel to take place on or after April 1 of that year. More info and applications:·
  • Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence: Teaching Transformation & Innovation grants: The Teaching Project Grants program is designed to provide support for Penn State faculty, departments, and degree-granting programs to engage in projects that support teaching and learning endeavors in undergraduate education. Support for these projects includes consultations with Institute faculty, as well as funding. Funding will be available each Spring semester for successful proposals during the next fiscal year.
  • Honors Course Development/Enhancement Awards: The Schreyer Honors College offers Course Development/Enhancement Awards to support the design, development and improvement of honors courses for our Schreyer Scholars. Faculty members seeking to develop new honors courses or enhance existing honors courses are encouraged to submit a proposal. These awards may be used to develop or enhance a course, secure course materials, support the involvement of special guest speakers, to fund related travel or research costs, to assist students, or some combination thereof. The award must contribute directly to the development and implementation of an approved honors course to be offered in the upcoming year. Open submission dates. More information:


  • Online Learning Consortium: OLC is a great organization for anyone interested in online education. Penn State is an OLC Member and may enable us to help you get a lower cost registration for their programs. Contact Dennis Shea or Susan LeWay if you are interested in something. Upcoming Programs:
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities conferences and meetings: AACU focuses on connections to liberal arts, general education, and diversity, equity and inclusion, and Penn State faculty have access to their many programs and resources through our institutional membership.  See upcoming programs below. Contact Dennis Shea if interested in any of their activities:
    • The 2019 AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Network Conference will be held November 7–9, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. They encourage the submission of “late-breaking” proposals that examine the range of opportunities for—and challenges to—STEM higher education
  • The Carnegie Foundation is the largest convening of pre-K-12 and postsecondary leaders and innovators committed to transformative change in education through continuous improvement approaches. These hands-on learning opportunities will equip you with proven strategies and tools, and will introduce you to colleagues working to solve similar problems.
  • Interested in Adult Learners? Check out the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning upcoming conference:
  • Campus Community Partnerships for Health conference on Dismantling Structural Inequalities: Infusing the Arts in Our Work