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New administrators
welcomed at school

New members of the School of Applied Sciences' administration bring with them prominent backgrounds in academia and industry, as well as enthusiastic plans that will help shape the future of the school and its graduates.

Dr. Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson, executive director of the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) and assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management, joined UM in July 2010. She holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics, a master's degree in food science and nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a doctorate in foodservice and lodging management from Iowa State University. Most recently she served as the school nutrition director for the Onalaska School District in Onalaska, Wis., at which time she was the National School Nutrition Association president and served as the chair for the National School Nutrition Foundation board. She has held briefings with and testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on child nutrition. She served on the national board of directors for the Action for Healthy Kids program and on the advisory board for the National Dairy Council's "3 Every Day" program. She also has served as chair of multiple conferences and task forces and has received dozens of food service honors and awards. Her background includes attendance at the Global Child Nutrition Forum in South Africa and the International Dietetics Conference in Japan, and she was selected to participate on the United Nation's 31st Session Standing Committee on Nutrition at the United Nations in New York.

The mission of the NFSMI is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs, and Wilson's main focus is to take the NFSMI to "the level it should be nationally." She plans to implement regional NFSMI training teams that will provide both access and visibility to the program throughout the United States. She's multiplied the number of face-to-face trainers with the use of regional trainers while also diversifying trainers nationwide. A 24-hour online course for new state agency staff called "5 Dimensions of Leadership" recently was completed, as well. In March 2011, the university held a Major City Training Symposium and hosted representatives from the 40 largest school districts in the country. District directors met and discussed training needs while district trainers were introduced to the variety of resources available at NFSMI. Wilson is moving forward with many other initiatives, too. The research division has been busy working on a number of projects to enable school nutritional personnel to assess their programs and make plans for the future. She's also hired a new associate director of information technology to provide outreach through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and also has drafted a new marketing plan, which includes initiatives such as providing information about NFSMI to all members of the House and Senate.

Dr. Mary Roseman

Mary Roseman, chair and associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management, has been with the university since July 2010. Most recently, she was an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Kentucky, where she taught a wide variety of nutrition, dietetics and hospitality courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. During that time, she was a consultant for numerous companies such as A&W Corp., KFC Corp. and Hancock Fabrics in the areas of marketing, menu and product development, and strategic planning. She has focused her research primarily on consumer behaviors of adults, children, adolescents and the elderly in the areas of diet, nutrition, obesity, restaurant eating and food safety. She's also done research on topics such as K-12 school menus, K-12 school nutrition education and restaurant healthy menus. Prior to teaching at the University of Kentucky, Roseman spent 13 years with Long John Silver's Inc. headquarters in Lexington, Ky., rising to the position of senior director of brand marketing. While there she oversaw the Long John Silver's brand, product innovation, menu development, nutrition and consumer listening. She holds a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University, an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate in food systems management from Oklahoma State University. 

Roseman's background in university teaching and the foodservice and hospitality industry provides a unique perspective for the department. Some projects in the works since she joined the department include beginning renovation of the dining room and kitchen in Lenoir Hall, which is the nonprofit teaching laboratory for quantity foods classes open to the university and Oxford community, and the development of a corporate wellness program with Melinda Valliant, UM assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management, for GE Aviation in Batesville, which provides employees a personalized wellness program that is overseen by graduate students. Since arriving at UM, she has worked with the faculty to review and improve the undergraduate curriculum for both dietetics and hospitality programs. One major change in the hospitality program beginning in 2011-12 is an increase in the number of "industry experience" hours required for students from 200 to 600, thereby providing students a strong background in the hospitality industry upon graduation. Beginning this spring, the annual Square Toast for Scholarships event became part of an event-planning course, giving students applied experience in the classroom. She's also hoping to add a graduate emphasis in hospitality management to go along with the existing master's offered in food and nutrition services. With the large and consistent growth of majors in dietetics and hospitality management, she plans a continued focus on curriculum and applied research while adding faculty and expanding the number and use of advisory boards.

Dr. Steve Mallory

Steve Mallory is now interim chair of the Department of Legal Studies after coming to the department in 2005. He holds a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University, a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He was chair of the legal studies department at Southern Mississippi for four years and spent 25 years in law enforcement, where he retired as deputy director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He currently serves on the Mississippi Board for Law Enforcement Standards and Training and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the FBINAA (FBI National Academy Associates) and the International Association for Identification. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy. He has four books in publication and is involved in research on organized crime and Mexican drug cartels.

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Dr. Katie Wilson (left), Dr. Mary Roseman and Dr. Steve Mallory

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