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.
Deb Barone Sheats ’75
Department chair and assistant professor of family, consumer and nutritional sciences
Homecoming: After graduating from St. Kate’s, practicing as a dietitian and teaching at other colleges, Deb returned to St. Kate’s in 1999.
“For me, coming back here has felt a lot like coming home. That first year back I was teaching in the same room where I had been a student. It had always been my dream to come here and walk those same halls as a professor that I did as a student.”
Favorite thing about teaching: “I love that ‘light bulb moment’ when students really start to understand how things fit. It’s amazing.”
Courses taught: Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Lifespan Nutrition and The Reflective Woman.
“In The Reflective Woman I get to work with first-year students in class and as an advisor. It’s really empowering to watch and see them evolve. Helping young women find their voice is something TRW does really well.”
On dietetics: “Dietetics is really coming into its own and dietitians are finally getting a place at the table in healthcare. We expect our students to claim their education and get involved, because they’re poised to really make a difference in the profession.”
Teaching style: “I like students to use critical thinking skills that are so important in the real world. I really like watching them absorb the material, get excited about it and then apply it. Having been here as a student, I try to be the kind of professor and mentor I had. Those are big shoes to fill. My door is always open — I encourage students to come and they do.”
Keeping in touch: “I love when graduates keep in touch and let me know how much they got from their St. Kate’s education.”
Family life: Deb and her husband have three kids in their teens, so they are always on-the-go.
Outside of class: “Being 100 percent Italian, I really enjoy cooking and eating. I love traveling and experiencing the culture and foods.”
Education: B.A., foods and nutrition, College of St. Catherine; dietetic internship, University of Iowa Hospitals; M.P.H., public health nutrition, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; post-graduate study, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.