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December 22, 2015

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FCS in the News

AAFCS regularly shares photos, announcements and news via our social media sites. In case you missed our posts, here are some recent highlights:
  • Take a look at this excellent ‪#‎FCSday‬ article by AAFCS member Karen Ensle, CFCS, of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in NJ!
  • Nice article featuring two members of our AAFCS family!
  • It's ‪#‎InternationalTeaDay‬! Check out this article on the health benefits of tea--and the best ways to brew--and stay tuned for some great recipes utilizing tea!
  • Congrats to Ohio Affiliate member Debra Manteghi and her program Project RISE!‪#‎SayYestoFCS‬
  • Looking for something different to try for your holiday meal? This article highlights traditional Christmas meals in five different countries--very interesting!

Research Roundup

December 2015 Issue of FCSRJ

Editorial Note by Sharon A. DeVaney

Welcome to the December 2015 issue of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal. This issue has something for everyone: a qualitative study, two quantitative studies, testing a questionnaire, a global survey, and a housing paper focused on the millennial generation. In addition, the December issue includes a list of titles of theses and dissertations completed in 2014 and an article about trends in graduate research productivity based on the collection of titles. I'll be highlighting an abstract from this issue in each Fast FACS.


Graduate Research Productivity in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2014 

By M. J. Kabaci

Requests to collect the titles of theses and dissertations completed in 2014 were sent to representatives of 140 universities and colleges with family and consumer science programs in April 2015.  Representatives from 44 universities responded, reporting a total of 356 titles for theses and 177 titles for dissertations.  The greatest number of titles reported for theses was in Nutrition and Dietetics and the greatest number of titles for dissertations was in Marriage and Family Therapy. The author noticed that three topics were frequently mentioned in the titles. The words “sustainable” and “sustainability” were mentioned in 12 titles, most notably in art and design, clothing/apparel, institutional/restaurant and hotel management, and nutrition and dietetics. Obesity was mentioned in 13 titles in child development, nutrition and dietetics, and exercise physiology.   The topic of older adults was addressed by 20 graduate students in the subject categories of clothing and apparel, human development, and nutrition and dietetics.   

To learn more about the journal, visit

AAFCS Signature Initiatives

FCS Day 2015 Reaches More Than 125,000!

As of December 3rd, more than 125,000 people from all 50 states, 6 continents, and 12 countries committed to "Dining In"!   

Reaching more than 125k "Dining In" commitments on December 3rd took the combined efforts of our sponsors The Art InstitutesThe Sugar AssociationDelcorLearning ZoneXpressFMI Foundation, and National Onion Associationpartners; staff; Board; AAFCS affiliates and members; and hundreds of other supporters. We'd like to give special recognition to the top organizations and individuals who recruited the most individuals for the "Dining In" campaign.
Our congratulations and deepest appreciation go to: 

Top Organizations (by total commitments)
  1. Walk Kansas
  2. FCCLA
  3. Tarpon Springs High School, Florida 
Top Organizations (by # of individual sign-ups)
  2. University of Tennessee Extension
  3. University of Georgia, Family & Consumer Sciences
    McGee Middle School, Berlin, Connecticut
Top Affiliates (adjusted for affiliate size)—Our Golden Plate Winners!
  1. Kansas
  2. Indiana
  3. Kentucky 
Top Individuals (by total commitments)
  1. Kayla Godbey, FCS State Supervisor, Kentucky
  2. Jacqueline Holland, Assistant Professor, Maryland 
  3. Joseph Zacher, FCS Teacher, Pennsylvania
Top Individuals (by # of individual sign-ups)
  1. Chef Ward, Virginia 
  2. Alyson McIntyre-Reiger, FCS State Supervisor, Indiana
  3. Jacqueline Holland, Assistant Professor, Maryland 
All individual winners will be receiving prizes!

It was especially exciting to see all of the social media posts that showcased Family & Consumer Sciences Day events! To get a sense of what took place, check out our Storify page with photos and posts from Twitter and Instagram!


Start Planning for the January
"Say Yes to FCS" Social Media Blitz!

Thanks to everyone who posted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to highlight community service projects and family mealtime activities in family and consumer sciences education. 

Here is the upcoming theme and suggested social media activities for January:
  • January 14-21 –  Resolving to Build Better Futures
    • Encourage more commitments to recruit and become family and consumer sciences educators through Twitter and Facebook.
    • Encourage and highlight commitments from prospective family and consumer sciences educators.
    • Organization participants share FCS-related resolutions (ways they want to use knowledge and skills learned to help themselves, their families, and their communities).
    • Educators share Family and Consumer Sciences Education infographic provided by AAFCS ( 
    •  In general, we want to:
      • Engage prospective educators in the campaign as much as possible, whether it is posting content that would be of interest to them or encouraging them to post and share relevant content with their social media networks (otherwise, we’re preaching to the choir).    
      • Consistently emphasize the value of the FCS educator enabling good outcomes (and we need more FCS educators).
It's also not too late to start preparing for future social media activities! Access the national year-long social media campaign overview that provides background information, tips, and a monthly calendar with the theme and strategies for each month.

