Community Engagement Stories
Nutrition graduate Kelsey Griffith recently nominated to serve as a Health Extension in the Peace Corps (2011)
She is excited that soon she may be reporting to either the Caribbean or South/Central America and working with HIV/AIDS prevention education and/or maternal health.
Kelsey credits two Nutrition faculty members with her life-changing decision to apply to the Peace Corp, Professor Burgin Ross and Dr. Michael McIntosh. Burgin Ross served in Liberia, West Africa from 1974 – 1976 and Michael McIntosh served in Cameroun, West Africa from 1974 – 1978.
She wrote to them recently “You both have served such an important role in both my decision to apply and in coaching me through the process and giving me a real life depiction of what it is like ... you both have really been awesome mentors and role models throughout my college career”
Oak Ridge Elementary was recognized by the White House in Spring 2011 for meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge, an initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
With that honor came the requirement that the school continue its nutrition focus until 2014. The Curriculum Coordinator at the school looked to the Department of Nutrition for support in meeting this goal by asking them to develop and teach nutrition lessons to each of the 700 students in 30 classes throughout the 2011 – 2012 school year.
The Department of Nutrition quickly realized that in order to meet this challenge an enormous amount of volunteer support would be required. Thus began an amazing collaboration among their departmental student body: Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA), Post-BS Certificate Dietetic Interns and Undergraduate students. Babbi Hawkins, the Director of the Dietetic Internship, was the faculty advisor on this project.The Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA) was awarded the 2012 Overall Excellence in Community Service Award by UNCG Campus Activities & Programs, in part, to recognize their collaboration with Oak Ridge Elementary School.