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January 2022

Important Dates

Impact Statements Portal Open
December 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022

Annual Session 2022 Call for Proposals Portal Open
Dec 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

Awards Portal Open
December 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022

2022 Grants for Innovative Projects 
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Webinar - Reviewing Proposals: What You Need to Know
February 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

Webinar - How Families and Communities Can Use the Monday Fresh Start to Get Moving for Health
March 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session
September 12 - 15, 2022
Marriott City Center & Sheraton
Raleigh, NC

FCS Extension in the News:

May 2021 Washington Post Article
June 2021 UF/IFAS Article

July 2021 Washington Post Article
August 2021 Madison County (FL)
December 2021 - Texas AgriLife Extension Represents on National Family and Consumer Sciences Board

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President's Message
Susan Routh (OK), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/1Cn6OlpPRQ4 to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Don’t forget to participate in the Newsletter Icon Contest for the 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session. Locate the special icon (Wright Brothers airplane) in each issue of the NEAFCS Network newsletter through the 2022 Annual Session. Each time you find it, email President Susan Routh at [email protected] and tell her where you found (what article) the icon. If you are one of the first 5 to email her, your name will go into a drawing to win a free registration to the 2022 Annual Session. 

What YOU Need to Know NOW in NEAFCS!
National Office Staff

This new feature of the newsletter will highlight current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know. 

  • January 31, 2022 - Annual Session Call for Proposal Portal Closes
  • January 31, 2022 - Endowment Grant Deadline
  • February 1, 2022 - Impact Statements Due
  • March 15, 2022 – National Awards Submission deadline (Affiliate Deadline for submission may be earlier – check with your Awards VP)

Proof, Proof, Proof Your Application!
Judy Corbus (FL), Awards Training Committee

You’ve just finished your award application for that stellar program and you’re ready to submit it. But wait! Have other eyes looked at it? Read More

Make It Public!  Impact Statements, PILD and More!
Jennifer Bridge (KY), NEAFCS Vice President for Public Affairs

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Vice President for Public Affairs.  I look forward to serving you and meeting with you throughout the year.  As members we have several great opportunities to develop skills and gain information.  The JCEP Public Issues and Leadership Development (PILD) conference has been one of my most valuable experiences within the association.   Read More  

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Seek Self-Development? Apply for the 2022 NEAFCS Leadership Experience
Kyleigh Brown (MO), Chair Mentoring and Leadership Committee

If you are ready to learn more about yourself and this Extension profession, consider applying for the NEAFCS Leadership Experience.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the nation and experience exclusive professional development; all while meeting regularly with an experienced mentor selected specifically for you! Participants in the 2021 class are having a great time and already seeing improvement in their perceived leadership skills.   Read More 

Dinah E. Gore Kitchens
Sydney Knowles (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Planning Committee Tri-Liaison 

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to welcoming you to Raleigh in September! My name is Sydney Knowles and I am serving as a tri-liaison for our 2022 Annual Session. We can’t wait for you to experience North Carolina, including our new state-of-the-art kitchen complex at NC State University.  Read More

New Corporate Sponsor Program
National Office Staff 

Your association has been championed over the years by many organizations, companies, and individuals who believe in the mission of NEAFCS. We are so grateful to have enjoyed their support that we wanted to take just a moment of your time to remind you who they are, why they’re so important, and invite you to tell us who YOU want to see in the Exhibit Hall in the future!   Read More

Diversity and Inclusion: Touching on Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence
Traci Armstrong Florian (AZ), MS, RDN, Member Resources Diversity Subcommittee

Neurodiversity refers to the virtually infinite neuro-cognitive variability within Earth’s human population.  It points to the fact that every human has a unique nervous system with a unique combination of abilities and needs. (Judy Singer, Australian Sociologist). At the turn of the millennium, advocates began to increasingly fight to recognize neurodiversity.    Read More

It’s Proposal Time!  Write it – Review It – Submit it!!
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development 

Don’t forget to submit your proposal for our 2022 Annual Session. The application is available on the 2022 Annual Session website under Professional Development on the website. Read through the FAQ Document for information. Review the webinar on “Submitting a 2022 NEAFCS Session Proposal” for a step-by-step guide with screen pictures.    Read More 

Central Region Update
Cindy Thompson (IA), NEAFCS Central Region Director

Iowa member Donna Donald was recognized for her commitment, dedication, and leadership in NEAFCS and inducted into the 2021 NEAFCS Hall of Fame during the virtual Annual Session. Donna was also honored during the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Professional Development Day on December 7th in Ames, Iowa to share this recognition with the entire Human Sciences Extension and Outreach community. The crystal award was presented to Donna by Dr. John Lawrence, Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach.   Read More

Meet the Board
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development

Greetings from Ohio.  I hope 2022 will a good year for you, and we will see each other in-person at Raleigh, North Carolina in September for our Annual Session.  This is my second year as Vice President for Professional Development, and I have enjoyed serving you and working together with colleagues throughout the U.S. to make NEAFCS the best.  Although the Board never met in-person last year, I feel we developed a respect and friendship for each other and accomplished many things.  Read More 

Meet the Board
Cindy Thompson (IA), NEAFCS Central Region Director

I’m Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist in family wellbeing with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, serving 9 counties in northeast Iowa with programming and outreach across the lifespan. Whew… that’s a lot of words, and just the formal introduction. The backstory is I was born and raised in the St. Louis area. Read More 

Future issues of the NEAFCS Network will include recognition of members who have passed. If you would like to report the death of a NEAFCS member, please click here. 

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