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Regin Gallagher Elected to ACEND
-By Mary Ochs
Commitment and dedication have paid off for junior dietetics student, Regin Gallagher. Regin has accomplished plenty of success throughout her undergraduate career at UND, and her most recent appointment as the student representative-elect to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Board of Directors (BOD) attests to the leadership potential in store for her.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs, preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. One student from all accredited dietetics programs in the U.S. is elected each year to represent the student perspective on the ACEND BOD. Regin was elected through a nomination and interview process with final selection by a majority vote of the board. Her term begins June 1st, 2015. She will complete her first year as the student representative-elect. The following year she will become a voting member. Her responsibilities include participation in the Academy Student Council Advisory Committee during her first year on the board, and she will be given opportunities to participate in committee work and ACEND trainings. Regin will travel to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics headquarters in Chicago twice each year to participate in face-to-face board meetings.
“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve on the ACEND Board of Directors to further broaden my undergraduate experience in an effort to become the best-rounded dietitian I can be” says Regin. She has had countless rewarding experiences throughout her three years as an undergrad so far. However, she said her most rewarding experience has been the memories and laugher she’s shared with her fellow dietetic program classmates. “Being around people who share the same enthusiasm and passion as you do, who support each other, and who can laugh together has been the most rewarding experience I’ve had at UND.”
Regin is a junior here at UND. She loves what she’s studying, and wants to experience all she can to develop herself and her professional skills. Nutrition education is a passion for her as well as nutrition in general. When asked what she loved most about her major, Regin had nothing but positive words. “Not only is there more to be learned about nutrition, but I think how we educate others about nutrition is always evolving, which keeps the field exciting!” exclaimed Regin. She also went on to explain the balance required for success. “I also love that nutrition is a hard science, yet it requires people skills, too, in order to be successful.” Regin is a great leader in her field, and we can expect to see great things from her throughout her career.
Regin is an accomplished student leader at UND. In addition to her appointment to the ACEND Board, Regin has been recognized for her leadership accomplishments within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and across the campus community. She received the UND Wellness Center Employee of the Year Award in 2014, the Lillian Elsigna Student Leader Award in 2014, and most recently she was the first student to be awarded with the Robert H. Boyd UND Champion Award for 2014. With so many achievements, Regin still finds time to appreciate the small things. She values the memories and laughter she has shared with all her friends, and she is ever so grateful for the help of various faculty and staff here at UND.
Regin would like to thank many different people for helping her become so successful thus far. The entire Nutrition and Dietetics Department has been a huge help to her and all its students. Doris Wang, the Coordinated Program in Dietetics Program Director, has been a great asset to Regin and shown her incredible support. Karina Wittmann, the Associate Director of Assessment and Operations at the Wellness Center and Student Health Services Registered Dietitian, has been a fabulous mentor and supporter of Regin as well. The CNPD and the entire University would like to congratulate Regin Gallagher again for her appointment as Student Representative for the ACEND. She has been an excellent example of what hard work and passion can achieve. UND has produced some amazing people who have bettered our society for what they do or practice. Regin is no exception; there’s no doubt we should continue to expect big things for her in the future!