American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Julie A. Mundahl Receives Family Economics and Resource
 Management Education Award

Alexandria, Va. – July 31, 2014—The Community of Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) honored its 2014 Education Award recipients at a ceremony during the 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, last month. Among those selected for this award is Julie A. Mundahl, Buffalo High School family and consumer sciences teacher, Loretto, Minnesota.

“I was so honored to receive a 2014 Education Award,” said Mundahl. “I am very proud of my students at Buffalo High School who are progressing through the personal financial aspects of achieving their hopes and dreams.”

The FERM Education Award recognizes an individual or team who has made contributions to individuals, families, and communities through exceptional education programming in family economics and/or resource management. This covers a variety of curriculum programs that can range from public school, colleges or universities, Extension or community programs, and electronic or web-based programs.

Mundahl’s exceptional program, “My Life at 25,” explores how career and education choices impact achieving desired lifestyle. Students create a life profile of themselves as if they are 25, which includes their career, education options, costs and funding, future employer,  future income, taxes, and housing options and costs. Her curriculum helps students to think about choices and real-life decisions that most have never thought about before the project and requires students to apply personal finance skills. The overall goal is to help students develop personal responsibility through financial, career, and education decisions they make.

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