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April 2022

Important Dates

Webinar: Be Epic - Escape the Vape
April 19, 2022 @ 3pm ET

NEAFCS Affiliate Town Hall Meeting
April 28, 2022 @ Noon ET

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 Affiliate Town Hall Meeting
July 26, 2022 @ Noon ET

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

Retirement Celebration for Donna Donald
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
2:45 - 4:00 pm, with comments at 3:15 pm
2nd floor Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center,1805 Center Drive, Ames 

We hope you are able to join us on April 27 (we regret that our venue cannot support virtual attendance). Whether you will be with us in person or in spirit, here are some ways you might celebrate and honor Donna:

Join the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences for their 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!

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.  

  • 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

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

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/f6d4LQGzXo8 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 feature of the newsletter highlights current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know. 

  • NEW - NEAFCS Corporate Sponsor Program
  • 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

Jennifer Bridge (KY), NEAFCS Vice President for Public Affairs

Click the image above to view the video message from Jennifer Bridge, live at the PILD Conference or visit https://youtube.com/shorts/czC4JT-JqCY

Get Ready to Taste Raleigh
Zach Troutman (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Marketing Subcommittee

While there are many reasons to look forward to attending the NEAFCS Annual Session in Raleigh this year, food is definitely near the top of the list! There are an endless number of restaurants, breweries, wineries, and cafes that are worth your time and money, so I’ll try to help you decide where you want to visit while you’re here! Everything listed is within 30 minutes walking distance from the hotel. Read More

Professional Development Coming Your Way!
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development

If you submitted a conference proposal, watch your email as you will find out soon if it has been accepted. The Program Committee headed by Chris Kendle and Karla Belzer will be sending out letters soon by the proposal website. They are completing the room assignments now for concurrent sessions. Read More

Feeding the World Conference
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President-Elect

Julie Garden-Robinson represented NEAFCS at the two-day meeting held Feb. 1-2, 2022, in Kansas City, MO. It was a combined effort of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) - International Agriculture Section, and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the Foreign Agricultural  Service. The goal was to develop a roadmap to increase collaboration in agricultural research, teaching and Extension across North America. Read More


The Art of Conversation
Jane Henderson (VA), NEAFCS Member Resources Diversity Committee 

The last few years have been challenging for many people, including me. In an article published by Sherman James in 2017, The strangest of all encounters, he summarized a study conducted in 2003 about racial inequities in the health care system referencing a 1966 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), where he “denounced social injustice in health care as the most inhumane form of inequality.” I struggle to understand why we are still having this conversation 55 years later around respect, access to health care, socio economic disparities, and mistreatment because of skin color, ethnic origin, religion, or recently gender identification.  Read More 

Life Member Zoom Social – Mid-Year Check-In!
Michelle Wright (TX), Vice President of Member Resources 

NEAFCS is calling all Life Members!  It’s time for a mid-year check in! A Life Member’s zoom social has been scheduled for June 8th and we hope that you are there. Details will be coming soon so please hold the date.  With Annual Session around the corner (September 12th-15th) in Raleigh, North Carolina, let’s get excited!  So……..come and catch up with us on the 8th of June.  Are you ready?  If so, see you there! Take care and if you have any questions or need to speak with me, don’t hesitate to call (979-865-2078). My email is [email protected]. It is my privilege to serve as your Vice President of Member Resources.

Judges: Help Others to Grow
Diane Reinhold (IL), NEAFCS Awards and Recognition Training Committee Member

It's important to understand awards are a powerful way to grow your career. They help build your credibility and brand as an Extension educator and bring visibility to your university. If you did not apply for an award this year, take this opportunity to learn more about the awards process by becoming a judge. Read More 

Our Public Policy Commitment
Chris Kniep, NEAFCS Historian

The Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference held annually in Washington DC has been a collaborative effort of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals since 1993. This conference provides Extension colleagues from across the country with an opportunity to meet with elected officials face-to-face, telling the story of Extension work and the impact it has on local communities and constituents. It is a conference many attendees consider a highlight of association membership.  Read More 

Postponed XXIV IFHE World Congress - Coming to Atlanta in September 2022

Register now for the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) World Congress 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 6-10, 2022. This Congress only occurs every four years and has not been in the United States since 1988. Early bird registration with lower fees closes on May 10.  Read More

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members


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.