Monthly Archives: January 2014

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

If you have ever wanted to participate in a Medical Volunteer experience abroad, you may find the announcement from Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps to be of interest.  Click on this link to read their flyer describing the program, opportunities and volunteer testimonials.  Unite For Sight-flier

Career Services Newsletter

Career Services recently published a very useful newsletter highlighting opportunities and career fairs this Spring.  Regardless of your academic level, you will find something useful related to career development.  Announcements for their upcoming workshops and career fairs are listed.  They discuss the value of social media and how to best represent yourself professionally.  They provide tips for communicating electronically.  They provide guidance on resume preparation.  Seniors who are getting ready for interviews may be interested to learn they provide a quiet space for phone and Skype interviews in their interview center.  Take a few minutes to read through the information. Penn State’s Career Services is often an underutilized resource.  Be proactive now and learn what they can do to assist you.  Student drop-ins are encouraged for quick questions and appointments can be made for longer counseling sessions.  The Bank of America Career Services Center is located behind the Eisenhower parking garage next to the student health center.  Career Planning News Spring 2014


Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management classes have not disappeared from the fall 14 schedule of courses, they have just been renamed  “Hospitality Management”.  Certainly less of a mouthful.  HM 329 is the same as HRIM 329, etc.  The newly titled … Continue reading

Need an interesting GH or supporting course? Try “Eating Your Ecology”

Eating Your Ecology:  Current Trends in Food Writing and Environmentalism (English 297C)
This course is an opportunity to look at how writers from Thomas Jefferson to Michael Pollan have written about food and its production in the United States, but beyond that the course delivers the following:

  • Class that meets from 6:00-8:00 Thursday evenings in 209 Hammond
  • 3 credits of English 297B, which can be petitioned to count as a GH or would work as a supporting course
  • Food in every class to emphasize that food is a cultural artifact that always comes with a story
  • Three trips to nearby farms to learn how our food is produced and eat the food the farm produces, prepared by the people who run the farm

A final class dinner in May that will use the class’s lessons and food grown at the farms the class visits to prepare a communal meal. There is a small course fee for “Eating Your Ecology” to cover the cost of transportation and fees paid to visit the farms and provide students with food ($175).  This course is a great opportunity to discover community at Penn State while learning about how those plastic-wrapped packages of meat, fruits, and veggies wind up in the grocery store.

Schedule # 269971   Currently 12 seats remaining.

Women’s Leadership Initiative seeking Applicants for 2014-2015 class

The Women’s Leadership Initiative is accepting applications from students
who wish to participate in its 2014-15 class. The Women’s Leadership
Initiative (WLI) is a selective, yearlong academic program for students who
will be juniors in any major in the College of Health and Human Development
or the College of Nursing. The program consists of Friday workshops four
times per semester, one weekend workshop per semester, and other special
events designed to enhance leadership skills and provide networking
opportunities with leaders. For more information, please see the attached
flyer, visit our website (, or attend one of our
information sessions on January 21 and 22.

WLI_RecruitmentFlyer 2014

Summer Nutrition Study Abroad in Oaxaca Mexico

Two interesting summer abroad opportunities in Nutrition are available through the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dietetic Spanish in Oaxaca and Food History of Mexico and Oaxaca.  Credits could be used as supporting and IL courses for your nutrition degree.

Need Help Adding a course that is full?

During the first 10 days of the semester you can add and drop courses from your schedule without penalty. (Students with financial aid should not go below their starting credits for the semester. If you need to drop one class and add something else, do it on the same day.  Otherwise, this may have implications on aid.)  Spring semester drop period ends January 22, and the add period ends at 8am January 23. Many students are dropping and adding courses during this period, so gaining entry into a course that you want is likely if you utilize eLion’s Course Watch List. You can add multiple courses and sections to the Course Watch List. When a seat opens you will receive a notification (either via text message or email) alerting you to the opening. You need to act quickly, because everyone on the watch list is getting the same notification.

Another option is to ask the course instructor for permission to be added into their section. This is usually done via email. Usually the course instructor’s email address can be found on the Schedule of Courses ( Make sure that your request is clearly-written, concise and polite. If the instructor agrees to add you to the course they will request that you provide them with a Registration Add/Drop form. This form can be found here (on the Registrar’s website). You should fill out the form completely before asking for the instructor’s signature. The signed form is submitted to the Department offering the course or the University Registrar’s Office (112 Shields Building). Good luck!

