Here are the latest professional awards and updates from your classmates at FACS!



Andy Mendonsa (ABJ 1978 Journalism)

Author of the new book-Spiritual Widowhood.



Clara June Hayes (Ms 1983 Consumer economics)

Retired after 38 years service to public education through Uga Extrndion Service and Coffee county Bd Education . Now serving as Director of Douglas First United Methodist Preschool.



Nikki Hawthorne (BS and MS 2000 Foods and Nutrition) Employee works as a School Food Service Director for Putnam County School Board.

Implemented ~3 million dollar renovation project in schools to accommodate revamping our school menus to include sub stations, tex-mex (made to order) we include fresh baked sub rolls daily, homemade hummus and salsa. USDA Farm to School Grant to incorporate local farming to the school lunch lines Most recent publication Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of the Nutritional Content of National School Lunch Program Entrée Selections Janet G. Peckham Jaclyn D. Kropp Thomas A. Mroz Vivian Haley-Zitlin Ellen M. Granberg Nicole Hawthorne Am J Agric Econ (2017) 99 (1): 1-17. DOI: Published: 27 August 2016 Awarded "Service Above Self" award for 2016 from the Palatka Rotary Club Started a 5K/Fun Run Sprint for Students-"Feed the Need" raising money for our weekend backpack program that purchases food for hungry students in our county. Co-Founder of Feed the Need weekend backpack program for hungry students.



Lauren Flowers (BSFCS 2013 Human Development and Family Science) Employee works as a Student Affairs Professional I for The University of Georgia .

After three years working for a UGA on-campus nonprofit, I am now employed by the College of Education as a Student Affairs Professional. My main responsibilities are recruitment, retention, and working with student ambassadors.


Rebekah Herum (BSFCS 2015 HDFS)

I continued on to graduate school for social work.


Taliah Ayers (Bachelors 2016 HDFS) Employee works as a Extension Educator for UGA Extension .

Since my first day in Dawson Hall I knew I had found my home away from home. Discovering Extension was my way of making sure I would always find my way back. On June 1st I will be rejoining the UGA FCS family as an EFNEP Extension Educator in Fulton County. I am overjoyed at the opportunity and ready to make a difference and an impact on our community.


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