Monthly Archives: October 2015

Interested in Sustainability and Fresh Food? Consider being part of the Student Farm Club.

A diverse group of faculty, staff and students is making progress towards establishing an interdisciplinary, student farm at Penn State. In order to make this project the most beneficial for all students, we are conducting research about undergraduate students’ perspectives and interests in sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Please join us for a College of Health and Human Development focus group about a Penn State Student Farm on Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00-7:00 PM in 351 Willard.

Please email Taylor Adam at to sign up to attend.
All participants will also be registered to win one of two $10 gift cards to Chipotle.

This will be a fun and lively discussion about things that you think you or other students in the College of Health and Human DevelopmenF would most like to see happen with the farm so that we can maximize the benefits to all from this amazing project!

Thank you so much,

Sustainable Food Systems Program, Student Farm Club and CED Club Facilitators


Deadline extended for The John Edgar Smith Outstanding Senior Award

The Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the John E Smith Outstanding Senior award.  This award is given yearly to a graduating senior (Fall 2015-Summer 2016) in recognition of their demonstrated exemplary leadership in the College of Health and Human Development and/or University and exemplary service to the community.

Students must have completed at least 90 credits including the course, Nutrition 445, and plan to graduate in December, May or August.

Students (undergraduate or graduates in Nutrition), faculty, staff, and alumni may make nominations. Students may also nominate themselves.

The award is typically presented at the spring NDAS brunch.  Application material and additional details can be accessed at the NDAS web site.

The Deadline for complete nomination packets should be sent to Julie Brenneman, and must be received in the Nutritional Sciences office by November 6, 2015.

Attn: December Grads–Save the Date for Dec. 16th Senior Graduation Reception!

Attention December 2015 Graduates and Nutritional Sciences Faculty

Please save the date for the Department of Nutritional Sciences Senior Graduation Reception!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


Lobby of Chandlee Lab

Please plan to join us for light refreshments and a time to gather and celebrate your accomplishments!

Graduate & Professional School Preparation & Networking Event! Nov. 5th

Next Step: Graduate/Professional School Career Preparation and Networking Event

When/Where: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:00pm

Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

Are you considering applying to graduate or professional school? Get advice from Penn State alumni who have received a graduate, medical, law, or professional degree.

7:00 p.m. – Alumni who have received a graduate/professional degree will share their experiences and advice.

7:45 p.m. – Meet and network with alumni Alumni Participants:

Dr. Nicholas Turiano ’05 HDFS, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University Dr. Katie Graham ’08 KINES, DO, General Surgery Resident, Arnot-Ogden Medical Center

Shannon Keohane ’11 KINES, Physician Assistant, Northwest Hospital Center

Theresa DeAngelis ’14 HPA, Student, Penn State Law – 2L

Brianne Marsh ’06 KINES, Occupational Therapist

Ashleigh Marrella ’14 CSD, Second-year graduate student, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State

Register: To register for the event, please contact Abby Diehl at or 814-863-2207 by November 1.

Light refreshments will be served. Business casual attire is requested.

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society

American Frozen Foods Institute (AAFI) Internships Available!

AAFI is looking for interns three times a year roughly January to April, May to August, September to December. We are looking for students who are interested in nutrition,  food safety or food science regulation and policies and how it affects the industry. We are a very small trade association (17 staff members) that services the frozen food industry and retailers. The interns would learn more about the broad regulations world (labeling requirements, setting DRIs and DRVs, GMO labeling, food safety, etc.) Interns would learn about the stakeholder role industry has in policy and how the picture can be much more complicated than it may seem to the average consumer or even policy maker. Also, this is a great opportunity to refine technical writing skills, which is a great way to build your portfolio!
A stipend may be available, but the intern must arrange their own housing in DC, MD or VA and have a car. The intern can be a recent graduate (i.e. someone who graduated in December and is looking for spring internship), or a summer intern. We are looking for both January-April and summer interns at this time.
Note that this opportunity would qualify for Juniors in the dietetics option that are completing field experience this summer.
Click on this link for the official internship posting:  AAFI Regulatory and Technical Affairs Internship   If you are interested in learning more about the internship and/or applying, please contact:

Considering Graduate School? Medical & Health Related Programs Day – Oct. 21, 2015

Graduate & Professional School Week

October 20-22, 2015 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | HUB-Robeson Center

 Interested in continuing your education? Meet with representatives from law, medical, health-related and graduate programs from across the country right here on campus! Stop by to network, learn about program opportunities and see what options are available! View the list of attending schools now:

Wednesday, October 21 the focus will be on Medical and Health Related Programs.  If you are interested in Public Health, Post-bacalaureate Nursing, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Health Education, and many more health related programs,  representatives of related graduate programs will be available to answer your questions.


