i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact

What is 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. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion!

i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. 

Submissions have closed and notifications have been sent out! Please contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org if you have not received notification.

Click the plus signs below to see the sessions, presenters, and descriptions! 

Round 1: 10:05am-10:30am

Enhancing Engagement Through Reaching Diverse Audiences in Affiliates and Communities
Presented by Duane Whitbeck and Jacqueline Holland, CFCS-HDFS

A sharing of information on recruitment and retention of individuals representing a broad spectrum of diversity including age, gender, education, employment, etc.  This will be a time to share best ideas and nurture the future generations of professionals and leaders.

Teacher Absenteeism: The Impact of the Physical Environment

Presented by Alana Pulay and Paula Tripp

The quality of the physical environment influences worker health and productivity in the workplace, yet the influence of the interior variables on teachers in a classroom is unknown.  With half of public school buildings over the age of 40 years  and of poor building quality, we surveyed FCS Ed teachers to uncover teacher opinions of their classrooms and any connections between the physical classroom space and teacher absenteeism and productivity.  

Relationship Management for Current and Prospective Internship Coordinators
Presented by Jennifer Dobbs-Oates

Internships are an incredibly valuable and in-demand learning experience in both high schools and higher education. FCS educators are well positioned to offer internship opportunities to their students. Valuable internships are built on relationships. This roundtable discussion will explore the relationships among the three primary players in any internship experience:  the student, the workplace supervisor, and YOU! You will learn how to cultivate these relationships to promote the best possible outcomes for your students’ learning.

GIFs, Memes, and Infographics, Oh My! Using Innovative Technology to Increase Student Engagement
Presented by Lisa Moyer

The purpose of this roundtable is to provide participants with innovative strategies and skills for using technology on student assignments in order to increase student motivation and engagement in family and consumer sciences courses. Memes and GIFs are images that are often used on social media to depict humor, but they can be adapted to illustrate FCS concepts and theory. Infographics are graphic representations of research data that make the information easily accessible to audiences. This roundtable will provide participants the skills to incorporate GIFs, memes, and infographics into their own FCS assignments.

Examining Sustainable ACE Collaborative Practice Interventions:  A Trauma-Informed Community Development Collaborative Approach Within Improvised Urban Communities of Color and High Rates of Social Violence
Presented by Kimberly Allison

Research on the topic of adverse community experiences or trauma-informed community development is sparse.  This presentation is targeted to increase the dialogue and knowledge of trauma-informed community development collaborative practices beyond the limited scope of “just” the individual to include trauma-informed care community practice through effective community agency collaborations that serve person(s) in the community, and the communities where persons live, to address community violence and the structural barriers of violence, race, culture and language.

The Impact of Journal Writing on Student Development in a Studio-Based Design Course
Presented by Kat Keller

This session will cover the rationale behind incorporating journal writing into the course curriculum as a means of fostering development. It will describe the various methods of writing assignments given to students enrolled in a freshman studio design course. These include daily writings about their feelings, self-reflective writing about their process and self-assessment writing in relation to their peers. Data collected from the assignments will then be shared. The data includes both observations about the assignments and exerts from students. Results suggest that the journal writing had an impact on their success in the course as well as in fostering self-awareness.

Crockpots of Kindness
Presented by Nicole Graves, CFCS-HDFS and Julie Bell, CFCS

A summary of the FCS Fit Grant project aimed at providing food-insecure families with tips for healthy meal planning on a budget and a crockpot.

On My Own, But Can I Feed Myself?
Presented by Marcia Fouraker, CFCS

For those in their teen years on the verge of adulthood, a primary concern is knowing how to meet their food needs.  Learn how to build knowledge, skill, and self-confidence in  kids with limited exposure to healthy foods and limited experience in the kitchen.  Find out what ideas have been used in an after-school setting at a group home for at-risk youth--ideas that could work just as well in a regular FCS classroom, in a community center, or at home with children.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Intervention Strategies
Presented by LaPorchia Davis, Lurline Whittaker, Duvon Winborne, and Diana Sekayi

A significant portion of the US population is categorized as obese. This study investigates techniques to educate parents/children that positively impact Body Mass Index (BMI), and includes nutrition workshops that inform and empower parents to make better food and eating choices for the improvement of children’s health, while honoring cultural preferences.

Building a Bridge to Corporate For Our Seniors: Lessons Learned From Recruiting 10 Industry Speakers For My Senior Seminar Course
Presented by Raedene Copeland

This session explores the strengths, challenges, and insights gained from innovating and revamping a Senior Seminar course to include multiple speakers from various career paths. The seminar course is designed to help students develop their professional brand to market/position themselves in the fashion industry. The access to industry professionals provides an added value to our FCS students transitioning into a competitive industry. The pedagogical approach will be assessed and analyzed.

Mediators of Financial Stress: Creating a Culture of Wellness Among Minority and First Generation College Students
Presented by Kenneth White

Understanding factors related to financial stress among individuals in our most vulnerable communities, where inequality is rampant, is important and creates a healthier, more economically viable community. This study uses data from the Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness (SCFW) to explore factors related to financial stress and conditions capable of mediating the impact of financially stressful circumstances among minority and first generation college students.

CANCELLED: Financial Decision-Making and Well-being: How Our Choices Impact Our Financial Security
Presented by Susan Shockey, CFCS, CPFFE

In this increasingly complex world, individuals are taking more responsibility for their own financial decisions.  Studies have found that most individuals and households lack adequate financial knowledge and skills.  Financial well-being studies report that financial behavior is guided by attitudes, knowledge, and skills.  Research has documented that a person’s lifestyle choices impact the financial stability of the family unit.  It is reported that individuals tend to be happier and more economically secure when they possess social and emotional competencies.

Generational Personal Finance: Trends, Tasks, and Tips
Presented by Barbara O’Neill, CFCS, CPFFE

Few conference workshops on generational insights have explored the personal finance aspects of this topic. Workshops on generational characteristics are common at conferences, but most focus on workplace applications. This roundtable will apply a generational “lens” to personal finance and examine how people in various age categories handle money and financial tasks at different stages of life. It also includes personal finance tips for each generation and resources/activities for financial educators.  Attendees will find the information useful for their personal lives and/or professional practice setting.

Family Financial Planning Certificate Program at N.C. A&T State University
Presented by Lydian Bernhardt, Sung-Jin Lee,  and Valerie Giddings

This session introduces the Family Financial Planning (FFP) Certificate program at N.C. A&T State University, and lets attendees know how this program can benefit those who enroll. Financial planning is an essential tool for families and individuals to have to make sure their money will last, but research shows that many people do not save, invest or plan for retirement. At the same time, demand for financial planners is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in the next 10 years. FFP students learn to meet the needs of the community while earning a certificate in a rewarding, and financially secure, profession.

Navigating Negotiations:  Student Teams Negotiate for Budgets and More to Create Successful Plan Options for Kitchen Spaces
Presented by Lynn Brandon

Home Furnishings Merchandising majors completed a semester project using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to complete a kitchen plan proposal consisting of several phases, from learning a CAD software program, to applying NKBA Kitchen Planning guidelines.  The twist: a negotiation component honed their skills through discussion and determination within their team for the allocation of an assigned budget and cabinetry choice.  Each team produced 6 different preliminary plans on CAD, critiqued preliminaries of other teams, and completed and presented their own plan proposals featuring construction and presentation drawings, product choices, and full budget estimates.  This comprehensive project could be revised for a variety of learning outcomes.

Round 2: 10:35am-11:00am

Why You Should Apply to the 2019 AAFCS Leadership Academy
Presented by  Lisa Brooks

Join us at this session to learn about an exciting opportunity, the 2019 AAFCS Leadership Academy!  You’ll learn about the benefits of participating in the AAFCS Leadership Academy, as well as examine eligibility requirements.  Success stories of AAFCS Leadership Academy alumni will be shared.  The session will be presented by an alumnus of the AAFCS Leadership Academy and who is a member of the AAFCS Leadership Academy Planning Team. 

