Baylor Interior Design Association (BIDA)
The Baylor Interior Design Association (BIDA)is a professional organization for interior design majors that focuses on design education, professional networking and growth, community involvement, and service. Meetings are held once a month featuring guest speakers such as practitioners representing various areas of the design field or industry representatives. On-site tours of public spaces of interest are also meeting venues. Members also gather for a back to school welcome party in the fall, Christmas brunch, and senior lunch celebration in May. Participation in fundraising events and service projects are required activities. Members participate annually in the Texas Association of ASID student conferences and design competitions as well as the Texas/Oklahoma Chapter of IIDA student symposium and events.
Baylor Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (BAFCS)
The Baylor Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is a professional organization for students in any major within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The organization provides information to students about careers associated with the department through guest speakers representing various fields. It also gives members an opportunity to have fun and meet new students in the department. By being a member of BAFCS, you have the opportunity to attend conferences hosted by the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (TAFCS), and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) where you can meet established professionals who provide exciting opportunities as well as networking possibilities. Members have the opportunity to receive several scholarships throughout the year. The organization also participates in annual social and service activities.
This year was an exciting year! It was the 100 year anniversary of AAFCS and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Baylor had the opportunity of hosting the Northeast district TAFCS annual meeting! The meeting was held at the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center and included guest speakers like Dr. Stephen Green, a child development specialist who spoke on Why Fathers Remain Relevant.
Baylor Student Nutrition Association (BSNA)
The Baylor Student Nutrition Association provides nutrition information and career information to the students in the organization as well as anyone else interested in nutrition sciences. The membership of BSNA is open to any student with a declared major in nutrition sciences. BSNA is the student organization of the Texas Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association.
Child and Family Studies Organization (CFSO)
The Child and Family Studies Organization is an organization for students majoring or minoring in Child and Family Studies. Regular meetings offer opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the field and to participate in service projects. The focus of planned service is to help children and families in the community. Active participation serves as an excellent way to develop a strong network with peers, professors and professionals.
Baylor Apparel Professionals (BAP)
Baylor Apparel Professionals is an organization focused on facilitating relationships between students, professors, and professionals in the field of fashion design and merchandising. This is accomplished in many ways, including monthly presentations from a variety of industry professionals and the option to attend Career Day in Dallas in the spring semester. In the past we have had speakers from Fossil, Zales, Neiman Marcus, Watters Bridal, and countless others. Only Baylor Apparel Professionals members are eligible to attend Career Day. Here, students are exposed to a wide variety of presentations on all aspects of the industry, including fashion journalism, makeup artistry, buying, fashion design, store design, etc. In addition, the students are eligible to submit personal entries into the design and trend board competitions. All in all, Baylor Apparel Professionals provides a means for students to begin networking as early as possible to help obtain internships and jobs in the future.
Baylor Apparel Professionals also contributes to the local community by means of the Prom Project in the spring semester. Several underprivileged girls are selected from a pool of applicants to receive a prom dress and makeover. Many of these girls couldn't otherwise afford to attend their high school prom, so we are able to brighten the special days of these young women in need.
Kappa Omicron Nu (KONu)
Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, which has been on campus since 1972. Family and consumer science majors are eligible after completing twelve hours in family and consumer sciences courses with a 3.2 GPA and a 3.0 overall GPA. The goals of the organization include recognition of scholarship, development of leadership, association of students with faculty, and encouragement of research. New members are initiated in the fall and spring, and meetings are held monthly.