2004–05: NCFR involvement in the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC), funded for 5 years by ACF through the Department of Health and Human Services, was initiated. It was a cooperative agreement between the U.S. government and NCFR, with the work carried out by NCFR and its six partners. The exclusive focus was on heterosexual marriages. Michael Benjamin was the designated principal investigator, with the following staff: Linda Malone-Colon, director, and Derek Gwinn, research associate. The HUB partners were as follows: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Child Trends, Washington, DC Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Texas Tech University, Lubbock University of Minnesota Bill Doherty was director. […]

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Other Activities in 2004–05

After over 10 years as a UN NGO, NCFR was given consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council, making NCFR part of a 2,700-organization network worldwide and giving NCFR ability to offer assistance to the work of the council. They would work with the Commission on Social Development, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee on Population & Development. NCFR was also officially registered with the U.S. Government as an NGO nonprofit organization. Fifty-five newly certified family life educators were accepted and eight universities were added to the approved academic program list. A new advisory committee was […]

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Sections in 2004–05

With adoption of the Carver governance model and decreased Board size, in 2001 the Sections became a formal part of the Annual Conference Program Committee, planning the Annual Conference program. The 2005 Section chairs were as follows: EE, Lynnette Olson; EM, Ferrell Webb; FH, Barbara Mandleco; FP, Debra Berke; FS, Kevin Allemagne; FT, Volker K. Thomas; FF, Ramona Oswald; IN, Mary Ann Hollinger; RF, Curtis Fox; RT, Michael Johnson.

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Journals and Publications in 2004–05

The Journal of Marriage and Family Editor was Alexis Walker, and the Family Relations Editor was Joyce Arditti. They sponsored a workshop at the Annual Conference on how to write good articles for the journals and other publications. Discussions with Blackwell Publishing ensued regarding the transformation of journal publishing by the electronic availability of content and increased usage thus affecting hard-copy sales. Blackwell did report that, because of bundling the Journal of Marriage and Family and Family Relations, they would exceed the expected income. Three new policy briefs were published and distributed: (1)“Social Security Reform,” (2) “Family Preparedness,” and (3) “Work/Life Balance.” […]

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Affiliates in 2004–05

Association of Councils (AOC) priorities, defined by AOC President Marcie Brooke, were to promote the CFLE program and focus on campus advisors; to sponsor the Student/Advisor breakfast at the Annual Conference, which was very popular; and to work on a speakers bureau form for the AOC that would list the state members willing to speak at workshops, and seminars. The states having active councils were listed as CA, IL, MI, MN, OH, OK, TX, UT, Mid-Atlantic Region; NW Region; Taiwan ROC, and Greater Greensboro, plus 26 growing student campus councils.

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Awards in 2004–05

The 2005 awards went to the following individuals: Student Award: Cheryl Peters, Oregon State University Osborne Award: Mark Benson, Virginia Tech Marie Peters Award: Patricia Bell-Scott Jessie Bernard Award for Research Proposal, to Katherine Kuvlanka, Univeristy of Maryland Jessie Bernard Award for Scholarship Contributions: Jennifer Hardesty, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Jan Trost Award: Barbara Settles, University of Delaware Reuben Hill Award: Gene H. Brody, Velma McBride-Murray, Lily McNair, Anita C. Brown, Zupei Luo, Yi-Fu Chen, Eileen Neubaum-Carlson, of the University of Georgia; Meg Gerrard, Frederick X. Gibbons, Virginia Molgaard, and Richard L. Spoth of Iowa State University; and Thomas A. Wilds, Yeshiva University […]

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Membership in 2004–05

With a drop in membership occurring, two NCFR staff members, Sasha Reese and Linda Bessey, were assigned to marketing and member services. New brochures were designed. Four hundred sixty-five new members were added between June 2005 and April 2005, bringing the membership total to 3,351. Reasons for nonrenewal included retirement, changed professional roles, financial factors, and other specialized organizations more relevant to career. A $10 discount was offered to renewing members on their conference registration if they renewed by March 31. Read the March 2005 NCFR Report Magazine Read the June 2005 NCFR Report Magazine Read the September 2005 NCFR Report Magazine Read […]

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Structure and Governance in 2004–05

Linda Malone-Colon, PhD, was appointed by the NCFR Board as Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, which had been initiated as the result of NCFR’s receipt of the $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Administration of Children and Families under the Department of Health and Human Services. She was based at the NCFR offices in Washington, DC. The research associate who would work with her was Derek Gwinn. Malone-Colon’s assignment was to work on reactivating the Coalition of Family Organizations, which had been very active between 1975 and 1990, and to work with the NCFR Public Policy Committee, on […]

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Leadership in 2004–05

Board members in 2004–05 were the following: President: Gay Kitson President-Elect: Pamela Monroe Members-at-Large: Martha Farrell Erickson, Larry Ganong, Deborah B. Gentry, Robert Reyes, and Jane Tornatore President, Association of Councils: Marcie Brooke Student/New Professionals Representative: Julie Kohler; Executive Director: Michael  Benjamin Executive Assistant: Jeanne Strand, ex-officio

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Other Activities in 2003–04

The Fifth Annual Policy Conference was jointly sponsored with AAFCS and NCFR in Washington, DC, on April 1 and 2, 2004. The theme was “Families at the Crossroads,” and it focused on the four issues of Medicare, education, health care, and the economy.  The recipient of the NCFR Special Services to Families Award was Rep. Dennis DeFazio (D-OR) for his work with military families. In the wake of Margaret Feldman’s retirement and move back to Ithaca, NY, NCFR opened a policy office in Washington, DC, at the Instate Natural Gas Association of America. An Emerging Leadership Training Institute was held on November […]

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