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HHD Orgs 

Health and Human Development Student Council
HHD Student Council’s goal is to expose its members to different opportunities within the College of Health and Human Development and at Penn State. In addition, the organization serves as a community where members can establish relationships and exchange ideas.

President: Kyle Nertz
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Health and Human Development Ambassadors
As College of Health and Human Ambassadors, we promote the interests of the college at events involving prospective students, current students, and alumni.​​​​​​​

President: Carly Pattison
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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 or adviser, Sonia Cavigelli,
Diversity and Inclusion Student Association HHD
We represent and serve marginalized undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Health and Human Development as well as assist the Office for Diversity and Inclusion with promotion and events.

President: Victoria Francois
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Hospitality Management Orgs

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, Breffni Noone, 215 Mateer Building, 814-865-7128, .
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
The American Hotel and Lodging Association
The Penn State student chapter of American Hotel & Lodging Association is committed to our members' academic and career advancement in the hospitality industry, while providing a platform for interpersonal and student leadership development

President: Kelly O'Hora
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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 Jackie Golas, 201 Mateer Building, 814-865-1854 or
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 Jean-Pierre Ranjeva, 232 Mateer Building, 814-863-3370 or
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
HSMAI is a club in the School of Hospitality Management that focuses on hospitality sales, marketing, and revenue management. We have monthly meetings and attend national and international conferences to network with other students and industry thought leaders.

President: Brett Hoffman
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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 & Restaurant Society
PSHRS is the umbrella student organization in the School of Hospitality Management, and also serves as the student chapter of the School of Hospitality Management’s 9,000-member-strong alumni society.

All students upon their entry into the program become members and may continue as a member of the alumni chapter of this group upon graduation. The purpose of the organization is to unite and build closer fellowship among the students, alumni, and faculty of the school with the objectives of strengthening all the professions of the program and building the reputation of the school. Student members can be active in any of the committees of the club: education, alumni relations, social, fundraising, and community service. This organization provides trips to Washington, D.C. and the Annual HX: Hotel Experience in New York City.

President: Erin Dabney
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Medical Orgs

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.
Biobehavioral Health Society
The Biobehavioral Health Society was created to facilitate a positive learning environment in the undergraduate program and to foster communication between faculty and students. Our organization holds regular meetings that focus on recognizing outstanding achievements and developing educational and career opportunities for students as well. Among being involved in events that help with professional development in our field, BBHS also encourages its members to connect with faculty and alumni throughout our major. Not only are we focused on academics, we also strive to be well rounded students and community members by participating in local community service and THON.

President: Reiley Lonergan
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Pre- PA Club
Pre PA Club, is a club for people looking to become a Physician Assistant. It is a student run organization who meets and discusses various requirements for PA school such as pre-reqs, patient care hours, and the application process. Guest speakers from PA admissions as well as PA's themselves come and speak to the members.

President: Sarah Savant
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Health Policy Administration 

HPA Club
The HPA Club offers health and policy administration resources for both academic and professional development. We are inclusive to students with all backgrounds who are interested in understanding the various careers in the healthcare field.

President: Kiersten Hosler
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American College of Health Care Administrators
ACHCA is a professional org that focuses on networking within the long term care career community

President: Jaspreet Ghumam
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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.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Orgs

Sign Language Organization
Sign Language Organization is an organization committed to providing an insight to the Deaf community and culture through the use of American Sign Language. At our meetings we provide mini lessons and teachings of ASL, Deaf culture, and so much more! We are a club dedicated to providing diversity and shedding light on topics that aren't touched upon much in our day to day lives! We work closely with our advisor Professor Sommar Chilton who is in contact with many Deaf individuals, giving us the latest updates about American Sign Language in order to provide our members with the best information possible!

President: Makenzie Tobin
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National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing
NBASLH is an organization that focuses on and advocates for black individuals/people of color who have communication disorders. We encourage the diversity needed in the field of speech pathology and audiology.

President: Thamar Barthelemy
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National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association is professional student organization for individuals interested in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. It is the only national student organization for pre-professionals in CSD recognized by the American Speech-Hearing Association.

Meetings include guest speakers, service activities, and professional development

President: Becca Stroschein
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Kinesiology Orgs

Occupational Therapy Club
Here at OT club we strive to fully enlighten students about the field of Occupational Therapy and the process of applying. Meeting about every 2 weeks, we prepare students for graduate school by conversing with graduate admissions officers, students currently enrolled in OT school, and practicing Occupational Therapists, either in-person or by video conference. If we are not meeting with anyone, we go into great detail the OTCAS application process and GRE requirement as well as conduct career service workshops that include resume building, mock interviews, etc. Our club gets involved in community services such as the Autism 5k, a Thanksgiving basket drive, Lifelink, and many more other opportunities.

President: Meg Randig
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Kines Club
Kinesiology Club facilitates professional development opportunties in a variety of Kinesiology related fields, is highly active in THON, and hosts fun activities to promote physical activity!

President: Johnny Souren
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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 Sayers Miller, 814-863-0442 or
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.

Nutritional Sciences Orgs

Student Nutrition Association
The Student Nutrition Association is focused on developing nutrition students to be well rounded in their area of study while also developing a social network.

President: Keally Haushalter
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Human Development and Family Studies Orgs

Kappa Omicron Nu (KONu)
Human Development and Family Studies, Hospitality Management, and Nutritional Sciences 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
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 faculty adviser, Sarah Kollat, 814-865-3491 or

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Orgs

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management Student Society
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 Meredith Chaney, or Lori Coup,, 801 Ford Building, 814-865-1851.
Penn State Professional Golf Management Society
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 Brian Soule, 801 Ford Building, 814-863-2924 or
Club Managers Association of America
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

Diversity and Inclusion Orgs

Diversity and Inclusion Student Association HHD
We represent and serve marginalized undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Health and Human Development as well as assist the Office for Diversity and Inclusion with promotion and events.

President: Victoria Francois
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Minority Assoc. of Pre-Medical/Health students
1.Aid in the implementation of workforce diversity
2. Reduce and eliminate health disparities through education
3. Increase the number of minorities entering health professional schools
4. Support people of color as they proceed in their pre-medical/health journey here at Penn State
Everyone is more than welcome to join!

President: Luis Otano
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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, or