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
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 100–Nutrition 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 (email@example.com) 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:
- Grading assignments
- Answering questions and helping students to improve their study skills and nutrition concepts
- Helping to proctor quizzes (given during lecture periods)
- Coming to lecture (encouraged, but not always required)
If interested in either NUTR 358 or 360, please contact Dr. Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org) and please include the following information:
- A list of nutrition courses you have taken with grades received
- Whether you are available to attend the lectures
- A brief statement as to why you want this experience
Thank you for considering these opportunities to help support the Nutritional Sciences Department!
Hopefully you do not need this information! But, if you are concerned about a course and have thought about dropping it, it is important to remember that the Late Drop Deadline is this Friday, November 9th at 11:59 PM.
If you do not drop a class you are doing poorly in by this time, it will remain on your schedule and you will receive a grade in the class. The deadline is fixed. There are no exceptions. The Withdrawal deadline is Friday, December 5 at 5:00 PM (eastern time). This will eliminate your entire schedule. You can’t partially withdraw.
Please meet with your adviser and the instructor of any class in which you are struggling. Students are limited to 3 attempts to complete a class. We are here to help.
Feeling a bit bogged down with all the midterms? Learn some effective strategies to succeed at the Study Smarter not Harder Workshop on Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 pm in 100 Life Sciences Building.
This is an excellent workshop you may want to consider as exams get started for the semester.
Study Smarter Not Harder!
Back by popular demand, Study Smarter not Harder is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 6:30pm in 100 Life Sciences. This interactive workshop will show students how to break down course material into manageable concepts and effectively review exam performance. Dr. Jackie Bortiantynski , Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Josh Wede, Professor of Psychology will present on how to create effective learning habits, strategies for processing information, and how to be successful in science. 99% of students who previously attended this workshop would recommend it to a friend! Don’t miss it!