2016 Annual Session

2016 Annual Session

Big Sky Resort
September 12-15

Annual Session Photos
Annual Session Photos are now available at https://neafcs.shutterfly.com/ 

CEUs and PDUs:
The Annual Session has been approved by the following.

American Association of Family & Consumer Science (AAFCS)
20 PDUs possible toward CFCS
6 PDUs possible toward CPFFE

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Hours Granted 8.5

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) / Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
Contact Hours 8.0 or CEUs: 0.8 CEUs





Please click here to view the Annual Session Agenda.



Online registration is now closed, but please join us in Big Sky to register on-site.  On-site registration will open Sunday, September 11, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and extend all week.



It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at our 2016 Annual Session. The Annual Session attracts approximately 650 Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Cooperative Extension Educators from across the nation and its territories. NEAFCS members touch the lives of your consumers every day through the knowledge and resources they share with communities they serve. FCS Extension professionals teach community education programs in nutrition, food safety, human development, aging, parenting education, financial management, 4-H youth development, housing, clothing/textiles and more. The resources you share with our members throughout the year and at the Annual Session are an integral educational component of these programs.

Meet Our Exhibitors

(Listed Alphabetically - = Sponsor)

2017 Annual Session - Omaha, NE
BOOTH #: 7
Phone: (561) 477-8100
Email: jody@neafcs.org
Website: www.neafcs.org

Active Parenting Publishers
BOOTH #: 4
1220 Kennestone Circle, Suite 130
Marietta, Georgia 30066
Phone: (800) 825-0060
Email: cservice@activeparenting.com
Website: www.ActiveParenting.com
Contact Name: Rhea Lewis, Marketing Coordinator
Product/Service Description: Led by founder, Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., Active Parenting Publishers has provided award-winning, video-based education programs to helping professionals since 1983. Our research-based programs cover topics including parenting, character education, and school success. Please call 800-825-0060 for more information, or visit our website at www.ActiveParenting.com.

Alabama Cooperative Extension System
BOOTH #: 24

109 Duncan Hall    
Auburn University, Alabama 36849
Phone: (334) 844-4444
Email: KLK0031@aces.edu
Website: www.aces.edu
Contact Name: Emery Tschetter, Director of Communications and Marketing
Product/Service Description: Extension to Families, with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), provides evidence- and research-based education and resources to help families make decisions that improve and transform their lives. We are about empowering individuals and families across the life span to reach their full potential.  You can count on our faculty to provide reliable information to encourage and inspire people to adopt new behaviors to strengthen their families and relationships, live more balanced and healthier lifestyles, spend wisely, and work well. We live, work, and play in communities across Alabama and are part of Auburn University and the College of Human Sciences. This allows us the unique opportunity to connect families to knowledge, research, and unbiased information.


Disability and Accessibility Information

The facilities at Big Sky are ADA accessible.  There will be some movement between buildings required for events.  The buildings are close by around a courtyard area.

Some members may need to rent a manual wheelchair or electric scooter.  Members will need to make their own arrangements to rent equipment in advance. The following company has been suggested by the resort as a resource in Bozeman. Equipment is not available onsite at Big Sky.

Price Right
910 N. 7th Avenue
Bozeman, MT
Phone:  (406) 587-0608


Are You a Showcase of Excellence Presenter?

If you will be presenting a Showcase of Excellence at the upcoming Annual Session, here are the display specifications.

Boards:  4' (h) x 6' (w) cork boards - please bring pins or thumbtacks
Table:  You’ll also have a 6’ foot table in front of the standing poster board for handouts and other materials.


Shipping Materials to the Conference?

The resort asks that your boxes do not arrive more than 5 days prior to the start of your conference. Please keep in mind that the resort does not receive mail or shipments over the weekend. A storage fee may be applied to boxes arriving more than 5 days prior to arrival. 

If it’s being shipped for the conference:
Ship to:

Cindy Rosen
NEAFCS Sept 12-15, 2016
c/o Big Sky Resort
Kura Liedburg, Director of Conference Services
50 Big Sky Resort Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716

If it’s being shipped for an individual (ex, poster materials, session handouts):
Ship to:

YOUR NAME, Guest (Your dates of stay)
c/o Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716



Big Sky Resort is located approximately one hour (less than 50 miles) from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Most transportation services conveniently deliver guests to the front door of the Huntley Lodge, Shoshone Condominiums and the Yellowstone Conference Center for check-in. Bellmen are available to assist guests with their luggage at the resort.

NEAFCS has negotiated a discounted shuttle service through Karst Stage from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport to the Big Sky Resort.  A round trip shuttle is $68.52 (adult) and one way fare of $43.31 (does not include the $2 per adult Airport Tax).  The child’s (3-12 years) rate would be $35.24 round trip and $21.64 one way (does not include the $2 Airport Tax).  Infants up to two years old would be charged $2 for the Airport Tax.  Book online at www.karststage.com.


