MS-AND AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2021 MS-AND Award Winners!

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award ~ Doris Schneider

Doris Schneider, RD has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a master’s from Michigan State University and completed a dietetic internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She was a staff dietitian and a director of Dietetics in hospitals in New York and Louisiana and a consultant dietitian for hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. Doris joined the Office of Child Nutrition Programs with the Mississippi Department of Education as a program specialist and later became the Division Director of Training. She has worked with school district child nutrition staff to improve the nutrition of MS school children for over 30 years. In retirement, she has continued to contract with Child Nutrition Programs and serves as Executive Secretary for the MS School Nutrition Association. Doris has been an Active Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 56 years and a Registered Dietitian for 51 years. 

Emerging Dietetic Leader Award ~ Samantha Willcutt

Samantha spent the first part of her career in the restaurant industry where she developed a passion for food and nutrition. She returned to Mississippi State University a few years ago to complete a Master’s in Nutrition and a dietetic internship. In 2016 she began working for Mississippi State University Extension in the Office of Nutrition Education. Sam is still enjoying that position as a Regional Registered Dietitian providing guidance to and working with Nutrition Educators and Community Wellness Planner Agents in Northeast Mississippi. These educators and agents work with schools and communities through two federally funded programs, EFNEP and SNAP-Ed. Sam works with educators, agents, and partners in Northeast Mississippi to provide nutrition education programs and assist with Policy, Systems, and Environmental strategies that focus on making the healthy choice the easy choice. 

Outstanding Dietetics Student in a Coordinated Program ~ Maggie Larsen

Maggie Larsen is originally from Pascagoula, MS. She attended the University of Mississippi for her undergraduate degree where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently completing her master’s degree and internship through the Coordinated Program at the University of Mississippi.

Outstanding Dietetics Student in a Dietetic internship ~ Blake Daly

Blake Daly, originally from San Diego, California, earned his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently in the process of completing the Master’s Required Dietetic Internship at his alma mater. In his spare time, Blake enjoys playing and watching sports and exercising. One day, he hopes to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. 

Outstanding Dietetics Student in a DPD ~ Chelsey Lawrick

Chelsey Lawrick is from Olive Branch, MS and began her academic journey at the University of Mississippi in 2013. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Spring of 2017. After a few months of working at a community mental health facility in Memphis, TN, she knew that she wanted to do more to help people. She re-enrolled at the University of Mississippi to take some pre-requisite courses for health-related fields at which time she decided that she wanted to be a registered dietitian. She is now enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi finishing her senior year in the nutrition and dietetic program. She has been accepted to the University of Southern Mississippi graduate school and dietetic internship which will begin this Fall. She looks forward to her future and the impact that she can make on the field of nutrition and dietetics.  

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award ~ Holly Huye

Dr. Holly Huye is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Since 2008, she has taught 15 different courses and 7 labs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Huye is an ACUE-credentialed educator and incorporates a variety of innovative active learning techniques in her courses. Additionally, she has mentored 19  undergraduate and graduate students in their research. Since 2016, she has served as the program director for the Southern Miss DPD. She has also served as an ACEND program reviewer for 3 consecutive terms, for a total of 9 years. Dr. Huye’s research focus is in health disparities with a focus on community-engaged nutrition intervention addressing obesity prevention. She is currently serving as USM’s director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core for the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Magnolia Award ~ Not Awarded in 2021

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award ~ Not Awarded in 2021


Award Criteria:

OUTSTANDING DIETITIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (ODY)

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award (ODY) is to recognize the professional contributions of a Mississippi Dietitian to the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the profession of Dietetics.  The ODY recipient is published in a fall issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. A registered, licensed dietitian over the age of 30
  3. Demonstrates leadership to advance the profession of Dietetics legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, career guidance, public relations, community nutrition, and management
  4. Active in the association in various aspects of leadership and service
  5. Demonstrates the Association’s goals in personal and professional life
  6. One who gives “above and beyond”: in service to the association’s projects and duties (attends more than 50% of district and MS-AND meetings)
  7. Noteworthy community service in nutrition/dietetics (such as speaking engagements, articles in newspapers, trade magazines, or other current reliable publications)

RECOGNIZED YOUNG DIETITIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (RYDY)

The purpose of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award (RYDY) program is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy) and to encourage their continued participation in the Academy’s affairs.  This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the Academy will develop both at the district, state and national levels.  In addition to publishing the list of RYDYs in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, each awardee will receive a formal certificate of recognition for the President of the Academy.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. Age limit as of April 1, 2018 deadline, 35 years or younger
  3. Active participation in the national, state or district association
  4. Not previously selected as a RYDY
  5. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population
  6. Demonstrated leadership in legislation, research, education, management either in the association or through employment

EMERGING DIETETIC LEADER AWARD (EDL)

This award was established by the 1996 Board of Directors. The Emerging Dietetics Leader Award (EDL) recognizes the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers. Members who receive this honor support the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the public through demonstrating leadership in legislation, research, education, management and other areas related to the profession.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. Initial practice experience not less than 5 years and not greater than 10 years (Interrupted careers or time periods not in practice, are not to be considered or rationed into the 5-10 years of professional practice experience)
  3. Active participation in the national, state or district association for at least 5 years
  4. Not previously selected as an RYDY
  5. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population
  6. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the Academy, community or employment

MAGNOLIA AWARD

The purpose of the Magnolia Award is to recognize an individual outside the profession of dietetics that demonstrates outstanding interest, support and contributions to the profession of dietetics.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. An individual outside the profession of dietetics that demonstrated outstanding interest, support and contributions to the profession of dietetics
  2. One who has made significant contributions to human welfare through a profession other than dietetics
  3. One who demonstrates good will through notable service in furthering the advancement of the profession of dietetics
  4. One who promotes nutrition in a manner as supported by scientific evidence and sound nutritional fact
  5. One who displays keen interest in improving nutrition for all persons of all ages

OUTSTANDING DIETETICS EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award is to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND®-accredited dietetics education programs.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  2. Educator and/or Program Director in an ACEND®-accredited dietetics education program:
    1. Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)
    2. Dietetic Internship (DI)
    3. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  3. Demonstrated Active Learning Strategy/ Student-centered Techniques
  4. Demonstrated Dietetics Mentoring Experience (Outside of role as faculty or director-not including current students/interns. Includes previous students/interns now considered professionals)
  5. Demonstrated leadership in Education and Dietetics; e.g., national, state, or district dietetic association activities, community service, honors received, scientific and professional presentations, publications, etc.

OUTSTANDING DIETETICS STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award (ODSA) program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Student in an ACEND-accredited dietetics education program:
    1. Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)
    2. Dietetic Internship (DI) or
    3. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  2. Demonstration of academic achievement
  3. Demonstrate leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.