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March 20, 2012

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Nominate Your Peers for AAFCS Leadership!

The AAFCS Nominating Committee is actively seeking members who wish to serve on the Board of Directors or on the Nominating Committee.  The positions for the January 2013 Elections are:

President-Elect (2013-2014)
Director-at-Large (2013-2015)
Director-at-Large (2013-2016)

Additional National Leadership Positions

Nominating Committee 2013-2015 (one position for former Board member and one position for Active, Ellen Richards Sustaining, New Professional, or Emeritus members)

If you would like to be a candidate, please contact Janet Valente, Nominating Committee chair, at, or Roxana Marissa Ayona, AAFCS governance manager, at or 703-706-4608.

The 2012 Nomination can be found by visiting

Call for 2012 Senators!

It is time to start thinking about the 2012 Senate Session and the Senators who will represent each state affiliate. This year’s Senate Session will take place on Monday, June 25 during our association’s 103rd Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Affiliate leaders will receive an email from headquarters with detailed information in the next few days. If your affiliate has your 2012 Senators, please complete the 2012 Senators Form, which can be found in the governance section of our web portal. Contact Roxana Marissa Ayona at if you have any other questions.

Share Your Talent as a 2012 Award Juror!

The Awards and Recognition Committee is actively seeking volunteers to review 2012 award season applications. Interested members are asked to complete the application form and submit it to Roxana Marissa Ayona, governance manager, at

The form can be downloaded at

Celebrating 25 Years of Continuous AAFCS Professional Certification

By Barbara Woods, CFCS, Iowa Affiliate of AAFCS
This is the 25thanniversary of the AAFCS Professional Assessment and Certification Program.  I’ve held an AAFCS professional certification for the entire time, and I’m ready to celebrate!  Why, you might ask?  Because I value the commitment of time and resources that I expended to keep up-to-date.  Participation in various educational opportunities has reinforced and enhanced my academic training and work experiences.  Certification gives me the same feeling that I get when I visit my medical doctor who is board certified.  That is, the treatment and recommendations that I receive are current and reliable and match my situation. I’m proud to deliver quality service to individuals and families through my professional position as well.

“Taking It to the Streets” Update

We need to know what great things you've been doing! The “Taking It to the Streets” Activity Reports are due April 15th. Members, Affiliates, and Communities: please go to to download the reporting form.

Also, please visit the new “Taking It to the Streets” matrix to jumpstart family and consumer sciences’ action on areas of life that are impacted by obesity and use it as a starting reference ( It includes websites, some related research, key findings, implications for family and consumer sciences, and suggested activities and lessons. Input from you is encouraged!

Need Case Studies for Career and/or
Personal Transitions

AAFCS is in need of your assistance to provide support to members who are going through Career and/or Personal Transitions*. We would like to collect member cases studies that will give members perspective and insight as they experience a new transition.  To collect the case studies, we have created a survey at, and encourage you to use this to share your experiences and suggest resources.  You will remain anonymous to those who read the case studies unless you wish to identify yourself by providing your name and contact information.

If you are willing to share your transitions story in a "Healing and Dealing" Panel during the AAFCS Annual Conference, please contact Marilyn Swierk at

*This could include transitioning into retirement, choosing (or being forced) to change careers, losing a job, and dealing with difficult personal situations or crises.

FCS in the News

AAFCS posts FCS news articles, deadlines, promotions, and more via our social media sites:  Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

If you don’t follow us, here are highlights of our March news postings:

  • AAFCS member Sharleen Kato featured in "Homeless children face challenges, speaker says":
  • AAFCS members quoted in "The new ‘home ec’":
  • Health tips from family and consumer sciences Extension agent: "March is National Nutrition Month":
  • Article about AAFCS member & NC Teacher of the Year, "Apex High instructor teaches ‘more than cooking and sewing’":
  • AAFCS member James Painter quoted in "Nuts: Nutrition with a crunch":

FCS Resources 


Grant Opportunities for Educators

Are you looking for ways to help financially support your professional development activities?  AAFCS has found a couple of grant resources that may be useful:
If you know of or find other resources, be sure to share them with your fellow teacher members on the AAFCS Community site or through our social media sites!

