Chair's Note 2012

May 8, 2012

What a year! As this has been my first year as FCS chair, I feel like I have been through a whirlwind of events and activities.  However, I feel very blessed that I have the best faculty and university support staff members at Bradley to assist me in meeting the needs of the department.   

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department experienced tremendous growth.  We began with 132 students in the Fall of 2011 and we have 197 students enrolled in six undergraduate major programs and one graduate certificate program. 

The Hospitality Leadership program exceeded its first year goal of 20 majors under the exuberant leadership of Dr. Kara Wolfe, HL Director. There are currently 30 HL majors and we have also successfully recruited the second HL professor, Dr. David Olds.  Dr. Olds earned his Ph.D. at Kansas State University and was teaching as an adjunct professor there. He has a long work history in food service and management, and will be an excellent addition to the program and department.

Director Amanda Newell has reported that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics requires a minimum passing rate of 80% for first attempt Registered Dietitian Exam is needed to uphold our Dietetic Internship accreditation.  She further added that our first year interns surpassed that goal by passing 100%, and that she is expecting the same outcome from our second class of interns who shall be graduating this July.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication and congratulations on this achievement!

All other undergraduate programs, General FCS, Dietetics, Nutrition and Wellness, Secondary Education, and Retail Merchandising have grown as well. Our classes and labs are well attended and attracting even non-majors. Our students have also been busy as well, and we had four student research projects presented at the 2012 BU Student Scholarship Exposition in May.

I would like to congratulate Dr. Kevin Randall and Dr. Jeannette Davidson for receiving the Journal of Excellence Award this year for their paper Meaning in Life and Volunteerism in Older Adults; researchers explored predictors of meaning in life such as physical and mental health and volunteerism in a representative sample of older adults. Measures included the Geriatric Depression Scale and the Life Regard Index. Implications for counseling older adults are discussed. (Please read the full article by following the above link to

We achieved all goals that we had set for this academic year except for one.  We have not yet filled the C. C. Wheeler Endowed Professor position vacated by retired Dr. Nina Collins. We will continue the search for the Wheeler professor next year.

The FCS web-site has had many “hits” over this past year. We are continually using the feedback we receive from you, our alumni, to improve the material and resources offered on our site.  If you would like to be featured or like to nominate someone for a spotlight interview, please contact Michelle at

I wish you all a healthy, safe, and fun summer.