Funded Graduate Assistant opportunities at Mississippi State University

The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University has 2 positions available (start date January, 2016)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA2) $14,000 per year ($14/hour, 20 hours per week), 2 years appointment, including partial tuition waiver

Teaching Assistant responsibilities: helping with class assignments, lecture development, and other activities related to teaching and management of accreditation of our internship program.

Graduate Research Assistant $21,000 per year ($21/hour, 20 hours per week), 2 year appointment,  including full tuition waiver for two years plus health insurance.

Research Assistant responsibilities: This is a great opportunity for a student (preferably PhD student) with interest in research and publication. Superior English and writing skills are essential for this position.

Our department offers BS degree programs in several fields, including a national Institute of Food Technologists-approved food science program, food processing, food safety, culinology (in conjunction with MS University for Women), and a nationally Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited dietetic/nutrition program. We offer MS degrees in food science, nutrition and health promotion, and a Ph.D. degree in food science and nutrition.

Please sent application letter, resume including GPA, GRE scores, and your professional interests to:

Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, MS, RD, FAND, LDN
Assistant Professor and Dietetic Internship Director
Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Mailing Address | PO Box 9805 | 204 Herzer, Stone Boulevard | Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-5902 (Office) | 901-219-8364 (Mobile) |

Penn State Diet Assessment Center Student Employment Opportunities!

PSDAC hires undergraduate students at competitive wages who are nutrition majors in the Department of Nutritional Sciences or who are seeking a minor in nutrition as part of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management or Human Development and Family Studies degree.

The job is flexible enough to accommodate the busy schedules of students.  It requires an extensive training program that consists of learning about diet assessment methodology, interview techniques, nutrition research software, and the research studies conducted in the PSDAC.  Once fully trained, employees independently conduct telephone interviews with research participants to collect 24-hour dietary recalls.

The job requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a sophomore/junior non-dietetics major, or sophomore dietetics major
  • Must be willing to commit to 1 year of employment
  • Must be willing to work during the summer and winter/spring breaks
  • Must be willing to work evenings and some weekends
  • Must be willing to work several 3 to 4 hour shifts per week (~10-15 hours total)

If interested, please contact Kristen Cox, PSDAC Project Coordinator, at, or stop by the PSDAC in 108 Chandlee Lab and see her to learn more!


Can Nutrition Majors Study Abroad?

Yes, they definitely can.  Unfortunately, I often hear nutrition students telling me they’ve heard they can’t study abroad.  There are many opportunities through Penn State and other schools for study abroad experiences.   It is very easy to do something over the summer, or even spring break,  and many students take full semesters away.  It does take planning however.  Each option in Nutritional Sciences has courses that are part of a sequence.  In order to study abroad you need to plan ahead to make sure all the necessary courses can be completed in the correct order. But, with planning this is can be accomplished.

Friday, October 16, from 3-5 PM there will be a Health and Human Development sponsored Study Abroad Fair.  Consider attending to learn more about your options.  You can also look back at past articles in this blog for nutrition specific study abroad opportunities.

  • The Global Ambassadors will be giving a “Study Abroad 101” presentation at 3:00 p.m. which provides a lot of useful information for any student interested in any study abroad program (not just in HHD).
  • Education Abroad advisors from the Office of Global Programs will be on hand to answer students’ questions.
  • Faculty and advisors representing all study abroad programs offered within HHD will be present:

o   School of Hospitality Management: various programs

o   Human Development and Family Studies: Italy

o   Health Policy and Administration: various programs

o   Global Health Minor

o   Recreation, Park and Tourism Management: various programs

o   Kinesiology: London

More information is available at

Meet with your advisor to discuss your options!

Summer Opportunities in the Health and Human Services Fields

Are you interested in or required to find full-time positions, internships, summer jobs, and volunteering positions that impact the well-being and development of others?

If so, then Career Services invites them to the C.A.R.E. Fair! This fair is an event designed to bring organizations to campus seeking students for opportunities outside of the corporate, government and industry settings. Organizations will be seeking students in health and human services, park and recreation management, hospitality, public service, non-profit and volunteering realms.
The C.A.R.E. Fair
Community. Agency. Recreation. Education
Wednesday October 7th
10am – 1pm
HUB – Robenson Center
For employers and more information visit: