Monthly Archives: September 2019

“Express Advising”

In order to meet the demand for advising prior to registration, I have set up appointment blocks labeled “Express Advising” on Starfish. These appointments will last only 15 minutes and are devoted to scheduling questions only for the Spring 2020 semester. These appointments are open only to students majoring or minoring in Nutritional Sciences. The currently available blocks of 15-minute appointments are:

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9:00-11:00 am
Thursday, Oct. 10, 1:30-3:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:00 am-11:30 am
Thursday, Oct.17, 9:00-11:00 am
Friday, Oct.18, 10:00-11:30 am
Friday, Oct.18, 2:00-3:30pm

To facilitate these express appointments, please run an “Academic Requirements” report and outline a schedule for Spring 2020 that advances you toward your degree. I can then review your proposed schedule and answer any questions you have. More Express Advising blocks may be added if needed.

For long-range plans or more detailed, serious matters, please schedule a regular 30-minute appointment. Thank you!

Dave Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor

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FNCE Conference 2019 — request for undergraduates who plan to attend but are not in the NUTR 497 class


Since FNCE is in Philadelphia this year, I wanted to check to see if there are any students who are planning to attend FNCE but are not enrolled in NUTR 497 this fall. The reason I am asking is I am entering a contest for the program that is bringing the largest number of students from the program to FNCE.  If we win, we get to meet the President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I think this would be a great opportunity.

If you are planning to go, please e-mail me at no later than September 29, 2019. 

Thanks! Dr. Coleman-Kelly

Online MPS in Nutritional Sciences Informational Webinar Oct 1, 12-1pm ET

If you are interested in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & 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.

Join us on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12-1pm ET. You can register for the webinar to learn about:

  • The program curriculum
  • The new Future Graduate Model Program (RDN pathway)–the Experiential Track
  • 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! Register here.

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

  • Become an RDN (RDN examination eligible upon graduation from MPS Experiential Track
  • Enhance your preparation for entry into a dietetic internship at a later time
  • Prepare for the workforce by gaining the skills employers are seeking
  • Build your skill set while working in the field (full or part-time)
  • This program is appropriate for students in nutritional sciences, allied health professions, health-related majors (HHD), science or agricultural majors (i.e. Food Science).

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator &

Assistant Teaching Professor

HHD Education Abroad Open House – Wed, Sept. 25, 3-5pm

Explore study abroad programs led by HHD faculty all over the world.
Commons Area (first floor), HHD Building

3:00 pm – Tips for Studying Abroad: Panel Discussion with HHD students who have previously studied abroad.

Philadelphia – South Jersey Chapter Association for Healthcare Foodservice 2019 Scholarship

Phill SJ AHF Flyer
The Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice is pleased to announce that we are again offering scholarships (one for undergraduate and one for graduate – $1,500 each) to eligible students. Students will have the opportunity to apply for an undergraduate or graduate scholarship as appropriate to their level of study. The scholarship will be for the 2019 school year. Student applicants must be enrolled in a dietetic or hospitality program in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area (which includes PSU).  Scholarship award winners will be chosen by committee based on selection criteria that include financial need, scholastic achievement, commitment to the profession, and leadership ability.  Please note that students enrolled at Penn State University are encouraged to apply. The due date for the applications is November 4, 2019.Philly SJ AHF Scholarship Form – 2019

Data Collector/Interviewer needed for a research project – Apply by Oct. 4

Looking for students who are interested to work (pay roughly $12 an hour) as a data collector/ interviewer for a study exploring how older adults’ (65+) living/home environment relates to their health and well-being.  Training will be provided.

 Job description: contacting potential participants, setting up interviewing schedule, travel to Mount Nittany Residences to conduct the interview, transcribe the data.

 Mount Nittany Residences is located at 301 Rolling Ridge Dr., State College, PA 16801.  CATA bus P can get you from campus to Mount Nittany Residences. If you are interested, please contact Shyuan at:
Shyuan Ching Tan, M.A.
Graduate Student
Human Development and Family Studies
004 Health & Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802

New Nutritional Sciences Faculty Mentor Program

Mr. David Cassiday, MA, is the department’s new Academic Adviser, ready to help with academic planning for your major in NUTR and course scheduling. You can contact him using Starfish to make an academic advising appointment. The Chandlee lobby will soon have a kiosk (computer sign-in and digital display) for signing up for appointments, etc. You will sign in at the kiosk for your appointment with Mr. Cassiday, and he will come to the lobby to take you to his office, 103 Chandlee, for your appointment.

To enhance your experience and success in the major, the department is implementing a formal “Faculty Mentorship” program to complement the work of Mr. Cassiday. This is an opportunity for you to establish a connection with faculty outside of the classroom. The Faculty Mentor can serve as a guide as you plan your education at Penn State, your career and future activities in the field. The Faculty Mentor is not expected to have detailed knowledge about all requirements, for which your Academic Adviser can help you, but he/she will focus on helping you understand career options and the many opportunities you have to broaden your student experience. Each NUTR student will be assigned to a Faculty Mentor who will invite you to meet for 15-20 minutes each semester to discuss your career goals and interests; please bring your resume or e-Portfolio with you. Discussions may include internship plans and work experience, leadership and club activities, and other questions you may have about engagement in Nutritional Sciences while at Penn State, and preparation for your future goals.  Faculty Mentors are here to help as guides.

In the next few weeks you will receive a Starfish invitation to schedule a meeting with your mentor.  We encourage you to respond, set up a meeting, and take advantage of this opportunity.

Wishing you the best,

Dr. Catharine Ross     Lynn Parker Klees
Department Head      Professor in Charge, NUTR


Culinary Support Services is looking to hire a small corp of students to help update the ingredient information in their database, FoodPro. There are 3 part time Registered Dietitian’s Administrative Support Assistant positions now posted:

This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain nutrition related experience for your resume!

For more information or questions please contact: Katy Petrosky, MS, RDN, LDN: email:

Join the Student Nutrition Association (SNA) & Start Networking!

The Student Nutrition Association (SNA) will be holding its first meeting of the new academic year this Thursday, September 12th @ 7 p.m. in 10 Henderson Building. Meet other students majoring in nutrition and the new officers while you help plan for fun-packed Fall activities.

Professional Headshots will be available for $5….so be sure to wear a professional-looking top. The resulting photo will be very handy for creating professional social media sites.