Marilyn Manning, home economist with Utah Power & Light, was elected president of the Utah Home Economics association at the annual meeting at the Homestead.
Other officers include Winnifred Jardine, president-elect; Faye Boyer, vice president of work; Jane Laird and Ann Henderson, section leaders; and Lenore Rasmussen, nominating committee.Business meetings followed the theme, "Home Economists: Aware and Involved."
Keynote speaker was Hyrum Smith, chief executive officer of the Franklin International Institute, who challenged home economists to examine the principles that determine personal behaviors.
"If the results of your behavior don't meet your needs," Smith suggested, "there is an incorrect principle directing that behavior. Growth is the process of changing principles to affect behavior."
Smith discussed his son's basketball performance as an example.
"My son would attempt a shot in the early part of a game. If he missed, he wouldn't shoot again. His behavior on defense was similar. If he committed a foul, he would back off his opponent. After three games, I finally talked with him about his play. He admitted a fear of failure, of making mistakes. His fear was directing his behavior. As long as he didn't attempt a basket, he wouldn't miss a basket."
We must uncover the principle guiding a behavior before the behavior can be changed, Smith explained.
Maxine Rowley, Brigham Young University home economics faculty member, acknowledged the sweeping changes affecting the field of home economics. Rowley expressed concern that an overall emphasis on the home and family is fading from curriculums across the country.
Rowley challenged her colleagues to return to the founding directions of home economics, with an increased concern for families and their effective function in today's society.
Additional workshops included "Performance by Design," a discussion of contemporary fibers and their use in activewear by Jane Zahler; "Wardrobe Magic," a new video presentation of wardrobe management by Judith Rasband; "Facts About Beef in the '90s," an update on lean beef, by Von Mendenhall, Utah State University; "The Environmental Consumer," a discussion of issues affecting the family by Leona Hawks, USU; and "Let's Get Down to Business, a panel discussion on the role of home economists in the world of business, moderated by Meriam Kienke, Utah Power.
The luncheon speaker, Rep. Nancy S. Lyons, R-Bountiful, summarized the activities of the recent legislative session. Lyons invited listeners to consider bills from an overall perspective, challenging home economists to look at the session as a whole rather than in individual parts.
The following home economists were honored for their contributions to education, business and the community: Terry Price, Judy Harris, Kay Dawne Falslev, Arlou Vance, Dian Thomas, Teresa Cooley and Nancy Kennedy. Others were Lynn Trenbeath, Dean Ellen Hunger, Tricia Ormsby and Ruth Brasher. Student awards went to Rose Barlow, Annette Garlic and Jennifer Seelos.