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Food Science and Human Nutrition Newsletter | Spring 2021

The Food Science and Human Nutrition newsletter publishes twice per year, in January and June.

From the Department Head

Mike Pagliasotti outdoor portrait

Dear Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, I hope you are healthy and happy. We are looking forward to the fall semester and a return to some semblance of normalcy. I hope you can take the time to peruse our newsletter. If you do, I am sure you will join me in my admiration for our faculty, staff, and students.

I will be retiring on June 30, 2021, and, therefore, want to thank all of you for your support of our department. Fortunately, Chris Melby will take over as interim department head through June 30, 2022, while we conduct a national search for new leadership (thanks, Chris!). Have a great summer, and remember, don’t confuse life and work. The second (work) is only part of the first (life).

Enjoy the newsletter!

Mike Pagliassotti, Department Head


Savannah Hobbes portrait

Outstanding Ph.D. grad completes her dissertation during the COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of her academic and research success, Savannah Hobbs was recognized with a national award.

Heidi Engelhardt outdoors

Q&A with outstanding grad master’s student Heidi Engelhardt

Grad student Heidi Engelhardt shares her experiences and research focused on high-elevation food preparation.

Kathryn Quintero wearing a mask

First-generation grad recognized for many leadership roles in Hospitality Management

For Kathryn Quintero, coming to CSU gave her an opportunity to find success as a first-generation student.

Research and Outreach

Megan Mueller

Are menu items labeled as healthy actually better for you? Maybe not, says CSU researcher

Ever wonder whether foods listed on restaurant menus as “healthy,” “organic,” or “low-fat” are actually nutritionally better than other menu items?

Kara McIver pipetting in a lab

Graduate student recognized with prestigious nutrition award

Kara McIver received the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Student in a Coordinated Program Award.

Shelby Cox

From alumna to Nutrition Center interim director and Ph.D. candidate in 7 years

Shelby Cox became the director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center, a mom, and Ph.D. candidate all in one year.


Mackenzie Burgess holding a registered dietician sign

Food Science and Human Nutrition alumni share their career experiences

A degree from Food Science and Human Nutrition leads to some exciting careers. Read on for a sampling of how alumni are making a difference in various fields.

Charlie Hoxmeier behind the bar at the Gilded Goat

Fermentation Science and Technology industry instructor finds his passion in the science of brewing

Charlie Hoxmeier (’09, ’14), owner of the Gilded Goat Brewing Company, shares his passion with students as an instructor in the FST program.

Gabe Armstrong at the Crooked Cup pouring an expresso

Alumnus, restaurant owner, and CSU instructor in the Hospitality Management Program

Gabriel Armstrong (’12), CSU alumnus, is the owner of The Crooked Cup and teaches in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.


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