Congratulations to Tamara Hoerner for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. She also holds a double major in Elementary and Special Education from Northern State University and is the founder of Purple Almond Wellnesswhich began as a blog called “The Purple Almond”. The name “Purple Almond” symbolizes what food means to Tamara. Purple symbolizes healing of mind, body, spirit and awareness of self. Almond trees are known as the “tree of life” and symbolize light and awakening. Together, Purple Almond means “Good Nutritious whole food brings light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing powers within.” Tamara’s passion for nutrition was sparked when she watched others improve their health by changing their diets, so she entered Hawthorn to “learn more”. She plans to work with adults between 40 and 65 years old who struggle with weight, heart disease, or memory issues. Her thesis is entitled: The Sleep Hormone: The Connection between Melatonin Deficiency and Alzheimer’s Disease. Tamara can be reached at [email protected], or via her blog at http://www.purplealmondwellness.blog. Best of luck, Tamara!