Monthly Archives: February 2018

HealthWorks Applications due March 2nd!

Are you passionate about health & wellness?  Then apply before you leave for spring break to become a Peer Educator through HealthWorks!  For more information, visit

Hurry because the application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.


Don’t have all summer? Intern at Camp ENERGY!

August 4-10, 2018 (campers arrive on the 5th)

Join our mission to improve the health and wellness of our community. This internship is an opportunity for motivated undergraduate and graduate students to augment their education and career preparation in a variety of fields, including nutrition/dietetics, athletics/physical education, pediatrics and adolescent weight management. For example, students interested in nutrition can help campers personalize nutrition plans at camp and at home and help lead nutrition education sessions, mentored by a registered dietitian. A kinesiology major may help campers modify physical activities to their ability and set exercise goals, mentored by a collegiate swim coach. Students interested in behavioral health can learn how risk factors impact health and weight in adolescents while they work with campers individually under the mentorship of a pediatric psychologist.

During the internship, students will support adolescents ages 11-18 in a week-long journey incorporating education around nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestyles. Students act as camp counselors to directly foster the growth of camp participants, offering individualized attention in structured group programming. The internship will also provide opportunities for mentored relationships, skill development (including leadership, accountability, teamwork, and communication), and an experiential foundation for transition to the workforce. This is a great opportunity to build a resume through experience, service hours, and letters of recommendation preparing for internships and/or graduate school.  For more information visit

Need a 400-Level Supporting Course? Consider….

Course Offering – Fall 2018

Want to Work in a Nursing Home? Take this Maymester 2018 Course

Nursing Home Administration Course will be offered in Maymester 2018 at University Park
HPA 497-001, Nursing Home Administration (5/7/186/4/18)
The course covers the 16 modules required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. The Board requires that each module have 7.5 hours of content so each module will fill an entire day. Students who successfully complete the 16-module course of study and other course requirements can earn three (3) academic credits.  Completion of the modules are one of the requirements of the license application process to sit for the NHA exam.

While this course is related to the licensure requirements of becoming a nursing home administrator (NHA), much of the information is relevant for anyone who will work in aging services, from community based care, long-term care, acute care, assisted living, and more and is not usually covered in our other undergraduate courses. You will learn from industry experts from the profit, and not-for-profit segments of the long-term care industry.

Please contact Frank King with any questions at 814-865-1926 or by email to

Camp Hamwi 2018 – Diabetes Camp

Central Ohio Diabetes Association is now accepting applications for jobs at Camp Hamwi 2018, a two-week residential summer camp for children who have diabetes.  This is a unique summer job opportunity that will give your students a chance to work in a variety of settings relevant to their education.

Each year a multidisciplinary healthcare team operates Camp Hamwi.  The team includes registered dietitians, dietetic students, nurses, social workers, physicians, medical students, and counselors. Your students will benefit from working as part of this specialized healthcare team.

As a member of the dietetics-kitchen staff, they can expect to spend 95% of the time working in the kitchen to help prepare and serve meals and snacks.  The remainder of the time is spent teaching nutrition education to campers and assisting in night rounds.

The work experience takes place at Camp Hamwi, a diabetes camp hosted by Central Ohio Diabetes Association, that has been in existence for 51 years.  Camp Hamwi takes place on the grounds of Camp Mohaven, a beautiful camp facility located in the Danville, Ohio area.  Camp Hamwi is held for two weeks each summer for children ages 7 to 17 who have diabetes.  The campground includes a beautiful outdoor pool, horse stables, a kitchen with excellent equipment, cabins, etc.

Staff orientation for Camp Hamwi 2018 is mandatory and will be held two days, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.  Camp Hamwi is in session from Sunday July 22 to August 4.  Camp officially ends mid-afternoon Saturday August 4.  Student staff will receive a weekly stipend of $190, free room and board, plus $50 compensation for attending the mandatory 2-day orientation.  The nutrition-dietetics team should plan on arriving Thursday July 19 between 5 pm and 8 pm.  Nutrition staff have to be on the grounds and ready for orientation by 9 am Friday July 20.  The dates that the campers attend:

  •  Senior Challenge Week (ages 13-17)                July 22– July 28
  • Junior Challenge Week (ages 7-12)                  July 29– August 4

 Interested students should 1) complete an online application and 2) gather three completed reference forms with reference letters.  The link to the online application process and reference forms can be found on the front page of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association website:  (Detailed application instructions are below.)

Deadline for submission of online application is Friday, April 6, 2018, 5pm.  Reference forms must be sealed in their own envelopes and signed on the seal by the reference.  The reference should also include a letter, handwritten or typed, that speaks to the applicant’s strengths and character.  All 3 reference forms should be mailed together in one envelope to the attention of Brenda Rendelman at the address provided below.  The completed materials will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be scheduled for interviews after April 6, 2018.

I will be screening all applications, conducting phone interviews, and selecting the FSD, assistant FSD, and dietary staff.  If you have any questions about Camp Hamwi, please contact me at:



Brenda Rendelman, RDN, CDE

Director of Diabetes Education

Central Ohio Diabetes Association

1100 Dennison Ave

Columbus  OH    43201

614-884-4400, ext. 122


Application instructions

Go to CODA home page:

  • Click on “click here” in middle photo (“camp registration is now open” photo)
  • Ignore the $10 deposit and the entrance fee and click on the Canoe photo even though it looks it’s for campers
  • Then type your email and set up a password
  • Complete New Participant info
  • Complete Tell us about New participant (i.e. you) info
  • Register for New Session
  • Under Select Session, click on 2018 Nutrition Staff Applicant
  • Click on Continue
  • Decline Protection Plan
  • Click on Continue
  • Ignore Tuition  (Note: also ignore “Account”; you don’t pay to work at Hamwi)
  • Click on Register
  • Complete Questionnaire
  • Click on Continue
  • Note:  You’ll see Deadline but keep in mind that the Nutrition staff deadlines are different. I hope to have the dietetics-kitchen staff hired by May 4.  So applications and all three completed references need to be sent to me by April 6.
  • Click Next Step
  • Complete Participant Information
  • Choose Dietetic Student (for position that you desire) unless you are applying for the FSD or assistant FSD positions.  If you have team leadership skills, maturity, and can quickly make smart decisions, don’t hesitate to apply for assistant FSD or FSD.
  • Select Sessions or Session you are applying for.  Note:  We need applicants who can work both weeks but will certainly consider excellent applicants who can only work one of the two weeks.
  • Complete Employment info, Education info, and Reference info.  Note: the education session is long; it seems to me your university info (years of education, area of study, current year in school, etc.) is adequate. If you have Master’s level education, please include that also.
  • Download Reference template or Save the template; this is the form your references will complete BUT they also need to include a reference letter—typed or hand-written is fine as long as the letter has substance.
  • Click on Next Step
  • Answer the questions including the mandatory staff orientation question.
  • Then can Log out.

Need to build your resume? Consider Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes — Applications are due March 31

Dr. Barclay’s Camp for Children with Diabetes is seeking 3-4 student dietitian volunteers, preferably in their junior or senior year, for the week of Saturday, July 14th – Saturday, July 21st. The camp is located within Camp Fitch in North Springfield, PA (about 30 minutes from Erie, PA). Student dietitians work with an interdisciplinary medical team while assisting campers with carbohydrate selections during meal time, passing AM. and P.M. snacks, informing the physicians of campers’ carbohydrate intake, participating in 3 A.M. blood glucose testing rounds with the medical team, and creating and presenting an educational game on nutrition and diabetes. Volunteers will stay at camp in “Mirto Lodge” for the entire week. Room and board is provided free of charge.

Penn State students who volunteered last summer were Madison Galascio, Panache Lim and Andrea Dudenhoefer.

Andrea shared the following:

“I would recommend this experience to any student because it provided a thorough understanding of diabetes, beyond what is learned in the classroom. I am more confident with carbohydrate counting and diet exchanges, and I have been able to discuss this experience in job interviews and personal statements for the DI.

If you are a junior, it is possible to work at this camp in addition to doing your field experience. I was able to request time off from my preceptor.  This experience helped me gain a better understanding of how to work as part of a team including physician assistants, medical residents, dietitians and food service staff. I loved helping at the camp because the medical staff was incredibly supportive and wanted us to have a hands-on experience as well as free time to participate in the camp activities like paddle boarding, horseback riding, and zip lining.”

To help us select students that would best be suited for this opportunity, please provide the following by March 31st via email or regular mail.

  1. A copy of your resume.
  2. A statement explaining why this experience would be valuable to you or how you are suited for it.
  3. A copy of your “advising transcript”.

Email to Darlene at and Renee at, or send by regular mail:

  • Renee Slabic, RD, LDN
  • 9570 Tileyard Rd.
  • Waterford, PA 16441

Selection for this volunteer opportunity will be made by April 30.

Please contact Darlene Przybyszewski at with any questions. Applicants may also contact the former student volunteers with questions about their experience:





Attention Freshman and Sophomores interested in becoming an honors student

Apply to join the Schreyer Honors College via the Gateway application process. Applicants must have at least one completed semester at the time of application. The application is available starting March 1 of each year, and closes on May 10.

