College’s registered dietitian earns statewide award

ByLois C

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SUNY Oswego’s registered dietitian Kathryn Szklany recently earned a statewide honor from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the Isabelle A. Hallahan Award. 

The award, presented out to a person woman registered dietitian in New York just about every calendar year in honor of its namesake, acknowledges outstanding work in food stuff service by qualified gurus. 

“A handful of dietitians that I see as leaders in the area have acquired the award in the earlier,” claimed Szklany, who has labored in the place for Auxiliary Providers at Oswego given that 2017. “So to have my name together with them is undoubtedly some thing I’m very pleased of and honored to be a component of.” 

The award’s namesake, Isabelle Hallahan, was a prominent dietitian who experienced numerous employment and titles in the sector in the 1970s and 1980s. 1 of her big roles was as the director of eating halls at Hofstra College, exactly where she carried out equivalent responsibilities to individuals Szklany serves at Oswego. 

Dan Siddons, SUNY Oswego’s director of resident dining, applauded Szklany’s operate and handling of numerous responsibilities. 

“I do not know what I would do devoid of her,” said Siddons. “She coordinates all of our menus, and even in that, is effective to make confident that nutritional limitations and any allergen problems are tackled. She will make certain that they’re bringing in vegetarian possibilities as very well as gluten totally free options.” 

Connecting with considerations

Szklany expressed a specific appreciation for handling dietary restrictions, an appreciation she stated she owes to her own struggles with specific foods. 

“I have celiac illness, so I have a large amount of food items intolerance troubles,” mentioned Szklany. “When I sit down with pupils, and they have intense dietary requirements or allergic reactions, not only do I have the schooling and the know-how of a dietitian, but I get it mainly because I practically have to take in gluten absolutely free.” 

One more issue that would make Szklany primarily passionate about her perform as a dietitian is becoming a mother, which she mentioned aids her much better realize parents’ concerns about their children’s eating plans at Oswego. Mom and dad of learners with allergic reactions can be particularly worried and even fearful, so Szklany functions difficult to make certain they will consider care of these wants.

“Now that I have two younger little ones, sometimes I truly feel like mother and father get psychological, and I truly feel it for the reason that I can place myself in their shoes,” said Szklany.

Szklany also beforehand worked as a clinical dietitian, aiding to preserve and nourish clinic sufferers in Syracuse. She said that although she loved that expertise, the assortment presented by her purpose at Oswego has been incredibly gratifying.

“As a scientific dietitian, you operate in the ICU,” the place the situation can be far more dire on a day by day foundation, mentioned Szklany. “Whereas element of my day is expended writing the menu, element of my working day is seeking at recipes, portion of my working day is meeting with college students that have an allergy, section of my day is educating our employees on foods allergy symptoms, section of my day may well be performing with rec solutions executing a system. I get to do so many diverse matters that it retains me experience contemporary.”

Siddons said that Szklany’s function at Oswego is getting ever more appropriate as students, faculty and staff all study a lot more about and aim additional intently on nourishment and eating plan.

“We have witnessed and I’m positive Kathryn would inform you this, a sizeable raise in pupils with allergy problems or nutritional issues,” explained Siddons. “It went from just remaining a handful of students each semester to hundreds of students each and every semester. And so her occupation has taken on a great deal extra worth.” 

Szklany expressed her satisfaction with the do the job she has set in to make Oswego’s menu a lot more numerous and accommodating for learners with all kinds of nutritional restrictions, no matter if they be clinical, spiritual or just desire. 

“Now, we nevertheless can improve,” explained Szklany. “But it is in fact a big improvement from where we had been right before, so it’s absolutely some thing I’m very pleased of.” 

— Written by Collin Knapp of the Course of 2023 

By Lois C