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.
Stephanie Lesko ’08
Doubling up: Stephanie majored in both apparel design and fashion merchandising.
Staying busy: “After finishing two majors and three minors in four years, having just one thing on my mind is impossible for me.”
Outside the classroom: Stephanie was part of FCNS Club, helping to plan the annual Katwalk Fashion Show and also worked on theater productions at St. Kate’s.
First job: Two weeks after graduation, Stephanie got a call from a corporate recruiter from The Bon Ton Stores, Inc. She now works in private label shoes, working with products from the development stage to the time they hit the shelves.
The perfect fit: “My job fits in between both of my majors. I learned about materials, design and construction and also merchandising and product development — everything I learned applied to what I’m doing now. Everyday, there’s something where I can say, ‘Yeah, I learned that at St. Kate’s.’”
A tailor-made education: Stephanie credits her professors at St. Kate’s for helping shape her education. “At St. Kate’s I could go to my professors and tailor my projects to my interests. And I could always go to them for help — they’re here to help you and answer your questions.”
From Katwalk to the catwalk: Preparing her line for the runway at St. Kate’s now helps her in the real world. After showing her senior line in the Katwalk Fashion Show at St. Kate’s, Stephanie's work has been selected for shows in Milwaukee, including The Fashion Revolution. “I use my portfolio that I produced at St. Kate’s when I apply to show my new designs.”