ACI Provides Free Resources to Kick Off Poison Prevention Week (March 18 - 24)

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is dedicated to creating better living and has new laundry information available that will help improve life skills! They are sharing tips and advice, in the form of messages and materials, which can help teach safety practices as an integral part of home routines. Please share these attached materials with your constituents and on your communications channels to promote laundry safety during Poison Prevention Week and beyond!

We encourage you to review and use the following resources:

What March Brings: National Nutrition Month and More!

Even though it sometimes seems that March is the last month you need to survive before warmer weather starts, the month does bring a lot of important health-related observances. With these reminders from, you can make March a healthy month: 
  • It’s easy to forget how important nutrition is to you and your family. National Nutrition Month reminds you to pay attention to what your family is eating and offers tips on how to get back on a healthy track. is a good place to start to see if your family is getting the nutrition they need. provides shopping, cooking and meal planning tips. A variety of other resources from can help you figure out the best food choices for you and your family.
  • Colorectal cancer affects thousands of women and men every year, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Over 90% of cases occur in those 50 years of age and older. Colorectal cancer screenings saves thousands of lives each year, so encourage your loved ones to get an annual screening. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; learn more about how to prevent and treat it.
  • March is also Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross helps millions of people worldwide prevent, prepare for and cope with emergencies and is the largest single supplier of donated blood in the U.S. Find contact information for the chapter closest to you, and learn the history and importance of the Red Cross.


Realityworks, Inc. Announces 2012 RealCare Video Contest

Realityworks, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2012 RealCare Video Contest. RealCare Program users have the opportunity to apply and submit a video for a chance to one of three prizes of up to a $1,000 donation to their organization or school. 

Contestants must create a video showing how the RealCare Program has made a difference in their organization or school. To be eligible, the school/organization must have a RealCare Program and both participants and instructor(s) must appear in the video.

Entries must include the following throughout the video:

  • Which school/organization and classes use the RealCare Program
  • How the RealCare Program has changed lives
  • Experiences and attitudes about teen pregnancy, parenting, and child care, etc.

All submissions are due April 16, 2012. Entries will be initially judged by number of views and the number of stars (ranking) per video. The top five most-viewed and highest-ranked videos will be the finalists for the contest. These five finalists will then be judged by a Selection Committee that will choose the first, second, and third place winners. The first place winner’s school or organization will receive a $1,000 donation; second place will receive a $500 donation; and third place will receive a $250 donation.

For more information on the RealCare Video Contest, visit or call Realityworks at 800-830-1416.

Affiliate Spotlight

Virginia Affiliate

By Lauren Giannotti, VP Public Affairs, Virginia Affiliate

Members of the Virginia Affiliate and Alliance member organizations at the 2012 Family and Consumer Sciences Day at the General Assembly, February 15, 2012. Below the members are joined with the Honorable Delegate John M. O'Bannon, III, MD (center) and his wife, Pat, (to his immediate right), at the presentation of the 2012 Friend of the Family Award on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol.

VA Affiliate at CapitolThe Virginia Affiliate of AAFCS sponsored the 2012 Family and Consumer Sciences Day at the General Assembly on February 15, 2012, which was open to all VAFCS members, alliance organization members, and "friends of FCS.” Our day began with the Virginia League of Women Voters Roundtable to hear brief overviews of pending legislation from senators, delegates and special interest groups. We continued with more in-depth presentations by Jill A. Hanken, Esq., of the Virginia Poverty Law Center on Virginia's health care exchange plans, and pending legislation to cover low-income legal immigrant prenatal visits. James Speer, Esq., director of the VPLC then addressed the topics of mortgage fraud, loansharking, and consumer law in Virginia.
Dr. Edmond P. Wickham, MD, Endocrinology and Metabolism, with the Obesity Clinic at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center then addressed the topic of societal influences on pediatric obesity. This led directly into our "Taking it to the Streets of the Capitol" Obesity Initiative and FCS public awareness campaign.
After attending the general sessions of the Senate and House of Delegates, the FCS members made legislator visits, leaving behind reusable lunch bags emblazoned with "Bag A Better Body" and the new FCS icon! Inside each lunch bag, legislators found Body Mass Index information, a nutritional guide developed by Virginia Affiliate President Mary Rappaport of the Virginia Egg Council, recipe brochures and nutritional tips for youth and adults, and even a fitness schedule from the Greater Richmond YMCA, which offers free memberships for legislators while at the Capitol for 8 weeks during Session. Our Alliance members were encouraged to add information to the bags, with FCCLA and FCS Cooperative Extension represented by fact sheets on their healthy lifestyle programs.
The 2012 FCS Day at the General Assembly was highlighted by Governor Robert McDonnell's proclamation of the week as Family and Consumer Sciences Week in Virginia. This enhanced our public awareness not only with the Virginia legislators, but also across the Commonwealth, as we encouraged FCS professionals to use this as a teaching moment for the field of family and consumer sciences.

