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KON Member Spotlight

This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.

The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff. One outstanding member is highlighted each month.

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Member Spotlight - May 2014

Virginia B. Vincenti

Virginia VicentiVirginia (Ginny) Vincenti, PhD, CFCS, has a doctorate in home economics education with a minor in Individual and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.  She was a teacher educator at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for 10 years and was an Extension County Educator in Pennsylvania before coming to the University of Wyoming as Department Head. She is currently Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including Consumer Issues, Family Decision Making and Resource Management, Families across the Lifespan, and Ethics in Research and Practice.  Her courses emphasize critical thinking, ethical reasoning, self-reflection, and personal development.  She is developing a new graduate course on families and aging.

Throughout her 46 year career, she has held leadership positions in a number of professional associations including serving as a chapter advisor and a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Board of Directors. She has also served in numerous capacities including President of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She co-chairs the AAFCS Consumer Issues Conference with the UW College of Law consumer protection professor. This annual fall event that began in 1999 has grown into a major event at the University of Wyoming, drawing hundreds of attendees from the state, region, and nationally.

Her research over the years has focused on strengthening the profession by increasing understanding of its history and philosophy and on biographical research on leaders in the profession.  As part of that focus, she did a phenomenological study of the experience of interdisciplinary faculty in higher education within an environment rewarding specialization. She has published many articles and has a co-edited book, Rethinking Home Economic, which has been translated into several languages and has been used by students and professionals internationally. In keeping with the mission of the profession, she is currently engaged in research on elder financial exploitation by family members who have been selected by elderly relatives to be their power of attorney agents. She also has had personal experience in supporting a number of elders and their families through challenging times.


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