Baylor Professor Named President-elect for Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

March 17, 2009

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Dr. Janelle Walter, professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University, has recently been elected President-elect of the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (TAFCS)and will take office June 1.

Walter received her doctorate from Iowa State in home economics education. She is a registered dietician and a certified family and consumer scientist. Walter, who first came to Baylor as a lecturer, now teaches nutrition and food science and food management.

Walter has been a member of the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for 30 years, where she has served as treasurer, vice president of academic affairs and editor of the association's journal. Walter will preside as the president-elect for one year before becoming president. She will perform numerous jobs, including mayor of executive committee and adviser for the district chairs.

"I see this position as another way to grow," Walter said. "But mainly, this is my time to give back to the profession that has given me my career."

Walter said the one piece of advice she would give to her students: "God has blessed you with the abilities you have and to remember Luke 12:48, 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.'"

The purpose of TAFCS is to improve the quality and standards of individual and family life through education, research, cooperative programs, business and industry, and public information.

For more information on the TAFCS visit their website at

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