Leader Insights 

Peggy WildPeggy Wild, CFCS,
AAFCS Director of Affiliates 

Peggy Wild, CFCS, has been the state program leader for family and consumer sciences and career pathways in Indiana since 1994.  Prior to her 18 years in Indiana, Peggy had been national marketing director for a textbook publisher; director of education and publications for a professional association; university and community college faculty member, and classroom teacher in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Peggy earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona and was awarded the honorary doctor of letters by Purdue University.  She has lived in eleven states and served on the boards of four AAFCS affiliates as well as served terms as national president of NASAFACS and FCSEA.  Her awards include AAFCS Leader and AAFCS Distinguished Service Award along with numerous awards from ACTE, FCCLA, and FCSEA.  Peggy served on many AAFCS committees and held a number of offices at the affiliate and national levels; she completed one term on the AAFCS Board of Directors as vice president of finance/treasurer and is currently serving as the director of affiliates.
Peggy shared her thoughts on leadership for members:  Paraphrasing President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what our association can do for us but what we can do for our association.” The stronger we can make our association, the more benefits we will derive. Some of those benefits can be enjoyed right away but some take longer to realize. Membership, certification programs, professional development, and public recognition of the Family & Consumer Sciences brand—the more we each participate in these association initiatives, the more their potential value increases. I encourage you to help shape the AAFCS vision and achieve the AAFCS mission through active engagement in the Association and leadership roles.

Awardee Profile

Connie Rash,
"Face of FCS"

Connie Rash, a two-time recipient of the AAFCS Student Unit Outstanding Advisor Award, proudly shows her office, well-branded with the AAFCS and the Family & Consumer Sciences icons. As the director of student services for the University of Georgia’s College of Family & Consumer Sciences, Connie is the “face of FCS” according to her advisees, and exhibits the values of a true family and consumer sciences alumni, continually building positive relationships with students and advocating for the profession.
Does your advisor go the extra mile? Nominate them for this year’s Outstanding Advisor Award by March 31st! Find the required forms at

Meet the AAFCS Staff

Sophy Mott, Senior Member Relations Manager

Many members know and enjoy interacting with Sophy Mott, AAFCS senior member relations manager and member. With her educational background in apparel design and merchandising, mass communications, and journalism and work experience in marketing/sales, customer service, and management, she is an ideal fit for her role at AAFCS. Since 2007, she has successfully recruited, retained, and assisted AAFCS members, raised funds for Association programs, as well as supported the AAFCS Membership and Development Committees, AAFCS Communities, AAFCS Student Unit, and AAFCS Affiliates. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, magna cum laude, and received the Mark of Excellence Award in the category of feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists while there.
In her free time, Sophy enjoys cooking for friends and family, dining out, reading and discussing books, working out, and upcycling. The last book she read was The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Sophy is looking forward to participating inher local March of Dimes Walk on March 24th--8.5 miles!
To reach Sophy directly, email her at or call 703-706-4606.

AAFCS Membership Stats
(February 2012)

Active - 2,941
ER Sustaining - 17
Lifetime - 409 (no longer offered)
Emeritus/Retired - 1,085
Student Unit - 760
Associate - 0
Total: 5,212

In Memoriam
AAFCS lifetime member Mildred Neal Schneider, Pennsylvania Affiliate, passed away on February 21, 2012.  Not only was she a centenarian, but an eighty-year member of AAFCS!

Mildred was class valedictorian at her high school in Catlettsburg, Ky., and she received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, School of Home Economics. She served as state president of the Kentucky School Food Service Association and of the Kentucky Dietetic Association. Her professional work included working as a high school cafeteria manager, university assistant cafeteria manager, instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and consulting dietitian for the Lexington Unit of Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. For many years she served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, the 4-H Club, and the American Red Cross.


