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Graduated: 2018 - BSFCS Consumer Journalism
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Spark Foundry
Current Job Title / Occupation: Associate Buyer in Local Investment
I now work at Spark Foundry, one of the top Marketing and Advertising agencies in the world. My job entails buying media spots for our clients on all your favorite local and national, broadcast and radio stations!
I found my way to FACS in the most wonderful of ways. Through talking with a friend, about my troubles in wanting to find a major that encompassed all the things I wanted to accomplish, I found Consumer Journalism. Little did I know, that FACS would play such a substantial role in my life. I had been involved with my favorite organization, Little Red Book, starting as a freshman until my senior year(s) of college. Being Editor-in-Chief of Little Red Book for 3 years, making the connections with my peers and also my professors, made it possible for me to get hired by my job today. My company was so impressed with how I could delegate tasks, manage a team, and also having the ability to navigate unknown territory with grace and perseverance. So I owe all my successes to being a part of this great program, and even greater college! My biggest advice to future students would be to get involved and find what you're passionate about! You never know where your greatest growths and best interview stories will come from. Also, remember you're a FACS student. Our college and degree programs are so important to the daily lives and futures of so many people. Be assured that what you're working so hard for, MATTERS.
Graduated: 1986 - BSHE Home Economics Ed.
Graduated: 1987 - M.Ed. Home Economics Ed.
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Sunbelt Ag. Expo
Current Job Title / Occupation: Farmer of the Year, consultant
I have been retired for 2 years. I currently work for the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo with the Farmer of the Year Program. I’m married to Chip Blalock, UGA -1987. We have 2 children, Bo and Buck. We love coming to UGA football, baseball, and basketball games.
Home Economics classes were my favorite from the 8th grade through my senior year. I knew I wanted to teach Home Economics and I was fortunate to teach 30 years in my hometown Moultrie, Ga. Teaching is not easy if you don’t have a passion for the subject matter or for children. UGA gave me the foundation I need to be successful in the classroom.
Graduated: 2002 - Bachelors Consumer Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Bell Oaks Executive Search
Current Job Title / Occupation: Partner
I was nominated for the 2019 Man & Woman of the Year campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Atlanta (https://www.mwoy.org/). I have put together a team, The Pirates of the Cure-abbean, that is working to raise $150,000 for LLS! Participation in this campaign is an honor and a personal mission for me and so many who have seen the horrors of cancer first hand. The link to my fundraising page is here: https://pages.mwoy.org/ga/atlanta19/mtovrog
The overall UGA experience! I met life long friends at UGA, met my wife at UGA, and love being a Bulldog. My family and I return to Athens regularly since we're season ticket holders for UGA football and we love seeing what's new in Athens. I'm forever grateful for the experiences at UGA and will always be proud to be a Bulldog. Go Dawgs!
Graduated: 1985 - BSHE Fashion Merchandising
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Georgia State University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Director of Development - Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
I currently enjoy being a Major Gift Officer for Georgia State University at the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. In my first year in the role, our college exceeded both our campaign and yearly fundraising goal by double-digit percentages!
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia is a wonderful community of great people. I am extremely proud and blessed to be FACS graduate. I have so many great memories as a student, a staff member, and now as a member of the FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors. Sewing and historic costume classes, Dean’s Aide and Phi Upsilon Omicron, Homecoming Tailgate and FACS Week…so many wonderful events in my life center around our wonderful college. Away from Athens, my career has been one success after another, due in a large part to the excellent foundation I received from the caring faculty and staff at FACS. My two-decade-long career in retail took me from Softlines Manager in a discount store to working at the Home Office as an Executive Trainer for a great company called Hills Stores out of Canton, MA. Since leaving the retail arena, my FACS education has influenced my careers in adult education and training, entrepreneurship, and now as a professional in higher education. I encourage every student at FACS to take advantage of every opportunity while at UGA. Lean in now, dream big now and test yourself now, while in the loving, caring community that is UGA FACS. I guarantee you, success will follow! Go Dawgs!
Graduated: 2007 - BSFCS CHFD
Graduated: 2011 - MS CHFD
Graduated: 2013 - PhD HDFS
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Georgia Southern University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Assistant Professor
My grandmother, Mary Sheffer Kicklighter (BSHE ’42), and I (BSFCS ‘07, MS in CHFD 2011, and PhD in HDFS in ‘13) are both FACS alumni! Here is a Photo of her and I, each just before graduation, at the back of House A where she lived and where I took classes. She in 1942 and I in 2013. Although she is no longer with us, I love our shared history at UGA and in FACS!
