Monthly Archives: February 2015

NUTR 495 Advanced Field Experience: Margaret DeFranco posts about her experience at Lehigh Valley Health Network

For my summer field experience, I was lucky enough to work with dietitians at Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Allentown, PA area. Through a family friend, I was able to get contact information for the Clinical Nutrition Director. I reached out to my contact, explained my interest in the network and the requirements I needed to complete throughout the summer, and she reviewed my materials and later accepted my request. The format of my field experience was similar to a dietetic internship, in the sense that I had full-time mini clinical “rotations” that changed almost weekly. I worked with many dietitians (many of which were from Penn State!) that were experts in their respective nutrition-related fields. Some of the areas I worked in include neuroscience, burns, pediatrics, oncology, neonatal intensive care, general GI disorders, GI surgery, pregnancy, weight management, bariatrics, cardiology, and more. I became responsible for performing mock patient assessments, mock parenteral nutrition orders, calorie counts, growth charts, assisting with nutrition screening, and more. I also created educational materials for many of the dietitians for eventual distribution to their patients. My favorite part of this experience was applying my background knowledge of nutrition to real-life patients with a range of mild to serious disease states. I would highly recommend this incredible field experience for anyone who wishes to gain a strong clinical background in an environment that challenges you every day. Now that I have had such immense exposure to so many different patient populations, I feel much more confident in my ability to successfully complete a dietetic internship, specifically with a strong clinical emphasis, than before. If you’d like any more information about my field experience in particular, I’d be happy to answer your questions at any time!


Margaret DeFranco,
The Pennsylvania State University – Class of 2015
Nutritional Sciences – Dietetics Option
Student Nutrition Association – Info Tech Chair


Alumni Speed Networking Opportunity – March 22, 2015

Save the date for this fun opportunity to network with Nutrition Alums March 22 at 10 AM in the Faculty Staff Club of the Nittany Lion Inn .  The Speed Networking event is a fast paced way for you to meet eight of our nutrition graduates and learn about the exciting things they’ve been doing in the field.  Speed Networking Alumni Bios 2015

The Networking opportunity is open to all students, it will occur before the Brunch at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Reservations are required for the Brunch and the student discounted tickets have already been reserved.

No reservations are required for the speed networking event.  Hope to see you there!

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarships – Deadline coming soon

I encourage students to apply for scholarships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Scholarships awarded by the Academy Foundation are generally for Academy members enrolled in the junior or senior year of a baccalaureate or coordinated program in dietetics or the second year of study in a dietetic technician program, a dietetic internship program or a graduate program.

You must be a student member to be eligible for these scholarships. You are qualified if you are in the dietetics option or planning to enter the dietetics option at Penn State.  To apply, visit . The Membership application can be completed online, but must be received at the Academy by February 15th in order for the Academy to process it and assign a member number in time for you to meet the scholarship submission deadline of March 19. The application can be accessed here:

Many Penn State students have received scholarships, average awards are usually about $1,000.

Good Luck!

KINES 203: Medical Terminology offered Maymester

The Kinesiology department is offering Kines 203: Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals during Maymester this summer. This is a great course for you if you are planning to work in a clinical setting of any kind in the future. It is recommended for all future allied health professionals. If you take this course, it will fulfill 3 credits of lower-level supporting coursework for your Nutrition degree.
This course has limited enrollments during the Fall and Spring semesters so summer would be an awesome time to take it.
Course Name: Kines 203: Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals
Course Number: 554059
 Course Dates: Maymester (May 11June 8)
 Course Times: M, T, W (6-9pm)
 Course Location: 15 Rec Hall

NUTR 495 Advanced Field Experience: Emily Roberts posts about her Experience at Smucker Co.

Last summer I had the privilege of working at the J.M. Smucker Company in Regulatory Compliance. This is a vital department within the food industry responsible for adhering to certain laws, regulations, and guidelines set forth by the FDA, USDA and Smucker’s company policy as well.  It was a great opportunity to be able to utilize my knowledge of nutrition in the food industry, an area not many Penn State Nutrition students are able to explore. During my internship I had a mentor who showed me the ropes of working in Regulatory.  As an intern, I was given responsibilities including Nutrition Facts development and label review across various product categories including juices, jams and baking mixes. In support of those activities I was included in various cross-functional meetings where projects status updates were given and key decisions were made. What I most valued about this internship experience was how I was treated as a member of the team, not just an intern. I was also given the chance to meet with several different departments within Smucker’s such as Research & Development, Marketing and Purchasing, just to name a few. My overall experience helped me understand how a food company operates and the essential role Regulatory Compliance plays in the food production process.

