Developing Connections

HDFS Professional Day
Spring 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

9 a.m. - Noon

Union 202 - Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowling Green State University







9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration and Fair Set-up (A light breakfast will be served)
9:30 - 9:35 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:35 - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote speaker
10:00 a.m. - noon Poster session
10:30 a.m. - noon On-site interviews
Noon Event concludes

For more information regarding Developing Connections, contact:

Stephanie Blessing | | 419-372-8908


"Overall I found the Developing Connections event to be extremely beneficial for all students in our major. It gave veteran students like me a platform to express our passion for the organizations we interned with, as well as the opportunity to showcase the knowledge I gained about the organization I interned with. Furthermore, I found it to be extremely well organized and gave students and organizations the opportunity to network and discuss the field. Developing Connections has lead me to become even more curious and excited to see where I may end up in terms of my first position in the HDFS field." 

Tatum Swallow '15, HDFS major

"The Developing Connections event I attended this past Fall was fantastic!  During the event I was able to meet and interview four potential teachers for our Center. I met three other students that did not get a chance to interview with us, however; they visited our booth and either contacted me later or left their resume with us to contact them. I was extremely impressed with the quality of students I interviewed. As of today, I have hired two of the BGSU students from the event and have offered two others an internship with our Center. 

I look forward to coming to another Developing Connection event! Thank you for helping the students really prepare for a career/work experience!"

Erica Sleek, Owner/Director
All About The Kids Learning Center, LLC



Patrice Powers-Barker, MA, CFLE

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

OSU Extension, Lucas County

Patrice Powers-Barker, CFLE implements Ruby Green Smiths’ description of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) “where science and art meet life and practices.” Patrice is an Extension Educator for Family and Consumer Sciences for Lucas County in Toledo, Ohio. She works with families on topics such as: health and wellness, household budgeting, mindfulness, local foods and universal design. Patrice loves spending time with family, treasuring the four seasons of Northwest Ohio and appreciating the abundance of her local community.