The Department of Dietetics, which is housed in the College of Health Professions, had two of its own honored recently at the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WVAND) state conference.
Jana Hovland, an assistant professor, received the 2014 Outstanding Young Dietitian Award and Tonya Davis, a recent graduate of the program, was chosen for the 2014 Outstanding Dietetic Student Award.
Both individuals were selected based on their commitment to the profession and their passion for creating opportunities to improve the health of those in West Virginia, according to department chair, Dr. Kelli Williams.
“Since moving to our state several years ago, Professor Hovland has become actively involved in our professional organization and worked with many local groups to promote a healthy diet and physical activity throughout the state.We are very fortunate to have her as a member of the faculty at Marshall University,” Williams said.
“While Tonya was an excellent student, I have been most impressed with her performance outside the classroom. For several years, she worked as the foodservice director at the Marshall University Early Education STEM Center, where she planned and prepared healthy meals for the pre-school children who attend there,” Williams continued. “I have known Tonya for several years and can think of no one better qualified for this honor.”
Hovland, a West Virginia delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates, said she feels honored to be recognized as the Outstanding Young Dietitian of the Year.
“Being involved at the state and national level allows me to provide our students with leadership and networking opportunities,” Hovland said. “I am excited to see what our students accomplish and ways our department and WVAND will continue to impact the health of West Virginians.”
Davis, 27, of Huntington, said receiving the honor of the 2014 Outstanding Dietetic Student came as a surprise considering she was only doing something she loved.
In addition to her award at the WVAND state conference, Davis was also chosen as the 2014 Outstanding President during Marshall’s Student Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony May 2.
“We are influenced by our professors every day and the faculty within the Department of Dietetics is a strong, well-connected group of men and women who support their students,” Davis said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of mentors and receiving these awards motivates me to become a better student and better dietitian in my community.”
The WVAND state conference was held May 13-14 at Fairmont State University. For more information on the meeting and those who received awards, visit http://www.wvda.org/ online.
Photos: (Above) Jana Hovland (far right) received the 2014 Outstanding Young Dietician Award at the annual WVAND state conference. Hovland serves as director of the Marshall University DPD program and as a member of the National Nutrition Month committee for WVAND. With her in the picture are Mallory Mount (left), scholarship and awards chair for WVAND, and Sharon Maynard of the American Dairy Association Midwest. (Below) Tonya Davis (shown center) stands with Mallory Mount, scholarship and awards chair for WVAND, and Dietetics Department Chair Dr. Kelli Williams during the 2014 annual WVAND state conference, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year.