History of the C-NU Family Consumer Sciences Program

Milestones for Family and Consumer Sciences

Carson-Newman University


1906   School of Domestic Science founded at C-N – the first private college in the S.E. US to
offer home economics as a regular course of study – (basement of Sarah Swann Dorm)

1909   American Home Economics Association (AHEA) founded

1912-1916   Home Economics moved to the Administration Building

1916   Fire caused Home Economics to be moved to a cottage on the present Butler Dorm site

1916   Home Economics moved to the former Henderson Hall

1921   Home Economics became a major, meeting B.S. degree requirements

1925-1931   C-N’s first “practice house” procured

1949   Recommendation made to Board of Trustees for construction of a Cafeteria/Home Economics Student Center

1952   Baker Building completed

1952   College purchased residence at corner of North College and Russell Streets for a home management house

1967   The old home management house razed (the current site of a parking lot across from Fite Administration Building)

1968   Kappa Omicron Phi Chapter chartered at C-N

1972   Home Economics at C-N approved by the TN Board of Education for Vocational Home Economics

1979   Dietetics program approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA)

1980   New majors added to catalog: dietetics, merchandising, interior design, child & family studies

1981   Department of Home Economics Advisory Board founded

1982   Department celebrated 75 years

1985   Department of Home Economics accredited by the American Home Economics Association to 1995

1989   FCS Advisory Board led Duncan Hall Renovation/Showcasing  

1990   Dietetics program grantedADAapproval to 2000

1990   Faculty/Advisory Board presented Duncan Renovation project at AHEA Annual Meeting in San Antonio

1991   Early Childhood Education emphasis granted accreditation/approval

1992   Child Development Lab initially accredited by NAEYC to 1995

1994   In April, Carson-Newman College changed the name Home Economics to Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)

1995   In June, AHEA changed name to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

1995   Department of FCS re-accredited by AAFCS to 2005

1995   Child Development Lab re-accredited by NAEYC to 1998  

1996   CN-FCS and Knoxville Chapter IDS co-sponsored IDS on Stage to benefit Duncan Hall endowment

1996   FCS Advisory Board sponsored Now Is The Time Family Conference at Pigeon Forge

1997   Faculty/Provost presented accreditation experience at AAFCS Annual Meeting inNashville

1998   Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu, won 14th consecutive first place National Chapter Excellence Award

1998   Child Development Lab re-accredited by NAEYC to 2001

1998   Board of Trustees approved $2.3 m Baker renovation fund raising campaign

1998   FCS Advisory Board sponsored “Baker Bash” following homecoming game

1999   FCS Advisory Board sponsored “Baker Blast” following homecoming game

2001   Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu won one of three National Chapter Excellence Awards

2001   Child Development Lab re-accredited by NAEYC to 2004

2002   Child Development Lab awarded three-star rating by TN Department of Human Services

2003   Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu again won one of three National Chapter Excellence Awards

2004   Child Development Lab re-accredited by NAEYC to 2007

2005   B/S/H Home Appliances committed to equipping the new food science laboratory with Thermador/Bosch professional appliances

2005   Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu again won one of three National Chapter Excellence Awards

2005   New computer laboratory with computer assisted design software made possible by a gift from advisory board member

2006   Ground breaking held for Blye-Poteat  Hall and the Child Development Lab, new homes for Family and Consumer Sciences (January 20, 2006)

2006   Joint accreditation site visits from the Council for Accreditation of AAFCS and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of ADA (reaffirmations to 2015 and 2016, respectively)

2006   Dedicated outdoor room and renovated rear foyer at Duncan Hall, gifts of two advisory board members

2006   Department celebrated 100 years with gala banquet (October 6, 2006)

2007   FCS new facilities Ribbon Cutting (May 3, 2007)

2007   FCS new facilities Dedication (October 12, 2007)

2008   Duncan Hall became non-residential cooperative management laboratory and received
$15,000 Juanita Fasola Foundation Grant for making the facility a regional model of re-adaptive sustainable housing

2009   All full-time FCS faculty participated in centennial annual meeting of AAFCS in Knoxville, TN

2010   Duncan Hall received a second $15,000 Juanita Fasola Foundation Grant to further enhance re-adaptive sustainable housing.

2011   Duncan Hall received a third Juanita Fasola Foundation Grant.  This one for $25,000 to further enhance re-adaptive sustainable housing.

2012   Duncan Hall kitchen completely renovated with BOSCH energy efficient appliances and
quartz countertops. Duncan Hall awarded a fourth Juanita Fasola Foundation Grant for $20,000.

2013   Unveiling of Portraits of Gertrude Blye and John H. Poteat.

2014   Beta Xi Chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu is awarded its 24th (2012-13) and 25th
(2013-14) Chapter Award of Excellence and all are displayed on the first level of Blye-Poteat Hall. 

July 23, 2012

August 8. 2012

September 27, 2013 addenda

November 25, 2014

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