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January 30, 2009

Heather Cline chairs student section of MCFR

Heather Cline

Heather Cline is the chair of the very active Student Section of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations, which draws students from Family Education and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota along with undergraduate and graduate students from other Minnesota colleges and universities that offer family studies program. One of the highlights of their year was the creation of a mentorship program matching professionals with students to promote engagement between current and future professionals focuses on families. If you are interested in serving as a student mentor, please contact Heather at fyc@umn.edu. The Student Section also initiated a student poster session at the fall conference, which provides students with an opportunity to present their research or practitioner-focused work.

MCFR Connections

The Minnesota Council on Family Relations (MCFR) is one of the most active affiliates of NCFR in the country. Betty Cooke has just completed a year serving a president of MCFR during 2008. Among the many activities of this group is the sponsorship of two professional development state conferences in which cutting edge research related to families is brought to Minnesota family professionals. The spring conference, co-sponsored with and held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, focused on "Nature, Children and Families: A Necessary Connection," and the fall conference with nationally known keynoter Stephanie Coontz, focused on :"Contemporary Families: Formation, Function and the Future."

Cooke, Walker, and Cline present at NCFR Conference

Family Education faculty and students in have been very involved in both the Minnesota Council on Family Relations and the National Council on Family Relations (MCFR and NCFR) during the past year. Heather Cline, and faculty members Betty Cook and Susan Walker presented a round table on "Preparing Parent Educators Through Online Professional Development Programs" at the November 2008 NCFR conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The presentation highlighted both the parent education licensure program and certificate program in family education. Susan Walker also presented a session on "What Can Family Life Education Learn From MySpace About Reaching the Next Generation of Parent?" Her presentation was of much interest to family life educators in attendance. Susan is an officer in the Education and Enrichment section of NCFR.