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Home Economics History

A celebration of dynamic changes in home economics at uw-stevens point

Stevens Point Normal School’s (now UW-Stevens Point) first specialty program was Domestic Science in 1902. This was a pioneering move for the young school since domestic science, later called home economics, was a new field located on only a few other campuses, none in Wisconsin. May Secrest was appointed director and teacher for the domestic science course, consisting of eight women. In 1913, Bessie May Allen was hired to head the Domestic Science Department and remained in that position for 39 years.

120th Anniversary Events

You’re invited to our events this fall in celebration of 120 years of home economics at UW-Stevens Point!
Jessica B. Harris

Jessica B. Harris – High on the Hog

UW-Stevens Point campus and community is invited to hear from culinary historian Jessica B. Harris during a two-day visit in Wausau and Stevens Point.
Family and Consumer Sciences

Textile Arts and Design Application (TADA) Events

Partner tours, fashion show, alumni workshops and more!

By the Numbers

1894
UW-Stevens Point is Founded
1902
Domestic Science begins at UWSP
2 Grads
Jennie Culver and Florence Pray were the first two grads in 1903

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Susan Turgeson

Susan Turgeson

  • Associate Professor – Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Coordinator – Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program (Undergraduate and Graduate)
715-346-2263
Jasia Steinmetz

Jasia Steinmetz

  • Professor – Food and Nutrition
  • Director – Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Coordinator – M.S. in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems
715-346-4087
Annie Wetter

Annie Wetter

  • Professor – Nutrition
  • Director – Graduate Programs
715-346-2108
Gina Miresse

Gina Miresse

  • Major Gifts Officer – College of Professional Studies
715-346-3304

Academic Programs

Sustainable Food and Nutrition

Sustainable Food and Nutrition

Bachelor's Degree
Community and Organizational Leadership

Community and Organizational Leadership

Master's Degree
Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

Master's Degree
Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Graduate Program
UWSP IA Student Project

Interior Architecture

Bachelor's Degree