» 2013 IFTSA Mountain West Area Meeting and College Bowl Competition

March 8 & 9, 2013 – Chapman University, California

Chapman University’s Food Science Student Association welcomes the schools of the Mountain West region for the 28th Annual Area Meeting and College Bowl Competition. Students of the Mountain West will network with each other and recap on their past school year. During the college bowl, schools will compete towards a regional title in a double elimination, food science quiz competition. The winner will compete in the national competition at the IFT Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago in June 2013.

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March 8: Mountain West Area Meeting

Schools of the Mountain West are welcomed to a dinner hosted by Chapman University and to recap on their past school year with a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation. Schools do not have to be participants in the College Bowl to attend this meeting and are encouraged to give a presentation. Dinner will be followed by networking opportunities. This meeting will be open only to the students, College Bowl participants, and faculty members of the Mountain West schools.

March 9: Mountain West College Bowl Competition

The IFTSA College Bowl Competition is a double-elimination quiz-based tournament between the five schools of the Mountain West that will test the student’s knowledge on a variety of food science topics. The College Bowl will facilitate an exhilarating learning environment and healthy interaction and competition between different schools of the region. The Competition will cover core topics in the Food Science curriculum which may include: 

  • Food Processing & Engineering
  • Food Chemistry, Ingredients, Flavors and Analysis
  • Food Microbiology, Safety, and Law
  • Sensory Evaluation and Statistics
  • Human Nutrition and Health
  • Commodity Groups
  • Culinology and Molecular Gastronomy
  • IFT Trivia and Common Knowledge

The winning team will receive a $1000 travel grant from IFT and advance to the national competition in Chicago in July 2013 to compete against the winners of the other IFTSA regions.

Light breakfast items, refreshments and lunch will be provided to all the attendees. Spaces will be reserved for the Mountain West schools with the remainder of spaces being open to all students, staff, and alumni of the Mountain West schools.

After Competition Activities

Participants from the weekend’s festivities are encouraged to attend the Natural Foods Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center to explore the realm of natural foods and network. A substantial discount to the Natural Foods Expo West through the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists (SCIFTS) and transportation will be offered to the Area Meeting and College Bowl participants.

Downtown Disney and Disneyland are also located near the Anaheim Convention center and are about 10-15 minutes from Chapman University. The first 3 hours in designated Downtown Disney lots are free and offers a variety of restaurants and shops. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventures are two premier theme parks of the Disney company that offers rides and entertainment. For more details, visit the Downtown Disney Website and the Disneyland Website.

Registration, Travel, and Accommodations

Please email tong112@mail.chapman.edu to register. For schools of the Mountain West, please have all individual members register.

Orange County (John Wayne) Airport is convenient to Chapman University.  The Airport is served by America, United, Continental, Delta, American West, TWA, and Alaska Airlines.

Los Angeles International Airport is approximately one hour from the University and is served by a large number of airlines.

For hotel accommodations, consider the Best Western @ the Orange Plaza

1302 W Chapman Avenue
Orange, California, 92868-2833, US
Phone: (714) 633-7720

Double Rooms: $89.00 + tax. Single Rooms: $82.00 + tax (Discounted for Chapman University). Includes hot breakfast and free internet. When making reservations mention Chapman University to receive the above rates. Rates are subject to availability and may change. Location is about 5 minutes away from Chapman University.

Please note that you are not obligated to stay at this hotel and are free to make other accommodations. 



Dr. William B. Martin Regional Laboratory Director at the FDA


Bruce Ferree Director of Quality at California Natural Products

Bonnie Gosland Sales Representative and Chemical Expert at WestCo Chemicals

Barry Weinstein President of Barry M. Weinstein and Associates: Food Processing Consultant

Dr. Donna Williams-Hill Microbiology Branch Director at the FDA


Thank you to the following sponsors for contributing to this student event. 

The SCIFTS Executive Board, Dan Rosson Southern California Institute of Food Techn.

The IFT Student Association, Anna Yiljoki, Institute of Food Technologists

Suresh DeCosta McDonalds Corp. 

Susan Polen Firmenich 

Neil Merritt Huxtables Kitchen 

Manjiv Jayakumar, Clarissa Salazar QTrade Teas & Herbs 

Florencio Cuetara, Melanie Villarreal Classic Foods Inc

Samuel Kilgore Nutrilite, Amway

Penny Fleming Awardpro

Craig Lee Chapman University Public Safety


The Chapman University Food Science and Nutrition Student Association would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their contribution to this IFTSA Food Science Event.

Dr. Anuradha Prakash
Food Science Program Director

Dr. Lilian Were
Food Science Program Director 

Ashley Melton
Administrative Assistant 

Cheryl Stack
Assistant to the Faculty 

Craig Lee
Public Safety Lieutenant 


March 8, 2013 Mountain West Area Meeting and Dinner

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Argyros Forum 201 

March 9, 2013 Mountain West College Bowl Competition

Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Beckman Hall 404

Teams should arrive 30 mins. prior to the competition


Chapman University
1 University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866 

Argyros Forum 301


To register, contact:

Jonathan Tong
2012-2013 IFTSA Mountain West Area Representative