Women Entrepreneurs, Financial Competency, and Mentorship
Presented by Shilu Neupane

This study will be useful for understanding two basic questions presented in the study: (a) what makes women’s business sustain during the beginning years? and (b) what influences women entrepreneurs’ success during the first three years? Nonetheless, there is a very limited study based on start-up challenges for women entrepreneurs and the support system influencing the growth and sustainability of business.

Three prominent concepts emerged on the study, (a) entrepreneurship as a career, (b) mentorship as a resource, and (c) satisfaction. These three concepts revolved around two overarching themes, (a) resilience of women in business, and (b) importance of mentorship.

Case Study: Connecting Concepts to Practice In Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research
Presented by Linda Johnson and MeaLenea Homer

This case study will examine the initial process of establishing a mentoring relationship between an undergraduate student and instructor, as opportunities are identified to apply the research process in a project that is appropriate for a foods class.

The Next “Slow” Movement: FCS?
Presented by Carole Makela

Recent headlines in education read “Why I Collapsed on the Job;” “Slowing Things Down;” and “Ghost Advising.”  These are just a few of many articles and research studies whose message and content are probing “the culture of speed in the academy” (subtitle of a recent book The Slow Professor, written by two women at Canadian universities).  Many are familiar with the slow food movement and the slow education movement (in K-12): now the question is brought to higher education.  Has corporatization of our institutions brought on undue stresses, unproductive practices, and unrealistic expectations that give the “busy all the time” feeling; reduce the quality of thinking, isolate individuals, and  reduce the pleasure of teaching and learning?

CANCELLED: Using Technology to Teach Sex Education
Presented by Helyne Frederick

Conversations about sex and sexuality are tabooed and stigmatized. Hence, they are avoided and neglected. This leads to children and adolescents growing without proper knowledge about their bodies and understanding of social contexts, which puts them in a vulnerable position where they are exposed to the threats of misinformation, experimentation, abuse, and assault. Largely, a healthy and supportive environment is missing where some of the above-mentioned topics could be discussed candidly. Technology can play a key role in eliminating the awkwardness that is bound to happen in a face-to-face conversation.

Perfection-Driven Adolescent Distress: Bridging Gaps--Building HOPE
Presented by Treisha Peterson

Youth today are struggling with negative emotional states in rapidly rising numbers, adolescent suicide continues to increase worldwide, and distress symptoms such as anxiety, loneliness, and depression are a leading health care concern worldwide. Overall well-being is influenced by significant life events, daily hassles, and feelings of inadequacy, isolation, and hopelessness. It is both relevant and critical that educators, help professionals, and families understand adolescent distress as it relates to perfectionistic qualities and become well-versed at cognitive reappraisal techniques that can increase pro-social connection, promote positive well-being and influence beliefs about learning, opportunity, and success in the future. 

Professionals' Perceptions of Integration Within the FCS Discipline: Past, Present, and Future Implications 
Presented by Amy Harden and Alice Spangler, CFCS

During initial discussion about FCS integration in the 2017 i3 session, participants described how their positions incorporated integration. However, a common theme emphasized the complexity of FCS not understood by general public/employers.  Some argue that to solve complex societal issues, integrative collaboration among specializations is required. A recent study found that many FCS professionals indicated that FCS is at a time where greater value is placed on specializations than the interdisciplinary whole, which may be a factor in a loss of perceived strength for FCS. We propose to expand our previous conversation to gain further depth of areas of concern regarding FCS’s integration and future implications for FCS.

Science in the Kitchen
Presented by  Marie Olson-Badeau

At this session, you’ll learn about the Science in the Kitchen curriculum, designed for a quarter class, block schedule. It involves cooking culinary goodies while studying  the chemistry and physics behind why it all works .  Among other things, we will study sugar and crystallization, reactions, solutions, osmosis, molecules, microwaves and a farm-to-table project mapping the route of food from production to our tables.  We use many rubrics, lab evaluations and make Google slides of every unit we study with a picture of the food we produce.  We use common core standards, family and consumer sciences standards and next generation science standards.


