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Alumni return to SHM classrooms to advise students
Alumni return to SHM classrooms to advise students
SHM alumni returned to the classroom for the ninth annual "Alumni in the Classroom" program. The massive alumni outreach program gives students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the careers they’re studying from professionals who once sat in their seats.

Resort experience conference gives HHD students hospitality tools
U of the Way conference participants meet
Marcus O’Leary, vice president of resort experience at Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp., thinks Penn State students “just get it.” The business, that is. For one week, students in recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM) and hospitality management (HM) in the College of Health and Human Development attended a U of the Way conference on Penn State’s University Park campus, hosted by Marriott Vacations Worldwide (MVW) and held in collaboration with Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. The vision? To recruit Penn State students into Marriott Vacations Worldwide, a Florida-based company that is a recognized leader in timesharing and through its Marriott Vacations Club (MVC) brand, has 54 properties around the world. This gives students the knowledge, experience and tools to succeed in their respective careers.
Health and Human Development distinguished speaker to discuss biosimilars
McCamish Distinguished Speaker 2014 HHD
Mark McCamish, ’80g NUTR, global head of biopharmaceutical and oncology injectable development for Sandoz International, a division of Novartis, will present “Biosimilars: A Biologic Drug Revolution” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, as part of the College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. The talk, which is sponsored by the Health and Human Development Alumni Society, will be held in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Cafe Laura ribbon
Cafe Laura celebrates grand reopening with ribbon-cutting
Cafe Laura, which reopened on Aug. 25, held its grand reopening Sept. 9 after months of extensive renovations. The student-run restaurant housed in the Mateer Building features new fare stations, a revised design, and a variety of novel equipment and technology.
Drum Major Christopher Siergiej poses for a photo during the Croke Park Classic
Schreyer Scholars represent, cheer on Penn State in Ireland
Six Schreyer Honors College Scholars traveled with various extracurricular groups to Ireland for the Croke Park Classic.
HPA student recognized for research on age and social isolation in the U.S.
Penn State Health Policy and Administration senior Sharon Qi’s research paper has been selected as a winning undergraduate-level paper in the Francis G. Caro Student Paper Award Contest at the University of Massachusetts.
Itinger and Harkless ACOR 2014
Health and Human Development staff receives Career Achievement Awards
The College of Health and Human Development’s (HHD) Jerome “Boe” Itinger and Donna Harkless have received Penn State’s Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR) 2014 Career Achievement Award. Itinger and Harkless were recognized at this year’s ACOR Retreat, held Sept. 3 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
Dr. Tom Hogan and Student
Fall kick-off to celebrate town-gown sustainability projects
The Sustainable Communities Collaborative is hosting an event from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the lobby of the State College Borough building, 243 S. Allen St., to celebrate past collaborations and introduce fall projects.
Cooking Programs 2014 fruit
Cooking programs to be offered on campus
The College of Health and Human Development, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and School of Hospitality Management will offer several Cooking Programs throughout the academic year.
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Penn State hosts new National Science Foundation graduate researchers
Penn State is hosting 22 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.
Business majors night will inform students about academic options
The Division of Undergraduate Studies will host Penn State’s fifth annual Business Majors Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in 110 Business Building, for students interested in learning about University Park majors that focus on business.
Graduate School to host fall grant-writing workshops
Registration is now open for a series of grant-writing workshops to be held this fall by the Penn State Graduate School that are intended for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
HRIM students Cafe Laura
Café Laura returns with new look, new tastes and new opportunities
From food preparation to healthier eating choices, the newly renovated Café Laura offers the gamut. The cafe re-opened today (Aug. 25) and will hold its grand reopening Sept. 9 after months of extensive renovations. The student-run restaurant housed in the Mateer Building features new fare stations, a revised design, and a variety of novel equipment and technology. More importantly, the $1.2 million renovation boosts the educational experience for students and enhances dining experiences for customers.
Old Main in Spring with bicycle
More reasons to move: Active Lions campaign encourages biking, walking
Active Lions, scheduled to launch this month, is a two-pronged research and outreach initiative that includes a social marketing campaign and accompanying smartphone application to encourage active travel -- such as walking and cycling -- for Penn State students, faculty and staff
Group recognizes professor for work on House bill
Ingrid Blood professor of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at Penn State, has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Political Action (ASHA) Committee for her advocacy on the Telehealth Bill. ASHA staff were informed by Congressional staff that Blood's effort is why a section supporting services provided by audiologists and speech-language pathologists was added to the legislation.
