Monthly Archives: January 2015

Only 2 Days Left to Join the Nutrition Habit Challenge

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Don’t miss your chance…there are only 2 days left to register for the Nutrition Habit Challenge!

Join the College of Health and Human Development the Student Nutrition Association and the Department of Nutritional Sciences for the Nutrition Habit Challenge…and become eligible to win a Trip to Disney World or Cruise to Bermuda! We strongly believe in the Challenge’s objectives and encourage you and your family to participate in this community-wide wellness initiative.

The NHC provides the education, motivation and inspiration to make healthy, manageable changes in our lives. It cost’s nothing, and successful participants are eligible to win some great prizes, including the trip!

Go to and take the Challenge!

Teach For America: Next Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Attention: Students graduating by June 2015, any major or academic background, minimum 2.5 GPA

Kids from low-income communities aren’t getting an education that gives them choices in life.  You have the power to change this.

NEXT Application Deadline: Friday, January 30th at 11:59pm ET. Apply to the 2015 Teach For America corps.

Teach For America is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life. By teaching for at least two years in TFA’s corps, you will join thousands of leaders helping students in low-income communities make the academic progress that will expand their opportunities for the future.

Apply to the 2015 corps – start date June/July 2015.

Bring your passion to the classroom:

Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and career backgrounds.

Time Correction! Junior Jump Start Program 1:00-4:00pm

Please note this event will be held today 1-4pm. (Not 2-5pm)

Nutrition Habit Challenge

Here is your opportunity to make one change to your personal eating habits and support an important community event.

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Join Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development for the Nutrition Habit Challenge…and become eligible to win a Trip to Disney World or Cruise to Bermuda!

The College of Health and Human Development would like to introduce you to an important, community-wide wellness initiative, the Nutrition Habit Challenge. We strongly believe in the Challenge’s objectives and encourage you, and your family, to participate.


The NHC provides the education, motivation and inspiration to make healthy, manageable changes in our lives. It cost’s nothing, and successful participants are eligible to win some great prizes, including the trip!
Go to and take the Challenge!

Career Services Junior Jump Start Event! Wednesday Jan. 21 2:00-5:00pm

Juniors! Are You Wondering How To Jump Start Your Career Planning??

Junior Jumpstart is designed as a combination of small group sessions and mini-seminars that will help you learn answers to your questions, such as:

  • What can I do with my major?
  • What are employers looking for and how I can make the most of my final summer experience to show I have it?
  • How can I prepare now for future Career Days and On-Campus Interviewing?
  • How does the graduate school application process work and when should I prepare for Graduate and Professional School Day?
  • Who are the alumni willing to network with me and provide advice for life after Penn State?
  • What can I gain from working with a Career Counselor and how can Career Services help me?
  • What career planning can I do to make the most of my senior year?

Wednesday, January 21, 2:00-5:00pm Bank of America Career Services Building.

Summer Study Abroad Opportunity in Italy

NSD 452/652: Mediterranean Food & Culture: An Italian Experience
(3 credit) Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
This course will provide you with an opportunity to experience one of the most renowned cuisines in the world. What is the Mediterranean diet and why do people eat this way? How many ways can we really define the Mediterranean diet, based upon regional and cultural differences? We will investigate the historic, geographic, and socio-economic underpinnings of the Mediterranean diet.  We will critique the health benefits and implications of following a Mediterranean diet.  We will discuss the current dietary habits of people surrounding the Mediterranean to determine just how closely the Mediterranean diet is being followed. Once in Italy, we will experience the current Mediterranean diet from farm to table by exploring small artisan producers for cheese, olive oil and pasta. We explore the significance of local/regional production not only from a food system but also from a legislative and labeling perspective.  We will work in the fields, shop for the freshest ingredients and cook authentic Italian meals. Here is a video describing the experience and trip
This course is open to any college student who has interest in the interaction between Mediterranean foods, wine, health and culture. For nutrition majors or minors, this course can often be taken as an alternative to a required Food, Culture and Environment course.
Class size is limited to 20 students. Any graduate student or advanced undergraduate student is eligible to apply. Students who enroll in this course must participate in both the Syracuse (online) and Florence portion of the program. This is not an introductory course; taking a basic nutrition class first is suggested. The Tuscany/Florence portion of the class requires a lot of walking and some vineyard field work.

