Word from the chair

February 8, 2012

For the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, some significant changes have taken place.

Our beloved Dr. Nina Collins retired at the end of the summer of 2011, after 43 years — 27 years as the chair — of most dedicated and absolutely outstanding services. We already miss her leadership and wisdom. I was totally caught off guard by being elected the new chair. I am honored that my colleagues trust me and thought that I could be a leader. I shall learn from Dr. Collins’ examples, carry the torch and move forward.

The FCS Department is expanding and growing. The brand new major program, Hospitality Leadership, was officially launched this fall. Dr. Kara Wolfe, the HL program director, comes from North Dakota State University and she brings years of experience. The program already is meeting the first-year goal and rapidly growing. The HL Advisory Board has been established and had its first meeting in mid-November. A new HL student organization, Fresh Slice, has been established and is already very active with a variety of activities.

In August, we welcomed another 10 students in the second-year dietetic internship class. In November, we received the most fantastic news. All 10 first-year DIs passed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly ADA) Registered Dietitian Exam on their first try. The ADN requirement for the RD exam-passing rate is 80 percent, so this 100 percent passing record is great news indeed. The credit should go to the very able DI director professor Amanda Newell and all other faculty mentors. We will do our best to keep this record for years to come.

All other major programs, dietetics, nutrition & wellness, retail merchandising, FCS teacher education and general FCS are growing, and we now have 129 majors and 22 minors enrolled in FCS programs. All FCS classes are full and attract many non-majors.

With Dr. Collins’ retirement, we have begun a search to fill the position of C. C. Wheeler Endowed Professor. A national search for the C. C. Wheeler Endowed Professor has been launched, and we are actively recruiting our second endowed professor. It is monumentally important to recruit an outstanding professor who will lead this department in teaching and scholarship and help move FCS to the level of national distinction. I encourage everyone to spread the word and help nominate excellent candidates. Please see this detailed description of the position on Bradley’s Human Resources page.

As the first semester has ended and we begin the spring semester, we all feel grateful for the tremendous support we have received from the University administrators, alumni and friends. Please continue to send in your suggestions and words of encouragements. Those are priceless, and we dearly appreciate your support.

Chang-Ok Choi,
Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences