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National Videoconference Part of NMSU's Family and Consumer Sciences 100th Anniversary

LAS CRUCES ­ A national videoconference hosted by New Mexico State University's family and consumer sciences department will be held Feb. 1 on the NMSU campus to help commemorate the centennial celebration of the department's first class.

"The name of the conference is 'Healthy Families, Healthy Communities: Building Supportive Policies,'" said Ann Vail, head of NMSU's family and consumer sciences department. "At the conference we will be examining current research and outreach efforts."

Specialists from the University of Nebraska, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, as well as NMSU faculty will speak during the videoconference, all of which are celebrating centennials related to family and consumer sciences. Topics to be discussed include family strengths, engaged parents, reducing violence and quality child experiences.

Esther Devall, associate professor in NMSU's family and consumer sciences department, will lead a discussion on family strengths. Devall's presentation will focus on the Family Strengthening Partnership, a collaboration between NMSU's family and consumer sciences department and the New Mexico Health department that offers programs to parents to help improve their parenting skills.

"I want to emphasize the importance of strengthening families," Devall said. "When we do that, we prevent a lot of social problems."

The videoconference is open to the public and can be viewed in room 169 of Milton Hall from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact NMSU's family and consumer sciences department at (505) 646-3936.