Monthly Archives: September 2013

Is it time to visit your Academic Adviser?

The leaves are turning, classes are in full swing and fall is truly here; but should you be thinking about spring?  Juniors are currently scheduling for spring semester and Sophomores and Freshmen will be right behind them.  If you aren’t sure exactly when you schedule classes for spring semester, you can find your date in a couple places:  Your Degree Audit and a new app on elion, Registration Calendar.  Check either to find out your schedule date.  Although we have many resources available on line to help you plan your schedule, it is always a good idea to visit your adviser.  Electives, supporting courses, general education and prerequisites can be tricky.  Call the Nutritional Sciences office (814 863-0806) at least two weeks before your scheduled registration date to make an appointment with Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Eissenstat.  When you call, have your student ID number and calendar available so you can select a convenient appointment time.  You can contact the other advisers by phone or email.  Their contact information can be found on page two of the blog.  Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, but plan now for spring.  Some classes fill quickly and you don’t want to miss out.

Making Supporting Courses Work for You

All options in the Nutritional Sciences Major have supporting courses.  These are classes that you choose, that are relevant to your interests in nutrition.  We approve a wide range of possibilities because we want these courses to work for you.  Many students choose to focus their supporting courses on a particular discipline in order to earn a minor.  The most popular minors with nutrition graduates are: Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, Biology, Health Policy Administration, Spanish, Business (Liberal Arts), Gerontology, and Neuroscience.   You might also find one of the new Emphasis Areas in nutrition is a great fit for your career interests.  Fifteen credits in any Emphasis Area will help you earn a Certificate from the Nutritional Sciences Department and something unique to add to your resume.  Check out the existing Supporting Courses list.  We are continually looking for new and interesting classes to add to our supporting courses and emphasis area course list.  If you are looking for something different consider these courses:

AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3 cr)
AEE 360 Leadership Development for Small Groups (3 cr)
BB H 130 Strategies for Addressing the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics (3 cr)
BB H 203 Neurological Bases of Human Behavior (3 cr)
BB H 301 Values and Ethics in Human Development Professions (3 cr)
BB H 497A Biobehavioral Issues in Immigrant Health (3 cr) (X listed with HPA)
SOC 497B Health, Disease and Society (3 cr)
SOC 497C Gender and Health Over the Life Course (3 cr)
WMNST 452 Women’s Health Issues (X listed with BB H and NURS) (3 cr)
WMNST 458 Critical Issues in Reproduction (X listed with BB H) (3 cr)

If you find other interesting courses you think might be good supporting course choices, speak with your adviser.  We’re happy to review new courses.  It’s your education, make it work for you.


Gaining Practical Nutrition Experience – Part 2

There are many opportunities to gain experience related to your career goals in nutrition. Leadership skills can be developed through virtually any organization that interests you.  Groups do not need to be related to nutrition, though our Student Nutrition Association is an excellent place to gain valuable experience.  Skills in time management, organizing, delegating, communicating, and collaborating may occur through fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, clubs, sports, professional organizations and many others.  Our college also offers two excellent leadership opportunities.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Global Leadership Initiative.

Would you like to gain some experience in community nutrition?  Consider contacting the Diet Assessment center located in the Chandlee building.  The state headquarters for the Pennsylvania Nutrition Education program, TRACKS is here in State College. They often have projects which students can help with.  Contact your local extension agent for opportunities in counties outside the State College area. Penn State Extension offers volunteer experiences and brings food and agriculture resources to counties throughout Pennsylvania.   Visit their web site at  for more information.  Several initiatives related to Sustainability have opportunities of interest to nutrition students.  HealthWorks is a peer education, outreach program through University Health Services and offers opportunities for students to bring a variety of health and wellness topics to the Penn State Community.  You can earn academic credits by participating.  Consider volunteering at the State College Food Bank or Meals on Wheels program.

Food Service Management opportunities are abundant in the University and State College area.  Penn State Campus Dining typically hires two senior level Student Nutrition Assistants each spring to help with meal planning and education for students with food allergies or other nutritional needs. Any experiences in food preparation can be beneficial. Frequently nutrition students who work in the same facility for a few semesters move into management positions where they gain additional valuable experience.

Keep your eyes open for opportunities.  There are a wide variety of possibilities.  It just requires your energy and enthusiasm to make them a reality.