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David and Rita Kiser created the David M. and Rita C. Kiser Scholarship with the hope that future Penn State graduates will have a positive impact on others, in their chosen careers and in life. The Kisers, both Penn State alumni, are participating in the University's new First-Time Endowed Scholarship Donor Matching Program, a featured giving opportunity of the University-wide fundraising campaign, "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence."

The College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society will honor its 2017 award winners during the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board Awards Dinner.

Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.

Family members may play an important role in children’s and adults’ illness management, and a family approach to managing chronic illness may produce more effective, longer-term benefits for the patient. Lynn Martire, professor of human development and family studies, highlights dyadic intervention approaches for improving chronic illness management in this month’s issue of the American Psychologist.

An experiential learning program, offered by professors in HDFS and psychology, offers students an opportunity to travel to Cambodia during spring break 2018 to learn about and assist with school systems and gain valuable insight by observing educational settings very different than their own.

Promoting family well-being broadly through different perspectives and common challenges was the focus of Penn State’s sixth annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference, co-sponsored by Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Readiness, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The Kay and Ernie Salvino Open Doors Scholarship will support the Student Transitional Experiences Program, which is designed to help students who transition from another campus to University Park and ensure they are able to maintain satisfactory academic progress and help them as they build a new social community.

The October Healthy Aging Lecture will focus on what happens to the brain as people age, and ways to support and enhance memory into old age. Hosted by Nancy Dennis, associate professor of psychology, the lecture is part of the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series.

The detection and prevention of child abuse in military families via practical and evidence-based solutions will be explored at Penn State’s sixth annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference. All Penn State faculty, staff and students can register for the conference at a reduced rate.

Employers who support working parents and their personal lives can positively influence the well-being of those employees and help them have more positive perceptions of their personal lives, according to a Penn State study.

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