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Nutrition student wins prestigious award

Alicia Cone is named Dietetics Student of the Year.

April 29, 2015

Alicia Cone was named the 2015 Outstanding Didactic Program in Dietetics Student of the Year earlier this month. PHOTO: Trevor Davis
Alicia Cone was named the 2015 Outstanding Didactic Program in Dietetics Student of the Year earlier this month. PHOTO: Trevor Davis

Alicia Cone, a student in MSU Denver’s Department of Nutrition, was recently named the 2015 Outstanding Didactic Program in Dietetics Student of the Year. She received the award from the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at its annual conference on April 24. The award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and professional potential.

“I was flattered and surprised,” Cone said of winning the award. “There are so many passionate students doing great work in our program, let alone in the state. At the same time, it feels good to be recognized for my hard work.”

The competition for the award was fierce. Each accredited nutrition program and internship placement in the state was able to nominate one standout student. According to April Rhymaum, director of MSU Denver’s Didactic Program in Dietetics, Cone was an obvious choice.

“When I approached the other faculty members about her nomination, there was no hesitation that she was the perfect candidate. Alicia is dedicated to learning, passionate about nutrition and the dietetics profession, and willing to go above and beyond what is needed. We’re lucky to have her as a student.”

They won’t have her for much longer. Cone graduates in May 2015 and will begin her postgraduate dietetic internship shortly thereafter. The highly competitive internship will give her the required 1,200 hours of experience she needs to sit for the registered dietitian exam.

As a registered dietitian, Cone hopes to work in the area of maternal and child nutrition, or perhaps to combine her new skills with those gained from her former career as a marketing and communications professional to serve in public health or corporate wellness.