Published on December 18, 2018 by Sarah Waller  
DI Ceremony

Samford University’s School of Public Health honored its 2018 cohort of dietetic interns with an awards ceremony and reception, Dec. 14, before winter commencement.

The ceremony marks the end of this year-long, post-baccalaureate program, which fulfills the requirements from the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become eligible for the registered dietitian credentials.

The cohort consists of 20 interns representing nine states, and they are the School of Public Health’s fourth cohort of dietetic interns. All of the interns completed a master’s degree alongside their internship, earning either a Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Nutrition. 

School of Public Health faculty and staff were in attendance along with University President Andrew Westmoreland.  “One of the reasons I always attend this ceremony is because I want you to know that so many of us at Samford understand how hard this program is and the amount of work that is required,” he said. “I want to congratulate you and thank you, for this is a significant accomplishment.”

Donna Martin, the immediate past president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shared the ceremony’s keynote address, speaking on the history of nutrition and dietetics in America and how Samford’s graduates will be a part of the future.

“As dietitians, we are not just at the table,” Martin said. “We are setting the table and inviting other people to join us.”

The School of Public Health awarded two scholarships at the ceremony to Amanda Klimowski and Carolyn Copenhaver. Klimowski was also named Samford’s Outstanding Dietetic Intern of the Year. Her name will now be submitted to the state association to be eligible for the Outstanding Alabama Dietetic Intern of the Year.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.