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Family Matters: Update on the Center for Family Development

Shirer-Johnson Wedding Picture

Life at work and home has been very busy and eventful of late. In early April, my daughter, Allison, was married — see the picture of Allie and her new husband, Mike, on the right. We had a wonderful celebration at our home in Circle Pines with immediate family. The next day I headed to Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) in Washington, DC. I wondered why I scheduled this trip immediately after the wedding but in the end was so glad I participated. See Learnings from PILD for some of the lessons learned.

This week, you will also find information about new faculty hires (Staff Announcements) and an award for a SNAP-Ed educator (Extension Staff Day), as well as a map showing the location of the SNAP-Ed educators and the regional coordinators (Help Us Get the Word Out). In addition, four professional development opportunities are described including the joint meetings with Family Development and the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Minnesota.

Enjoy the warming April weather.

Karen Shirer
Associate Dean

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