4/10/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University was well represented at the 104th Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (OAFCS) Conference held in Cambridge, Ohio.
Eleven students and three faculty members -- Dr. Cindy Moseman, assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; Dr. Deborah Sullivan, professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; and adjunct professor Bernadette Paul – attended the conference held at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center on March 22 and 23.
The students included Child & Family Studies majors Rachel Adalem of Mansfield; Jessica Bates of Dalton, Ohio; Paige Gorsuch of Wauseon, Ohio; Madalyn Humphrey of Elkins, W.Va.; Emily Kingrey of Hilliard, Ohio; Samantha Largent of Parma, Ohio; and Lynda Romer of Elyria, Ohio; FCS Education major Mikaela Bush of Radnor, Ohio; Fashion Merchandising major Emily Murray of Wadsworth, Ohio; and Foods and Nutrition minors Delaney Campbell of Cincinnati and Alexandra Maus of Wilmington, Ohio.
Dr. Sullivan, who served as 2012-2013 OAFCS president, presided over the conference and the executive board meeting. She also received a leadership award for her significant contributions to the field. Next year, she will serve as counselor to the board.
Bernadette Paul presented a session titled “Learning Connection: Taking Action for a Healthier Generation.”
Senior Jessica Bates presented her senior research project “Sibling Adjustment to Child’s Chronic Illness” for which she received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
Emily Murray, a senior and 2012-2013 OAFCS student chapter secretary, received the Outstanding Student Leader award for her service to the profession and leadership on a national, state and local level.
Rachel Adalem, a junior majoring in Child and Family Studies, received a $1,000 scholarship from the association.
Three AU students also won awards for their Green Fashion Show garments: Kaylea Zick of Factoryville, Pa.; fashion merchandising, won Best Use of Recycled Material; Alexys McQuillen of Ashland, Ohio, fashion merchandising freshman, won Most Unique; and Julie Widmann of Littleton, Colo.; marketing senior, won Most on Trend for Spring 2013.
Also, elections were held for the 2013-2014 student chapter and three AU students were voted into executive positions, including Adalem as president, Largent as vice-president and Kingrey as secretary.
The Ohio chapter is an affiliate of the American Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The mission of the AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. There is also a student chapter of AAFCS/OAFCS.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.