sealPurdue News

May 20, 2002

Home and Family Conference to be at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 89th annual Home and Family Conference will be at Purdue University June 11-14.

"The conference is about bringing people together around a theme of family and home," said Betty Krejci, conference chairperson. "We offer a diverse selection of workshops and speakers, so there is something for everyone."

The keynote address will be delivered by Melanie Mills, founder of Higher Ground Inc. Training and Development, at the 8 a.m. session on June 13. Mills' presentation, "Making Sense of Organizational Change: Leveraging Change in an Ever-Changing World," will focus on what is happening in organizations today and how to maintain productivity and avoid stagnation. Mills also will present a workshop titled "Making Change."

Other featured speakers and activities include:

  • Speaker Bob Haverstick will offer stories from the efforts of "Never Too Late," a program dedicated to finding ways to fulfill lifelong dreams of the forgotten elderly. Haverstick will present the program during the opening luncheon on June 13.

  • Greek homemaker Asimina Apostolatou, after spending four weeks visiting the United States, will share thoughts of her home country as the keynote speaker at the June 14 morning session.

  • Concurrent tours of the West Lafayette campus, the Food Science Building, the technology center and the School of Veterinary Medicine will be on June 13 for $5. Space is limited for each tour.

  • Comic juggler David Kaplan will entertain with his juggling, inventions, magic and physical comedy when he takes the stage at 8 p.m. June 13.

  • The Indiana Extension Homemakers Association's cultural arts exhibit will be on display June 12 from noon to 7:30 p.m. and June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Stewart Center.

    In addition, concurrent sessions cover many home and family topics, including character building, financial security, helping children understand world events, preserving family memories, cooking for diabetics, caring for cut flowers, retirement; flag etiquette and bone health.

    The conference kicks off at 9 a.m. June 11 with performances by more than 30 Indiana Extension Homemakers Association county choruses. The choruses will combine to perform at 7:30 p.m. under Purdue Music Organizations' director Brian Breed.

    The conference fee is $45 for the entire conference or $32 for one day. Housing and hotel accommodations are available. For details on the conference, contact Krejci at (765) 494-7890. For registration information, contact Barbara Meyer at (765) 494-7221,

    The Home and Family Conference is sponsored by Purdue Cooperative Extension Consumer and Family Sciences, Kroger, Owen's, Pay Less Supermarkets and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

    Writer: Mindy Reef, (765) 494-8402,

    Source: Betty Krejci, (765) 494-7890,

    Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,;

    Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

    * To the Purdue News and Photos Page