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Ashland University Dietetics Program Listed in the Top 50 in the Nation

Ashland University Dietetics Program Listed in the Nation’s Top 50

Ashland University’s Dietetics Program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), has been selected as one of the top nutrition programs in the United States.

The ranking, produced by Public Health Online, noted “Aspiring registered dietitians can earn the degree necessary to move closer to their goals at Ashland University. Courses expand students’ knowledge of nutrition, health and science. The university strives for small class sizes, allowing students to get personalized attention from instructors. Graduates must complete an approved dietetic internship prior to sitting for the exam to earn a credential. Dietitians can go on to work as practitioners in settings such as clinical, community and food service organizations. The internship program is selective, and a field placement cannot be guaranteed. To become more competitive, students can excel academically and pursue work-related experiences.”

Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Hosts Ohio Consortium Conference

Ashland University Schar College of Nursing Hosts Ohio Consortium Conference

Ashland University’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences located in Mansfield, Ohio, will host the Ohio Consortium of Nursing Learning Labs (OCONLL) annual conference on Friday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The College is located at 1020 S. Trimble Road in Mansfield.

About 125 faculty and healthcare organization educators, who direct or teach in simulation laboratories across the state of Ohio, will be attending the conference that will be held between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Ashland University Dining Recognizes National Nutritional Month

Ashland University Dining Recognizes National Nutritional Month

Bite into a healthy lifestyle, that is what the Ashland University Student Dietetics Association (SDA) would like Ashland students to start doing. Every March is National Nutritional Month and this year the goal of the SDA is to provide education on healthy eating habits.

The SDA is working closely with the dining halls on campus including Myers Convocation Center, the Eagles Nest and Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar to make dietary changes to their menus. The changes won’t be there all month; however, the SDA plans to have special days in each of the dining facilities to educate students on nutrition facts and awareness. The changes that students will see on those days will range from kale chips to roasted vegetables being featured on the menu.

Ashland University Receives Approval for New Master of Science Degree

Ashland University Receives Approval for New Master of Science Degree

Ashland University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission for the offering of a new master of science degree program in applied exercise science.

“The MS degree in applied exercise science was reconfigured from the Master of Education degree in applied exercise science that was first offered in 2003,” said Dr. Doug Fiore, interim provost at Ashland University. “This is a program in which we already have faculty leadership and alumni, and we are very excited about offering this program through our College of Nursing and Health Sciences.”

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 29th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 30. The program recognizes faculty or staff whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Award recipients are Dr. Theodore Avtgis, chair and professor of communication studies; Chuck Bryant, instructor of finance; Brenda DeHaan, professional instructor of nursing; Dr. Emily Hess, visiting instructor of history/political science; Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology; Terri Jewett, professional instructor of early childhood education; Dr. Joe Mackall, professor of English; and Dr. René Paddags, assistant professor of political science.

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Ashland University’s Outstanding Dietetics Program

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Ashland University’s Outstanding Dietetics Program

There is good news for those prospective students considering four-year dietetics programs: America’s growing passion for nutrition and regulation of diet is leading to a growing demand for more registered dietitians (RD).

Job Forecast
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of registered dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 21 percent through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, in part because of growing passion to eat healthier. The role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health.

Ashland University Receives Grant to Help Other Institutions Replicate and Sustain Benefits Realized through Innovative Nursing Scholarship Program

Ashland University is one of nine higher education institutions to receive grants to share and build upon the lessons learned through an innovative and highly successful scholarship program for second-career nurses, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN). NCIN was created eight years ago by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to increase the diversity of the nursing workforce by providing scholarships to people from groups underrepresented in nursing to earn accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degrees in nursing. Schools of nursing that received NCIN grants to provide these scholarships report great success in recruiting and retaining minority and male nursing students and making their institutions more diverse and inclusive.

The new grant program, Innovations in Accelerated Nursing Education, funds teams of nursing schools that have received NCIN grants. Each team received $10,000 to develop and enhance an educational project to implement innovative approaches to accelerated nursing education that can be taken to scale and replicated in a variety of educational settings.

Nursing Scholarship Available

Nursing Scholarship Available

Registered nurses looking to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Ashland University might be eligible for a new $1,000 nursing scholarship from the Shelby Foundation.

The $1,000 Wanda June Humphrey Nursing Scholarship was established by the Shelby Foundation to financially assist a registered nurse who is attending a higher learning institution to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

Ashland University Training Students to be Healthier Employees

Ashland University Training Students to be Healthier Employees

While most colleges and universities across the country work hard to prepare its students academically for life beyond college, Ashland University has made it a priority to also train its students to be healthier employees in the future. AU is one of only several schools in the country to establish a lifetime wellness requirement for students to graduate.

“Faculty made the decision in 2000 to make lifetime wellness part of the required core of a student’s educational life at Ashland University,” said Sue Heimann, dean of students at AU. “Since that time students have been required to take a lifetime wellness class that teaches them holistically about health and wellness including physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental and occupational, spiritual and financial dimensions.”


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