Exchange program exposes German dietitian to American dietetic practices

Nathalie Neumann, a dietetic student from Germany, has been on a journey to discover the differences between German and American dietetic practices.

Neumann spent the month of April in Ames taking part in the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Global Nutrition Exchange, a pilot grant organized through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundationand funded by Alice Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim. The goal of the program is to build a global coalition of practitioners and organizations.

Nathalie preparing food

Iowa State University’s Dietetic Internship Program was selected to host Neumann during her time in Ames.

“We were thrilled to be selected as the pilot site for the first Global Nutrition Exchange,” said Erin Bergquist, senior clinician with the Dietetic Internship Program. “Our program has a strong commitment to engage in international nutrition. We’ve partnered with Alice Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim and the Academy Foundation in the past and have always found it to be a valuable partnership.”

During her time in Iowa, Neumann visited a variety of settings where dietitians practice to experience what they do and to see how American dietetic practices differ from those in Germany. She spent time with ISU Dining, ISU Extension and Outreach, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Green Hills Retirement Community, Des Moines Public Schools, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Hy-Vee, and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics during Legislative Day.

Nicole Tramp, lecturer with the Dietetic Internship Program, said she chose the locations based on the three main rotations in which Iowa State’s dietetic interns participate – community nutrition, foodservice management and medical nutrition therapy.

“I was hoping to provide a well-rounded experience so that Nathalie could get a feel for some of the main settings dietitians work in within the United States,” Tramp said.

Some practices Neumann noticed to be different between American and German dietetics are:

  • food insecurity is not widely taught in German dietetic classes, as it is in America;
  • Germany’s grocery stores do not have dietitians on staff to assist customers, as they do in the U.S.; and
  • German schools are not required to follow the strict nutritional content guidelines American schools must adhere to for school meals.

Legislative Day

“It’s so interesting to see things you think are normal are so different in other places,” Neumann said. “We’re all dietitians, but our backgrounds are different, and it’s good to see how dietitians practice in other countries.”

Neumann also presented about how dietetics is practiced in Germany to local dietitians and the campus community.

“It was fascinating to learn about the similarities and differences in our profession,” Bergquist said. “I especially liked Germany’s focus on culinary skills and meal preparation.”

Following her time in Ames, Neumann will spend a week in Portland, Oregon, where she will gain further insight into how dietetics is practiced in the U.S.

Neumann then will return to Germany where she will complete the final semester of her dietetics program. She hopes to one-day use her dietetics degree to research childhood nutrition.

Neumann encourages other dietitians to become familiar with dietetics practices around the world and hopes the Global Nutrition Exchange will continue to be offered in the future.

Bergquist echoes this sentiment. “It would be wonderful to see a dietitian from the U.S. travel to Germany to experience first-hand what the dietetics profession offers in Germany. There is great potential for this opportunity to translate into new experiences for our students, as well.”

College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of spring 2019 in a series of events on May 9- 11.

Dean and Dean's Chair Laura Jolly and department chairs will individually recognize students receiving bachelor’s degrees at the college’s undergraduate convocation at 1 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Hilton Coliseum. A reception honoring graduating students will immediately follow the college convocation. The reception will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Scheman Building, which is located directly west of Hilton Coliseum.

The university-wide commencement ceremony has been split into three separate events. The graduate commencement ceremony is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in Hilton Coliseum. The undergraduate commencement ceremony for students in the Human Sciences, Design, and Engineering Colleges is at 3:00 p.m. Saturday May 11 in Hilton Coliseum.

College Convocation

At the College of Human Sciences’ spring 2019 convocation, six graduating students — Benjamin Dralle in nutritional science and genetics; Richard Gardner in kinesiology and health; Grace Betz in child, adult, and family services; Sarah Clark in elementary education; Alanis Morales-Cuadrado in hospitality management; and Victoria Brown in event management — will receive special honors for their scholarship and leadership.

Benjamin Dralle of Osage will be the Iowa State University marshal at graduation this spring. He is graduating summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in nutritional science and genetics.

