Obituary Note for Margaret E. FITCH
A passionate Home Economist, IFHE President of Honour Margaret E. FITCH passed away on 15th February 2013
With great sadness IFHE has received the news, that Margaret Edsel FITCH (USA) IFHE President of Honour died at the age of ninety three. She became the first IFHE President from the Region of the Americas and served from 1980 to 1984.
All IFHE Members, who had the opportunity to meet and work with Margaret E. FITCH acknowledged her passion for Home Economics, for education and for the Home Economics profession and associations. She was a committed Home Economist who took over the responsibility of President of IFHE.
Her impressive professional career started with a B.S. Degree Home Economics Education in 1942 and her M.S. Degree Home Economics Education in 1960.
Margaret FITCH’s professional career began as a Vocational Homemaking Teacher in Waynoka, Oklahoma but her main focus and commitment was the Extension Service. To mention only a few of her working fields, from 1977 till 1984 she was Acting Associated Director Cooperative Extension Service, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu. During 1975 – 1977 Assistant Director, Human Resources Development University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu and from 1945 to 70 at the State Leader Home Economics Cooperative Extension Service, at University of Arizona, Tuscon.
Her commitment was outstanding in many Home Economics related associations as well as in other social oriented federations. Based on her extraordinary expertise and admirable personality and friendly manner she was respected and acknowledge by everybody who had the opportunity to get to know her. Margaret E. FITCH put a great deal of effort into all her commitments and offices. She took over the Presidency of the American Home Economics Association in 1974 and the Oklahoma Home Economics Association during the term 1968 – 1969 and the Oklahoma Association of Extension Home Economics from 1967 until 1968. In 1968 Margaret E. FITCH started her commitment within IFHE as a Delegate at the IFHE Council in Germany. She attended several IFHE Congresses and was an elected Member of the IFHE Executive Committee from 1974 – 1978. One year later she was elected as IFHE Vice-President for the Region of the Americas and the IFHE Council elected Margaret E. FITCH as IFHE President for the term 1984 - 1988. Looking back on her period as first IFHE President from the Region of the Americas IFHE set some milestones for the future of IFHE and the UN:
- IFHE established a Resolution Committee, which was chaired by Margaret FITCH.
- During her presidency the IFHE Programme Committees were established: “I wish you could have experienced the excitement of the meeting. The Committee members worked diligently to prepare strategies to carry out Committee goals” (Margaret E. FITCH, IFHE President, IFHE Newsletter March 1983, page 1).
- At IFHE Council 1982 in Strasbourg an IFHE Resolution was adopted and submitted to the UN asking for an International Year of the Family, which became reality in 1994.
- The 75 anniversary of the IFHE, during which time IFHE had members in 90 countries.
- First bilingual Seminar organised by IFHE in Africa with the patronage of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Women’s Decade in Lomé, Togo. She welcomed the participants and presented the workshop objectives, which was about planning to find solutions in order to improve the living conditions for African women that would contribute greatly to overall African Development (IFHE Newsletter July/ September 1983, page 15).
- Following the death of her mother in 1982 President Margaret FITCH (USA) established the IFHE Fitch Fund.
- XV. IFHE World Congress 1984, Oslo, Norway, theme “Technology and its effect on Living Conditions”.
These IFHE milestones verify the far-sightedness and extraordinary commitment of IFHE President of Honour Margaret E. FITCH. With deep respect we acknowledge her awareness for the most important and extensive developments IFHE initiated under her leadership. Still today we feel the significance and importance of these decisions. Still today her comments during the year 1988 are as meaningful as in former times. “Home Economists have contributed to improving the quality of life in this age of technology change but the need for professional expertise is increasing. For this reason, Home Economists must contribute their insights, intuitions, experiences, research interpretations, philosophies and theories for the betterment of families.
During this period of challenges, Home Economists are preparing to meet the challenges!” (Margaret E. FITCH in the IFHE Congress Report March 1985, page 4)
As the IFHE community we express our gratitude to Margaret E. FITCH, we will keep her in our thoughts and minds and remember her as a wonderful women and an extraordinary Home Economist.
