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FNCE Conference 2019 — request for undergraduates who plan to attend but are not in the NUTR 497 class

Hello!

Since FNCE is in Philadelphia this year, I wanted to check to see if there are any students who are planning to attend FNCE but are not enrolled in NUTR 497 this fall. The reason I am asking is I am entering a contest for the program that is bringing the largest number of students from the program to FNCE.  If we win, we get to meet the President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  I think this would be a great opportunity.

If you are planning to go, please e-mail me at mdc15@psu.edu no later than September 29, 2019. 

Thanks! Dr. Coleman-Kelly

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.

Important Deadlines: Drop/Add & Fall Graduation

  • If you intend to graduate in December, you need to declare you Intent to Graduate in Lionpath by Sept. 10.
  • The Regular Drop deadline is Saturday August 31 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).
  • The Regular Add deadline is Sunday September 1 at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

Join the Lion’s Pantry Team!

The Lion’s Pantry is looking for a Treasurer to join their student leadership team: the Treasurer oversees our ASA account and budget for the organization. They must record all financial transactions for the club. Potential candidates should be meticulous, organized, and detail-oriented. They must be responsible and honest. The attached flyer provides contact information for interested students.

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.

Planning to Graduate in December?

It is the student’s responsibility to let the University know when you are actually completing the final course requirements for your degree.  Winter 2019 Commencement will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, December 21, 2019. To participate, you must register by going into LionPATH and declaring your intent to graduate (“apply for graduation”) now through Tuesday, September 10th .

Your application is needed to start the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college to graduate. You should also check in with your advisor to ensure that you have truly met all degree requirements. If you have any credits from outside of Penn State that are still needed to fulfill degree requirements here, you must fully complete the transfer process before the registrar will be able to approve your degree completion.

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!

Health Promotion & Wellness Intern Needed for Fall 2019

Health Promotion and Wellness is seeking a student intern for the fall 2019 semester. If interested, send a resume and cover letter to Erin Raupers at eeg5005@psu.edu by June 28, 2019.

The role of the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) intern will be to assist with a range of health promotion initiatives during fall 2019. The intern will have hands-on opportunities to participate in the development of health promotion and wellness initiatives for a college population. The intern will work collaboratively and individually to accomplish assignments. The intern will be supervised by Erin Raupers, Assistant Director.

The intern’s primary responsibility will be to assist with two aspects of the Healthy Penn State Initiative. The goal of the Healthy Penn State initiative is to improve the academic success of students by encouraging healthy behaviors. The intern will develop content for the Healthy Penn State website and social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The intern will also assist with the recruitment, training, and management of the Healthy Penn State Ambassadors, a peer health education program.

Additionally, the individual will help staff outreach tables and assist with the daily operation of the Wellness Suite. Activities include staffing the front desk, greeting students who have appointments, answering the phone, and answering questions. The intern will assist with wellness initiatives, health promotion campaigns, wellness services and wellness workshops. The intern will gain valuable knowledge about evidence-based strategies for sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and stress. The intern will also gain experience with program evaluation.

The start date of this internship is August 26, 2019. The intern may work between 15-30 hours per week for 15 weeks. The approximate end date is December 13, 2019. This is an unpaid internship, but the successful candidate will receive credit through their academic department.

We are seeking someone who is creative and values innovation along with excellence. Experience with technology is essential. Strong communication, organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills are essential as well as a genuine appreciation for working with diverse populations.

If you have questions, please contact Erin Raupers at 814-863-0461 or eeg5005@psu.ed

Interested in the Emerging Field of Personalized Nutrition?

Project Sapiens, based at King’s College in London is starting to conduct personalized nutrition clinical trials in the US.  They are currently looking for some Nutritionists/Dietitians interested in helping them with trials in the Boston area. For more information on this career opportunity, visit this site.