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Enrich your academic experience — and meet other students who share similar interests — by taking advantage of a wide array of organizations that are open to any student in the College of Health and Human Development.

 

College Specific Organizations

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Clinic Volunteer Program

The University Health Services Clinic Volunteer Program provides students with the opportunity to interact professionally with patients in the Clinical Services department. As a volunteer, you can work closely with members of the clinical staff, assist the nurses and patients with a variety of duties while getting first-hand understanding of the dynamics of the health care system and improving communication skills at the same time.

Clinic volunteers must commit to working in the clinic for one 4-hour block of time each week for a minimum of 2 semesters. Students earn four credits for participating in the Clinic Volunteer Program. Applications are available at the UHS Information Desk in the Student Health Center each February or online. Students are interviewed and selected for this program each spring semester.

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

Health and Human Development Honor Society

Students who have shown commendable work habits are eligible for invitation to the Health and Human Development Honor Society. To receive an invitation, you will have to be at least in sophomore standing and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Schreyer Honors College students are also automatically invited to join.

Once you become a club member, you will have to maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA in order to remain an active member. Throughout the semester, you will participate in four events selected from a total of eight outings, including general body meetings and social events. As a member, you’ll participate in five hours of community service hours each semester and select from service events coordinated by the club or from your own volunteer opportunities.

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

H.E.A.L. provides 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 with a focus on six components: physical, emotional, social, academic, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. This house — a combination of the Wellness House and the Health and Human Development House — helps students maintain balance through experience and education and 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 that promotes physical and mental well-being. The H.E.A.L. House is located on the second floor of Beaver Hall in the Pollock residence hall area.

Contact: Residence Life

Health and Human Development Student Council

As an HHD Student Council member, you will represent the college to the university’s dean and faculty. Geared toward developing cooperation, communication, and unity, the Council’s activities represent student interests and give HHD a voice and say in the university as a whole. All students majoring in the College of Health and Human Development are qualified to become members of the Undergraduate Student Council.

Contact: Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, 814-865-1427

HealthWorks

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 drug use 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 that 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 or the Office of Health Promotion and Education, 201 Student Health Center. Application deadlines are traditionally in the spring for the following fall.

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

Office of Emergency Medical Services

The Office of EMS is always looking for certified Pennsylvania EMTs and Paramedics to become new volunteers with 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, and 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.

To be considered, submit your completed application to the Penn State Office of Emergency Medical Services, 123 Student Health Center, University Park, PA 16802.

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

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Phi Epsilon Kappa is a nationally recognized Co-Ed professional fraternity for students in health related fields. Phi Epsilon Kappa aims to provide opportunities for professional development, professional networking, and community engagement. As a fraternity, Phi Epsilon Kappa also aims to foster friendships and a sense of brotherhood among students pursuing careers in health. For more information, please contact the chapter’s executive board at pekatpsu@gmail.com.

Physical Therapy Volunteers

The University Health Services Physical Therapy Department (UHS-PT) is dedicated to serving students with musculoskeletal injuries to facilitate the patient’s recovery 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 and includes an administrative and an infection control orientation given by UHS staff. Orientation specific to the PT department is given by the PT staff.

To be considered, submit your completed application online or visit the Student Health Center, Room 101. Student volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served per semester basis and hours/days usually range from 2-4 hours/1-2 days per week. Internship opportunities are also available.

Contact: Physical Therapy Department, 101 Student Health Center, 814-865-7381.

Major Specific Organizations

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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. The society holds regular meetings that focus on recognizing outstanding achievements and developing educational and career opportunities for students. For more information, contact Michele Stine, 219 BB H Building, 814-865-8409 or mms153@psu.edu.

HealthWorks

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.

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Audiology Club

The Penn State Audiology Club brings together students with a passion for helping the deaf and hard-of-hearing and offers professional, networking, and service opportunities related to the field of audiology. Guest speakers such as professors from graduate schools and successful alumni pursuing their doctorates in audiology have offered advice and networking opportunities to our members. 

