We had another successful year at the DIPW at Texas A&M University! We were first welcomed by Dr. Boon Chew, PhD and Department Head of Nutrition and Food Science, wishing us all a successful year! Then we were presented by Karen Beathard, MS, RD, LD, FAND, TAMU’s DPD director, on the navigation through the dietetic profession. She shared with us an inspirational quote to get our minds ready for internship preparation, “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Stephen A. Brennan. Karen continued the presentation with information on how to begin your internship preparation during your Junior and Senior years. She closed with another quote, “the will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” -Joe Paterno. This was an incredibly informational, and inspirational speech, for aspiring future Dietitians.
We then broke out into sessions where we experienced “A Day in the Life of a Dietitian” by Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD, FAND, Gabriella Goode Ramirez, MS, RDN, LD, Julia Jarrell, RDN, LD, Sandra Fillpp, RD, LD, Debra King, MS, RD, LD, and Rachel Poland, MS, RD. Also at the internship fair we had program representatives from, Abilene Christian University, Medical City Dallas, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, TWU Denton/Houston, University of Texas Medical Branch, U.S. Military, Wellness Workdays, and Oklahoma State. TSDA also had a table to join, purchase/pick up T-shirts, and enter the raffle!
We then closed the day with Bailey Weiner, MCN, RDN, CNSC, sharing a great presentation of Public Policy, and TSDA’s raffle!! We (TSDA) gave away donations in our raffle from the Sarcastic Nutritionist, Anne Elizabeth RD, Texas Beef Council, and Market Street! We also drew for two out of five of our scholarships to the annual Texas Academy Conference in April! Congratulations to David Sandoval and Azalee Higham!!
This was an outstanding event to meet all of our dietetic peers and future preceptors. If you missed it we hope you are already marking your calendars to plan to go next year! Also, we look forward to seeing everyone again April 12-14 at The Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston, Texas!!
Hope to see ya’ll here next year!!
Sarah Dahms TSDA Historian