American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS, (far left) and AAFCS 2014-15 President-Elect
Beverly Card, CFCS, (far right) present Cynthia Smith (middle) with the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award
during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Smith Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award


Alexandria, Va. – July 14, 2014—The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) honored its Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo., on June 28th. Among those selected for the prestigious award is Cynthia Smith, Huntsville, Ala.

Dr. Cynthia Smith has exhibited extraordinary, dedicated, and steadfast engagement with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and other professional organizations on national, regional, and local levels throughout her noteworthy and balanced professional career. From a temporal perspective, her professional experiences have continuously built and formulated into the current responsibilities that she now holds as Professor, Administrator and Researcher at Alabama A&M University.

Significant accomplishments in higher education resident instruction span the range of curriculum development, teaching innovations, publications, and mentoring. These projects are a testament to her commitment to scholarship from an integrated approach across the mission of her university in teaching, research, and service/outreach.

Smith said, “To make any kind of impact globally and sustain it we must embrace and mentor our students and young professionals to boldly carry out our mission whether in the community, state, national, or international arena. Our students and young people are indeed our future.”

Dr. Smith's professional commitment to excellence in AAFCS and other professional organizations has been exemplified by being the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2013 Outstanding Service Award and Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.

Other AAFCS 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipients are:
Sharon McManus, CFCS
Virginia Moxley
Linda Schaeffer  

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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