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The Families Behind the Funds

By Sharon S. Mulé, Staff Development Coordinator

What’s in a name? You might be asking this question about some names associated with this year’s professional development conference. Who (or what) is Qualey-Skjervold and who is Jean Bauer?

Rosella Qualey (1917–2007) was born in Donnelly, Minnesota. Her career at University of Minnesota Extension spanned from 1946 to 1982, including as Kandiyohi County's first home demonstration agent from 1946 to 1954, and as supervisor of Home Economics Extension in southwest Minnesota district. Rosella’s career was frequently punctuated with accomplishments and awards as she served the University of Minnesota, Extension, and the state of Minnesota in multiple capacities.

In 1986, Rosella established a fund to support leadership development in Extension outreach professionals who address critical contemporary issues and needs of Minnesota families. In 2006, Rosella and her daughter, Leanne Skjervold (pronounced SHUR-vold), combined their funds to create the Qualey-Skjervold Extension Scholarship and Professional Development Fund.

In 2007, the Extension Center for Family Development organized the first Qualey-Skjervold Professional Development Conference for Family Development. A portion of this professional development conference is supported by the Qualey-Skjervold fund.

Jean Bauer (1944–2012) the daughter of Howard and Mary Ann Warner, was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. She attended and earned degrees from Indiana State University, (B.S.; Home Economics Education), Purdue University (M.S.; Family Economics) and University of Illinois (Ph.D.; Family and Consumption Economics). In 1983, Jean accepted a faculty position at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Family Social Science. In addition to her faculty position in Family Social Science, Jean was also a University of Minnesota Extension specialist, a highly respected leader, and a mentor to many.

The Jean W. Bauer Fund in Family Financial Management provides support to the University of Minnesota Extension program initiatives related to the areas of financial literacy, public policy education for families living with limited incomes, curriculum and online resource development, and providing professional development opportunities for Extension family economics staff.

The conference planning committee would like to acknowledge the generosity and foresight of these three women whose contributions help make the 2016 Qualey-Skjervold Professional Development Conference possible.
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