A West Virginia University faculty member was installed as president of the West Virginia Dietetic Association, and two WVU students were honored at the association’s annual meeting held recently in Flatwoods.

Betty J. Forbes directs two accredited programs within WVU ’s Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences: the undergraduate program in dietetics and the master’s level dietetic internship in the college’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has been named the division’s Outstanding Teacher and Service Provider. Meals on Wheels, HealthRight and Suncrest United Methodist Church are three of the local agencies where she provides volunteer registered dietitian services.

Forbes, who also serves as professional inquiries liaison of the West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians, was selected as a U.S. Department of Agriculture visiting scientist and organized a research project with colleagues at National University College, Galway, Ireland.

One of her main goals for the association is to start a mentoring program for the association’s membership. In the near future, members and dietetic students will be able to apply at the association’s mentoring site on the Web page:http://www.wvda.org.

Jill Kloss, a dietetics student at WVU , was recognized as Outstanding West Virginia Student Dietitian at the annual meeting.

Kloss served as president of the Student Dietetic Association for two years. Under her leadership, the students have been involved in service activities and community outreach. They routinely prepare supper for residents at the Ronald McDonald House. They also have participated in three community health fairs and provided nutrition education at local elementary schools.

Last fall, Kloss wrote a successful grant so the students could attend the National American Dietetic Association meeting in Philadelphia.

Kloss demonstrated academic excellence with membership in four academic honoraries and is an Honors Program student. This fall she was awarded the Golden Anniversary Scholarship by Phi Upsilon Omicron and is also a recipient of three other competitive scholarships. This spring she was named outstanding student for the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. She has accepted an appointment to the graduate level dietetic internship at WVU for fall 2003.

She is a daughter of Jim and Anna Kloss of Wheeling.

Norma Peuela, a graduate student and dietetic intern at WVU , was named Outstanding Dietetic Intern for the state at the annual meeting..

Peuela is a native of Bogota, Columbia, where she received an undergraduate degree in dietetics. At WVU , she is a dietetic intern and human nutrition and foods graduate student in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.

As a graduate research assistant, she travels to WIC clinics throughout the state to interview parents and collect data about their infants.

She is a daughter of Eduardo and Elsa Peuela of Bogota, Columbia. She has accepted a position in Miami, Fla.