Special Events

We have many exciting events planned for this year's Annual Conference, and will be adding more information as we get closer! Learn more below, and make sure to check back as we'll be adding more details soon! 

For a full schedule, click here to view the Program at a Glance. 
For Educational Sessions, click here
For Meal Functions, click here
For Educational Excursions, click here  

Sunday, June 23rd


8:30am-4:30pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report, PDUs TBD (No cost--a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation for determining a Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides tips for preparing a report; handouts and examples from Unit's having successfully experienced the process; and sample program assessment ideas. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing insight and wisdom.

4:30pm-6:00m, Welcome Reception (One ticket included with all Full or Monday-Only Registrations), $45
Meet up with old friends and new at this kick-off to Annual Conference! More information coming soon. 

7:00pm-8:00pm First-Time Attendee and New Member Orientation
In this session, new AAFCS members and first-time attendees will learn how to navigate the conference program and get the most out of attending a national conference designed for students and professionals in FCS. Attendees will be able to maximize their engagement within AAFCS and connect with other professionals in the organization. AAFCS staff, Board Members, members of the Student Unit, their conference Ambassadors and many other leaders will be on hand to answer questions and help attendees understand the many aspects of the conference. 

7:00pm-9:00pm International Federation of Home Economics-US Cultural Evening, $80 professional/$40 student TICKETS LIMITED
(Off-site ticketed event--purchase tickets through IFHE-US

Enjoy an exceptional evening celebrating Syrian Cuisine and learning about the Syrian refugees who have settled in the St. Louis area. Mawda Altayan will prepare a variety of Syrian dishes. Mawda’s catering business, DamascusFoodSTL, started from her involvement with Welcome Neighbors STL and their Supper Club events. She will talk about her family’s experiences settling in St. Louis and how she got started in business. Jessica Beuler, from Welcome Neighbors STL will discuss their Supper Clubs and how they support refugees in the St. Louis area.  The event will be held at the Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown, 333 Washington Ave., a short 4 blocks from the Hyatt.  Download registration information at http://www.ifheus.org/2019/03/20/cultural-evening-at-aafcs-in-st-louis-register-now/ or hereRegister soon!  This event is limited to 75 attendees.  Questions and requests for more information should be directed to Joyce Cavanagh at jacavanagh@ag.tamu.edu.

Monday, June 24th


9:00am-10:30am Opening General Session
Join us to learn from keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Franz, along with the 2019 National Teacher of the Year and the AAFCS Board of Directors! 

10:30am-11:30am "Find Your People" Networking Event 
Join us at this informal networking event to learn more about AAFCS Communities, Alliance for FCS partners, Student Unit, and more!


5:15pm-7:15pm Expo Grand Opening
Join AAFCS for the grand opening of the 2019 Expo, in the Regency Ballroom on the second floor! 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. 

5:15pm-7:15pm Twice is Nice Accessories Swap
This yearly event provides an uplifting experience for our hardworking members who appreciate the opportunity to donate accessories they no longer use in exchange for "new" items. This also provides the inspiration and motivation for our affiliates to conduct similar event and also helps to reinvent resourcefulness. Bring your lightly used accessories to the Welcome Reception or Opening General Session and trade them in for a chance to "buy" a new-to-you piece Monday evening! Come, have fun and shop til you drop!

Tuesday, June 25th


8:00am-12:00pm Expo Extravaganza
This year, Tuesday morning's expo is the place to be! Join us for a light continental breakfast from 8:00am-9:30am, (included in Full, Tuesday-Only, Family/Guest, and Expo-Only registrations), enjoy the Showcase Your Work Event from 9:00am-11:00am--including the Apparel, Textiles and Design Juried Showcase, and the Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase & Silent Auction, join in and help the community with the Student Unit Service Project (more info coming soon!) and visit the exhibitors you missed Monday night! Plus, we'll have some special treats and activities--announced soon!

10:00am-12:00pm 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! Click here for more info and to submit your proposal! The deadline is April 1st.

7:30pm-9:30pm Awards Dinner: Celebrating the 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 2019 Distinguished Service Awardees, Leaders, New Achievers, Fellowship and Scholarship recipients. Semi-formal attire recommended.

Wednesday, June 26th


7:15am-10:45am AAFCS Professional Testing--Certification Exams
Ready to become certified with AAFCS? Test at conference at a discounted rate! Testing will be offered for the CFCS, CFCS-HDFS, CFCS-HNFS, CPFFE, and new CNWE certifications. Register for an exam with your conference registration! Learn more about AAFCS Professional Certification here

11:15am-1:00pm Capstone Luncheon (One ticket included with Full and Wednesday-Only registrations), $45

Join us for the culminating event of Annual Conference, where you'll learn from speakers Dr. Alisha Hyslop, Scott Stump (recorded) and Dr. J. Scott Angle (invited) and the AAFCS Board of Directors--and get a preview of next year's conference!

2:00pm-5:30pm Post-Conference Workshop: "Partnership to Recruit, Prepare, and Support FCS Educators"--Summit for Action, PDUs TBD (No cost--a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)
Click here for more information.