Projects and Lesson Plans for Teaching the Hospitality and Tourism Pathway: Courses-Travel I and II, Event Planning
Presented by Tiffany Moore

Learn how to be innovative in your classroom with Travel and Tourism. Culinary is the most popular area of interest for our organization--however, we all have different passions. Mine is travel and tourism. I had to research and gather materials because not much is in our textbooks. However, technology is our biggest resource. Sessions will allow teachers to walk through how to teach this pathway using a cellphone or computer in the classroom. In addition, provide a host of websites that provide travel guides for lessons. Teachers will also see examples of students' projects: brochures, power point presentations, etc.

Collaboration of 3D Technology and Fashion Innovations: A Creative Accessory Development Assessment
Presented by LaPorchia Davis, Joel Tomlinson, and Najma Jamaludeen with Lombuso Khoza

Students designed and produced a sustainable 3D accessory prototype, and at the end of the course, completed a survey on their experiences surrounding drafting and the design-making process using computer-aided design. Faculty in the Apparel Construction and Evaluation course collaborated with Department of Technology faculty to help advance students’ design skills in mass manufacturing in the fashion industry. Results were compiled from student-completed surveys administered at the end of the course. This research was undertaken with the primary goal of assessing creative learning and was focused on three objectives: (a) to have students rethink and develop their own sustainable accessory line (b) to provide students with real-world fashion accessory applications and (c) to increase students’ understanding of computer-aided methods of design through 3D modeling, shapes and figures. 

Cosplay: A Tool to Increase Intercultural Competence in Textiles, Apparel and Clothing Education
Presented by Juyoung Lee

Intercultural encounters have become an increasingly common experience in workplace settings in an increasing number of countries. However, scholars still believe that college education falls short to fulfill the need of the global economy to provide workforce with strong intercultural competence, especially for those with less or little initial interests in exploring various cultures. Based on the previous literature, the purpose of this session is to showcase a curriculum development incorporating a cosplay showcase to increase intercultural competence in Textiles, Apparel and Clothing curriculum in a college setting.

How to Nail the Interview
Presented by Alyson McIntyre-Reiger and Joyce Miles

Learn important tips, tricks, and techniques to nail that dream interview for any situation.  Discover specifics about putting your passion into action through leadership opportunities in family and consumer sciences. Members of the AAFCS Nominating Committee will discuss the benefits, process, and qualifications needed to be a successful leader in AAFCS.

Materialism’s  Effects on Social and Emotional Well-Being
Presented by Sandra Poirier and Mary Ann Remsen

Although existing data provide information about the influence of materialism on aspects of well-being, research has not addressed how cultural values and shifts in economic and social resources interact to influence individual perceptions of well-being and materialistic behaviors.  This presentation will examine the potential impact of materialism on social and emotional well-being from current data gleaned from the research findings.

Money Talks: How Financial Education Impacts Healthy Relationships Among At-Risk Youth
Presented by Sarah Koppenhoefer, Leandra Parris, Dan Lannin, and Ani Yazedjian

CARE4U is a year-long program that includes relationship and financial education for at-risk youth. Curricula were delivered to students in weekly groups in high school and alternative schools. The evaluation team collected and analyzed survey and focus group data to learn about students’ pre- and post-program attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Results indicated participants significantly increased family communication about finances, which related to better relationships and financial behaviors, yet they also struggled with barriers to implementation of skills. In this session, attendees will learn about financial communication and education, student perceptions of changes in their behavior and barriers to implementing skills learned.

Global Contexts: Unlocking Global Consumer Experiences
Presented by Barbara Stewart, CFCS

Preparation of Family and Consumer Science graduates for engagement in multiple global contexts is imperative.  This interactive session offers an innovative approach to using student and campus resources as triggers for student learning, experience, and application of global concepts and will allow participant exposure to and discussion of approaches to global preparation which do not require, but could augment, actual travel to international locations.  Key to this approach is unlocking students’ individual global experiences as a valid component of enhanced understanding upon which to not only build individual experience and understanding, but also to trigger the exploration of shared experiences for the benefit of all students.

