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May 2022

Important Dates

Webinar - More than Books: Understanding Library Services and Googling Like a Pro
July 23, 2022 @ 2:00pm ET

NEAFCS Affiliate Town Hall Meeting
July 26, 2022 @ Noon ET

2022 NEAFCS Annual Session Early-Bird Registration Deadline
August 12, 2022

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


The American Heart Association published a new policy statement, Strengthening U.S. Food Policies and Programs to Promote Equity in Nutrition Security, in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

The statement sets a new agenda to promote equity in access to nutritious foods throughout the lifespan, advocating for:

Equitable and stable availability, access, affordability, and utilization of nutritious food for Americans who are at risk for or who are experiencing food insecurity.  

New or expanded policies and programs that will not only improve food security but will increase equity in nutrition security in the US. 

Expanding the USDA measure of food security to include metrics of nutrition security: availability, access, affordability, utilization, and stability of nutritious food.   

The policy statement recommendations for expanding and improving current policies and programs are guided by the following principles: emphasizing nutritional quality; improving reach; ensuring optimal use; improving coordination across programs; ensuring stability of access to programs across the life course; and ensuring equity and dignity for access and use.

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!

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/C85FIO6A-Us 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
  • Mid-May - 2022 NEAFCS National Awards Program Applicants Notified
  • Late-May - 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session Registration to Open
  • June 8, 2022 - NEAFCS Life Members Mid-Year Meetup. All Life Members are welcome and encouraged to join us at 4:00 pm Eastern. Pre-Registration is required.

NEAFCS - We Have You Covered
Michelle Wright (TX), NEAFCS Vice President for Member Resources

Do you know that NEAFCS has you covered? NEAFCS has so many wonderful member benefits to offer our membership and we hope that you are taking full advantage of them! Because you have joined this great organization, these member benefits are at your fingertips! Without a doubt, you will get your money’s worth by being a member!  Read More

Award Winners Will Be Revealed SOON!
Samantha Kennedy (FL), NEAFCS Vice President for Awards and Recognition

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply for awards this year. We all have busy schedules and carving out time to submit your good work for recognition can be a challenge. However, it is so  important that we not only toot our own horn, but that we celebrate each other. Read More

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

The 2022 Public Issues Leadership Development was a wonderful success and plans will soon be underway for next year’s conference. Mark your calendars for April 16-19, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Remember, you do not have to be an affiliate officer to attend! Read More

Professional Development Report
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development

Are you ready to see each other in person? North Carolina has been very busy organizing a great conference for us with In-Depth sessions, a Welcome Event, Keynote and pre-conference speakers, and an Opening Session. Our program committee has completed getting concurrent session and Showcase of Excellence presentations in place for the conference.  Read More

Endowment Winners for 2021 and 2022
Mary Ann Lienhart Cross (IN), NEAFCS Endowment Co-Chair

The Endowment committee makes recommendations to your NEAFCS Board about all aspects of your NEAFCS Endowment including but not limited to: promoting members awareness of the Endowment; Soliciting additional funds for the Endowment; and Providing appropriate recognition of donors; Disbursing funds for the benefit of members, through procedures outlined by the committee and approved by the board; and Providing input to the investment committee regarding endowment investment goals and decisions. Read More

Indiana Health and Human Sciences Update 2022 Style
Marcia Parcell (IN), Indiana NEAFCS Affiliate President

After three years of Health and Human Sciences Update virtually, Dr. Angie Abbott welcomed a large group of educators to a two- day hybrid update. Dr. Jerome Adams shared his perspectives on health equity through insight gained as the Indiana State Health Commission, 20th U.S. Surgeon General, and the first Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives at Purdue University. Darrell “Flash” Gordon challenged us to disrupt who we are to become who we want to be through transformational change using FLASH points.  Read More 

Keishon Thomas (GA), NEAFCS Southern Region Director

We are busy changing lives across the southern Region. I am continuously amazed at the creativity and passion in our region. Here a few highlights of the great work being done.  Read More

2022 President's Charity
Susan Routh (OK), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/jX3wdPMoVcQ to watch NEAFCS President Susan Routh's message about the 2022 President's Charity.

I’m encouraging each member to donate $22 or more in 2022 to the NEAFCS Endowment. Donations of any amount will be accepted. Donations can be made online at https://www.neafcs.org/endowment. Let’s work together to create a lasting imprint on NEAFCS, support targeted projects, champion our profession and support the profession we believe in. I truly appreciate each contribution to the 2022 NEAFCS President’s Charity.

Tips to Prepare for a Great Annual Session Experience
Ivelisse Colón (NC), NCEAFCS Vice President of Professional Development and Recognition

Whether you have previously attended the NEAFCS Annual Session or this is your first one, it’s a good idea to prepare ahead of time so you can get the most out of the conference. Here are some tips for you: 1) Clear Your Agenda – Try finishing tasks, deadlines, and projects while at home so you can clear your mind and focus on having a great experience in Raleigh.  Read More 

From the Treasurer: Audit and Taxes
Glenn Sturm (VA), NEAFCS Treasurer 

We are pleased to announce, that following the review of our financial statements by the auditing firm Carroll and Company, they concluded that: Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying consolidated financial statements in order for them to be in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  Read More

Meet the Board
Susan Routh (OK), NEAFCS President

I challenged the Board this year to pick a favorite leadership quote. The Board has accepted that challenge by serving up wonderful quotes. Hopefully, you will see these at the Annual Conference. One of my favorite leadership quotes is by former President John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.  Read More

Meet the Board
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President-Elect

When I attended my first NEAFCS meeting many years ago, I was inspired by the commitment of the leaders and members to our organization. At the time, I was not envisioning myself on the board, much less being president-elect, at some point in my career. I was busy raising my children and learning my own role as a food and nutrition specialist.  Read More

Color Blind
Darlene Minniefield (AL), NEAFCS Diversity Committee

How many times have we heard the phrase “I don’t see color?” I find it interesting when I hear people repeat this phrase. I always wonder if these people see that the sky is blue or that grass is green? Do they not see the beautiful vibrant red roses or yellow daisies? Can’t they see the deep brown of my eyes or coffee brown of my skin when they look at me?  Read More

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members2022 AAFCS Annual Session


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