Judith C. Darby
Graduated: 1963 - B.S. Foods and Nutrition
Name of Business / Place of Employment: School Board of Polk County, FL,
Current Job Title / Occupation: Member of PEA - Retired
I am a mother and grandmother. I am currently studying to renew my teaching certification. I enjoy evaluating students projects at the County Youth Fair. I support the children at the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches and I am also involved in projects with the United Methodist Women and I'm a member of the League of Women Voters.
I transferred to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the end of my sophomore year at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. FACS contributed to my knowledge and skills that helped me to succeed after graduation as a wife, mother of two children and two step-children. FACS also contributed to my success in teaching for 10 years in our county school system in various classes ranging from preschool, middle and high school. My FACS training also contributed to my skills in care giving and rehabilitation responsibilities of our son. Ah, the many good memories obtained while studying with friends at Dawson Hall. I also have fond memories of teachers and advisers and of fun and valuable experience obtained in student organizations.
Graduated: 2008 - B.S. Consumer Economics & Housing
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Pride Utility Construction
Current Job Title / Occupation: Lead Superintendent of Drilling and Gas Main Installation
I am the creator, inventor, and the Utility Patent owner (USPTO # 10,010,116) of Cufflink Collars®. A men’s tailored dress shirt that uses stabilizing technology underneath the collar of the shirt, allowing cufflinks to stay in place in the shirt’s collars. This product is raising the bar in the fashion industry. Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Austin Graduated School of Theology. Holder of Lean Six Sigma Masters Black Belt Certification. I am a proud alumnus and enjoy going back on campus speaking to students. I was recently invited to speak as a panelist at UGA’s 2017 FACS2000 class. Member of 2018 FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Dawson Hall brings so many great memories. The second best decision that I ever made at UGA was to attend FACS. The first of course was to ask my wife to marry me, whom I asked while kneeling directly across the street from Dawson Hall. Other great memories included the faculty at FACS. I feel that FACS faculty truly care about the growth and success of their students.There were so many people that were positive influences during my years at FACS, it is hard to name them all. Some of the individuals that guided me through my journey were Dr. Anne Sweaney, Dr. Dianne Moorman, and Mrs. Connie Rash. All were very supportive and gave me a lot of encouragement. This encouragement helped build me a bridge to success. I am currently the Lead Horizontal Directional Drilling and Gas Main Installation Superintendent at Pride Utility Construction, where I supervise over 80 crew members all over the state of Georgia.
Graduated: 2015 - BSFCS Consumer Journalism
Graduated: 2015 - B.A. Spanish
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Time Inc. Food Studios
Current Job Title / Occupation: Test Kitchen Assistant/Recipe Developer and Tester
I currently work at Meredith Corporation’s Time Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham, Alabama, where I develop and test recipes, host cooking and lifestyle videos, and style digital food content for many of Meredith’s print and digital brands. Outside of work, I’ve given numerous cooking and lifestyle demos throughout the Southeast, and enjoy hosting informal wine tastings and cooking lessons. I have passed the Introductory Sommelier course through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and am currently studying for the Certified Sommelier exam. I serve as the Vice President of Communications for the Georgia Association of FACS, and I serve on the Alumni Board for the College of FACS. I also represent UGA as an alumni volunteer at Birmingham-area college fairs, where I love to convert Auburn and Alabama fans to diehard Dawgs.
I knew at age 13 that a career in FACS was meant for me. For a while, I thought that career would be teaching FACS in a high school. When I walked under Pou’s Pillars for the first time as a freshman, I didn’t believe that the time I’d spend in Dawson Hall would change my life forever. I majored in FACS Education through the second semester of my junior year, but during that year, an internship with a local cookbook author opened my eyes to the possibility that my passion for FACS didn’t have to live in a high school classroom. With the support of my parents and my FACS family, I decided to change my major to consumer journalism at the end of my junior year. It was during that time of uncertainty that the walls of Dawson Hall became not just walls of physical support, but also stood as my emotional solace. The building wasn’t standing when Mary Creswell graduated from this college a century ago. It’s my firm belief that the legacy she started at her graduation was built into the foundation, so that everyone who stepped foot within those walls after that would forever be changed.
Graduated: 2007 - BSFCS Consumer Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Stife - The D&G Barrow/Lane Wealth Management Group
Current Job Title / Occupation: Vice President/Investments
The University of Georgia is a wonderful place, but it is a big place. When I discovered Dawson Hall, I knew I had found the college that was right for me. The overwhelming sense of community and belonging that I found in FACS still resonates with me today. It became a place where I knew that the faculty and administrators genuinely cared for my success, while in the classroom and beyond. I am the fifth generation in my family to be involved in finance, beginning with the formation of a bank in Valdosta, Georgia in 1889. It was fair to say I always knew what I wanted to do with my life. However, I didn't just want to learn about economic or financial concepts, I wanted to learn about how they impacted people and families. FACS offered the ability to learn these complicated ideas and then help use them to better the lives of people in our communities. My wealth management team uses these skills every day when working with our client and I sincerely believe that the success that our clients enjoy through our financial planning process is a direct result of the time I spent in Dawson Hall.
Graduated: 1994 - Ph.D. Textile Sciences
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Printpack
Current Job Title / Occupation: Strategy & Market Development
At Printpack - a privately-held manufacturer of flexible and specialty rigid packaging with $1+ billion in sales - I am responsible for profitable growth of the business, including management of the R&D pipeline and development of business cases for investments. Recently, I have presented business cases for Board approval and now need to sell the additional capacity we are installing to support the growing areas of food and industrial packaging. I'm also proud to mentor early-career women in the Pathbuilders Percepta program in Atlanta. My 2018 mentees received the "Mentee Group of the Year" award for the strides they made during the 6-month program.
In 1991, I moved from the Midwest to Athens to begin the new Ph.D. program in Textile Sciences, following Dr. Karen Leonas (who had advised my undergraduate research project at the University of Illinois). Dr. Sharon Nickols had been an administrator at UI during my undergraduate years, so I was excited when she was named Dean soon after. I was especially thrilled to have worked as Dean Nickols' graduate assistant during the last year of my program! Although my career path has moved away from the textile industry and from the sciences, experiences in FACS shaped my critical thinking skills, developed my resilience, and led to several friendships that continue nearly 25 years later!
Graduated: 1971 - MHE Child Development and Family Relations
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Retired
“Back in the day” when I had just completed my undergraduate degree, I found myself without any hope of future plans – no work, no continued school, really nothing was coming around. Then, thanks to a wonderful friend, I was encouraged to take a close look at the graduate level Child Development program at UGA. I did. And as they say, “the rest is history.” When I first arrived on campus back in the summer of 1970, I was welcomed by faculty, staff and students alike. During the next year while completing my course work and research, I was awarded a fellowship and tapped to join Phi Upsilon Omicron and Gamma Sigma Delta. After completion of a Master’s degree, I had 4 job offers! I will always be eternally grateful to UGA for giving me a chance when I desperately needed one. After retirement from state government, I started a private consultation business and for 13 years completed State and Federal Government contracts dealing with Federal Education Legislation. Now my husband, Julian and I enjoy traveling around the world. We have been on all seven continents and most recently had a most meaningful trip to UGA and Dawson Hall (I finally returned after 47 years!). It was heart-touching to see how the FACS staff and faculty continue to support and help students complete their school work before going on to successfully making a difference in our world!
Graduated: 1997 - BSFCS Nutrition
Graduated: 2000 - M.S. Nutrition
Name of Business / Place of Employment: University of Utah
Current Job Title / Occupation: Assistant Professor
I had a wonderful experience in FACS at the University of Georgia! My guiding lights were Dr. Arthur Grider and Dr. Nina Marable. Both mentors gave me the confidence, skill and knowledge that allowed me to succeed as a student, graduate and dietitian. Immediately after graduation I moved to Utah to enjoy the rock climbing options out West for "a couple of years". That was 18 years ago. I am currently serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology and the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning. I am also an active author for Elsevier Publishing Company specializing in nutrition for nursing students.
Graduated: 2011 - BSFCS Furnishings and Interiors
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood
Current Job Title / Occupation: Interior Designer
Goodwyn, Mills, & Cawood (GMC) is the largest Architectural and Engineering firm in the State of Alabama and is growing throughout the Southeast. Residing in small town Eufaula, AL, I am fortunate to work for such a large company in the capacity of Interior Designer. GMC is a multi-disciplined firm that works with clients in the realm of Commercial design segments like Corporate Offices, K-12 and higher education, Institutional/Correctional facilities, Healthcare, and Hospitality. I have been in this role for two years, and have also served to assist the firm's design marketing and client relations. The FACS Ambassador program helped prepare me for this capacity. I have learned a lot since graduation, but am ever thankful for the foundation I have from Dawson Hall!
