COMMENCEMENT AND COLLEGE CONVOCATION
As we count down to graduation, social media profiles of 16 of our FACS graduates can be found on FACS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ugafacs and on Tagboard https://tagboard.com/ ( #ugafacs). UGA Commencement web site http://commencement.uga.edu/ is profiling 15 students of the Class of 2015 http://commencement.uga.edu/2015/index.html including Hillary Barfield, BSFCS in HDFS and Jeniffer Abdullah, BS Social Work with a IHDD Disabilities Studies Certificate. I encourage to check out their stories!
We are excited about the FACS Convocation at the Classic Center, 3:00 pm on Friday, May 8th. Remember to allow plenty of time to find parking and arrive at the Fire Hall to get lined up if you have secured a spot in the Platform Party. There are multiple events occurring in the Classic Center so plan accordingly.
Special honors this year go to the following students:
FACS Academic Achievement and UGA First Honor Graduates, both FDN:
Outstanding Senior: Ivy Odom, Consumer Journalism, FHCE
Student Perspective remarks will be delivered by Laura Eckhardt, FDN
Student Challenge remarks will be delivered by Daniel Pridgen, Housing, FHCE
We will have two student Marshals from each department to help with the processional and recessional:
Lauren Coheley, FDN graduate and current FACS Alumni Association President will welcome the graduates to their new role as members of the FACS Alumni Association.
UGA administration has made a number of special arrangements to encourage faculty participation at the undergraduate ceremony which will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, May 8 at Sanford Stadium. Arrangements include faculty regalia rental, parking at the Tate Center deck, and a catered dinner in the Grand Hall.
Faculty signup: In order to accommodate these special arrangements, we will need an accurate headcount of the faculty who will be in attendance. A confirmed count also will ensure that the right amount of seating is reserved for faculty on the stadium field. Please RSVP to Broc by 5:00 today, April 28.
Regalia: Rental of faculty regalia will be provided free of charge through the UGA Bookstore. The free rental is provided to support participation in UGA Undergraduate and/or Graduate Commencement, and faculty should not rent regalia free of charge if you only plan to attend a college-level convocation. Jason Conklin at the UGA Bookstore will assist you and can be reached at 706-542-3171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking: Faculty who indicate they want a parking pass will be permitted to park in the Tate Student Center parking deck during Commencement. Parking passes will be delivered by Campus Mail on May 5 - 6. You can pick up your parking permit from the Dean’s office on May 7th. Faculty also can receive parking passes to park in the McPhaul lot (S10) for Graduate Commencement, if requested.
Where to go to line up for undergraduate ceremonies: Faculty marching in the undergraduate processional should report to the Tate Center Grand Hall by 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be provided, and we need a headcount of those who plan to eat as well. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., and the procession will line up at 6:45 p.m. in the Grand Hall (5th floor, Tate Center).
SALARY INCREASES FOR FY16
Through a combination of funds allocated by the Board of Regents, tuition, and other general fund sources, a pool of funds is available to provide a 5 percent merit-based (performance) salary increase in FY16 and, as applicable, address retention, compression, market alignment and other critical challenges.
Unit heads are instructed to consider performance that met expectations should merit a 3 percent increase. This will allow unit heads the discretion to provide greater increases for individuals whose performance exceeded expectations and to partially address salary compression. Salary increases are to be reasonably distributed among employees based on performance and merit; increases are not cost of living increases nor were they an across-the-board salary increase.
Grant-funded employees also will be eligible to receive salary increases based on performance and merit within the available funds of the grant(s) from which he or she is paid. The dean will review and approve all final salary recommendations.
Salary increases for employees paid on the academic payroll will go into effect on the contract date: August 14, 2015. Salary increases for fiscal year employees paid on the monthly, salaried bi-weekly and hourly payrolls will go into effect July 1, 2015.
The college will notify employees of the outcome in writing in early June.
FACS AMBASSADORS NAMED FOR 2015-2016
Forty-three students applied and were interviewed to compete for selection into the newest class of College Ambassadors. On Monday, April 20, five returning (second or third year Ambassadors) welcomed 21 new FACS Ambassadors. We thanked the fifteen graduating seniors and those completing service as FACS Ambassadors.
Kristen Averett – Nutrition Science
Hillary Barfield – HDFS
Madalene Dawson – Nutrition Science
Laura Eckhardt - FDN
Skye Estroff – FDN
Samantha Henning – Furnishings & Interiors
Elizabeth Holland – TMI
Laura Olivia Newsome – HDFS
Ivy Odom – Consumer Journalism
Caitlin Passino – Financial Planning
Amanda Schoon – HDFS
Jordan Sylvester – FDN
Sara Thompson – Furnishings & Interiors
Lucy Grace Tyler – HDFS
Jessica Williamson – Dietetics & Consumer Foods
Breanna Costner – HDFS/Pre-Law
Molly Catherine Dodd – Fashion Merchandising & Marketing
Kelsey Eenigenburg – HDFS & Consumer Economics
Funmi Jemilugba - HDFS
Whitney Okie – FDN
The new Ambassadors
Annie Berry – Dietetics
Anthony Chiu – Dietetics
Audrey Clavijo – Nutritional Science
Catherine Cropper – Furnishings & Interiors
Brooke Dumont- HDFS
Hayden George – HDFS
Hollee Grady – Dietetics
Abbey Harrison – Consumer Journalism
Angela Hendricks – HDFS
Josh Hudson – Dietetics
Clay Koellner – Fashion Merchandising
Taliah Lamar-Herring – HDFS
Joy Maduka - Nutritional Science
Nicole McEwen- HDFS
Udobi Onyeuku – HDFS
Gabby Peticca - Fashion Merchandising
Emily Selph - Dietetics
Emily Sims – HDFS
Sydney Stroup – HDFS
Kristen Tamburo – Consumer Foods
Lauren Travis - FACS Education
We look forward to a great new group of Ambassadors for 2015-2016.
Faculty who wish to download a personal copy of their Faculty Activity Record (FAR) data may do so until June 14, 2015 by 5:00 pm. FAR will be shut down and log-in capability turned off on June 15, 2015. So if you want to download your data, make sure you do so by June 14, 2015. The instructions on downloading FAR data are now available on the Elements website-- Training and Support section or you can view here: Instructions on how to download a personal copy of FAR data.
Andy Davis, current chair of the college’s staff council, was elected UGA Staff Council Recording Secretary. Andy is also leading the Staff Council’s ad hoc committee to press for changes to the Tuition Assistance Program so that employees might attend online classes at similar expense as traditional classes. I would like to join Staff Council President Michael Lewis in thanking Andy for his service.
MARY ANN JOHNSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM DIRECTOR IOG
After four years as Director of the Institute of Gerontology (IOG) in the College of Public Health, Dr. Toni Miles will be returning to her faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics full time. Effective July 1, Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, FDN will serve as Interim Director of the Institute. Dr. Johnson will devote 75% of her time to Institute Director duties and 25% to FACS to fulfill high priority teaching needs there. A search committee headed by Dr.Tim Heckman, CPH is being formed to identify candidates for the position of Director.
SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):
Linda Kirk Fox
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