2017 State Conference

2017 State Conference2017-02-28T08:44:32+00:00

Influencing Personal and Public Policy-Individuals, Families & Communities

99th Annual State Conference March 30- April 1, 2017 

Comfort Inn & Suites Plano East
700 Central Parkway East Plano, TX 75074

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Online Registration is available through March 15, 2017 (Note: There is an additional processing fee for online payments )

Paper Registration Form can be mailed until  March 15, 2017

Onsite registration will be available after March 15. 

Meeting at a Glance

Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:30 – 1:00 pm                   Leadership Workshop   Dr. Sandra Duke, AAFCS-TX President-Elect

1:00 – 2:00 pm                     2017 State General Arrangements Committee and 2018 State Conference Committee meet

2:00 – 3:00 pm                     Finance Committee Meeting

3:00 – 4:00 pm                     Executive Committee Meeting

4:00 – 6:00 pm                     Full Board Meeting

4:00 – 7:00 pm                     Registration

6:00 – 7:00 pm                Dinner On Your Own

7:00 – 9:00 pm                 Welcome and Opening General Session (1.5 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, HDFS, HNFS, CNWE)

Big Policy Issues for Texas Families & Communities – Camille Miller, CEO, Texas Health Institute

Update on Career & Technical Education -Policy and Practice –  Diane Salazar, Texas Education Agency

9:00 – 10.00 pm                    Networking Social & University Showcase


Friday, March 31, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 am            Exhibitors and Silent Auction Set up                 

8:00 – 1:00 pm           Registration

8:00 – 9:30pm            Second General Session (1.5 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, HDFS, HNFS, CNWE)

                                            Little p:  Policy at all Levels – Camille Miller, CEO, Texas Health Institute

9:40 –10:30 am                    Concurrent Sessions (1 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE)

  1. Students Advocate for Public Policy Changes in Course Pilot Study. (Research) Dr. Nancy Shepherd, Stephen F. Austin University
  2. SEW ON! Fostering Meaningful Connections through 4-H Sewing Projects. (Practice) Dr. Joice Jeffries, Shannon Johnson Lackey, John Ferguson, Joshua Williams, Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Extension Program
  3. Instructional Accommodations & Modifications for Students with Disabilities in CTE Classrooms- What, When & Why? (FCS Teacher & Outreach Educator, TEA-CTE approved) Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

10:45 –11:35 am                 Concurrent Sessions (1 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, HDFS, HNFS, CNWE)

  1. College Students: The New Face of Food Insecurity. (Research) Danielle Hairston-Green & Nathan Mitchell, Prairie View A&M University, Cooperative Extension Program
  2. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service- Making Public Policy Come to Life. (Practice) Brittany Martin, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Lynn Singletary, NTBS-TX Affiliate
  3. Good Behavior Can Be Taught! (FCS Teacher & Outreach Educator, TEA-CTE Approved) Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

12:00 – 1:15 pm                   Keynote Luncheon (.5 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, HDFS)

Mental Health as a Family & Community Policy Issue – Dr. Andy Keller, CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

1:30 -2:30 pm                       AAFCS-TX Affiliate Business Meeting

2:30 – 4:00 pm                     Interactive and/or Curricula Sharing Round Table Session (1 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, CNWE)

                                                Includes Afternoon Snack, Silent Auction and Exhibits

 Round 1:  2:30 – 3:00 pm

Table 1.  When Family and Consumer Science Professionals Connect, They Change the World. Dr. Roxie Godfrey, Texas Tech University

Table 2.  Quilting as a Strategy to Improve Math Competencies. Dr. Catherine Dutton, Texas Woman’s University

Table 3.  Implementing Learn, Grow, Eat & Go for School, Community and Family Engagement. Dr. Judith Warren, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Break     3:00 – 3:30 pm     View Exhibits and Silent Auction

