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Spring 2020 Special Course: NURS 497 Health Disparities

This would be a terrific 400-level supporting course for NUTR majors.

Nursing Special Topics Course Offering – Spring 2020

NURS 497 (#20329)– Health Disparities (3 credits)

This course will explore contemporary health disparities in the United States. Students will be introduced to health outcomes that vary by sexual orientation, gender, race, and other social determinants of health. We will learn about frameworks that have been used to explain disparate health outcomes and healthcare and discuss how scientific data can serve as an impetus to improve well-being for everyone.

This class will meet on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in 271 Willard Building and will be taught by Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

There are no prerequisites, and the course is open to all University Park students.

NUTR 445 in Spring 2020

If you plan to take NUTR 445 this spring and will have completed NUTR 251, BIOL 141, and BMB 211 with C’s or better by the end of this semester, please add your name, ID, and e-mail to this spreadsheet: The College of HHD is having Lionpath block registration for students who do not have the prerequisites for its courses, but it unfortunately is looking for the new prerequisites of BIOL 161-164 and NUTR 211R. We will add you manually to NUTR 445 during your registration period.

College of HHD Mentoring Program – Apply by Oct. 21

If you are a Nutrition major who will have junior standing as of Spring 2020 (or senior standing but plan to graduate May 2021 or later), we encourage you to apply for the College of HHD Mentoring Program ( The HHD Mentoring Program can connect you with practicing professionals in your field of interest including the health professions (RDN’s, physicians, physician assistants, nurses), research, health education, public health and policy, and health and wellness. You can ask mentors about their day-to-day work, their education and preparation, work-life balance, and any other topic related to their field. Students who have participated in the program have found it very helpful and rewarding. The deadline for applying is Oct. 21.

Preparation & Info for Upcoming Advising Appointments

Many of you have appointments with me in the next 2-3 weeks to discuss your spring schedules. To prepare for these appointments, please run an “Academic Requirements Report” and sketch out a spring schedule that advances you toward your degree. Most of you will be following the Suggested Academic Plans found here:

  • A few notes about Audits and What-If Reports in Lionpath:
    Some audits still search for HM 228, which was discontinued after Summer 2017 – HM 228 material was folded into HM 329 & 330
  • Starting with the 2018-19 academic year:
    • NUTR 456 became NUTR 361
    • NUTR 370 (1 cr) was discontinued and was folded into NUTR 391 (which became 2 cr instead of 1 cr)
    • NUTR 371 (1 cr) became NUTR 393 (1 cr)

Since many current students took the old courses, the degree audit may still look for them. As long as you have taken one version of the course, old or new, you have fulfilled your degree requirements. Your Academic Requirements reports and What-If reports evaluate your degree progress according to the year you started at Penn State. It will also list the name of your chosen option (e.g., Applied Science, Basic Sciences, Dietetics) as it was at the time.

As a heads up, your final transcripts will list the new option names (Behavioral Nutrition & Public Health, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Nutritional Physiology & Biochemistry). To repeat, however, your degree requirements have not changed.

I know it’s a little confusing, but it works out. If you have questions, we can discuss them during appointments.

David A. Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor
Penn State University

“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

Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness

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