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Norton School Homecoming Events

The Norton School invites alumni and friends to "take charge" at 2009 Homecoming events
UA's School of Family and Consumer Sciences to offer "back-to-school" classroom experience before annual awards luncheon

TUCSON, Oct. 29 — On Friday, Nov. 6, the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences will celebrate "A Purrrrfect Time to Take Charge" and Wilbur Wildcat's fiftieth birthday with a special back-to-school experience for alumni and friends and its annual Council of Alumni and Friends Homecoming Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at McClelland Park.

Making Financial Literacy a Class Act
As a highlight of the day's events, Alumni can relive the classroom experience with a lecture by Dr. Mike Staten, director of the Norton School's Take Charge America Institute (TCAI). Staten's lecture (just 30 minutes versus the usual 50!) will delve into how the Norton School and partner organizations are helping students, teachers and others "take charge" of financial literacy — the quest that drives TCAI.

"Researchers have shown clear links between financial distress and other problems: marital issues, lower work performance—even illness," Staten explained. "The Take Charge America Institute grew out of the question, How much can we boost quality of life just by helping young people make better financial choices and learn how to manage their money?"

In fact, an ongoing study at the Norton School — Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS) — offers some of the strongest evidence yet that exposure to financial education during K-12 years can significantly increase a young person's financial literacy later in life, even among students whose parents didn't provide good financial mentoring or role modeling (parents, it turns out, had the biggest impact of all on students participating in the APLUS study — more than work and high school financial education combined!).

Special Guests & Honorees
At the annual Family and Consumer Sciences Luncheon scheduled for that day, the Norton School will welcome Jane Rojas, a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, who will share the industry perspective on financial literacy. During the luncheon, the School will also honor a number of award recipients in various categories:

    Emerging Professionals: Shane E. Brogan, H. Harrington (Bogart) Clevelend
    Professional Achievement: Carol I. Gamble, Dianna Nurczyk, Mary Catherine Romer
    Alumni Achievement: Pamela Grissom, Prudence Myrland Haney, Mary Catherine Romer
    Faculty and Staff Team Awards: Lynne Borden, Ramona St. Cyr

Homecoming at an All New Home
For all but the most recent alumni, the back-to-school event also offers an opportunity to check out the new home for the UA's Family and Consumer Sciences Program, McClelland Park. Contributions from more than 2,000 individual and corporate partners funded the $25 million building and surrounding outdoor spaces, which houses the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, and the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research (TCAI), as well as the School’s Cooperative Extension Program.

Schedule of Events
All activities will take place at McClelland Park on the UA campus, 650 N. Park Ave.

    10:45 a.m. — Alumni and friends mingle and register for class in the McClelland Park lobby
    11:15 to 11:45 — Dr. Mike Staten's lecture on financial literacy
    11:45 a.m. — Registered guests check in for the FCS Council Luncheon
    Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Luncheon, guest speaker and awards

Note: limited luncheon spaces or sponsored-spaces for students available at $40/attendee. For information, contact Julie Longstaff at (520) 621-7147 or

About Dr. Michael E. Staten
Dr. Michael E. Staten holds the Take Charge America Endowed Chair in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona and directs the Take Charge America Institute for personal financial education and research.  Nationally recognized as an expert on retail credit market policy issues, Staten has often testified before Congress and various state legislatures and has designed and conducted research projects on a wide range of policy-oriented issues involving consumer and mortgage credit markets, initially as director of the Credit Research Center at Purdue University and later as Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of the re-located Credit Research Center at Georgetown University and the George Washington University School of Business.  

About the Norton School
The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences within The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences houses the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families and the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research. The Norton School offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in family studies and human development as well as retailing and consumer sciences.

More information:

Kimberley Brooke
Assistant Director, Marketing and Program Development
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
(520) 626-7952

Event Date: 
Friday, November 6, 2009

Tel: Main Office 520.621.1075 Norton School Student Services 520.621.1295
Mailing Address: 650 N. Park Ave Tucson, Arizona 85721-0078 (Map to McClelland Park)
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