Wow - it is such a task to report my favorite FACS memory - there are so many! I remember from the day I began Foundations to FACS in high school I knew that my heart would always be with FACS. I enjoyed every STAR event, cookie fundraiser, grand gala, and leadership meeting offered. I knew that I wanted a career under the umbrella of FACS, and have been so fortunate to still be working in the path I chose to study. I am seven years out of school, and life has moved so fast! I am in a stable job with a large design firm, have moved twice, gotten married, and started a family. I reminisce on the days I spent at UGA, and am so thankful for the relationships I built while I was there. The coursework, opportunities, and programs offered were well rounded and life enriching, but the relationships with Student Services, Alumni Relations, and the Dean's offices are where the heart of FACS lies. I am still in contact with the people and faculty that represented FACS during my tenure, and these relationships to me are priceless!
Graduated: 2005 - B.S. Housing
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Wier / Stewart
Current Job Title / Occupation: Studio Director
Most recently, our firm was named to the Bulldog 100 for the second time in three years.
I'm a lucky guy. There are about three major life-altering events that happened to me in my early 20s that set me on the right path. One of those events was meeting Dr. Anne Sweaney at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her passion for students and guidance as a mentor was pivotal for me. But you know what? I later found that her characteristics are shared by just about everyone I met at FACS. It's truly a special place. I spent my first couple of years at UGA in a "sea" of students. It's shouldn't be surprising that I thrived in an environment that was rooted in FAMILY. The attention I received helped me in my scholastic endeavors as well as my personal relationships with faculty and staff. One of my favorite memories from FACS was a study abroad semester in Xalapa, Mexico. The culture of locals and the camaraderie with fellow students was an experience I won't forget. During my time at FACS, I picked up graphic design as a hobby. After graduation, I landed an internship at a design studio in my hometown of Augusta, Ga. Flash forward 15 years, I'm now a partner at a full-service advertising agency building brands for companies all over the region.
Graduated: 2007 - B.S.F.C.S Dietetics and Consumer Foods
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Emory University Hospital
Current Job Title / Occupation: Dietetic Internship Coordinator and Clinical Dietitian
I recently earned the Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition. So far, I am the only dietitian in the state of Georgia to have earned this certification. In 2015, I was awarded the Dietitian Officer Award from the United States Public Health Service. In 2016, I was named Emerging Dietetic Leader by the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Earlier this year, I was named Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have served as Public Policy Coordinator for the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was recently elected President-Elect for the same organization. In the fall, I will be presenting at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.
Transitioning to the dietetics and consumer foods major was the best decision I made in my time at UGA. The supportive faculty and motivated students of FACS taught me the importance of using passion to create purpose, modeling the behavior you expect from others, and service to the community of people around you. Those lessons (and so many more) developed me into the leader I am today. I routinely draw on my FACS experiences in teaching my own students today. It is an understatement to say the skills learned through FACS have been invaluable. My career has provided me with the opportunity to testify before the Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee, present to the United States Public Health Service and Georgia Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, serve as Clinical Director of Health Promotions for Special Olympics Georgia, and work as a co-investigator for multiple human research studies. It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog and even better to be a FACS graduate!
Graduated: 1983 - BSHE Clothing and Textiles
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Shear Amazement
Current Job Title / Occupation: Business Owner
I attended UGA in the "Glory Days", Sugar Bowl and National Champions. Football games, and O'Malley's, those were the days. My B.S.degree gave me the confidence to adventure into many lifetime opportunities. I am a wife, mother and grandmother and, most proud of the latter one. In fact my grandson's first words were "Go Dawgs!". I worked in a family owned business for over 30 years in the textile industry, today I work for My husband's company, also in the textile industry. I currently own a Beauty Salon and Gift store, where I make hand made crafts, jewelry, etc. and also do sewing and embroidering. I am very proud to be call a UGA graduate.
Graduated: 2016 - BSFCS Furnishings and Interiors
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Cullman & Kravis
Current Job Title / Occupation: Project Manager
I am a project manager at Cullman and Kravis Associates in New York City. I have worked on many projects in Manhattan, the Hamptons, and Texas! Our firm continues to be recognized on the Architectural Digest 100 List and Elle Decor A-List. I even work with a fellow UGA alumni!
I chose to study at FACS because of its wide range of opportunities. As a student, I was able to excel in smaller classrooms, produce projects I was proud of, and even study abroad in London. While in London, I took one class with fellow UGA students, and was able to intern with Jane Churchill Interiors Ltd. My experiences in Athens, London, and an additional internship in New York City, led me to where I am today. FACS has so many opportunities, all you have to do is take a chance and enjoy the experience!
