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Grandparenting study Office Professionals meeting Get paid to eat
Volunteers needed Food drive HRDC course

Grandparenting study

Being a grandparent can be a very important part of a middle-aged or older adult's life. Yet, little is known about what grandparents think about their relationships with different grandchildren or how their relationships with grandchildren change over time. Karen L. Fingerman, assistant professor of human development and family studies, is conducting a study of grandparents' feelings about their roles and the meaning of grandchildren in adults' lives

The study seeks men and women between the ages of 45 and 60 and over the age of 70 who have at least one grandchild three years old or older. Participants will take part in an hour-long interview at a time and place convenient for them. In exchange for their time, a $10 honorarium will be given. For more information or to take part in the study, contact Dr. Fingerman at (814) 863-0241.

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Penn State Educational Office Professionals meeting

Penn State Educational Office Professionals invite you to attend a special topic meeting: "Vacation Travel Plans" at 12:10-12:50 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Room 101 Kern Building. The speaker will be a travel agent from Center for Travel. Door Prizes will be given. Contact Jenni King (; 865-0414) with questions. RSVPs are not necessary, everyone is welcome.

Penn State Educational Office Professionals is a professional organization whose membership consists of faculty, staff, staff non-exempt and technical services. PSEOP is dedicated to promoting professional development among Penn State's office employees. For membership information, contact membership coordinator Sandy McClain at (814) 865-3900.

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Get paid to eat

Full-figured and normal weight female volunteers are needed to participate in a study at the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior in Henderson Building. The study involves eating meals in the lab Monday through Thursday of every other week during a nine-week period this summer. Each test meal will take approximately 30 minutes to consume and will consist of a variety of commercially available foods. No experimental or test foods will be used. Meal times are individualized to fit your schedule. Volunteers must be 18-45 years old, able to eat a wide variety of foods, non-smoking, non-dieting and not pregnant or lactating. Participants will be paid $300 for completion of the study. If interested, please call (814) 863-8482 and ask for the study coordinator. Staff are encouraged to apply.

The principal investigator on this study is B.J. Rolls. laboratory director.

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Volunteers needed

Healthy men between the ages of 60 and 80 are needed for a study examining immune responses to environmental stress. Subjects must NOT be taking any medication (including aspirin or ibuprofen) and will be asked to donate a blood sample. A $20 stipend will be given. To participate, contact Jane Daun at (814) 865-0368. Principal investigator on this project is Joseph G. Cannon, professor of exercise and sport science.

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Food drive

The College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society will sponsor a food drive May 10-17 to support the Interfaith Mission's Food Bank of the State College area. A drop-off box for the drive will be at the University Creamery during regular business hours throughout the week. The food drive is part of the Penn State Alumni Association National Service Week. Any nonperishable foods are accepted. The food bank is in particular need of tuna, peanut butter, evaporated milk, packaged beans or rice and canned juices.

For more information, contact the college Alumni Relations Office at (814) 863-2831.

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HRDC course

The following course is being offered by the Human Resource Development Center. To register for the course, please call (814) 865-8216. Registration for fee-based courses requires a completed registration form, page 57 of the HRDC course catalog.

To see a list and description of other courses available, check the HRDC course catalog or log-in to the Intercom Web site from the homepage of the Office of University Relations at URL

Planning, Implementing and Navigating Change (LDR 030) Designed to help individuals plan and lead the implementation of organizational change. This program meets for two sessions, 8:15-11:45 a.m. Monday, May 13, and May 20, in 319 Rider Building; cost: $55.

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