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Beverly Crabtree, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-0860
Dianne Draper, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-5982
Michelle Johnson, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's College of Family and Consumer Sciences will host "Gambling and the Family," a day- long conference Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Scheman Continuing Education Building.

The conference will highlight results from the college's study of the effects of gambling on Iowa families and communities. The study includes the FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Poll, a survey of 600 randomly selected Iowans and their attitudes toward gambling and the family. The poll was conducted by Glenn Roberts, longtime head of The Iowa Poll at the Des Moines Register.

Family and Consumer Sciences faculty will present results from their Iowa-based research on a variety of gambling related issues during the conference. Topics to be presented include gambling and the elderly, college students and gambling, children and casinos, family finance and gambling, and the effects of gambling on tourism and small businesses.

Representatives from agencies and organizations with an interest in gambling issues -- casino operators, family credit counselors, advocates for the elderly and recovering gambling addicts -- will share their views as members of interaction panels. Panel discussions will be held following the research presentations.

"Gambling is a phenomenon that has swept the country in the past decade, but unlike almost any other significant social change, it has arrived with very little public scrutiny beyond economic impact studies," said Beverly Crabtree, dean of FCS. "Our goal for the conference is not to take sides on the issue, but to increase the level of public dialogue surrounding it."

The conference is open to the public. Preregistration is required. For additional information on registration, or to receive a brochure, call (515) 294-6222 or 1-800-262-0015.

The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, Oct. 15. Cost of the conference is $50 if received by Oct. 15, and $75 if received after Oct. 15.


The media are invited to attend this conference. A complete schedule of events follows. Please notify Michelle Johnson, ISU News Service (515) 294-8986, of any special broadcast needs.

Gambling and the Family Conference

Sponsored by the ISU College of Family and Consumer Sciences
October 31, 1996
Scheman Building, Iowa State University

  • 8:30 - 9:30 Registration

  • 9:30 - 9:35 Welcome

  • 9:35 - 9:40 Why the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is

  • 9:40 - 10:00 Overview of the FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Poll on Gambling and the Family

  • 10:00 - 10:20 Learning from Las Vegas -- Childcare and Casinos

  • 10:20 - 10:40 Gambling: Impact on Family and Family Finances

  • 10:40 - 11:05 Gambling Habits of Older Adults

  • 11:05 - 11:50 Interaction Panel - Response to Morning Presentations,

  • 12:00 - l:15 Working Lunch/Table Topics (will be announced at the conference)

  • 1:35 - 2:00 Small Business Retail Performance and the Perceived

  • 2:00 - 2:20 The Impact of Gambling on Iowa Tourism and Rural Businesses

  • 2:20 - 2:40 Gambling among College Students--Some Insights

  • 2:40 - 3:20 Interaction Panel - Response to Afternoon Presentations,

  • 3:20 - 3:35 The Challenge Ahead

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