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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health


Department of
Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Kansas State University
212 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan KS, 66506

785-532-3132 fax

Shugart Lecture Series

The annual Shugart Lecture Series brings dietitians and food service and hospitality experts to Kansas State University for the enrichment of student curricula and to provide continuing education for practitioners in the field.

Established in 1975, the lecture series honors the late Grace M. Shugart, former department head in the College of Human Ecology and co-author of Food for Fifty and Food Service in Institutions.

Shugart helped build the profession of dietetics and institutional management throughout the United States, serving as president of the American Dietetic Association. She also was a Medallion Award winner and received the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor.

2018 Shugart Lecture: Tatyana El-Kour

Tatyana El-Kour

A K-Stater at heart and a purple lover since infancy, Tatyana El-Kour has worn many hats in her career as nutrition and dietetics professional, clinician, public health officer, scientist, marketer, researcher, speaker, trainer, writer, manager, consultant, analyst, policy strategist and change agent. She possesses more than 15 years of multicultural expertise in national, regional, and global efforts related to policy, application, research, and practice intersecting public health, social and nutrition sciences, behavioral change, technology, and media.

As a native of Jordan, Ms. El-Kour’s work has been mostly focused on the Middle East and North African region, and on Middle Eastern populations across the globe. She has served in technical and leadership roles at national and international levels within the World Health Organization and global humanitarian organizations, including most recently the Syrian crisis, while also strategically supporting the regional refugee nutrition response in the Middle East. She has also been involved in implementing innovation programs and projects and delivering care for patients on behalf of the United Nations, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, private practices, pharmaceutical and educational organizations.

Ms. El-Kour holds a master’s degree in media psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s degree in medical nutrition therapy and policy from Tufts University, a bachelor’s degree in general dietetics from Kansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food technology from University of Jordan. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious 2018 Michael R Neal Legacy Award from Fielding Graduate University, the 2015 Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award from Tufts University, the 2011 Outstanding Young Member of the Year Award from the Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the 2009 Young Professional of the Year Award from Kansas State University.

El-Kour presented “Dietetics 3.0: Transforming Practice through AI Engagement” on May 2, 2018. View her presentation.