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Teaching Assistants needed for fall 2019

Good Afternoon!

I am looking for teaching assistants for Nutrition 251 for the Fall 2019 semester. Serving as a TA is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) towards your major.

You must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA to become a TA. You will be expected to attend class, help grade assignments and hold review sessions before each exam.

I am looking for TAs for two sections of NUTR251:

  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:05-10:20
  • Tuesday/Thursday 10:35-11:50

If you are interested, please e-mail me at

Thank you!

Dr. Ford

FEM Grad Program–Application deadline extended, Open Office Hours, Virtual Open House Upcoming

Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program Update 

Application Deadline Extended

The program will continue accepting applications on a rolling basis through the Post-Match period until we fill our first class (to begin May 13, 2019).

The accredited FEM program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. This is a 24-month program (39 credit minimum) that integrates online graduate coursework with 3 semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning at either University Park, PA or Hershey, PA (and surrounding areas). Students can indicate preference for location upon admission. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the RDN examNo verification statement required to apply. GRE scores are required (unless students meet waiver eligibility). Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application, and interviews will be conducted with eligible applicants.

Open Office Hours

We’ll be holding open office hours during the week of April 8th as below. Please drop in at any of these times if you’d like to discuss the program.

Date Open Hours Denise Lawson

121 Chandlee Lab

Shawnee Kelly

125 Chandlee Lab

Gina Pazzaglia

127 Chandlee Lab

April  8 10:00-3:00pm 10:00-12:00pm 12:00-3:00pm 12:00-2:00 pm
April 9 11:00-3:00pm 11:00-1:00pm 1:00-3:00pm 1:00-3:00 pm
April 10 10:00-3:00pm 10:00-12:30pm 12:30-3:00pm ————
April 11 11:00-1:00 & 2:00-4:00 pm 2:00-4:00pm ———— 11:00-1:00 pm
April 12 11:00-1:00 pm ————  11:00-1:00pm ————

Virtual Open House 

To learn more, please consider attending our next Virtual Open House that will be held on Monday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 pm ET via video conferencing. Complete this RSVP survey to register.

Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN
MPS Director
Associate Teaching Professor

Shawnee Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
MPS Coordinator
Assistant Teaching Professor

Denise Lawson, MS, RD
Dietetic Internship Director

Planning to Graduate this Spring?

If you did not already do so earlier this semester, please go to LionPATH and declare your intent to graduate (“apply for graduation”) as soon as possible. Your application is needed to start the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college to graduate. It is the student’s responsibility to let the University know when you are actually completing the final course requirements for your degree.

If you have any credits from outside of Penn State that are needed to fulfill degree requirements here, please immediately complete the transfer process. You should also check in with your advisor to ensure that you have truly met all degree requirements.

Nutrition Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Summer Games June 6-7

Special Olympics PA (SOPA) is holding its Summer Games at Penn State, June 6-7 (Thursday-Friday).  They are looking for nutrition majors who might want to volunteer a few hours on Thursday or Friday.   This is a big event including health screening.  Based on history, we might be able to screen 300-400 SOPA athletes in two days. The biggest need for students is on Thursday.

Contact Dawna Mughal at for more information.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Penn State’s Student Nutrition  Association will be hosting Amy Preston- a Penn State graduate who is a Registered Dietitian that currently works for The Hershey Company as a Regulatory Professional.
Everyone is welcome, we hope to see you there!

CBCF is Recruiting the Next Generation of Leaders!

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is currently recruiting interns for the 2019 summer Congressional Internship. From May to July, CBCF interns work in Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member offices and learn first-hand how to develop legislative and public policy initiatives. Don’t miss your chance to add your voice to the national dialogue on issues of importance. If you have the desire to work in politics or are merely interested in the policy-making process, apply today!

•    U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S. through May 2020
•    Active full-time enrollment in college or recent graduation from a college within twelve (12) months of internship application
•    Completion of at least 30 credits towards an undergraduate degree
•    Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
•    Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and the policy-making process

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 ( if you are interested in inspiring incoming students. Thank you!



More TAs needed for NUTR 251

I am looking for a couple more upper-level nutrition students who are interested in being a teaching assistant (TA) for Nutrition 251 this Spring.  This is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) for your major.  The class meets from 2:30-3:20 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail ( or phone (814-865-2783) for more information. Thank you!

Dr. Cindy Adams

2019 PAND Scholarships available for Dietetic Students

The Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (PAND) announces their 2019 scholarships!

  • Eligible nutrition students (DPD students, Coordinated Students, Dietetic Interns, and graduate students in dietetics-related programs) who are student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher are encouraged to apply.
  • One general scholarship ($1,000) and one diversity scholarship ($1,000) are available.
  • Three letters of recommendation are needed: please start the process early.

For more information and to apply online please visit our website at:

The deadline for application is JANUARY 10, 2019, so don’t delay!

Student Funding and Engagement Opportunities!

Check out these opportunities recently announced by the College of Health and Human Development:

  • The College of Health and Human Development will be offering Summer Research Funds for undergraduates to complete research under the direction of a faculty mentor for summer 2019. Funds may be used for student expenses and project costs. Students interested in requesting this funding can fill out the form at or submit all materials via mail/email to Heather Zimmerman, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 344 Health and Human Development Building, or emailed to Please note faculty supervisor requirements below. Students must be enrolled in a College of HHD major or be a premajor HHD student. Deadline is January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2019 regarding funding decisions.
  • The Student Engagement Network Grant Program is accepting applications for Spring 2019! The SEN will be awarding grants of up to $3,000 to support student engagement experiences. Examples include financial support for unpaid internships or research opportunities, living expenses, travel costs, and conference fees. Grant funding can also be used to compensate a student working fewer hours in order to be involved in a student club or organization on campus. The application can be found at If you have questions about the grant program or how to apply, visit us in 102 HUB-Robeson Center, email, or call us at our new number, (814) 863-5995.
  • Undergraduate students are now able to apply for the 2019 Erickson Discovery Grants, with applications due in January instead of February. Each year dozens of undergraduate students from all campuses are selected to receive a $3,500 grant in support of student engagement in original research, scholarship and creative work under the supervision of a faculty member. This year applications will be open from Oct. 15 through Jan. 21, 2019. Those interested in applying can do so here.
  • The application for Lion Ambassadors is now open for current Sophomores and Juniors, and they would love to have a strong representation of College of Health and Human Development students in our new class. If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to reach out directly to Nick Pazuchanics at The application is due December 8 and is found at: