UCA is Wellness!

April 2nd, the UCA Dietetic Interns and Student Dietetic Association members hosted booths at the UCA Wellness Fair. The interns covered the importance of a balanced diet using the MyPlate model as well as discussing sodium and fat content of various foods. The SDA students held a sampling of herb flavored lemonades.

Science of Cheese

The Dietetic Interns hosted an event to educate undergraduate students preparing for a study abroad trip to Italy! During the event, students were able to make their own mozzarella cheese and learn the science of how wine, olive oil, and cheese are made. Buon Viaggio!

K-12 Lamar Wellness Fair

The Dietetic Interns had a busy day teaching the students of Lamar about the various components of a healthy meal at the Lamar Health Fair. Each booth at the fair provided fun facts about nutrition along with interactive learning activities. In addition, nearly 15 pounds of fresh veggies were served throughout the fair. Special thanks to K-12 Culinary Connection for including the interns in this unique experience.

Dietetic Interns Host Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Lessons for Undergraduate Students

February 15th, 2019, the UCA Dietetic Interns taught Senior Seminar students how to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Exams. Students learned how to take blood pressure, check for muscle wasting, and much more.

AAFCS is Turning 100 Years Old!

February 13th, 2019 marks UCA’s American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 100th birthday. AAFCS is a student organization that provides for and promotes the professional development of family & consumer sciences students. AAFCS was originally known as the Home Economics Club. The picture below includes some of UCA’s earliest members of the Home Economics club from 1919.

Join AAFCS members in McAlister Hall at 2 pm for cake in celebration of this event. We hope to see you there!


SDA Announces Selena Garcia as SDA Member of the Month!


Selena Garcia is a Senior Nutrition major about to complete her final year at UCA. She has been a SDA member for more than a year and comments that she “loves being apart of the SDA team.” She previously held the title of Secretary and is now acting as the Public Relations Officer. Outside of school, Selena works at Conway Regional Medical Center as a Clinical Diet Assistant. After graduation, she plans to get her Master of Science in Nutrition and pursue the UCA Dietetic Internship.

Hobbies: Hiking, doing peoples makeup, working out, and drinking coffee.

Congratulations Selena!


First SDA Meeting was a Success!

The first SDA meeting of the new semester was held Tuesday, February 5th. Members gathered to make Valentine’s Day cards for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as decorate birthday cakes for the Arkansas Dream Center. Thanks for the hard work SDA! If you are interested in joining SDA, future meetings will be held March 5th and April 2nd. Show up to any meeting or contact SDA President Kaylee O’Hare.

Dietetic Interns Host UCA’s First BeWell Cooking Demo!

Yesterday, January 31st, marked UCA’s first BeWell Cooking Demo. Members of the 2018-2019 Dietetic Intern class demonstrated ways to incorporate whole grains into a healthy diet. They prepared vegetable fried rice and offered samples of various whole grain snacks. Future demo topics will include, avocado night, taco night, salad night, and using herbs and spices. Great work ladies!

Mark your Calendars!

We  have a lot of big things going on in the FACS department this Semester. Join a student organization to stay in the loop! Mark your calendars for SDA and AAFCS meetings!

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

The purpose of AAFCS is to provide for and to promote the professional development of family & consumer sciences students. All FACS, Nutrition, and Interior Design students are welcome! AAFCS provides students with volunteer, networking, and leadership oppurtunities.

  • Meetings will be held at X-Period (1:40-2:30) in MAC 210
    • January 22nd
    • February 25th
    • March 26th
  • Dues are $10 per year

Student Dietetic Association (SDA)

The purpose of SDA is to provide a support system for Nutrition and Dietetic students, community service opportunities, and nutrition information to the public. Students may join at any time during the semester. Just show up at one of the scheduled meetings or contact one of the SDA officers or the faculty advisor.

  • Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at X Period (1:40-2:30) in MAC 210
  • Dues are $10 per year

Welcome Back to FACS!

The FACS department welcomes students into the Spring 2019 semester! As we enter 2019 we would like to reflect on some of the big moments of 2018:

Nutrition Department

  • The 2018-2019 Dietetic Intern class attended their first Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo! The conference was held in Washington DC and allowed interns to participate in innovative education sessions and explore 1,000s of products being used in the dietetics field.


  • More than 500 Americans participated in FCS Day by choosing to “Dine-in” on December 3rd, which is founder Ellen Richard’s birthday.
  • On December 27th, FACS students partnered with CASA to stuff stockings for children in foster care.

Interior Design

  • UCA Interior Design students explored the Carrara Marble Mines in Carrara, Italy. These mines are where Michelangelo, along with many other artists, found marble for their masterpieces.