Graduate student Jaclyn Weston receives Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award

University of Massachusetts Nutrition graduate student Jaclyn Weston

Jaclyn Weston

April 15, 2016

[[{"attributes":{},"fields":{}}]]Jaclyn Weston, a second year Master's student in the Department of Nutrition, was awarded a Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award for her work with Crocker Farm Elementary School as part of her teaching assistantship in Nutrition 572: Community Nutrition.

According to faculty advisor Lorraine Cordeiro, Weston "expertly and efficiently managed 18 groups of undergraduate students in implementing needs assessments and nutrition education programming at the local elementary school, and spent countless hours ensuring that students have a positive experience, while focusing on meeting the community’s needs."

In describing her work, Weston explains the many roles she juggled, "including coordination among UMass students, faculty and staff of Crocker Farm, the Amherst Food Service Director and UMass dining services, building rapport with the students, faculty and staff of Crocker Farm elementary school and emphasizing the ideals of a service learning project. All of these responsibilities are done in conjunction with 'typical' Teaching Assistant responsibilities, including grading homework and quizzes, updating the Moodle page and answering student emails."

The Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning selected Weston for this award on the basis of leadership, academic excellence, and contribution to a community through a service-learning course.