Question: I'd like to be involved in AAFCS media efforts.  What is the best way to do that?

Answer:  Join the AAFCS Media Response Team!  AAFCS is looking for experts in all areas of family and consumer sciences to call on when we receive media inquiries.  To learn more about what is required and apply, please go to   

AAFCS Group Updates


Step Up Your Giving!

Message from the AAFCS Development Committee
As a member of AAFCS, you are part of the only association that focuses on both multiple family and consumer sciences practice settings and content areas.  AAFCS leverages and advances the professional skills, research, and experience of its diverse membership to develop integrated solutions to today’s complex social and economic issues. Through leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, AAFCS helps family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals make a positive impact on the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.
One of the goals of the Development Committee has been to see an increase in individual giving. At present, less than 10% of members give a gift beyond their dues. We are making members aware of this situation and asking them if they would like to step up their giving. More specifically, we are asking individuals if they would make a commitment to step up their giving by dollar amount or category level, that is, from Friend to Fellow, or Fellow to Gold Fellow. 

Giving levels
Friends - up to $249; Fellows - $250- $999; Gold Fellows - $1,000- $2,499 
We want to thank you for making it possible for AAFCS to continue to provide leadership and support to members, and prepare students to be the future leaders and members of tomorrow’s families, workplaces, and communities. Thanks for touching lives and helping members grow and accomplish more.

AAFCS Code of Ethics:  Time for an Intensive Reflection

Message from the AAFCS Ethics Committee

When was the last time you looked at the AAFCS Code of Ethics?  Ideally, every few years a professional organization takes an intensive look at its code of ethics and asks if it is still relevant and pertinent to the practice of the profession.  Led by Dr. Sheri Lokken Worthy, a major focus of the 2011-2012 AAFCS Ethics Committee has been on revising the AAFCS Code of Ethics.  This year, the committee has been considering and generating changes to propose to the AAFCS Board of Directors in time to be contemplated by the senate at the 2012 AAFCS Annual Conference.  Yet after many word changes and phrase rewrites, members of the Ethics Committee decided that it would delay its proposing of changes to the Board until a more intensive review and overall reflection of the code could be conducted.  The committee also felt strongly that this reflection process should be open to all AAFCS members who are interested in participating in the reflection process.  The new target date is early Winter 2012.   
If you are interested in serving on the AAFCS Code of Ethics Reflections Committee, please forward your contact information to by July 1, 2012.  During the fall, you will be asked to participate in two conference calls and provide feedback on various aspects of the AAFCS Code of Ethics.    Some major questions that will be driving this reflection include: 
  • Is the mission statement of AAFCS reflected in the code? 
  • Is the code compatible with the FCS Body of Knowledge?
  • Is the code relevant, pertinent, and effective in guiding the ethical practice of FCS professionals?
Once these big questions are addressed in a more public forum, the work of wordsmithing the AAFCS Code of Ethics can better be conducted by the AAFCS Ethics Committee. 
For more information about this process and/or the future work of the AAFCS Ethics Committee, contact Jody L. Roubanis, CFCS, at 562-673-6401 or

2012 Community of Family Economics and Resource Management Education Award Winner

Message from the Community of Family Economics and Resource Management
The Community of Family Economics and Resource Management isvery pleased to announce the 2012 Community of Family Economics and Resource Management Education Award winner: Megan O’Neill for the Maryland Cash Match Savings Program. This collaborative effort has helped people initiate savings plans, earn cash matches for their savings, and improve their financial stability. These funds help people stabilize housing; increase workforce skills and higher education; start and expand small businesses; or reduce cumbersome debt that is holding them back. People and communities are strengthened through this effort, one match dollar at a time.
Megan will be presenting at our annual conference in Indianapolis on Tuesday, June 26th at 11 am. Please note that it is the session titled: Families, Finances and Resources sponsored by the Community of Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) on the program-at-a-glance schedule  at As our award winner is currently determined AFTER the deadline for annual conference sessions, it was necessary to provide a general title on the proposal submission back in the fall.
If you will be going to the Annual Conference, I would very much like to encourage you to attend this session, congratulate Megan, and learn about this program so that you can share it with others. It will also be an opportunity to catch up with colleagues, share briefly about your work and interests in FERM, and do some networking. Let’s take full advantage of this opportunity on the schedule to be together.
I would also like to thank Joyce Cavanagh as chair with Barbara O’Neill and Sharon Devaney who supported our Community by serving as the Award Selection Committee.

