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Nutrition & Dietetics Department News, Summer 2024

Save the date for FNCE Conference Alumni Reception

We are excited to have the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), running October 5-8th, so close to home this year. We plan to host a UND N&D alumni reception in Minneapolis as an opportunity to reconnect. 

Save the date!  

  • Date: Sunday, October 6, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
  • Venue: Jolliet House at The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection, 710 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402 
  • We hope that you will save the date to join us! RSVP details will be sent out via email in the coming weeks.  

Join us to reconnect with old friends, meet current faculty, staff, and students, and enjoy light refreshments.

Sponsor a Student

The department is planning to send our current students to the FNCE conference. Will you sponsor a student? Your gift will help cover the cost of conference fees, travel, and hotel.

Give online at (please list “support students at FNCE” in the additional comments box) or mail a check using the information below.

Pay to: UND Foundation
Mail to: UND Alumni Association & Foundation
3501 University Ave, Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202
Memo: Support students at FNCE

If you have questions, please contact Hailey Huspek, Director of Development, at or 701.777.5608.

Alumni Discount on Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching

Unlock a special tuition discount and elevate your career by completing our Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching!

We are excited to offer a 20% tuition discount for any UND alumni on our 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching! We are accepting students for Fall 2024 who are eligible for this special alumni opportunity. >>READ MORE or contact the program director, Anne Bodensteiner, at or 701-777-3752.

Licensed Dietitian and UND student Health & Wellness Coach Michon Kysilka visits with UND Today writer Janelle Vonasek in a recent UND Today story.

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From Acrobat to Advocate: UND grad Innovates Nutrition Education Through Social Media

For UND alum Tasha Cahill, changing children’s nutrition education means crafting captivating social media content. With a background in professional writing, early childhood education, and even aerial acrobatics, and now as a new UND Master of Nutrition Science graduate, she brings a unique perspective to the field of nutrition.

Dr. Nathaniel Johnson’s article read over 38,000 times

On April 23, The Conversation published an article that was co-written by Nathaniel Johnson, assistant professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at UND. Johnson co-authored the piece with Hasan Khatib, associate chair, professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Thomas D. Crenshaw, professor of animal and dairy sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The article can be read on The Conversation’s website. As of May 1, the article has been read 38,000 times.

Earth Day Fair: Green Eating for a Green Planet’ shows importance of food sustainability, fostering a healthier planet

Nutrition & Dietetics students, along with clinical instructor Erin Lauckner, and colleagues at the College of Education & Human Development and GRO.UND hosted a community event in April that was a celebration of sustainability and delicious, eco-friendly eating topics. >> READ MORE


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Celebrating the Heart of Student Success: Honoring Our 2023-2024 Nutrition & Dietetics Preceptors


The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers the Wenberg Preceptor Award that supports professional development for preceptors, and recognizes their vital teaching role with students. This year’s recipients are Katie Johnke and Sierra Null. 

Who was Burness Wenberg? From the little community of Beach, North Dakota, came one of the nation’s foremost dietetic educators. Her influence as a dedicated and outstanding teacher has guided many individuals to fulfilling careers in dietetics. >> READ MORE.

N&D Quick Hits

  • Recent UND alum, Sydney Johnson, who just landed a dream job as a renal dietitian, shares about her journey and experience at UND in the CNPD blog.
  • The Nutrition & Dietetics department’s students and faculty were highlighted in a UND Today story about the college’s annual research showcase. More than 80 students presented at the event, representing multiple disciplines across the college. Congratulations to Dr. Anne Bodensteiner, who was recognized as one of the Faculty Research and Scholarship Contribution Award recipients. Online student submission recordings are available in the event catalog.
  • The Gardening for Healthy Living Grant, spearheaded by Erin Lauckner and Desiree Tande, aims to offer nutrition education through produce gardening, enhancing fruit and vegetable intake among the community. With the ultimate goal of improving food security and reducing chronic disease risks, this initiative has seen remarkable progress since its inception. Several innovative activities have been implemented to bring this project to life: Vegetables in campus flower containers, Scavenger hunt assignments focused on benefits of local produce, GRO.UND Learning Garden Tour, Fall Farmers Market booth, and various Nutrition Education Booths during Earth Day and the NDNC Conference.
  • The UND Department of Nutrition & Dietetics announced the awarding of $46,150 in scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year to Nutrition & Dietetics students. The recipients were recognized at the Spring SAND banquet. The department wishes to extend a thank you to the generous donors for their unwavering support. For more information about our scholarship opportunities and donors, please visit our Scholarship Info page.
  • Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Outstanding Student Awards recipients recognized at the Spring banquet: Outstanding Student Leader: Rachel Qualley, Outstanding Student Leader: Claudia PromSchmidt, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award – Human Nutrition: Skylar Thingvold, and Outstanding Graduating Senior Award – Dietetics: Quinn Hilber.
  • Danielle Villano, Nutrition & Dietetics faculty, successfully defended her PhD dissertation. “Advancing Nutrition and Dietetics Students’ Preparation for Clinical Practice Through Simulation-based Learning Experiences.”
  • Brenna Swanson, Nutrition & Dietetics faculty, successfully defended her PhD dissertation, “An Exploration of Educational Strategies in National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching Programs.”
  • UND Dietetics Alum, Rayman Zimmerman, is featured in a video speaking on the use of simulation in Nutrition & Dietetics education. The video was produced as part of UND’s Simulation in Healthcare week celebration week, a collaborative event between the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) and College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD).
  • UND alum Jami Rokala was highlighted in a video as part of RDN Day recognition for the college.
  • Congratulations to department faculty Brenna Swanson, Danielle Villano, and Erin Lauckner on their promotion to the role of Clinical Assistant Professor.
  • N&D students and faculty and the Nutrition lab were included in UND’s latest commercial!
  • We appreciate community partners like Dakota TV & Appliance for their long-standing support of supplying equipment for our N&D lab.

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