Dralle served as president of the ISU Pre‐Medical Club and was a community adviser in university residential living communities for over three years. Dralle was the only student selected to represent the state of Iowa at the 2018 Posters on the Hill undergraduate research event in Washington, D.C. He was also one of seven graduating seniors to receive the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All‐University Senior Award.

“I would rank Ben in the top 1 percent of all undergraduates I have had in these [nutrition] courses over the past 20 years,” said Kevin Schalinske, a professor in food science and human nutrition.

Dralle is fielding offers of admission from medical schools.

Richard Gardner, a kinesiology and health major, is the College of Human Sciences university marshal at graduation this spring.

Richard Gardner of Hanover Park, Illinois, is representing the College of Human Sciences as the university marshal at graduation this spring. He is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. Gardner worked in multiple kinesiology labs as an undergraduate research assistant during his time at Iowa State University, improving his skills as a researcher and team member. He has also given back to the community on the volunteer committee for the ISU Blood Drive and volunteered at the information desk in the intensive care and coronary unit at Mary Greeley Medical Center. After graduation, Gardner will take a gap year to apply to medical schools while he works at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a patient care technician.

Grace Betz of Altoona is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in child, adult, and family services. Betz is completing an internship at Colo-NESCO schools where she observes the daily routine and responsibilities of a school counselor. She worked as a research assistant in the Iowa State University Family Transitions Project, a large-scale longitudinal study of youth and their families. She also interned at Amanda the Panda Grief and Loss Center for Children and Families, where she facilitated support groups for third and fifth graders focused on activities and conversations related to grief. Betz will work towards a master’s degree in professional school counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Sarah Clark, an elementary education major, is receiving the Dean's Recognition Award at graduation this spring.

Sarah Clark of Albia is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, along with teaching endorsements in English/Language Arts and reading. Clark has a wide range of teaching experiences, from student teaching first graders at the Grant Center in Albia earlier this year, to teaching the U.S. equivalent of seventh grade at The Terrace School in Alexandra, New Zealand this spring. She generously volunteered her time to assist in two second grade classrooms at Kate Mitchell Elementary School in Ames while making the dean’s list four times. Clark will teach fifth grade at Eddyville Elementary this fall.

Alanis Morales-Cuadrado from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, is one of three students receiving the Dean’s Recognition Award. She is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Morales-Cuadrado served as the president of the ISU chapter of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality and more recently as the Midwest regional chair of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality. She has worked as a student assistant manager at ISU Dining and as a food and beverage corporate intern at Hyatt Hotels. Morales-Cuadrado has accepted a position as an operations corporate management trainee at Hyatt Hotels in Phoenix, Arizona.

Victoria Brown of Cedar Rapids is the spring 2019 Graduating Student of the Year. She is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in event management. Victoria has led more than 150 women as the president of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority since 2017. She also was a peer mentor for first-year students in the Directions Learning Community where she shared her knowledge and made genuine connections with first-year students in event management and hospitality management. Victoria was a research assistant at Iowa State’s CyBIZ Lab and an event assistant at the upscale wedding and event firm One Last Frog in Los Angeles, California. She has accepted a full-time position as an event coordinator at Pinstripes North Bethesda, a restaurant and entertainment venue in the Washington, D.C., area.

Reason named College of Human Sciences associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs

Robert Reason, a professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University, has been named associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Human Sciences. The 3-year appointment is effective immediately.

Mission Inclusion promotes curriculum that examines inclusion, equity, representation

To equip students with skills to change our dynamic world, faculty and staff must infuse their programs and curriculum to examine inclusivity, equity, and representation. In the first yearlong “Mission Inclusion” seminar in 2017-18, scholars addressed diversity and social responsibility in their teaching, research, and outreach. They learned more about cultural humility, self-reflection — and building a civil, inclusive, and safe learning environment. Here’s a succinct medley of their approaches and observations.

Adjusting to minimize implicit biasGinny

We all have unconscious and implicit biases — sometimes shown in our subtle behaviors, body language, and facial expressions. Ginny Wangerin encourages students to consider the impact of bias on their interactions, and to intentionally make adjustments to minimize its impact. This is especially important in the field of nursing, which is dominated by white females.

