2016 Proceedings

The full conference submission, where available, can be viewed by clicking on the title of the presentation. Additionally, the papers in the Special Issue of The Forum are drawn from presentations at the March 2016 biennial conference of the Family Economics and Resource Management Association (FERMA).


WEDNESDAY, March 9 (5:00 – 6:00 PM)

Resources for Resilience and Recovery
Beth Gambel and Lauren Faust, Louisiana Cooperative Extension

Presider: Dena Wise, The University of Tennessee Extension


THURSDAY, March 10 (8:30 – 10:00 AM)

Opening Session

Consumer Vitality with an Eroding Middle-Class: Possibility or Pipe-Dream?
Elizabeth Dolan, University of New Hampshire; John Grable, University of Georgia; and Tahira Hira, Iowa State University

Presider: Claudia Heath, University of Kentucky

Thursday, March 10 (10:00 – 11:30 AM)

Concurrent Session 1-1

Promoting Consumer Wellness through Financial Education (EP)
Jennifer Hunter, University of Kentucky; Martie Gillen, University of Florida; and Kristyn Jackson, University of Kentucky

Viewing Economic Conditions Through a Historical Lens (EP)
Jeanette Bennett, Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis; and Rita Green, Mississippi State University

Presider: Bobbie Shaffett, Louisiana State University

Concurrent Session 1-2

It’s Your Reality: A Financial Life Skills Simulation for College Students (RP)
Jennifer Hunter and Katie Stamper, University of Kentucky 

A Test of the Reflection Effect: A Personal Finance and Resource Management Perspective (RP)
John Grable and Michelle Kruger, University of Georgia

Presider: David Evans, Purdue University

Workshop 1

Does Borrowing for College Make Sense? Implications from a Mixed-Methods Research Study (Workshop)
Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University; Soo Hyun Cho, South Dakota State University; David Evans, Purdue University; and Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University

Thursday, March 10 (12:30-2:00 PM)

Concurrent Session 2-1

Life Savvy 101 (EP)
Starla Hardin and Wendy Whiteaker, University of Tennessee Extension

Best Care: Family Resource Management for Early Childhood Education (EP)
Laura Hendrix and Rebecca Simon, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

Presider: Ann Berry, The University of Tennessee

Concurrent Session 2-2

Exploring Consumer Perspectives on Florida Farmers Market Purchases and Shopping Habits (RP)
Martie Gillen and Caroline Glagola Dunn, University of Florida

Farmer’s Markets: Barriers and Pathways for Limited-Resource Consumers (RP)
Christopher Sneed, The University of Tennessee Extension

Presider: Tamera Adjei, Tennessee State University Extension

Workshop 2

The Personal Health and Finance Quiz: A Tool for Education, Research, and Program Evaluation
Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University; Jing Jian Xiao, University of Rhode Island; and Karen Ensle, Rutgers University

Thursday, March 10 (2:30 – 4:00 PM)

Concurrent Session 3-1

Motivating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Among Seniors in Subsidized Housing Communities (EP)
Carolyn Bird, Jeanette Maatouk, and April Morgan, North Carolina State University/NC Cooperative Extension

The Employment Connection (EP)
Jeannette Bennett , The Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis, and Rita Green, Mississippi State University

Presider: Cathy Faust, The University of Tennessee Extension

Concurrent Session 3-2

Post-Recession Employment, Perceptions, Income, and Retirement Savings: Implications for Women’s Retirement Planning (RP)
Claudia Heath, University of Kentucky, and Martie L. Gillen, University of Florida

Modernization of Eminent Domain Policy for Natural Gas Pipelines (RP)
Irene Leech, Virginia Tech University

Workshop 3

Managing Resources in Fluid Households
Dena Wise, Tamera Adjei, Ann Berry, Cathy Faust, Starla Hardin, Margaret Hethmon, April Martin, Barbara Metzger, Christopher Sneed, and Wendy Whiteaker, The University of Tennessee/Tennessee State University Extension


FRIDAY, March 11 (9:00 – 10:30 AM)

Concurrent Session 4-1

Thirteen Terrific Technology Tools for Financial Education (EP)
Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers University

Financial Records Organization: Preparing for Emergencies and Disasters (EP)
Nancy Porter, Luke Erickson, Surine Greenway, Lyle Hansen, Marsha Lockard, and Karen Richel, University of Idaho Extension

Presider: Susan Cosgrove, Mississippi State Cooperative Extension

Workshop 4

Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness (EP)
Elizabeth Kiss, Kansas State University; Joan Koonce, University of Georgia; and Dena Wise, The University of Tennessee Extension

Rural Families and Health Security (RP)
Ann Berry, The University of Tennessee Extension; Sheila Mammen, University of Massachusetts; Carolyn Bird, North Carolina State University; Janie Burney, The University of Tennessee Extension

Friday, March 11 (10:45 AM – noon)

Closing Session

The Shrinking Economy: Implications for Family Resource Management
Steering Committee

Presider: Martie Gillen, University of Florida