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Student Conference Planned
Save the date! College students and their faculty are encouraged to attend at Student Unit Conference on Saturday April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. hosted at the California State University at Northridge Family and Consumer Sciences Department. The day will be filled with dynamic speakers, networking, and leadership development. More information will be made available on the AAFCS-CA.org.
AAFCS Annual Conference Participation
Do you have current research, award-winning teaching methods, or entrepreneurial ideas and strategies to share with AAFCS 106th Annual Conference participants in Jacksonville? Submit a proposal for “Putting Research Into Practice”! (formerly Research to Practice Rounds). During “Putting Research Into Practice,” conference participants acquire a variety of information quickly through roundtable sessions. Table-top presentations of current research, award-winning teaching methods, career mentoring, entrepreneurial ideas and experience, and more, done at quick-speed rates, allow participants to attend multiple sessions and obtain materials and information about many topics of interest at the end of the event. All Annual Conference participants (members and nonmembers) are invited to submit! If your proposal is accepted, you will present one or more 20-25 minute (or longer) sessions during the program. You will also have the opportunity to visit other roundtable sessions when you are not presenting. If appropriate, please provide 30 or more copies of a handout, CD, or any other materials to distribute to those who attend your session, and to share at the end of the session.
There is an online list of 2014’s sessions for examples of session topics, handouts and PowerPoint presentations. Applications can be submitted through MyAAFCS (formerly called the WebPortal)! You will need to sign in using your AAFCS login. If you are not a member and have never purchased anything from AAFCS, you may need to create a new account. Before you do so, please use the “Forgot Password?” link to ensure that you do not create a duplicate profile!The deadline for submissions is April 1st, 2015. All acceptances will go out before the Early Bird registration deadline of April 15th. We look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville!
Thousands “Dine In” Around the World to Celebrate First Annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day
Alexandria, Va. – December 15, 2014–On December 3, 2014, more than 100,000 people from all 50 states, all seven continents, and 17 countries participated in the first annual Family & Consumer Science’s Day’s campaign, “Dining In” for Healthy Families —the national celebration that educates families about the importance of preparing healthy meals and “Dining In” together. December 3rd was chosen to honor family and consumer sciences pioneer and American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) founder Ellen Swallow Richards’ birthday. “With the high rate of obesity in this country, especially among children, “Dining In” for Healthy Families calls attention to a simple action that families can take to become healthier—prepare and eat a nutritious meal together. We were proud to lead this important campaign,” said Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, AAFCS executive director. On December 3rd, AAFCS broadcasted live interviews with Dr. Barbara O’Neill, CFCS, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, who discussed the financial impact of “Dining In”; Dr. Brian Wansink, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, who provided healthy eating strategies from his new book Slim by Design; Dr. Ingrid Adams, University of Kentucky, who talked about the benefits to children of “Dining In”; and Dr. Barbara Fiese, University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center, who shared how to build family relationships during family mealtime. Other Family & Consumer Sciences Day segments supported the “Dining In” theme and highlighted the work of the Family & Consumer Sciences Alliance’s Next Generation movement. And there were even guest appearances by Ellen Richards (played by Joyce Miles, family and consumer sciences professional)! All archived segments are posted on the AAFCS YouTube channel. In addition to “Dining In” on December 3rd, secondary schools, universities, Extension offices, and businesses celebrated Family & Consumer Sciences Day by presenting food preparation education programs and workshops; distributing family meal information and recipes; holding food drives for families in need; and participating in FCCLA @ TheTable. Family & Consumer Sciences Day was sponsored by Nasco Family & Consumer Sciences, The Sugar Association, and Delcor Technology Solutions.
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