Do Clothes Really Make the Man or Woman?
Presented by Leigh Southward, CFCS; Karol Blaylock; Sharon Pate; Melinda Adams; and JoAnne Hargraves

The researchers are presenting the results of a suitable interview dress survey imprinted on the garment deemed most appropriate by participants from a poster presentation.  After gathering data from FCS students and employers, results were analyzed and compiled for a research poster. The poster was resized using Adobe Photoshop® to create the fabric design. The fabric design became the print on this dress. Spoonflower® fabric printing was used for pattern layout and the chosen dress design. Flat pattern was used to create the dress and bag from the survey photo considered the best choice for interview attire by both students and employers.  The dress visually demonstrates appropriate interview attire.

Round 3: 11:05am-11:30am

Make an Impact With the AAFCS "Dining In" Initiative
Presented by Lisa Brooks

Attendees will learn about the AAFCS "Dining In" Family and Consumer Sciences Day initiative.  Specifically, attendees will learn about the history and mission of "Dining In", its impact, and discover creative ways utilizing free resources to support the initiative. 

Tips and Tricks for Novice Teachers
Presented by Elizabeth Austin

In a round table discussion, teachers will discuss the challenges faced by novice teachers in regards to content, time management, and classroom management.

Strategies to Capture Volunteer Activities Using Electronic Technology
Presented by Linda Johnson, Emily Carson, and Angelique Holley

The content of this session will include the use of a university iHelp Center to identify volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students, promote volunteers, and procedures for connecting volunteers with community agencies who need volunteers.  The development of an electronic portfolio will be discussed.

Cooking and Information Seeking Skills...A Recipe for Building Healthy Relationship, Funding, and Outreach Competencies
Presented by Gregg McCullough, CFCS

The session explains how FCS professionals collaborate with libraries to provide healthy cooking and searching for health information through reliable online sources that support those at risk for health-related disorders.  The Laurel Public Library secured a National Library of Medicine grant funding a certified executive chef and FCS professional & librarian to provide resources and techniques for individuals with obesity-related conditions to alleviate or manage obesity and related conditions in a community with high rates of affected populations.  Relevant materials also were purchased for the library's collection as part of the grant.

Preparation for Enduring Relationships: Content from a College Course
Presented by Scott Hall

Content from the presenter’s university course will be presented that focuses on key ideas and strategies to foster enduring, intimate relationships. Emphasis is placed on introspection of personal biases and virtues that can contribute to relationship harmony and resilience. Though much of the content and examples focus on couple relationships, including marriage, most of the material has broader application to interpersonal relationships in general. Most of this content focuses on the mind and heart of the individual, which often receives less attention than communication or problem-solving skills that dominate relationship-type courses.

Methods of Student Engagement in Applying Systems Theory and Self-Regulation to Real-World Experiences
Presented by Peggy Rolling and Holly Kihm

A key to engaging students is to provide methods for connecting content to real life.  These connections will increase student attention and prompt learners to apply higher-level skills. This goes beyond theoretical learning and students begin to connect the dots between concepts and real life. YouTube videos provide an excellent resource for innovative new methods to engage students. Systems theory and personal responsibility are at the heart of Family and Consumer Sciences; therefore the purpose of this presentation is to define systems theory perspective and self-regulation and to share inventive YouTube videos which will assist students in applying systems theory and self-regulation to the learner’s real life.

Pursuing Passions:  The Rainbow Connection
Presented by Julene Swenson, CFCS

We go through life discovering and fulfilling various rainbows.  I will share my list of personal rainbow words, a series of six couplets, contrasting words, that I've experienced in my fifty years as an AHEA/AAFCS professional. 

Many years ago Charles Dickens gave us contrasting couplets in the opening of his Tale of Two Cities.  His model will be the guide for giving color, brightness and focus to our rainbows.  When you look up into our sky of opportunities, you will find your rainbow connection ..... and happiness as a by-product.

Train the Trainer: Addressing Issues of Food Insecurity in Food Deserts Through Container Gardening
Presented by Cara Sisk, Melinda Swafford, and Janice Branson

The purpose of this research was to provide the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom School Leaders with experience and knowledge of raised bed and container gardening at Haley Farm in Tennessee, for the purpose of increasing access to fresh produce for the populations the Freedom Leaders serve, who live in food deserts. In urban and rural areas, there are many people without access to fresh produce. By training the Freedom School leaders, this research potentially provided life-altering skills and improved nutrition to individuals in the 28 states through the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools. We anticipate that long-term results would be improved health and well-being for children and families in food deserts.

