Student Organizations


Clinic Volunteer Program

Contact : University Health Services, Student Health Center, 814-863-0774.

The University Health Services Clinic Volunteer Program provides students with the opportunity to interact professionally with patients in the Clinical Services department.

Clinic volunteers work closely with members of the clinical staff and assist the nurses in a variety of duties. They assist patients and get a first-hand understanding of the dynamics of the health care system. Communication skills are enhanced by working with patients and members of the healthcare team. Students earn four credits for participating in the Clinic Volunteer Program.

Training occurs each fall. All participants in the Clinic Volunteer Program are trained to conduct initial intake screenings of patients in a 2-credit Biobehavioral Health course. This includes assessing vital signs, determining the reason for the visit, providing health education on various topics, and performing simple procedures such as visual acuity. Other topics include common health concerns, proper documentation, and patient confidentiality.

Clinic volunteers must commit to working in the clinic for one 4-hour block of time each week for a minimum of 2 semesters.

Applications are available at the UHS Information Desk in the Student Health Center each February or visit Students are interviewed and selected for this program each spring semester.

Health and Human Development Honor Society

This society is open to any undergraduate student in the college with a 3.30 grade-point average or higher. Letters of invitation are sent to eligible students each fall. The society has regular meetings throughout the year and sponsors a variety of service projects. For more information, please contact the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, 814-865-1427.

Health Education and Awareness in Living House (H.E.A.L.)

The purpose of the Health Education and Awareness in Living House is to create a special living environment for those students who are interested in healthy living and who commit to making it a part of their experience at Penn State. This house is a combination of the Wellness House and the Health and Human Development House. Healthy living is comprised of a balance of the following six components: physical, emotional, social, academic, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. The house helps students maintain this balance through experience and education and is not solely geared toward health majors but is open to anyone who makes healthy living a part of their daily life. A variety of activities are offered to meet the needs and interests of all the individuals living within the community. Successful events in the past include broomball, yoga, stress management and massage programs, healthy eating and exercise events, picnics and retreats. Members build lifelong friendships while residing in an environment which promotes physical and mental well-being. The HEAL House is located on the second floor of Beaver Hall in the Pollock residence hall area. For more information contact Residence Life.

Health and Human Development Undergraduate Student Council

All students majoring in the College of Health and Human Development are qualified to become members of the Undergraduate Student Council. For information, contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, 865-1427.


Contact: HealthWorks Coordinator, 201 Student Health Center, 814-863-0461.

HealthWorks is a peer education outreach program dedicated to serving the Penn State community by educating students about wellness; nutrition; sexual health; and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues.

HealthWorks Peer Educators facilitate workshops, sponsor University-wide outreach events, and advocate for health within the University and larger community.

HealthWorks Peer Educators are trained during fall semester. The training consists of 2 courses which offer academic credits. A 1-credit Biobehavioral Health course offers training in how to be a HealthWorks educator; both theory and leadership skills are addressed. The second course, which is 2 credits, will provide information on college health issues relevant to each content area as well as presentation skills.

To apply to be a HealthWorks Peer Educator, please visit our website at or stop by the Office of Health Promotion and Education, 201 Student Health Center. Application deadlines are traditionally in the spring for the following fall.

Office of Emergency Medical Services

Contact: EMS Manager, 123 Student Health Center, 814-865-1772.

The Office of EMS is always looking for certified Pennsylvania EMTs and Paramedics to become new volunteers with UAS (University Ambulance Service).

New volunteer EMTs are scheduled on either day or night ambulance shifts with regular crew members for training and orientation. Students fill various company officer positions, and receive leadership training and opportunities as part of their service experience.

If you are not currently certified as a Pennsylvania EMT, there are many local training opportunities to become certified. Penn State offers the EMT course (KINES 403) every semester. Volunteers who have gone through the orientation program may become eligible to apply for regular ambulance and special events crew positions. These are part-time paid positions with the Office of EMS. Applications are accepted from EMTs, EMT-Ps, EMT-HPs who are Penn State students and have completed the University Ambulance Service volunteer training program and hold certifications in CPR, AED, EVOC, and HAZMAT-Ops.

For an application to be considered as a volunteer EMT, check out our website at The completed application should be returned to the Penn State Office of Emergency Medical Services, 123 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802.

Physical Therapy Volunteers

Contact : Physical Therapy Department, 101 Student Health Center, 865-7381.

University Health Services Physical Therapy Department (UHS-PT) is dedicated to serving students with musculoskeletal injuries. The goal of UHS-PT is to facilitate the recovery of the patient to their desired level of activity.

The PT volunteer program offers opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy or other health-related fields. Student volunteers are encouraged to observe the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant/athletic trainer-patient interaction and ask questions.

Opportunities may arise for student volunteers to follow a patient through their exercise program. Training for PT volunteers takes place at the beginning of each semester. Training includes an administrative and an infection control orientation given by UHS staff. Orientation specific to the PT department is given by the PT staff.

For an application to be a PT volunteer, visit room 101 Student Health Center or online at Student volunteers are scheduled on a first-come first-served semester basis and hours/days usually range from 2-4 hours/1-2 days per week. Internship opportunities are also available.




HealthWorks is the peer health promotion and community development program of the Office of Health Promotion and Education, University Health Services. Peer health educators are involved in outreach, workshops, theatre performances, advocacy, library and office management. Content areas of specialization include: nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention; wellness; and sexual health promotion.

Training courses are conducted each fall semester. Upon completion of training, educators are asked to commit to 2 semesters of active involvement with the program, including continuing education. Experienced educators are encouraged to assume leadership positions with the organization. For more information, contact HealthWorks, 201 Student Health Center, 814-863-0461.


National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The Department strongly supports the Penn State chapter of NSSLHA. All CSD majors are encouraged to join and become active members in the Penn State NSSLHA chapter. The purpose of NSSLHA is to involve students in various activities related to the profession. These activities include attending professional meetings, lectures, and planning and participating in activities dealing with persons of all ages having a communication handicap. For more information, contact Eileen Kowalski, (Dept. of CSD, Penn State University, 501K Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802, 814-863-3118,

Penn State Sign Language Organization (PSSLO)

The PSSLO is dedicated to spreading deaf awareness to the State College and University Park community. PSSLO provides its members with practice in the art of sign language and instruction on deaf culture during its informal meetings for anyone who is interested. Through informal lectures, movies, and group activities, members are given a better understanding of the hearing impaired, deaf and deaf culture. For more information, please contact Sommar Chilton (Dept. of CSD, Penn State University, 404E Ford Building, University Park, PA 16802, 814-865-6110,


American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

This undergraduate chapter of the major international professional organization of healthcare executives (ACHE) seeks to provide an environment for students interested in health administration to exchange ideas and views on policies and issues affecting the health care field today. Benefits include student associate membership in the international organization in addition to bimonthly periodicals updating students on national conferences, job opportunities, and new developments in the health care industry. The club sponsors speakers from the healthcare industry, trips to local health care facilities, and other important events. Additionally, students attend ACHE’s international conference in Chicago each spring. Membership applications are available in the magazine racks in 604 Ford Building. For additional information, call 814-863-2900.

Health Policy and Administration Club (H P A)

This organization is dedicated to fostering friendships and promoting professional growth within the major. Participation is sought from all members of the major, the minor and other interested students. Activities include guest speakers from the health care field, participation in service events, and promotion of student/faculty relations. For additional information, call 814-863-2900.


Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

Student members of the CMAA are interested in leading private clubs in America. The organization’s purpose is to promote networking with club managers and to encourage the education and advancement of CMAA student members. The CMAA sponsors trips to clubs in the central PA chapter of the CMAA to explore and collect information about this aspect of the hospitality industry. For more information please contact Ryan Kanaskie, 201 Mateer Building, 814-865-1853 or

Eta Sigma Delta

This HM honor society attempts to develop the professionalism of the individual student in HM and to advance the segment of the industry related to travel, tourism, food and beverage management, and hospitality management. The society fosters the growth of knowledge in the HM field and promotes contact between members of the industry and the student body. Eligibility is based on individual student achievement. For further information contact the faculty adviser, Dr. John O'Neill, 201 Mateer Building, 814-865-1853,

Hotel Sales and Marketing Club (HSMC)

The HMSC is staffed and operated by a group of students who have identified sales and marketing in the hospitality industry as a primary career interest. With the support of a faculty adviser, these students arrange several visits each year (during winter break and spring break) to hotel properties in markets near and far. The students are permitted to work with professional sales and marketing staff at these hotels, usually in the operation of a “sales blitz” of a specific market. In addition to these trips, the club hosts the visit of sales executives who speak specifically to the career possibilities in this area. For more information contact Dave Cranage, 201 Mateer Building, 814-863-0296 or

Kappa Omicron Nu (KONu)

HD FS, HM, and NUTR majors of at least fourth semester standing and a 3.20 minimum grade-point average are invited to join this national professional honor society. The mission of KONu is to create empowered leaders in the profession. The honor society promotes leadership, research and graduate study. The website is Two $150 scholarships are awarded annually to local KONu members. For further information contact the faculty adviser, Laura Murray-Kolb, 119B Chandlee Lab, 814-863-7132 or

