Family and Consumer Science

Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

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Sara Schafhauser, class of 2009Sara Schafhauser ’09

Stillwater, Minn.

Path to St. Kate’s: Sara was recruited to play basketball at St. Kate’s. “It was an easy choice once I got on campus — I immediately decided this is where I am going.”

The perfect major: “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and my other passion is food. FACS was a happy medium that allowed me to do both.”

Outside of class: Wildcat Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (WSAAC), president of Education Club

Learning globally: In addition to spending J-term in Mexico with other Global Search for Justice students, Sara will spend her last semester at St. Kate’s researching differences between public and private elementary schools in Samoa.

Making connections: As an FACS major, Sara joined the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and Kappa Omicron Nu, the national human services honor society, which helped her learn more about the field.

“I went to all of the professional conferences. It was a great networking opportunity to meet other teachers and students from other colleges. At a leadership conference in Texas, I met a teacher who had written a book about teaching FACS at the middle school level.”

Real-world experience: Sara ranks her time student-teaching at Centennial High School as “the best experience of my life. I working with three different teachers and got to see three different teaching styles. And the kids were amazing.”

Future plans: Becoming an FACS teacher. “I think I could very easily go into a middle school or a high school setting.”