Dr. Duncan-Lane awarded Redden Grant!

Dr. Crystal Duncan-Lane received a Redden Grant from EIU for her study entitled: Mentoring students towards the successful attainment of the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential from the National Council on Family Relations.

The grant will fund a yearlong workshop experience for select FCS seniors who are interested in the CFLE credential. Congratulations, Dr. Duncan-Lane!

Betz-Hamilton receives Meritorious Service Award

Axton Betz-Hamilton will be receiving the NCFR Affiliate Councils Board Meritorious Service Award at this year’s National Council on Family Relations National Conference. The criteria for this award are:
  • Must have three or more years of continuous involvement in a state or regional affiliate
  • Must be a current member of a state or regional affiliate
  • Must have served at least one term as a state or regional affiliate board member or state officer
  • Must be active with NCFR
  • For university faculty: Must have served as a mentor of a student in a research project that was presented at a state or regional conference, or assisted in forming and/or sponsoring the student chapter at his/her university.

Congratulations Axton on this prestigious honor!

Wilkinson to Serve as Officer for International Association

Rick Wilkinson was elected to the Executive Board (as secretary) of the Central Federation of the International Association of Hospitality and Tourism Educators. The federation consists of approximately 160 educators from 50 four year and two year programs across 14 states in the central part of the United States. His term officially starts in July 2014 as part of the international association’s annual conference in San Diego.

Lisa Brooks Orgranizes Leadership Conference

Lisa Brooks, Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management, and Jeff Oetting, Interim Director of the Business Solutions Center, organized a Restaurant Leadership Conference that was held on April 4, 2104.  The conference focused on leadership principles from industry experts.  Speakers included Mr. Mike Murphy, owner of Charlie Parker’s Diner in Springfield, IL; Chef Niall, owner of Firefly Grill in Effingham, IL; and, Mr. Jason Hodges, the GM of Olive Garden in Champaign, IL. Approximately 200 students attended the event.