Feature Story: Tenbergen has his eyes on our table
and on the future of food
There’s more to being a chef than some people might think. Today’s chef has to keep in mind the whole cycle of food, according to Klaus Tenbergen, assistant professor with the Food Science and Nutrition Department and Culinology® Program director.
"As a chef I cook and teach with fresh, organic, sustainable ingredients that are in season and native to the region I happen to be cooking in," he says. "I look at the food miles and the carbon footprints of these foods to ensure the lowest environmental impact from field to fork."
Tenbergen came to Fresno from Chicago, and says he and his family love it here. “The Valley has many different things to offer than Chicago,” he says. “I love working here because it's so close to a lot of nature and the source of food."
Tenbergen believes that learning never ends, and so he is pursuing his doctorate in education at Fresno State. As part of his coursework, he worked with Clovis Unified on a study to determine the correlation of nutritious food to student achievement and student outcomes.
“I worked with Dr. Terry Bradley, superintendent of Clovis Unified, and his staff. We evaluated the food service operations throughout the school district and the food they serve to determine if there is correlation between students food intake and the students' academic achievement,” he says. more...
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COMING NEXT MONTH: The Spirit of Giving
|University partners with FUSD|
Fresno State and the Fresno Unified School District are partnering to provide guidance services and counselor training to promote a college-going culture in district schools. Among the initiatives is a College Making It Happen (CMIH) program at each of the 18 middle schools in the district. CMIH is designed to communicate to families and school educators the importance of early academic and financial planning. This helps middle school children have choices after high school graduation. Fresno State also will provide College Ambassadors – university student mentors – to each of the district’s high schools to help students maneuver through the college application process. For more, click here.
AT&T helps high school students to attend CSU
A $1.6 million four-year contribution from the AT&T Foundation will fund the CSU College Corps program to provide college advising for 1,000 high school students, as well as the Road to College bus tour, a statewide education and outreach campaign centered on improving underserved students with access to the CSU system. The AT&T Foundation contribution also will fund the CSU College Corps pilot program. This uses CSU upper-division and graduate students in counseling and related career programs to offer pre-college advising to underserved high school students. For more, click here.
Fresno State reduces spending
In response to budget cuts announced by the California State University system, Fresno State is taking measures to reduce spending by $1.7 million. The measures include an immediate freeze of all faculty and staff vacancies and an across-the-board 3% operating budget reduction. The Fresno State action follows instructions from Chancellor Charles B. Reed that all 23 campuses cut spending to meet the state’s $31.3 million reduction of the 2008-09 CSU budget. For more, click here.
What to do with turkey leftovers
The Thanksgiving excitement is past. Family and friends have partaken of the generous fare, and there are plenty of leftovers. But there is no need to let all that turkey go to waste. Click here for some recipes that help you disguise the Thanksgiving bird in other dishes.