Graduated: 2017 - BSFCS Dietetics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Current Job Title / Occupation: Dietetic Intern
Since graduating from UGA in 2017, I have moved to Birmingham, Alabama to complete my Dietetic Internship/Master's degree at UAB. I am graduating in August 2018 and from there, I will begin a nutrition traineeship at the Children's of Alabama Pediatric Pulmonary Center working with children with cystic fibrosis.
My passion for nutrition led me to choose dietetics as my major my first day of freshman year. I was one of the few students who never changed majors all four years of college and I can thank the FACS family for that. This amazing network of students and faculty have shown me love and support from my first day of orientation to my last day of senior year. Not only was FACS a place for me to grow my professionally, but I made some of the best friends and memories during my time there. Being a FACS Student Ambassador was one of my favorite experiences and I am so grateful I was able to represent such an outstanding college!
Graduated: 2017 - BSFCS Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Name of Business / Place of Employment: UGA Extension Southwest District
Current Job Title / Occupation: AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member
My FACS story starts back when I was a sophomore in high school. I had been invited to attend a UGA FACS Alumni night in my area, and I knew that I was interested in attending UGA, so I thought it would be a good networking opportunity. Little did I know I was going to end up seated right next to Dean Fox at dinner! She and I talked about hiking and other things until she excused herself to be introduced to the group. She was so easy to talk to. I had no idea she was the newly-named dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences! Fast forward a couple of years and I was a sophomore in college attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Ga. Our Family and Consumer Sciences Club was invited to help facilitate the Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GAFCS) Annual Conference that was being held at the Agricultural Museum in Tifton. At that point, I knew I wanted to study Family and Consumer Sciences Education and pursue a career in UGA Extension. I had been (not so patiently) waiting for word on my acceptance to UGA, and was checking my status every hour. That day, I had been so caught up in the activities of the conference that I had forgotten all about it until another student mentioned the need to check hers. So, like I had done so many times before, I typed in my login information only to find a screen full of fireworks congratulating me on my acceptance! I was so excited that I jumped out of my seat and ran back to Dean Fox (who was also in attendance at the conference) and told her I was coming to UGA! She gave me a hug and welcomed me to the FACS family. I will never forget that moment and how at home I already felt before even stepping foot inside Dawson Hall. Since then, I served the College of Family and Consumer Sciences wholeheartedly through involvement in the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, being a FACS Ambassador, receiving multiple scholarships, and topping off my career by being selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award. I truly am grateful for the relationships made, the memories shared, and the knowledge learned in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia.
Graduated: 2006 - BSFCS Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Graduated: 2008 - M.S. Child and Family Development
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Georgia State University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Researcher Coordinator, School of Public Health
I am proud to have been a Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher for four years in Cherokee County, Georgia. Teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students taught me life skills! However, in 2013 I embarked upon my current profession: academic research. I work for The National SafeCare Training and Research Center, which is housed in The School of Public Health at Georgia State University. SafeCare is an evidence-based home visitation program that serves at-risk families with children 0-5. The curriculum teaches caregivers about child health, home safety, and positive parent-child Interaction. In this capacity I use my background in Child and Family Development to coordinate multi-million dollar state and national grants, co-author center publications, develop technology to assist with home visitation, lead SafeCare's online marketing presence, and ensure our program stays up to date with trends in child maltreatment prevention research.
Events in Room 216! Dawson Hall is a gorgeous building head-to-toe, but there is something special about the 2nd floor conference room. This room has hosted committee meetings, on-campus retreats, club get-togethers, retirement parties, baby showers, and a plethora of conference calls. Lots of fun memories, as well as school and work accomplishments have taken place here. The portraits of former Deans of the College on the walls serve as inspiration to keep moving forward with the College's mission. If you are ever in Dawson Hall and not sure where to go for something...just head to 216. There's a good chance you'll end up in the right place!
Graduated: 2011 - BSFCS Child and Family Development
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Hillel at UGA
Current Job Title / Occupation: Engagement Director
I live and work in Athens, and I love it here! My job includes doing outreach and programming with and for Jewish students at UGA. Through my work, I've staffed 10 trips of students traveling to Israel (400 students total), been accepted into a program for a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education, and been invited to give opening and closing prayers at the Campaign for Charities breakfast as well as the UGA Memorial Service.
