Evelyn Butler Bulen, ‘66
As a farm girl, who was engaged, I began attending the University of Idaho, not knowing what my area of study would be. A roommate said she was majoring in Home Economics, which it was called then, and a light went on. That was for me as I planned to get married after my fiancè returned from the army and if I didn’t use my education to earn money, I could use my training at home.
I loved my classes and my teachers and I was learning what I knew I could use someday. After my freshman year, I was married and continued to attend the University of Idaho until after my Junior year when my first daughter arrived. I didn’t attend any more classes until the local school superintendent asked me to begin a home economics class at the school. As I only had three years of education, I taught on a Provisional certificate. It was then I went to many summer schools and took many correspondence courses and after a number years earned my BS and MS in Home Economics. I am now retired after teaching 31 years at the Culdesac, Craigmont and Lewiston high schools.
Over the years, I have taught hundreds of boys and girls in areas of learning that enriched their lives. I have had students say that the home economic classes were their favorite classes and some had kept their notebooks as they found them useful, I have influenced students the home economics scholarships and to become Home Economics teachers.
The home economic subjects are true and realistic, whether it be in the area of family living, child rearing and care, health, food purchasing and preparation, home buying and furnishing, consumer economics and much more. In the current financial crisis and social failure, the family needs to make sound choices.
The family is the backbone of everything and it is a goal of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences to prepare their students to make wise choices to strengthen the success of future generations.