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Students experience community nutrition while serving as FNP summer interns

students standing by HNFE department sign.

2016 Family Nutrition Program Interns

The Family Nutrition Program welcomes 12 students from Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise into its internship program this summer.

This program serves as a partnership between the Family Nutrition Program and the HNFE department. This internship provides students with real-life experience that is related to their studies.

“It really benefits HNFE since it gives students a chance to experience real-world community nutrition,” said Lynn Margheim, a trainer for Virginia FNP. “The students not only get to participate in delivering nutrition education, they’re also learning about government food programs and accountability, and they’re putting the food safety skills they’ve learned into practice.”

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Students get reality check at Extension’s Reality Store

Students who participated in the Reality Store program at Heritage High School were assigned life statuses such as salary, marital status, and family size, but they were also able to draw a chance card which indicated good or bad luck.

Students who participated in the Reality Store program at Heritage High School were assigned life statuses such as salary, marital status, and family size, but they were also able to draw a chance card which indicated good or bad luck.

Along with college-prep classes like advanced math, foreign language, and English, sophomores at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, are getting a glimpse into the vagaries of adulthood by getting schooled in personal finances through a Virginia Cooperative Extension initiative called the Reality Store.

The Reality Store is a project for students enrolled in personal finance classes throughout the year. They check in at different tables that represent categories of expenditures such as housing, communications, and vacations for a class period. During the exercise they are assigned jobs, a monthly salary, a designation on whether or not they’re married, divorced or have kids, and, of course, expenses to manage.

Extension runs Reality Store programs in schools that were developed by an independent company in Indiana and coordinates events with partners in school systems. The program relies heavily on community volunteers.

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Virginia Tech hops into the farm-to-glass craft beer movement with new brewhouse on campus

Adjunct Professor Herbert Bruce stirs a batch of suds with students in the brewhouse at Virginia Tech’s Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1.

Adjunct Professor Herbert Bruce stirs a batch of suds with students in the brewhouse at Virginia Tech’s Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 18, 2016 – Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has long been a steward of the commonwealth’s wine industry through oenology and viticulture research and outreach efforts.

Now, the advent of a state-of-the-art shiny, new brewhouse and malting system will allow the university to shepherd along beer research as well. The newly installed system allows students to learn the latest in malting, brewing, and fermenation techniques, while faculty further the university’s land-grant mission by supporting industry research in fermentation and brewing.

The recently installed 2.5 hectoliter, professional-grade Esau & Hueber system was designed for research on brewing ingredients, process parameters, outcomes, and innovations. Regional breweries may also develop new varieties of ales and lagers while researching new, locally sourced ingredients without having to take their own facilities off-line. The facility, which can produce 66 gallons of beer per batch, is very similar to the ones used in commercial craft brewing operations around the U.S. The brewhouse is optimized for teaching and research, so some of the processes are not as automated as commercial breweries may be.

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