For more information, please email psuaudclub@gmail.com or follow the Instagram account.
Faculty adviser: Leslie Purcell

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, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University, 501K Ford Building, University Park, PA, 16802, 814-863-3118, emk15@psu.edu.

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, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University, 404E Ford Building, University Park, PA, 16802, 814-865-6110, sah152@psu.edu.

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American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Club

ACHCA student members will be provided with great opportunities to network with leaders in long-term care. Additionally, students will be able to join ACHCA Connect, the private forum for ACHCA members to discuss job opportunities and issues faced in nursing home administration. As a courtesy, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association has agreed to help student members find internships, and possibly job opportunities within the organizations in the ACHCA. For additional information, call 814-863-2900 or contact Diane Spokus, dms201@psu.edu

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

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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

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 or contact Richard Shurgalla, rns12@psu.edu.

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)

The Penn State student chapter of American Hotel & Lodging Association is committed to our members' academic and career development in the hospitality industry, while providing a platform for interpersonal and student leadership development. For more information please contact Dan Mount, dmount@psu.edu

Casino Management Club

The Casino Management Club provides members with an introduction and access to the commercial gaming as well as night life and entertainment industry. The club is primarily educational student trips to major gaming markets like Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information please contact Mike Ahlgren, mba13@psu.edu

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 rdk134@psu.edu.

Elite League of Hospitality in Asia

ELHA creates a worldwide professional hospitality platform 1) to build strong networking between elite members who have strong ambitions to develop Asia Hospitality Industry, 2) to provide elite members channels to understand, enter and develop the Asia Hospitality Industry and, 3) to share resources between elite members including talents, innovative ideas and funds in Asia Hospitality industry. ELHA will become a close league of elite to develop and improve Asian potential Hospitality Industry together. For more information, please contact Dr. Seoki Lee at leeseoki@psu.edu or 814-863-7442. 

Eta Sigma Delta Hospitality Honors Society (ESD)

ETA Sigma Delta is a national affiliation, which stands on five points of honor: excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics. The Penn State chapter of Eta Sigma Delta is one of over 60 chapters in hotel schools around the world. ESD's mission is to enhance the Hospitality Management experience for high-achieving individuals within the major. These individuals will engage in professional development, discover the community, and explore their interests by completing community service projects. For further information contact the faculty adviser, Michael Tews, mjt17@psu.edu .

Gongfu Cha Club

The mission of the Gongfu Cha Club shall be to teach, preserve, and expand the tradition of Chinese Tea Ceremony, known as GongFu Cha, through interactive teaching, collaborative efforts with community and global members, and internal and external research efforts. The officers for Gongfu Cha Club are Wutong Zhang (wzz31@psu.edu), Beom Ki Lee (bxl5195), Grace McVay (gfm6@psu.edu), Sarah Lillian Schaeffer (sqs6365@psu.edu), Jingwen Li (jml6739@psu.edu), Lisa Liu (lcl5149@psu.edu), Matthew Powell (mcp43@psu.edu), Xavion Huffman (xah5001@psu.edu), Ivan Sokirniy (iys5072@psu.edu).
Information for this club is at https://orgcentral.psu.edu/organization/gongfu-cha-club.

Hospitality Asset Managers Association (HAMA)

The Penn State student chapter of HAMA (Hospitality Asset Managers Association) serves students who are interested in learning more about or pursuing careers in real estate and asset management in the hospitality industry. For more information please contact John O'Neill, jwo3@psu.edu

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is a global organization committee to growing business by fueling sales, inspiring marketing, and optimizing revenue. For more information please contact Donna Quadri-Felitti, dlq3@psu.edu. 

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 dac2@psu.edu.

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 http://www.kon.org. 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 lem118@psu.edu.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)

NSMH serves to be the premier professional organization for developing exceptional minority student talent and leadership. For further information contact Jeff Heim,  jvh4@psu.edu or Marja Verbeeten, mjb13@psu.edu.

