Granovsky awarded family and consumer sciences association’s Distinguished Service Award

COLLEGE STATION — The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences has conveyed its Distinguished Service Award to Nancy Granovsky, professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family economics specialist, College Station.

Nancy Granovsky was awarded the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nancy Granovsky was presented the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences’ Distinguished Service Award.   (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

According to its materials, the association is a Washington, D.C. area-based organization serving family and consumer sciences students and professionals. It provides leadership and support for professionals working with individuals, families and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being and relationships, and provides resources to improve their quality of life.

Granovsky and two other award recipients were honored at a recent ceremony during the association’s 104th annual conference and exposition in Houston.

“It was overwhelming to be recognized with the Distinguished Service Award,” Granovsky said. “Over the years, honorees have included people I consider to be the ‘giants, legends, and pioneers’ of our profession… individuals whose work has advanced the field through research, teaching, outreach and leadership.”

Granovsky’s nomination was submitted by Dr. Judy Warren, AgriLife Extension special initiatives coordinator, and Dr. Joyce Cavanagh, AgriLife Extension specialist – family economics, Texas A&M University, College Station.

“Nancy has provided leadership for the development of numerous educational resources and curricula with the goal of improving the financial well-being of Texas families,” they stated in their award submission. “Target audiences have included young couples, home-based business owners, childcare providers, “sandwich-generation” families, women, high school students and their teachers, and volunteers.

Among Granovsky’s contributions cited in the submission were her work with Operation R.E.A.D.Y. — Resources for Education About Deployment and You — a program serving Army families facing deployment; the Money 2000 initiative on financial literacy and debt reduction; and Wi$eUp, a web and community-based financial education initiative for Generation X and Y women aimed at increasing savings and reducing debt.

Granovsky was also noted for her earlier service to the Peace Corps, involvement with international development projects, and her leadership in the International Federation for Home Economics over many years, including service as president of the 113-year-old international society, as only the second U.S. citizen to hold that post. She has also been recognized as a leader within the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Texas affiliate of the association, AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M University.

Granovsky’s other awards include Home Economist of the Year by the AAFCS Texas affiliate; State Distinguished Service, Mid-Career, and Regional International Distinguished Service awards from Epsilon Sigma Phi; Specialist of the Year award from the Texas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; and the AAFCS Leader Award. She also has received the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, as well as the Regents Fellow Award from the Texas A&M University Board of Regents.

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