The inaugural FACS Week – actually eight days of events in one action-packed week – proved a rousing success.
FACS Week, billed as a celebration of communities, academic excellence and the future of families, began with a homecoming tailgate behind Dawson Hall on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The event also included a major housing conference that drew more than 160 attendees; a Women in Leadership panel; several guest lectures from well-known experts; an open house event; a disabilities history symposium and the inaugural Celebrating Excellence Awards and Recognition luncheon that brought together donors, students, faculty, parents and friends of the college.
“We enjoyed a great week of celebration of everything that makes FACS such a remarkable place,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “Our events reflected the great diversity and depth we offer in our programs, and we were all impressed – and honored – to see the work of our college on display.”
The homecoming tailgate, which marked the debut of the FACS tartan tent, saw 90 attendees gather prior to the Bulldogs’ game against Missouri.
“The inaugural FACS homecoming tailgate was an exciting opportunity to connect with students and faculty on the lawn of Dawson Hall,” said Lauren Coheley, president of the FACS Alumni Board. “Nothing beats a Saturday in Athens with your FACS family.”
For some, the highlight of the week was the Women in Leadership panel, which featured guest speakers Monique Goodman, controller for Baranco Automotive; Dr. Jan Hathcote, UGA Registrar; Kathy Daly-Jennings, chief marketing officer for Haverty’s Furniture; and Belinda Skelton, radio personality and host for WSB in Atlanta.
The panel discussion was moderated by Dean Fox.
“I really enjoyed the Women in Leadership panel,” said Kelly King, Student Affairs Specialist. “It was interesting to hear about their individual journeys – challenges turned opportunities, achieving work-life balance, overcoming self-doubt – and how each of them has found being female in predominantly male industries to be an asset. I left feeling inspired to step out of my own comfort zone and take more risks.”
The Georgia Housing Conference, organized by faculty member Karen Tinsley in the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, featured a keynote address from Carol Naughton, president of Purpose Built Communities, followed by an awards ceremony recognizing several participants in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing project.
“We had an excellent conference with a lot of great dialogue and engagement about revitalizing our neighborhoods,” Tinsley said. “Participants had a great opportunity to bring lessons learned back to their communities to increase the quality of life for residents.”
A new event, the Celebrating Excellence Awards Lunch and Recognition Program, recognized donors, students, faculty and staff for their contribution to the college.
The theme of the event was the global impact of FACS, drawing attention to the impact of private support on FACS programs and students.
At the luncheon, more than 200 attendees enjoyed a presentation from Dr. Alex Anderson from the foods and nutrition department and two students who participated in the Ghana summer service-learning course he led.
“Thank you for giving me the greatest adventure of my life and allowing me to fall in love with a country I would have otherwise never gone to,” student Caroline McArthur said in her remarks at the luncheon. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn that I may not be able to change the world, but I can change the world for one person.”
To view the program from the luncheon, click here.
FACS Week wrapped up with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 24, as prospective undergraduate and graduate students – some from as far away as California and Ohio – toured the facilities and visited with faculty members to learn more about the majors and career opportunities available to FACS students.
The open house event also included lunch at Bolton Dining Hall and a UGA campus tour.
“FACS has much to offer prospective students as they determine the next step in their academic career,” said Cara Simmons, director of the FACS Student Success and Advising Center. “I’m glad we were able to provide a forum for these students and their families to learn not only about FACS, but also UGA and Athens.”
To see all the photo albums from FACS Week, visit the FACS Flickr page.
More details will be announced about FACS Week 2016 in January. Visit the FACS Week page for further information.
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