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

This organization was founded in 1989 with the mission of promoting hospitality education and career advancement for racial-ethnic minorities by preparing students and young professionals to pursue career opportunities in the hospitality industry. The Penn State Chapter seeks to accomplish these goals by facilitating professional development, educational and service opportunities for students enrolled in HM and related fields. Students of all races and ethnicities who are dedicated to diversity in hospitality are encouraged to join. Membership benefits include the opportunity to attend the annual national conference, scholarship opportunities, as well as networking, mentoring and other professional development opportunities. For further information contact Jeff Heim 506 Keller Bldg., 865-6341,

Penn State Catering Society

The catering society plans and executes a variety of on-premise catered events at Café Laura. This club gives students a unique opportunity to gain experience in front- and back-of-the-house operations at events ranging from executive luncheons to hors d'oeuvres receptions. Penn State Catering Society allows students to earn extra money and work hours count towards the 1,000 hour requirement. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Boggie, 234 Mateer Building, 814-863-3770 or

Penn State Student Chapter of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

HFTP is an international organization that provides networking opportunities to hospitality professionals involved in accounting, finance, and IT areas, and is the sponsor of the annual HITEC convention. For further informtation contact Peter Nyheim, 209 Mateer Building, 814-865-9012 or

Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS)

The main objective of PSHRS is to promote and encourage HRIM student-faculty relations. Student members can be active in any of the committees of the club: education, alumni relations, social, fundraising, and catering society. This organization provides trips to the International Hotel-Motel and Restaurant Show in New York and National Restaurant Show in Chicago. This chapter’s affiliation with the national alumni group gives students contacts with outstanding professionals in the field. For further information contact Paul Howard, 201Mateer Building, 814-865-6728 or

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

The PCMA Mission Statement: To familiarize its members with the basic aspects of the meetings and conventions field through educational and networking opportunites supported or developed by PCMA and its members. For further information contact Paul Kelley, 201 Mateer Building, 814-863-8982 or

Student Nutrition Association (SNA)

See description under NUTR section.


Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Student Organization

This organization promotes the HD FS major and presents programs appropriate to interests of students within and outside the major. Alumni and guest speakers are invited to meetings, and members participate in college activities to promote more faculty/student involvement. For more information, contact the Support Office for Students, S-211 Henderson, 814-863-8000.

Kappa Omicron Nu

See description under HRIM section.


Kinesiology Club

The Kinesiology Club is for undergraduate students enrolled in the Kinesiology major or minor. The purpose of the club is to provide students with a forum of extracurricular opportunities. Such opportunities shall include leadership, hands-on experiences, networking, seminars, certification programs and a voice for Kinesiology students at the department and college level. Also, a goal is to promote the “professional responsibility” of its members with a specific focus on enhancing their employment opportunities. For additional information, please contact the KINES Department, 275 Recreation Building, 814-863-0442.

Student Athletic Trainer’s Club (ATC)

The ATC is an educational component of the Athletic Training option. The Club promotes unity among all student trainers and furthers their educational experiences. Activities include films and guest speakers. For more information, contact the KINES Department, 275 Recreation Building, 814-863-0442.


Kappa Omicron Nu

See description under HRIM section.

Student Nutrition Association

The purpose of the SNA is to provide opportunities for personal and professional development to its members. The SNA members are students in nutrition or other nutrition-related majors. Meetings and activities focus on enhanced knowledge of the profession, careers in nutrition, and community service activities. Activities include the American Diabetes Association’s Walktoberfest, the SNA Peer Mentor Program, and monthly meetings where guest speakers are often invited. For more information, please contact Sibylle Krantz, 5 Henderson, 814-865-2138 or


Club Managers Association of America

See description under HRIM section.

Hotel Sales and Marketing Association

See description under HRIM section.

Penn State Professional Golf Management Society (PSPGMS)

This society was created for Recreation, Park and Tourism Management majors pursuing the option in Professional Golf Management. All students in the option are required to be members. PSPGMS invites professionals/guest speakers to meetings, encourages member participation in program, college and community activities, and serves as the conduit for promoting information pertinent to students’ course of study. For more information please contact Mr. Burch Wilkes, 801 Ford Building, 814-863-8987 or

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Student Society (R P T MSS)

The purpose of the R P T MSS is to provide opportunities for professional development and social interaction for Recreation, Park and Tourism Management majors and other interested students at the University. The society hosts a number of guest speakers and educational sessions, organizes travel to professional conferences and sponsors social events to assist in the professional growth of students. For more information, please contact Patty Kleban, 801 Ford Building, 863-2489, or .