At Penn State, the Department of English and Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management offer an immersive adventure that enhances students’ appreciation of the natural world and understanding of how nature, culture and recreation are intertwined.

Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master’s degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs.

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."

Paid-sick-leave laws may contribute to a decline in foodborne illness outbreaks, and laws with stronger employee protections may provide greater public health benefits, according to a study led by a Penn State researcher.

Penn State students will hold a fundraising event in November to support an organization that over the last four years has worked to enforce Pennsylvania humane laws and rescued more than 900 dogs.

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.

Learn about the goals and motivation of lifelong Penn State volunteers Steve Wagman, president of the Penn State Alumni Association and a 1982 graduate of the College of Health and Human Development, and Randy Houston, Alumni Association vice president and a 1991 graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts, as they begin their new leadership roles within the Alumni Association.

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.

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