Thank you Margaret E. FITCH!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honour of Margaret to the “Margaret Edsel Fitch Fellowship program fund at Oklahoma State University”. Donations should be made payable to Oklahoma State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749.
Honours Margaret Fitch received:
1975 Delta Zeta “National Woman of the Year”
1973 Women of Achievement, University of Arizona Business
1970 Oklahoma Home Economics Association “Professional Award”
1968 Delta Zeta Distinguished Alumnae Award
1960 – 70 Women of the Year, Business and Professional Women’s Club El Reno, Oklahoma
1958 El Reno, Oklahoma Business Woman of the Year.
Carol L. ANDERSON (President IFHE-US) submitted:
It is with sadness that I must inform you that IFHE Past President Margaret FITCH (1980 - 1984) passed away on Friday, February 15. You may read her obituary in "The Oklahoma", please click here.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Margaret to the "Margaret Edsel Fitch Fellowship program fund at Oklahoma State University". Donations should be made payable to Oklahoma State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749. The family asks to note the fund name in the memo field.
We know that members of IFHE will keep Margaret and her family in their thoughts as we celebrate the life of a special woman.
Jacqué LOCHMILLER (Director, Administrative Support Services, Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences) submitted:
We learned that our dear friend, colleague and alum Margaret FITCH passed away on Friday, February 15. Above is a link to the obituary in the Daily Oklahoman.
Her funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21st, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 101 S. Barker, El Reno.
Margaret was a very special friend of the College and will be remembered fondly for her contributions to the field of Home Economics locally, nationally, and internationally, her support of the College and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, for her always positive attitude, and for her wonderful smile.
She was a great lady!
IFHE Obituary Note for Valentina OKARU
In Memory of Valentina Ifeyinwa OKARU
IFHE received the following message from Nwakego MOLOKWU Ed.s. Ph.D. Professor of Home Economics Education, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria: “We lost Valentina Ifeyinwa OKARU on Tuesday morning 11th December 2012. She died in London. It is sad! Really sad!”
Please click here for download the Condolence Letter of IFHE President Carol WARREN
Valentina Ifeyinwa OKARU was born on 7th April 1929. Mrs OKARU, (nee Olisa) was among the early Igbo girls to obtain the Senior Cambridge certificate in 1949 and Teachers Certificate after two years. She was a product of St. Agnes’ Teachers College and St. Theresa’s College, Ibadan, where she later taught with the Irish Nuns who played an important role in her upbringing. She left Nigeria to further her education in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1956 where she graduated from Edinburgh College of Domestic Science now Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and Moray House College of Education. She taught in Aberdeen and Manchester before she returned to Nigeria in 1961. After Mrs OKARU had worked for some years she obtained a Masters Degree in Vocational Education and Training from the University of London Institute of Education. The dissertation for her Masters Degree was titled “Vocational education and the Nigerian economy with special reference to England and Wales, Germany and Japan.”
In 1967 Mrs OKARU was employed at the Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos, Nigeria. She held the position of Head of the Home Economics Unit from 1978 until 1983. This position included policy and administrative duties related to Home Economics such as:
- Coordination of Home Economics Programmes in the various sections of the Federal Ministry of Education.
- Assisting the Inspectorate and the Federal Advanced Teachers Colleges in maintaining a good standard in the teaching of Home Economics.
- Organisation of National Home Economics Conferences and Workshops.
Advocate for Home Economics
Mrs OKARU was a foundation member of the Federal Home Science Association (1961), now known as Home Science Association. She served as Nutrition committee chair in 1961 when she had television programmes on Food and Nutrition. From 1973, until 1987, Mrs OKARU was secretary of the association and later the President of the association. The highlight of her tenure of office at the Home Science Association was the establishment of evening classes and a cookery centre which helped many women to acquire knowledge of nutrition, catering and cooking. It was also during her tenure that the original bungalow had an extension of nine classroom blocks to accommodate a thousand children.
Mrs OKARU was a foundation member of the Home Economics Council of Nigeria (HECON). Her dedication, leadership and contribution to HECON remain unequalled. For ten years, she paid the annual IFHE organisational dues of HECON.
The experience she gained working with some of her professional colleagues at the Home Science Association helped her to start the NIMAVEC Vocational Centre which is situated in Oguta, Imo State. The NIMAVEC Vocational Centre catered for young girls who could not go to University. They were able to acquire a skill which enabled them to generate income. There were also adult women who attended evening classes in order to be literate. The centre had a bakery, which supplied low cost good quality bread for people in Oguta and some secondary schools.
Since 1974 Mrs OKARU was a member of IFHE, a council delegate from 1976 - 2008 and a representative of the Home Economists of Africa as IFHE EC Member from 1982 - 1986. At the IFHE Congress in Graz 1986 she took over the office as IFHE Vice-President Africa and passionately fulfilled her duties until 1990.
Based on her expertise and experience in family education Mrs OKARU was nominated by IFHE to represent the African Region at the World NGO Forum to launch the International Year of the Family in Malta, November 28th - December 3rd, 1993.
Besides her individual IFHE Membership, the NIMAVEC Vocational Centre joined IFHE as an organisational member. She also encouraged many women from African countries to join IFHE. As a longstanding IFHE Member she was a very dedicated Home Economist to Africa and the IFHE. She participated in many IFHE Congresses and IFHE Council Meetings.
In 2008 at the IFHE Congress in Lucerne, Mrs OKARU was awarded the distinguished Helen Strow Award. In November 2008, HECON honoured her with the Distinguished Home Economist Award in recognition of her support and contribution to Home Economics in Nigeria.
It is indeed a great loss not only for her family, but also all of us, the IFHE Members around the world. We all acknowledge her love and dedication to the IFHE but also her professionalism and knowledge in the field of Home Economics Education. She has shown us her passion and enthusiasm in serving IFHE. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories forever.
Please click here for download the Tribute/Obituary Note for Valentina OKARU submitted by Nwakego MOLOKWU Ed.s., Ph.D., President Home Economics Council of Nigeria (HECON)
Please click here for download the Obituary Note for Valentina OKARU submitted by IFHE Vice-President Region of Africa Nishi SURANA
British Empire Medal for Bill EDWARDES
Bill EDWARDES, the husband of IFHE former European EC Member Jean EDWARDES was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II in the New Year Honours list with a BEM (British Empire Medal) for his services to the 43 Wessex Regimental Association and to the community in his home town.
For some years Bill has been the minuting secretary to the EC Annual Meeting and a long terms supporter of IFHE.
Submitted by: James McINTOSH, Chair of the PC IFHE Business Group, UK
IFHE Distinguished Service Award 2012
IFHE Service Award 2012 to Janett GIBBS, USA
The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) presented the IFHE Distinguished Service Award 2012 to Janett GIBBS on 21st July 2012 at the IFHE Congress in Melbourne, Australia for her long and meritorious service to the Federation.
Please click here for download the Press Release on the occasion of this event
Photos: Janett GIBBS and the IFHE Award 2012
(Source: Mathias ECKARDT, Germany, IFHE Office and Congress 2012 Blog [http://ifhe2012.weebly.com/friday-gallery-inc-banquet.html])
James won Best Cookery Demonstration at the Yi Yin Cup in China
James McINTOSH (UK) won "Best Cookery Demonstration" at the Yi Yin Cup in China!!!!!!!!!! Yi Yin was the cook of kings and the king of cooks in the Shang Dynasty BC1648. The Yi Yin Cup is the highest honour a Chinese Chef can achieve.
Submitted by: Sue McGREGOR, Canada
Obituary Note for IFHE President of Honour Prof. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG, Germany
In Memory of Prof. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG,
a great Scientist of Home Economics
Prof. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG has passed away on March 4th, 2012 in Münster at the age of 74 years. As a scientist and expert of Home Economics, Maria THIELE-WITTIG got involved with Home Economics and Home Economics educaton in Germany and on an international level with extraordinary dedication and with all her heart.
She campaigned for the necessities of Home Economics, domestic economy and education in Home Economics with great energy, drive and extraordinary expertise as a professor at the universities of Duisburg and Münster as well as head and member of Home Economics associations in Germany and as President of the International Federation for Home Economics. She pointed out the changing framework requirements for families, stressed the requirements to families and households in the organization of their everyday life and kept on adverting to the sociopolitical importance of the education in Home Economics.This is also reflected in her numerous publications.
The international networking for the exchange of information and experience, for getting to know each other and for the discussion of different ways of research and education, different cultures of societies and ways of living of families as well as for the development of common strategies was of special importance to her.
“I have always felt that the international work was challenging as well as supporting, rich in experience and giving new insights and perspectives, and I feel great gratitude – and respect – towards all who lead towards these contexts and add to them constructively” - quote by Maria THIELE-WITTIG (Münster 1999).
After studying agricultural sciences in Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG worked at universities in Michigan and Minnesota, USA, for research purposes in the sectors of agricultural science, Home Economics and sociology, after that she received a doctor’s degree at the University of Göttingen.
After working for the Centrale Marketing Gesellschaft (Central Marketing Society) and the Federal Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry in the sector of consumer work and Home Economics, she followed the
call to a professorship for Home Economics and domestic economy at the University of Duisburg in 1973. Later she changed to the University of Münster.
As a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hauswirtschaft, dgh (German Society for Home Economics), she was one of the founders of the Advisory Board for International Questions, the German Section of IFHE. It was of great importance to her to integrate the experts of Home Economics and Home Economics education into the international dialogue and to help create it. As a President of the dgh, until the very end, she always accompanied the work of the advisory board with great engagement.
The book “Internationale Perspektiven in Hauswirtschaft und Haushaltswissenschaft – 20 Jahre Beirat” (“International Perspectives in Home Economics and Domestic Economy – 20 Years on the Advisory Board”), published in 1999 shows her expertise, international enthusiasm and acumen.
During the session of the Advisory Board for International Questions of the dgh/German Section of the IFHE on September 3rd, 2010, Prof. em. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG was nominated its honourary member, thus honouring her great engagement for the international work of the IFHE.
Prof. Dr. THIELE-WITTIG got involved in the International Federation for Home Economics, IFHE, rather early. She was a member of the IFHE Executive Committee, Chair of the IFHE Programme Committee, chair of the committee for the development of a statement about Home Economics. She got involved with the presentation of research reports on the IFHE World Congresses and organised the according scientific presentations from nine different countries for the first time for the World Congress in Manila/Philippines. Since then, the presentation of research reports has always been a part of the standard programme of IFHE Congresses.
In 1990 Prof. Dr. THIELE-WITTIG was elected as IFHE President Elect. In that period as IFHE President Elect, the preparations for the International Year of the Family took place. She supported the preparations of the UN secretariat in Vienna in workshops and seminars.
With the IFHE World Congress in Hanover, Prof. Dr. THIELE-WITTIG took over the presidency of the IFHE for four years in 1992 and headed the world association until 1996.
The sociopolitical acceptance of Home Economics and education in Home Economics, also on an international level, and the active participation in discussions in the corresponding committees of the UN agencies from the viewpoint of Home Economics were important goals of her work.
In 1995 she took part in the fourth UN Women’s Conference in Beijing, China, in 1995 and made a presentation in the IFHE Workshop in the NGO forum with the subject of “Potentials of Home Economics and Women in Development“.
Maria THIELE-WITTIG has rendered outstanding services to our world association with her professional life’s work. The IFHE will hold its President of Honour Maria THIELE-WITTIG’s memory in the highest esteem.
Her friends from the IFHE miss her sorely!
