LSU College of Agriculture News for Summer 2021

Erin McKinley named 2021 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

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Erin McKinley

Erin McKinley, assistant professor in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, has been recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. McKinley is the director of the LSU Didactic Program in Dietetics and a registered dietitian, certified health education specialist and certified lactation counselor.

McKinley began working at LSU in March 2018 and has worked over the past three years to advance dietetics education at LSU and the practice of dietetics in Louisiana. She is researching ways to create and test new scales to measure psychological components related to infant feeding.

McKinley is the secretary of the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, incoming president of the Baton Rouge Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (second term) and treasurer of the Public Health Community Nutrition Practice Group.

She has recently started a student success podcast entitled “Geauxing All In: Get the Edge You Need to Succeed” on YouTube, which aims to increase student exposure to supervised practice programs during the pandemic. Annabelle Lang

Trajé, Maya Textile Artistry on display at Textile & Costume Museum

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The Trajé, Maya Textile exhibit is in the Human Ecology Building. Photo by Olivia McClure

The Trajé, Maya Textile Artistry Exhibit on display at the Textile and Costume Museum in the Human Ecology Building on the LSU campus features the Travis Doering collection of textiles and related artifacts from 40 Mayan villages in the Guatemala highlands. It is curated by Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff, professor emerita, and Alexandra Forestier, graduate assistant, both in the Department of Textiles and Apparel Management.

Trajé, or traditional dress, has deep significance to the Maya people. The tradition of weaving and symbolism has been passed from mothers to daughters for hundreds of years and supports the legacy of craftsmanship that defines the Guatemalan Maya culture. Traditional dress is primarily still worn by women. It includes colorful backstrap loom-woven huipiles (blouses), cortes (skirts), cintas (headdresses), rebozzos (shawls) and fajas (belts), examples of these items are on exhibit in the gallery

Accompanying the textile exhibition are photographs by photojournalist Connie Frissbee Houda depicting the spirit and sacredness of the Mayan people and their surroundings. Jenna Kuttruff

College of Ag launches Career Closet

The LSU College of Agriculture will launch a new project during Ag Career Prep Week in November 2021 to support students in their professional development journey. It’s called the Career Closet and it will make the student experience of finding professional attire more accessible, affordable and sustainable.

Ashley Grant, manager of internships and student engagement, said, “Career Prep Week is all about helping students build their professional network and engage in career development outside of the classroom. First-year students through graduating seniors can benefit from meeting with the employers, alumni and industry partners who attend events like the Etiquette Dinner and Ag Career Fair.”

Gently used professional attire for the Career Closet are being collected from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college. As part of the Career Closet Pop-Up Shop, agriculture students will be able to shop these items for free. Malorey Uzee

Internships are still underway despite pandemic

Participating in an internship is an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical experience related to their field of study or career fields and helps make students marketable with employers. Students in each of the college's eight majors participated in summer internships in Louisiana and across the country. Many employers offer internships to assess potential job candidates and build a pipeline of talent for future hires. Despite setbacks caused by COVID-19, many students can still have in-person internship experiences, or their employers allowed them to participate in a virtual internship. Annabelle Lang

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Hannah Laville, a senior in natural resource ecology and management, interned with the USDA-NRCS this summer in Clinton, Louisiana. Her responsibilities included meeting with landowners to discuss land management goals, surveying land to identify resource concerns and creating conservation plans to address those resource concerns. She is shown holding a sample of salvinia infested with a weevil used to eat and destroy this invasive weed.

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Mary Ponti, a senior in natural resource ecology and management, interned with the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans this summer. She assisted keepers in caring for different exotic animals, including giraffe, okapi and bongo. She also worked on a research project measuring habitat use of species housed at the survival center.
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William Gaspard, a senior in agricultural and extension education, served as the Cargill global corporate responsibility intern this summer. His role is to assist the corporate responsibility team in building and enhancing Cargill’s brand and reputation with internal and external stakeholders while aligning the company around one voice.

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Amy Parrott, a senior in animal sciences, spent her summer as an intern for JBS in Greely, Colorado. She worked to help improve the capture rates on certain cuts of meat. She enjoys being on the fabrication floor where she produces different cuts of meat directly from the carcass.

8/26/2021 6:29:09 PM
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