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FACS Alumni Plan Centennial Celebration

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 10/18/2007 - UCM is commemorating 100 years of family and consumer sciences education on campus with a Centennial Celebration Dinner Saturday, Oct. 20. Carol Kellett, who served as chair of the university's Department of Home Economics, 1983-1987, is returning to campus as the event's guest speaker.

Dinner and Reception Planned

The dinner takes place at 6 p.m. in the Elliott Union ballroom as part of the university's homecoming weekend. FACS alumni, students, faculty and staff will also participate in a Centennial Toast Reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Elliott Union Kitterman Room.

Keynote Address Reflects on Past, Anticipates the Future

"It's a great honor to be selected to give a keynote presentation at the centennial celebration," said Kellett, who has titled her remarks "Reflection and Anticipation."

"Like many other programs, the UCM Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been reorganized, presenting both challenges and opportunities," Kellett said. "My presentation will celebrate the history and achievements as a context for the future. The history of family and consumer sciences at UCM is one of pride and prominence. Looking ahead, there are many unique opportunities for the future."

Although it has been several years since Kellett was on campus, she said she has followed UCM's progress and looks forward to spending time with colleagues and friends who have been an important part of her career and life experiences.

Distinguished Academic Career

Kellett is an author and teacher who began her career in education as a public school teacher in Blue Springs. She is currently a professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University, Manhattan, where she served from 1998-2006 as dean of the College of Human Ecology. Her education career also includes past service as an instructor at the University of Missouri, and assistant director of the Youth Employment Project of the National Collaboration for Youth. After leaving UCM, she served for 11 years as a professor at California State University, Long Beach, and chaired its Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for four years.

Programs Evolve to Meet Society's Needs

FACS education began at UCM in 1907 when the university created a Department of Domestic Economy. Since that time, FACS has evolved into diverse academic specializations with related degree programs offered in more than one department. Academic degrees offered include the Bachelor of Science in Education in Family and Consumer Sciences in the Department of Career and Technology Education; BS in Dietetics and food minor in the Department of Health and Human Performance; BS in Hotel and Restaurant Administration in the Department of Health and Human Performance; and BS in Fashion, Textiles and Clothing in Business and clothing minor in the School of Technology. Various divisions of family and consumer sciences have produced more than 4,000 graduates during the past century, and nearly 280 students are currently majoring in a FACS-related field.

For More Information

For more information about the dinner, or the family and consumer sciences centennial activities, call Billie Perrin, instructor in fashion and apparel merchandising, at 660-543-8724 or bperrin@ucmo.edu.