UCA FACS Alums selected for Clinton School of Public Service

 Two of the 43 graduate students selected for the new graduate class for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock are UCA Family & Consumer Sciences graduates!   The FCS graduates listed are:  Johnisha Graham of Lake Village and Cody Styers of North Little Rock.
Since the Clinton School only accepted 43  students for the next class–this is a major achievement for the UCA FCS alums!!


The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, it gives students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service.

Unique Internship Provides New Perspective

Stephannie Baldwin, General FACS Major, completed an internship during Summer 2018. Her internship site was at Dogwood Hills Guest Farm in Harriet, AR. Stephannie’s objectives were to better understand how to serve a community that has limited nutrition education. She wanted to expand her knowledge on nutrition through learning how to grow, plant, and sustain organic produce. She aspires to teach communities how to cook healthy meals and bring her FACS background to areas where there isn’t a lot of opportunity.

During her internship, Stephannie had the opportunity to network within the community by group education, meeting with farmers, and teaching children from rural areas on nutrition education and cooking. She also experienced hands on farming and caring for the animals that live at Dogwood Hills. It was a very intense educational experience that she never could have received in the classroom, however, partnered with the skills she learned in the classroom it brought the internship full circle during her last semester.

“I am excited to see what the future holds for me in my pursuit of a meaningful career. It is important to me that my career is one that gives back to the community. I found through my internship that I have a desire to work with young adults. It was rewarding to see them excited about good nutrition and overall health. This small community taught me the importance of having a community extension service and how that might be the path I pursue”


Healthy Active Arkansas Ambassador Training

Healthy Active Arkansas (HAA) is hosting an Ambassador Training Saturday, September 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The training is targeting youth and young adults that have an interest in various aspects of health.  The training will focus on the Governor-endorsed HAA plan to increase the number of children, adolescents, and adults who are at a healthy weight and ways to promote HAA in the community.  Click here for more information.

This training is for (but not limited to):

  • high school juniors and seniors
  • college and graduate students
  • pageant contestants
  • Student Government Association (SGA) officers
  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) members
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members
  • Junior Auxiliary

Students Inspire Gifts for Habitat for Humanity

Our own student, Joshua Eddinger-Lucero (FACS student) made the national Wellness Wednesday announcement!
Year Three of the FCSfit Signature Initiative is themed “Emotional Health & Relationship Well-being” and kicked off in Atlanta last month at the 109th Annual Conference & Expo.
Having a secure place to call home can play a huge factor in one’s sense of well-being, and the national Student Unit’s annual On-Site Service Project benefited Habitat for Humanity, an organization well-known around the world for helping families build safe and affordable homes, for just that reason.

Led by 2017-2018 Student Unit Co-leaders Jill Vanderhoof of Iowa State University and Joshua Eddinger-Lucero of University of Central Arkansas (pictured l-r below),

the Service Project, entitled “Collage for a Cause,” proved to be a huge success, garnering donations in excess of $1,500 from Atlanta conference attendees and surpassing the original $500 goal (the amount of money it takes to paint a Habitat house). 

Kimberly Spear, sponsorship manager at Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta, accepted the monetary gifts and paint chip collage that donors created at the Annual Conference Capstone luncheon on June 27th. She brought thanks from Habitat, and shared that the collage now has a new home on the “Habi-Wall” at the Atlanta office.

FACS Faculty Take on AAFCS Annual Meeting

Mrs. Rebekah Luong, Mrs. Monica Leiblong, and Dr. Nina Roofe presented their most recent research on student’s perspectives of financial well-being. Mrs. Rachel Schichtl presented a poster. Joshua Edinger-Lucero, SGA President and FACS major, presented and closed out his year serving as the national student rep for AAFCS. Way to represent UCA FACS nationally! Go Bears!

4-H Students Visit FACS

Dietetic Interns Busy at Work

This summer has been adventurous for UCA’s Dietetic Interns. From working in the garden at Arkansas Heart Hospital to presenting about food safety in Greer’s Ferry, visiting Sysco Foodservice, and much more….they have been BUSY!

School Nutrition Annual Conference

The Annual Nutrition Conference of the School Nutrition Association was held this July in Las Vegas. Dr. Alicia Landry represented UCA by presenting 4 posters, leading a poster session, and leading a presentation. Dr. Landry was joined by Audrey Chandler MS, RD (Intern Class of 2017) who presented her thesis research and received the Kathleen Stitt Award for research. Sharon Burgess MS, RD also joined Dr. Landry for a presentation on employee training. The training was packed and attendees provided great feedback.  This research represents collaborations with Conway Public Schools, Arkansas Department of Education, No Kid Hungry, and many other research participants.

Also, Dr. Cleta Long from Dade County Schools in Georgia came by and we snapped a photo of three generations of UCA Family and Consumer Science Alums who work in School Nutrition!

Go Bears!


UCA Dietetic Interns and Conway Regional Medical Center Garden

Several of the UCA Dietetic Interns got a great opportunity to work with the garden at Conway Regional Medical Center this summer. The CRMC “Team Talk” featured the garden in its June edition. The full Team Talk can be found here.

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!