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March 2022

Important Dates

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

Living Well Month
March 1 - 31, 2022

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

2022 Journal of NEAFCS Article Submission Portal Open
Closes April 15, 2022

Hall of Fame Nominations Due
May 1, 2022

Applications for National Office Due
May 1, 2022

Bylaws Proposals Due to NEAFCS Secretary
May 1, 2022

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

Join the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences for our Comeback Meeting in the Florida sunshine or in your office virtually! 

You can view the various registration rates for both in-person and virtual – don’t delay, register today! This hybrid conference offers participation in various sessions which are noted in the Schedule-At-A-Glance. 

Plentiful opportunities for ALL participants to engage in FCS conversations amongst colleagues in our newly condensed meeting. There are also new sessions debuting in 2022 that you won’t want to miss – such as the EXPO/Hub, SuperSessions, Orlando-based educational experiences hosted by the Florida community service event! We currently have presenting opportunities in the EXPO/Hub to showcase your work, your expertise and YOU! 

Due to an anticipated uptick in summer travel and price increases, we recommend you start booking your airline and hotel accommodations at the official conference hotel, DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Orlando At SeaWorld! Added bonus for students attending in person with reduced prices in registration and hotel room booking to experience professional development designed for students and emerging professionals! Now, that’s an #FCSsuccess! 

The AAFCS staff are committed to providing a safe and healthy conference atmosphere for our in-person attendees in partnership with the hotel. The latest safety guidelines and protocols will be followed on property. We look forward to your registration and participation whether in-person or online!

Please email [email protected] if you have questions that are not addressed in our registration website. Please follow us on our social media, too!

HBA Educator Award information and flyer.  Entries Due March 31

The LSU AgCenter EXCITE team is hosting a COVID-19 virtual forum series. Join us as our expert panelists discuss all things COVID-19. To register, visit https://forms.office.com/r/3MT3dk0BpQ. All forums will be held virtually from 12:00-1:00 pm CST.  

  • April 6, 2022: How Does Science Work, Why Does Science Change, and the History of Vaccines
  • May 4, 2022: Health Disparities and COVID-19: Why are Some Communities Hit Harder? 

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the LSU AgCenter will make reasonable accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to engage in programs offered. Please contact the LSU AgCenter at 318-226-6805 with any accommodations. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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

Have Member News to share? Fill out the online form: 

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

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/27AJvsPee5U 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. 

  • NEW - NEAFCS Corporate Sponsor Program
  • March - Living Well Month
  • March 15, 2022 – National Awards Submission deadline (Affiliate Deadline for submission may be earlier – check with your Awards VP)
  • April 15, 2022 - Journal of NEAFCS Article Submissions Due
  • May 1, 2022 - Hall of Fame Nominations due (Any member may be nominated by State Affiliate President)
  • May 1, 2022 - Applications for National Officer Candidates due to National Office
  • May 1, 2022 - Bylaws Proposals due to NEAFCS Secretary Kate Shumaker

NEAFCS Connecting with Collogues - Connections that Make a Difference
Michelle Wright (TX), NEAFCS Vice President for Member Resources

NEAFCS would like to increase your member benefit power once again by your participation in our upcoming Connecting with Colleagues opportunities in 2022. Meetings will connect members on a variety of topics. We are working hard at meeting your professional expectations by providing subject matter relevant to Family and Consumer Sciences. Our upcoming Connecting with Colleagues meetings will be scheduled for April, July, and October.   Read More

Public Institute Leadership Development (PILD) Conference
Jennifer Bridge (KY), NEAFCS Vice President for Public Affairs

It’s hard to believe April is almost here! I am looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms in Washington DC when I attend this year’s PILD conference. It’s not too late to register and as a reminder, anyone can attend this conference, not just your affiliate leadership team.  Read More  

Keith D. Harris, PhD, National Program Leader, Acting Division Director, USDA NIFA, Kansas City, MO

Greetings FCS Program Leaders! 

NIFA’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences FY2022 grant programs are focused on community and economic development, civic engagement and leadership, and family and community health. Several requests for proposals have been published including Farm Business and Benchmarking Program (FBMB), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II, Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) and Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN). If you have questions regarding these programs, consult NIFA’s website or please contact the NIFA’s National Program Leader for more information. 

Expect the best, be the best, and program the best! 

NEAFCS Nomination Video
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Immediate Past President

Click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/9JBZeHfsAZc to watch the video.

