« December 2006 | Main | March 2007 »

February 27, 2007

Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework and Indicators

FAMILY FORUM, the Winter 2007 issue of the newsletter of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations features "Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework and Indicators" by Betty Cooke, Lecturer in Family Education, University of Minnesota, and Beth Yokom, Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools Family Education (see pages 4-6 of the newsletter).

The newsletter also features an article about our new online series of Parent Education courses (p. 8, 10).

Betty Cooke serves on the MCFE Board and was recently elected to the position of "President Elect."

February 15, 2007

Family Education doctoral student and FACS teacher in the news

Nicole Bates-Childs, a Family Education Ph.D. student and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in St. Paul, and her three teenage daughters were featured on WCCO's television news on February 14th. Interviewed by reporter Esme Murphy, they spoke in favor of the state's proposal to vaccinate all 12 year-old-girls against strains of the human papiloma virus that can cause cervical cancer. An excerpt from the story and a link to WCCO.com follow.

Doctors said the vaccine is almost 100 percent effective, but critics worry about the message the new law would send to young girls.

Nicole Bates Childs has three girls. As a high school teacher she thinks a vaccine that could prevent cervical cancer is a good idea.

"It makes a sense to do it age 12 because that is the last time they are in there [the doctor's office] and they are giving them their vaccines and a lot of kids are relieved to be done until they are 18 and going off to college," Childs said.

The vaccine is most effective when given to girls before they become sexually active.

Government surveys show that 7 percent of children under age 13 have sex. By age 15, that number jumps to 25 percent.

Link to the WCCO story

February 12, 2007

Ph.D. Student Mustafa Ibrahim Receives Fellowship

Mustafa Ibrahim, a Family, Youth, and Community Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction has been named one of three fellows for the 2007-2008 Graduate Fellowships on Philanthropy and Human Rights, a joint venture between HECUA, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, and the Otto Bremer Foundation. The three fellows will spend the academic year working on individual research projects that will involve collaboration with local communities and nonprofit organizations while integrating their research with academic objectives. They will work at the Otto Bremer Foundation’s St. Paul office, have access to resources and community contacts, attend seminars and conferences related to philanthropy and human rights and receive a $13,500 stipend to support their research.

Mustafa’s main goal is to understand the social and cultural life of the Somalis in the Twin Cities. He will investigate how newly arrived immigrant communities like Somalis and others can be successful in the United States socially, economically and politically while still maintaining their culture and social capitol. Mustafa is especially interested in researching the educational struggles that many Somali youth are facing today in the Twin Cities. Before studying at the University of Minnesota, he studied at the International African University in Khartoum, Sudan and the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he studied Educational Administration. He currently lives in St. Paul and has five children.

February 5, 2007

Family Education Students and Graduates Profiled Online

We are proud of family education students and graduates! We are delighted that many have given permission to use their photos and short profiles that reflect their interests and experiences in our programs and their academic careers. The links below take you to pages that include their profiles. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the page or search alphabetically to find them.

Current Students and Recent Graduates

Ph.D. students Diane Anderson, Kathleen Matuska, and Sheila Moriarty

Ph.D. graduates Elizabeth (Elee) Wood and Robert Brenneman

M.A. student Heather Dubbeldee and graduate Sara Carpenter

Parent and family education licensure and M.Ed. student San Ha

Family and consumer sciences licensure graduates
Heidi Johnson and Shawna Grapentin

Distinguished Alumni

Geraldine Hodelin, Jamaica

Jean Illsley Clarke, Amy Jean Knorr, Marilyn (Marty) Rossmann