Ashland University Students and Professor Attend Conference in Texas

Dr. Deborah Sullivan poses with AU students Rachel Adalem and Samantha Largent (left).

7/10/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Deborah Sullivan, professor of health sciences at Ashland University, along with two Ashland University students, attended the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference and Expo in Houston, Texas, from June 26-29.

Dr. Sullivan served and completed her term as president of the Ohio Affiliate for the conference and will now serve as a counselor for the group. She served as the senator for the state of Ohio, presented during the Affiliate Showcase and attended numerous programs and meetings.

Rachel Adalem, a senior child and family studies major from Mansfield, Ohio, and Samantha Largent, a senior child and family studies major from Parma, Ohio, were the two students who had the opportunity to attend the conference with Dr. Sullivan.

Adalem serves as chair for the Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences student unit, while Largent serves as the vice chair.

“We were able to enjoy many meetings with topics that sparked our interests in the FCS world,” Adalem said.

“Samantha enjoyed the lecture “Reestablishing Family Bonds between Incarcerated Mothers and Daughters,” which placed emphasis on children’s need to grow up with both biological parents,” Adalem said. “I enjoyed the lecture “Moving with the Cheese,” which placed an emphasis on embracing change through the Family Resilience Framework.”

Adalem and Largent also had the opportunity to connect with the national officers who were raising money for an organization called “Lil Audrey’s” in the Houston area.

“The student connection activities gave us a chance to visit this home and interact with our peers who are going through this rough situation,” Adalem said. “It touched our hearts when we realized how rough their lives are and how blessed we are to have a family support system. Networking with other students attending the AAFCS conference has inspired us to have a service mindset with the goal of encouraging others to excel in life.”

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 ( 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. ###