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College to Host Family and Consumer Sciences Conference on Dec. 4

Published Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Event includes sessions on Child, Youth, & Family Services; Early Childhood Education & Services; Nutrition & Wellness; Education & Training; Design; Counseling & Mental Health; and Culinary Arts.

Wayne State College’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department and the Wayne Junior-Senior High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter will host a conference for Nebraska Family and Consumer Sciences teachers and their students from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in the college’s Kanter Student Center.

Wayne State’s Family and Consumer Sciences program is designed for students with a passion for home-related functions such as family living, consumer economics, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, child development, and parenting. Students who pursue the family and consumer sciences major get to choose from one of four concentrations to prepare for careers that improve individual, family, and community well-being, and impact the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services.

Concentrations in Wayne State’s program include fashion merchandising, foods and nutrition, and interior design. In the family and consumer sciences concentration, students gain a general background in fashion merchandising, foods and nutrition, and interior design so they can work in any related field. There is also a family and consumer Sciences occupational field endorsement for students who want to pursue teaching.

The conference begins with registration/check-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The opening general session will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Wanek, who earned a bachelor’s degree in FCS Education. Wanke went on to research bullying and victimization, especially parenting practices, and child behavior and treatment. She is now an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State College.

The event features multiple sessions in Child, Youth, and Family Services; Early Childhood Education and Services; Nutrition and Wellness; Education and Training; Design; Counseling and Mental Health; Culinary Arts; and Comprehensive Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Child, Youth, and Family Studies track features Lisa Leseberg, Doula and Lactation Consultant; Kelsey Kummer of All About U Adoptions; and Brook Greenough and Jenny Erb of Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging.

The Early Childhood Education and Services track features Amy Bloomquist of HeadStart.

The Education and Training session features Wayne High Principal Tucker Hight; WSC Instructor Dr. Lisa Wanek; Kristin Vest, Human Sciences and Education Career Field Specialist and FCCLA State Adviser for the Nebraska Department of Education; and FCS educators Michelle Galles and Aly Vondrak.

The Design track includes Kassi Broman of Swan’s Apparel, Cassandra Widner of Avenue Bridal, Kyle Deets of Deets HomeStore, and Angela Fleming of Country Nursery.

The Counseling and Mental Health session includes Ronelle Jackson, a Clinical Mental Health Therapist in ESU 7, and Yasmine Bender, former FCCLA leader.

The Nutrition and Wellness session features Taryn Hingst of Midtown Health and Kaylie Hingst of Colonial Manor.

The Culinary Arts track includes Eva Ortiz of Wayne Country View Care and Rehabilitation and Mike Carlson of Wayne State Dining Services.

The Comprehensive Family and Consumer Sciences track includes Makayla Heithold and Allyson Avery of Wayne Junior-Senior High FCCLA on Interviewing Skills, and Jamie Janousek, WSC student, on Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences.

The conference also features a talk on Continuing Involvement in Family and Consumer Sciences to be led by Toni Wiese, a senior at Wayne State College studying Family and Consumer Sciences, and Landon Calderwood, a senior Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies major at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa

For information or registration: Dr. Carol Erwin at 402-375-7287 or caerwin1@wsc.edu

Learn more about Wayne State’s FCS program at https://www.wsc.edu/family-and-consumer-sciences