Continuing Education Crushing Your Barriers Do you find yourself enticed by the idea of continuing your education but stop short of actually going for it?Can’t realize your academic dreams without financial assistance? It’s time to break through the barriers standing between you and your professional goals and educational aspirations by taking advantage of scholarships available through the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF)! These opportunities include academic aid for those pursuing a vocational/technical, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree in a school nutrition-related field of study. And now, to make it even easier for you to apply, SNF is excited to announce a new 4-in-1 application for the Professional Growth, Schwan’s Food Service, Winston Industries Build Your Future and Nancy Curry scholarships. The application deadline for the 2012-13 academic year is coming up fast: April 9, 2012. An applicant must be an active SNA member for a minimum of one year from April 1, 2011, and have a history of employment in school nutrition. For scholarship information and application/eligibility details, or to apply, visit www.school nutrition.org/scholarships. The time you take to apply just might be one of the best investments in your profession that you will ever make. Child Nutrition Showcase Share Your Success Is there something about your program that you think is particularly innovative or remarkable? Share your success story with your school nutrition peers at the annual Child Nutrition Showcase Poster Session at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Denver, July 15-18, 2012. The Child Nutrition Showcase is a display of “posters” highlighting successful practices and research in school nutrition. Success story posters can address such topics as food safety programs, marketing and customer service innovations, nutrition education activities, menu changes or environmentally friendly practices. The call for posters is open to anyone who is interested. To submit your poster idea or get more information, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc. The deadline for submission is March 16, 2012. Member Recruitment Let’s Stand Together! Did you know that SNA welcomed 2,313 new members this past fall as a result of the 2011 Fall Membership Drive? That tops the previous year’s total by 150 members! SNA thanks the recruiting efforts of individual members and state affiliates, and encourages all to stay engaged in strengthening the Association’s voice by participating in the Spring Membership Drive, running from March 1 to April 30, 2012. With the theme of “Stand Together for School Nutrition,” this campaign is an excellent opportunity to promote child nutrition programs and spread the word about SNA. Recruitment packets were sent to state affiliates at the end of January. The top recruiting states in each region will be Awarded with a complimentary one-year membership to SNA. These states also will be recognized in July at SNA’s Annual National Conference in Denver. For questions, please contact SNA Director of Membership & Affiliate Services Ellen Wilson at (800) 877-8822, ext. 119, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership Connect with SNA Do we have your correct e-mail address? SNA is currently looking to improve our ability to communicate with members on timely school nutrition-related news, trends, legislative updates, upcoming meetings and other essential resources. To do so, we need your help in making sure we have your correct e-mail address in our records. To ensure you’re connected with SNA, simply submit or verify your current e-mail address using the MySNA link at SchoolNutrition.org. And when you do so, you will be entered into the “Connect with SNA” sweepstakes to win one of five SNA Emporium gift certificates worth $25. To enter today, visit www. Schoolnutrition.org/connect. Note: This sweepstakes is not available in any state or local jurisdiction where prohibited or restricted by law. LAC 2012 Join Your Peers in Washington It’s not too late to register for SNA’s 40th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), taking place next month, March 4-7, 2012, in the heart of the nation’s capital. This is an important year for the school nutrition profession, as it brings with it the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, as well as the pending new meal pattern regulations. Plus, as the current presidential election cycle cranks up, LAC promises to be an ideal setting to discuss legislative priorities and challenges and share ideas that will help us move forward and build upon the achievements of the last 40+ years. But this discussion and exchange will only be effective if SNA members, allies and advocates come together in force and united in support of the mission of the school meals programs. To register for LAC or to learn more, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac. Publications SN Goes Digital! School Nutrition has gone digital. That’s right, in addition to the print magazine you receive in the mail at home or work, you can access the complete issue—from cover to cover—on the web at SchoolNutrition.org. This additional service to members is being made available to you at no charge. Why digital? Because we can—and because we should. The magazine team knows that you find School Nutrition one of the most valuable benefi ts of your SNA membership, and we want to ensure that It’s available to you in multiple formats to best meet your reading needs and preferences. The digital edition is available on any device with a web browser; a mobile app is under consideration for the future. The current issue will be available to all visitors to SchoolNutrition.org; SNA members will have exclusive access to archived issues. SN invites you to take some time to visit www.schoolnutrition. org/snmagazinecurrent and give the digital version of School Nutrition a test-drive. Reader Exchange Dish It Up Did you know that School Nutrition magazine now has its own discussion forum on SNA’s online networking community, School Nutrition Network (SNN)? Called “Side Dish,” this area features questions two times each month that are designed to build reader engagement, encourage feedback on recent or future articles and foster reader-to-reader engagement and discussion. Discussions posted in Side Dish have included “What was your favorite school lunch as a kid?” and “What was your favorite article this month?” Of course, the success of such an endeavor requires a few brave souls to step forward and keep the dialogue going. We need readers like you to head over to SNN, www.schoolnutrition.org/snn, and log in (or create your profile) to share your answer to our questions, so that others will be inspired to “enter” the forum and share their own comments. Click the Discussion Forums tab, then the Side Dish tab and you will see the most recent question posted. Click on it, read it through and then you can reply. Every reader is welcomed and encouraged to comment; the more readers who participate, the more you and your school nutrition peers will get out of the forum!
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