When I started my journey at UGA, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Through a few major changes as well as many conversations with my sister (BSFCS '07), I decided that Child and Family Development through FACS was the best place for me. Through FACS, I was finally taking classes that were interesting and important to me. I found myself excelling because every class spoke to me and excited me. During my 3rd year, I heard about the FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide Internship program and decided that it would be a unique and fascinating way to spend my spring semester. Through that program, I had the opportunity to work closely with the Women's Legislative Caucus and saw first-hand how these incredible women were working together in the Senate and House of Representatives. The experience is one that has stuck with me and encourages me to seek change and fight for what I believe is right in the world. I am so grateful for that experience, even though I have not chosen a profession in the political world. I now have a greater understanding and appreciation for what law-makers do and how they can impact my life.
Graduated: 1983 - M.S. Child and Family Development
Graduated: 1990 - Ph.D. Child and Family Development
Name of Business / Place of Employment: New Mexico State University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Professor
I just completed my term as president of the Council for Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS). This professional organization is composed of department heads, associate deans, and deans of FACS around the country.
I was fortunate to be among the inaugural group of three students who participated in the FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide Internship program in 1984. I worked for Senator Paul Brown in the Georgia state legislature. I summarized important bills for him before they were voted on, listened to concerns from constituents, and either gathered information for them or suggested ways we could assist. Most importantly, I learned how the legislative process worked and how to advocate for issues related to children and families. My experience with the legislature proved invaluable after I became an assistant professor at New Mexico State University. I used what I had learned in Georgia to testify many times before various legislative committees about issues impacting families in New Mexico. After stressing the need for parenting education in a state with high rates of child maltreatment, I was awarded recurring state funding of $100,000/year for 4 years to provide parenting education. Then, I was successful in securing competitive state grants totaling $4.4 million over 8 years to expand parenting education around the state. One year, I learned that our $1 million grant was in jeopardy of being cut by the state legislature. I was sent by my Dean and the university to talk with legislators about the impact the parenting education program was having and the need for continued funding. I spent a month in Santa Fe (4 hours north of the university) meeting with legislators until the funding was restored. A final way I used the experience gained as a legislative aide was in coordinating Family Impact Seminars for legislators and other policymakers in New Mexico. Family Impact Seminars provide legislators with evidence-based, non-partisan information about current issues impacting children and families. For 7 years, I brought in experts from across the country to share research and policy implications related to child maltreatment, family violence, the impact of incarceration on families, reducing high school drop-outs, and the benefits of early childhood education. I continue to be thankful for the great education I got at the University of Georgia, and the opportunity I had to participate in the Legislative Aide internship. Dean Emily Pou was truly a visionary in establishing this innovative program.
Graduated: 2007 - BSFCS Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Graduated: 2009 - MEd Workforce Education
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Willie J. Williams Middle School
Current Job Title / Occupation: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
I've completed 11 years teaching. I taught middle school FACS, high school FACS, and Foods and Nutrition and Early Childhood Education pathways. I've served on AAFCS Board of Directors 2008-09 (Centennial Year) and served in different leadership roles in GAFCS.
Some of my best memories at UGA took place in Dawson Hall. It was a place that I always felt supported and encouraged to do my absolute best. Whether it was in class, participating an activity as a FACS Ambassador or for the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, or just hanging out, Dawson Hall was always a comforting place to be. It was where I developed confidence and secured my career goal of becoming a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. Everyday I strive to teach my students the same life lessons, skills, and knowledge that I learned as a student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in hopes that the subject area will also help shape their lives. My favorite memories with the College of FACS are traveling to National AAFCS Meetings in Nevada, Wisconsin, and Tennessee with members of the faculty and staff to represent UGA.
Graduated: 2003 - BS Consumer Economics
Graduated: 2004 - MA (NYU) Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: UBS
Current Job Title / Occupation: Managing Director
After graduation I moved to New York and worked for Lehman Brothers and Barclays. I'm currently at UBS, where I run the Investment Strategy team for the Wealth Management division.
My favorite memory is a study abroad trip FACS organized to Xalapa, Mexico. We were able to visit quite a few businesses, meet local politicians, and really integrate into their culture for a few weeks. Best of all we created some wonderful friendships and even learned a little Spanish along the way.
Graduated: 2012 - BSFCS Dietetics
Graduated: 2019 - PhD Foods and Nutrition
Name of Business / Place of Employment: University of Georgia
Current Job Title / Occupation: Research Assistant
I am currently completing my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Richard Lewis. We are conducting a randomized controlled trial investigating the influence of egg consumption on bone, body composition, and cognition. I also serve as the President of the Northeast Georgia Dietetics Association. I received the 2018, Emerging Dietetics Leader award from the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Georgia's Graduate School.
