Morristown, N.J. (January 30, 2015) – While the College of Saint Elizabeth was closed over winter break, the Foods and Nutrition Labs got a $100,000 facelift with new equipment, including teaching aids such as a wireless network and overhead projector systems. The labs were back up and running when the students returned to campus on January 20, 2015.
"The new technology in the classrooms enhances learning," says Ellen Petrosino '15. "With the addition of the smart boards and overhead projectors, it will be easier to present our labs, see the professor's notes, and use power point presentations. This is the technology that we will be using in our future careers."
With the updates completed, the labs are ready for CSE students to hone their skills in food science, nutrition and dietetics. The best practices they learn will be put to good use as they help people adopt a healthy lifestyle for disease prevention, manage nutrition to control illness and aid in recovery, or explore food science principles and food trends in recipe development. Many of the foods and nutrition program graduates continue their education to become registered dieticians and nutritionists.
In the early 1990s, the original floor plan and design of the foods lab was the brain child of retired associate professor emerita Sister Anita Richard. Sister Anita's original design was recognized as the New Jersey Monthly 1993 Design of the Year.
"In envisioning this update we recreated the judges' claim of an inviting and colorful space by giving it more color, beautiful tile work, undated cabinetry, and light-enhancing window treatments that promotes a healthy environment," says Monica Luby, assistant professor in the foods and nutrition program. "We thank the CSE donors for their generous support of this program, the local contractors, and the facilities department that worked so hard over winter break to make this happen!"
This upgrade was supported by generous contributions from CSE donors and the State of New Jersey Higher Education Capital Facilities program General Obligation (NJGO) bond. The NJGO bond was passed by New Jersey voters in 2013 to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) renovations in New Jersey's colleges and universities to remain competitive and keep the brightest and best students in state for their higher education.