Baking STEAM for FCS Classrooms and Community Education
Presented by Sharon Davis 

FCS educators can apply multiple baking sciences, tech, engineering, art and math (STEAM) connections to achieve 2018 FCS standards, STEM, CTE and P21 Framework goals in their consumer and nutrition education classrooms and community meetings.  Non-profit Home Baking Association (HomeBaking.org) has free and at-cost resources, Pre-K to 12th grade youth and their parents, classroom educators.  Receive new Baking Food Safety 101 teaching guide, educator award lesson, and more.


Incorporating Social Media Technology Into the Classroom
Presented by Bridgett Clinton-Scott

In an effort to motivate students and keep them engaged, a social media project was introduced into a fashion merchandising course. This social media project utilizing YouTube videos to promote the experiences of fashion merchandising students at a Historically Black University was developed and used in an advertising and promotion course. In an era where social media is part of the everyday lives of most consumers and utilized by businesses to promote and sell goods and services, YouTube video creation was chosen as a project for students to utilize the skills acquired in advertising & promotion. This presentation will share how instructors can incorporate a YouTube project into their curriculum.

And the Band Marches On...
Presented by Dana Legette-Traylor

Virginia State University Textile, Apparel and Merchandising Management department and the VSU Band Boosters worked together to promote sustainability, raise funds and preserve the legacy of the prestigious band uniform.  To restore, reuse an reimage retired band uniform a collaborative effort of two (2) TAMM faculty and ten (10) TAMM students designed and produced 5 variations of novelty fashion bags using deconstruction and reconstruction method of 100 uniforms. Key components of the uniform used were the pant legs, sleeves, front, back jacket, cape and Trojan Head (mascot). Including findings and trimming, 220 bags were produced with minimal waste.  This effort raised $10,000 for the Band Boosters Foundation.

CFPB for Teachers
Presented by Leslie Jones

One of the CFPB’s initiatives is to improve the financial capability of youth by introducing key finance-related concepts early, and building on that foundation consistently through the K-12 school years. The new section of our website will provide teachers with classroom techniques, activities and approaches using our Building Blocks to help students gain the skills necessary to achieve financial well-being as adults. These pages and content for high school teachers will be available on consumerfinance.gov in September 2018. This session will give AAFCS attendees the first look at these new resources.

The Multi-Generational Workforce
Presented by Candy Sebert

For the first time, there are five generations in the workforce at the same time. People are living and working longer, presenting new challenges and opportunities for employers.  Issues can arise from differing styles of workers born in different eras. Embracing this diversity can increase the expected outcomes of the all industries. Educating employers and employees on how to communicate effectively with each generation can eliminate many major confrontations and misunderstandings in the workplace, resulting in increased productivity.

Digital Assets: How They Affect Estate Planning and Family Communications
Presented by Nancy Granovsky, CFCS

Humans are mortal, but digital property has an afterlife. Planning for what happens to our digital assets upon death will only increase in importance.  Digital assets are defined as our digital property and electronic communications.  They include email, social media, banking, financial and investment accounts, bitcoin, PayPal, online memorabilia and documents, photos, emails, and creative works, among others. This session will provide an outline of best practices to use in working with families and financial and legal professionals as digital asset planning is incorporated into the estate planning process.  Family communications will be enhanced with less emotional and financial stress when an effective digital assets plan is in place.


Will Pay for Posts: Navigating the Employee-Brand Relationship in Entry-Level Social Media Positions
Presented by Hannah Upole

This session will explore the concept of social media branding, often considered an entry-level job, and how the burdens of “being the brand” can affect employees. As the prevalence of social media for business enterprise continues to grow, it is essential there is an understanding of how these relationships between employee and business values develop, to better prepare individuals to enter this role. In an effort to cultivate healthy working relationships and better understand the emotional competency required for these roles, it is necessary to establish a more thorough knowledge of these concepts, rather than assuming a personal use of social network sites is enough experience to manage complex digital corporate relationships.  


