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April 17, 2007

Annual conference offers etiquette and healthy living tips

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 94th annual Home and Family Conference will take place May 15-17 on the Purdue University campus.

"The conference is about bringing people together with the theme of home and family by offering a wide variety of workshops and seminars," said Karen Dezarn, assistant program leader of Consumer and Family Sciences Extension. "We have made many changes to this year's agenda: moving the business meeting to the end of the conference, adding different registration tracks and offering exciting tours."

Attendees can register for the i-LEaD track and become graduates of the Indiana Leadership Education and Development program after three years of participation. Tours include a visit to local shops in Brookston, new buildings on campus, the 1904 World's Fair Potter-Haan Mansion, the School of Veterinary Medicine and a visit to Stone Hall to participate in a hands-on hors d'oeuvres class.

This year's conference will feature two keynote speakers.

Anthony Cawdron will present etiquette tips, trends and British humor during his Wednesday (May 16) morning keynote address. Cawdron is events coordinator at Westwood, the Purdue president's home, and a British etiquette expert. That evening, Mark Potuck of the Elkhart County Health Department will address well-being, personal responsibility and the need for laughter and playfulness in daily lives.

Other featured activities include:

* A choral concert by the Melody Makers of Indiana and conductor Scott Buchanan at 7:30 p.m. May 15 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Individual county performances will take place from 9-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

* Commercial booths offering products and services to conference attendees on May 16 in Stewart Center, Room 302.

* The opening luncheon on May 16 followed by a style show called A World of Fashion and Opportunity. The show will highlight fashions from various career origins and many homemade garments. 

* An evening banquet on May 16 giving attendees the opportunity to network with others over a formal dinner.

In addition, concurrent sessions will cover many topics, including financial planning, working with various audiences, using MyPyramid to design healthy meals, organizing your work area, balancing a healthy lifestyle, communicating with those of other cultures, accessorizing your wardrobe and reflections from a World War II homemaker's life.

Full program registration costs $55. Single-day registration for May 15 is $25, and May 16 or 17 single-day registration is $35. Tours cost an additional $5. Registration can be completed online at On-site registration will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15. The conference program and brochure are available online at the same Web site. For registration questions, contact Kim Stockment in the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences toll-free at (800) 359-2968. For conference questions, contact Extension toll-free at (888) EXT-INFO.

The Home and Family Conference is sponsored by the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association and Purdue University Extension.

Writer: Becki Francis, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Karen Dezarn, (765) 494-8252,

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