I transferred to the University of Georgia my sophomore year. I was extremely nervous but excited about new opportunities. When I first walked into the halls of Dawson, I knew this place was different. Everyone was smiling and welcoming. I didn't know at the time that I would be walking into my "home away from home." As an undergraduate student I learned from the best and brightest professors and met life-long friends. When I graduated in 2012 I had big dreams of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). After obtaining my RD and working in the clinical setting I found myself searching for more. Having served as the President of the FACS Alumni Association, I had the opportunity to reconnect with several of my undergraduate professors. I spoke with one of my professors, Dr. Lewis, about the potential of obtaining a higher degree in nutrition. Fast-forward several years and here I am writing this in my office in Dr. Lewis' Bone and Body Composition Lab in Dawson Hall. At the end of the day, I attribute all my academic success and my career to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. Who would have thought that girl with dreams of being a Dietitian would now have dreams of obtaining her PhD from the same institution. I am truly blessed!
Graduated: 2008 - BSFCS Financial Planning
Graduated: 2013 - MBA - University of North Georgia MBA
Name of Business / Place of Employment: SignatureFD
Current Job Title / Occupation: Financial Advisor / Co-Founder of SignatureEXEC
I like to tell people that my time at FACS was truly transformational. I began taking FACS classes in 2006 when the financial planning major at UGA was in its infancy. As a part of the UGA community, especially in a close knit FACS major, I was able to develop lifelong friendships with students, faculty and staff. Flash forward to 2018, and the financial planning program is one of the fastest growing majors at the University of Georgia! The financial planning program at the University of Georgia has given me an incredible career and it’s why I give my time, energy, and money back to the University that has given me so much.
Graduated: 2000 - M.S. Foods and Nutrition
Graduated: 2003 - Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition
Name of Business / Place of Employment: The University of Georgia
Current Job Title / Occupation: Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dietetics program
My exciting career in FACS has involved research, teaching, and mentoring students. In my various positions within the college since I arrived here in 1997 as a graduate student, I have ultimately found a position that combines my nutrition science expertise with my keen interest in teaching and advising students as director of our dietetics program. As my mentor throughout graduate school and beyond, I learned invaluable lessons from Dr. Rick Lewis how to be an accessible and caring mentor to others. In my faculty role, I have been given numerous opportunities to demonstrate leadership and communication skills that highlight to others why FACS is the best college at UGA. For example, I serve as director of communications for the department of foods and nutrition, and am the face behind the 'FDN Kudos Corner' that showcases the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. I am also the faculty advisor of our Student Dietetic Association, which is a tremendous privilege for me to interact outside of class with the future leaders of our nutrition profession. I am committed to the success and growth of our college, and in particular our dietetics program, because it prepares students who care about the health and wellbeing of others to succeed. My students know that I care about their success during the semester and beyond, and I love being a part of their journey. Go Dawgs!
Graduated: 2015 - BSFCS Fashion Merchandising
Graduated: 2019 - MS Historical and Cultural Aspects of Dress
I am presently a graduate student in FACS - Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors.
I have been in FACS for the last 5+ years, first as a very non-traditional undergrad student and then as a graduate student. I always felt like I was part of a big family. My classmates, some of which were half my age always treated me as an equal and respected that I had a busy life outside of class. They even accommodated my (occasional) inability to attend meetings face-to-face by video-chatting with me. As a graduate assistant, sometimes teaching the same students I was in undergrad with, I always felt respected. I have even had some tell me, verbally and written, how much they appreciate me. I think we have some of the best students!
Graduated: 2017 - BSFCS Nutritional Sciences
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Emory University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Student
I am currently half way through earning my Bachelor’s in Nursing and I couldn’t be more excited to start the next chapter of my life as a nurse!
My favorite memory was talking with Dr. Landers-Potts on Election Day after class. I had been wearing a Clinton shirt and so it sparked conversation. It was just so wonderful having an intelligent political conversation with a woman that I really look up to!
Graduated: 1989 - BSHE Consumer Economics and Home Management
I am so blessed to be living my dreams and our college of Family and Consumer Sciences has made it all possible. I met Dr. Jane Rhoden in 1988 and she saw something...next came Dr. Sweaney and the rest is history! I’ve had four jobs that require a degree in Home Economics! It’s been life changing and I walk and talk it every day!
Graduated: 2008 - BSFCS Dietetics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: The Dairy Alliance
Current Job Title / Occupation: Manager of School Health and Wellness
Life is all about making connections. I was able to make connections with various groups of researchers, professors and industry members through the FACS congressional aide and undergraduate research programs. I was grateful that FACS offered these opportunities to me because not only did I gain confidence in myself and worldly knowledge, but I was able to find my dream job through these experiences and connections that I had made. FACS professors are invested in the success of their students, and a situation like mine is where it shows.
