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Source: Missy Schrader, 785-532-6438, schrader@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519, jpm2@k-state.edu

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION HONORING K-STATE DIETITIAN

MANHATTAN -- Melissa "Missy" Schrader, a dietitian with Kansas State University's housing and dining services and an instructor of hospitality management and dietetics, is being recognized for creating the annual on-campus Culinary Enhancement Workshop.

The American Dietetic Association Foundation will give Schrader the Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food and Culinary Effort at its annual food and nutrition conference Nov. 8 in Boston.

Schrader, a registered and licensed dietitian, is a campus and online instructor for HMD 342 Food Production Management, a course taken by students majoring in either dietetics or in hotel and restaurant management.

The purpose of the award is to encourage registered dietitians to make original and innovative efforts in food and culinary education. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual primary originator or developer of a body of work, said Deborah D. Canter, a K-State professor of hospitality management and dietetics who nominated Schrader.

Schrader organized the first Culinary Enhancement Workshop in 2005. The daylong event is open to food service professionals and College of Human Ecology alumni on the first day, and available at minimal charge to students on the second. Guest chefs have been Jet Tila on Asian cuisine; Taji Marie on Mediterranean cuisine and flavors of Latin America; Evan Kleiman on Spanish, Italian and Persian flavors; and Jane Butel on Southwestern cuisine. The seventh workshop will be in March 2011.

"This is a unique campus educational event focusing on diversity because it uses food, a staple in all cultures, as the medium for education," Canter said.