“Being more culturally competent is more than understanding dietary variations,” she said. “It’s also about understanding how our communication can either enhance or block the patients’ reception to what we have to say.” — Ginny Wangerin, certified nurse educator who launched Iowa State’s bachelor of science in nursing degree

Leaving bias at the door

Tera JordanTera Jordan has grown in her understanding of things that might affect people of different ability levels. She’s revamping her HDFS 270 Family Communications and Relationships class to reflect her learning — providing two or three examples of a concept, rather than just one.

“I really am thinking much more critically about how to deliver the curriculum in a more inclusive way,” she said. “People come to the table with a set of experiences that we may know nothing about. This has really sensitized me to stop; get to know people on an individual level; allow them to define who they are; and leave our judgments, our biases, our prejudices, and stereotypes at the door.” — Tera Jordan, associate professor in human development and family studies

Fostering sensitivity to needs of othersChristina Campbell

Diversity and inclusion are about so much more than race and culture. Christina Campbell is helping her students see that it’s also about being intentional and sensitive to the needs of others when it comes to nutrition and disease.

“Seventy percent of the adults in our country are overweight or obese, and at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer and heart disease,” she said. “All of those are lifestyle-related. The norm isn’t health. The norm is disease. We need to acknowledge that there is all this disease and that creates some diversity.” — Christina Campbell, Sandra S. and Roy W. Uelner Professor in food science and human nutrition

Adapting clothing to the wearer

Ellen McKinneyEllen McKinney tackles areas not well-addressed in the fashion industry — from breastfeeding apparel to women’s firefighting uniforms. This spring, she challenged her students to come up with a creative design solution for a person with a disability. They found the experience eye-opening. Getting to know people one-on-one helped them realize their own assumptions and biases.

“They really got a grasp of how important clothing is by working with individual clients,” McKinney said. “Even small changes in how a garment is made makes great improvements in their quality of life.” — Ellen McKinney, associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management

Appreciating the beauty in diversityEJ Bahng

Mission Inclusion gave E.J. Bahng more confidence to notice and articulate the subtleties of social justice. She observed a student from Asia choosing to consistently come to class late after classmates called him “ninja” and laughed at him. She gained a deeper understanding of friends’ and colleagues’ feelings when asked where they’re from and how well they speak English. She reflected about the difference between having and not having the “burden of representation.” She plans to use what she’s learned to make the teaching of science by future teachers more equitable.

“Everyone has a unique story and that makes us beautiful.” — E.J. Bahng, associate professor in the School of Education

Initiating courageous conversations

RaderMalisa Rader finds herself more willing to initiate courageous conversations that encourage people to look inward and examine their implicit biases. She co-facilitates “Navigating Difference” workshops and is pursuing further education to enhance how she leads smaller discussions.

“We can have differences but we can talk about those differences and try to see each other’s perspective a little more, so we can all grow together,” Rader said. “Let’s have some civil dialogue instead of polarizing ourselves.” — Malisa Rader, human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach

2018-19 cohort

Participants in the 2018-19 cohort of Mission Inclusion include faculty members Laura Ellingson-Sayen, Elena Karpova, Kevin Schalinske, and Chunhui Xiang.

Jane and Chuck Olsen champion inclusion through giving

As a freshman coming to Iowa State University in 1956, Jane Fulton Olsen (’61 child development) moved cross-country from California to connect with adventurous people.

“I didn’t know a soul when I came to Iowa except my ‘big sister’ in the dorm. Just getting to know the Midwest farm country was a new experience for me. Being from southern California, I had also been exposed to more diversity in the community,” Olsen said.

The background of Jane’s husband, Chuck Olsen (’60 agricultural engineering), was more homogeneous.

“Coming from a rural Iowa community, a farm community, the only diversity I can remember is the country kids and the townies,” Chuck said. “Diversity wasn’t even a term I had ever heard of or experienced.”

Jane didn’t only win Chuck’s heart. She introduced him to a world of diversity.

Now married for 57 years, the Olsens have embraced diversity in many ways, including hosting an exchange student from Spain. Jane credits her mother, who had several friends from different cultural backgrounds and socio-economic levels, with nurturing her receptiveness to a variety of people and an interest in how they live their lives.

