September 2016 Archive

Spartans Making a Food Pantry Impact

September 1, 2016

What started out as a focus group on food safety training needs at a national conference has turned into a training book meeting the needs of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies.  And that was just in the beginning.

ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking was created by Online Master of Science in Food Safety Alumna Mitzi...

Alumnus Jared Parko Named Deputy Director

September 5, 2016

While working in a food safety laboratory in Ohio, Jared Parko discovered the Online Master of Science in Food Safety program at Michigan State University. That was just a few years ago. Today Parko is employed as the Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Upon graduating the program in 2014, Parko was...

Alumna Promoted to President

September 9, 2016

Alumna Cathy M. Crawford (’07) has been promoted to President of HACCP Consulting Group (HCG). Her predecessor Robert A. Savage recently announced, “For the past 20 years I have been honored to work with such a great group of professional food safety experts…I look forward to continuing that work with Cathy guiding HCG into the future.”


Brian Kraus from Student to Teacher

September 19, 2016

From the meat industry to ice cream, current student Brian Kraus has built a 30-year career keeping consumers' food safe and enjoyable. Located in Le Mars, Iowa, Brian is the Senior Manager of Food Safety and Regulator Compliance of Wells Enterprises, Inc., Manufacturer of Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

His food safety expertise now includes...

Alumna Tonya Vasquez Promoted to Territory Manager, Neogen

September 20, 2016

Growing up on a farm in Southwest Michigan, Alumna Tonya Vasquez is no stranger to food safety. Throughout her professional career, she has utilized her knowledge of food which she gathered from cultivating, growing, and canning her own food on the family farm. Tonya left Michigan to receive a Biology of Arts Degree from Fisk...

Leading and Sharing Food Safety Knowledge

September 23, 2016

Bridget Sweet is not only preparing to graduate from the Online Master of Science in Food Safety program in May, she is also helping to prepare the State of Rhode Island with a strategic plan for all food systems. Bridget is actively involved with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) in several capacities and with the...