The College of Family and Consumer Sciences showcased the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni as part of the second annual FACS Week held Oct. 15-21.
FACS Week, billed as a celebration of communities, academic excellence and the future of families, began with a homecoming tailgate behind Dawson Hall prior to the game against Vanderbilt.
Among the many highlights was the Celebrating Excellence Lunch and Recognition program in which the college recognized its donors, students, faculty and staff.
Caree Cotwright, an assistant professor in the department of foods and nutrition, served as keynote speaker for the event, delivering a talk about promoting improved nutrition through the creative arts that she originally delivered at the TEDxUGA event this spring.
Several 3-year-olds from the Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center joined Cotwright on stage at the end of her presentation to regale the audience with a rap about broccoli.
Also at the luncheon, the college recognized several faculty and staff award winners, listed here:
Kim Skobba, FHCE, Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award
Jung Sun Lee, FDN, Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Award
Joan Fischer, FDN, Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award (faculty)
Rick Lewis, FDN, Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award
Swarn Chatterjee, FHCE, Early Career Faculty Excellence in Research Award
Karen Tinsley, FHCE, Dr. Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award
Molly Kimler, Outreach Paraprofessional Award
Rachel Hubbard, Thomas F. Rodgers Outreach County Agent Award
Melinda Pethel, Susan Hale Brooks Staff Professional Development Award
Diane Costyn, Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award (staff)
Melissa McBride, Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award
Emma Laing, FDN, Super-Includer Award
The AFFOA Industry Day was another highlight of the week. The event brought together about 90 leaders from the fabric and textile industry, along with researchers and military officials, to discuss the future of fabrics and textiles in the digital era.
FACS graduate Tosha Hays, co-founder of Brrr, was one of several speakers who discussed the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America partnership.
Other FACS Week events included a “Generations of Success” alumni panel, the annual “Dogs with the Dean” event, a Disability History Symposium, a study away fair as well as various guest lectures and panel discussions.
“FACS Week was very successful,” said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. “It is awe-inspiring to see so much of our college’s success on display, from faculty excellence to student achievement to visiting with our amazing donors, friends and alumni. We are proud of the entire FACS family and are already looking forward to next year's celebration.”
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