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  • CAHS' UC Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award named

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | May 04, 2017

    CAHS chooses Nevin-Folino for 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award

    CAHS overall Distinguished Alumni 2017 with Dean Whalen

    Nancy Nevin-Folino ’83 (CECH ’74), MEd., RD, CSP, FADA, FAND

    Nancy Nevin-Folino is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the critical field of child nutrition. She has been a neonatal nutrition specialist with The Children’s Medical Center in Dayton for more than 25 years, a long-time pediatric nutrition specialist in private practice, a current director of the Gerber Foundation, and a former director of the American Diabetes Association. A prolific author, editor and speaker in the field of pediatric nutrition and dietetics, Nevin-Folino has received numerous honors from her college and professional organizations for her passion and expertise in enhancing the health of newborns and young children.

    Nevin-Folino joined the colleges' leadership council in 2014 and has helped the college grow over the three years. She advocates for interdisciplinary learning because she sees the disciplines working together every day in her role. 

    Nancy was honored with the colleges' overall Distinguished Alumni Award at the university-wide Distinguished Alumni Cleberation on April 20th 2017. 

  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

  • Ruth Rosevear Seminar featuring Dr. McKenna November 4th

    by Kimberly Maco | Oct 17, 2016

    University of Cincinnati Department of Nutritional Sciences Presents the Ruth Rosevear Lecture in Maternal and Child Nutrition, Multiple Miracles and Nutrition

    Friday, November 4, 2016, Noon – 1 PMphoto of David McKenna, MD

    Medical Sciences Building, Room E351

    Lunch available starting at 11:45 AM

    RSVP to Kim Maco at

    Certificate of Completion will be provided for RDs

    CERPs pending for IBCLCs

    Co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Human Milk & Lactation


    • Know the rate of multiple gestations (MG) in in the US
    • Comprehend the risks specific to each type of MG
    • Understand relationship between diet and outcome in MG
    • Be able to prescribe a diet for MG
    • Evidence-based recommendations for weight gain in MG
    • Appreciate the value of individualized dietary plans for women with multiple gestations

    Download flyer (pdf)


  • Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student of the Year

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jun 01, 2016

    Dietetics student selected as Ohio’s 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Student


    UC Student is Ohio Dietetic Student of the YearElizabeth Vennefron, a senior student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, has had quite a year. She just wrapped up her presidency over the Student Dietetic Association, an organization that has on average 40 -50 students, was tapped for UC’s prestigious Mortar Board, traveled to Mexico to help patients in need and is capping it off as the recipient of the 2016 Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietetic Student Award.                                                                                      

    "I am very honored to have been selected to receive the Outstanding Dietetic Student Award from the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” says Vennefron. “It's very rewarding to see that all of my hard work has paid off and has been recognized by those who I aspire to be one day.”

    Just a few of the Student Dietetic Association’s accomplishments under Elizabeth’s reign include: donating 125 food items to various organizations, providing nearly 500 hours of service to various local organizations and raising hundreds of dollars which were given to local causes. Additionally, several members of the organization were able to attend their national conference, the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). Elizabeth also coordinated several community presentations on various nutrition topics. 

    Elizabeth Vennefron, UC Student

    Vennefron was honored at the 95th annual Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND) conference in Columbus, Ohio on May 13th. OAND is an affiliate of the field’s national organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Nutritional Sciences faculty member and Student Dietetic Association advisor, Audrey Miller, MS, was present in Columbus when Vennefron was honored. “Elizabeth is highly motivated, enthusiastic and serves as a positive role model / mentor to many of the 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students in the department” says Miller. “ I feel she is one of our future professional leaders and we will continue to see many great things from her.”

    Where does the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Student go from here?

    Vennefron is in UC’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which allows her to complete her supervised practice within her undergraduate degree. There are only 56 coordinated programs in the country, and UC’s is one of the largest. In May she 

    Dietetics student counsels patients in Mexicocompleted all of her coursework and her clinical rotations will begin in August. Vennefron will graduate in 2017 and be ready to sit for the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian. Passing that examination will mean she will mean she will officially be a RD.

    She has also taken on a leadership role in the Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Association and is excited to continue her positive impact in the field.

    Her first steps as an RD?

    “I have an interest in childhood obesity” says Vennefron. “I have a passion for working with children. I get to be their role model; what I teach them can make a huge impact on their future” she says.

    Her dream job includes working in school food service, where she can help create and implement nutrition education into school breakfast and lunch programs.




  • Carney Sotto, PhD, receives Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Faculty Advisor award

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | May 31, 2016

    First-year experience director receives prestigious faculty advisor award

    Carney Sotto

    Affectionately known as “caring mama bear” who “champions for students of all backgrounds” by her students, Carney Sotto, PhD, has been mentoring students in the College of Allied Health Sciences for nearly 20 years.  Her mentorship was recognized by the university this month, as she was announced as the 2016 recipient of the Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Faculty Advisor award.

    "I feel extremely humbled and honored as the recipient of the Sarah Grant Barber Award" says Sotto. "Students are the reason we all have our jobs at the University of Cincinnati, so I am appreciative for every student who I have been in contact with. I absolutely love my job and couldn’t think of a better award than this to recognize my dedication toward students."

    The Office of Advising and Academic Services and UC Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA) give this annual award to one professional advisor, one faculty advisor and one advising administrator who showcase excellence in student mentorship. Students participate in the nomination process for the award.

    Sotto serves as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ (CAHS) first-year experience director as well as the undergraduate program director of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), a program that has on average around 200 students. On top of these two major roles she finds time to write nearly 50 letters of recommendation each year and advise two different student organizations; the two-time national chapter of the year, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and Multi-Cultural Concerns in CSD, which she co-founded. 

    Despite her busy schedule, she “never stops thinking about how to serve her students” says current master’s in speech-language-pathology student, Lexi Perrault. "She is really committed to ensuring the success of every student who walks through her door.”

    In addition to being a great faculty mentor she is also a role model to students. She is the past-president of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is very well connected to the profession. “Through her leadership, work, and interactions with students we see how passionate she is about the field of speech-language pathology, and that motivates us in the classroom” says recent CSD graduate Sarah Colligan.

    Associate Dean Chalee Engelhard says that CAHS is lucky to have Sotto advocating for students in the college. “Through all of her hard work, she is truly deserving of this award. We are very excited for her to receive the prestigious Sarah Grant Barber Faculty Advising award.”

    Learn more about the Sarah Grant Barber Award here


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