Promote “Dine In” Campaign and Take the Pledge

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December 3rd, 2016 is “Dine In” day. National Extension of Family Consumer Sciences  and American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, sponsors of the Family Consumer Science day, ask you to prepare and eat a healthy meal with your family on December 3rd. Here is checklist to promote this event:

  • Commit to dining in on December 3rd. Take the dine in pledge.
  • Take a photo of your family preparing a healthy meal and post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie.
  • Change your Facebook profile photo to the I’m “Dining In” logo.
  • Ask your friends and family to “Dine In.”
  • Pin your favorite family meal recipes to a “Dining In” Pinterest board.
  • Add the “Dining In” logo to your email signature.
  • Promote “Dining In” to family, friends and program participants.
  • Visit the “Dine In”  to access resources.
  • Send us photos and stories about your “Dine In” experience to

Thanks for getting involved in your association’s public relation campaign.

Suzanne Driessen & Becky Hagen Jokela, NEAFCS-MN, Public Policy/Public Relations Co-Chairs



Congratulations to 2016 Award Winners!

Congratulations to the following 2016 NEAFCS – MN Affiliate Award Winners who were recognized at the NEAFCS – MN Professional Development Day “Creating Personal and Professional Harmony in Our Lives” on July 14, 2016 on the St. Paul Campus:

  1. Communications Educational Curriculum Package:Financial Recovery After Disaster Video Series – Sara Croymans, Lori Hendrickson, Lori Scharmer, Trish Olson, Bruce Sundeen & Scott Swanson
  2. Communications Newsletter Award:Latino Financial Literacy Newsletter – Sara Croymans, Antonio Alba, Jose Lamas, Gabriela Burk, Francisca Mendoza, Heather Lee, Mary Vitcenda & Jessica Barnes
  3. Community Partnership:Engaged Stakeholders Guide Development of Just-in-Time Disaster Recovery Video Series – Lori Hendrickson, Sara Croymans, Lori Scharmer, Trish Olson, Bruce Sundeen, Scott Swanson
  4. Continued Excellence:Suzanne Driessen
  5. Distinguished Service Award:Mary Caskey
  6. Food Safety:Safe Food Sampling at Farmers’ Markets and Community Events –  Suzanne Driessen, Kathy Brandt & Glenyce Peterson Vangness
  7. Human Development/Family Relationships: Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence Online Course – Becky Hagen-Jokela, Kelly Kunkel, Ellie McCann & Jean Illsley Clark
  8. Past President’s New Professional:Farm-to-School through Nutrition Education and Community Partnerships – Megan Jannsen
  9. Social Networking: Military Families Learning Network – Family Transitions –  Anita Hering, Sara Croymans, Mary Jo Katras, Ellie McCann, Karen Shirer, Vickie LaFollette & Bob Bertsch

The following individuals and teams were recognized at the NEAFCS Annual Session Awards Ceremony in Big Sky, Montana on September 15, 2016:

  1. Continued Excellence:Suzanne Driessen
  2. Distinguished Service Award:Mary Caskey
  3. Social Networking: Military Families Learning Network – Family Transitions –  Anita Hering, Sara Croymans, Mary Jo Katras, Ellie McCann, Karen Shirer, Vickie LaFollette & Bob Bertsch – 1st Place Central Region & 2nd Place National

Also, the following award application submitted through NEAFCS – ND Affiliate was recognized at the national awards banquet:

  • Communications Television/Video Program:  Family Financial Recovery After Disaster Video Series – Lori Scharmer, Lori Hendrickson, Sara Croymans, Trish Olson, Scott Swanson & Bruce Sundeen – 1st Place Central Region & 2nd Place National


NEAFCS-MN Officer Candidate Bios

We have two wonderful candidates for NEAFCS  President-Elect and Secretary. Anita Harris, based out of St. Cloud, is running for President-Elect and Mary Schroeder, based out of Marshall, is running for Secretary. Please take a moment to read their bios which are posted below. Elections will be held at the annual meeting in Duluth. If possible, please plan to attend.


