Dean’s Update 10/27/15

October 27th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda

THANK YOU FOR SUCCESSFUL INAGURAL FACS WEEK!

I am grateful to everyone who worked so hard to pull together a week of exciting presentations, celebratory events, and dialogue about the excellence of FACS programs and people. FACS Week was very successful. A summary of the week with links to the photo albums are now available on the web site http://www.fcs.uga.edu/news/story/inaugural-facs-week-a-huge-success.

The college leadership seeks opinions from your point of view as to what were most effective and positive aspects about the week. And we also seek feedback and ideas about changes to make to improve the experience. Your ideas will inform us in planning future annual FACS Week events, publicity, and engagement with alumni and supporters.

Please go to the web site http://www.fcs.uga.edu/facsweek/ and provide input into the simple two-part form provided to evaluate FACS Week http://www.fcs.uga.edu/college/evaluation-of-facs-week-2015. Act now while the ideas are fresh in your mind. We will be reviewing input received next week, Thursday, Nov. 5th. Please direct students, Ambassadors, faculty and staff to provide us input via the evaluation form.

Again, thanks for making our inaugural FACS Week a huge success!

BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT

The two-week benefits open enrollment period is November 2 – 13, 2015, and UGA Human Resources has posted information so faculty and staff can review their choices prior making benefits decisions for 2016. In addition, you may view a schedule of open enrollment meetings here: http://www.hr.uga.edu/open-enrollment-sessions

Key points for this year’s open enrollment:

“Passive” enrollment: If you wish to make no changes in your benefits choices for 2016, no action is required on your part, with the exception of the required annual enrollment for flexible spending accounts, if desired.

Tobacco use status: If your tobacco use has not changed, no action is required on your part during open enrollment. If you (or any covered dependents) have changed your tobacco use, you must use the UGA MyBenefits system during open enrollment to correctly reflect your tobacco use.

New features: You’ll note new features in the Comprehensive Care, Consumer Choice HSA, and BlueChoice HMO plans, including reduced costs at CVS MinuteClinics and the new LiveHealth Online visits to doctors using any computer with camera, smartphone, or tablet.

Changes in out-of-pocket maximums and premiums: Please note the out-of-pocket family maximum for the Consumer Choice HSA plan has been lowered and health care plan premiums have increased.

Remember, the official open enrollment period to use the UGA MyBenefits system to enroll or make changes is November 2 - 13, but you may now review your benefits choices for 2016 by visiting the HR home page (www.hr.uga.edu) and selecting “2015 benefits open enrollment” under the HR NEWS heading.

If you need assistance in making the best choices for you and your family or have any questions about open enrollment, please contact HR at benefits@uga.edu or 706-542-2222. 

COUNT ME IN! ONLINE SURVE

The Count Me In survey, a research study of learning, living, and working at the University of Georgia, launched Tuesday, October 20. The study is designed to collect information about positive and challenging aspects of our campus community.

You are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete a survey associated with the study to describe the positive experiences you have had at UGA and to offer suggestions that might enhance campus life.

Be assured: All of your responses will remain confidential, and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual. Your participation in this project is voluntary. This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Georgia Institutional Review Board. You can read more about the study in Columns or at count-me-in.uga.edu. A summary report of the study will be publicly available in spring 2016.

Please share your thoughts through this survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

https://rankinsurveys3.com/uga/index01.htm

WATCH FOR SURVEY – FACS GONFALON CHANGES PROPOSED

As the college prepares to launch the Diversity and Inclusion plan, a committee consisting of students, faculty and staff has been formed to propose changes to the FACS Gonfalon.  The Gonfalon is a banner that hangs as a backdrop on the stage at UGA Commencement http://commencement.uga.edu/traditions/heraldry/  

Several students had expressed concern that the current Gonfalon of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences depicts a traditional family and excludes the many other family dynamics that exist today. In addition to an outdated family model, the students also feel that the banner does not give equal representation to the various departments within the college.  They have requested that the college honor its commitment to diversity by changing the icon on the gonfalon.  The committee met last week and reached a consensus on three designs to be considered as potential replacement for the current icon.

