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Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (S.A.N.D.)

The mission of SAND is to apply our knowledge and communication skills in order to educate the entire Benedictine University community (including ourselves) about the relationship of nutrition to health and well being. This will be accomplished by the combined efforts of all the club members, through philanthropic events, seminars, and fun activities.
SAND cooking activity

Member Benefits

Why join? There are some great benefits of membership in the Benedictine University Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), including:

  • Networking
  • Increasing your knowledge of nutrition
  • Community involvement
  • Interaction among peers
  • Develop leadership skills. Serve in an office!
  • Volunteer experience
  • Partial subsidy of end of year banquet
  • Information on scholarships, by-laws and membership directory
  • Eligible for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can join the West Suburban Dietetic Association.
  • Looks good on your resume!
  • Experiences to remember forever!
  • Having FUN!


The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) has sponsored, hosted, or assisted in planning many activities over the years. Some of these activities were:

  • Bake Sales
  • Guest Speakers
  • Community Nutrition and Health Fair
  • Tours of Supermarkets and Food Manufacturing Companies
  • Bean Bag Tournament
  • Thanksgiving Day Food Drive
  • Volunteering at PADS Shelter, Soup Kitchens, and Food Banks
  • Cookbook Fundraiser
  • Assisting at Chicago Marathon
  • Walk-A-Thon
  • Ethnic Food Restaurant Outing
  • Annual Nutrition Department Banquet
SAND Student Nutrition Group

Educational Activities

The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) often is solicited for input when the Nutrition Department coordinate educational activities for professional development. Some examples of these activities include:

  • Guest Speakers and classes (e.g., cooking class, wellness, career)
  • Annual presentation series about planning for the future
    (e.g., what is a dietetic internship, how-to complete the forms, graduate school)
  • Attend the Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (when held in Chicago)
  • Attend Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Spring Assembly (March)

Nutrition Club Board 2022

President – Rifqa Dacloush
Vice President – Diana Money
Personal Relations Chairperson – Eman Naffa
Treasurer – Christopher Colvin
Secretary – Caitlin Glatzhofer

Contact the Nutrition Club:
[email protected]


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