Category Archives: Professional Networking

PRCC Social Justice Retreat 2020

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center Social Justice Retreat will take place January 31 – February 2, 2019 at an offsite location. Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. It also involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.
At this retreat students will learn how to be change agents, advocates, and/or allies in their communities through a social justice lens. Details to come once the application closes! Application can be found at http://bit.ly/SJRPRCC

During this retreat we will be providing lodging (you will be sharing rooms with others) and food throughout the weekend. If you have any questions pertaining to the retreat or are experiencing any technical difficulties, please e-mail Ishbel J. Correa-Narvaez at ijc14@psu.edu.

John E. Smith Outstanding Senior in Nutrition Award

**UPDATE: Due to the short notice, the JES Awards committee will allow flexibility regarding:
-Application Deadline: if you intend to apply but need more time, e-mail Nick McCormick at nhm106@gmail.com by Dec. 13, and let him know you will submit the application no later than Dec. 20.
-Letters of Reference: you can submit your application without letters of reference. If they have trouble picking a winner, they will ask for letters.
We encourage senior Nutritional Sciences majors to apply for the John E. Smith Outstanding Senior in Nutrition Award. Candidate must:
–have completed at least 90 credits including the course, Nutrition 445, and plan to graduate in December, May or August.
–have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the College of Health and Human Development and/or University; and
–have shown exemplary service to the community.

Nominees should submit the following information as a packet postmarked or hand-delivered by December 13, 2019 to Julie Brenneman, 110 Chandlee Laboratory. Application can be found here: https://hhd.psu.edu/john-e-smith-outstanding-senior-nutrition-award. Student receive $100 and engraved plaque to be presented to the recipient at the Nutrition Alumni and Student Brunch in February. Even if you are a December graduate and can’t make it back for the brunch in February, we encourage you to apply.

LEAP Program Mentor Application Now Open


The Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP) is now accepting applications for student mentors for Summer 2020 (https://psu.jobs/job/91781). Information Sessions about the position will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in 134 HUB; Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in 134 HUB; and Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in 104 Thomas Building. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Griffith at leap@psu.edu.
https://summersession.psu.edu/first-year-students/leap-program

Now Hiring for Summer Positions: Kandle Dining Services

KANDLE Offers:
-Direct consultation with a Registered
-Dietitian throughout the summer.
-Serve Safe training and course certification
provided.
-Allergen Training Provided
-Experience with Special Diets
-$600-$900/week
http://www.kandledining.com/JoinOurTeam
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Emory Global Health Case Competition 2020 – Deadline Extended to Nov. 26!

Apologies for the late notice, but this is a great opportunity if you can submit the application by tomorrow. Six students from Penn State College of
Medicine, Dickinson Law, and University Park campuses will participate in the International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 14, 2020 in Atlanta. The top-ranking team will be awarded a cash prize.
Application here: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQSRCur0tPcU83r
More info here: http://globalhealth.emory.edu/what/student_programs/student_funding_opportunities/case_competitions.html

If you have questions, please contact Julie Lentes at Penn State-Hershey, jlentes@phs.psu.edu or 717-531-1849.

One Health Workshop: Infectious Disease & Nutrition – Dec. 9 & 10

A great opportunity for Nutrition majors. You are welcome to attend individual sessions or even just the keynote address for each session. There are multiple breaks each day to allow you to come and go as needed. If you wish to attend, please e-mail me at dac293@psu.edu by Dec. 5 and let me know which sessions (or just keynotes) interest you. I will forward your names to the organizer on Dec. 6.

One Health Workshop:   Infectious Disease and Nutrition – Linking Ecology, Evolution, and Global Health

This workshop will focus on infectious disease interactions with nutrition in humans and relevant animal model systems. The program will feature talks from external guest speakers and faculty from the Center of Infectious Disease Dynamics and the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Food Science, and Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University.  We also encourage attendance by interested undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

The goal of this two-day workshop is to synthesize knowledge of the interactions between nutrition and infectious disease ecology and outline a research agenda that employs this knowledge to better understand zoonotic spillover.  Research generated from this workshop should have the explicit goal of informing interventions that offer potential co-benefits for food, environmental, and global health security.

Contact Dr. Sagan Friant (sagan.friant@psu.edu) for more details.

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 (hhd.psu.edu/be-a-mentee). 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.

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

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.