Other Activities in 1998–99

A retirement reception was held at the College of Human Ecology on the University of Minnesota campus to honor Dr. Mary Jo Czaplewski’s 15 years of service. A scholarship award was established in her honor for experienced scholars who wished to get additional training in administration and management for the purpose of moving into administration. Michael Benjamin, the new Executive Director of NCFR, held a Master’s of Public Health from Yale University with a major in mental health administration. His previous job was as Executive Director of the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives in Washington, DC. He had experience in grant […]

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Affiliates and Sections in 1998–99

Norma Burgess served as Association of Councils President and, together with Lane Powell, worked at adopting the new Carver Model of governance to the Councils. Several surveys had been conducted, and results were being tallied. The International Section members decided to put their newsletter, including section by-laws and minutes of past meetings, online through the NCFR website. A listserv of the Section members was also made available. The Family Policy Section sponsored a Public Policy Forum pre-conference session at the Annual Conference. The first Margaret Feldman Family Policy Internship Award was given to Kevin Roy, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University who used […]

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Journals and Publications in 1998–99

A contract was signed with Allen Press of Lawrence, KS, for 3 years for editorial management in which NCFR was guaranteed 85% net surplus and Allen would take 15% with a guarantee of a minimum of $200,000. This move allowed NCFR to decrease staff by 3.5 full-time employees and save the organization money. Robert Milardo was completing his term as Editor of the Journal of Marriage and the Family. Kay Pasley was Editor of Family Relations. In 1999, an updated edition of Graduate Study in Marriage and Family: A Guide to Master’s and Doctoral Programs in the United States and Canada, edited by John […]

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Awards in 1998–99

The Student Award was given to Steven M. Kogan of the University of Georgia. Carol A. Darling of Florida State University received the Osborne Award. The Reuben Hill Award was given to Douglas B. Downey, James W. Ainsworth Darnell, and Mikaela J. Dufar, all of Ohio State University. The American Refugee Committee, Minneapolis, MN, received the Distinguished Service to Families Award. The first class of NCFR Fellows were nominated and approved by the committee, chaired by Alan Acock. They included Joan Aldous, Graham Spanier, Harriette McAdoo, Vern Bengtson, Alan Booth, Felix Berardo, Alexis Walker, Francis Fincham, Katherine Allen, Peggy Dilworth-Anderson, Judith Landau, and Patricia Noller. 

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Membership and CFLE in 1998–99

NCFR continued to attract international members through the conference and through the Internet. Read the March 1999 NCFR Report Magazine Read the June 1999 NCFR Report Magazine Read the September 1999 NCFR Report Magazine Read the December 1999 NCFR Report Magazine NCFR announced the Experience Recognition application option for established family life educators. This process was intended to be available for a limited time, until a CFLE exam was introduced. The NCFR Academic Program review had approved 41 programs. One hundred eighty-two applications for Provisional approval had been received through the Abbreviated Application process, available to graduates of NCFR-approved programs.

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Structure and Governance in 1998–99

By a 93% vote of the members who returned ballots, the new NCFR governance structure was ratified. Ten major changes in NCFR took effect immediately: Reduction in Board size from 24 to nine members elected by full membership and all serving 2-year terms. Board moved out of details of operations to focus on vision and priorities as articulated by the members of NCFR. Board member specialized roles de-emphasized and all members held accountable for organizational issue. Board officers reduced to three: President, President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer Functional vice presidents replaced by five at-large members from which Secretary/Treasurer will be appointed. President of Association of Councils and […]

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Leadership in 1998–99

NCFR President William Doherty was named an NCFR Fellow in 2004. He co-founded and chaired the Family and Health Section (1984–86), served on the Nominating Committee (1987–88), and was Program Vice President in 1992–93. He was co-founder of the Men in Families Focus Group (1992–95). He was awarded the Margaret E. Arcus Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Life Education in 2005. He was co-editor of the Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods: A Contextual Approach (Plenum Press). His research interests include democratic community building with families, citizen health care, marriage, fatherhood, community-engaged parent education, families dealing with chronic illnesses, and ethics. Doherty […]

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Other Activities in 1997–98

Margaret Feldman continued to be the NCFR volunteer representative in Washington. NCFR membership in the Coalition of Social Science Associations (at $575/year) kept her busy monitoring federal grants legislation for social science research. During the year, she attended meetings of federal agency groups such as the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect and Advisory Board meetings of the National Institute of Child Health and Development and the Interagency Task Force on Family Statistics. Marilyn Bensman, NCFR Representative to the United Nations, attended the Department of Public Information briefings meetings of UN NGO Committees on The Family, Aging, Mental Health, and […]

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Sections in 1997–98

The Family Science Section developed a set of “Ethical Principles and Guidelines” that were accepted by the Board to be used by the Board and NCFR. The Section would monitor their use. The Feminism and Family Studies Section received permission from the Publications Committee to print a teaching resources book of feminism and family studies course syllabi and sell it at the Annual Conference to benefit the Jessie Bernard Award Endowment fund. Read the March 1998 Feminism and Family Studies Section newsletter, Stephen Marks, Editor Read the October 1998 Feminism and Family Studies Section newsletter, Stephen Marks, Editor

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Affiliates in 1997–98

Association of Councils President James Ponzetti reported 17 active state councils: AL, BC, Canada, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA/DE, TX, and UT. The regional councils included the Northwest Council, with seven states, and the Southeastern Council, with 11 states. The three local councils were (1) Greater Greensboro, NC; (2) Military Families, and (3) Taiwan ROC. There also were seven student councils. 

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