Bonn, March 6th, 2012
Please click here for download the Expression of Condolences on the sad occasion of the death of Prof. Dr. Maria THIELE-WITTIG
Donation IFHE History Book to New Zealand
During the holidays of Peter and Margaret ARCUS, Canada, in New Zealand, Peter ARCUS arranged for the donation of the two copies of the IFHE History Book.
The first copy was donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, a part of the National Library of New Zealand. This Library is located in Wellington, and they were able to make this donation in person. The photo shows Peter and Margaret ARCUS making the presentation to Rose-Marie TONK, the Collections Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
The second copy was sent to the University of Otago Library, in Dunedin, New Zealand. The University of Otago is the location of the School of Consumer and Applied Sciences, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. The History book will be housed in the Hocken Collection of the University of Otago Library.
Miriam O'DONOGHUE - Tower Person Award for Consumer Educators 2011
Miriam O’DONOGHUE, Chair of the IFHE Programme Committee Consumers & Sustainable Development has received the 2011 Tower Person Award for Consumer Educators.
The award recognises the outstanding achievement of dedicated consumer educators and is hoped to encourage successors.
Miriam received the award from the founder, Dr. Heiko STEFFENS, at the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
Miriam has been an outstanding contributor to many aspects of consumer education in Ireland and Europe, and has been a productive and motivating force in PERL.
Congratulations Miriam and we look forward to your continuing work!
Pictured are from l. to r.:
Dr. Heiko STEFFENS, Victoria W. THORESEN, Miriam O’DONOGHUE, Aidan CLIFFORD (Director, CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit)
For more information please click here
James McINTOSH has won another big Award!
James McINTOSH (UK) has won a big award for his Chinese TV series - "Food Adventures on the Silk Road", produced by China Food TV and Gourmand International, won the first prize of Awards for Outstanding Digital Radio and TV Programs in 2010.
This award was given by China Radio and Television Association, the national association of radio and television industry in China. The foreign celebrity chefs on the show of 40 episodes are Chef Wan, Yvan Cadiou, Chakall and James McINTOSH, starring with two chinese chefs. This is an extremely prestigious award, the best a food show has ever received at this top event, and a rare success for an international co-production in China.
Obituary Note for IFHE President of Honour Doris R. BADIR, Canada
IFHE mourns Doris R. BADIR an extraordinary Home Economist and IFHE President 1988-1992.
Doris Renwick BADIR. born January 18, 1924. Died June 7, 2011, at home, after a long illness. BSC (HEc) University of Manitoba (1945); MS Ed Syracuse University (1953); MSc (Econ) London School of Economics (1963). Honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Alberta (1994), the University of Helsinki (1997), and the University of Manitoba (2005).
Doris became professor at the Macdonald Institute of Home Economics at Guelph University in 1953, and in 1963, travelled to Egypt to advise the UN on the development of a training program in rural Home Economics. Returning to Canada in 1965, she took a teaching position at the University of Waterloo and then moved to Edmonton in 1967 where she served as professor and then dean of Home Economics at the University of Alberta until 1986 when she became special assistant to the president on employment equity until her retirement in 1990.
In 1982, Doris was elected as the Vice-President for the Americas Region for 1982 – 1986, and then was elected President-Elect at the IFHE Council 1986 in Graz, Austria. She served as IFHE President from 1988 – 1992.
Doris made many important contributions to IFHE during the 12 years she served on the IFHE Executive Committee in various roles. In 1982, IFHE approved a Resolution requesting that the United Nations designate an International Year for Families (IYF), and from 1982 through 1989 (when the UN finally adopted this Resolution), Doris wrote many letters each year on behalf of IFHE to the United Nations and to other NGOs seeking their support for the IYF. In 1988, she wrote the IFHE response to the UN General Assembly Resolution requesting that NGOs submit proposals describing their potential participation to the International Year of Families in 1994. This IFHE IYF Policy Statement was internationally recognised and acknowledged, and through this document, IFHE gained international recognition as a leading NGO.
