Attention UCA FACS Alumni

We are THRILLED to announce the 29th Annual FACS Alumni/Student Recognition Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus! Please come help us celebrate the amazing things that are going on in FACS @ UCA.


2016 Luncheon Invitation


Extra! Extra! Read All About It

Dietetic Interns Kayleigh Hunter and Haley Barnes were recently featured in The Leader for helping conduct health assessments at the Cabot Veterans Park Community Center. They had a lot to say about nutrition and represented UCA well!


The Power of Culture

Today UCA's Dietetic Interns spent the day learning about culture. Cultural competence, cultural awareness, tolerance, hidden bias, diversity - all terms essential for a health practitioner's vocabulary. Students explored their own personal biases and learned about implicit privilege. Then, they ate a lunch with dishes from around the world. During lunch students wore glasses to mimic what vision is like as we age.  What a day!

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."
--Kofi Annan


Need $$ For School?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 is the deadline for the FACS Scholarships for the academic year of 2016-2017. Apply now! 

Have You Seen the New Dietary Guidelines?


The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet.

From The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "The Academy supports the key recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, which recommend that everyone 'consume a healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level.' The overall pattern of food eaten is the most important focus of healthy eating and has been related to a decrease in prevalence of chronic disease." See the statement from the Academy here.


New Year, New Chances to Volunteer!

Welcome back to campus! Are you looking for new ways to get involved on campus and in the community this semester? Email for help getting started! You could be a…

Tutor for Youth and Adults

  • Faulkner County Juvenile Court – all subjects (T or TH 4-5 pm)
  • Conway Cradle Care—especially anatomy, physics, and algebra III (W6-7 pm)
  • Boys and Girls Club—reading and math (variable)
  • Literacy Action of Central Arkansas—literacy and ESL (variable)

Leader for Young Women

  • Girl Scouts Mayflower (MWF 8:35-9:05 am)

Food Provider

  • Conway Locally Grown (F 2-4 or 4-6 pm)
  • Bear Essentials Food Pantry (on campus) (W 11-1)
  • First United Methodist Church Food Pantry (variable)

Friend to Someone Special

  • Community Connections (variable)
  • Faulkner County Day School – Workforce (variable)
  • Conway Human Development Center (variable)
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation (variable)

Do you want to be a part of ONE BIG DAY of students giving back to the local community? Save the date for The Big Event on March 12, 2016! Volunteer sign-up will be available soon on OrgSync!

More volunteer events are listed on the OrgSync calendar, and a full list of ongoing volunteer opportunities is available at

Are you volunteering? Make sure to log your involvement on OrgSync for the Bears Serve Challenge! If you serve 30 hours this academic year, you’ll be invited to the Bears Serve Celebration on April 18th and be eligible for recognition and prizes. Instructions for logging hours are available here:

And finally, if you are passionate about volunteering, consider joining a registered student organization (RSO) dedicated to service! Student United Way, Rotaract, and Circle K are all active at UCA and ready to help you find a community of peers who share your commitment and passion. Search for these RSOs on OrgSync for more information.

Email to get started with these and many more volunteer opportunities!

January Nutrition Nugget

January Nutrition Nugget

Did You Know?

Our very own FACS teacher, Rachel Schichtl is on the Board of the UCA Bear Essential Food Pantry.... Want to know more?? Read this:  Food Pantry Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 2.1!


Interior Design Goes Nutritious

This semester Mrs. Garcia's class teamed up with the Dietetic Interns and Dr. Roofe to work on kitchen/menu layout and design. Some of the pictures are below. What an awesome collaboration!! "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." --Andrew Carnegie

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Hats off to Personal Finance and Dr. MAC


These are pictures of Personal and Family Finance students working on their PFF Music Project. Students created a personal finance message they wanted to express; selected background music of a song they knew; created new lyrics to support their message; added visuals; and posed for their album cover before they played their presentation for the class. Class members voted on their favorites. The top 2 musical groups received bonus points. Videos can be seen here:




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