“Stepping out of your comfort zone is not always easy to do but it’s very rewarding and enriching to meet people from different walks of life,” Jane said. “When you make that effort, you may also be a model for your friends and neighbors.”

Chuck agrees.

“As we share the experiences that have exposed us to diversity in society with others, we have had great discussions,” Chuck said. “It becomes quite contagious.” 

Where inclusion starts

Today, the Olsens are creating a new scholarship at Iowa State for undergraduate students who are preparing to teach and work with children from birth to kindergarten and with their families. The scholarship will be available to students who represent diversity and inclusivity in the college community.

“For students who are learning to be teachers, it’s ever so important that they are sensitive to children with families who may have different cultural traditions,” Jane said. “It may start with the teacher who works with young preschool children and their families.”

Both Olsens think having opportunities in college to know and respect people who come from different backgrounds, including faculty, are important for students and their development.

“Their educators need to be from different groups,” Jane said.

What happens at Iowa State sets off a ripple effect, Chuck said.

“As these students move into life and relate to professionals, they are influencing people who work as clients or others who report to them,” Chuck said. “What an opportunity to influence! It’s a very, very broad impact.”

The Olsens’ dedication to diversity is a perfect example of why it is so important for alumni to give back to their alma mater. The ripple effect of the Olsens’ generosity will be felt for generations to come. Their legacy will be everlasting, something not many people can claim.

But you could.

As an Iowa State alumni, there are countless opportunities for you to make an impact that will last for generations. Find out how you can establish your own legacy here at Iowa State University by visiting or calling Molly Parrott, senior development director at 515-294-4607.


Iowa State events planned to shed light on body image issues, eating disorders

Sarah Thompson, a writer, eating disorder recovery coach and consultant, will deliver the keynote lecture, “But You Don’t Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder…,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture is the keynote address for Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week at Iowa State University. BIEDA Week is part of a national effort to encourage a positive, sustainable lifestyle through awareness of body image issues and eating disorders and to identify resources on campus and locally.

Read the complete story here.

‘White Fragility’ author will discuss racism, social justice while at Iowa State

A scholar on race issues, particularly how white Americans deal with race and privilege, is coming to Iowa State University.

Robin DiAngelo will present “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Stephens Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

DiAngelo wrote a book of the same name, as well as “Is Everyone Really Equal?”

Read the complete story here

Three College of Human Sciences students earn 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award

Three College of Human Sciences students — Benjamin Dralle, Jennifer Junker, and Zoe Lambert — are among the seven honorees the Iowa State University Alumni Association will recognize this spring with the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award. 

The award recognizes exceptional achievements in academics and community activities, display of high character, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. 

The achievements of the three highly-deserving students highlight the exceptional opportunities made available to them by Iowa State and the College of Human Sciences.

Benjamin Dralle, who is pursuing a double major in nutritional science and genetics, has put in the time to become an active leader at Iowa State. Dralle is president of the Iowa State Pre-Medical Club, an organization that helps  prepare pre-medical students to enter the medical field. He was also a community adviser in university residential living communities for over three years.

Dralle also leads by example as a researcher. In 2018, Dralle was the only student selected to represent the state of Iowa at the Posters on the Hill undergraduate research event in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Experience participant, a College of Human Sciences Louise Rosenfeld undergraduate research intern, and a Geisinger Health System Summer Undergraduate Research Program participant.

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Jennifer Junker will receive the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award this spring.

Jennifer Junker is an apparel, merchandising, and design student who has made the most of her time at Iowa State with a 3.81 GPA and seven semesters on the dean’s list. She is the co-founder and vice president of the National Retail Federation Student Association chapter on campus and is currently an assistant buyer at the Iowa State Univeristy Bookstore.

Junker took her bright spirit and creativity to New York City where she worked as a planning intern at Haddad Brands and Fall River, Massachusetts, where she served as a development and operations intern with the Good Clothing Company. Recently, Junker was awarded a $35,000 scholarship from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund for her case study.

Zoe Lambert is a driven kinesiology and health student focused on improving the lives of those around her. During her tenure as the president of Be the Match, an organization focused on getting people to register as bone marrow donors, over 750 new donors were added to the registry.

