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Sources: Laura Romig, lromig@k-state.edu;
and Deborah Canter, 785-532-5507, canter@k-state.edu

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

K-STATE DIETETICS STUDENT FROM LEAVENWORTH ATTENDS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE SPONSORED BY AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION

MANHAfTTAN -- Laura Romig, a Kansas State University senior in dietetics, Leavenworth, was among the national leaders of the American Dietetic Association selected to attend the association's sixth Leadership Institute, June 11-14, in Dallas, Texas.

Romig is vice chair of the association's Student Council Advisory Committee.

Participation in the Leadership Institute, an intensive certificate-training program in the theory and practice of leadership in dietetics, is limited to fewer than 300 of the American Dietetic Association's more than 70,000 members throughout the country.

"This program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of ADA members through informational sessions and practice-based educational experiences," said Jessie M. Pavlinac, a registered dietitian and president of the American Dietetic Association.

"The Leadership Institute is part of the American Dietetic Association's mission to empower members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders. This meeting supports ADA's commitment to its members and ensures that they further develop the skills that can help them lead within ADA, as well as in their own places of employment,” Pavlinac said.

Romig is president of K-State's Student Dietetic Association. She is a member of K-State's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, an honor society for human ecology students, and Phi Upsilon Omicron, an honor society in family and consumer sciences. She also is involved with the College of Human Ecology College Council and serves as a Human Ecology Ambassador. She has been active with Lafene Health Center's Sensible Nutrition and body image Choice, or SNAC, group, and was a member of Silver Key, K-State's sophomore honorary, and Quest, K-State's freshman honorary.

The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The association is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.