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Winter 2004 | Volume 26, Number 5 | Faculty
Hackman Visits Mexican University, Laying Foundation for New SPRINT Trip

and nutrition scientist, writer and editor; put her in front of 500 aspiring nutrition students at the University of Guadalajara-Lamar in Mexico — and you’ve got a recipe for an energized crowd.

As a part of a sabbatical in Autumn 2003, Evette Hackman, Seattle Pacific University associate professor of family and consumer science, delivered two lectures at the University of Guadalajara. She spoke about the profession of dietetics in the United States and study opportunities at SPU. “The students were so interested in this field and especially about coming to SPU,” says Hackman, former contributing nutrition editor and writer for publications such as Shape and Cooking Light.

Hackman’s sabbatical focused on potential educational and service opportunities for dietetics students in Mexico. She planned the trip to Guadalajara in coordination with former SPU student Gabriela Araico, now an instructor of dietetics at the University of Guadalajara. “I wanted to find a service component for our SPU program, and I thought, maybe Gabriela and I could collaborate on a SPRINT [Seattle Pacific Reachout International] trip,” says Hackman. “The idea just evolved from there.”

As a result, Seattle Pacific dietetics students will be able to put their professional skills to use through a groundbreaking Autumn 2004 SPRINT project. While living with University of Guadalajara dietetics students, members of the SPRINT team will provide nutrition assessments for low-income families by interviewing family members, and weighing and measuring children. They’ll also offer nutrition education in Spanish. “I thought this would be a good project to explore the kind of nutrition experiences available internationally,” says Hackman. “There clearly is a need here, and it’s exciting to see how SPU can partner with our Mexican peers.”

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