There are numerous opportunities in Family & Consumer Sciences for student involvement:
Personalized research projects are opportunities for every student to excel and possibly present research posters at local, state or even national events.
In 2010, three FCS students were selected to present research topics at the Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, and three were selected to present at the National AAFCS Conference in Cleveland, OH.
Study abroad opportunities are available within both Fashion Merchandising and FCS Education.
Fashion Merchandising offers the Paris Fashion Institute and also the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for students in their Junior year. FCS Education majors have the opportunity to student teach in Ireland.
Student-centered organizations such as the FCS Club and Kappa Omicron Nu (the FCS Honor Society) provide professional and social networking opportunities.
Conferences at the state and national level are recommended for all students.
The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (OAFCS) and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) are two suggested conferences.
Community involvement is encouraged through Service Learning projects and exciting Internship or Student Teaching opportunities.
FCS classes are also continuously “in action” with community involvement:
This past year Fashion Merchandising participated in several local events, including a “Green Fashion Show” and “Ashland University Accent on Women.”
The Interior Design class (FCS 441) designed indoor rooms for the Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center.
FCS Education majors were advisors to Black River High School students, who took first place in the Ashland University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) annual financial literacy competition
Child and Family Studies majors developed Parent Information Sheets that were distributed to Ashland Tri-County Preschool and Crestview Elementary for teacher and parent use.