Support the Student Unit Pajama Drive!

Message from the AAFCS Student Unit

This year, the Student Unit has decided to partner with The Pajama Program to collect pajamas for children of Indianapolis. The Pajama Program was established in 2001 and has since donated over one million pairs of pajamas to children nationwide who need warm clothes to wear to bed. The majority of children served are those living in orphanages or foster homes and possibly being shuffled between temporary living facilities. By working together, AAFCS and The Pajama Program will be donating to the children of Indianapolis to thank the city for hosting our organization. We would love your support as we aim to provide children of Indianapolis with new pajamas for them to call their own! If you plan on attending the AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo this summer, please bring a pair or pajamas for a child age birth to eighteen. If you are not attending, send a pair of pajamas with a colleague!

You can step up your giving by calling AAFCS at 800-424-8080, or emailing If you prefer to make your gift online, you can do so using AAFCS' online form, linked in the image below and on this page:

Professional Development Opportunities


Teaching Skills for Today's Inclusive Classroom:
How to Help Students with Developmental Disabilities Succeed

Thursday, March 22nd at 4:00pm ET

Driven by economics, parental pressure, greater availability of services, and least restrictive environment regulations, more students with developmental disabilities are in our classrooms these days.

Most general education and FCS teachers, however, never received the specific training needed to meet the learning needs of this population.

The good news is that you don't need to get a special ed degree to manage the inclusive classroom, but you can learn how to adapt your lessons and activities, employ new assistive technologies, and gain a deeper understanding of the most prevalent developmental disabilities today.

Then you can watch with pride as your students tune-in and demonstrate their learning as you practice your new techniques!

These teacher skills are in high demand now. By adding this skill set to your resume, you will expand your career options.

Join us for this educational webinar (1.5 PDUs):

Teaching Skills for Today's Inclusive Classroom: How to Help Students with Developmental Disabilities Succeed

Presented by Michelle F. Brill, MPH
90-minute program including Q & A
March 22nd, 4:00 pm ET
$35 AAFCS members ($50 nonmembers) 

Register Today!


2012 Annual Conference on Financial Education, April 18 – 20, 2012, Orlando, FL

Approved for up to 15 PDUs for Certified Personal and Family Finance Educators!
Customize Your Learning Experience
For the first time in its history, the Annual Conference on Financial Education will feature three concurrent session tracks that will allow attendees the opportunity to customize their learning experience. More than 30 speakers from around the world will be on hand to address collaborative efforts in financial literacy education. Tracks include:
Investing in Our Future- Preparing children and young adults to achieve financial well-being.
Serving Those Who Serve - Pr oviding financial education to public servants and members of the armed services.
The Road to Financial Recovery - Assisting financially distressed adults in building a better and more secure future.
The Annual Conference is a showcase for financial education success stories, offering attendees proven strategies, tips and techniques to achieve intended outcomes, funding goals, and program sustainability.
A complete conference schedule, with links to session descriptions and speaker biographies, can be found by clicking here.

Connect with Experts at the AAFCS 103rd Annual Conference & Expo, June 24 – 27, 2012!

At this year's AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo, learn from two accomplished keynote speakers:

Opening General Session Speaker
Monday, June 25th, 9:00am-10:30am

Dr. Gary Bradt
Author, Clinical Psychologist, Leadership Consultant, C-Suite Executive Coach, and Speaker

Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book. "Cheese" gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Dr. Bradt's extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter, delivering powerful tools that help them adapt when going through change.

Gary Bradt had established a strong following as an executive coach and speaker long before Spencer Johnson asked him to be the messenger for his groundbreaking book. He began his leadership development career in 1987 with a respected leadership development consultancy. There he helped client companies launch proven leadership strategies and transformational processes, which turned change and tough times into an opportunity to transform themselves and take performance to the next level. His mantra - “adapt and ignite!“ - is a rallying cry for success in these tumultuous times.

Dr. Bradt earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which in 2007 honored him with the "Excellence in Professional Psychology" award.

