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Staff Announcements

The Department of Family Social Science recently announced two new faculty members with Extension appointments. Dr. Jenifer McGuire will join the faculty as an Associate Professor in the area of Parenting Education, beginning fall 2014, pending approval from the Provost's office. She can be reached at Jodi Dworkin served as the chair of the search committee and Ellie McCann served as Extension's representative.

Dr. Joyce Serido has accepted an offer to join the FSoS faculty as an Associate Professor in the area of family economics beginning Fall, 2014. She can be reached at Sharon Danes served as chair of the search committee and Jennifer Garbow served as Extension's representative.

Please join me in thanking Jodi, Ellie, Sharon, and Jennifer for their service to hire these new specialists.

Seven new SNAP Ed Educators have been hired over the last month. Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to Family Development:

Darlyce Rangaard, Redwood Falls
Carolyn McQueen, Crow Wing
Elizabeth Quillo, Todd
Rachel Jones, Blue Earth
Kathryn Lien, Clearwater
Megan Janssen, Polk
JoDee Christiansen, Stearns
Dianne Davis-Kenning

Recently, Dianne Davis-Kenning, SNAP-Ed Educator and formerly Community Nutrition Educator, was awarded the 2014 Partners in Hope from Heartland Community Action Agency in Litchfield at their annual staff day. Here is what the presenter had to say:
kenning.jpgDianne has worked closely with various Heartland Programs, providing direct services to children and families. She has worked with the Head Start Classrooms in McLeod County, providing education to the children during classroom time and also some education to parents via the Simply Good Eating curriculum and Parent Meetings. She has also collaborated with Heartland and McLeod County Social Services (Parent Support Outreach Program — "PSOP" and Child Welfare Services) to provide the Kitchen Kamp (Simply Good Eating) classes to at-risk families. She has also agreed to do one-on-one instruction with individuals/families in their home setting. Dianne also worked with Heartland's McLeod Outreach at the Food Distributions that take place in Hutchinson, providing nutrition education, cooking safety, etc., along side Heartland doing Food Support Outreach activities and other education about Heartland programs and services. Dianne had also agreed to be a part of the RentWise/Money Smart Classes that were offered in McLeod County by Heartland's Outreach. During those classes, she provided information to individuals/families about ways to stretch their food dollars, cooking safety, healthy eating, etc.
University of Minnesota Extension services provide practical education and research to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.
Dianne is dedicated to the work that she does through the University of Minnesota Extension Services and it shows through in her dedication to the individuals and families that she works with. She has always been willing to collaborate with Heartland on numerous activities and has been a collaborative asset to Heartland and we would like to thank her for that.

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