Additionally, Doris prepared an accompanying Planning Statement for IFHE activities, which promoted the IFHE activities worldwide in two directions:
1) activities aimed directly at families, and
2) activities to advocate for families on local, regional, national and international levels. She supported, in cooperation with many other IFHE Members, the organisation of several seminars and working groups of the UN Secretariat for the IYF in Vienna, Austria, and she contributed to a workshop on the equality of men and women in 1990.
At the launch of the IYF at the World NGO Forum in Malta in 1993, Doris was keynote speaker at the Closing plenary session. "IYF: Action 1994 and beyond”, and in 1994, she was designated as an IYF Patron by the Secretariat of the IYF. The paper written by Doris on “Family as an Environment: an Ecosystem Perspective on Family Life” was published by the IYF as an official publication of the IYF and was distributed widely, bringing further recognition to IFHE as an NGO.
As an IFHE Member and IFHE President, Doris BADIR was very much committed to strengthening the Federation. She learned to speak French in order to work more effectively with the IFHE Secretariat, then located in Paris, and with those French organisations supporting the Federation. Special fund-raising efforts were undertaken during her term to provide the Secretariat with its first copier, first FAX machine, and first computer.
In 1990, she established an IFHE Committee on Public Health, and invited all seven IFHE Programme Committees to plan and conduct Plenary Sessions and additional concurrent sessions at the IFHE Congress in 1992 in Hanover, Germany.
To promote the integration of students into the IFHE work, she initiated an IFHE Committee on student issues and also implemented the first IFHE Recognition and Appreciation Programme in 1992. When the IFHE History was updated in 1992 by Ellen HANSEN of Denmark, this was prior to the use of computers in IFHE, and Doris undertook to type the document herself!
As IFHE Past President, she chaired the Task Force on Restructuring of IFHE including the revision on the statutory documents, and she chaired the meeting of the IFHE Senior Advisory Committee after it had been formally recognised by the EC at the IFHE Congress in Bangkok.
Doris brought an important scholarly dimension to her leadership in IFHE. In addition to her work during the IYF, she wrote a number of other documents on research in Home Economics, on feminism and Home Economics, and on families as an environment which were widely circulated throughout the world and which were published in several languages. She was regularly invited to speak on these topics at IFHE Regional Meetings and at other conferences in all of the IFHE Regions. Through these activities, Doris not only strengthened the image and reputation of the Federation but she served as an inspiration and as a mentor to many individual Home Economists.
With the death of President of Honour Doris BADIR IFHE has lost an extraordinary Home Economist, a leading personality, a strong IFHE President and a wonderful woman and friend.
All IFHE Members who had worked together with Doris BADIR acknowledge her efforts, passion and enthusiasm for IFHE and Home Economics. IFHE will remember her expertise, her excellent leadership and vision, and IFHE Members are thankful for her friendship.
It is, indeed, a great loss for not only her family, but also, all of us, the IFHE Members around the world.
God bless her!
Submitted by: Geraldene B. HODELIN (IFHE President 2008 - 2012)
Please click here for download an article regarding the Lifework of Doris BADIR published in The Globe and Mail (one of Canada's major newspaper)
Submitted by: Sue McGREGOR
Obituary Note for Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT, Thailand
Obituary for Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT
IFHE Vice President Asia (2010 – 2014)
IFHE received the sad news form President of the Thai Home Economics Association Mrs Obcheuy WONGTONG:
“It is our sorrowful regret to inform you that Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT, IFHE Vice-President Asia (2010 - 2014) had suffered from Acute Leukemia and passed away on April 28, 2011. Her cremation had taken place during April 29th - May 2nd 2011.
Dr. Kulkanit RaSHAINBUNYAWAT served as the former Thai Home Economics Association with high dedication and responsibility. Her untimely decease will be unfortunate loss to the THEA Association and her family.
In July 2008 at the IFHE Congress Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT took over the office as IFHE EC Member for the Region Asia and was elected as IFHE Vice-President 2010 - 2014 at the ARAHE Meeting in 2009.
She served as ARAHE President during the 6th term from 2004 – 2005.
Based on her professional background Ass Prof. Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT was a member of the Faculty of Education at the Kasetsart University, Bangkok Thailand. She received her Masters degree in Home Economics Education at the Mississippi University of Women, USA and her Ph.D. in Vocational Education at he Oregon State University, USA.
On behalf of all members of the International Federation for Home Economics, IFHE President Dr. Geraldene HODELIN sent her deepest condolences to the family of Prof. Dr. Kulkanit RASHAINBUNYAWAT and to the Thai Home Economics Association.
“We all are saddened by this abrupt shocking news. It is, indeed, a great loss for not only her family, but also, all of us, the IFHE Members around the world. We all acknowledge her love and dedication to the IFHE but also her professionalism and knowledge in the field of Home Economics education. She has shown us her passion and enthusiasm in serving for IFHE. Her sincere devotion and contribution to IFHE will remain in our memories forever."
Submitted by: Geraldene B. HODELIN (IFHE President 2008 - 2012)
Dr. Geraldene HODELIN Appointed Associate Professor and Director
Prof. The Hon Errol MORRISON, OJ President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), is pleased to announce the following academic appointments resulting from the recent review by the University Appointments and Promotions Committee.
Dr. Geraldene HODELIN Appointed Associate Professor and Director, UTech Academy
Dr. Geraldene HODELIN has been appointed to the rank of Associate Professor and as Director of the recently established UTech Academy located in Trelawny.
Dr. HODELIN joined the institution, then College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST) in 1981 and served as the Head of the Home Economics Programme in The Technical Teacher Education Department until she was promoted to the rank of Principal Lecturer. In 1991 she was reassigned responsibility for coordination The Post Diploma Bachelor of Education in the Technical Teacher Education department with administrative responsibilities for teacher upgrading for Business Studies, Home Economics and Industrial Technology. Dr. HODELIN served as Dean in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology, Jamaica from 1999-2007.
It was under Dr. HODELIN's Presidency of the Academic Staff Union, that CAST successfully concluded negotiations with the Government of Jamaica that resulted in the upgrading of the College of Arts Science and Technology to the University of Technology, Jamaica in 1995.
In her long and dedicated service to the institution, she has made significant contributions to the development of the Faculty, the University and the wider community. She has successfully introduced accredited graduate degrees in FELS; presented a number of research papers at reputed conferences held locally and overseas; published widely in local regional and international journals; coauthored textbooks in Home Economics for Caribbean and West African High Schools; has undertaken several professional consultancies in education; successfully led university teams in bidding for and the execution of educational development programmes in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Dr. HODELIN has been awarded the University of Technology's Distinguished Service Award, the highest award for service to the institution. She as been named Home Economist of the year by the Jamaican Home Economics Association; Distinguished International Alumnus by the College of Education of the University of Minnesota; 50th Anniversary Distinguished Service Award by the University of Technology, Jamaica. Dr. HODELIN is appointed to and currently serves on several Committees and Commissions in Jamaica.
Dr. HODELIN is an active member of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists and the current President of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) headquartered in Bonn, Germany
Award presented to Donna PENDERGAST
Home Economics Institute of Australia honoured Dr. Donna PENDERGAST, IFHE-President Region of Pacific, chair of the IFHE Think Tank and editor of the E-Journal International Journal of Home Economics (IJHE) as the eighth Fellow of the Institute.
The text of this award (see photo below) reads as follows:
"Home Economics Institute of Australia
Dr. Donna PENDERGAST
In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the Home Economics profession, is
hereby conferred as
Home Economics Institute of Australia
Conferred July 2009
Leanne COMPTON, President
Press Release - New Award for James McINTOSH, UK
2 July 2009: UK's leading Home Economist wins prestigious international award for first book
James McINTOSH has won the Gourmand Award for the "Best in the World" Cookbook in a Series for his ground breaking first book mix.
Please click here for download the whole Press Release.