Gary Bradt is author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts.

Capstone General Session Speaker
Wednesday, June 27th, 9:00am-10:30am

Cassandra E. McConnell, JD
Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Cassandra McConnell joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as the deputy assistant director in the Office of Financial Education in August 2011. The Office of Financial Education is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives intended to educate and empower consumers to make informed financial decisions. Ms. McConnell is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the development, implementation and assessment of the CFPB's financial education programs, policies, and systems.

Prior to joining the CFPB, Ms. McConnell served as the associate director of the Community Affairs Office at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In this capacity, she oversaw and directed the FDIC's national community reinvestment, community and economic development, financial literacy, and outreach programs. She also led the FDIC's national Minority Depository Institutions Program to promote and preserve the nation's minority depository institutions. Ms. McConnell has held leadership positions at the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Ms. McConnell earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and her Bachelor of Science from Cleveland State University.

Register by April 16 at the Early-Bird Rate at!

Call for Papers for NBER Working Group on Household Finance

The NBER working group on household finance is organizing a one-day meeting during the Summer Institute, on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Cambridge, MA.

The purpose of this working group is to provide a single, regular forum that brings together the various researchers of household finance topics, in order to advance our understanding of them.

Topics of interest to the working group include, but are not limited to:

  • Household borrowing decisions
  • Household saving and investing/portfolio-choice decisions
  • Household payment choices
  • Household consumption, spending, and budgeting
  • Consumer default and bankruptcy
  • Insurance and other forms of household risk management
  • Financial skills and capabilities
  • The economics of consumer finance organizations
  • Financial innovations in household finance
  • Laws, regulations, and public policies about consumer finance

The working group is interested in a wide variety of research approaches, including empirical studies of existing or new datasets, laboratory or field experiments, theoretical modeling, clinical research, etc. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please upload a PDF file using the following website, no later than March 30, 2012. We prefer completed drafts, but abstracts will also be considered.

Submission website:

The NBER will fund travel expenses for paper presenters and discussants.

Please note that submitters will hear from the NBER only if your paper can be included in the program. Also, if your paper is accepted by both this group and another group during the same week of the Summer Institute, we may ask that your paper be withdrawn from one of the groups, to make room for more presenters.

We can also fund travel expenses for a few select doctoral students at advanced stages of research on household finance topics. If you have a student who would benefit from attending this conference, please email the following to Rob Shannon at the student's C.V., a draft or summary of his/her main project in this area, and a one-page letter of recommendation from a senior researcher who is knowledgeable about the project (and ideally, but not necessarily, an NBER affiliate). Please include “Student Travel Grant for HHF SI” in the subject line, and submit by May 1, 2012.

If you have any administrative questions, please contact Rob Shannon at Other questions can be directed to Brigitte Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School ( and Nicholas Souleles, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School ( 


Preister National Extension Health Conference,
April 10 - 12, 2012

By Bonnie Braun, AAFCS Past President and Priester Conference Chair

Is personal, family, or community health part of your professional practice or avocation? Would you like to hear from leaders in public health and government and gather ideas for your teaching, research, or outreach education?
Would you like to learn how to create better partnerships to improve health?

Then join us at the Priester National Extension Health Conference! It will be held April 10-12, 2012, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. "Facilitating Partners to Improve the Health of the Nation" promises to capitalize on the location in DC and the University of Maryland's School of Public Health, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and Extension resources. We'll be exploring federal public policy and programs that affect health and learn about initiatives in local communities. With the emphasis on partnerships, we encourage you to attend with a partner and go home prepared to apply what you learned or learn about partnerships you could initiate.

Check out the conference details at I'm inviting you to be part of this conference and welcome your inquiries.

Submit Abstracts to the Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) by May 1!

HERA has issued a Call for Abstracts for presentation at their 2012 Annual Meeting in Roanoke, VA, October 28 – 31. Topics may include many areas of interest to housing professionals. Abstracts relating to the conference theme, linking housing, people and transportation issues, are encouraged. Submissions by graduate students are strongly encouraged. They are accepting papers, posters, and symposia in the areas of instructional strategies and programming ideas, research, and issues and policy.

For more information details and guidelines, visit Questions? Contact Dr. Kathleen Parrott at 540-231-4783 or homes@vt.ed.
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