Faculty/Staff News in Brief: Aug. 20, 2009

HEALTH MATTERS ANNOUNCES FALL PROGRAMS: Health Matters, Penn State's Employee Wellness Program, has announced its fall lineup of healthful-living classes for faculty and staff. Employees at the University Park campus should look for the fall 2009 Booklet in their campus mailboxes, while faculty and staff at the campus locations will receive a flier listing wellness offerings available to them. This semester's programs include flu vaccinations, "My New Family: a family-oriented weight-loss/healthful eating class," the No-Gobbler Club, outdoor Qi Gong, "Yoga Pretzels! Parent and Me," first aid for hunters, bicycle commuting and the "Know Your Numbers" health assessment program.

Many Health Matters programs are offered free of charge, while others are reimbursable to Highmark PPO plan members. Many classes are available in Webinar format via Adobe Connect. Employees may view available courses and register by visiting http://www.ohr.psu.edu/HealthMatters/catalog/HealthMattersCourse.cfm online. In addition, the spouse/partner of an employee may participate in any Health Matters course offering. Call 814-865-3085 to enroll.

The Penn State Sanitation Short Course is a comprehensive 2 1/2-day program on the essentials of sanitation in food processing plants. This educational opportunity is offered for those who are developing in-house food safety programs and want to advance their knowledge of the science and technology of cleaning, sanitizing and pest control. Lectures and Lab sessions focus on control of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, plant and equipment design, safe handling of chemical products, dry cleaning, allergen control and educational strategies to get your workers involved and committed to your food safety plan. The course will be held at the University Park campus from Oct. 13 to 15. For more information visit http://foodsafety.psu.edu/sanitation.html online.

PENN STATE FAYETTE WELCOMES STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Local students at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will soon be able to broaden their horizons as they meet and mingle with international students arriving this fall from China, Dubai, India, Korea and Morocco. The Fayette campus was recently designated an "international campus" by the Penn State system following a formal process to certify eligibility. For the full story, check Penn State LIVE at http://live.psu.edu/story/40980 online.

Last Updated July 29, 2010