Monthly Archives: September 2016

Global Health Minor Information Sessions Coming Up!

DISCOVER THE GLOBAL HEALTH MINOR PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSIONS 2016 Fall Semester

Tuesday, October 4

Thursday, November 3

Wednesday, November 16

Wednesday, December 7 2017

Spring Semester Monday, January 23 Tuesday, January 31

7:00 p.m. •   Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

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John E Smith Outstanding Senior award – Applications due Oct 31

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 2016-Summer 2017) 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.

Complete nomination packets should be sent to Julie Brenneman, 110 Chandlee Lab, and must be received in the Nutritional Sciences office by October 31, 2016.

Dietetics Students: Are you wondering what NUTR 391 & 495 are all about?

Are you wondering what NUTR 391 & 495 are all about? If you are now a junior, you most likely have some questions about all of this.

These courses aim to assist you in developing a professional identity and to enhance your application to post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internships and pursue to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (R.D.N.) credential. NUTR 391 (1 credit) is taken during Junior Year in the spring (semester 6), and leads into taking NUTR 495 (3 credits) the summer between Junior and Senior Year.

What is NUTR 391: Introduction to Professional Experience in Nutrition?

This course prepares you with an introduction to the professional skills necessary to obtain and complete an advanced field experience in nutrition.  You are taught about professional skills such as resume and cover letter writing, networking skills and resources pertinent to the dietetics profession, communication skills, use of social media in a professional context, and interviewing skills.  You are asked to research and identify potential field experience sites, interview at these sites, and determine the best site for you and the one that you will propose as your field experience. Completion of the Field Experience Proposal is the final project in this course. The Field Experience Proposal is a document that outlines duties, schedule, responsibilities, and terms of the field experience for you and your preceptor. Your Field Experience Proposal must be approved by your course instructor in order to begin the field experience in the summer.

What is NUTR 495: Advanced Field Experience in Nutrition?

The field experience is designed to provide a capstone experience in nutrition and its purpose is to enable you to gain practical experience in the nutrition and dietetics profession. You are able to apply your developing knowledge and skills in a professional setting by applying it to practical situations. You will meet other professionals and learn the expectations of a professional work environment. During this experience you will gain a better appreciation for key aspect of professional practice and the decision-making processes that occur in the day-to-day work environment.  The academic work in this course includes completion of journal reports, evaluations by your preceptor, and a final field experience report.

What are the requirements of field experience?

In order to be approved by your course instructor, your proposed field experience must outline and provide both observational and participatory experiences to meet field experience objectives, and meet the following two requirements.

  • Completion of 300 hours of field experience in nutrition and/or dietetics-related field in the setting of your choice (i.e. clinical, community, business/industry, wellness, foodservice, management, research.), anywhere in the United States.
  • Preceptor must be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (R.D.N.), or other qualified nutrition professional. Examples of the “other” credentials that are acceptable: PhD Nutritionist (i.e. PSU Faculty), Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR).

Can I complete field experience hours at more than 1 site?

Yes. You are allowed to split 300 hours between a maximum of two sites if you choose to, or are unable to find a viable site in which to complete all 300 hours. Hours must be split equally between up to two sites (i.e. 150 hours at each). Research lab sites are limited to 150 hours. Please note that if you choose this option, you will be required to complete two field experience proposals in NUTR 391.

As a junior, is there anything I should be doing right now to prepare for NUTR 391/495?

Informally, you can spend time researching potential sites in your hometown. Most students do field experiences “back home” to minimize expenses since most opportunities are unpaid. You can consider the list of settings above for field experience and determine now if any of these options exist in your community at home.  It is appropriate to wait until NUTR 391 begins to start asking people for field experience. Your instructor will teach you the best way to do this. At this time, you will also gain access to the database of field experiences former students have completed.

Are there many opportunities in State College for field experience?

It is quite limited. As noted above, most students go home for the summer to find and complete field experience.

