Professor, student honored for dietetics work
HUNTINGTON -- Two women from Marshall University's Department of Dietetics were presented with awards last month during the West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics state conference.
Assistant Professor Jana Hovland and Tonya Davis, a recent graduate of the program were honored based on their commitment to the profession of dietetics and for creating opportunities to improve the health of those in West Virginia, said Kelli Williams, chairwoman of the department, which is part of Marshall's College of Health Professions.
The conference took place May 13-14 on the campus of Fairmont State University.
Hovland received the 2014 Outstanding Young Dietitian Award, and Davis was chosen for the 2014 Outstanding Dietetic Student Award.
Hovland, a West Virginia delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates, said she felt honored to be recognized during the conference.
"Being involved at the state and national level allows me to provide our students with leadership and networking opportunities," Hovland said. "I am excited to see what our students accomplish and ways our department and WVAND will continue to impact the health of West Virginians."
Davis, 27, of Huntington, said receiving her award came as a surprise.
"My goal was never to get an award or be recognized," Davis said. "I became so involved with the department because I genuinely enjoyed working for our university and the community."
In addition to her award at the WVAND state conference, Davis was also chosen as the 2014 Outstanding President during Marshall's Student Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony May 2.
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