2020 MS-AND Virtual Annual Meeting

The 2020 MS-AND Annual Meeting has gone virtual! The conference will be held on April 23rd and 24th from the comfort of your own home. We have another full agenda of some very talented speakers and presenters offering a wealth of information on a variety of topics to meet this year’s theme: Blueprint for Success. The meeting will be hosted through WebEx. Once you’ve registered for the conference, you will receive a confirmation email with a WebEx registration link. Make sure to register through the WebEx link as well. 

Note: Non-member students will need to email msand@eatright.org to register. If you would like to register for the conference through mail please complete this form. Due to office closures, it may take two weeks to receive mailed registration. We encourage scanning and emailing your registration to msand@eatright.org

MS-AND Award Recipients

The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors would like to recognize this year’s award winners. Thank you to all of those that made submission for nominations.  

Katelyn Tarr, University of Mississippi
2020 Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year, Didactic Program 

Jaclyn Wehrle, University of Southern Mississippi
2020 Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year, Dietetic Internship 

Natalie Williams, University of Mississippi
2020 Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year, Coordinated Program 

Janie Cole, University of Mississippi
2020 Outstanding Dietetics Educator of the Year

Laura Ewoldt
2020 Emerging Dietetic Leader

Rebecca Butz
2020 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year

Keba Laird
2020 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Caroline Compretta
2020 Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Magnolia Award

Mississippi is blessed to have so many excellent dietitian leaders and future leaders helping take our state affiliate to even greater heights.  Please help us in congratulating this year’s award winners!

2020 MS-AND Election Results

MS-AND recently held state-wide elections for several positions on the MS-AND Board of Directors. Thank you to everyone that participated in the elections and please congratulate the following future leaders of our great affiliate. 

Lindsay Mixon – President Elect
Teresa Cartwright – Nominating Committee
Rebecca Bagwell – Chair Elect Professional Development

Their new terms will begin on June 1st, 2020 and we hope to have a formal transition meeting later this spring or summer.  We can’t wait to begin working with each of them and we know that they will bring some excellent skills and ideas to the MS-AND Board of Directors.

Job Opportunity: MSU Extension, Office of Nutrition Education

The MSU Extension, Office of Nutrition Education is accepting applications for Extension Agent I-Community Wellness Planners (CWP).  The CWP will be part of a team responsible for implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) in Mississippi. CWP’s will teach youth and adults and implement community-based efforts to make healthy lifestyle choices more attainable and desirable.  We are looking for highly motivated individuals with experience in food and nutrition, who are committed to making a difference in Mississippi. Go to msujobs.msstate.edu to apply for job number #498480.  MSU is an EOE.

Webinar Recording Available:

Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know

Recorded March 26, 2020

As a hospital-based dietitian, are you being asked to provide remote outpatient counseling? As a private practice dietitian, are clients asking to meet with you from their home? As our nation faces an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. Whether you are new to delivering care via telehealth or want to learn more about the special guidelines from payers unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar is for you. Join Academy staff experts who will share information on the latest updates and answer questions.

Available now – click here!

CDR Deadline Extended to July 15 

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is extending the deadline for CDR-credentialed practitioners to complete continuing professional education needed to finish their PDP requirements from May 31, 2020 to July 15, 2020. CDR is communicating with practitioners affected by this extension.

Learn More: https://www.cdrnet.org/covid19

Changes to Dues Deadline: New Payment Options Announced to Help Support Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic


In a time when we are faced with more questions than answers, the Academy is listening to government agencies, experts and our members—and adapting and executing business strategies to meet the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Recognizing that the annual renewal cycle coincides with a time of uncertainty, membership renewal has been extended through June 30, 2020. In addition, CDR will be holding off invoicing registration maintenance fee until mid-July.
  • The Academy also has implemented a two-installment payment option, with the first payment due June 30 and the second due by September 15.
  • For individuals experiencing a financial hardship that threatens their ability to maintain Academy membership, an application for a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction is available.
Members may use the two-installment payment plan or request a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction application by calling the Academy Member Service Center by phone 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (M-F; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Time) or by email membership@eatright.org for assistance.