FCS Day is this Saturday–will you be “Dining In”?

The 3rd Annual Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families, is almost here!

If you’ve not heard of FCS Day, it is an opportunity to promote family and consumer sciences programs, tools, and professionals that support family mealtime.  We ask families to make and eat a healthy meal together on December 3rd. December 3rd was chosen to recognize AAFCS Founder Ellen Swallow Richards, first woman graduate of MIT, whose birthday was December 3rd.

To date, we have received more than 40,000 commitments to “Dining In”! But to grow our initiative and surpass last year’s 127,000+ commitments, we need you.

With FCS Day taking place this Saturday, Commit to “Dining In” on Dec. 3 at http://bit.ly/FCSday!

Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County Internship

The Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County is seeking six interns for the spring semester (Unpaid)
They need interns in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Boys and Girls Club will accept:
  • All majors*
  • International students
  • No minimum GPA

*Background check required

If interested, send your resume to Phillip Moore at Phillip@bgcfaulkner.org

On the Front Lines…..

Senior Brooke Long is spearheading efforts at Mayflower Elementary to connect kids to their food. This year Brooke gathered donations, researched curriculum, talked with teachers, met with faculty and principals, and created the framework for a school garden program. She has also planned a plate waste study in the schools to see if gardening will help decrease the amounts of wasted fruits and vegetables at lunch. Way to lead by example Brooke!


Recruiting High School Students for FACS

UCA’s Upward Bound Project provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. We work with students from Bigelow, Mayflower, Morrilton, Nemo Vista and Perryville high schools.


Say Yes to FCS Celebration

Mary Smith, FACS teacher at Manila High School came to talk to UCA students about a career as a FACS educator. Mrs. Smith has been a FACS educator for about 33 years and still enjoys going to work each day. She shared a day in her life, organization tips, and career advice for current FACS Education students as well as potential students who are interested in a career in FACS. She serves on numerous committees both in her district and state-wide so she brought a wealth of knowledge to the event. Currently there is a critical shortage in Arkansas for FACS Educators so UCA is trying to help prepare students to have a wonderful fulfilling career by celebrating the national campaign of “Say Yes to FCS” put on by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Dietetic Internship Open House

DI Open House 2016

Going Crazy for Garnishing

Mrs. Faulkner’s Meal Management class did some great work garnishing and here’s the proof:


Swallowing Isn’t As Easy As You Think

The speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and dietetics programs came together for a combined lecture and lab led by Dr. Towino Paramby, Dr. Veronica Rowe, and Dr. Nina Roofe. The lecture emphasized the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the healthcare setting. Topics covered included dysphagia, assistive devices used for eating, specific modified diets, scope of practice, and interprofessional collaboration.

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We DO!!!!

The University of Central Arkansas Dietetic Internship was awarded the Dietetic Internship School Spirit Award at the 2016 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston on October 17 by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) President Lucille Beseler. Criteria include commitment to dietetics education, continuing professional development, and lifelong learning.
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Pictured left to right back row: Rachel Bilderback, Melissa Minnich, Dr. Nina Roofe, Ethan Baldridge, Taryn Hehl (renal preceptor), Donna Martin (AND President-Elect), Lucille Beseler (AND President), Helena Van, Laura Roback, Alexis Derks, Sarah Lawrence
Pictured left to right front row: Lauren Erickson, Anni Fuenmayor, Andre Guedez, Audrey Chandler, Taylor Sherrill

UCA’s Student Dietetic Association Goes on the Road

Students in UCA’s Student Dietetic Association delivered nutrition education to young students and their families in the Central Arkansas Area.

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