South Carolina Extension
Family and Consumer Sciences
The Department of Family and Youth Development at Clemson University was dissolved on June
30, 2003. The plan to create a Department of Family and Community Studies has been put on hold
for the current time due to budget restraints. Dr. Nancy Porter and Dr. Deborah Thomason have
requested that their academic home be transferred to the Department of Parks, Recreation, and
Tourism Management. Plans are on track for the creation of a Center on Family Well-Being which
will model the land-grant university mission by coordinating, delivering, and evaluating family and
consumer sciences programming as a true integration of research, teaching, and public service.
Clemson University is excited to have Dr. Katherine L. Cason, R.D., return to the position of State
EFNEP Coordinator. Dr. Cason is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human
Nutrition, 208 Poole Agricultural Center. Her telephone number is (864) 656-0539 and her email
address is email@example.com.
The Clemson Extension 2003 - 2004 Inservice Training Catalog is ready, and registration is open
for the scheduled courses. You may view the catalog at:
Anyone may browse the catalog, but to register for a class, a user ID and current password is
required. If you are a new user of the online registration system, please complete the first menu
choice of “user information.”
The deadline for registration is September 15. Although you can actually enroll and unenroll
throughout the year, we strongly encourage you to plan now for the entire training year.
After September 15, we will pull all of the rolls and distribute them to the individual instructors.
Some courses may be canceled due to low enrollment, while new sections of some may be added to
accommodate long waiting lists. Your cooperation in meeting this deadline will be greatly
If you have questions or problems relating to the inservice registration, contact Sherry Smith
(firstname.lastname@example.org), Inservice Training Coordinator, Extension Staff Development, 210 Barre
Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. 29634-0111.
“Strengthening Youth, Families and Communities - Across the Lifespan”
A national conference will be held at the Springmaid Conference Center in Myrtle Beach during
February 22 - 25, 2004. Conference details are available on the website,
http://www.clemson.edu/fyd/sfy.htm, and lodging reservations can be made online!
The deadline for “Request for Proposals” is October 3. Workshops and/or exhibits are welcomed!
Please share your outstanding programs with colleagues from across the nation. For more
information, contact Dr. Deborah Thomason (email@example.com).
NVON and SCFCL Update
Buff Leads National Meeting in Wisconsin
Betty Buff represented South Carolina well, as she served as the National President of the National
Volunteer Outreach Network (NVON). The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Express in
Janesville, Wisconsin July 21 - 24, 2003. The theme of the meeting was “Visions for the Future -
Dreams Really Do Come True.” Nine members from SCFCL and Master Farm Homemakers Guild
attended the meeting. Pat Breznay represented SCFCL on the NVON board. Pam Hanfland,
past president of SCFCL, was installed as President-Elect of NVON. South Carolina delegates
invited NVON members to South Carolina for the 2004 meeting by doing the “Charleston” in full
costume. Those attending were Doris Johnson, Bette Chinners, Dot Coleman, Barbara Cathey,
Holley Scott, Pat Breznay, Pam Hanfland, Betty Buff, and national advisor, Dr. Carol J. Webb. The
2004 meeting will be held in North Charleston July 15 - 17, 2004. Pam Hanfland is the program
chairman for the national meeting. States attending this meeting will include Wisconsin, Illinois,
Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, and South Carolina.
Country Women’s Council USA Meets in the South
The national meeting of the Country Women’s Council and the ACWW Area Meeting will be held
in Lynchburg, Virginia Sept. 25 - 27, 2003 in the Holiday Inn Select. The theme of this year’s
meeting is “Inspiring by Action.”
Associated Country Women of the World
2004 is the year of the Triennial Conference for ACWW, which will be held March 23 - 29 in
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The theme of the meeting will be “Working With Women
FCL District Meetings
South Carolina Family and Community Leaders will hold their fall district meetings in September.
Agents and presidents will discuss ideas on making the multi-county advisor system work and
provide feedback to Dr. Fran Wolak. Meetings will be held on Sept 10 for the Central District at the
Kershaw County Health Resource Center, on September 11 for the Coastal District in Santee at
Clark’s Restaurant, and on September 12 for the Foothills District at the Union County Extension
office. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. and should end by 3:00 p.m.
