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Carolyn Becraft Receive Honorary Degrees at 2016 Spring Commencement
Carolyn Becraft, a Fargo native, saw a great deal of success. Since graduation in 1966, Becraft has held a number of political positions. She was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Military Community and Family Support in the Defense Department. Then, she worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Becraft also worked with women’s rights groups and coordinated the efforts that lead to the repeal of the combat exclusion laws. “These were the only laws in the U.S. code that specifically discriminated against women. And in this case, it was against military women. So, I lead the efforts that resulted in the repeal of those laws,” says Becraft. On top of her military involvement, Becraft became highly involved with the UND, especially the CoBPA. Becraft was a chair of the UND Alumni Association for nine years. She frequently speaks to public administration classes, has established endowments to send students to world affairs conferences, and is a part of the CoBPA advisory council. Despite her involvement, Becraft says she was stunned when President Ed Schafer called her to say she would be one of this year’s honorary recipients. “I was totally honored. And humbled,” says Becraft.
Becraft, who graduated with a food and nutrition major, does have a bit of advice for both graduating and current students. “There’s a poem by Robert Frost, “two paths diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled and that made all the difference.” If I had to sum up how I started from being a dietitian and ended up where I was, I guess that has to be it. I think you have to take risks. You have to work hard but you have to take risks and I think if the opportunity presents itself and you really want to do it, and then you decide that you don’t do it because maybe it’s too scary, you’ll always regret it.” While risks can be nerve-racking, Becraft attributes her successes to the unplanned, unexpected path she took. Click here for the full story
Award-winning dietitian both an instructor and student at UND.
Kelly Zellmann is not your typical college student. Zellmann, an award-winning dietitian, is currently obtaining her Master’s of Nutrition online. She’s also a wife and mother of three, the owner of a private practice and nutrition consulting business, and an instructor for UND’s non-credit Nutrition & Foodservice Professional Training Program. Click here to continue reading...
Regin Gallagher appointed as the student representative-elect to the ACEND Board of Directors.
National Nutrition Month
Nutrition Alumni Receives Honor From Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presented its prestigious 2013 Medallion Awards to Jamie Stang a University of North Dakota Alumni, in recognition of outstanding service and leadership to the Academy and the dietetics profession. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976. The winners received their awards on Sunday, October 20, during the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Houston, Texas.
Jamie S. Stang, PhD, MPH, RD, Minnetonka, Minn. An Academy member since 1986, Stang is an associate professor in the division of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health; and director of the university's Midwest Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health and the Leadership Education and Training Program in MCH Nutrition. A nationally recognized authority on maternal and child health, Stang serves on the Academy's National Public Health Task Force, the Council on Future Practice and on the Minnesota affiliate's Public Policy Committee. She received the Academy's 2011 Excellence in Community Dietetics Award; and in 2005 was named the Academy's Public Health and Community Nutrition dietetic practice group's outstanding member. She directs the country's only national continuing education and training program devoted to the nutrition needs of women – from preconception through pregnancy – and infants and young children that combines aspects of both public health and clinical care. In the words of Stang's colleagues: "It is exciting to see how one person can make such an impact in the lives of so many people."
The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Announces the Election of Doris Wang to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors
Doris Wang, MPH, RD, LRD, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, has been elected to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors (ACEND BOD) for 2013-2016. The board is the governing unit of a federally-recognized accrediting agencyfor education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.
Doris will serve as Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) Representative-elect as of June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. After this time, she will then serve two additional years as CP Representative. She has been appointed to serve on the Policies and Procedures committee for the duration of her appointment with the board. Doris is program director for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Clinical Track Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota and has been with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics for 13 years.
She previously worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, a consultant dietitian, a health facilities evaluator, clinical dietitian, and food service manager in Northeastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota. Dorishas extensive experience in leadership roles within UND, the region, and nationally. She was recently awarded the Faculty Service Learning Award through UND's Center for Community Engagement and published an article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior reporting lessons learned from a service learning program that she developed at UND.
Doris is a graduate of North Dakota State University. She completed a dietetic internship at St. Louis University and earned a Master's degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Georgianna Walker elected Chair of NDBODP for 2012-2013
Georgianna Walker, MS, RD, LRD, New Rockford, North Dakota, has been elected Chair of the North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice (NDBODP) for 2012-2013. Members of BODP are appointed to three-year terms by the governor to oversee laws and rules governing dietetic practice in North Dakota. Georgianna has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1978 and has been a clinical instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics since fall 2007. She previously worked in private practice in the New Rockford area. Her professional service to the Academy includes numerous leadership positions at the national and state level including national Chair, Treasurer, and Area II Coordinator of the Dietitians in Health Care Communities Dietetic Practice Group (DHCC) and Chair of several committees within DHCC. She is a former Chair of the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she has authored, edited and reviewed several publications for the Academy. In 2003 she was awarded the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the North Dakota Dietetic Association. Georgianna is a graduate of Whittier College. She earned a master's degree from Iowa State University.
March is National Nutrition Month
The theme is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day". Students in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics are involved in several activities around campus promoting good nutrition. One activity is a YouTube video developed with UND Dining Services. Watch what UND students are saying:
Doris Wang recognized for her commitment to service learning
Doris Wang, MPH, RD, LRD, Assistant Clinical Professor, received the Faculty Service-Learning Award by the UND Stone Soup Program, Center for Community Engagement. In her letter of nomination she was recognized as the "force behind the department's requirement for all majors to complete a minimum of 60 hours/year of service learning." She developed a comprehensive department website addressing the service learning requirement, taught faculty about service learning, and incorporates opportunities in her classes for students to be involved in the community. a survey with 15 of our majors. In a survey of a subset of majors, the average number of hours spent last year in civic engagement was 55 hr. Students reported a wide range of organizations and agencies ranging from food cupboards, afterschool programs, summer lunch programs, camps, mission, humane society, 4-H to hospitals and clinics. Our students are making a difference in communities.
UND teams with Northland Mission on 'backpack' food distribution program
The University of North Dakota Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is working with the Northlands Rescue Mission and local schools to deliver food through the "BackPack Distribution Program". Click here to learn more