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.

Pat Ode

Pat Ode

Assistant professor of family, consumer and nutritional sciences

Path to St. Kate’s: “I’m a native New Englander — I grew up in Connecticut and came to Minnesota for my dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic. When it was done, I decided to stay.” Pat worked as a registered dietitian in Twin Cities hospitals before joining the St. Kate’s faculty.

Courses taught: Nutrition courses, management and teaching methods courses in the foods and nutrition, foodservice management and dietetics majors.

Favorite things about St. Kate’s: “I love working with college students and watching them grow and blossom — and the fact that our class sizes are small enough so we can really get to know our students.”

Pat also enjoys interdisciplinary work with healthcare faculty and students.

Teaching style: “I like to combine theory, case studies and class projects with observations and experiential learning. I make an effort to involve students in the community and learn in the real world — in my education class, students go out into elementary schools and teach nutrition.”

Special interests: Sports nutrition. Pat is the nutrition consultant for St. Kate’s athletic teams.

Just for fun: “I enjoy the outdoors, especially playing golf. My ideal day would be by the ocean. I really enjoy the ocean and the salt air.”

Family: Pat and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and his family.

Favorite recipe: “Cranberry bread is a special treat for family and friends during the holidays. I also like modifying recipes to create healthy, good-tasting food.”

Certifications: Registered dietitian, licensed dietitian.

Memberships: American Dietetic Association, Minnesota Dietetic Association, Twin Cities District Dietetic Association, two dietetic practice groups.

Education: B.S., nutrition and dietetics, College of St. Elizabeth; dietetic internship, St. Mary’s Hospital/Mayo Clinic; M.A., curriculum and instruction, University of St. Thomas.