We are continuing to add campaign resources at Visit this page to see what's new and 
see the status of commitment sign-ups! If you haven't already committed to recruiting educators, complete the online form today!

AAFCS Program Updates

$20.15 in 2015:  Final Days! Help us get to 20K!

We’re thrilled with all the end-of-year support we’re seeing. More than 50 of you have opened your hearts – and wallets – in December to give to AAFCS beyond your dues. 

And, we’ve heard from others who have pledged their gift is on the way. If you’re trying to make the end-of-the year deadline for charitable giving, here’s some helpful information from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Resource Center:

Time of making contribution

Usually, you make a contribution at the time of its unconditional delivery.
  • Checks: A check that you mail to a charity is considered delivered on the date you mail it.
  • Credit card: Contributions charged on your bank credit card are deductible in the year you make the charge.
  • Stock certificate: The gift to a charity of a properly endorsed stock certificate is completed on the date of mailing or other delivery to the charity or to the charity's agent. However, if you give a stock certificate to your agent or to the issuing corporation for transfer to the name of the charity, your gift is not completed until the date the stock is transferred on the books of the corporation.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this posting is intended to be legal advice. We encourage you to consult with the appropriate legal officials, particularly the IRS and also your tax attorney.


AAFCS Reinforces the Value of the Teaching Profession with Joint Statement

Will today’s students be ready and able to meet the challenges of society’s uncertain future as literate, creative, and critical thinkers; as wise, compassionate, and knowledgeable citizens; as workers with the skills and ability to resolve challenges within their professions? The answer to this question lies with teachers and the teaching profession.

AAFCS has partnered with 14 other leaders of educational organizations to release a joint statement that seeks to reinforce the value and importance of the profession of teaching. With more than 200,000 educators represented, the statement expresses the belief that teachers, as change agents, have the ability to fill our communities with informed, caring, and engaged citizens.

The full statement can be found at

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” proclaimed one of the world’s greatest advocates, Nelson Mandela. AAFCS and the other educational organizations are reflecting on these words and choosing to stand together to continue to share this powerful message.

Through the collaboration and partnering of our various organizations, we are positioning ourselves to inform decisions and reinforce the value of the teaching profession as one worthy of respect and equal status among all other professions.


Mark Your Calendar:  Awards Nominations Are Due January 11, 2016!

By Roma Jean Bradburn, AAFCS Awards & Recognition Committee Chair

The Teacher of the Year Award, the graduate and undergraduate fellowships, and undergraduate scholarship nominations are due in the new year, January 11, 2016.  Mark your calendars so that the date does not pass you by!
Remember that the Teacher of the Year Award guidelines were updated in 2014 to encourage more participation. Leaders are encouraged to select a winner at the affiliate level who will become a nominee at the national level. All affiliate winners who apply for the national award receive national recognition. It is an honor to be recognized as an affiliate winner and to become a member of this prestigious group.
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the 2016 scholarships and fellowships. The winners are awarded $5,000 for educational expenses, plus $1,000 for AAFCS membership and conference expenses. 
Visit the Awards section of the website to access the information for applying for these prestigious awards.

Group Updates

Apply for the FERM Education Award!

Take the  opportunity to be recognized for the the great programs you are doing in Family Economics and Resource Management…and receive $1,000 at the AAFCS 2016 Annual Conference.
The Family Economics and Resource Management award recognizes an individual or team who has made a contribution to individuals, families, and communities through exceptional educational programming in family economics and/or resource management. This covers a variety of programs – curriculum for instruction in public schools, colleges or universities; outreach education including Extension and community programs; or electronic or web-based programs. 
Nominate yourself, a colleague, or team of collaborators. Deadline EXTENDED to January 15, 2016.

Nominees MUST be members of AAFCS and the Community of Family Economics and Resource Management and have not received the Award previously. 