Subject Matter Updates
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency, Agricultural Research
Service (ARS), has developed a resource called the Community Nutrition Mapping Project
(CNMap). Easy-to-read tables and color-coded customized maps help states gauge whether a
community is at risk for food insecurity or other nutritional problems. It includes information on
nutrient intakes, physical activity and body weight, healthy eating patterns, and food security. The
Community Nutrition Mapping Project (CNMap) combines 1994 - 96 CSFII data with GIS software
to provide a picture of food and nutrition at the region and state level. To further develop the map
and provide specific community-level data, the Community Nutrition Research Group (CNRG)
plans to conduct small studies in several communities and map the results. To access the CNMap,
go to: http://www.barc.usda.gov/bhnrc/cnrg/cnmapfr.htm.
Source: Dr. Katherine Cason
The Paradox of Hunger and Obesity
A newly-released report challenges current knowledge about the epidemics of obesity and hunger in
America. The Paradox of Hunger and Obesity in America, a joint report by the Center on Hunger
and Poverty and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), examines the emerging and
seemingly paradoxical relationship between hunger, food insecurity, and obesity. The report
examines the health risks of both hunger/food insecurity and obesity, and how both of these serious
threats can co-exist in the same household. The analysis highlights recent research and describes
how lack of adequate resources for food can contribute to weight gain.
FRAC and the Center call for efforts to address both hunger and obesity through enhancing income
supports and federal nutrition programs. The full report is available at:
Source: Dr. Katherine Cason
Partnerships and Collaborations
The Southeast Produce Council & EFNEP Partners in Better Health
In partnership with EFNEP, the Southeast Produce Council will be helping to fight the childhood
obesity epidemic and helping to increase the consumption of fresh produce in the Southeast. The
Southeast Produce Council will be providing training and educational materials for use in EFNEP.
Several times a year, they will provide cash coupons for EFNEP educators and clients to purchase
The council will begin the project with the South Carolina EFNEP program in September 2003. To
learn more about this project go to the SE Produce Council website located at:
http://www.seproducecouncil.com/community.php3. A PowerPoint presentation about the project
can be downloaded from this site.
Source: Dr. Katherine Cason
Building Family Strengths Online Course a Summer Success
The 3 hour graduate credit course “Building Family Strengths” concluded recently. This second
summer session offered by Clemson University provided re-certification credit for Family and
Consumer Science professionals and met the master’s requirement for County Extension faculty
completing their Master's degree. Students completed online assignments and discussions
concerning strengthening families. The course will be offered again next summer. For more
information, contact Dr. Deborah Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 656-5721.
Source: Dr. Deborah Thomason
Building Family Strengths Special Project
As a part of the class work for ED 738 - Building Family Strengths, Glenna Mason
(email@example.com) conducted a program for local clientele. Using the “Communication
Blockers” section of the BFS curriculum, she presented a program to Pickens County Food Service
Managers at Liberty High School. Participants identified what blockers they used and also explored
ways to overcome those habits.
Glenna reports, “Taking this course was a great way to explore more opportunities for using the
BFS curriculum. The course was fun because it was all on the Internet. I have a lot of new handouts
as a result of taking the class. I would encourage anyone interested in taking the course to do so.”
Source: Glenna Mason
Grandparents Day 2003 is Sept. 7
Grandparents Day was the brainchild of Marian McQuade of Fayette County, W.Va., who hoped to
persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents. The first presidential
proclamation was issued in 1978, and one has been issued each year since then designating the first
Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
The number of grandparents who live with any of their grandchildren under 18 is 5.7 million.
Most of these grandparents (4.5 million) maintain their own household.
The number of grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs (i.e., food, shelter, clothing) of
one or more of the grandchildren they live with is 2.4 million. These grandparents represent 43% of
all grandparents who live with their grandchildren. Of these caregivers, 1.5 million are
grandmothers and 900,000 are grandfathers.
