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The AAFCS 2018 Distinguished Service Award is honoring outstanding DSA recipients Jan Bowers, CFCS, and Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired.

Honor Their Commitment: Your gift to the DSA Honorary Fund will have an immediate impact. By donating in their honor, you are strengthening AAFCS’ work for family and consumer sciences members and professionals through:

Advocacy and Collaboration; Education and Recognition; and Research and Innovation.

Donors will be recognized in the Annual Honor Roll of Donors, and in the Book of Letters presented to each awardee at the 109th Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-27, 2018. 

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2018 Distinguished Service Award Honorees

Jan S. Bowers, CFCS

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Dr. Jan Bowers is the Dean of the School of Education and Human Ecology at SUNY Oneonta, where she administers 37 undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation and family consumer sciences programs. She has served the profession as a teacher, State FCCLA Director, State Department of Education Program Supervisor, teacher educator, and as a university department chair.

She has had more than 65 grants funded to facilitate innovative education initiatives, and received awards for University Distinguished Professor of Service, National FCCLA Distinguished Service, AAFCS Leader, FCSEA Educator of the Year and as an American Council on Education Fellow. AAFCS is honored to celebrate her significant contributions to the field, and thank her for her dedication and ongoing leadership.

Learn more about Jan in the Winter 2018 Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. If you wish to contribute to the DSA Honorary Fund in her honor, please make your gift using the remittance envelope in the JFCS, or visit our donations page.

 

Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired

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Combine an exemplary role model for servant leadership with professional dedication and passion for family and consumer sciences education. Sprinkle in a good dose of critical-thinking skills, creativity, vision, and commitment to the challenges at hand and you have just described the career of Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired. Gay Nell achieved professional distinction and excellence in a variety of roles, ranging from effective classroom teaching to statewide oversight of all family and consumer sciences education in Texas through her role with the Texas Education Agency, to her involvement in professional organizations, her work with allied organizations, and finally as a valued staff member at AAFCS.

Gay Nell McGinnis has deeply influenced our profession and all who have worked with her or learned from her. Her messages to staff often concluded with one word, “Onward!” – which was her way to communicate the need to “persistently and boldly move forward and make a positive difference.” She has made an enduring impact on our profession and within our association.

Learn more about Gay Nell in the Winter 2018 Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. If you wish to contribute to the DSA Honorary Fund in her honor, please make your gift using the remittance envelope in the JFCS, or visit our donations page.

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