As a recent recipient of a “UWM Student Leadership Award”, undergraduate Nutritional Sciences student Kelly Braun is showing what student leadership looks like. Student recipients are selected for their growth and development as a leader and involvement in campus and community organizations. This year, there were more than twenty students nominated for the award.
Braun certainly fits the bill. She currently serves as president for the UWM Nutritional Sciences Club, a group that under her leaderships, has contributed in numerous ways to campus and community.
The club was recently awarded a grant from the student association that will provided an honorarium for the upcoming Fall 2017 Nutritional Sciences/Kinesiology Symposium speaker, Heather Fink, MS, RD, CDDS, CLT. In addition the grant will fund students to attend the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo, held this coming October in Chicago.
Beyond academics, the Nutritional Sciences Club participated in numerous service initiatives to commemorate National Nutrition Month in March. Among them, the club hosted a Fitness Fair in the UWM Student Union (pictured above). The fair commemorated National Nutrition Month and featured “Ask an RD” and “Exercise is Medicine®” booths where students could ask nutrition-related questions.
Several students from the club also contributed to the first UWM Nutritional Sciences Club-sponsored food demonstration at the Riverwest Food pantry. Both events ran smoothly and were well attended.
Finally, the club served meals to women and their families at the Milwaukee Cathedral Center. The Center is a nonprofit emergency non-sectarian shelter for women and their families. The students talked with staff about how to support a snack program for the kids at the Center. In the future, the club hopes to develop meal preparation and cooking demonstrations to teach women at the Center about healthy nutrition.
Clinical Associate Professor Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) unit, commented on the recent successes of the club under Braun’s leadership.
“This award speaks to Kelly’s hard work and dedication to the Nutritional Sciences Club and to the community, but also is a reflection of the great work everyone has done and is doing with the club. We couldn’t be more proud.”