Spring 2017 Cohort - Ethics of Food

Spring 2017  Cohort - The Ethics of Food and Eating
Food is a simple necessity that all living things rely on in some way or another. As humans we have come a long way in food production, and what technology and science will feed us in the future is a question we all have. The ethics of food can be broken down into many concerns that currently exist, as well as those that could exist in the future. Food production, transportation, distribution, availability, and this list goes on. 

  • Madison Watson

    Madison Watson

    As of Spring 2017, Madison will be a junior at Kennesaw State majoring in Human Services. While being a full time student she is also a student assistant for Card Services on campus and the president of a new organization called Wish-Makers On Campus. After graduation she hopes to continue on to get her masters in both social work and divinity. Madison is also a Presidential Emerging Global Scholar and has the privilege of traveling the world with her cohort conducting various research projects. When she isn't at school she is either with family, friends, or doing YoungLife. Madison is a YoungLife leader at a local high school and really enjoys investing into the student's lives. With this research she hopes to better understand the food epidemic here in America.

    • Zandro

      Zandro Zaragoza

      Zandro is currently working on his MSIS/MBA program and has a MS in Information Systems. He has over 15 years professional experience in the telecommunications software, healthcare distribution, hospitality, and insurance industries. He has worked as a client analyst, trainer, and project manager. Zandro finds his passion in process improvement in all that he gets involved in.

      During his free time, he enjoys travel, singing, and spending time with his nieces and nephew.

      • Jason Rhodes

        Jason Rhodes


        • Amy Scott

          Amy Scott

           Amy is currently in her third year of pursuing a degree in English here at KSU, along with minors in European Studies and Gender and Women Studies. While she is passionate about literature and language, her undergraduate education in these fields is intended to build a strong foundation for a continuing education in history. Amy has completed courses at the University of Otzenhausen in Saarland, Germany and the European Council, where she studied the governing functions of the European Union and its subsidiaries. She spent her free-time abroad volunteering with Syrian refugees and preserving historical Keltic cites. After spending this time studying throughout Western Europe, she has become an ardent student of the German language and plans on pursuing a career there teaching at the collegiate level.

                      Her most recent research has focused on understanding the sociohistorical factors of dictatorship, more specifically how and why seemingly “modern” countries allowed for their rise during the 20th century. When not at school, she works as an executive assistant at Simmons Engineering Co., and bartends part-time.

          • Katharine Ferguson

            Katharine Ferguson

             Katharine Ferguson is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University. She is pursuing a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Health Promotion. After graduating in May 2017, Katharine plans to continue her studies by getting her MS in Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). She also plans on getting certified through ACSM as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Katharine is involved in many outlets on Kennesaw State’s campus. She currently holds a position on the Greek Programming Board, is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the Exercise Science Majors Club, the Undergraduate Research Club and Kennesaw State’s Center for Health Promotion and Wellness. In 2016, Katharine assisted with research in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education (HPE) and displayed her research in Kennesaw’s 21st Annual Symposium of Student Scholars. In Fall 2016, she was inducted into the Greek honor society, Order of Omega. In her free time, Katharine likes to do yoga and run. She is training to complete her first half marathon this year.

            • Crystal Jackson

              Crystal Jackson

               Crystal is currently in her third year at Kennesaw State pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has interests in neuropsychology as well as the psychology involved in advertisements and marketing. Through her research in conjunction with the Siegel Institute, she aims to better understand the influence of color food packaging on the perceived taste of food products.

              Crystal is also involved on campus.  She is a Presidents Emerging Global Scholars member and has previous research experience in Brazil with her cohort.  Crystal and her team have conducted research in collaboration with other Brazilian students from UNIFACS in Salvador, Brazil.  This research displays the similarities and differences between American college students and Brazilian college students in regards to their use of technology.  Even though she is a full time student, Crystal additionally pursues an active lifestyle playing various sports including volleyball, soccer, and tennis. 

              • Zane Redman

                 Zane is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at Kennesaw State University. He is seeking a degree in the exciting and ever growing field of Environmental Science and has a passion for sustainability and organics research. He has worked over 200 hours as a research assistant at MCG, was the sole academic greenhouse caretaker for Berry College, and spent numerous other hours working different food based jobs. He is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and the current VP of Education for the new KSU Beekeeping Society. In his free time he likes to travel, go biking or kayaking, or volunteer with local community gardens. 

                • Darren

                  Darren Parkinson

                   Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Darren is a senior at Kennesaw State University and his passion for education has driven him to pursue two degrees in Psychology and Business Management. Along with being a full-time student, he is working as a Teacher’s Assistant and is the leader of the All Access Program at Kennesaw. He lives an active lifestyle and plays rugby for Kennesaw. Darren is also the cohost of Biz Radio U and works as a business tutor at the Coles College of Business. After graduating, Darren plans on pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Psychology and starting his own business. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society, and will be competing in the KSU Top 100 Entrepreneur Competition. Darren is also currently conducting research comparing Millennials and Generation X with the Undergraduate Research Club at Kennesaw. Darren will be conducting research on the ethics and marketing of food nutrition and the perception of what is considered healthy cuisine.

                  • Debbie Smith

                    Dr. Debbie Smith

                     Dr. Deborah N. Smith is the Interim Assistant Director of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University (KSU).  She is also a Professor of Higher Education currently teaching the Integrative Studies Seminar course for the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, where she was previously the Assistant Department Chair and Leadership Studies Program Director. She has been at KSU for nearly twenty years.  Prior to KSU she worked in Student Affairs/Activities at Georgia Tech and Emory University. 

                    Deborah earned a BA in Psychology from Furman University, a MEd in Student Personnel in Higher Education from The University of Georgia, and a PhD in Higher Education from Georgia State University.

                    Given her administrative role in the Leven School she is especially excited about this opportunity to learn about the ethics of food and eating with the 2017 SIERS cohort.