President-Elect: Hello!  My name is Anita (Harris) Hering and I have been a member of NEAFCS for one year.  I am running for NEAFCS- MN President-Elect.

I was hired in May of 2005 by the University of Minnesota Extension as a Regional Extension Educator for the Center of Youth Development.  In March of 2015 I joined the Center for Family Development- Family Resiliency as Extension Educator Military Families working as the Social Media Specialist in a cooperative agreement with eXtension, the Department of Defense, USDA, and the Military Families Learning Network.  My expertise is in the area of youth, families, volunteer and partnership development, curriculum development, program quality, social media, and working with military service providers, Service Members, their families and Veterans.

I attended the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education.  In 1990 I received my MA in Non-Public School Administration/Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Upon coming to the University of MN Extension, I had 23 years of professional experience in Pre-Grade 12 education, 10 years as a classroom teacher and as a Principal for 13. I worked with school renovations, building projects, school mergers, and involved with strategic planning, grant writing and financial management (5 yearly budgets), fundraising and public relations, before and after school programs, curriculum development and implementation, just to name a few.

My husband and I live on five acres of wooded land in St. Joseph, where every day we host the “Hering Party” with deer, wild turkeys, coyote, other small animals and birds.  Since 2007 I have been involved with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in the St. Cloud area and as a volunteer Chairperson for the largest Regional BTYR (9 cities) in MN, the Central MN Warrior to Citizen.

As President-Elect I will use my leadership and management skills to serve in a leadership capacity and work hard to promote excellence and scholarship, assist in providing innovative professional growth and development opportunities, and serve as a resource for education, information, networking and partnerships.


Secretary:Mary Schroeder has worked as an Extension educator since 1999. Prior to Extension, Mary worked as a registered dietitian in medical settings. As a clinical dietitian, Mary observed that people’s eating habits are influenced by factors such as stress, physical activity, time, and food access. Recently Mary’s work has focused on nutrition and well-being of children and youth, especially youth who live in low-income areas. She has worked with team members to develop and deliver trainings to school foodservice directors and child care providers with the goal of ensuring these environments prepare and serve high quality, nutritious foods. Mary earned a Masters degree in Public Health, Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin — LaCrosse, WI and her Bachelors degree in Food and Nutrition from North Dakota State University.


Fall is a wonderful time of year to assess your professional growth. On behalf of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) – MN Affiliate, Awards and Membership Committee, I invite you to consider membership in our professional organization.  NEAFCS-MN Affiliate membership is open to any Extension employee working within family and consumer sciences programming and has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate provides an opportunity to network with other Family and Consumer Science Educators locally and nationally. Refer to the attached document for a form to join. Please complete your membership form and mail to Sara Van Offelen, 715 11th St N Ste 107C,
Moorhead, MN 56560 by October 4, 2016.  You can even divide the payments into two if that makes it easier.  See the membership form for details.

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate is an active organization.   Please consider joining us as a member of the NEAFCS – MN Affiliate!

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NEAFCS Awards Due (Feb. 15, 2016)–MN Affiliate

NEAFCS MN Affiliate Award applications are due February 15, 2016.

Award applications & all supporting material need to be uploaded into the national on-line system.  Here are some tips for submitting your application(s):

  • All NEAFCS Awards information is available on the Awards web page
  • Identify which award categories your project fits into by reviewing the Awards-at-a-Glance
  • Check out the step by step instructionson how to submit an application.
  • Please note — MN Award applications will be accepted up until February 15. 
    • There will not be an opportunity to edit/change your application after the Minnesota February 15 deadline
  • To ensure high quality applications it is strongly recommended that submitters have their application materials reviewed prior to submitting online by someone else to ensure that the application is complete, easy to read & understand and contains no typos or grammatical errors.

If you have questions about the awards submission process please feel free to contact a MN awards/membership committee member:

  • Sara Croymans – croym001@edu
  • Mary Schroeder – hedin007@edu
  • Mary Caskey – caske002@edu
  • Sharon Powell – spowell@edu