There are 3.9 million multigenerational family households in the United States; these are families
where grandparents live under the same roof with two or more generations of descendants. They
represent 4% of all households. For more information on multigenerational families, go to:
There are 5.6 million children living with a grandparent; these children comprise 8% of all children
in the United States. Of these children, 3.7 million lived in their grandparent's home and 1.8 million
in their parent's. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03-97.html.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
High School Dropout Rate Fell in '90s
The high school dropout rate for 16- to 19-year-olds fell from 11.2% in 1990 to 9.8% in 2000,
according to a Census 2000 brief on school enrollment released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
One in a series of Census 2000 briefs, School Enrollment: 2000 provides a profile of the student
population of the United States in 2000. The report and supplementary tables on the Internet show
numbers of people enrolled in school, their level of schooling and whether the school was public or
private. They also have data on school enrollment by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin, high
school dropout rates by race and Hispanic origin, and private elementary and high school
The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service has released a new resource called “Parent
$marts: A Credit Information Series for Parents.” “Parent $marts” is designed to help parents talk
with high school juniors, seniors, and college-aged children about managing money and credit. The
series of six fact sheets provide parents with educational information, financial tips, activities, and
additional resources on how to help their students become responsible credit consumers. Topics
include: Putting Your Student on the Road to Financial Independence, Setting the Stage for
Financial Success, Talking with Your Student About Credit, What Every Student Should Know
About Credit Cards, Beware-It Could Happen to Your Student, and Helping Your Student Get Out
of Credit Card Debt. In addition to the fact sheets, the program includes an evaluation, a student
spending plan, and a 60-minute PowerPoint presentation for financial professionals, educators, and
campus administrators who would like to hold parent workshops. The resource is available at:
Corporation for Enterprise Development
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) promotes asset building and economic
opportunity strategies, primarily in low-income and distressed communities, that bring together
community practice, public policy, and private markets in new and effective ways. CFED has
produced a number of downloadable publications of interest to extension educators including
“Community Development Financial Institutions,” and “Assets: A Quarterly Update for
Innovators.” Access these publications and an extensive catalog of for-sale publications at:
USDA Rural Community Development Initiative
USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative provides funds ($6 million total to be awarded
in amounts ranging between $50,000 and $500,000) to help nonprofit, community-based
development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and low-income communities
improve their ability to develop rural housing and community facilities and to improve economic
growth. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds and will provide technical assistance to
eligible nonprofit community-development organizations and low-income communities located in
rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less. Technical assistance includes setting up
homeownership education programs; supporting micro-enterprises, cooperatives, and sustainable
development; and providing training to develop strategic plans, hire staff, and oversee board
operations and management. Information is available at:
Investor Protection Trust
On April 28, 2003, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the National Association of Securities Dealers
(NASD), and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced the settlement of enforcement
actions involving conflicts of interest between the research and investment banking operations of
the nation's 10 top investment firms.
A portion of the penalties, disgorgement, and payments required under the settlement involved
investor education. Specifically, 7 of the firms agreed to pay a total of $80 million for investor
education. Of that amount, $27.5 million is to be paid to state securities regulators for investor
education purposes. That amount comprises the “Investor Education Fund” that will be overseen by
the Investor Protection Trust (IPT).
The IPT is soliciting letters of inquiry for noncommercial investor education projects. Only those
inquiry letters and proposals that seek to advance government or nonprofit investor education will
be considered. The Trust supports pluralism and equal opportunity in its grant making and in its
internal policies. The opportunities that prospective grantee organizations provide for minorities
and women are considered in evaluating proposals.
Activities supported by grants and program-related investments must be charitable, educational, or
scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and
Treasury Regulations. The foundation monitors grants through regular financial and narrative
reports submitted by the grantee. For more information, visit
Call for Papers
Motivating Constructive Financial Behaviors
The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is seeking research papers and case
studies in preparation for a 2004 think tank on the topic, “Motivating Americans to Develop
Constructive Financial Behaviors.” Guidelines for submission and volunteer reviewers may be
found on NEFE’s website (www.nefe.org) in the “Research and Strategy” area of the Innovative
Thinking section. The direct link to the Call for Papers is located at:
http://www.nefe.org/callforpapers/index.html. The postmark deadline for submissions is October
Calendar of Events
Galaxy II, a national conference for Cooperative Extension Educators, September 21 - 25, 2003 in
Salt Lake City, UT. Information can be found at: http://www.jcep.org/galaxy2.pdf.
S.C. Mini-Society Training, October 22 - 24, 2003 in Columbia. Contact Kathy Wright at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 656-5990 for more information.
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference, November 19 - 22, 2003,
Savannah, GA. Information can be found at: http://www.afcpe.org/. Family Economics Extension
Preconference, November 19, 2003, Savannah, GA. Contact Michael Rupured at
South Carolina Conference on Aging, November 20 - 21, 2003, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hilton
Head Island. Contact Kay Mitchell at email@example.com / (803) 898-2847 or Marcia Baxley
firstname.lastname@example.org / (803) 898-2830 for more information.
Positioning for Success: Financial Security in Later Life Satellite Video Conference, December 11,
2003, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST). Information can be found at:
Strengthening Youth, Families and Communities - Across the Lifespan national conference,
Springmaid Conference Center, Myrtle Beach, February 22 - 25, 2004. Information can be found at:
Nancy M. Porter, Ph.D., CFCS
State Program Leader for Family and Consumer Sciences
Director, Center on Family Well-Being
Box 340753, 235 P & A Building
Clemson, S.C. 29634-0753