Monthly Archives: January 2020

Info Sessions on 2nd Degree in Nursing (Altoona & Harrisburg)

It’s never too late to start a career in Nursing!  Students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences are well prepared for 2nd Degree Nursing Programs.
Information Sessions
Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
5:00-6:00 pm
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00-10:00 am
Room 101 – Nursing Sciences Building
Cathy Kozak (Altoona):
Ronda Stump (Harrisburg):

Project Manager in Center for Childhood Obesity Research

Please check out this job posting from the Center for Childhood Obesity Research in the College of Health & Human Development:

Advising Walk-In Times for Friday, Jan. 17: 10-11:30 and 1:30-3:30

This is a slight change from what was previously posted. Due to a prior commitment, I have to shift walk-in times this afternoon to 1:30-3:30.

PSU MPS Grad Program/Future Graduate Program (FG) Virtual Open House

Join us for a Virtual Open Houses to learn more about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences graduate program offered online through the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Penn State World Campus.

The Virtual Open Houses will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm ET

There are two pathways within the MPS graduate degree program:

  • MPS Degree Only (30 credits online)–completely online and can be completed in 24 months. Great for RDN’s, other health professionals, or recent graduates of sciences or health professions who are seeking cross-training in nutrition. Applications accepted every semester (fall, spring and summer)
  • MPS Degree with Experiential Track (ACEND accredited RDN Pathway–39 credits in total)–this option integrates the core 30 credit MPS curriculum with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning in food service management, clinical nutrition and community nutrition at one of our two geographic locations: University Park, PA or Harrisburg/Hershey, PA. Upon graduation, students receive a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the RDN exam. 24 month long program. Application deadline Feb. 15th, 2020.

The virtual open house will cover the program overview along with details of both pathways noted above. This is a live streamed event, but will also be recorded for later viewing. You must register to attend live or to obtain the recording after the event. Please register here.

Additional Questions, please contact:

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

MPS Coordinator & Assistant Teaching Professor

HealthWorks: Peer Health Education Outreach Program

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in Health Promotion and Wellness, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, allied health fields, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising, and public relations.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and sexual health.

Students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers: 1) One-on-one wellness services for students 2) Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.  One-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services.  The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health, and healthy relationships.

The outreach and promotion peer educators plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog and Instagram, hosting Eating Disorder Awareness and Love Your Body week, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting minority health outreach tables, facilitating workshops on different health topics and providing HIV test counseling.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2020. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at

If students have questions, they can contact me via e-mail at or by phone at (814) 863-0461.

Glitches with Applying for Graduation

Apparently there is a system-wide Lionpath problem with updating semester standing, so the “apply to graduation” link is not yet appearing for all eligible seniors. If it is not resolved by the end of this week (Jan. 17), contact the Registrar at

HHD News for Students

Global Health Minor Information Sessions
-Monday, Jan. 13, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.
-Monday, Jan. 27, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.

Women’s Leadership Initiative
-Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.
-Thursday, Jan. 23, 6 pm, 110 Henderson Bldg.

Get Funding for your Summer Research
Erickson Discovery Grants
-Deadline: January 20

Study Abroad Week
January 20-24

Advising Walk-In Hours: Jan 13-17

Welcome back, Nutrition majors! I hope everyone had a relaxing break and is returning to State College refreshed. During Drop/Add week, I will have walk-in hours only, at these times:

M, W, Th – 9-11 am and 2-4 pm
T 9:30-11:00 am and 2-4 pm
F 10:00-11:30 am and 2-4 pm

Drop/Add week walk-ins are exclusively for scheduling questions for the Spring 2020 semester. All other issues, such as long-range academic plans, health professions, scholarships, internships, etc. will have to wait for scheduled appointments starting the following week. See Starfish for availability. See you soon!
David A. Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor

Summer 2020 Experience – Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm

Summer Experience of The Farm
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with maintaining our Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm! Volunteers will experience all aspects of urban agriculture and sustainable farming.

The 37 bed rooftop farm is a symbol of our nutrition philosophy and our goal to change the culture regarding food and eating habits –that is to eat a variety of whole foods with an emphasis on fresh and organic produce. The farm typically yields approximately 1500 pounds of produce per year that is donated to the Stony Brook Medicine hospital food service, campus food pantry, and other local agencies.

Volunteers will also assist with kids “farm-to-table” cooking workshops during the summer season.

For more information, please email:
Annemarie Ng MS, RD (
Cara Montesano MS, RD (

PAND 2020 Scholarships – Deadline Extended to Jan. 20

The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation
Announces its 2020 scholarships!
New Deadline to Apply is January 20th
Nutrition students enrolled in a Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Program, Dietetic Internship, or graduate dietetics-related programs, who are student members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher, are eligible for these scholarships.
Three letters of recommendation are needed.
One general scholarship ($1,000) and one ($1,000) diversity scholarship are available.
A $100.00 stipend will be available to enable student members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to attend the Annual Meeting and Exhibition. March 27, 2020 in King of Prussia
For more information and to apply online please visit :