Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.


Nutrition and Exercise Science

Our faculty members are experienced professionals who enjoy challenging and mentoring students. They bring a variety of research interests to their teaching — call or email them to learn more.

Name Phone E-mail
All phone numbers begin with (651) 690- unless noted.
Mark Blegen
Department Chair
Co-Director of the WHIR Center
Associate Professor
David Luedtke
Director of Women's Fitness and Wellness
Field Work Supervisor
Associate Professor
Debra Barone Sheats
Director of the Dietetics Program
Assistant Professor
Mary Galvin
Administrative Assistant
Teri Burgess-Champoux
Assistant Professor
Joshua Guggenheimer
Assistant Professor
Jacquelyn Nyenhuis
Assistant Professor
Allys Swanson
Associate Professor
Julie Miller Jones
Professor Emerita
Patricia Ode
Professor Emerita