About Big Sky

First Time Visitor's Guide

New to the Big Sky vacation experience? We are here to make the planning as easy as possible to allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the anticipation of your upcoming trip. Click here for more information >

Activities and Things To Do In Big Sky
Big Sky Resort is the Basecamp to Yellowstone and the perfect headquarters for mountain adventures. Basecamp can help your group arrange a variety of memory-making side trips to make your experience here even more enjoyable. Click here for more information >

Restaurants & Dining In Big Sky
Whatever it is you're craving, Big Sky offers a great variety of restaurant selections to help make everyone in the family happy. Click here for more information >


Hotel Information

NEAFCS has contracted a negotiated reduced rate on rooms for the Annual Session.  The block is now open and will remain open until August 11 or until sold out, whichever occurs first.  The below rates are per room and do not include tax or service fee. Most of the reserved lodging is at the Summit Hotel with limited space available at the Huntley Lodge and Shoshone Condominiums.  Roll-a-way beds will be available at $10 per night based on availability. To book your room, you must call the resort directly at (800) 548-4486. Online booking is not available.  Cancellation of your room(s) without penalty must be made greater than 30 days prior to your arrival date. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to your arrival date will result in a charge of one night's lodging plus tax.

Property   1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people
Summit Hotel at Big Sky Studio $179 $179 NA NA
Summit Hotel at Big Sky 2 Queens $199 $199 $209 $219
Huntley Lodge
(Rooms do not have air conditioning)
2 Queens $149 $149 $159 $159
Shoshone Condominium Hotel
One Bdrm. Suite $209 $209 $209 $209

In-depth Sessions

Tuesday, September 13

In-depth sessions add a nice twist to your traditional professional development opportunities. Some will take place on site at Big Sky Resort, while others will be off-site with transportation provided.  Since these sessions are a part of your professional development, they are reserved for registered attendees. In other words, you must be registered for the conference to purchase an in-depth ticket.  Spouse/guest tickets are not allowed unless that person is registered for the conference, as well.  Each session has a minimum guarantee and a maximum allowed. If your session does not meet its minimum by July 15, it may be cancelled. If so, we will notify you with alternate options. If you are paying by check (rather than pay by credit card online), your spot in the in-depth sessions will NOT be guaranteed until payment is received. All In-Depth Sessions will be ticketed events, and you must have a ticket for a specific activity to be admitted.

Please note that these sessions will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 13.  Off-site sessions will not return to Big Sky until some time between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Therefore, Affiliate Presidents who plan to attend the Tuesday night Leadership Event should not select an off-site in-depth session. There are on-site options that may better suit you.  Ticket sales for in-depth sessions are final and non-refundable.

Click "Read More" to find session details and pricing.


State Affiliate Sales Table

Click here to download the State Sales Table application form.

State sales tables are available for the purpose of states raising funds for special projects or to fund raise for a future Annual Session. These tables are not meant for states to contract with a commercial business who receives a portion of the profits. States should receive 100% of the profits.

  • For the purposes of space planning, and in fairness to all exhibitors at the NEAFCS Annual Session & Exhibits, the uniform definition of one (1) State Sales Table is clearly defined to include:
      • one single, standard 6-foot long table, with
      • tablecloth and skirting, and
      • two (2) chairs

Pre-conference Workshops

Marsha Goetting                              Temple Grandin

Marsha A. Goetting, Ph.D.                                  Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Wildflower Reflections:  Families,                         Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society
Property, and Estate Planning


Keynote Presentation

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
1:00 PM

Dr. Waded Cruzado

President of Montana State University

Waded Cruzado

Since January of 2010, Dr. Waded Cruzado has served as the 12th President of Montana State University, and during that time she has significantly reshaped the face and future of the state's first land-grant institution.

An articulate and inspirational speaker on the role of the public university, President Cruzado has become well-known for her understanding of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant university system 150 years ago. She is a passionate champion of the land-grant's tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach, as well as the important role higher education plays in the development of individuals and the prosperity of the nation.


Keynote Presentation

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016

1:30 PM

Take This Job and LOVE It!

Karen McNenny
Karen McNenny
Deep within us all exists a yearning to be a valued member of a thriving community. We are not meant to work alone, succeed alone or suffer alone. To connect with one another in meaningful ways is precisely how we improve productivity, engagement and personal fulfillment.

Disengagement and isolation will drain the energy from our personal and professional lives. Karen will introduce the four key pillars of creating a healthy workplace community (Curiosity, Unity, Responsibility, Engagement). These pillars are relevant, as each person contributes to the mission of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The soul of America is sitting in the workplace; it is where we spend most of our waking hours. As we transform our organization into a healthy and unified community, we create a more productive and satisfied workforce. We also transform the world in which we live and learn. Community is the C.U.R.E.


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