The Michigan Association of Family and Consumer Sciences held its annual meeting and conference at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame on Friday, August 17th. Dottie West, Ph.D., retired professor from Michigan State University, planned and hosted the event with help from Mary Andrews, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Michigan State University. The event began with Morning Teatime of breakfast cakes, juice, and coffee. A tour of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center galleries began with a discussion by Executive Director Sandy Soifer about the origins and history of the Center.

Lunch was enjoyed in the gazebo of Cooley Gardens, adjacent to the Center.

Peggy Crum, RD
Peggy Crum, RD, presented a thought provoking program on “Nutrition and Fitness: Changing Behaviors through Communication.” Peggy is a Nutritionist with Health4U at Michigan State University. She discussed the factors that affect a person’s food choices and how to influence changes in behavior to include healthy choices. We tasted six different kinds of greens, described the taste, and attempted to identify them.

Cathy Balik, CFCS, President
& Aletia Memmott, Scholarship Winner

The Ethel O. Washington Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Aletia Memmott of Richland, MI. She is a graduate of St. Phillip Central Catholic High School and will be attending Grand Rapids Community College to study Culinary Arts. Congratulations, Aletia.

Dorothy Mitstifer, PhD, Executive Director of Kappa Omicron Nu shared the success of the Jump with Jill Show at Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Conclave and Undergraduate Research Conference. The Jump with Jill Show had a dual purpose: to serve elementary kids in the Lansing area and to prepare Kappa Omicron Nu delegates to go back home to conduct activities to improve food and exercise behaviors of kids. Selected MI schools will be able to present the Jump with Jill Show during the 2012-13 academic year. She also described the Bullying Initiative: A Kappa Omicron Nu Service Learning Initiative for schools. Resources are available for student and community groups.

Kelsey Quackenbush,
2012-21014 MAFCS President
We are pleased to introduce our newly installed President, Kelsey Quackenbush. She has served on the board in numerous positions and represented MAFCS as a Senator at the AAFCS Annual Conference in 2011. She teaches Family & Consumer Sciences at Brighton High School. Thank you very much, Kelsey for giving MAFCS your time and expertise.