Welcome Back to the FSHN Department!

Welcome back to UF and the Food Science and Human Nutrition department for the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to begin the year with new energy, and we look forward to sharing in your academic and professional journeys. For our new students, welcome to the FSHN family! We cannot wait to meet you.


Summer Updates

Savanna Curtis, UF/IFAS Food Science Master’s Student, roasting coffee during Food Week 2018

You may notice a few changes on campus. Read on to find out what’s been happening:

  • After 16 years wonderful years with the Food Science and Human Nutrition department (and 35 years with UF), Marianne Mangone has retired as our Program Assistant and graduate student receptionist. We wish her a very happy retirement!
  • Welcome to Rachael Vinyard, who will be taking over Marianne’s role. She joins us after her valuable experiences working with the College of Education and the University’s Registrar’s office. Stop by and say hello!
  • The selective Master of Science-Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program held a breakfast on August 16th to welcome the incoming class of eight MS-DI students. Dr. Elaine Turner, the dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), gave an introduction. Dr. Turner is an FSHN faculty member and has been involved in the education of many of our dietetic alumni.
  • On August 19th, we welcomed incoming freshmen who have declared dietetics, nutritional sciences or food science as majors at the CALS Convocation ceremony. Students met Dr. Beth Gankofskie and Laura Acosta, as well as Jenna Grogan, FSHN undergraduate advisor.
Dean Elaine Turner chats with new students at the CALS Class of 2023 Convocation ceremony

Upcoming Events

Serving Gator Bubbly at Food Week 2018
We have a lot of fun opportunities coming up in September!
  • College Night (September 3): Our very own Herschel Johnson in Student Services will be attending College Night at Santa Fe College, an event where local high school students shop for university/college options.
  • CALS NaviGator (September 6 & 13): At these events, high school students will explore CALS majors and program options.
  • Food Week (September 9-13): Are you interested in learning how your food is produced and kept safe? Curious about how biology, chemistry and engineering is used to study the nature of food? Come visit us during Food Week 2019! The FSHN department will be holding the second annual Food Week from September 9th to 13th. This celebration of food science will be packed with activities ranging from movie presentations of Food: Delicious Science series to Field & Fork garden tours and a Sensory Lab taste panel. Love to cook? Join in FSHN’s MasterChef competition and show off your culinary skills! Watch this space in early September for more information and the final Food Week schedule.
Celebrating with Jiwon Park, the 2018 MasterChef winner
  • International Conference of Beverages and Citrus (ICBC) (September 10-13): Check out UF/IFAS’s annual program for citrus, juice and beverage professionals at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach. Dr. Renée Goodrich-Schneider, professor in the FSHN department, organizes this informative event. You can register here.
  • FSHN External Advisory Board Meeting (September 20): This meeting will take place from 9am to 3pm. Students are very welcome! Come and let us hear your voice as we shape the future of dietetics and food and nutritional sciences.
  • TailGator (September 21): Join us in the FSHN building and courtyard for TailGator, an event for FSHN’s alumni and friends to share food and fun ahead of the football game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers. We’ll enjoy grilled and potluck foods while sampling beer made by the department or alumni at local breweries. TailGator will start three hours before kickoff. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details. See you there!

Your turn–let’s hear from you!

(1) What did you do over the summer? Share your summer story!
(2) What is your biggest goal for the upcoming year?

jessie erwin
Posted: August 22, 2019

Category: Food Science & Human Nutrition
Tags: 2019, CALS, Dietetics, Events, Food, Food Science, Food Week, FSHN, IFAS, MS-DI, Nutritional Sciences


jessie erwin
Jessie Erwin

August 27, 2019

One batch coming up!

jessie erwin
Jessie Erwin

August 27, 2019

That's my goal as well! Here's to a great year :)

Susan S Percival
August 27, 2019

My summer was fabulous and my goal is to get a new website up and running!

August 22, 2019

Looking forward to sampling some of that chocolate date cake!

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