Stay tuned for upcoming weekly blog posts about students’ field experience last summer!

Dietetics Option Information Session — Mark your calendars!

Dr. Coleman-Kelly, the Dietetics Program Director, will be having a Dietetics Option information session that offers detailed information about the steps to obtain the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, the requirements to complete the Dietetics option, and strategies to think about early in your degree program help you be more competitive for a Dietetic Internship.   More information about the meeting is below:

Who should attend?

  • Students who just entered the Dietetics option and are in their Sophomore or Junior year
  • Students who are enrolled in the College of HHD and are considering the Dietetics option
  • Students who have in interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

When is it?  October 11, 2016

Where is it? 060 Willard Building

What time is it?  4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Please let me know if you plan to attend by filling out this one question survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TL2596D

If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Dr. Coleman-Kelly at mdc15@psu.edu.

HHD “Public Health Grand Rounds”, Sept 12, 6 PM, 116 BBH Building

Join HHD faculty and students to watch and discuss a Centers for
Disease Control webinar on “Addressing Childhood Health Disparities”. This is a College of Health and Human Development Engaged Scholarship Event. Students attending will receive a College badge–accumulate 5 badges over the course of the semester and students receive an Associate Dean’s recognition at the end of the semester
Food will be served, so please RSVP by Monday (9/12) at 11 am by calling 865-1427
 

SUSTAINABILITY TRACKING ASSESSMENT AND RATING (STARS) INTERN

SUSTAINABILITY TRACKING ASSESSMENT AND RATING (STARS) INTERN

Penn State’s Sustainability Institute seeks a student to assist with data collection for a comprehensive assessment of Penn State’s sustainability performance. The assessment will follow the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating (STARS) protocol. Some information about STARS, including a link to Penn State’s most recent report, can be found here: http://sustainability.psu.edu/lead/sustainability-institute/track-our-progress. The successful applicant will assist with updating qualitative and quantitative data from our previous STARS submission, using online web searches and direct communication by email or phone with appropriate staff and faculty. Other related tasks may be assigned. Requires attention to detail, resourcefulness at tracking down information, proficiency with Excel, ability to work independently, and excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as a GPA of at least 3.0 and class status of at least sophomore. Applicants should have an interest in, and general familiarity with, sustainability issues and concepts. Great opportunity to learn more about sustainability and Penn State’s role in advancing it. This paid internship and will be for 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Location is Land & Water Research Building. To apply, complete the online web application and also submit a cover letter that highlights your relevant qualifications and interest in the position, a résumé, and the names of two references, including title and contact information. Interviews will take place in early to mid-September.

HHD “Public Health Grand Rounds”, Sept 12, 6 PM, 116 BBH Building

Join HHD faculty and students to watch and discuss a Centers for Disease Control webinar on “Addressing Childhood Health Disparities”. This is a College of Health and Human Development Engaged Scholarship Event. Students attending will receive a College badge–accumulate 5 badges over the course of the semester and students receive an Associate Dean’s recognition at the end of the semester

Food will be served, so please RSVP by Monday (9/12) at 11 am by calling 865-1427

Career Opportunities with CIGNA

CIGNA is interested in meeting all HHD majors at their event this Friday, September 9, and seeing you at the Career Fair. Check out their flier for more information.PSU Cigna Day Flyer Revised 4 LR- Low Resolution Final August 2016

Join Student Nutrition Association (SNA) for 1st Meeting 9/6!

NUTR Majors:

Please consider joining Student Nutrition Association for the first meeting of the new year!

First Meeting is Tuesday, September 6th at 7-8pm in 10 Henderson!

This is a great student organization that strives to provide professional and career development opportunities for its members as well as engagement in University and community outreach projects. These  opportunities allow students to develop their interests and leadership skills and connect with other students in the nutritional sciences major. Click on the links below for more information!

Questions? Contact Allison Witmer, SNA President, at aow5265@psu.edu

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