There???¦??s A Hero ~ In Everybody???¦??s Heart. . .
Well, I was struck for a decision this week. I was reaching for an article to put forth to the public. Then I remembered when I first began attending Utah State University. Let me tell you all something, this was not an easy decision. I walked up the stairs to what is called ???¦?Old Main,???¦? and then I had to ask others where I need to go to register. Some very fine character informed me of where to go. Then I found the building and needed to find wherever it was that I needed to sign up. I guess ???¦?Register???¦? would be the more appropriate term.
Well, as it turns out, I found the right people to get me going. I threw a few bucks down and was initiated into what would become one of the most important segments of my life. I would meet some of the greatest people I had ever met, and learn some of the things I had sought out to be instructed on. One of the individuals I met was named, Janet Anderson. I met here in my Sports Nutrition course after having taking a class from another wonderful instructor named Kathy Gable. I hope I???¦??m spelling her name correctly, it has been many years. Okay, let???¦??s move on. Janet Anderson was associated with Utah State University at that time.
Okay, step #2, listen to the music. . .believe me, this story is not over with. . .
1: When did you become an instructor at Utah State University? I started in fall of 1990. I believe that you were in my very first sports nutrition class that year.
2: Why did you become an instructor at Utah State University? I was recruited and asked to apply. Some of my professors (undergrad and grad) felt that I would be a good candidate. They must have seen something in me that I couldn???¦??t see myself!
3: What were your passions before becoming an instructor at Utah State University? I assume you are asking about professional passions?? I will answer it that way. I loved working in long term care. I loved everything about it, but particularly working individually with the residents. I learned something new every day from one of the ???¦??wise old folks???¦??. I learned to understand the phrase that my mother used to say (and I couldn???¦??t understand as a child ) ???¦?? ???¦?the blessing of death???¦?. I love giving of myself through food ???¦?? nourishing others.
Okay, okay ~ time for another music break. Here is who you are to me. . .
Tiny Dancer. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoljO7gwRPo&feature=fvst
I also loved working as an outpatient dietitian at Logan Regional Hospital. I felt that I was very successful, particularly in helping people with weight management and diabetes. The best part of this job was that people came to me because they wanted help, not because their doctors told them to come to me. It is incredibly fulfilling to work with motivated people.
4: How do you like instructing at Utah State? I have the greatest job in the world. I am blessed to be able to teach some of the best and brightest students on campus. I love being able to provide them with a few ideas and watch them create masterpieces. I learn as much or more from them than they learn from me. I also love that many of them have kept in touch over the years. When I attended the Utah Dietetic Association meetings, I realized the fruits of my labors. At least ???ª to 1/3 of the people at the meeting were my students! Very rewarding.
This is another song that reminds me of you. I???¦??m not sure why. It just came my way. You are a fantastic person and the world needs to know this. You have a great deal of energy and finish everything you begin. You are a true winner. To me, you are a Chiquitita. Just watch. Many more will come to the realization that you provide for the students at Utah State University.
Chiquitita. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVnMDYSaYA4
5: What was and/or is your favorite topic to discuss with the new students. Sustainability is a fun topic to discuss with the current students. They come in with a good understanding of sustainable issues. They want to change the world ???¦?? and I want them to change the world.
6: What keeps you motivated to continue moving forward in your career? I have an internal drive to continue to make a difference. I wake up every morning and wonder what my day will bring and who I might be able to help. I learn something every day. I am challenged every day. I interact with incredible minds every day. I get to work with very talented people every day. Why wouldn???¦??t I continue to be motivated?? Life is too full ???¦?? but it is mostly filled with good things.
7: What is your favorite book? Professionally, I like to read books about food and nourishing others. Personally, I really like historical fiction because it teaches me something about history, but it allows me to escape in an engaging story.
8: What are your favorite experiences as you have made your experiences at collegiate institutions? I???¦??m not sure what you are asking here.
Janet, sometimes we are never familiar with what is being said. That???¦??s why ???¦?in person???¦? contact is a good thing. I graduated towards raising exotic horses. That was fun, for a while. One of my horses called, ???¦?The Wolf???¦? is presently down in Saint George, Utah. He is a beautiful Fresian crossed with an Arabian. Just for fun, listen to another song. . .
Run For The Roses. . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdDwm3QIwfg
9: How do you feel about the agricultural segments of education, moving forward? I feel like agriculture and the related agriculture sciences are extremely important, especially now. Just this week, some character (Terence Loose) wrote this article indicating that degrees in agriculture are useless
(From Mark???¦??s perspective, that guy is a few cards short of a full deck. Agriculture is one of the most important areas to focus on while moving into the future. Have that roach give a debate with me at Utah State.)
There has been an outcry by people who really understand agriculture and the need for this education (see attachment).
We have continued to see growth in our college over the past three to five years. I feel that this is because we are ???¦??telling our story???¦?? better. We have targeted our recruitment in high schools to include science students. We need the students who understand agriculture (or a support discipline ???¦?? such as nutrition) who want to learn the science of the discipline. We need leaders who will be making the decision in the world on what crops to grow and how to grow them. We need to feed and provide (nourishment) for the people.
(Yes, indeed we need to feed and provide for the people. Another thing to possibly consider is bartering. We have the talent in America. We don???¦??t need to listen to these bozos with whom have no talent. That would mean those in office. I mean, think about the situation. They never took an economics course in college or any education on agriculture. Good answer, however.)
Let???¦??s take a break for another song, folks. Believe me, this music takes a role in your absorbing the information provided. . .
Against the Wind. . . (Bob Seger)
10: As a dietitian, what “one” recommendation would you give to the public at large? Eat vegetables! Learn how to prepare fresh vegetables and include some with each meal. I am continually amazed at how many people completely eliminate them from their diets. On the other hand, I will roast a 2# bag of Brussels sprouts and I can???¦??t stop my teenage boys from reaching for more. They will devour them in one meal. They can???¦??t understand when people say they don???¦??t like vegetables.
11: What do you love the most about what it is that you are doing? Working with people. It is in my nature to work in a helping professor role.
Take It To The Limit. . .
Thanks for reading and peace be with you all. . .always, and in all ways ~ Mark Mayr
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