Shawnee Kelly  MS, RD LDN

Food Service Internship at Camp Ronald McDonald® at Eagle Lake

Camp Ronald McDonald has five paid positions that will provide students the complete experience of Food Service in a Camp setting from May 28 – August 17, 2014.  The program been extremely successful for the past 14 years and has pulled students from all over the US including Pennsylvania.  All those who have participated have found it a unique Food Service Experience that allows dietetic students the ability to touch the lives of special campers through nutrition.  This experience has been quoted to be a “life internship” as well.

Camp Ronald McDonald is a fully accessible residential camp for campers with special needs.  It is located in the high Sierras on the grounds of beautiful Eagle Lake.  A project of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California, the goal of Camp Ronald McDonald is to provide confidence-building experiences to campers who are “at-risk”, disadvantaged and/or living with physical or emotional disabilities. Programs are designed to support each camper’s individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment.

Please visit their website for job descriptions and an application.  Feel free to contact Vicky Flaig, MEd, RD, Camp Director with any questions.   (916) 734-4230 – Office;

Camp Ronald McDonald Intern Flyer

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.



Camp Hamwi Seeking Student Dietitians for Summer 2014 Diabetes Camp

Looking for a summer experience in Nutrition and enjoy working with children? Consider applying for positions for  Student Dietitian,  Assistant Food Service Director, or for more advanced students, Food Service Director at Camp Hamwi.  The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is now accepting applications for jobs at Camp Hamwi, a residential summer camp for children living with diabetes.  This is a unique summer job opportunity that will give students a chance to work in a variety of settings relevant to their education.

 Each year a multidisciplinary health care team operates Camp Hamwi.  This team includes dietitians, dietetic students, nurses, nursing students, paramedics, physicians, and medical students. Students can benefit from working as part of this specialized medical team no matter where they are in their education.

 As a member of the dietary staff, students can expect to spend 95% of the time working in the kitchen to help prepare and serve meals and snacks.  The remainder of the time is spent teaching nutrition education to campers and assisting in night rounds.  More experienced students are encouraged to apply for the food service director and assistant food service director positions.

The work experience takes place at Camp Hamwi, a diabetes camp that has been in existence for 46 years.  Camp Mohaven is the home base for our camp, which is located in Danville, Ohio.  Camp Hamwi is held exclusively for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes between the ages of 7 and 17.

Staff orientation for Camp Hamwi 2014 is mandatory and will be held two days, Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th.  Camp Hamwi 2014 will be held July 27thAugust 9th.  Students will receive a weekly stipend of $190, free room and board and $50 compensation for attending the 2-day orientation. The dates for camp are as follows:

            Senior Challenge Week (ages 13-17)                July 27thAugust 2nd

Junior Challenge Week (ages 7-12)                  August 3rdAugust 9th

Interested students should complete an application and gather 3 reference forms.  Reference forms must be sealed in their own envelopes and signed by the person completing the form.  The forms can be found at this website   Application and reference forms should be mailed/ hand delivered together in one envelope, addressed to the attention of Jennifer C. Shrodes, RD, LD at 1100 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, OH  43201 and postmarked or delivered by the deadline, or sent electronically to Deadline for application submission is Friday, March 14, 2014, 5pm EST.  The completed materials will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews by March 21, 2014.

Deadline for AND Scholarships Approaching

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the largest provider of dietetic scholarships to deserving students at all levels of study.  The number of scholarships varies from year to year, each with a value range of $500 to $10,000 each.

Penn State students frequently receive these scholarships, so consider applying.  You must be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to be eligible.  You can join now if you are not yet a member.  Penn State is an accredited ACEND program.   You are eligible to join as a student member if you are in, or intend to be in, the dietetics curriculum or are currently a senior in the applied curriculum.

There are many scholarships for undergraduates (minimum standing as a junior for the 2014-2015 academic year), students applying to dietetic internships or graduate schools.  February 15, 2014 is the application deadline.  Two letters of recommendation are required and a signature from your adviser.  Click on this link for an application and additional information. 2014 AND Scholarships