Faculty Tanya Horacek, Ph.D., R.D. Dr. Horacek is a Professor in the department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at Syracuse University. She teaches upper level/graduate applied dietetics classes (nutrition counseling and participatory program planning). Her current research involves the development and validation of a healthy campus environmental audit and randomized treatment control trials using a non-diet approach to weight management. She has a variety of other research projects include eating competence, green eating, participatory program planning, and the effectiveness of lifestyles-oriented nutrition counseling/education. She is passionate about helping students fit a study abroad experience into their program of study. She has broadened her area of study/teaching to include sustainability and a global cultural experience via the Mediterranean Food Culture class. She spent fall 2009 semester living and teaching in Florence, lead five study abroad groups/classes over the last four years and continues to study Italian. Contact :
SU Abroad Admissions Counselor : Jill Hyman
Summer 2015 Taught online May 2015, then travel to Florence for 11 days
Online class 5/18-6/7/2015 (with trip 6/8-6/19/2015)
Tentative Itinerary Summer 2015
June 8th Monday: Arrive in Pisa
June 9th Tuesday: Transport to agriturismo La Ginestra
June 10th Wednesday: Tour/work at the agriturismo Bee keeping/ Vineyards
June 11th Thursday and sustainable garden / cooking with Italian chef/
June 12th Friday: Visit cheese production / Siena
June 13th Saturday: At La Ginestra: Walk fields /make pizza in wood/stone oven
June 14th Sunday: Transport to Florence/ walking Tour/Biologic Market/ Find it Florence competition
June 15th Monday: Visit Sant’ Ambrogio mercato/Taste of Florence tour
June 16th Tuesday: Tour Pasta factory, Olive Oil mill and vineyard
June 17th Wednesday: Guided Uffizi museum tour/ cook with Italian chef
June 18th Thursday: free day
June 19th Friday: Return to US from Pisa
The deadline to apply is February 20th   Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
ndergraduate (3 cr.)                    Graduate student (3 cr.)
Tuition             $3,335 (estimated)                               $4,164 (estimated)
Program Fee   $1,550 (estimated)                               $1,550 (estimated
Total                $4,885                                                     $5,714Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $200
Personal: $400
Lunches and other meals: $400

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

SU Summer Abroad contact: Marie-Elizabeth Kulikowsky


Penn State Hospitality Services is hiring for Part-time positions in the Stewarding and Culinary Departments

The Stewarding Department for Penn State Hospitality Services is seeking organized and motivated individuals dedicated to providing exceptional customer service for our part-time Dishwasher position.

They are responsible for washing and cleaning dishes, pot ware, glassware, silverware, and kitchen equipment. Cleans kitchen areas, removes & sorts trash, compost and recycling, sorts and stores dishes, glassware, pot ware, and silverware. Operates dish machines and trash compactor.

Must be able to work in warm, moist area, lift up to 50 pounds with or without accommodation and stand or walk for extended periods of time. Assist culinary department in plating up and banquet servers in setting up banquet functions. Maybe cross-trained as cafeteria attendant.

Work hours are various shifts, including weekends and holidays.

To apply please go to and click on “apply here.”

And for our culinary positions:

The Culinary Department is seeking cooks looking to pick up some extra shifts.  You can work as few as one shift a week, or up to 20 hours each week, based on your availability and preferences.

Our full-service property is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and a superb dining experience.  We are looking for individuals who are organized, motivated, and driven to prepare great food.  Responsibilities may include planning, preparing, setting-up and providing service in all areas of food production.  Successful applicants must be able to abide by sanitation/health regulations, complete opening duties, clean & prepare fruits, vegetables, prepare salads, and stocks.

Morning and evening shifts are available during the week and on weekends.  Rate of pay is $8.25-$12.00 per hour.  To apply please go to and click on “apply here.”

If you have questions, please contact

Megan Hunsicker, Human Resources Specialist

The Pennsylvania State University | Hospitality Services | 814-865-6304


Women’s Leadership Initiative Information Sessions

Information Sessions will be held: 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 & Thursday, January 22, 2015


110 Henderson

Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)

WLI is recruiting applicants for the 2015-2016 year. WLI provides professional and leadership development opportunities for young women to prepare them for leadership positions in all aspects of their lives. You’ll learn to develop and communicate vision, purpose, and values; use imagination and creativity in problem-solving; gain an awareness of global and cultural issues; and recognize, celebrate, and build diversity and common purpose.


Students who are selected for the WLI participate for a full academic year and receive a total of 4 credits. The program includes a retreat, monthly workshops, at least one field trip to observe leadership in action, and ‘special events’ that provide networking and learning opportunities. Each student is paired with a mentor—a woman leader working in her field of interest.


Full time undergraduate students enrolled at University Park

Junior standing (apply in your sophomore year)

Enrolled in one of the majors in the College of Health and Human Development or the College of Nursing

If you are a female student (currently a sophomore), please consider applying

Application Deadline

February 12, 2015

Learn more at


Mt Nittany Medical Center is hiring for positions in the Dietary Department

Mt Nittany Medical Center is currently hiring wage payroll employees for their evening shifts, to work in the diet office, trayline and delivering trays to patients. They are looking for Freshman, Sophomore and Junior applicants ONLY. In these jobs the employee will be expected to work throughout the year, including summers.  The experience would be great for anyone looking to pursue the RD or DTR track.
If interested, please  apply at this link: and click on the SERVICE tab. Apply for one of the Kitchen Worker 1 positions.

If you have questions, please contact:

Danielle Michael MS, RD, LDN
Guest Services Manager | Nutrition & Culinary Services Mount Nittany Medical Center | 1800 East Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803
, Phone: (814) 231-7046 | 7 Fax: (814) 231-7118 | E-mail:

Attention Spring Graduates – Time to declare you intent to graduate!

If you are planning to graduate this SPRING, it is time to sign into elion and declare  your intent to graduate.  The intent to graduate period is open until  January 26, 2015.  This begins the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college.  If you have any credits outside of Penn State that are needed to fulfill degree requirements, please have them transferred to Penn State now.  The admissions web site provides information on transferring credits from other schools to Penn State.

This is also a good time to check your degree audit on elion and make sure it says near the top “all requirements are complete or in progress”.  If it does not yet say that, please check with your academic adviser to make sure you haven’t missed a class or need to have some course substitutions completed. Later in the semester you will receive information about the graduation ceremony and additional instructions from the College.   Congratulations!