<b>ANC 2012</b> <b>Explore New Horizons</b> It’s not too early to mark your calendar for SNA’s 2012 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Denver, July 15-18, 2012. This year’s theme, “Explore New Horizons,” will be the backdrop for four days of informative and inspiring sessions, endless exhibits and unparalleled networking opportunities. To emphasize the theme and draw attention to the many new challenges, changes, opportunities and trends happening in school nutrition, SNA is asking you to share a change or innovation that you think is on the horizon for the profession. What exciting change(s) are you going to make to your school nutrition program in the coming year? How are you going to implement such changes, and what do you think the impact will be on your students, staff and the overall program? Share your thoughts and be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three free registrations to ANC 2012. Ideas for potential changes on the horizon include (but are not limited to): meeting criteria for the new meal pattern regulations or the Healthier US School Challenge; expanding school breakfast service; introducing new menu items/kids’ taste preferences; promoting locally grown foods; working with chefs and other partners; trying new marketing strategies; and exploring social media and other new technology. This sweepstakes is not available in any state or local jurisdiction where prohibited or restricted by law. To submit your thoughts, or to view complete rules and regulations, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/ancsweeps. <b>Awards</b> <b>Deadlines Approach to Honor Colleagues</b> The beginning of the new calendar year means that SNA’s awards season is well underway. Make 2012 the year that you nominate a staff member or coworker whose contributions make a difference. The Louise Sublette Award of Leadership Excellence in School Nutrition is awarded to a manager who coordinates a special project to improve her or his school nutrition program. The deadline for the letter of intent to submit an application was December 1, but now is a great time to start thinking about next year’s project! If you have submitted a letter of intent, remember that final entries are due March 1, 2012. The Heart of the Program award honors school nutrition employees who demonstrate customer service, interest in young people, cooperation, work attendance, creativity, participation in professional growth and a willingness to “go the extra mile.” The entry is due March 1, 2012, to your state president. And don’t forget to recognize school nutrition directors who are responsible for the success of their district programs! The Outstanding Director of the Year award reflects the achievement of directors who show innovative best practices, promote school meals to their community, are superb leaders and are involved in their association. State affiliate presidents must receive nominations by March 1, 2012. Nominations can be made online for all three of these awards at www.schoolnutrition.org/awards. The March deadline is a few months away, but the time will fly by, so be sure to get an early start on your application. <b>Publications </b> <b>Research at the Ready </b> Interested in learning more about the effect of offer vs. serve approaches on the consumption of fruits and vegetables by elementary school children? How about perceived barriers and benefits to the School Breakfast Program? The Fall 2011 issue of <i><i>The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management </i></i>is available online at SchoolNutrition.org. Each issue of this online exclusive publication features several research articles on topics critical to the successful operation of school meal programs. In addition to the topics mentioned already, articles in this latest issue also focus on research related to vending machine offerings in middle schools and the development and evaluation of nutrition education competencies for preschool-aged children. You also will find a research update from the National Food Service Management Institute, as well as abstracts from the Child Nutrition Showcase poster display at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Nashville last July. <i><i>The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management </i></i>is a peer-reviewed research journal published twice a year. To read the current issue, visit, www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm. <b>SNF </b> <b>Peer-to-Peer Power </b> Last spring, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) launched Peer2Peer Connect, a new education and networking resource that connects SNA members via conference call and allows for real-time interaction and discussion of key issues affecting school nutrition programs. SNF identified the need for such a live forum after observing that participants of its Webinar Wednesdays program often had more questions for the presenters than time allowed. Designed especially for directors, area supervisors and managers, the goal of these free conference calls is to provide ample opportunity for members to share resources, ideas and strategies. Interested in participating in Peer2Peer Connect? Each hour-long discussion focuses on a single topic and features a panel of three to four school nutrition experts. Peer experts may be school nutrition directors and staff, state/federal agency members or industry representatives. Each panelist shares his/her involvement, expertise and best practices related to the designated topic before opening the call to questions and comments. Participants can ask questions live via phone or through the online chat platform. The recent Peer2Peer Connect discussion, “Applying Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to Farm to School and School Gardens,” gathered together nearly 60 participants, while more than 90 participants were logged in to take part in the subsequent “Flavored Milk” discussion. At press time, SNF was working to produce a discussion on cooperative/group purchasing for late January, as well as discussions on produce risks and food allergy resources for February. To listen to recordings of previous discussions or to learn more about the Peer2Peer Connect program, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Peer2Peer. <b>Board of Directors Election </b> <b>The Votes Are In</b> SNA members have spoken, casting their ballots for the Association’s top leadership positions. This year, voting was conducted online only through SNA’s website, with more than 3,420 members logging on to cast their ballots between October 15 and November 15, 2011. Congratulations to the winners of the 2012-14 Board of Directors election, listed below. New Board members will be installed at the Annual National Conference in Denver in July and will serve under the leadership of incoming President Sandy Ford, SNS. Vice President Julia Bauscher, SNS, Kentucky Secretary/Treasurer Melanie Konarik, SNS, Texas Northeast Regional Director Cheryl Goffus, SNS, New Jersey Northwest Regional Director Linda Aljets, Oregon Southwest Regional Director Jill Vincent, SNS, Kansas Member Services Committee Sheila Parisien, SNS, Chair Massachusetts Nutrition Committee Chair Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, SNS, Virginia School Nutrition Employee/ Manager Representative Nancy Thatcher, New Mexico State Agency Representative Lynn Harvey, North Carolina In addition, members also voted several regional positions to the SNA Nominating Committee. Mideast Representative Kathleen Kane, SNS, Indiana Midwest Representative Kathy Burrill, SNS, Minnesota Southeast Representative Beverly Girard, SNS, Florida West Representative Mary Ann McCann, New Mexico
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