About WAFCS Public Information Director

The Washington Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (WAFCS) is a professional family & consumer sciences organization dedicated to connecting professionals and touching lives. Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimum quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and design, and consumer issues. The mission of the Washington Affiliate is to provide leadership and services to our members, promote advocacy, and develop partnerships and alliances to enable communities, empower individuals, and strengthen families.

WAFCS Student Unit Meets in Ellensburg

The WAFCS Student Unit, comprised of students from Central Washington University and Washington State University met for their Spring Meeting on the CWU campus on April 1st.

Dr. Duane Dowd, FCS Department Chair, welcomed the students to the CWU campus and briefly spoke about the FCS program at Central.  After other introductions and an ice breaker WAFCS Public Information Director Donna Graham, presented a PowerPoint about collaborating with other Family & Consumer Sciences organizations. She explained that WAFCS would like students to participate in the WA FCS Annual Conference by assisting with the scholarship fundraiser, volunteering to introduce speakers, help with vendors, and set up of the conference, and by presenting.  Finally, she encouraged the students to retain their membership with AAFCS following graduation.

The first guest speaker of the day was Erin Murphy, a fitness coach. Her presentation was titled, “Let’s Face It: Teaching Can Be Stressful!”  She talked about her background and how we all have to learn to manage our stress, emphasizing health and fitness.

A Taco Bar lunch followed the business meeting and became a time when the students from the two campuses got to know each other a little better.

The second presentation of the day was a panel discussion on “The Experience of Teaching“. The presenters were Megan St. Clair, Lyndsey Slaybaugh, Mary Thompson, Shana Bye, and Sophie Bergford. Each took a few minutes to talk about their first year and memorable teaching experiences.  Following that they took questions from the students. The students appreciated the insights from the panel and what to expect when they get into their own classrooms.

The meeting was wrapped up with recognition of the graduating seniors and new officers.  The meeting was concluded with pictures.

Click on the link below to view the Spring Newsletter

Student Unit Spring Newsletter

Dr. Alberta Hill Memorial

Dr. Alberta Dee Hill, 98, passed away March 18th, 2017, at her home in Meridian, Idaho.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 31st in Emmett, Idaho. Burial followed in the Emmett Cemetery.

There was a Memorial and Celebration of her life on Saturday, April 8th, at The United Church of Moscow, in Moscow, Idaho.

The service was attended by many of Alberta’s colleagues from Washington State University and members of the United Church of Moscow, Alberta’s home church. The service was conducted by Rev. Jodie Tooley, friend and pastor of Alberta.  Memories were shared by Alberta’s family and friends. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

Dr. Hill was  an iconic presence for the Family and Consumer Sciences, and a role model for many FCS professionals. She was active in the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the Washington Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (WAFCS), and in more recent years in the International Federation of Family & Consumer Sciences (IFHE). She extensively traveled throughout her life, promoting the strengthening of individuals, families, and communities around the globe.  Alberta will be missed by all.

Click below for a brief glance to her life and accomplishments.

Alberta Hill Memorial