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Faculty Updates

Penny Kris-Etherton

Penny Kris-Etherton

Penny Kris-Etherton has been appointed to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. In addition, she will receive the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award from the College of Health and Human Development.

Kathleen Keller

Kathleen Keller

Kathleen Keller has been awarded the Mark T. Greenberg Early Career Development Professorship.

Alison Gernand

Alison Gernand

Alison Gernand has been named a BIRCWH Scholar (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program) at Penn State.

Gordon Jensen

Gordon Jensen

Gordon Jensen is the current president of the American Society for Nutrition.

Student News

Fall 2013 incoming graduate students include:

  • Shane Adise, B.S. in psychology from the City College of New York
  • Feon Cheng, M.P.H. in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chesney Richter, B.S. in biology from Juniata College
  • Colleen Scott, B.S. in food science and nutritional sciences, Penn State
  • Christina Sponsky, B.S. in dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dietetic internship class of 2013-2014 members include:

  • Lauren Barbosa, Penn State
  • Larissa Chapkovich, Penn State
  • Ho Pan Chow, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Ryann Diehl, James Madison University
  • Hilary Gillettte, Messiah College
  • Meghan Kronewetter, Penn State
  • Jenna Nankivell, Penn State
  • Jessica Smith, Penn State
  • Kala Smith, Penn State
  • Alyssa Tindall, Penn State
  • ISPP includes Kristina Harris and Jessica Lindgren of Penn State.

The five-year pass rate for the RD exam for interns completing our program is 100 percent. The scores place our program at the 93rd percentile of all programs.

Announcements/Upcoming Events

Penn State Reception at FNCE

Penn State reception at FNCE in Houston, Texas, will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in meeting room 335A at Hilton Americas.

Home Chef

Home Chef: The Basics

Home Chef: The Basics is an exploration of fundamental techniques inspired by classic French cooking. We are pleased to announce an additional program for Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. More classes will be held in spring 2014. A program fee of $65 includes instruction, multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by you and your fellow chefs, and a take-home manual with recipes and helpful hints. Visit Home Chef online or call 814-865-8898 for more information.

American Society for Nutrition Meeting at EB for Penn Staters

Penn State reception at the American Society for Nutrition Meeting at EB in San Diego, California, on April 26-30, 2014. More information on date, time, and location will be announced in early 2104.

Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Society

Annual Alumni Brunch

The annual Alumni Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Iron Chef PSU

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA) will sponsor the annual "Iron Chef PSU" cooking competition from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the Henderson Building. Each team is composed of three members, and it would be great to have teams of nutrition alumni in the competition. The NDAS Board will have a team in the competition. For more information, contact Laural Kelly, president of NGSA at


Search the "The Pennsylvania State University Nutrition and Dietetic Alumni Society" on LinkedIn to connect with nearly 300 alumni members.

Dietetic Student Internships

Sixty-two percent of Penn State undergraduate students who applied for dietetic internships were accepted in the 2013 spring and post-match. Students were accepted into internship programs at the following institutions: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Penn State, ARAMARK facilities in Pennsylvania and Louisiana, Ohio State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Sodexo facilities in Pennsylvania, Sarasota School Food Service in Florida, University of Iowa Distance internship, and several others in the local region and throughout the country. We had our first student accepted into an internship program in Missouri.

Department of Nutritional Science Alumni Page on Facebook

The Department of Nutritional Sciences and Nutrition Dietetics Alumni Society has created a Nutritional Sciences Alumni Facebook page to inform our alumni about departmental events, accomplishments, and job opportunities that are sent to us. The creation of this Facebook page was motivated by feedback from our nutritional science seniors and alumni requesting that we expand our methods of communication with alumni by using social media. Facebook was the most favored form of communication. If you have any suggestions for information you would like to have conveyed on the Facebook page or job opportunities you would like us to communicate to our alumni, please send Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly a message on Facebook or e-mail her at

Graduates of the Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Program

Congratulations to the nutritional science graduates who earned their registered dietitian credentials this past year. If your name is not on the list, and you would like to be added to the next newsletter, please contact Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly at

2012 Graduates

  • Alyssa Carl, R.D.
  • Kelsey Guth, R.D.
  • Allison Napolitano, R.D.
  • Elizabeth Pacifico, R.D.
  • Nigel Graham, R.D.

2011 Graduates

  • Erin Columnia, M.S., R.D.
  • Elizabeth Entin, R.D.
  • Carrie Lyons, M.S., R.D.
  • Sarah Mobley, R.D.
  • Mary Raffetto, R.D.
  • Alan Smith, R.D.
  • Abigail Torchiana, R.D.

Graduates Who Earned Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) Credentials

Congratulations to the nutritional science graduates who earned their dietetic technician registered credential this past year. If your name is not on the list and you would like to be added to the next newsletter, please contact Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly at

  • Rachel Squires, D.T.R.
  • Cortney Anderson, D.T.R.

Alumni Updates

Congratulations to the following alumni of our undergraduate program on your accomplishments in your careers/personal lives!

2013 Graduates

Chelsea Hill, B.S. accepted a job as a nutrition educator at Adagio Health Systems.

Gabrielle Keely, B.S. accepted a full-time position at Hershey Medical Center working as a "Catering to You" associate. She also works part time as a nutritionist at a local Jewish center.

2012 Graduates

Anita Anim, B.S. will be finishing her master's degree of public health at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Anita is also working as a nutritionist for the Philadelphia WIC program and gaining valuable volunteer experience in dietetics. (Updated 10/9/2013)

Allison Napolitano, R.D. just earned her RD credential and is working full time as a dietitian at Village Super Markets. During her internship program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she won the Excellence for Outstanding Clinical Performance Award.

Brooke Wheeler, M.S. completed her master's degree in nutritional sciences from Penn State and is starting a full-time position as program director of the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Emergency Food Assistance program.

Nigel Graham, R.D. completed his dietetic internship at The Sage Colleges Distance Dietetic Internship. He passed the registration examination for dietitians and is now looking for a job in the field.

2010 Graduate

Melissa Grindle, R.D. is currently working for Wellness Corporate Solutions. Her job is to coach and counsel participants on healthy eating and lifestyle habits after they receive biometric screening results.

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