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HNFE's unique fusion of nutrition and exercise sciences positions us as a leader in education, prevention, research, and translational studies.

We examine the psychosocial aspects of health, behavioral interventions, human performance, and youth and adult weight management with a focus on chronic disease and prevention.

Our mission is:

  • to discover, translate, and disseminate health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences.

Our faculty:

  • promote health and wellness with an emphasis on translational science, service to the community, and providing quality education for students.

Department Highlights:


For the second year in a row, two HNFE undergraduate students were selected as winners for the ePortfolio Undergraduate Student Showcase. Shannon Lloyd was selected in the Learning and Service category, and Kailey Proctor was selected in the Professional Growth and Research category. Congratulations, Shannon and Kailey!


    Amy Milstead and Grace McGuirk

HNFE students Amy Milstead and Grace McGuirk won first place at the 2014 VT Engagement Poster Showcase. Their Civic Agriculture & Food Systems Capstone Project was “Learn, Grow, Thrive! and their Community Partner was Headstart in Pearisburg, Virginia. Learn, Grow, Thrive! is a four week nutrition and gardening education workshop for the 3-5 year old kids participating in the Head Start program in Pearisburg during the spring of 2014. The lessons are based on food, nutrition, and agriculture to provide an experiential learning opportunity to kids that will hopefully spark their interest and desire in establishing lifelong healthy eating habits. Congratulations Amy and Grace!


Nicolin Girmes-Grieco and Renee Selberg-Eaton were nominated by students as "Favorite Faculty." This recognition program is hosted by Housing and Residence Life and recognizes hard work, contributions to academia, and dedication to student learning. Nicolin was also recognized as "Teacher of the Week" during April 14th by The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER).


Student Spotlight: Christian Beyer
    Christian Beyer

Congratulations to HNFE's Christian Beyer, who received the 2014 Skelton Award for Academic Excellence in Athletics! This $5000 scholarship is the highest designation handed out by the Tech athletics department. It is awarded to a student-athlete who has participated in intercollegiate athletics who holds an overall GPA of 3.40 or better. 

Christian plays on the men's basketball team, and he said, "I was really excited. Obviously, it’s a huge honor. All the time that I’ve put into schoolwork … it’s just nice to see people rewarding the student-athletes who put the time in in the classroom as well as on the court or whatever sport they play. So I was extremely honored."

Faculty Spotlight: Carol Papillon
    Carol Papillon

Carol Papillon was presented with the "Distinguished Dietitian of the Year" Award by the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND) on April 8

This award is presented to members who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership in the field of dietetics. 

Carol’s leadership efforts include educating and mentoring dietetic interns, working in the community to provide nutrition counseling, and creating student nutrition counselor positions. She was president of VAND in 2012.


2014 Fall Force Add Instructions

HNFE Happenings - Spring 2014