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Celebrating 10 Years of Christopher Hall

The FRC celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Doris Kelley Christopher Hall on Thursday, October 6. Since its construction, Christopher Hall has been the focal point of research, education, and community outreach efforts to help families thrive when facing challenges. This unique facility has attracted internationally recognized scholars, served as an inviting space for community members, and encouraged collaborations across campus. Photos from the event can be viewed here. Also, in case you weren't in attendance, a recording of the anniversary program is now available. Featured speakers are College of ACES Dean Dr. Robert Hauser, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Head Dr. Susan Koerner, Pampered Chef Founder and Illinois Alumna Doris Christopher, and Family Resiliency Center Director Dr. Barbara Fiese. Enjoy!

Food and Family Program Brown Bag

Join us at noon on Wednesday, November 30th, in the Christopher Hall Studio as Drs. Gail Ferguson and Michelle Nelson discuss their new Food and Family Program project: JUS Media Programm: Food Focused Media Literacy for Jamaican Families. Their presentation, titled "JUS Media Programme: The Role of U.S. Media in Jamaican Diets and How Media Literacy May Help” will be followed by a short Q & A session.

The Autism Program Receives State Funding

After a year-long effort to keep its doors open, The Autism Program (TAP) at Illinois recently received state support that will allow them to remain open through June 30th. On September 21st, Illinois state legislators approved grant funding not only for the program here at Illinois, but for the entire statewide network, as well. This is great news for the Urbana-Champaign community, as the resources and programs that TAP offers remain vital to families with a loved one who has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

The Autism Program's Resource Room
Student Spotlight: Emily Rohman

Former STRONG Kids 494 student Emily Rohman was selected to intern at the World Health Organization in their Tobacco-Free Initiative Department and the Strategies for Health Operations Centres in their Global Capacities for Alert and Response department. Currently in Geneva, Switzerland, for a study abroad program, Rohman credits her time in the STRONG Kids program as helping to prepare her for these opportunities. "The 494 program," says Rohman, "has been really helpful in developing skills I can use for my internship. The program was one of the most pivotal moments of my career, and I could not be more honored to be here." For now, Emily says she's happily attending classes, interning for WHO, and traveling as much as she can throughout Europe. 

Congratulations to Dean Hauser
 College of ACES Dean Dr. Robert Hauser

It's a bittersweet moment as we say farewell to Dean Robert "Bob" Hauser after 35 years of service to the College of ACES,. Dr. Hauser joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1982 and has had a significant impact thoughout his time here by developing and leading exceptional Extension programs, teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses, and receiving numerous research and extension awards. Congratulations, Bob! We'll miss you.

Dr. Sharon Donovan's Brown Bag Presentation Now Available

Dr. Sharon Donovan's recent Food and Family Program brown bag, "Multi-Level Effects on Children's Self-Regulation, Parental Responsive Feeding, and Family Relationships around Mealtimes: What Is the Potential Role of the Microbiome?", has been posted on the FRC's website and can be viewed here.


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