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Students, faculty and alumni attend Hospitality Executive of the Year reception
PSHRS 2104 Hospitality Executive
More than 100 students, 10 faculty members and 50 alumni attended the 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year reception presented by the Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) in New York City where PSHRS named Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation, as Hospitality Executive of the Year.
Adult daycare helps caregivers’ emotional stability
Yin Liu
Caregivers who employ adult daycare services to help care for individuals with dementia have fewer emotional ups and downs, and that may protect the caregivers’ health, according to Penn State researchers.
A study that investigated emotional fluctuations in caregivers of individuals with dementia by researchers in the College of Health and Human Development has been published in the journal Health Psychology. Yin Liu, a doctoral candidate, is the first author. Additional authors include Steven H. Zarit, distinguished professor of human development and family studies (HDFS); David M. Almeida, professor of human development and family studies; and Kyungmin Kim, postdoctoral scholar.
Herbs and spices enhance heart health as well as flavor
diagonal lines of spices
Spices and herbs are rich in antioxidants, which may help improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Nothing fishy about health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid
flax flower, seed, oil
Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Penn State senior instructor receives national outstanding professor award
Patty Kleban
Patricia Kleban, senior instructor and student services/internship coordinator with the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) in the College of Health and Human Development, received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA).
Graduate students, faculty share the 'PhUn' in physiology at elementary school
During PhUn Week, Easterly Parkway Elementary students learned facts about the heart and used stethoscopes to hear how their own hearts sound when they beat.
During the American Physiological Society's annual PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week initiative, Penn State graduate students and faculty from the Huck Institutes' Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) in Physiology partnered with a local elementary school to help first- and second-grade students explore basic concepts in physiology and better understand the study of how living things work.
Kinesiology professor selected as Institute Resident Scholar for fall 2015
Jaime Shultz Institute Resident Scholar Fall 2015
Jaime Schultz, assistant professor of kinesiology, has been selected as an Institute Resident Scholar for fall 2015 for her project, “Women’s Movement: Sport, Physical Culture and 1970s Feminisms.”
Hospitality management professor recognized for excellence in advising
Breffni Noone SHC Excellence in Advising Award 2014-15
Breffni Noone, associate professor of hospitality management, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Schreyer Honors College (SHC) Excellence in Advising Award, which is presented annually to an honors faculty member who has been nominated for excellence in advising.
Bacterial product could cure viral infections, scientists say
The bacterial protein flagellin could have an important role in preventing and treating viral infections, according to a study involving Penn State researchers.
HDFS professor recognized for multivariate experimental psychology
Sy-Miin Chow Cattell
Sy-Miin Chow, associate professor of human development and family studies, has been awarded the Cattell Early Career Research Award.
Pennsylvania rural health leader receives national mentoring award
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, received the 2014 James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Davis received the award at an Oct. 28 ceremony during the organization’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Something different to digest
Rebecca Fry SNAP Challenge
What’s it like to feed yourself on $29.40 a week? In HPA 410, Principles of Public Adminstration, students took part in the nationally recognized SNAP Challenge held earlier this month, which charges participants to live on the U.S. daily food aid benefit — about $4 a day — for one week, keeping track of their purchases and sharing their experiences. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society honors 2014 award winners
The College of Health and Human Development Society announced its 2014 award winners at the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Awards Dinner on Nov. 7. All recipients are graduates of the College of Health and Human Development and have distinguished themselves in their careers and service.
College of Health and Human Development announces 2014 faculty, staff awards
The College of Health and Human Development announced its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2014. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 13 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building.
Students visit Hilton Worldwide, learn from corporate executives
Students visit Hilton Worldwide headquarters
Students enrolled in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) witnessed first-hand the operations of a major hospitality corporation, Hilton Worldwide, as part of a unique engaged scholarship opportunity.
Penn State alum starts Colorado-based sport and social club
Mike Ross graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a degree in recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM). He took that degree and his experiences at Penn State and turned them into a business -- Mile High Sport & Social Club in Colorado, which he started with his fiancée, Erin Shaw. Mile High Sport & Social Club provides different types of recreation for adults, including sports leagues, pick-up games, tournaments and socials.
RPTM faculty, alums write Best Paper on parks, health partners
The Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration (JPRA), the official publication of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, has named a paper written by Penn State faculty and alumni as Best Paper for 2014.
Toni Liechty, Andrew Mowen, Laura Payne, Karla Henderson, Jason Bocarro, Candice Bruton and Geoffrey Godbey are the authors of "Public Park and Recreation Managers’ Experiences with Health Partnerships," which appeared in the Summer 2014 edition of JPRA.
Studies underway to help children, adults overcome communications obstacles
Seven projects are underway as part of a grant awarded to Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to enhance communication and improve outcomes for children and adults who rely on augmentative and alternative communication.
Researchers probe link between newborn health and vitamin A
Nutrition researchers
The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but Penn State nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health.
Associate professor, graduate student recognized for engaged scholarship poster
Careen Yarnal and Hsin-Yu Chen
Careen Yarnal, associate professor of recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM) and co-chair of the Council on Engaged Scholarship, and graduate student Hsin-Yu Chen received a first-place prize for a poster focusing on engaged scholarship.
Critical conversations: Student educates on HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Kenya Crawford UWC
HDFS student Kenya Crawford spent two weeks at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to learn from their programs and share her knowledge about HIV/AIDS, safe sex and other sensitive issues through coursework and counseling. While abroad she also developed and implemented a variety of programs geared toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students.
Professor's caregiver research featured in Journal of Health and Aging
Kyungmin Kim
A paper on caregivers of those with dementia by Steven H. Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Health and Human Development, has been published in the Journal of Health and Aging.
Creating solutions together
mHealth 2014
Students from BBH and IST will create and pitch ideas for health technology applications as part of this semester's mHealth Challenger to be held on Nov. 17.
Alumna's bequest targets scholarships and THON for support
Students in two Penn State colleges and children fighting pediatric cancer stand to benefit from the generosity of alumna Cheryl Smith Hay, of Barrington, New Hampshire, who has pledged part of her future estate to support scholarships and the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Hospitality Industry Advisory Board opens doors for students
SHM Industry Advisory Board
Three years ago, the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board was formed, allowing industry experts to strategically advise SHM on industry trends and guide students who are studying the field. Since then, the 36-member board -- which includes vice presidents and senior vice presidents with large companies, and executive vice presidents, chief operating officers and CEO’s of smaller companies -- has opened many doors for SHM students.
Tourism studies pioneer to present retrospective and prospective views
Tourism Studies Pioneer to Present Retrospective and Prospective Views at Penn State
Jafar Jafari, an international pioneer in tourism studies, will present his retrospective and prospective views on tourism studies at 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
Alumni return to Hospitality Management classrooms to advise students
Alumni in the Classroom
Roughly 78 Hospitality Management graduates returned to the classroom this week 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.
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