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Orlynn Rosaasen Appointed to Fill Open Board of Trustees Seat on the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)
The board voted to approve Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services, University of North Dakota. Orlynn is committed to supporting the board’s responsibilities of setting the overall strategic directions for the association while relying on our committees, task forces, and regions to bring our goals to life. Orlynn served on the Continental Regional Council and participated in the development of the current strategic plan. As membership chair for three years, he maintained a consistent member retention rate above 85 percent in the Continental Region. He will fill this term through July 2018. We welcome Orlynn to the board of trustees. We encourage all other applicants to self-nominate in the upcoming open call for board nominations.
UND Dining Services Awarded "A" Grade on peta2's 2017 Vegan Report Card
This year, more than 1,400 universities across the U.S. were surveyed. Seventy percent of them now offer at least one vegan option on their dining hall menu, and 19 percent now have all-vegan dining stations—by comparison with just 9 percent in 2016.
New research shows that as people perceive that the norms concerning eating are shifting, they're more likely to change their own eating habits. Vegan eating is presented as "normal" through entertainment, the availability of vegan options at fast-food restaurants, and your own signage, and all of that has led to some 6 percent of Americans now identifying as vegan—a six-fold growth in three short years.
University of North Dakota is on the forefront of this shift toward more sustainable, healthy, and vegan food options, offering cruelty-free options to students.
Dustin Frize, LRD, Receives the 2015 Dr. Robert H. Boyd Healthy UND Champion Award
The Dr. Robert H. Boyd Healthy UND Champion Award is named in recognition of a true champion of health and wellness at the University of North Dakota. Its purpose is to recognize the achievements of an individual, department, or group who have worked to improve the health and wellness of UND students, faculty, and staff by enhancing awareness, building skills, changing social norms, and creating a healthier environment. The award is presented at the Annual Healthy UND Coalition meeting in the fall.
Excerpts from His Nomination
Dustin is an active member of the Healthy UND Coalition and serves as chair of the Healthy UND Nutrition Subcommittee.
He chaired the 2010-2011 Healthy UND 2020 Nutrition Priority Action Group and has championed numerous efforts to promote healthy eating and enhance healthy food options on campus including:
- the labeling of vending machines and offering additional healthy choices
- expanding healthful options available in the food court, convenience stores, and dining centers
- implementing the Guiding Stars food rating system
- prominently displaying healthy food items in high traffic areas