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Fall 2018

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back for the 2018 fall semester! In this newsletter you will find a few updates and newsworthy events from faculty and students in the department, as well as information about our upcoming Curriculum Advisory Board meeting.

During this one-day meeting we will host alumni and employers from industry as they review our curriculum to ensure that each student is receiving the education and experiences necessary to succeed after graduation.

Finally, thank you to all of our alumni and friends who continuously support the department with generous gifts or purchases of ALL VOL CHEESE!

Best regards,
Mark Morgan
Department Head

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Student Activities

We encourage our students to actively engage in activities outside the classroom that will expand their understanding of food science. Some of these activities include research, poster presentations, and internships.

Many of our students, both undergraduate and graduate, take advantage of these kinds of opportunities, including Jasmine Bundrage, pictured above left. Throughout the year we see our students excel at their goals, and we are proud to share some of their successes with you! Read more about our undergraduate and graduate students' activities.

During the spring 2018 semester, we were also able to celebrate the academic successes of our students at our 2018 Awards Ceremony. We were honored to have Phil Perkins of the Institute of Food Technologists as our guest speaker. He spoke about his "10 Lessons on Leadership." Awards were presented by faculty and Food Science Club members to both graduate and undergraduate students.

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Ways for Students to Get Involved

Our students spend much of their time studying and learning, but we also hope they have fun with their peers while they are competing and traveling. During the spring semester students competed in the IFT College Bowl and Dairy Products Evaluation Team and participated in the Food Science Club and the Envoy Group, including Bailey Brown and Alina Pan, at left.

Each group offers a unique experience and we recommend checking out each of them to see where you might find your fit!

A collage of photos of Jiajia Chen, Francine Hollis and Dwight Loveday

Faculty Highlights

In July we were excited to welcome our newest faculty member, assistant professor Jiajia Chen (above left). We encourage you to read more about him in our newest faculty spotlight.

Our faculty are constantly striving for excellence in research and teaching, so we weren't surprised when we were notified of assistant professor Francine Hollis's (above middle) 2018 Innovative Teaching Award.

Dwight Loveday (above right) has been appointed as the interim assistant dean and head of the 4-H Youth Development and Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications department. While we will miss him, we wish him well and are excited to see what the future brings for him.

Professor Emeritus P. Michael Davidson (pictured below with graduate students, left to right, Molly West, Kathryn Magee, Mark Wenke, Valerie Nettles, and Alexis Hamilton) received the Honorary Life Membership Award at the International Association for Food Protection held in July in Salt Late City, Utah. A photo of Michael Davidson with his award plaque

Alumni Affairs

Our efforts to reconnect with alumni have been successful this year. Your continued support is instrumental in the success of our current and future students and we greatly appreciate all that you do.

A photo of Koi Techathuvanan with cranberries

We are working on a few projects that we hope will continue to foster the growing relationship between our current students and our alumni.

In each newsletter we spotlight one of our many alumni. Recently, we reconnected with Chayapa (Koi) Techathuvanan (left), a senior scientist with Ocean Spray Cranberries.

A photo of Koi Techathuvanan with cranberries

Congratulations to alumnus Craig Bacon (shown at left with Dean Beyl) for being awarded the 2018 Herbert College of Agriculture's Distinguished Alumni Award! He received his MS in 1987 and his PhD in 1990 from the Food Science department. Bacon was formerly the senior vice president of research and development at Tyson Foods and is now the senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance at Simmons.

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Herbert College of Agriculture
Department of Food Science
2510 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
foodsci@utk.edu  ·  foodscience.tennessee.edu

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