Monthly Archives: August 2017

Group Advising Sessions for Health Professions – Physician Assistant and Medical Schools

The Health Professions Advising Office is once again offering group advising sessions for students interested in medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant programs.
Health Professions Group Advising Sessions cover topics such as Med Prep, Medical Applicants, PA Prep, PA Applicants and more! Check out the Prehealth Advising website for times, dates and locations of sessions

Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career. 

The Pre-Health Advising Center has relocated to the East Wing of
Ritenour Building.

Foxdale Village Retirement Community now hiring!

Part time positions are available at Foxdale Village Retirement Community in State College for Nutrition students.  Flexible schedules with 4 hour shifts available for afternoons (4-8PM).  Get paid while gaining experience with therapeutic diets, altered consistency diet, adaptive equipment, and geriatric nutrition in a long-term care and skilled nursing setting consistently voted Best Retirement Community by State College magazine.  Please visit to apply.  If the position is not posted, please contact Matt Nevling, Registered Dietitian at

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?  Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Where is it? 5 HHD Building

What time is it?  4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

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

Thinking about Master’s Degree? Check out the MPS in Nutritional Sciences!

Are you thinking about a graduate degree after graduation? The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences is a graduate degree offered through Penn State’s World Campus and the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and is 100% online.  The unique focus of our high-quality MPS gives you the opportunity to learn from expert faculty who are leaders in the field and the flexibility of earning your degree while living anywhere.

The MPS in Nutritional Sciences is a 30-credit (24 month) program designed to help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice. Our online program features a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive technology to engage you in the learning process. The course work is focused on the development of leadership skills in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management. Our curriculum has been developed to create a skill set that you can use to apply to your experiences and issues in the workplace. The courses are based on a student-centered, highly interactive learning model. We use diverse, innovative teaching and learning methods that consider various learning styles and will help you tailor your education to your career needs and set you apart from your peers.

Informational Webinar

Join us on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT to learn more about the program. Click here to register!

Check out this short video on our Vision for the Program ! This program is a great way to:

  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship
  • Prepare for the workforce by gaining the skills employers are seeking
  • Build your skill set while working in the field (full or part-time)

Application Deadlines

  • November 15, 2017 for spring (2018) semester admission
  • April 15, 2018 for summer (2018) semester admission
  • July 15, 2017 for fall semester (2018) admission

Application Process

Required Materials:

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA (minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores
  • 3 professional references
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

For more information and how to apply, visit our website.

Additional Questions

Please contact:

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN, MPS Director & Associate Outreach Professor/Instructor,

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, MPS Coordinator & Senior Instructor,



Welcome back Nutritional Sciences students – FALL 2017

I hope everyone had a great summer and is excited about the start of a new semester.  We’ve had several changes in the Nutritional Sciences department this summer related to academic advising.  At the start of most years, students who have recently declared the major are often assigned a new academic adviser.  So, it is possible you are working with a different adviser this term.  In addition, we have a new adviser, Dr. Cindy Adams who is taking over the position formerly held by Mrs. Kelly.  You may still see Mrs. Kelly around as she is now working with the online Master’s program.  Dr. Corwin retired this summer and her advisees will be working with Dr. Gernand.  We are excited to have Dr. Adams join the advising team.

Things to do now:

  • Subscribe to the advising blog – and tell your friends to do this if they aren’t already subscribed. We post important information related to courses, academics, internships, and jobs here.
  • Locate your adviser information on lionpath and plan a time to meet.

Important dates for Fall semester:

  • Leave of Absence Deadline – August 18
  • Intent to Graduate Activation – Open now until September 5 (lionpath)
  • Classes begin at UP – August 21
  • Regular Drop Deadline – August 26, 11:59 PM (Saturday)
  • Regular Add Deadline – August 27, 11:59 PM (Sunday)

Important dates for Spring semester registration: 

  • The Schedule of courses will be posted on September 1, 2017
  • You can begin adding courses to your shopping cart on September 20.
  • Registration for Spring semester starts October 4 for priority students, Regular registration begins October 11.  Your exact registration date can be found on lionpath.

Have a Great Semester!!

Teaching Assistants for Nutrition 251

Welcome back! I am looking for 3 undergraduate TAs for two sections of NUTR 251 for Fall 2017.  Serving as a teaching assistant is a good way to help students learn about nutrition and show your leadership skills.

  • Section 001: MWF 9:05-9:55
  • Section 003: MWF 1:25-2:15

NUTR major or pre-major (sophomore through senior standing)

  • A- or higher in NUTR 251
  • B+ or higher in NUTR 358

You can earn 1 credit in NUTR 496 for serving as a TA

If you are interested and meet the above qualifications, please contact Dr. Ford ( In the email, please include a brief paragraph expressing why you are interested, any other commitments you have (e.g., other TA positions, work (include hours worked per week) or other extracurricular activities) as well as any questions you may have.

Student Lab Assistants needed in the Human Ingestive Behaviors Lab

Dr. Barbara Roll’s  Lab, located in the Henderson Building at the University Park campus, is currently hiring students for Work Study or Wage Payroll positions in the foods lab.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain some hands on experience in research and learn about human ingestive behaviors.  If you would like additional information about the positions, please contact:

Christine E. Sanchez, DTR
Lab Manager
Laboratory for the Study of
Human Ingestive Behavior
226 Henderson Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802