Emily Roberts
Penn State University | Class of 2015
College of Health and Human Development
Nutritional Sciences | French & Francophone Studies


Dear NUTR Students:

The Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Society Annual brunch  takes place on Sunday March 22, 11am-1pm at the Nittany Lion Inn Assemby Room. There are still 17 seats open to students for a discounted rate of $10. This is a great event and chance to network…and the brunch is always delicious, well worth $10!

If you would like to attend, please email Kristi Stoehr at to confirm that seats are still available, then Kristi will confirm your registration by asking you to fill out a registration form and provide the $10 payment.

Once these remaining 17 seats filled, students are all still welcome, but will have to pay $30 for attendance at the brunch.

Prior to the brunch, there will be a speed networking event for students from 10am-11am in the Faculty Staff Club of the NLI. This portion of the morning is free of charge though I recommend attending both the networking event and the brunch!

Please don’t miss out on this professional development opportunity to network with and learn more about Penn State Nutrition & Dietetics Alumni!


JOY BAUER SPRING INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE for Recent grads or current Grad Students

Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for NBC’s Today Show, has two internship openings available for the Spring semester. The internships are unpaid and will run from February 23, 2015 through mid-May. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in nutrition or at least one semester of coursework in a graduate nutrition program are eligible to apply. Though our company is based in New York City, we communicate with interns remotely via email and telephone. The time commitment is part-time, approximately 10 to 15 hours per week, but is subject to vary depending on Joy’s media schedule. Responsibilities include researching nutrition topics for Today show segments; magazines; and other national media, writing articles and other materials for Joy’s website and social media, and performing some administrative tasks. Past interns have found this to be a very rewarding experience, as they are given the opportunity to contribute to television, print, and web media seen by millions of people across the country.

If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Tina Carlucci ( by February 13th, 2015. (Candidates who advance to the final selection round will be asked to complete a short writing assignment as part of the application process).

Tina Gowin Carlucci, RD, CDN
Editorial Director, Health and Nutrition
Joy Bauer Ventures

Internship opportunity at a Diabetes Camp for kids

Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp (KDKC) is a camp where children with type 1 diabetes between the ages ages 8 – 15 can come to have fun, meet other kids with diabetes and experience camp. KDKC will be held at the Camp Victory facility, located in central Pennsylvania from June 21 – 26, 2015. Throughout the week campers work closely with counselors, clinicians and dietetic interns to learn more about their diabetes and diabetes management in a casual, non-clinical environment while they participate in all the activities Camp Victory has to

KDKC is looking to employ volunteers as Dietetic Interns from June 20-26, 2014. There will be a 1 day training on June 20, 2015. We ask that the volunteers have an interest in getting nutrition experience by working with  children who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. They would be responsible for creating a nutrition education lesson for the age group they are assigned to, determining the carbohydrate count for meals and snacks, helping the campers to count their carbohydrates during the meal times, and help during the day at various activities.

Students who are interested in having this experience should fill out the  KDKC2015 application and email it to no later than March 27, 2015.

Thank you,
Alexis Newman RD, LDN
Director of Nutrition for KDKC


HealthWorks is recruiting for 2015-2016

This is a great opportunity for Nutrition majors.  Credits earned can be applied toward your supporting credits.

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2015. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health. HealthWorks members plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, and providing HIV test counseling.

 Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2015. This course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

 Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations.  Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at or by phone at(814) 863-0461.

Linda LaSalle, Ph.D. Associate Director

University Health Services

Penn State University

Save the Date, April 22nd! Class of 2015 Senior Graduation Reception!

Attention Class of 2015 Graduating Seniors and Faculty!
Save the date for the Department of Nutritional Sciences 2015 Senior Graduation Reception!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
The Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson
This will be a fun gathering to celebrate your accomplishments. We’ll have food, drinks, faculty and student speakers as well as door prizes! More details to follow!