Residential Lighting: Its Changes and Consumer Options
Presented by Joan McFadden and Cynthia Svestka

Residential lighting has changed substantially in the recent past. This session features current information and the tools needed to make the best choices given your circumstances, whether selecting new or replacement sources of light (usually bulbs) to maximize health, light and finances. Basic options in fixtures also will be compared.

Round 4: 11:35am-12:00pm

Innovative Ways to Impact the Growth of AAFCS Student Membership in Your State
Presented by Renee Ryburn

This session will highlight innovative ways to grow membership in AAFCS Student Chapters.  Growth at the university level will lead to increased professional memberships as these students enter their careers.  The presenters will focus on alumni support, chapter excellence awards, state student leadership conferences, service-learning projects, and state chapter communications.


Providing Positive Distractions to Assist in Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Children During Immunizations
Presented by Anna Rae Dutro

This study examined the technique of using a positive distraction to lower pain and distress in children 4, 5, and 6 years old during an immunization. Collected data from well-participants found no statistically significant difference between the conditions. From these results, the researcher recommended that  future studies incorporate training the parent and child on how to use the distraction, combine the distraction with a topical analgesic, provide a clear understanding of pain and distress from the child’s point of view, and develop more sensitive self-report measures of pain for children.


CTE Collaborations Addressing Teacher Shortages
Presented by Diane Klemme, CFCS

Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Technology Education, Marketing and Business Education  and Career and Technical Education and Training  have collaborated to research ways to advance CTE programs and address the current teacher shortage by  hosting CTE summits, implementing a distance delivery program, developing a teaching skills certificate,  and creating an Emerging Center for CTE Excellence. This session will provide an overview of these activities, what has worked, and the challenges as we move forward.  


APP SLAM! Utilizing Technology to Create Engaging Mini Presentations
Presented by Monica Lieblong, CFCS and Rebekah Luong

This session is designed to promote and demonstrate a technology tool (APP SLAMS!) that will promote participatory collaboration and interaction that will benefit your classroom, team or clients. An APP Slam is where participants contribute, share and demonstrate useful APPS that complement curriculum or content as it relates to practical everyday life. The Slam comes in when a presenter has 2 minutes or less to define, describe and demonstrate to the audience. Participants will have the basic tools and resources to promote and share in their own professional setting.

Ecological Systems Theory: Utilization in Practice and Theory in High School and College Classrooms
Presented by Shawnee Hendershot and Janet Holden

Utilizing Ecological Systems Theory (EST) in a HS or college classroom is two-fold. 1: A teacher could use EST in their approach to their teaching position.  Each school has a unique culture, and utilizing EST will help understand the community/school and effectively implement programs. The presenters will share examples of systems they have witnessed in their community and school cultures.   2: students can apply EST in their coursework.  Each presenter will discuss projects that their students have completed and will share other ideas of how to use EST in real-world assignments.


Grandma Lived in My Dining Room
Presented by CJ Cozen

My post-polio mother lived in my dining room for 8 years. She then transitioned to a traditional residential hotel. This creative housing solution reduced primary caregiver stress and cost less than a skilled nursing facility or residential care facility.


Sustainability in the Hospitality & Food Service Industries: Issues, Trends, Initiatives & Practices
Presented by Prema Monteiro

The last couple of decades have witnessed an increased awareness in the importance of utilizing sustainable practices in the hospitality and food service industries. Research has shown that introducing sustainable, eco-friendly, or “green” initiatives such as water conservation, energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, etc. impact guest satisfaction, corporate image, and brand value, to mention a few, leading to improved customer loyalty. They also result in cost savings, lower expenses and increased revenues. This fast-paced session will discuss the issues, trends, initiatives and practices as they relate to sustainability in the hospitality and foodservice industries.


Positioning Food Label Knowledge Among Consumers in a South African Context
Presented by Daleen van der Merwe and Mary Warnock; additional authors Susara Carolina Havenga, Magdalena Bosman, and Susanna Ellis

Incorporating cognizant food label use into food purchase decisions is necessary for supporting consumer health. South African research showing that respondents were knowledgeable regarding food labels was contradicted by studies indicating a lack of understanding of these labels. The purpose of this session is therefore to present research identifying gaps regarding the position of South African consumers’ knowledge of food labels as compared to an international benchmark. This research will provide guidance on the need and most suited way to approach consumer education regarding food labels in a developing country context using a South African context as a case study.