"Taking It to the Streets" (TIS) Community
December 2015 Campaign Updates

Happy Holidays and thanks to all who participated in the Twice is Nice Accessories Swap--It was fun and attendees streamlined their accessories and went home with new “bling.” It also helped promote the work of "Taking It to the Streets." Try this event at one of your conferences!
Spring webinar in early April:  Navigating the World of Health Insurance Series: What FCS professionals need to know.  This webinar will be based on the "Taking It to the Streets"/FERM workshops held in Jacksonville. They were informative and very helpful. Be on the look out for the announcement.
Helping military families deal with financial issues: Let’s ramp up our efforts in 2015-16 to help military families with financial issues! Many of the ideas below would be a great service project for our FCS students and our AAFCS Affiliates and Communities. Let’s give back to those who serve our country. Engaging in both of projects would also enhance the image of FCS with military families!
  • Coups for Troops "Clipping Coupons for a Cause":  Donna Bell, AL Affiliate president, reports they challenged all members and non-member FCS teachers to continue collecting coupons for troops. They collected $12,611.27 worth of coupons. WOW! They continue their coupon drives for military families. 
  • Fisher House: The FL affiliate visited the local Fisher House in 2014 and brought food items and supplies. They continue to collect toiletries at a each of their meetings. Fisher House provides temporary nearby housing for family members of hospitalized military personnel at no cost. Your affiliate could bring in meals and snacks for residents and conduct drives for toys, gifts, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.
  • Care 4 R Troops: Operation Care 4 R Troops is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, providing support to our U.S troops and their families before, during, and after deployment. Everything that is donated goes directly to creating a care package or providing one of their free services to a deployed service member or their family. 
    • Here are some examples of what you could do:
      • Write letters! You’re never too young or old to write a letter. Everyone loves getting a handwritten letter! This also makes a GREAT class project for any grade! Send the letters to them and they will include them in care packages. Troop addresses are not given for security purposes but they can be dropped off at community events or mailed to: Operation Care 4 R Troops, 1001 Courtland Blvd., Deltona, FL 32738.
      • Provide gift cards to stores to buy supplies for care packages and other events (think Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Publix, Walgreens, sports stores for cold weather gear in the winter...just about anywhere supplies can be bought). ANY amount will do.
      • Collect and mail or drop off supplies, such as shampoo/conditioner, laundry soap (powdered is best…not full size as that’s hard to transport), razors (at least twin blades; Mach 3, Gillette Quattro, Schick Intuition are most requested), baby wipes, shaving cream or gel NOT in aerosol cans, and snack size chips or cookies (without chocolate)…things soldiers can easily keep in their pockets. 
We welcome ideas for other ways we can assist the military and ideas for future TIS campaigns. We would love to partner with one or two AAFCS Community partners. To send your ideas or for more information contact on the current campaign Marilyn Swierk at or Mary Behrendt at

Professional Development Opportunities

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The Training Pass gives you 24-7 access to our full library of over 60 archived webinars through August 31, 2016! Each webinar is worth 1 to 1.5 PDUs. See the full list of webinars!

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Happy Holidays to you and your career!

Apply for the Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship!

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2016 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of home economics and its impact on American society.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 4, 2016.
  For additional information, see 


More Presentation Opportunities at the
AAFCS 107th Annual Conference!



While the submission system for Peer-Reviewed Sessions (formerly Theme-Based Educational Sessions), Board or Business Meetings, Showcases or Displays, Meal Functions, and Sessions of Special Interest is closed, there are still many other opportunities to present during the AAFCS Annual Conference!

Table of Calls for Proposals

Call for Proposals Managing Groups* Due Date

ESAE Curriculum Showcase
Submit a proposal to share your innovative curricula, videos, software, student work, pamphlets, posters, books, samples, or marketing items through a tabletop display.


March 30th, 2016 for inclusion in the program; final due date June 1st, 2016

Undergraduate Student Research Poster Presentations


March 1st, 2016

"Putting Research Into Practice"

During "Putting Research Into Practice", conference participants acquire a variety of information quickly through roundtable sessions, featuring current research, award-winning teaching methods, career mentoring, and entrepreneurial ideas and experience.  If your proposal is accepted, you will present one or more 20-25 minute (or longer) sessions during the two and a half hour program. 

AAFCS headquarters April 1st, 2016

CUR Graduate Student Poster Presentations
Apply to present your original unpublished FCS research, not currently under consideration for publication, as a poster at the AAFCS Expo!

CUR January 25th, 2016

ATD Juried Showcase and Exhibition
Submit a publishable abstract and photos to showcase your best work in apparel design/clothing & wearable textile art, art & design/fiber/non-fiber, interior design/housing & textile art, and other creative areas.  If selected, you will make an oral presentation and
exhibit your work during the conference.

ATD January 31st, 2016

CUR Oral Research Presentations
Apply to present your original unpublished FCS research, not currently under consideration for publication.

CUR January 25th, 2016

CUR Poster Session
Apply to present your original unpublished FCS research, not currently under consideration for publication, as a poster at the AAFCS Expo!

CUR January 25th, 2016

ATD=Community of Apparel, Textiles & Design
CAFCS=Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences
CCHS=Coordinating Council of Honor Societies
CUR=Community of Colleges, Universities & Research
ESAE=Elementary, Secondary & Adult Education

AHE=Assembly of Higher Education

We look forward to your participation in the AAFCS 107th Annual Conference & Expo. Watch and our social media sites for conference updates!
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