Here are the FACS faculty members of the committee:

Diann Moorman

Emma Laing

Jennifer Eberhart

Carol Britton Laws

Melissa Landers-Potts

Student members of the committee:

Erica Lee

Allison Albee

Kyle Bower

Brooke Dumont

Anthony Chiu

Thomas Clark

Molly Dodd

Kiersten Fryer

Watch for the email and link to a survey to get your input. Act by Friday, Nov. 6 to express your opinion. Questions about this process may be addressed to Silvia Giraudo, Assoc. Dean.

CAMPAIGN FOR CHARITIES

Your support for the 2016 Campaign for Charities is appreciated. UGA is target to meeting the goal of raising $425,000 in donations and achieving a 25% participation rate.

Please note that the printed list of charities in the original campaign brochure you received contains some inaccurate code numbers for the various organizations.  Because of this, please encourage your team to use this link (http://www.busfin.uga.edu/budgets/Charity_list_2016.pdf) to obtain the correct codes for each organization.  We want to be sure everyone is able to identify their chosen recipient accurately.  

As we move forward in the campaign, we will begin the weekly drawing for prizes. We will have coupons for free parking, free tickets to UGA athletics events, and more. All employees who turn in forms (even if they do not donate) are eligible for drawings.

Thank you for your support for the Campaign for Charities, Stefanie Lindquist, Dean, SPIA and

2016 Campaign for Charities Honorary Chair.

UPDATE FROM DEAN FOX ON ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON NLAT

As you may recall from previous Dean’s Update, I am participating in the National Leadership Advisory Team of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) planning grant. The RWJ grant will fund our work to determine and design how Extension could partner with the RWJF to address childhood obesity through evidence-based programming. National 4-H Council serves as the fiscal agent and sought the funding based on the Cooperative Extension National Framework for Health and Wellness (March 2014) http://www.aplu.org/document.doc?id=5134. The National Leadership Advisory Team (NLAT), facilitated by Bonnie Braun, University of Maryland (retired), convened the first of three on-site meetings at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in September 2015. NLAT includes representatives from multiple facets of Extension, Agriculture and Board on Human Sciences deans Linda Fox (University of Georgia), Tammy Bray (Oregon State University), plus four college-aged 4-H youth representatives, and Chair-elect for ECOP, Michele Rodgers, Extension Director, University of Delaware. The advisory team determined that in general, the land-grant universities including Extension is positioned to help eliminate childhood obesity because of its commitment to health and wellness; its capacity to engage with others to address societal issues such as childhood obesity; and its ability to contribute to transformational change resulting in health and wellness for all. The R W Johnson Foundation “Building a Culture of Health” http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/annual-reports/presidents-message-2014.html. RWJF remains committed to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in America. In 2007, the Foundation announced it would dedicate $500 million to this goal. Moving forward, the RWJ Foundation will shift its focus on the childhood obesity issue to stress the importance of achieving a healthy weight for all of our nation’s children, especially in poor communities and those of color, and to strengthen the growing grassroots demand to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans. Additional information will be shared following the November 9th NLAT meeting in Washington, DC.

FACILITIES: WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Faculty and Teaching Assistants: Please be mindful in making sure that projectors are turned off before exiting classrooms. The bulbs used in the projectors are very costly to replace. It is the expectation of the college that instructors help create an environment which supports sustainability. Thank you for your help and awareness regarding this issue.

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • Sunday and Monday, November 8-9, Robert Wood Johnson National Leadership Advisory Team, Washington, D.C.
  • Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 14-17, Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), Indianapolis, IN.
  • The next Dean's Update will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sincerely,

Linda Kirk Fox

Dean

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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