Bake for Family, Community, and Classroom Fun and Fitness
Presented by Sharon Davis

Families seek many ways to "disconnect" virtually and engage in actual, hands-on activities that both teach and benefit those across the life-span.  Baking is one activity that can offer these multiple benefits.  The Home Baking Association annually creates new Bake for Family Fun resources, for virtual to actual baking across the lifespan in four weekly features launched in February and archived for year-round use. Includes Smart Snack baking and service learning connections. 

Symbiosis: Fashion and Art
Presented by Chanjuan Chen, second author Taryn McMahon

This project, “Symbiosis: Fashion and Art,” proposed an integration of cross-disciplinary creative collaborations between the fields of printmaking and fashion design. The goals were for undergraduate students from both fields to collaborate and create a collection of garments and artworks to advance and expand their design knowledge, communication, and creative thinking. By using the themes of sustainability, ecology, and transformation for their garment and artwork, six wall-based artworks and six innovative wearable pieces were completed based on the same motif design. Students also learned through the mentorship of the faculty members as they worked collaboratively to create pieces to be part of the overall collection.

Get Inspired: Let the Design Process Open Up a World of Possibilities
Presented by Tammy Robinson and Farrell Doss

An introductory freshman studio, DSN 110 Design Fundamentals, exposes students to the elements and principles of design and requires them to create 2D and 3D projects. Most projects focus on two or three elements and principles, and are completed within a 1-2 week time frame.  Students used a modified version of Bevlin’s (1994) design process to incorporate all of the elements and principles into one of their previous projects. This modified design process includes the following stages:  information gathering, ideation, design development, implementation, and evaluation. We will discuss how we use the design process in our teaching pedagogy and explain how the design process can be applied to other design areas and projects.


What is Your Financial Well-Being?
Presented by Leslie Jones and Meina Banh

When it comes to money, there are lots of numbers to tell you how you’re doing, like how much you have in the bank, your credit score, or the number of months left on your mortgage or student loan. But those numbers don’t tell you the whole story about your financial situation.

In this session, learn more about the CFPB Financial well-being questionnaire and principles and take this opportunity to start to make improvements in your money situation, goals, or choices.

The Role of Emotions in Financial Decision-Making
Presented by Mia Russell and Shandi Andres

Money has a ubiquitous presence in our world and in our lives. Unsurprisingly, many of the decisions we make on a daily basis are related to money or have financial implications; however, it is often argued that individuals lack adequate financial knowledge and skill to make informed decisions. Financial knowledge and skills can help individuals better navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace; however, understanding the power of psychological influences, motivations, and biases that influence our behavior is also important. Viewing financial decision-making through the lens of psychology may help us understand why our reactive behaviors may override our ability to think rationally.

Understanding How Our Emotional Relationships with Money Affect Our Financial Behavior and Relationships

Presented by Lucy Delgadillo

FCS professionals have been providing training and education on family finances, but the emphasis has been on the numerical (exterior) part of finances. One neglected aspect of financial health is interior finances, which are the psychological, or the intra- and inter-relational aspects of money.  The internal aspects of money refer to: (a) the meanings we ascribe to money (a neutral tool); (b) the feelings that money evokes in us (e.g., security, status); and (c) the unconscious beliefs and emotions behind our financial behavior.

Implementing Mindfulness Techniques in FCS Classrooms
Presented by Shelby Brock and Susan Reichelt

In the age of social media and electronic interactive home devices, an influx of household mindfulness practices offer a respite from non-stop connection. From the Danish phenomenon of hygge, to the Japanese practice of minimalism, to the capsule closet movement, we are encouraged to disconnect from technology and reconnect with soothing environments. This session will provide research-based information on the known impacts of nonstop connectedness. Presenters will share information for introducing mindfulness activities in a variety of FCS courses, including Interior Design, Fashion, and Consumer Education.