General Mills Visits The Hill
Alumni Happy to Return
AAMU Alums Part of General Mills Recruitment Team
by Debra Daniel
General Mills was well-represented at Alabama A&M University by a team of recruiters, providing internship and career opportunities for AAMU students studying food science. PHOTOSThe team, which met informally with students Monday in the Agricultural Research Center, included: AAMU alum - Dr. Fredreana Hester, food scientist; AAMU alum - Dr. Illeme Amegatcher, food scientist; Jhaelynn Elam, sensory scientist; Brian Burley, diversity recruitment manager; and Chris Majors, director of quality.Majors told students the team visited AAMU because its graduates have a proven track record of success at General Mills and beyond.Hester, who earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in food science at AAMU, shared her excitement. “As a former student, I have a special place in my heart for ‘The Hill.’ You can’t get rid of me and we are thrilled to be here.”Amegatcher earned her degree in food science and technology at AAMU in 2003. She told students to take advantage of mentors like AAMU Professor of Food Biochemistry, Dr. Josh Herring, and Dr. Martha Verghese, professor of nutritional biochemistry and chair of AAMU’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences.“Listen to everything they say, and do what they say! Dr. Verghese kept telling me to apply to Cornell University. I finally did and got my master’s and doctorate there. Take advantage of their advice,” Amegatcher said. The General Mills team met with students and conducted interviews for internships.
CAPTION:WIMS GREETS GENERAL MILLS RECRUITING TEAM: Pictured (l-r) AAMU alum Dr. Illeme Amegatcher, food scientist and co-founder, Innovation at General Mills; Jhaelynn Elam, sensory scientist at General Mills; Dr. Daniel K. Wims, president of Alabama A&M University; Brian Burley, diversity recruitment manager at General Mills; Chris Majors, director of quality at General Mills; AAMU alum Dr. Fredreana Hester, food scientist and co-founder, G-Works Venture Studios at General Mills; Dr. Martha Verghese, professor of nutritional biochemistry and chair of AAMU’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences.