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FCS Faculty Member Named Hospitality Educator of the Year

January 15, 2002

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MACOMB, IL -- Martha Barclay, professor of family and consumer sciences (FCS) at Western Illinois University, was named the Hospitality Educator of the Year at the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association Meeting "Stars of the Industry" Dec. 12.

The Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA) promotes excellence in hotel service by recognizing the state's finest hotel employees with regional and statewide "Stars of the Industry" awards. Barclay was recognized for her contributions to the lodging industry in the instruction of students in both lodging and food preparation, for her work with secondary schools and community colleges with food service preparation programs and for her work with IHLA members and their corporations. Barclay teaches lodging classes at WIU and is the internship supervisor for Western's lodging and food service students.

Barclay has been a member of the family and consumer sciences department since 1986. Her area of specialization is food safety in cooperation with WIU, C-FAR (Council on Food and Agricultural Research) and the McDonough County Health Department. In addition, she has been instrumental in the creation of a food safety curriculum for K-12 Illinois schools.

Prior to coming to WIU, Barclay was a faculty member at the University of Iowa. She has also served as chief clinical dietitian for two large Midwestern hospitals. Barclay is a licensed dietitian and food sanitation instructor. She is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators, the American Dietetic Association, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and several other professional organizations. She is the president of the Illinois Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

"Dr. Barclay is most deserving of this award," said FCS chair Charlene Callison. "Her hard work and numerous accomplishments make her an invaluable member of our department."

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