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College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Dean Linda Kirk Fox

Join us at the FACS Homecoming tailgate


The FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors invites all alumni to join us at the 2016 Homecoming tailgate on October 15, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until right before the kickoff at noon against Vanderbilt.

Along with networking and reminiscing with other members of the FACS community, you can enjoy a fun photo booth and play games with the FACS Peer Nutrition Educators. A UGA Spirit Squad also is scheduled to stop by the event.

A delicious breakfast tailgate meal from Classic City Catering will be available for purchase. To reserve a tailgate meal, please RSVP by October 7. You can also still become a Host Committee Sponsor.

All participants are encouraged to bring toiletry items (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes) to help stock the FACS Hygiene Closet, a collaborative effort led by the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and supported by FACS and Embark UGA.

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TMI Showcase during Homecoming

While at the FACS Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, October 15 between 10a.m. and noon, come explore the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Showcase which will be featuring students' work in the Barrow Hall Gallery.

  • Gaze through a microscope to examine yarns in various textile fabrics
  • View original garment designs from our product design and development classes
  • Check out furnishing and interiors floor plans, models and more.

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Browse our official UGA Tartan products developed by TMI students.
Tartan products are available for sale at

and the UGA Bookstore.

FACS Week celebrates communities, families and academic excellence

The homecoming tailgate marks the beginning of the second annual FACS Week, the college's signature event that celebrates communities, academic excellence and the future of families.

Various events throughout the week, including a social entrepreneurship panel, a Georgia disability history symposium and guest lectures and seminars addressing a range of issues, will offer opportunities for engagement. The college also will honor its donors, students and faculty at the Celebrating Excellence Awards luncheon on Oct. 18.

Throughout the week, alumni will be invited as speakers in various classrooms, including a panel of parent and child FACS graduates who will discuss their career success.

FACS Week also will celebrate the recent launch of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, a national public-private partnership created to accelerate fabric innovation through advances in manufacturing and engineering.

The AFFOA Industry Day, in collaboration with Clemson University, has been set for Oct. 20 at the Georgia Center and will feature several top scholars and industry leaders from the fabric and textiles field.

On Oct. 20, the FACS Alumni Association will host the annual Dogs with the Dean event featuring an appearance by Hairy Dawg and a massive delivery of chili dogs from The Varsity. The college will also host a study abroad fair that is open to every FACS student.

The celebration concludes with FACS Friday, a chance for prospective students and parents to tour the college to learn more about its offerings.

“FACS Week is both a celebration of the college as well as an opportunity to learn and look ahead to where the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is going in the future,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “We’re excited about the diversity of events scheduled that mirror the disciplines we cover and look forward to showcasing our college and engaging with a broad audience.”

Most events are free and drop-in attendance is welcome with the exception of the Celebrating Excellence awards luncheon and the AFFOA Industry Day, which require an RSVP.

More information and a full listing of events

   From left: Bonnie Petersen, Catherine Stockman, DeRetta Cole, Lauren Coheley, Marihope Flatt

FACS Alumni Association: fostering community

The 2016-17 year started on a high note for the members of the FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors.

We welcomed 17 new members this summer. These new members attended one of two new member orientation sessions held in Athens and Atlanta.

In late August, the directors attended the FACS Leadership Retreat held at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. The format of the retreat was changed in 2015 to purposefully bring together current student leaders and the alumni board leadership.

The overnight event gives student leaders, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet and build relationships with college alumni. Along with a welcome cook-out event, programming for the evening centered on the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.”

The Alumni Association provided each participant a copy of the book at the start of the school year.

New this year was the addition of a Leadership Luncheon. The inaugural keynote speaker for the luncheon was alumna Megan Palmer (BSFCS ’04). Megan is the current American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National FCS Teacher of the Year.

During the luncheon, the ceremonial passing of the Presidential Gavel took place. Dr. DeRetta Cole received the gavel from Lauren Coheley, with former Alumni Association Presidents Marihope Flatt, Bonnie Petersen and Catherine Stockman in attendance.

View photo albums from the retreat here

More photo albums from the retreat can be viewed here

 If you would like to volunteer and/or support the initiatives/activities of the FACS Alumni Association, send an email to Vicky Dorsey, Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement at

FACS Magazine is here!

The fall 2016 issue of FACS Magazine was published in September.

The magazine’s cover story centered on our burgeoning undergraduate research program.

The latest issue also includes faculty profiles, research news, class notes and our annual report, among other features.

View the online version of FACS Magazine here

Hygiene Closet assists students in need

The FACS Hygiene Closet, which provides a variety of free hygiene items for students to access as needed, launched in March.

The Hygiene Closet is a collaborative effort led by the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS), and supported by FACS and Embark UGA

Embark, a UGA resource for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness, indicated the need for a hygiene closet during a meeting last fall.

The closet is located in a private restroom on the first floor of Dawson Hall.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, go to Make a Gift. Contact for further questions.

Catch up with your department!

Financial planning, housing and consumer economics

Foods and nutrition

Human development and family science

Textiles, merchandising and interiors

Upcoming FACS Alumni Events!