Emily Pomykala knows the sweet taste of success. By combining her knowledge of foods and nutrition with an outgoing personality, she has launched a new career – TV correspondent for an NBC affiliate.
“I view myself as a translator of the science of foods and nutrition,” said Pomykala. “I specialize in foods and nutrition communication, nutrition science and health promotion.” Recently, a move to Connecticut for her husband’s job brought new and great opportunities – including frequent appearances on NBC-Connecticut on behalf of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In this capacity, she works with producers to provide up-to-date, science based, and entertaining segments on foods nutrition and health. Recently, she hosted a segment on chocolate to coincide with Valentine’s Day, and another on the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
“I absolutely love my work with NBC,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to use the superior education I received at CSE.”
Pomykala entered CSE after transferring in from County College of Morris. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition in 2011 and will graduate this year with a Master of Science in Foods in Nutrition. She credits CSE for helping her achieve academically, but emphasized the importance of taking full advantage of all opportunities. “You need to take initiative. Do your homework; get involved with professional organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that are key to professional success.”
“The Foods and Nutrition Department doesn’t feel like college,” Pomykala recounts. “It feels like ‘home’ with kind and knowledgeable professors who truly want you to reach your fullest personal and professional potential.”
In the future, she would like to keep her ties to CSE. “Someday, I still hope to work as an adjunct within the CSE program because of not only the superior education, but because of the spirit of service and compassion I experienced throughout.”