Category Archives: Nutrition Program Support

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.

Fall TAs Needed for NUTR 100, 358 and 361

You can earn 400-level supporting course credit for serving as a TA (Teaching Assistant) for any nutrition course. Being a TA can also be a valuable learning experience for undergraduates. In assisting with the grading of assignments, students will get a better understanding of their chosen field and the nutritional value of foods. Additionally, helping run a course may broaden your perspective for those thinking about teaching as a career option, whether it be in the classroom or within a clinical setting.

TAs are still needed for the following courses this fall semester:

NUTR 100Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle (3 cr. GHW): Course meeting times/location:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:05-10:20 a.m. in Sparks 10
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:35-11:50 a.m. in BBH 022

Students who commit to being a NUTR 100 TA will be required to:

  • Attend course lectures and assist with in-class activities for large groups of students (requires 3 hours per week)
  • Grade 3-4 outside-of-class assignments (requires an additional 5-6 hours per assignment)

Student TAs must have completed NUTR 251 with a grade of B or better to TA for NUTR 100. If interested, please contact Dr. Adams (cca5153@psu.edu) with a statement as to why you would like to be a TA.

NUTR 358 (Assessment of Nutritional Status) and
NUTR 361 (Community and Public Health Nutrition, formerly NUTR 456):
Course meeting times/locations:

  • NUTR 358: M/W 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Nursing Sciences Building
  • NUTR 361: T/Th 3:05-4:20 p.m. – HHD 005

Junior or Senior Nutrition Majors who successfully completed the course they want to TA with grade of B or better are encouraged to apply for these upper-level TA opportunities (see below). This commitment will require approximately 3-5 hours per week of time assisting the instructor by:

  1. Grading assignments
  2. Answering questions and helping students to improve their study skills and nutrition concepts
  3. Helping to proctor quizzes (given during lecture periods)
  4. Coming to lecture (encouraged, but not always required)

If interested in either NUTR 358 or 360, please contact Dr. Fleming (jas58@psu.edu) and please include the following information:

  1. A list of nutrition courses you have taken with grades received
  2. Whether you are available to attend the lectures
  3. A brief statement as to why you want this experience

Thank you for considering these opportunities to help support the Nutritional Sciences Department!

Welcome to Our New Full-Time Advisor!

David Cassiday has recently started as the first Full-time Advisor for the Nutritional Sciences Department. David was previously a Health Professions Advisor at the Eberly College of Science, assisting students who were preparing for medical, dental, physician assistant, and optometry careers. His new office is in 103 Chandlee Lab (near the SNA bulletin board) and appointments can be set up with him via Starfish. He will be responsible for all course substitutions and other official advising duties for all students who have declared Nutrition as their major. Dr. Adams will still be teaching this fall, and students who want to visit with her as a faculty member are encouraged to do so. Dr. Alison Gernand will continue to be the project advisor for all Schreyers’ Honor Students in the department.

Students are encouraged to make appointments with David through Starfish as needed upon returning to University Park. However, during Drop/Add Week (August 26-30) David will be holding only walk-in hours from 9 a.m. – 11:30 and from 1-4:00 p.m.  After the first week of classes, please feel free to set up a time to meet with David as needed.

Love the Nutrition Major? Please Help Recruit New Students!

For the last few years, Penn State has invited high school students and their families to “Spend a Summer Day” learning about Penn State and all of its academic programs. The College of Health and Human Development will be hosting five degree program fairs this summer to show off our departments and majors and we would like to have at least one current Nutrition student (or recent graduate) at each fair from 2-4 p.m on the following days along with the faculty representatives listed below:

  • Monday, July 22 – Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly
  • Thursday, July 25 – Jennifer Fleming
  • Friday, July 26 – Xiang Gao
  • Monday, July 29 – Cindy Adams
  • Tuesday, July 30th – Alison Gernand

Even if you can spare only one hour, we would love to have you! Every year, these high school students are most interested in hearing what YOU, the students, have to say about our awesome program and its various options.

Please let me know ASAP if you are in town and can help us on these afternoons. Thank you in advance for your support!

Passionate about the Nutrition Program?

The Nutrition Department needs students to meet with high school seniors who have been accepted to Penn State and expressed an interest in majoring in Nutrition. These seniors love hearing the student perspective on Penn State. The College of Health and Human Development is offering a total of seven Accepted Student Programs (ASP) and we still need students for the three listed below. If you can help, you would be paired with a Nutrition faculty member to discuss our major at one of the following programs:

Monday, February 11th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – in HHD 108
Faculty Member: Lynn Parker Klees

Friday, March 29th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – location TBD
Faculty Member: Catharine Ross

Friday, April 26th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – location TBD
Faculty Member: Brenda Eissenstat

Please contact Cindy Adams (cca5153@psu.edu) if you are interested in inspiring incoming students. Thank you!