Special Sessions & Events

The Online Proposal Submission System has closed and notifications were sent out on January 11th! If you have any questions or have not received a notification email, contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org.

Online registration has closed--but don't worry, you can register at the same rate on-site in Dallas!

Sunday, June 25th

8:30am-4:00pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report, PDUs TBD

Presented by Frances Andrews, CFCS; Laura Stephenson; Carol L. Anderson, CFCS; Lizabeth Self-Mullens; Lynda Martin; Mary S. Olle; and Lori Myers, CFCS
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation for determining the Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides TIPS for preparing a report, handouts with examples from Units having experienced the process, sample program assessment ideas, and student learning plans. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing wisdom. An overview of a site visit highlights what occurs after a site visit is approved. A must-attend for Units anticipating AAFCS accreditation.

This workshop is included in all full and one-day registrations--please select that you will be attending when you register. You must register to attend.

4:30pm-6:30pm "Boots, Buck$, & BBQ" Welcome Reception, Sponsored by The Art Institutes (Included in all full and Monday-Only registrations, $45 for additional guest tickets)

Kick up your heels, snack on Texas-inspired small bites, and round up personal finance and resource info at this fun and casual welcome reception!

7:30pm-9:30pm Second Annual International Tea-less Tea Party: "Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border", Sponsored by the IFHE-US Development Fund, $50-100 donation suggested, PDUs TBD

Dr. Jordana Barton, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch will speak about the health, economic, social, educational and housing challenges these families and communities face, the progress that has been made and the work still to be done.

This session is an evening of networking, fellowship and fundraising to benefit the Development Fund of the International Federation of Home Economics - US.  Funds are used to support grants for home economics activities in developing countries. A Reception with cash bar will precede the program.  A $50-$100 donation will be requested to benefit the Development Fund. Proceeds are used for home economics related grants in developing countries.  These have been given at each IFHE World Congress since 2004.  Four grants were given at the XXIII World Congress in Daejeon, Korea in August, 2016.  The next grants provided will be during the XXIV World Congress in Atlanta, GA in 2020.

Tickets must be reserved directly from IFHE-US--NOT through the AAFCS conference registration form. Please click here to download and fill out the form!

8:00pm-10:00pm Game On at AAFCS! Sponsored by Common Ground Games

Meet up with friends old and new at AAFCS’s brand new game night! Join us to play a quick game of cards or settle in for a night of Monopoly at any time during this two-hour open house. Information will be available for first-time attendees about what to expect and experienced attendees will be on hand to answer questions—but all are welcome, from conference veterans to first-year students! Feel free to bring your own games with you—others will be provided!

Monday, June 26th

9:00am-10:30am Opening General Session, PDUs TBD

Join us to learn from Sarah Newcomb, our Keynote speaker, along with the National Teacher of the Year and the AAFCS Board of Directors!

"Rethinking Financial Health"
The American Psychological Association reports that financial worries are the #1 source of stress in America, regardless of the economic climate. Stress leads to health problems, relationship strain, and an overall drain on quality of life. Clearly, financial well-being is critical to overall well-being, but how do we promote financial health in our own lives and the lives of our clients, employees, friends, and family? In her address, Dr. Newcomb will outline the results of Morningstar research into financial health, and show how two simple, mental factors can promote both economic and emotional well-being.

10:30am-11:30am Community Showcase and Networking Coffee Break

This annual event sponsored by the Community Coordinating Team allows the AAFCS Communities to meet-and-greet potential community members. Each community has an informational display about the mission, future plans and accomplishments.  The showcase is enhanced by networking opporunities and free coffee!

5:15pm-7:15pm Expo Grand Opening

Join AAFCS for the grand opening of the 2017 Expo, in Marsalis A on the lower level! AAFCS exhibitors represent FCS-related companies, associations, university programs, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations that bring you the latest products and resources for your education or career. This year we have some special surprises--stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, June 27th

8:00am-10:00am AAFCS Showcase Your Work Event

Apparel, Textiles, & Design Juried Showcase sponsored by The Art Institutes

Back by popular demand! Our showcases and displays will be combined into one big event to highlight the integrative nature of our content areas. This event includes the ESAE Curriculum Showcase and Silent Auction, the ATD Juried Showcase, Undergraduate Poster Session, Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Poster Session, and the Twice as Nice Accessories Swap. Grab a cup of coffee and network with your peers while learning about their amazing work over the past year!

8:00am-12:30pm Expo Closing Day

Enjoy a cup of coffee, explore the many FCS-related booths, and stay tuned for some surprise activities!

12:30pm-1:45pm "FITtalks" Lunch & Learn (Included in all full and Tuesday-Only registrations; $45 for additional tickets)

At this fast-paced luncheon, hear brief "FITtalks" with new ideas and trends to inspire your work. Learn about this year's speakers here!

7:00pm-8:00pm Student Unit Social Night

The best thing about AAFCS Conference is the people you'll meet! Come meet your extended family of fellow FCS students from across the nation for fun, games, and a night on the town! Hosted by the AAFCS Student Unit Leadership Team.

7:00pm-9:00pm Awards Dinner: Celebrating STARS of AAFCS, $70

Step out in style for a very special evening, where we celebrate some of the brightest STARS in AAFCS and family and consumer sciences! Following an elegant dinner, learn more about our outstanding 2017 Distinguished Service Awardees, Leaders, New Achievers, Fellowship and Scholarship recipients, and First-Time 50-Year Members. Semi-formal attire recommended.

Wednesday, June 28th

8:30am-10:30am i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact

Similar to previous conferences' "Putting Research into Practice," i3 is a fast-paced session designed to share high impact ideas, outreach efforts, innovative programs and strategies, and/or creative collaborations focused on education, research, mentoring, and entrepreneurship.  Get ready to be inspired by your Family and Consumer Sciences colleagues!

i3 presentations will be presented for 25 minutes at a round table, while others present at the same time.

11:00am-12:45pm Capstone Luncheon, PDUs TBD (Included with all full and Wednesday-Only registrations, additional tickets $45)

This year, our final luncheon will include a special speaker--more information coming soon! You'll also hear from the AAFCS board president! Remember: Distinguished Service Award Winners will be honored at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday--make sure to get your tickets when you register!

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