The Applied Approach
Spring 2004 Vol. 2 No. 1 A newsletter for the School of Applied Sciences

In this Issue

Cover Page

Letter from the Dean

Letter from the Applied Sciences Alumni Chapter president and president elect

New president of national speech-language-hearing group will focus on shortage of teachers with doctorates

Grandparents who raise grandchildren get special recognition--and help

Senior from Alabama is first recipient of Park and Recreation Management Scholarship

DeSoto Center's day classes in social work and criminal justice reach out to working students

How to stay involved in your school

School of Applied Sciences is proud of spring 2004 Phi Kappa Phi initiates

Professor's concern about kids on welfare leads to recognition from state group

Two departments get new leaders

Three Applied Sciences scholars receive UM's highest honor

National award is icing on the cake for dietetics professor who loves teaching

Teaching students to handle alcohol responsibly is task of new UM position held by Applied Sciences grad


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National award is icing on the cake for dietetics professor who loves teaching

Diane Tidwell did not plan to become a teacher—in fact, she avoided the calling in graduate school. It’s a little ironic then that, after eight years at UM, she is being nationally honored for her performance in the classroom.

Tidwell, an associate professor of family and consumer sciences, is one of four regional winners nationwide for the Outstanding Educator for Didactic Programs of the United States. In spring 2003, Tidwell’s commitment to education was recognized by students who nominated her as the state’s Outstanding Dietetic Educator. The American Dietetic Association reviewed the state winners leading up to regional and national recognition.

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Diane Tidwell

“Dr. Tidwell’s dietetics and nutrition expertise has benefited many students, not only across the School of Applied Sciences but also the University as a whole,” said Linda Chitwood, dean of applied sciences. “She has also shared her expertise as a volunteer dietitian and has worked with several communitybased programs.”

Tidwell is chair-elect on the Mississippi Dietetics Association Executive Board of Directors, Council on Education and Research.

Before joining the UM faculty, Tidwell was a nutritionist senior for four years at the Mississippi State Department of Health. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University. Her doctorate in nutrition and food science technology is from MSU, where she also completed 1,000 supervised clinical hours in dietetics to become a registered dietitian.


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