Student Recognition Night 2015
On Tuesday, March 27th, 2015, the Great Lakes Section of IFT held its monthly meeting/annual student recognition dinner in Lansing, MI at the Old Towne Marquee Event Center. Thirty four of our members gathered to recognize the accomplishments of 6 outstanding food science students.
The evening started for some with a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the MSU Cyclotron, followed up by a social hour at Old Marquee and a delicious dinner catered by Morton’s Fine Catering.
After the meal, some socializing and a chapter activities update, attendees were treated to an insightful and entertaining presentation about the value and importance of “Networking….Not Just For Job Seekers” by John Mossman, Principle Partner at M.K. and Associates. John emphasized the many benefits of maintaining face-to-face and verbal relationships with our industry contacts, as well as the need in this day and age for always keeping your online “profiles” (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) both current and positive. And he reminded us that while the convenience of email and texting is great, these technology tools should not be looked at as replacements for “good ole conversation” and personal interactions. This message most certainly had relevance for our many student attendees, as well as seasoned professionals. We want to thank John for his presentation and thank the scholarship committee for their commitment to selecting the most deserving students for this year’s scholarships.
The GLSIFT scholarship winners for 2015 were as follows:
- Undergraduate Achievement Award – Kelly McClelland
- Clifford L Bedford Memorial Scholarship –Claire Fuelling
- D. Achievement Scholarship –Yan Wu
- Great Lakes Diversity Scholarship –Abraham Arce
- Great Lakes Section Active Member Scholarship – Erin Hand
- Master of Science Achievement Scholarship –Vasiana Tomco