Mentoring Program Newsletter Archive: March 2006

Spotlight on: Judy Nisewonger ’75g Physical Education

Photo of Judy Nisewonger and her protegeJudy Nisewonger is a retired health and physical education instructor for the Clearfield Area School District and is currently an instructor-trainer for the American Red Cross. She was in the first-ever “class” of kinesiology alumni to participate in the HHD Mentoring Program and is currently mentoring her second student, Maria Dotta. Judy found that her experiences with each of her protégés were different but that these experiences were equally valuable and enjoyable. “The first student, Scott Gerould, was [in the teacher preparation option],” explains Judy. “Maria was in physical therapy which made it harder to talk about class work.” Nonetheless, Judy provided Maria with advice about interviewing and “selling oneself” to potential employers. After learning that Maria was applying to Temple University’s physical therapy program, Judy discovered that another kinesiology mentor, Helene Helbling, had graduated from Temple in that very program and put the two in touch. Maria has subsequently been accepted to Temple and plans to remain in touch with Helene as she continues her studies there.

Judy has enjoyed her four years in the mentoring program and say that it gives her “great faith in our youth today.” She adds, “It is great to reassure students that they can succeed. “I love it and grow personally, too.”

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2007 Mentoring Dinners

It’s never too early to mark your calendar for the 2007 Mentoring Dinners and Workshops! Please note that two departments (Biobehavioral Health and Nutritional Sciences) are hosting lunches rather than dinners.

Friday, February 2 (6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, February 3 (11:30 a.m.)

Saturday, February 3 (6:00 p.m.)

*The dinner for Recreation, Park and Tourism Management will take place in March 2007 at a date to be determined.

 

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Topics of the Month

For protégés to ask mentors:
Which student organizations/activities were you involved in as a student? Did your participation in these organizations help you to prepare for your future career?

For mentors to ask protégés:
In which student organizations/activities are you involved? How has membership in these organizations helped you to develop personally and professionally?

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Featured Photos

Nursing mentors Robert Szewczyk and Wendy Edgar at the February 10 dinner.
Nursing mentors Robert Szewczyk and Wendy Edgar at the February 10 dinner.
RPTM protégés at the February 3 dinner.
RPTM protégés at the February 3 dinner.
Allison Gahr (HDFS protégé) and Kristi Mattzela (HDFS mentor) at the January 28 dinner.
Allison Gahr (HDFS protégé) and Kristi Mattzela (HDFS mentor) at the January 28 dinner.

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Upcoming Events at Penn State:

Saturday, April 22, 2006 - Blue/White Game

Alumni of the School of Hospitality Management and the School of Nursing are invited to a tailgate and pig roast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Picnic Pavilion on the corner of University Drive and Park Avenue. Admission is $5 at the door. Please RSVP to the HHD Office of Alumni Relations at (814) 863-2207 or abbyd@psu.edu.

Saturday, May 13, 2006 - Commencement

 

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Helpful Links:

Daily Collegian: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/

Penn State Newswires (subscribe): http://newswires.psu.edu/ 

College of Health and Human Development Homepage: www.hhdev.psu.edu

Penn State Live (daily news from Penn State): http://live.psu.edu/

Penn State Alumni Association Homepage: www.alumni.psu.edu

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