Nutrition and Dietetics
Growing up around Ouachita’s campus, Holly Kyzer knew Ouachita was going to be an integral part of her life, but she never guessed she would be a faculty member, much less an instrumental part of re-launching graduate programs at the university.
Latina Robinson of North Little Rock, Ark., a Dietetic Internship graduate student at Ouachita Baptist University, has been named the 2021-2022 Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year in Dietetic Internship by the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was selected from among students in all of Arkansas’ dietetic internship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
In March 2016, Latina Robinson, a Dietetic Internship graduate student from North Little Rock, Ark., lost her grandmother to Type 2 diabetes—a deadly disease that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects 37.3 million people in the United States
To say you started anything new in 2020 would, well, raise eyebrows – especially launching something as involved and hands-on as an academic program including clinical healthcare. But that’s exactly what Ouachita did during the 2020-2021 academic year, launching its first graduate programs in more than 20 years.
Latina Robinson, a Dietetic Internship graduate student at Ouachita Baptist University, is one of two recipients of a $25,000 Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Foundation.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Jorie Beaumont and Cannon Fisher were the only nutrition & dietetics students selected to present their research at Posters on the Hill, an event where state legislators learn about current undergraduate research. They were among the 60 researchers who were selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the virtual event, which was held April 27-28.
I didn’t think I’d still be here. Arkadelphia, that is. When I decided to go to school at Ouachita, I thought I’d spend four years here getting my undergraduate and leave for bigger and better things. It felt like almost anywhere was bigger than Arkadelphia, and if the place was so small, it couldn’t be that great. I was wrong.
When I was a student at Ouachita in the 1990s, we often heard the phrase “lifelong learning.” In my undergraduate mind, this made sense in the context of ongoing spiritual growth and, vaguely, in connection to my chosen field of study, Latin American history. Beyond that, the amount of lifelong learning my professional path would require wasn’t anything I could imagine.
Ouachita Baptist University’s J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences had a record number of 28 students conducting faculty-advised research during summer break through its Patterson Summer Research Program.