The West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education will welcome back alumni of the former Division of Family and Consumer Sciences for a reunion on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center.

In conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day, the reunion luncheon will bring together graduates from Child Development and Family Studies Fashion Design and Merchandising; Interior Design; Design Studies; Nutrition; and former programs Home Economics Education and Resource Management.

“Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic profession that covers a broad area of societal issues,” said Elaine Bowen, WVU extension specialist in health promotion. “Given the diversity of our profession, events like this help us appreciate the far-reaching impact of our work.” The day will be a celebration and reunion.”

The event is jointly sponsored by Elizabeth A. Dooley, Interim Dean of the College of Human Resources and Education; Barbara McFall, Director of the Division of Design and Merchandising in the Davis College of Agriculture, National Resources and Design and the Lambda Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society.

The luncheon will feature presentations from keynote speakers Vivien Woofter, a 1952 WVU graduate in Home Economics, and Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, a 1980 and 1984 WVU graduate in Human Nutrition and Biochemistry. A tour of the WVU Nursery School will culminate the event.

“With the current structure of academic departments, alumni may relate to different colleges and departments on campus. This event brings us all together as a cohesive group,” Bowen said. “Networking through the reunion is extremely important for Family and Consumer Sciences professionals so that we can effectively collaborate in our work.”

Because the luncheon includes a meal, alumni and friends of these programs are asked to RSVP by Monday, Oct. 17 via mailed response cards or by contacting event coordinator Mary Beth Sickles at marybeth.sickles@mail.wvu.edu. Colleagues of alumni are also welcome.

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CONTACT: Christie Zachary, Human Resources and Education
304-293-5703, christie.zachary@mail.wvu.edu