Membership in student associations is encouraged.  Membership will increase contact with faculty, as well as other professionals throughout the state. Currently, two student associations are sponsored by faculty at DSU.  Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (SAFCS), and Kappa Omicron Nu (KON).  In addition, students are encouraged to become members of the Mississippi Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Professional certification is available through the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.  Students should consider achieving this credential.  




Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences


The Delta State Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (SAFCS) exists so that Family & Consumer Science majors can contribute fully to the growth and promotion of Family & Consumer Sciences and add to their professional growth.  College students interested in professional careers in Family & Consumer Sciences can be involved in programs and experiences that will provide an opportunity for:



  • An introduction into the profession of Family & Consumer Sciences. 
  • The development of professional attitudes and competencies. 
  • The application of classroom experiences. 
  • An involvement with the program of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and the Mississippi Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. 

To become a member of SAFCS at Delta State University, a student must be an undergraduate student enrolled in a Family & Consumer Sciences program leading to a baccalaureate degree or a student with a minor in Family & Consumer Sciences.



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American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences


The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is a national professional association.  Membership in this Association provides membership in the state affiliate, the Mississippi Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.  Being a member of the student association discusses above is a first step.  Student membership in AAFCS is available and encouraged. Benefits of membership include:



  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Receipt of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, published four times a year
  • A Teacher Resource Directory
  • A PR/Media Tool Kit  

 Click here to go to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Homepage.  



American Dietetic Association


The American Dietetic Association is a national organization which promotes optimal nutrition and well being for all people by advocating for its members. Students admitted to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics are required to become student members of the American Dietetic Association. Student member benefits:



  • Receipt of monthly issues of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Times, a bi-monthly newsletter Opportunity
  • The opportunity to hold appointed positions at the national and state levels as designated by the House of Delegates of ADA
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Access to ADA’s member’s-only website
  • Access to Pub-Med
  • Receipt of several e-mail based publications
  • Opportunity to learn more about specialized areas through membership in dietetic practice groups 

 Click here to go to the American Dietetic Association homepage.  



Professional Certification


The CFCS Credential is a professional certification available to any student majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences.  This is a credential that indicates professional expertise.  To acquire the CFCS Credential, one makes application, pays a fee and takes an examination administered at various sites around the nation.  Completion of this process enables a professional to use the designation CFCS after their name.  Two other credentials are an option for students who concentrate in nutrition/dietetics and complete the coordinated program in dietetics.  These credentials indicate professional expertise.  The RD (Registered Dietitian) is a professional designation granted by the Commission on Dietetic Registration after completion of the Registration Examination for Dietitians.  A second credential, LD (Licensed Dietitian), will need to be obtained in those states that require licensure.  Mississippi is a state that requires dietitians to be licensed.  This credential can be obtained in Mississippi prior to passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians by applying and paying the fee for licensure.  



Kappa Omicron Nu


Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences. The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership. This mission will enable the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers for the 21st century. Kappa Omicron Nu provides not only recognition and honor, but also lifelong opportunities for networking, personal growth, and professional growth through education and service. Membership identifies one throughout life as one who has a distinguished academic record and potential as a professional.

An invitation to membership is extended to students who exemplify the high ideals of Kappa Omicron Nu and who meet the requirements of eligibility. There is an initiation fee.

To be eligible for membership, a student must:


  • have declared a major in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • have completed 45 semester hours or the equivalent, with at least 23 of these hours in residences at Delta State University.
  • have earned a minimum of 3. 0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • rank in the top 25 percent of their class
  • be recommended by the faculty.

Membership in Kappa Omicron Nu provides access to:



  •  scholarships, fellowships, and grants
  •  internship scholarships
  • a national network of colleagues
  • participation in a learning community
  • newsletters and a refereed scholarly journal
  • local and national leadership opportunities
  • publication opportunities
  • preference for federal jobs


Click here to go to the Kappa Omicron Nu Homepage.


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