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 jur23@psu.edu.

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 Paul Kelley, 209 Mateer Building, 814-863-3956 or pjk20@psu.edu.

Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS)

PSHRS is the umbrella student organization in the School of Hospitality Management, and serves as the student chapter of the School of Hospitality Management's 9,000-member-strong alumni society. For further information contact Kim Cooper, kjc187@psu.edu or Jeff Heim,  jvh4@psu.edu.

Penn State Meetings and Events Club (PCMA/MPI)

PSU Student chapter of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and MPI (Meeting Professionals International) focus is to provide students who have an interest in the meeting and event field the opportunity to both learn and gain hands on experience for a variety of events. Students achieve field experience in the club working as "meeting planners" to assist other PSU departments, local organizations and business to plan, execute and evaluate their events. The club provides members the opportunities to take leadership and create an event from beginning to end. In addition to this, MEC travels the country to attend the annual PCMA conference. This opportunity introduces our members to a wide array of meeting professionals and networking opportunities.  For further information contact Jackie Golas, 201 Mateer Building, 814-865-1854 or jjjk146@psu.edu.

School of Hospitality Management Thon (SHM THON)

The School of Hospitality Management THON Organization is a general organization within the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. THON is committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Our mission is to support these families and raise awareness to promote funding for the Four Diamond Foundation in hopes for a cure. For further information contact Beth Egan, 814-863-7539 or bethegan@psu.edu

Student Nutrition Association (SNA)

The Student Nutrition Association provides students with information about the roles of nutrition professionals and dietitians, as well as other information relating to professional development. For more information contact the faculty adviser, Shawnee Kelly, 814-863-7131 or smc28@psu.edu.

The Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) Club

The mission of the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) Club shall be to teach, preserve, and expand the tradition of Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, known as Chanoyu, through interactive teaching, collaborative efforts with community and global members, and internal research efforts. 
The officers for Chanoyu Club are Lisa Liu (lcl5149@psu.edu), Lia O’Leary (llo5045@psu.edu).
Information for this club is at https://orgcentral.psu.edu/organization/the-traditional-japanese-tea-ce….

The Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony (Darye) Club

The mission of the Traditional Korean Tea Ceremony (Darye) Club shall be to teach, preserve, and expand the tradition of Korean Tea Ceremony, known as Darye, through interactive teaching, collaborative efforts with community and global members, and internal and external research efforts.
The officers for Darye Club are Beom Ki Lee (bxl5195), Tatum Mcgeary (tsm5274@psu.edu).
Information for this club is at https://orgcentral.psu.edu/
organization/the-traditional-korean-tea-ceremony-darye-club.

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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 sxh345@psu.edu.

Kappa Omicron Nu

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 http://www.kon.org. 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 lem118@psu.edu.

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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 Bob Ricketts, 266 Recreation Building, 814-865-2421 or rdr3@psu.edu.

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 sjm221@psu.edu.

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Kappa Omicron Nu

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 http://www.kon.org. 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 lem118@psu.edu.

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity is a national professional fraternity for persons engaged in or pursuing careers in physical education, health, recreation, dance, human performance, exercise science, sports medicine and sports management. 

Membership is open to persons interested in the purposes of the Fraternity and in providing time and energy for the benefit of these areas. 

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 Shawnee Kelly, 110 Chandlee Lab, 814-863-7131 or smc28@psu.edu.

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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 rdk134@psu.edu.

Hotel Sales and Marketing Association

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 dac2@psu.edu.

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 Brian Soule, 801 Ford Building, 814-863-2924 or bjs48@psu.edu.

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, mac178@psu.edu or Lori Coup, lks163@psu.edu, 801 Ford Building, 814-865-1851.

University-wide Organizations

See what the ever-growing collection of other Penn State Student Organizations and Clubs have to offer you during your time at Penn State.