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 granted ADA approval 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 in Nashville

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, granite countertops, and state-of-the-art lighting.

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


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August 8. 2012

September 27, 2013 addenda

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