September Meeting Recap

Welcome back, SONDies!

First of all, thank you to all who came to our first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! For those of you who were unable to attend, below is a brief summary of what took place during our first meeting:

We did not have a guest speaker for this meeting, but instead discussed some of the plans we have for SOND this year. More specifically, we covered upcoming volunteer opportunities, how to become a member, ordering SOND t-shirts, and future meetings.

For anyone looking for more information about our September meeting or about SOND in general, please do not hesitate to e-mail our president, Maddy Emanuel, at Thank you!

October Meeting 2017

Hi SONDies!

Thank you to everyone who attended our October meeting a couple of weeks ago. For those who couldn't make it, no worries because we have a recap for you--

Our October speaker was Professor Carrie Earthman. Carrie is the director of the DPD at the U of MN and our very own faculty advisor! Carrie's presentation focused on the process of becoming a registered dietitian. She gave really great information about opportunities to get involved and gain experience as an undergrad, how to apply for dietetic internships and grad school, and future careers.

If you were unable to make the meeting or just would like more information, please email:

February Meeting & Upcoming Events

Hey SONDies!

Thank you to everyone who attended our "Speed Networking" event in February. We had a great turnout in both students and employers! In case you missed out and are still searching for a job/internship opportunity, our Department Head, Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan, has offered to create a link on our SOND website that will take potential employers to a page containing student resumes. Please submit a pdf of your resume to the following email in order to have yours posted:

Lastly, we have some great events coming up!

First, we will be hosting a food drive through the Nutritious U Food Pantry Pilot. We will be collecting food from March 6th - 10th, and the collection box will be in the front of FSCN 15. Foods we need include: Canned fruits & veggies, whole grain pasta, brown rice, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned &/or dried beans, peanut butter, jelly, spices, cooking oil, and other healthy grocery items. Please consider donating what you can!

Second, we have a SOND fundraiser coming up! On Friday, March 10th, we will be hosting a fundraiser at Blaze Pizza in Stadium Village (1000 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN). Take a group of friends, tell Blaze you're there for SOND, show them the flyer (see Facebook Page:, and enjoy some pizza! 20% of your purchase will go to our student group.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our March meeting! We will be hosting guest speakers from the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (MAND) on Thursday, March 23rd in the FSCN Building. Room is TBD. We hope to see you there!

November Meeting

Hey SONDies,

Thanks to all who attended our November SOND meeting! Here's a quick recap for those who might have missed it:

Professor Carrie Earthman, director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) here at the U of M, gave some great information for those interested in becoming a dietitian. Her presentation outlined the academic steps to becoming a dietitian, the difference between everyday internships and accredited dietetic internships, and ways to become a competitive applicant for these dietetic internships.

Carrie prepared a great presentation, with paper copies available for those in attendance. She is placing the extra copies outside of her office door, so feel free to go pick one up and introduce yourself to our program director!

If anyone has questions or would like more specific information, please email: or


Upcoming Volunteer Event

Hey everyone!

We have scheduled a volunteer event with Open Arms for Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:30am-12:00pm. Open Arms of MN is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Our volunteer event will be meal delivery! We have 4 routes for our group, and each route will need one car, & two people. Please email Emily Ososki if interested!

October Meeting Recap

Hey SONDies!

Here's a little recap from our October meeting:

Our guest speaker, Katie Gilder, is currently an eating disorders RD at the Emily Program. After attending college at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Katie completed her dietetic internship in Georgia, and then moved back to Minnesota to gain work experience. After working with a nonprofit for a while, Katie decided to attend the University of Minnesota, and completed the Master of Public Health, Nutrition program. Also while getting her Masters, Katie began working at the Emily Program. Now, Katie works as an RD at the St. Paul Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults, and is also the preceptor for dietetic interns who go through her location. If you have any questions for Katie, her contact info is below.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with the Emily Program, Katie mentioned there are opportunities through the Emily Program Foundation. Visit the site to learn more!


First Meeting Recap

Hey SONDies! 

Just a quick recap of our first meeting--

Our first speaker was Renee Korczak, who discussed her Mentor Group, and opportunities involving the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (MAND). In regards to her Mentor Group, Renee invites food science and nutrition students to join her for meetings, at which she usually has a guest speaker, sort of like SOND. She encourages anyone who's interested in networking, learning from others, and meeting other food science and nutrition students to join. The first meeting is on Thursday, October 6th at 5pm. As for the MAND opportunities, Renee is seeking students to spotlight each month in the MAND newsletter, and would love people to reach out to her if interested! She would love to showcase our awesome U of M students. Please email her if interested in either opportunity!

Our second speaker(s) of the night was Lydia McAnerney, who shared information about her program, "Healthy Cooking for Seniors." As the name suggests, this is a program in which nutrition students can volunteer to aid seniors in cooking healthy recipes, as well as educate them on the benefits of nutrition. The program is currently seeking volunteers, as they are working to expand in the near future! Please email Lydia if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity:
Thanks again to those who attended, & watch out for an email with the details for our next meeting!
-Your SOND leaders