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K-State Today

May 3, 2013

Dietetics students receive scholarship from international organization

Submitted by Alison Rogers

Three K-State dietetics students are recipients of a scholarship from the prestigious International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, or IFMA.

Christine Rogers, senior from Rockford, Ill., and Joel Morgan, junior from Wichita, each received the $5,000 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Educational Foundation Scholarship. Nicole Wampler, senior from Overland Park, was awarded a $1,000 International Gold and Silver Plate Society Scholarship.

The association chose K-State to receive the funds, as housing and dining services associate director John Pence is a Silver Plate Award recipient and associate director Mary Molt is a Gold Plate Award recipient. A team of hospitality management and dietetics faculty then chose the winners based on International Foodservice Manufacturers Association criteria.

"Christine, Joel and Nicole have worked hard to make the most of their experience at K-State," Pence said. "These students took advantage of the resources available to them in the classroom and the dining center to learn what it takes to excel in the food service industry."

All three students work in various roles at Kramer Dining Center, and plan to use the skills they’ve learned there and through courses in the university’s top-ranked dietetics program to begin careers in the food industry.

"My professors have taught me how to think critically about situations, questioning the way things work and learning to improve them for the better," Rogers said. "I've had a tremendous amount of opportunities in the kitchen, learning about how food is made and what equipment is needed. This will help me in any setting I go into as a dietitian, whether it be making a healthy, high-quality product suitable for kids or equipping others with the knowledge and skills of cooking."

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association is a leading trade organization that comprises more than 300 of the world's most prestigious food, equipment and supply manufacturers in the $600 billion foodservice industry.

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