Call for Awards & Fellows nominations
The deadline to receive nominations for the 2010 Achievement Awards and IFT Fellows recognition is approaching. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the Achievements Awards is Dec. 1, 2009. Deadline for receipt of nominations for the IFT Fellows is Feb. 1, 2010.

For instructions and nomination forms, click on “Awards & Scholarships” at, or contact Jenny Schmidli at 312-604-0232 or [email protected], or Heidi Voorhees at 312-604-0235 or [email protected].

Scholarship deadlines reminder
Students still have time to apply for undergraduate or graduate scholarships that are sponsored by companies in the food industry, organizations, individual donors, IFT Divisions, IFT Sections, and the IFT Foundation.

Applications for the 2010–11 academic year must be turned in to the student’s department head by Feb. 1, 2010 (graduate, senior, and junior students); Feb. 15, 2010 (freshman students); and March 1, 2010 (sophomore students). Applications and instructions can be obtained at under “Awards & Scholarships.” For more information, contact Anna K. Proctor, IFT Foundation Coordinator, at 312-782-8424 or [email protected].

NSF recognizes Minerich, Winter
Two IFT members are the recipients of NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards, which recognize the extraordinary efforts of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and achievement in food safety.

Phillip Minerich of Hormel Foods Corp. was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Packaging & Distribution. For more than 32 years, he has worked within food production, committed to improving the safety of our food supply. Today, because of his contributions, public health and food regulation agencies have more effective methods for contamination detection.

Carl Winter, Director of the Food Safety Program, Dept. of Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, received the Education & Training Award. Throughout the past decade, Winter has developed a unique musical approach to spread food safety messages through the project, “Improving Food Safety Education through the Use of Music-Based Curricula.” He is a Fellow of IFT.

David Michael hires Rosen
David Rosen has joined David Michael & Co. as Eastern Regional Manager. He has a long history of work in the food industry, holding sales and sales management positions with PFW/Hercules, Sanofi-Bio Industries, Bush Boake Allen Inc., and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Rosen, a Member of IFT, received his B.S. degree in food science and an MBA degree from Rutgers University.

Park wins dairy science award
Young W. Park, a professor of food science at Fort Valley State University, has won the Land O’Lakes Inc. Award from the American Dairy Science Association. The award is given to a scientist who has made a meritorious scientific contribution or discovery pertaining to dairy manufacturing or dairy production, or invented a plan, process, or device that is useful, valuable, or significant in the practice of dairy manufacturing or dairy production.

Park, a Professional Member of IFT, is noted for his research in goat milk and dairy goat products.

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Texas A&M names Keeton dept. head
Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Jimmy Keeton head of the nutrition and food science department.

Keeton, a Professional Member of IFT, joined the university in 1984 as an associate professor in the animal science department. Since then, he has been promoted to full professor and has served as interim head of the nutrition and food science department since 2007. His research focuses on the safety, nutritional value, and quality attributes of meat products. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Klose, Gieseke promoted
David Michael & Co. has promoted Olivia Klose and Matt Gieseke to account managers. They are also recent graduates of the Sales Training Account Management Program (STAMP), an intensive 12-month training program that covers all aspects of the food and beverage industry. STAMP provides a thorough orientation of the David Michael organization, including its business philosophy, commitment to quality, and a full range of customer service procedures.

Klose and Gieseke are Members of IFT.

Hamilton is new Nikken sales manager
Lori J. Hamilton recently joined Nikken Foods USA Inc. as National Sales Manager. She has experience in the sale of key food ingredients such as colors and flavors and also has experience in product development and technical service. She earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and an MBA degree from Southern Illinois University.

Hamilton is a Member of IFT.

FONA announces employee moves
FONA recently announced personnel changes that involve several members of IFT.

Dana Sanza has joined FONA as a flavorist in the Beverage Business Unit. Sanza, a Certified Member of the Society of Flavor Chemists, has worked in the flavor industry for about 10 years. In her new position, she will work with customers to help develop flavor solutions for their beverage application needs.

Ray Hartman was promoted to Confections Business Unit Technical Director. In his new position, he will lead the flavor creation and application support teams, which develop flavors for the confectionery industry.

The company promoted Michael Patschorke and Dave Salinas to sales directors. In their new roles, they will continue day-to-day strategic account management, while taking on the additional responsibilities of personnel management and coordinating as a leadership group to ensure FONA is aligned with customer goals.

Laura Partida recently passed exams to become a certified flavorist. She joined FONA in February and has eight years of experience in the flavor industry. She supports flavor creation efforts for the company’s Beverage and Grain Business Unit Groups.

Craig Savage, Confections Business Unit Applications Manager, was voted an officer of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association Board of Directors.

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Lynch joins Virginia Dare
Virginia Dare has appointed Stephanie Lynch as Business Development Director. She will focus on business development in the health and wellness, nutritional, and pharmaceutical industries.

Virginia Dare has appointed Stephanie Lynch as Business Development Director. She will focus on business development in the health and wellness, nutritional, and pharmaceutical industries.

Previously, Lynch worked at the Dow Chemical Co. as Global Market Manager—Food & Nutrition Business and at Thomas J. Lipton (Unilever) as a food scientist. She is a Member of IFT. 

Pure Circle hires Purkayastha
Sidd Purkayastha joins PureCircle USA as Technical Director. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the sweetener industry to his position. This includes knowledge of the structure–function of food ingredients such as sweeteners, starches, acids, and hydrocolloids.

Purkayastha, a Professional Member of IFT, earned his Ph.D. degree in food engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA degree from the University of Illinois.

Students Supporting Their Profession
Students may believe that it is too early to think about “giving back” to the food science profession, but now is the time to invest in a new opportunity from the IFT Foundation.

The Vanguard Society is an exclusive group open to students who make a deferred pledge to the IFT Foundation. Participants do not begin paying the pledge until five years after graduation. Now is the time to join the Vanguard Society. It’s the best way to begin giving back to your profession.

Kelsey Ryan, IFT Student Association President, became the first member of the Vanguard Society. Past IFTSA President Patti Aron also joined the Vanguard Society.

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Section & Division meetings
Southern California

Dec. 16: dinner meeting. Location: Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif. Call 714-282-0919, e-mail [email protected], or visit

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