Midnight Snack: April 2012 Official Newsletter of the IFT Student Association



Head Chef: A Letter from our President

Jennifer WilligHi Foodies!

I hope everyone is having a great spring semester/quarter. This issue is filled with exciting updates including a list of your 2012-2013 IFTSA Board of Directors.





Matt Cael

Louisiana State University


Jonathan Baugher

North Carolina State University

Past President

Jennifer Willig

University of Kentucky

Central Atlantic Area Rep

Matthew Moore

North Carolina State University

Midwest Area Rep

Sarah Scholl

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mountain West Area Rep

Jonathan Tong

University of California- Davis

North Atlantic Area Rep

Jay Gilbert

University of Massachusetts

North Central Area Rep

Brooke Grossenbacher

University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Pacific West Area Rep

Melissa Sales

Oregon State University

South Central Area Rep

Alex Lyssy

Texas A&M University

Southeast Area Rep

Luis A. Espinoza-Rodenzo

Louisiana State University

I encourage you to become more involved in your university’s food science club and to attend your next chapter area meeting. If you are an incoming president, don’t forget to sign up by May 1 for the Chapter Leaders Workshop taking place in Las Vegas. Visit here to register and obtain more information.

Jennifer Willig
IFTSA President 2011-2012

Expiration Dates: Announcements & Deadlines

Don’t miss any of the upcoming events at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®.
View the schedule here.


IFTSA Heart Healthy Product Development Competition
Sponsored by:

The 2nd Annual Heart Healthy Competition took place at the Wellness Conference on March 28 and 29 in Rosemont, IL. Cornell University took 1st place with their product Hummus+, adding sweet potato and butternut squash to a traditional hummus base.

Read more about the Heart Healthy competition here.

First Place: Cornell University: Hummus+
Second Place: The Ohio State University: Morning Glory
Third Place: University of California-Davis: Torteoat The Poppy Award

It's not too late to enter the IFT12 Video Competition

The Poppy Award is IFT’s version of the Grammy’s featuring 1-2 minute videos conveying just how cool it is to be a food geek. This new award is soon to be all the rage! Finalists will have their videos highlighted during the Annual Meeting Keynote Session on Tuesday, June 26. All videos must be uploaded to IFT’s YouTube channel by Friday, April 20. Want more info? Visit here.

Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition
Sponsored by:

Disney Consumer Products
This year there were 36 participating teams from 28 universities. The final teams are:

Cornell University: Vegginators
University of Florida: Yum-e-Milk
University of Minnesota: Mickey's Fantasticos
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Peanut Butter Jamsicles
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Pit-Stop

IFTSA Product Development Competition
Sponsored by:

MARS chocolate, north america


California Polytechnic State University: Veg This Way
Cornell University: Dough TEMPtations
Pennsylvania State University: Brew Bites
The Ohio State University: UnBeetable Burger
University of Minnesota: Theikos Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Cranberry POPlers

IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition
Sponsored in part by:
General Mills

Domestic Finalists:
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Mango Meal
Virginia Tech University: Uji-mate
Washington State University/University of Idaho: Maandazi

International Finalists:
Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia: Mangnut
Brawijaya University, Indonesia: STIFT OORRID MANGO
Universiti Putra, Malaysia: Vit-A-Go

Chapter of the Year Applications
Sponsored by:
PepsiCo   Solae

Don’t miss out on a chance to have your food science club’s hard work recognized. All COY applications are due Tuesday, May 1 by 11:59 p.m. CST. E-mail iftsa.coy@gmail.com.

 Local Flare: Chapter & Club News

Area Meeting Details
Here is a recap from some of our spring area meetings. Congratulations to our winners! We look forward to a fierce competition at the IFTSA College Bowl Competition on Wednesday, June 27 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

Sponsored in part by:

PepsiCo     Nestle Purina

Central Atlantic Area
**Winner = North Carolina State University**

Place: Virginia Tech University
Dates: April 14-15
Teams: North Carolina State University, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, and Virginia Tech University
Activities: Kickball, a professional panel, and college bowl competition
Contact: Quin Patton at jqpatton@ncsu.edu

Midwest Area
**Winner = Purdue University**
Place: University of Kentucky
Dates: March 30-31
Teams: Michigan State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and University of Tennessee
Activities: Social event, a tour of Keeneland Race Track, college bowl competition, and a celebratory dinner
Contact: Jamie Skudlarek at jamie.greene@uky.edu

Mountain West Area
**Winner = Brigham Young University**
Place: Colorado State University
Dates: April 6-7
Teams: Brigham Young University, California Polytechnic Pomona University, California Polytechnic State at San Luis Obispo, Chapman University, and Utah State University
Activities: Brewing technology presentation, Mountain West Club activity summaries, group dinner, and college bowl competition
Contact: Aliyar Fouladkhah at aliyar@lamar.colostate.edu