Round 2:  3:30 – 4:00 pm

Table 1.  FCS Talks for Action and Advocacy Addressing Poverty. (Practice) Dr. Karen Alexander, Amanda Holland, Carmen Pederson, Texas Tech University

Table 2.  Honest Answers. (Practice) Marlene Lobberecht, CFCS

Table 3.  Funding May Apply!  Learn about AAFCS Scholarships and Fellowships. (Practice) Dr. Nancy Shepherd, Stephen F. Austin University; Dr. Barbara Allison, Texas Tech University; and Dr. Catherine Dutton, Texas Women’s University

4:10 – 5:00pm                      School Wellness Session (1 PDU-CFCS, HNFS, CNWE)

Texas Department of Agriculture:  Supporting School Wellness – Lindsay Baerwald, Student Engagement Specialist, Texas Department of Agriculture

5:00 pm -5:30 pm                Last Chance to View Exhibits and Silent Auction

5:30 pm                                     Silent Auction Closes- Payment Due; Exhibits close

6:30 – 9:30 pm                     Best of Texas Awards Banquet


Saturday, April 1, 2017

 8:30-10:00 am                      Work & Family Policy Panel (1.5 PDU-CFCS, CPFFE, HDFS)             

Workforce Implications for Raising the Minimum Wage – Nancy Granovsky, CFP, CFCS, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Child Care Issues and TX Policy Challenges – Marlene Lobberecht. CFCS, Volunteer

10:15 –11:15 am                 Concurrent Sessions (1PDU-CFCS, HDFS, CPFFE)

  1. A. Understanding College Students’ Reasons for Exercise and Frequent UV Exposure. (Research) Dr. Jay Yoo, Baylor University
  2. Looking into Your Future – What Next After College. (Practice) Dr. Barbara Allison, Texas Tech University; Kelli Pittcock, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – County Extension Agent; Lauren Peterson, Garland High School; Ashlen Niucole Knuf, Texas Tech University. 
  3. Welcome to the Real World – Financial Literacy/Money Management Curriculum. (FCS Teacher & Outreach Educator, TEA-CTE Approved)  Angela McCorkle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

11:30 noon-1:00 pm           Endnote Brunch & Closing General Session (.5 PDU- CFCS,

Policy and Process Changes in the Global Apparel Market:  Effects on the Consumer – Donnie Harrison, Product Innovation & Technical Senior Manager; Elizabeth Enoch,  Senior Technical Advisor- Women’s Apparel, J.C. Penny Purchasing

1:15 -5:15 pm                       Certification Testing –  Janet Rodriguez

1:15 –4:15 pm                      Educational Tours – Meet the Tour Organizers in Lobby at 1:15 (2 PDU’s-CFCS. HNFS, CPFFE)  Pre-registration required 

  • Bonton Farms in South Dallas – Carol Canada
  • Hospitality Industry Trends-Tour of Omni-Dallas Cowboy’s new Omni Hotel -Sharon Pierce
  • “The Woman’s Collection” TWU Historic Costume and Cookbook Collection – Joyce Armstrong                                  

                                                Optional tours on your own: President George W. Bush Library; Dallas Arboretum                           


The rate is $79.00 Single; $84.00 Double; 104 Suite.  Guests can book as long as the hotel has availability.  Please call the Comfort Inn & Suites at 972-881-1881 and reference American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. 

Rooms Blocked by Day









Single Standard Rooms 

(w/ 1 King Bed)

5 Kings

$79 rate

5 Kings

$79 rate

2 King

$79 rate


Double Standard Rooms 

(w/ 2 Queen Beds)

10 Queen Queen

$84 rate

25 Queen Queen

$84 rate

2 Queen Queen

$84 rate


Single or Double Suite Rooms

(w/ Sleeper Sofa)

$104.00 rate

$104.00 rate

$104.00 rate


If you have any question about making a reservation please contact Janet Rodriguez, AAFCS-TX Executive Director at txaafcs@gmail.com