Nearly 70 percent of NUTR students place into post-baccalaureate internships
Penn State’s Department of Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) students had a 69.4 percent acceptance rate into dietetic internships for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 application periods.
HHD Alumni Society Board of Directors Reaches 100 Percent Participation in Giving
One hundred percent of the members of the HHD Alumni Society’s Board of Directors have made a gift to the College of Health and Human Development or the School of Nursing during the current fiscal year, the board’s development committee has announced. The thirty-three-member board is composed of alumni of the College of Health and Human Development and the College of Nursing.
National Recreation and Park Association honors professor emeritus
Geoffrey C. Godbey, professor emeritus of recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM) at Penn State, has been awarded the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Distinguished Professional Award.
Jennifer Dobson
Penn State biology student recognized by DAAD
Penn State biology student Jennifer Dobson, Class of 2016, has been accepted into the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program by The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), for her studies on the neurotoxicity of paraquat, a suspected risk factor for Parkinson's disease, with neurobiology professor Byron Jones, professor of biobehavioral health.
Leland Pillsbury
School of Hospitality Management names Pillsbury as Conti Professor
The Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) named Leland C. Pillsbury, co-chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, as the fall 2014 Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor.
Training program for kinesiology, physiology students receives $1.3M grant
Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology and Intercollege Program in Physiology, part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, have received a five-year pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Lloyd and Dottie Huck
Huck Institutes benefactor Dorothy Huck dies at 91
Huck Institutes benefactor Dorothy (Dottie) B. Huck passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at her home in The Village at Penn State.
Students played double Dutch
Students to go mobile with Exercise is Medicine
Penn State's Kinesiology Club is launching its new Mobile Outreach & Regional Expansion initiative, a project that will take its events and health assessments to campuses and community groups across the state.
Michael Leven
PSHRS names Michael Leven 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year
Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has been named 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society.
3 views of LB1 skull
Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new 'hobbit' human
In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called "the most important find in human evolution for 100 years." Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human.
Rhonda BeLue
HHD faculty accepted into SHC Distinguished Honors Faculty Program
Rhonda BeLue and Lori Francis have been accepted into the Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP) for the 2014-15 academic year.
pile of shelled pistachios
Pistachios may lower vascular response to stress in Type 2 diabetes
Among people with type 2 diabetes, eating pistachios may reduce the body's response to the stresses of everyday life, according to Penn State researchers.
Food Science grad student to present research at 2014 SSIB
Catherine Shehan, a graduate student in Penn State's Department of Food Science, will present her research on the ways parents influence children’s eating behaviors, at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior on Aug. 2 in Seattle, Wash. The study addresses how the amount of time parents spend on food preparation at home influences children’s food intake decisions made in the laboratory without parental supervision.
Cochran Fellowship Program participants
School of Hospitality Management lends expertise to Nigerian food service execs
Oluwatoyin Alabi, president and CEO of a catering company in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, said one of the most valuable things he learned while studying with instructors in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) is how to maximize small spaces without compromising food safety. Now Alabi is determined to share what he’s learned with his team back home.
Penn State Facebook page on an iPhone
Aug. 7 Healthy Aging Lecture Series to focus on communication strategies
The Penn State Center for Healthy Aging will host “Talk or Text? Communication Strategies as We Age,” as part of its Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Ruth Pike Auditorium in 22 Biobehavioral Health Building.
Student struggles with math homework.
Instructional practices may need to change to boost first-grade math outcomes
First-grade teachers in the U.S. may need to change their classroom instructional practices if they are to increase the achievement of students struggling with mathematics, according to Paul Morgan, associate professor of education, Penn State.
Assistant professor of pediatrics Brian Allen
Clinical child psychologist joins Network on Child Protection and Well-Being
Brian Allen joined Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being in June as the sixth of at least 12 new co-funded faculty hires. In addition to his work with the Harrisburg-based TLC Clinic and the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children, Allen serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics, specializing in researching child abuse and trauma.
Susan Sanders
Susan Sanders takes on new role in master of health administration program
Former health policy and administration (HPA) undergraduate adviser Susan Sanders recently was appointed program coordinator for Penn State’s master of health administration (MHA) program.
Alumna Renee Lewis honored by National Association of Women Business Owners
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater D.C. has honored Renee Lewis, president/CEO and co-founder of the Bethesda, Md.-based consulting firm Pensare Group, as one of three finalists with its 2014 Woman of Distinction Award. Lewis received her degree in man-environment relations from Penn State in 1985.
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