North Atlantic Area
**Winner = Cornell University**
Place: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date: April 6-7
Teams:  Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, University of Maine, and University of Massachusetts Amherst
Activities: Welcome dinner and speech by Dr. Decker, head of the food science department at University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 6. Breakfast, department tour, college bowl competition and lunch on April 7.
Contact: Xi Chen at chenxi@eden.rutgers.edu

North Central Area
**Winner = University of Minnesota**

Place: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dates: April 13-14
Teams: Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Activities: Make-your-own pizza and ice cream social, tour of the Babcock Hall and dairy plant, college bowl competition, and scavenger hunt
Contact: Gregg Turbes at turbes@wisc.edu

Pacific West Area
**Winner = University of California- Davis**
Place: The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California-Davis
Dates: March 9-10
Teams: University of California-Davis, Fresno State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University/University of Idaho
Activities:  Campus-wide scavenger hunt, campus brewery and winery tours, seminar on food trends, and a southern style barbecue dinner
Contact: Kirk Smith at kirktsmith@gmail.com

College Bowl Competition

South Central Area
**Winner: University of Arkansas**
Place: Culinary Focus, Irving, TX
Dates: March 29-30
Teams: Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and University of Arkansas
Activities: Tour of Pecan Deluxe plant, culinary demonstration at Culinary Focus followed by a “make your own pizza dinner”
Contact: Lisbeth Rives at lisbethrives@gmail.com

Southeast Area
**Winner: Clemson University **
Place: Louisiana State University
Dates: March 30-April 1
Teams: Alabama A&M University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, University of Florida, and University of Georgia
Activities: Ice cream social, challenge-based tour of campus, college bowl competition, and a Louisiana style cookout
Contact: Adriana Soto at asotor1@tigers.lsu.edu

Send in your club photos
Summer is approaching quickly, but there are still a few weeks of school left. What is your food science club doing to close out the year? E-mail your club photos to Emily Wolter at emwolter2@gmail.com by May 17 to be included in the June edition of Midnight Snack. Photos are also being accepted until May 31 for inclusion in the IFTSA Welcome Assembly Slideshow preceding the College Bowl Competition.

Blueplate Specials: Opportunities for IFTSA Members

Graduating in May? Take advantage of ONE year of FREE IFT membership!

If you are graduating this spring and making the transition to the career of your dreams, make sure to add “sign up for my FREE year of IFT membership” to your to-do list.  Do not let all of the benefits associated with your IFT membership slip away during your transition. Click here for more information.

12th Annual Fun Run & Walk
If you are a student attending the IFT Annual Meeting, you will not want to miss out on the IFTSA/Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run & Walk. This early morning 5K run/walk always proves to be a good time with teams dressed in costumes. Proceeds from the 5K are designated for undergraduate and graduate food science scholarships. Register online here.

Spread the word, reap the rewards!
IFT’s Membership Referral Program rewards you for recruiting new students into the exciting world of IFTSA. For each new member who indicates that they were “referred by” you, you will receive an entry into a drawing for one of two free IFTSA memberships and will be acknowledged in a variety of IFT publications. Want more info? Visit here.

IFT Member Profile: Pattie Aron, Past IFTSA President

Pattie AronSnapshot of my life now: I am currently employed as a company hop chemist at MillerCoors Brewing. In my role, I work in Applied Brewing Technology to develop new hop products, improve existing hop products, aid in the development of new hop varieties, and assist in the resolution of hop-related brewing issues. I work and live in Milwaukee, WI.  Milwaukee summers are fantastic for road biking and playing sand volleyball on the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Where did I attend college?
I obtained an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Elmira College in upstate New York.  Both my masters and PhD degrees were completed at Oregon State University in food science and technology in Corvallis, OR.

How did I get interested in food science? 
Happenstance – I was looking at Master’s programs in chemistry and biochemistry and stumbled upon food science.  Food Science allowed me to combine my passion for fermentation with my interest in science and….apply it! It was a grand slam of a program.

How did IFT/IFTSA help me in your transition from student to professional?
IFT and IFTSA helped me learn more about the food science industry and engage in conversations about the future of food science with professionals and students. The interactions with professionals allowed me to develop a more sophisticated soft- skills set as well as become more aware of potential career opportunities.  Engagement with other students provided me with the opportunity to learn more about the up and coming research trends in food science and understand how I fit into the spectrum of food science graduates. I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses as well as who I might be competing against for job opportunities and who I could potentially be collaborating with in the future. Most importantly, IFT and IFTSA provided a wealth of networking opportunities that resulted in the establishment of life-long friendships.

What are my tips of success for students who might be entering the workforce for the first time?  
Take the time to consider many options and look outside the box – consider locations or job opportunities with potential for growth and learning that will allow you to use your personal strengths, as well as learn new skills.  Make as many industry connections as possible. Be sure to attend the local IFT section meetings and make the effort to attend an IFT Annual Meeting.

I was fortunate enough to have a very special industry mentor to advise me when I had questions about the interviewing and job searching processes.  I strongly suggest finding an industry mentor – someone who you may aspire to be like as your career progresses. Also, know your worth. Take the time to read salary reports relating to the food industry as well as other industries that you seek to enter.


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