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ABFSE 61st Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

 

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education.  Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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blueshadow ABFSE 61st Annual Conference
     Atlanta, GA

 

blueshadow Review of Standards

The The ABFSE held its 61st Annual Conference April 12 - 14, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to many professional development opportunities and meetings, the ABFSE elected new officers and honored a variety of people for their service to Funeral Service Education.

Clockwise: (1) David Martin (Piedmont Technical College)-Educator of the Year Award.  (2) Newly elected officers Joseph Finnochiaro (Miami Dade College) President; Cody Lopasky (Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service) Vice-President; Tony Moore (Northampton Community College) Secretary/Treasurer and Jolena Grande (Cypress College) Past President.  (3) NBE Update Session.  (4) Jzyk Ennis (Jefferson State Community College) Past President Plaque. (5) Jolena Grande (Cypress College) Past President Plaque.  (6) Cornhole Tournament First Place winners-Gabe Schauf (Milwaukee Area Technical College) and Nate Skelton (Wayne State Univ.)  (7) Randy Anderson (NFDA) Professional of the Year.  (8) Elois Wyche Saucer-Outgoing NFD&MA representative to the Committee on Accreditation.

 

ABFSE engages in a review of the Accreditation Standards every five (5) years. The process, initiated in summer/fall 2022, generated the recommended changes presented here for comment. ABFSE encourages comments on any aspect of the Accreditation Standards.

The comment period is open until January 31, 2024.
Comments should be submitted:
Via email - abfse.office@abfse.org   OR
Via mail - ABFSE at 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097

During a series of Town Hall meetings, the Committee on Accreditation will address questions about the proposed Standards
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  Tuesday, February 6: Click here to register
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Wednesday February 7: Click here to register
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Friday February 9: Click here to register

Final approval of the Accreditation Standards is scheduled for the ABFSE Annual Meeting on April 12, 2024 in Boston, MA.
Click here for Review of Standards (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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blueshadow Meet the Scholarship Recipients

In the past academic year, ABFSE received 55 undergraduate scholarship inquiries in October 2023. Six (6) undergraduate scholarships were awarded for a total of $7,500. Meet our recipients. Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Shoshana Deming

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Alyssa Ford

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - No photo available

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Cassandra Koukios

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Anthony Maher

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - No photo available

Shoshana Deming
Community College of Baltimore County
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Alyssa Ford
Worsham College
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Brittany Gollihue
MidAmerica College
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Cassandra Koukios
Worsham College
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Anthony Maher
University of Minnesota
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Joy Robinson
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Science
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Scholarship Sponsors

 Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund             Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.              Cremation Association of North America

   The Champion Company                          Church & Chapel Arts                                  Smart Director by Continental Computers, Inc.

      Dodge                             Eagle's Wings Air - EWA                            Descendants of Fossors                              Fundafamily.com

Heritage Club of NFDA             Inman Shipping Worldwide                  Kelco Supply                    National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science

National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club                        National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association                       NMS - National Mortuary Shipping                      NOMIS Publications


                              PRECOA                                 SC Funeral Directors Association                                   Travel Plan by Inman                                         

                                  Tribucast Remote Attendance System                         Trigard                           Tuesday Evening Publications                            University Mortuary Science Education Association                    

 

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