The Evolution of a Name
Food and Consumer Science Professionals (FCS Professionals) is the name of our organization since 2015. The original name since 1926 was Twin Cities Home Economists in Business (TWIN CITIES HEIB). In 2014, Board members revisited the TWIN CITIES HEIB name and decided it seemed to still be representative of our organization. The words “Twin Cities” were dropped but the letters HEIB were maintained representing the following words: H=Home, E=Education, I=Industry and B=Business.
However, the conversation continued on into the next member year as it was recognized that the environment was changing dramatically and the words “Home Economist” no longer were being used in the education and corporate world. High schools and universities were using terms such as Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Human Ecology; food companies switched to terms such as culinary centers and employee titles changing to product specialist, culinary expert, food editor, etc. Thus, another name change movement began in earnest.
After many meetings with member participation, the organization’s name was officially changed from HEIB to FCS Professionals at the start of the 2015 member year. Using the new name is allowing us to build on the legacy of the early organizers and continue to broaden the potential member base in an updated manner. Today we welcome members who study, work in or are retired from any discipline within the consumer science field. This includes careers in food and nutrition, dietetics, textiles, kitchen design and equipment, interior decorating, education, childcare, health care, consumer communication, consultants and more. If you are not yet a member, check us out. We are a vibrant, professional Minnesota metro group that provides numerous benefits including learning, networking, mentoring, fun, camaraderie and more! Join us today!