The Solmaz Institute was established with a gift of $3 million from Gungor and Diana Solmaz of Denver, N.C. Gungor Solmaz, a native of Turkey, was a businessman who wanted to do something positive for his adopted country.
The Solmaz Institute involves various programs already established at Lenoir-Rhyne, including counseling, physical education, nursing and athletic training. It includes a clinic to help children and their families. Services are provided to families regardless of their ability to pay. The clinic opened in Fall 2011.
The Solmaz Institute also provides an internship required for students wishing to become licensed as registered dietitians. All students must have received a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and completed course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education In Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. At this time, Lenoir-Rhyne does not offer such a degree program. More information about the steps involved in becoming a registered dietitian is available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.
Dietetic Intern Kendal Christensen working at Frye Regional Hospital in Hickory, NC as part of her administrative rotation. This on-site activity allows her to enhance her knowledge and skills in healthy meal preparation, food safety, and nutrition education.