Family Sciences/Home Economics Division Trivia
Despite division faculty's efforts to publicize home economics to male students, only women graduated with home economics degrees.
Home economics subject matter included child development, clothing and textiles, family and consumer finance, communication, nutrition/dietetics, and vocational home economics.
Home economics was an interdisciplinary field and coursework often involved
science, psychology, sociology, economics, and business classes.
Kappa Omicron Phi was the Home Economics honors society. The Northeast chapter was Beta Nu.
Dr. Llora MaGee (pictured) was associated with the Home Economics Division for 33 years (1923-1956) and served as head of the division for 28 years (1928-1956).
The college established the Home Management House in 1928. Home Economics students lived in the Home Management House during the semester and were able to practice what they learned about running a household.
An Alumna named Sina Faye Fowler donated a tea cup to the division in the early 1940s. This started a tradition and the division's alumnae tea cup collection grew to include over 1,050 pieces. The cup collection is housed in Truman State University's Special Collections Department.
The division established and administrated the Child Development Center. The CDC provided a day care service for the community and allowed child development students to gain practical experience in child care.
The division formed the National Home Economics Test Development Consortium (NHETDC) in 1983. The purpose of the NHETDC was to develop senior exit tests to be administered at academic institutions throughout the nation.
University administration made accommodations for Family Sciences students who still wished to complete their coursework and earn their degrees during the phase-out.
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