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Mandali Named to Regina Myers McClain Endowed Professorship in Nutrition

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 14, 2013) – Swarna Mandali, professor of nutrition in the University of Central Missouri’s Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology, has been named to the first Regina Myers McClain Endowed Professorship in Nutrition.

Dr. Swarna Mandali
Dr. Swarna Mandali

Michael Godard, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology, announced Mandali’s selection for the professorship, which was made possible through an estate gift to the UCM Foundation by UCM alumna Regina Myers McClain. The endowment will provide support to Mandali in publishing research, mentoring students and promoting student research, and promoting the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology. Funding also will be provided for scholarship opportunities for Mandali, travel and continuing education opportunities, and community involvement activities such as conducting workshops and hosting guest speakers.

"We are excited that Dr. Mandali has been named the first recipient of this prestigious recognition,” Godard said. “She is very well respected in our department, college, university and throughout the professional community as the consummate professional. She has an unyielding desire to ensure that her students are successful and continually involves her students in her research and service activities. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of this professorship."

“I want to thank the UCM Foundation and the members of the award committee for this unbelievable honor,” Mandali said. “I am deeply humbled to receive the first Regina Myers McClain Endowed Professorship in Nutrition. This would not have been possible without the foresight of Ms. McClain and the professional support I received from my colleagues and the senior faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology.”

Mandali joined the UCM faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor of dietetics and nutrition and was named associate professor of nutrition in 2005 and program director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in 2006. She was named a full professor in 2011.

Mandali received her bachelor’s degree in home science and Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in clinical nutrition from Sri Venkateswara in India. She received her Ph.D. degree in human nutrition from Oklahoma State University, also completing her dietetic internship and earning her registered dietitian certification.

She received the Missouri Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award-Didactic Programs in Dietetics from the Missouri Dietetics Association in 2005, and the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the Kansas City Dietetic Association in 2007. That same year she was recognized with the Rodin Award of Excellence in Online Education by Quality Reache for her online instruction of courses in nutrition and community nutrition.

Mandali is a certified nutrition support clinician for the American Society for Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, a licensed dietitian in the state of Missouri and a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has published numerous articles detailing her research in the areas of community dietetics and the importance of dietetics and nutrition in athletics. She has supervised graduate research and undergraduate research in The Honors College at UCM.

Regina Myers McClain graduated from UCM with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1935. Although she devoted most of her life to teaching, she spent many years after World War II living and working in Europe, where she became an astute businesswoman. Upon her return to the United States, she resided in southern California and taught at Los Angeles Harbor Community College. She was resident of Rolling Hills Estates,  Calif., at the time of her death in 2001.