Dietetic Interns Field Trip

The Dietetic Interns were hosted by Wal-Mart Culinary Innovation Center – we toured the facility, learned all about product development of private labels, Wal-Mart’s effort to foster sustainability and local purchasing power. We also were able to visit WM Store 100 and take part in a real sensory evaluation! Thank you Mr. Jeff Eason for your hospitality!

Next, we saw Tyson Foods World Headquarters where we learned about Tyson brands, product development, and sensory evaluation. The Nutrition Team spent the whole afternoon with us and even let us do sensory evaluation on K-12 products. Thank you Dr. Moore and Ms. Shank for opening your office to us!

We were overwhelmed with the welcome from these worldwide companies! The innovation and commitment to Arkansas is fantastic!

50’s Night at the Senior Center

The Nutrition students in Nutrition Services Administration hosted another successful theme meal at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center! The theme was 50’s Fun and included a live Marilyn Monroe to take photos with, records and albums from the era, a menu with hamburgers, roasted potatoes and more!

We  would like to say THANK YOU very much to the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, for helping us produce such a wonderful meal and serve seniors in our community.

Faulkner County Urban Farm Workday

Students from Rachel Schichtl’s NUTR 3350 Community Nutrition class recently spent a workday at Faulkner County Urban Farm to help plant fruit trees. A total of 8 fruit trees and a blueberry bush were planted with funds from a Service Learning Grant the class received. The Faulkner County Urban Farm ( located behind the Faulkner County Library) provides nutrition and garden education to school aged children up to adults. Here in a few years children and adults alike should be able to enjoy figs, apples, pears, peaches, blueberries and more ! Great job students!

Do you know someone who is a distinguished alumni from UCA Family and Consumer Sciences? 

​Time is almost up! Don’t forget to nominate a deserving individual for one of the alumni awards.

Please nominate them today using the online nomination form.

Please complete your nomination by March 9, 2018


Registration will open soon so make sure you’ve marked your calendar to attend the 31st Annual FACS Alumni and Student Recognition Luncheon.

31st Annual FACS Alumni and Student Recognition Luncheon

Please save the date for the 31st Annual FACS Alumni and Student Recognition Luncheon.  The luncheon will be held on the  UCA campus on Friday, April 27, 2018.

NEW THIS YEAR! The FACS Department is focusing on giving back.  We would like to invite you to help at our luncheon by bringing items for the

UCA Food Pantry. For more information about the food pantry, please visit: https://uca.edu/foodbank/

LEGO Day in First Year Studio!!

Students were given 30 minutes to build a prairie house with directions, then 30 minutes to build a model showing at least elements & principles of design (With written summaries of course). They did a great job!

Fundraiser for Levon Helm Memorial Project

The Levon Helm Memorial Project was set up with the goal of saving the boyhood home of Levon Helm in Marvell, Arkansas. He was born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, attended high school in Marvell and became a multiple Grammy award winner, acted in The Right Stuff, Coal Minors Daughter (among others) and an inductee to The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of The Band.

The students raised $1808.00 for the project with a house party featuring The Wildflower Review (one of which opened for some of Levon’s concerts.) Levon’s daughter, Amy Helm, reached out to us and helped get us in contact with several key people that knew her dad. My Historic Preservation class and Advanced class all had parts in the project. Historic Preservation did all of the research for the Determination of Eligibility for the Department of Arkansas Heritage and The National Trust for Hustoric Preservation. After going down to Marvell to see the site, the house and an additional property, Advanced class designed a Visitors Center/Museum, Restaurant and concert stage for the property.

Anna Lee Amsten, made famous by Levon writing about her in 2 songs, The Weight and Anna Lee, attended the fundraiser and was so moved by the students efforts. (She cried twice at the fundraiser.) Artist Kevin Kresse (who sculpted the bronze bust of Levon for the project) also came and donated his study sketches for the students to auction. On December 2nd, students and Dr. Bryan drove down to Marvell to present the project to Barbie Washburn who heads up the Levon Helm Memorial Project.

Fun Fiesta at the Faulkner County Senior Center

Students in Nutrition Services Administration fed about 200 seniors this November. The class planned and executed a theme meal with a fiesta flair. Decorations included balloons, pinatas, streamers, and more. The menu was confetti slaw, seasoned green beans, fiesta rice, taco salad casserole, and pound cake with fruit compote. We  would like to say THANK YOU very much to the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, for helping us produce such a wonderful meal and serve seniors in our community.

Nutrition Faculty Named as Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President-Elect

Dr. Alicia Landry has been voted in as the next President-Elect for the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She will serve a four year term on the Board of Directors. Congratulations Dr. Landry!


Health Fair at Magazine

Dietetic Interns helped conduct a health fair at Magazine Schools. They had six booths on things like fruits and veggies, dairy, MyPlate, and more!