Lambert continues to help people as an undergraduate research assistant in assistant professor Elizabeth Stegemöller’s neurophysiology research lab, where she studies Parkinson’s disease and participates in a weekly boxing session with people who have Parkinson’s to help alleviate their symptoms.

As a communications consultant at the Writing and Media Center, Lambert completed 327 consultations, including about 30 graduate students. She was constantly in high demand, especially for at-risk students, because of her constructive feedback and enthusiasm to help each person who visited her.

All seven recipients of the 2019 Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award can be found at the following link:

Established in 1968, the award is named for Wallace E. "Red" Barron (Class of '28), who served as director of alumni affairs at Iowa State from 1937 to 1968.

Giving high school students the tools to question classic literature

AMES, Iowa – Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class and Jeanne Dyches, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s School of Education, would like students to question that tradition.

“As a field, we need to think about how our disciplines are advancing certain stories, silencing certain stories and socializing our students to think that what we’re teaching them is neutral,” Dyches said. “We need to have a conversation around why certain texts are taught year after year."

See the full ISU News Service story.


Fulbright Specialist from Iowa State evaluates drug prevention education in Malaysia

AMES, Iowa -- Cultures may be different, but families face similar problems. Cathy Hockaday says this is her greatest takeaway from serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Malaysia in fall 2018.

Hockaday coordinates the “Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14,” an evidence-based and family-based prevention program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She spent a month in Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia, reviewing family and school-based prevention programs and developing a plan for monitoring and evaluating the country’s preventative drug education. She was hosted by the National Anti-Drugs Agency in Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs established the Fulbright Specialist Program in 2001. U.S. academics and professionals are paired with host institutions abroad to share their expertise. They gain international experience and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Malaysia has several drug prevention education programs designed for age groups ranging from young children to adults, but hadn’t confirmed whether the programs really work. Hockaday’s task was to study drug prevention education activities in Malaysia and teach National Anti-Drugs Agency prevention coordinators and workers how to assess whether their programs were effective. She also taught them how to develop tools and techniques for collecting data, as well as systematic monitoring to measure program effectiveness. The end goal was to ensure accountability and support evidence-based decision-making.

In addition, she provided intensive training in the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14. SFP 10-14 has been implemented in more than 25 countries since 1993. Following a 2002 Cochrane Review of 6,000 prevention programs, the World Health Organization named SFP 10-14 the number one prevention program for long-term effects on substance use and misuse.

Cathy Hockaday poses with Malaysian drug prevention officials
Cathy Hockaday (front row, third from right) worked with members of the National Anti-Drugs Agency while serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Malaysia's National Anti-Drugs Agency.

"SFP 10-14 has been taught in South Africa, Peru and now Malaysia. The message is the same. Families around this world are all dealing with similar problems. Their families are like our families,” Hockaday said .

“My role as SFP 10-14 coordinator includes working with nonprofits, schools, faith-based and statewide agencies, military installations and universities worldwide. My position has evolved from simply coordinating the program, to exploring creative partnerships everywhere to help at-risk youth,” Hockaday said.

Hockaday also serves as a national expert on two opioid panels focused on drug prevention. They are working to make sure universities and agencies that serve families are aware of gold-standard practices for implementing research- and evidence-based programs.

Hockaday applied for the Fulbright Specialist Program for the opportunity to be immersed in another culture and learn the traditions, values, beliefs and customs.

“Listening is the most important skill a person can have when working with other cultures. I do not believe I am the expert in any situation, especially when other cultures are involved. I talk about what works best in my culture, but then ask how their culture’s traditions and values could be integrated into the activities to honor local families,” Hockaday said.

“We have found this to be useful even with different cultures within the United States, as we have collaborated with other organizations to adapt SFP 10-14 for use with the military and with Native Americans,” she added.

“We have worked with several countries to adapt the curriculum to be more culturally relevant. People do not need to speak the same language to come to a mutual understanding of how to improve the lives of families,” Hockaday said.

Hockaday plans to share the process undertaken in Malaysia with others who are developing program evaluation plans. She is serving a three-year tenure in the Fulbright Specialist Program.