Oh no! Did You Miss These Great March Webinars?
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development

There are so many great webinars and only so much time in the day. If you missed one, go to the NEAFCS Webinar Archive page at https://neafcs.memberclicks.net/webinar-archives to view the recording. The most recent listings will always be at the top.  You never know though . . . browsing through the categories by subject just might turn up the spark you need for your next program! Read More

So, You’ve Applied for An Award…Now What?
Samantha Kennedy (FL), NEAFCS Vice President for Awards and Recognition

As the March 15 national deadline for NEAFCS draws nearer, it may be tempting to heave a deep sigh of relief that awards season is finally over.  But wait…not so fast!   Read More 

Diversity Survey for Future Webinars
Glenn Sturm (VA), NEAFCS Diversity Committee Past Chair

For 2022, the NEAFCS Diversity Committee is looking to provide membership with more opportunities for both diversity-related professional development, and to learn about what wonderful diversity programs are going on nationally in Extension. To this end, we are planning to host diversity-related webinars in 2022 and would love YOUR feedback on which topics you’re most interested in. Please complete this brief survey! https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aUXwwlLJCFiRF8G  

NEAFCS Members  Come Together at JCEP
Lisa McCoy (MD), NEAFCS Eastern Region Director and Rick Griffiths (NM), NEAFCS Western Region Director

During the Extension Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO last month, over 50 NEAFCS members attended our association meeting. Prior to the meeting, we sent out a survey to members attending the meeting and had meeting participants provide additional comments on the survey results. We had great discussion among members and the results were recorded and reviewed by NEAFCS President Susan Routh, President-Elect Julie Garden Robinson, Regional Directors Rick Griffiths and Lisa McCoy and NEAFCS National Office Staff Danielle Jessup and Will Ferguson.  Read More 

Things To Do Nearby Raleigh, NC
Emily McClure (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Marketing Committee 

My name is Emily McClure, and I am serving as a member of the NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session marketing committee. I have compiled a list of fun places to visit while staying in Raleigh. Remember Raleigh in September is still going to be pretty hot during the day so bring light clothing and maybe a jacket if you go out at night.  Read More 

Let’s Hear it for the Silent Auction!
Melissa J. Rupp (OH), NEAFCS Awards Sponsorship and Support Committee Chair

When I travel, I love to experience the local flavor of the places I visit. The food, the history, the artists, and architecture. When we gather together as Extension FCS professionals, we have the opportunity to bring bits of our local culture to share. Each year the Sponsorship and Support Committee is charged with raising funds to support the Awards and Recognition given at the Annual Session. Most notably the Silent Auction!  Read More

Southern Region Fast FACS!
Keishon Thomas (GA), NEAFCS Southern Region Director

The first quarter of 2022 has begun with a stellar start for programming in the Southern Region! We are invigorated and helping our clients to modify behavior and impact their lives for the better. Here are a few Fast FACS from around the South: Read More

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

Iowa/Kansas - As a direct result of our 2021 Virtual NEAFCS Annual Session, a fun collaboration has developed between Kansas State University and Iowa State University. Donna Krug, District Director and FCS Agent, led a concurrent session on fermentation at Annual Session, a topic extension educators in Iowa don’t deliver programs on but get lots of questions in their other offerings. Jill Weber, Human Sciences Specialist in Food and Health attended the concurrent session and learned so much she shared the session with ISU Extension and Outreach’s food preservation committee.  Read More

Meet the Board
Glenn Sturm (VA), NEAFCS Treasurer 

Greetings from Coastal Virginia! I joined the NEAFCS board as the Treasurer at the end of last year, and while I’m still learning the ropes, I’ve enjoyed getting to work with the other board members! I was actually first introduced to Extension as an AmeriCorps VISTA in 2011, working with a Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) specialist to help finalize, introduce, and market the Master Financial Education Volunteer Program. Read More

Meet the Board
Lisa McCoy (MD), NEAFCS Eastern Region Director

I am in my second year serving as Eastern Region Director and it has been a great experience learning more about NEAFCS and getting to know other members in my region. I am a tenured FCS senior agent with the University of Maryland Extension. I cover the western region of the state (in the mountains) focusing on chronic disease prevention and management, mind-body medicine, food safety, nutrition for older adults, green cleaning, health insurance literacy and virtual program building. Read More

NEAFCS Journal Article
Meagan Brothers (IN), NEAFCS Journal Committee 

As you consider submitting proposals for Annual Session and Awards, I invite you to also to consider submitting an article to the peer-reviewed Journal of NEAFCS. This is a wonderful way to showcase your efforts and share your successes and programming ideas with colleagues around the nation. We also need peer reviewers – what a great way to read about and provide feedback for those who submit articles.  Read More

Are You Your Colleague’s Keeper?
Diandria Barber (GA), NEAFCS Awards Committee 

Have you heard the saying – “my brother’s keeper”? In 2014, President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address opportunity gaps boys/young men of color face and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. Or maybe you are familiar with the saying from the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible.  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. 

Click the names below to view obituary (if available): 

Marian Anderson (MN), Life Member - For a total of 33 years, Marian worked for the U of M Extension in both Big Stone and Rice counties.


Dr. Jim Van Horn (PA), Professor Emeritus and founder of Better Kid Care passed away at home in State College. Jim was a champion of family education programs at Penn State for a long, long time. He and his wife, Beth contributed immensely to Family and Youth Development programs.