Major Match Day

Major Match Day at WVU

Major Match Day at WVU was held last Wednesday in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. What this special day is, a collaborative effort from all participating WVU departments to provide information about the different programs and majors that WVU has to offer. So, freshman who are undecided about their major, people looking to pick up a minor, and even local high school students came to the event to search their options. Over 100 majors were represented and over 900 students were in attendance. The event was held by WVU’s Undergraduate Advising Services Center (UASC) and they provided everyone with a table and chairs.

It was really interesting to not only see how many different majors and minors were available at WVU but, also to see how the different departments represented themselves. I have never attended anything like this before, let alone spearhead it. But, I had fun. I had the chance to explain our program, our course list, and specifically what you can do with a degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. I brought my laptop with me to show students different pathways that this major can lead you in and explained to them the thousands of ways they can utilize it.

The event was 10am-4pm so, I arrived approximately at 9:00am to make sure I was set up properly and felt comfortable with my table’s arrangement. I recruited 3 other undergraduate students from the WVU Student Dietetic Association to also give students advice about the program since they were prime examples of HNF, currently. And honestly, it felt rewarding to explain Human Nutrition and Foods to students because, I think the program was never properly explained to me when I first entered the program as an undergraduate student. Overall, it was a really good experience and the coordinator said they will hopefully have another Major Match Day for the Fall semester.

From left to right: Brooke Irwin, Brooke Cenkus, and Mary Salvatore (All undergraduate students in HNF). And then me all the way on the right :)

From left to right: Brooke Irwin, Brooke Cenkus, and Mary Salvatore (All undergraduate students in HNF). And then me all the way on the right 🙂

A social media card I made for students to take from our table.

A social media card I made for students to take from our table.

The UASC gave us templates to keep track of students who inquired information about our program

The UASC gave us templates to keep track of students who inquired information about our program

An afternoon snack provided to all the departments for attending the event! Yumm!

An afternoon snack provided to all the departments for attending the event! Yumm!

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Our Healthy Roadtrip

Our Healthy Roadtrip

This past week, I had yet another Extended Community Action Team meeting. Within this meeting, I have 3 undergraduates on my Action Team. They each represent a different aspect of community nutrition off-campus in the Morgantown, WV surrounding area. One of those interns is responsible for community nutrition education at the Shack Neighborhood House. Since we instilled a rainbow nutrition curriculum last semester, I wanted to try something a little different.

I remembered a show that Rachel Ray hosted, where she would travel the country and try different foods and restaurants based on that region and she was on a budget. So, since the ISPP Dietetic Interns most recently were solely responsible for a successful food culture nutrition and culinary education class… I thought this could be like a food culture program but, only within the US. So, out came the new nutrition education curriculum called “Our Healthy Roadtrip”. Each week, for 6 weeks, students from the Human Nutrition & Foods department at West Virginia University will educate children in grades 3-5 on different food culture based on different regions of the country. Then, they will focus on one specific food and have a snack and interactive activity corresponding with the curriculum.  This new program starts on March 4th and will continue until mid-April. I think the students at the Shack Neighborhood House will really get a better sense of the country and what it has to offer, in regards to nutrition and food culture as a whole.

The location of our new nutrition education curriculum!

The location of our new nutrition education curriculum!

A poster I created that will be on display at the SNH for the remainder of the programming!

A poster I created that will be on display at the SNH for the remainder of the programming!

 

WV Family Grief Center

Earlier last week, I was approached by 2nd year students from the School of Pharmacy. They were working on a semester-long service learning project where they needed to collaborate with another WVU student organization. So, they were providing the West Virginia Family Grief Center with a nutritious dinner and asked if the WVU Student Dietetic Association could provide some assistance. The School of Pharmacy students requested we provide the families on Thursday January 31st with information on easy, inexpensive, healthy meal ideas. So, I created handouts on Easy Healthy Breakfast Ideas and Easy Meal Planning. I asked 2 undergraduates to accompany me to the event, to give the undergraduates practice at public speaking. We arrived to the location, on Scott Avenue in Morgantown, at approximately 5:30pm and left the event around 7:45pm. The participants were really receptive of the materials we provided and the coordinator of the center even took extra handouts to leave out for other members of the Church of Christ, where the center meets.

WV Family Grief Ctr

 

Connecting Undergrads with Grad Students

Undergraduates are Important too

Last Monday, midway through my mini kitchen audit, I attended the WVU Student Dietetic Association meeting.  This on-campus organization consists mainly of WVU undergraduate students in the “Human Nutrition & Foods” or “Bachelor’s in Agriculture with an Emphasis in Nutrition” degrees. I attend these meetings to offer service learning opportunities to the undergraduate students and to keep a “connection” between undergraduates and graduate students. The SDA members usually ask me questions and advice on events, policies, and projects that they are currently working on.

Last week’s meeting entailed:

  • National Nutrition Month ideas and projects
  • Relay For Life
  • Snack boxes to be made by SDA for troops in Afghanistan
  • Valentine’s Day gift bags for the Rosenbaum House
  • School of Pharmacy Dinner at the WV Family Grief Center
  • Happy School programming at the Shack Neighborhood House