Barbara Tangel, director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, received the Carolyn Sebastianelli Distinguished Member Award at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Dietetic Association (NJDA). The award, the highest given by the NJDA, honors a member who has been a role model, demonstrating commitment to the nutritional needs of the community, leadership, mentoring, service to others, and professionalism and high ethical standards in practice.
As Tangel received her award, a ballroom-full of attendees responded with standing ovations. She delivered a touching acceptance speech that highlighted and praised the successes of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Rutgers and its hundreds of graduates, including Chris Gunning; Sara Elnakib, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County; Danielle Data and Taylor Palm.
The New Jersey Dietetic Association empowers members to be New Jersey’s food and nutrition leaders and is driven to optimize New Jersey’s health through food and nutrition through customer focus, advocacy, integrity, innovation, social responsibility and collaboration.