Selection Criteria
The Gateway entry process is based upon an evaluation of a student’s performance and research potential. The evaluation of all applications is done by the faculty and/or administrators of an academic unit, and is overseen by the SHC administration. The evaluation is typically based on:
  • Academic achievement since beginning college
  • Desire, ability, and motivation to conduct research or creative projects leading to the completion of an undergraduate honors thesis
  • Interest in and aptitude for leadership, civic engagement, and international experiences as an undergraduate
The SHC requires Gateway applicants to have:
  • At least one full-time semester of study completed at Penn State at the time of application (transfer applicants may request consideration based on their previous institution’s complete record)
  • A minimum of four full-time semesters of study remaining before graduation
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher at the time of application
  • An application semester GPA of 3.50 or higher for rising juniors and 3.70 for rising sophomores

The criteria stated here are minimums set by the SHC. In some cases, additional criteria for Gateway entry have also been established by the academic unit (e.g., higher cumulative GPA, specific courses, declaration of major, etc). The online application form includes additional criteria for your academic unit. In all cases, the department or academic college reviews applications and makes decisions which are communicated to applicants by the SHC.

Application Process
The components of the Gateway application are:

  1. A transcript (which we attach to the application from LionPath after spring grades are posted)
  2. The name and email of a faculty reference whom the selection committee can contact
  3. Two essays:
    1. In 500 words or less, tell us why you are interested in joining the Schreyer Honors College
    2. In 500 words or less, tell us about a topic in your intended major that you might be interested in pursuing for honors thesis research or creative project if you are accepted into the Schreyer Honors College. Why is this topic of special interest to you? If you have already taken steps towards research or creative work in this topic, e.g. through a lab placement or work with a faculty member, please provide details.

Submit all of this to the Schreyer Honors College via the Gateway application process by May 10, 2018 for consideration.  Good luck!

MPS in Nutritional Sciences Webinar: March 1st Noon-1pm EST

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences

Informational Webinar

Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences program offered online through Penn State World Campus, this webinar will provide you with an opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have, and also hear what the program is like.

Register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The Nutritional Sciences courses and curriculum
  • What to expect as a student in the online program
  • Important requirements for applying to the program
  • The application process and recommendations for next steps

There will be plenty of time at the end of the webinar to ask your own questions, too. So, make plans to join us!

Additional Questions

Visit our website, or contact us:

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

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



Help Mold Penn State’s Strategic Plan

Student membership is sought for the following committees. Interested students should identify a committee of interest and reach out to the contact listed below each one. Inquiries received by Friday, February 9th will receive first priority. Students who are not sure which committee to contact are encouraged to send general inquiries to

  •  Advancing the Arts and Humanities Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in the arts and humanities, utilizing them—along with the sciences and other disciplines—as agents of change in addressing complex global issues.
    Contact: Dr. Caroline Eckhardt,
  • Constituent Outreach and Engagement Steering Committee
    Penn State will partner directly and effectively with our constituencies in sharing consequential research, creative works, and scholarship worldwide.
    Contact: Mr. Paul Clifford,
  • Driving Digital Innovation Steering Committee
    Penn State will prepare students for success in the digital age and use digitally optimized outreach to foster economic prosperity in communities across Pennsylvania and beyond.
    Contact: Dr. David Hunter,
  • Enhancing Health Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in promoting quality of life through comprehensive approaches to enhancing personalized and population health, achieved through a commitment to and investment in relevant research, education, clinical practice, and outreach.
    Contact: Dr. Lorah Dorn,
  •  Infrastructure and Support Steering Committee
    Penn State will think creatively and act boldly to ensure that its academic infrastructure aligns with and supports the University’s mission and vision.
    Contact: Mr. Steve Maruszewski,
  • Organizational Processes Steering Committee
    Penn State will lead nationally in the design, development, and deployment of effective and agile organizational processes that support the University’s mission.
    Contact: Dr. Renata Engel,
  • Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in creating comprehensive solutions to mitigate the dangers of climate change and address the challenges of providing safe and abundant water, clean and renewable energy sources, and plentiful and nutritious food.
    Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Brownson,
  • Transforming Education Steering Committee
    Penn State will be a leader in the transformation of education, including enhancing access to it, as it fulfills its land-grant mission in a 21st-century context and continues to drive discovery-focused research across disciplines.
    Contact: Dr. Robert Pangborn,

Additional information about the committees and their work can be found at

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