Congratulations to our Graduates

Dietetics Department Faculty Updates

Spotlight on Alumni and Preceptors

Challenge, Growth, and Change

Donor's Corner

Inspirations and Intentions for Our Newsletter

Excerpt from Real Change

Congratulations to our Graduates

The EMU Dietetics Program congratulates all our 2020 graduates, who were challenged with COVID-19 restrictions in March, two months prior to completing their winter term and supervised practice experiences. Both our distance-online and on campus students took on this challenge with grace and hard work, as did their experience instructors. Living in and dealing with the obstacles presented by COVID-19 have allowed our students to develop many skills integral to the Dietetics profession. Growth in flexibility, positivity, communication, and problem solving skills are just some of the ways these new professionals have developed over the past few months, as well as becoming quite competent in tackling challenges and quickly acquiring new knowledge. We wish our distance-online and on-campus graduates of April (BS) and August (MS) all the best and can't wait to hear about future ventures! We are so proud of you all and wish you well!

See below, the on campus/some distance-on campus Dietetics students' creative and heartfelt thank you card to the faculty of EMU Dietetics. The annual Dietetics Program recognition ceremony for graduates was not able to take place this year. Wishing all our graduates love and a meaningful, successful future. Please stay in touch!

Dietetics Department Faculty Updates

Dr. Heather Wiese was awarded a one-semester sabbatical; and is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship. Congratulations Dr. Wiese!

See below, a link to a paper recently published in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management by Allison Bouzek and Dr. Alice Jo Rainville. Allison is a 2019 M.S. in Dietetics graduate of the Coordinated Program: http://schoolnutrition.org/NewsPublications/JCNM/2020/Spring/ Congratulations, Dr. Rainville and Allison!

Recent Eagle Nutrition Services Social Media Posts

Social media posts were provided by our EMU Dietetics students and Darlene Bellers, MS, RDN, CSOWM, Eagle Nutrition Services (ENS) Manager, Lecturer I, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management.

Spotlight on Alumni and Preceptors

Nutrition Coach Stacy Jonio, MS, RDN

Education and certifications: B.S. Clinical Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University, M.S. in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University (Class of 2017), Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Elite Fitness Group, LLC is part of the Fit Body Boot Camp franchise and allows Stacy to combine interests of exercise and nutrition. She has the opportunity to work one-on-one with West Michigan clients, helping them to reach their health and fitness goals, as well as working with the nutrition team to create nutrition content and resources for clients all across the country. It's a great place to work to make a positive impact on peoples' lives by providing nutrition education and fitness/health coaching.

Stacy is planning to be an EMU Dietetics CP preceptor. She contacted Diane Reynolds, Clinical Coordinator (dreynol2@emich.edu) with interest in being a preceptor and recently completed the affiliation agreement between EMU and the Elite Fitness Group, LLC.

When interviewed by Diane Reynolds, Stacy provided some personal thoughts and stated she most admires her mom: "She is the most selfless person I know and puts others before herself. She is strong in her faith and I hope to be half the person she is." In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Seger, and family. She also enjoys figure skating, working out, and traveling. Stacy was born in Grand Rapids, MI. Her favorite foods are sweet potatoes and dark chocolate, and least favorite food is cabbage, while her favorite restaurant is Core Life Eatery.

Email: Stacy.Jonio@elitefitnessgroup.com

Erin Skinner, MS, RDN, CPT, IFNCP

Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner

Erin is a graduate of our CP class of 2015. She is excited to share her acceptance into the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program at Rutgers and will start this year. She thanks the EMU CP for their support and looks forward to this next step in her educational journey. Erin will also be serving as a private practice rotation preceptor this Fall, for one of our CP distance students.

Cassie Whiddon, MS, RDN Eurest at DTE Wellness Manager

Cassie, EMU Dietetics alumna and current preceptor, assists Eurest at DTE Chef, providing a cooking demo to DTE employees with additional assistance from James Demerest, EMU Dietetics CP student (and 2020 graduate).

Challenge, Growth, and Change

Seemingly, life as we knew it, changed rapidly the last few months. The challenge of COVID-19 restrictions has temporarily shifted how our university, our CP, and our profession of dietetics worked and flowed. Navigation of our lives, including interaction with clients, coworkers and friends became more isolated, virtual, and requiring of thoughts of safety and health. Notwithstanding these challenges, our EMU Dietetics Program remains strong. Due to faculty skillsets that have included online instruction for well over a decade, our program has been able to traverse the technology of socially-distanced education with a broader and more creative skillset. We continue to work toward solutions to educate our Dietetics students in ways that provide them with the foundational skills and confidence that has been our goal since our Program's inception in 1972.

Please contact Sandy Pernecky at spernecky1@emich.edu asap if are a registered dietitian nutritionist and have need for student assistance fall 2020, working toward authentic projects. This work would be considered part of supervised practice experience hours. For consideration of this offer, provide a description, timeline, and estimated time allotment to complete your project.

George Floyd's murder added an additional challenge to all that has occurred in spring 2020. Unspeakable violence, racist acts, and rage against those in our communities has added yet more strain and fear to our lives.

If education and involvement in areas of diversity and social justice is something about which you are passionate, please click on the links below. To make a difference, consider getting involved in one of the below or many available opportunities for systemic change.

Donor's Corner

At this time of need for social justice, consider providing support to Diversify Dietetics. A donation of any size will support work to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the field of nutrition and dietetics: Donate to Diversify Dietetics.

If you would like to specifically impact EMU Dietetics students with a small donation, please apply a gift to one of these funds: 01287 - Dietetics Expendable Scholarship Fund or 00231 - Food & Nutrition.

Thank you to past, present, and future donors...

Inspirations and Intentions for Our Newsletter

The EMU Dietetics & Alumni Newsletter is intended to be shared with those who are alumni, current students, preceptors, and friends of EMU Dietetics. This e-publication is meant to be a connection to the EMU Dietetics Department and much of what our faculty and students do and value. We may have provided you with the beginning foundation of your nutrition career, an opportunity to work with a student, or a bond through a shared love of food and wellness. For whatever reason you've received this correspondence, we hope you enjoy reading this communication and find it of value.

Leaving you with a short excerpt by Sharon Salzberg that may provide you with inspiration at this turbulent time...

Excerpt from Real Change

by Sharon Salzberg

When I want to summon strength and power in the midst of awfulness and hate, I contemplate water. Our ideas of strength so often surround images of things that are hard — like rock or even a clenched fist. Perhaps that’s why we think love doesn’t include strength, just softness. We are thinking in only one dimension. That’s why I think of water, in all its manifestations. Look at the many ways we experience water: It trickles, spurts, floods, pours, streams, soaks, and shows itself in many more modes. All these convey evanescence, release, flow. They are all about not being stuck.

Water is flexible, taking the shape of whatever vessel it flows into. It’s always interacting, changing, in motion, yet revealing continual patterns of connection. Water can be so expressive, a signal of our most heartfelt feelings. We cry tears of sorrow, tears of outrage, tears of gratitude, and tears of joy. Water can be puzzling, seeming weak or ineffectual, yielding too much, not holding firm. And yet over time water will carve its own pathway, even through rock. And yes, water freezes. But it also melts.

Human beings have always found uplift and inspiration in metaphors, like water, but we also take inspiration from other people, and their strength and resiliency in the face of difficult circumstances—the ways in which they unfreeze themselves and make change.

Excerpt noted from https://mindfulbalance.org/2020/05/

Wishing you health, safety, strength, resiliency, and positive transformation through the summer of 2020 and beyond.


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