Graduated: 2004 - BSFCS Consumer Economics, Family Financial Management Emphasis
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Matrix Residential a Pollack Shores Company
Current Job Title / Occupation: Quality Assurance Manager
FACS created some of my most fond memories at UGA that helped mold me into the individual I am today. I served as a UGA FACS ambassador my senior year and tremendously enjoyed the opportunity to interact with fellow students, alumni, and faculty. I currently serve on the UGA FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors because I am committed to share my FACS story and would love for current students to be a part of this wonderful college! The biggest influences of my career were the Housing/Financial Management courses and connecting with Dr. Anne Sweaney. She always had time for her students and made a large university like UGA feel like a small community. Today, I am thankful for her friendship and mentorship years after graduation. FACS is a special place at UGA and I am thankful I found it! Go Dawgs!
My most memorable experience while working at IHDD, was at Central State Hospital. I had gone with many co-workers from IHDD to look through and photograph documents, articles and other items in the library there. They knew we were coming but had neglected to turn the air conditioning on. It was a long hot day in August, but the personal stories and artifacts were so incredibly meaningful. I will never forget that day.
Graduated: 2016 - BSFCS Consumer Economics
Thanks to the Consumer Economics and Entrepreneurship Programs at UGA, just two short years after graduating I’m the founder of a technology start-up. Our company is developing brand new technology to serve the marina industry! I credit UGA, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Entrepreneurship Program with providing me the skills, confidence, and education I needed to make this dream a reality. As non-traditional student, attending day classes with traditional students was such an awesome experience. I’ll never forget Michael Clark - y’all may know that name, I know Debbie Phillips does! He drove from Athens to my home in Hoschton to tutor me for an econ class I was struggling in. Michael was the first of many students that impacted my life and made me believe that I could realize my dreams even if I didn’t do life in the natural order of things. I am forever grateful I stepped outside my comfort zone and went for the best education at a university steeped in history, tradition, and academia. I am so proud to be a Georgia Bulldog!
Graduated: 2001 - B.S. Child and Family Development
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Young Life/Tallahassee, FL
Current Job Title / Occupation: Area Director
I have been working with Young Life since graduation, and for the past five years my family and I have had the privilege of living in Tallahassee and serving in the ministry here. I get to work alongside many college students who give their lives away, entering into the adolescent world and loving kids in the midst of an important season of life. It's an incredible challenge and a gift to be part of such an incredible ministry!
I changed majors after my sophomore year at UGA, because I felt a FACS degree would better prepare me for my vocation and loving adolescents and families in our world. As I studied alongside people who genuinely cared for me, I formed friendships that set me up for a lifetime of building relationships and sharing real life with people. As I look back on my time at Dawson, I know that it helped form me into the leader that I try to be today. I try to carry that same heart for others everywhere my ministry takes me, and I am thankful and honored to be a graduate of FACS at UGA!
Graduated: 2017 - B.S. Dietetics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Vista Park Health and Rehab
Current Job Title / Occupation: Clinical Nutrition Manager
Just finished my Dietetic Internship and got my first job!!
FACS prepared me for success by teaching me that there is always someone who can help, and to never be afraid to ask for help.
Graduated: 2007 - B.S. Consumer Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: AppVault
Current Job Title / Occupation: Director of Marketing
Recently promoted to Director of Marketing from Marketing Manager after 2 years of managing a small team of marketing professionals. Last year I was published by Marketing Sherpa regarding my knowledge and experience with A/B testing for B2B Digital Marketing. Being nominated as a 40 under 40 by the Alumni Association is a humbling recognition and one I hope to win.
Graduating from UGA is probably the most memorable and meaningful event that has happened to be in the last 15 years. I was lucky enough to share a special moment with Anne Sweaney while we were conducting the walking ceremony at Sanford Stadium. She's been a shining light and a confidant of mine ever since May of 2007 when we walked together. I've been fortunate to keep in touch with a few professors that taught while I was in classes at FACS. It's been a privilege to serve on the FACS Alumni Board for the last 2 years. The time I've spent speaking and engaging with students about career decisions and job hunting has been very fulfilling and rewarding. I'm truly honored to have been in such close contact with FACS and The University of Georgia.
Graduated: 2015 - B.S. Consumer Foods
Name of Business / Place of Employment: VeryVera
Current Job Title / Occupation: Creative Director/Team Leader
I've been able to use my education since graduating and entering my career. I started as an intern on The VeryVera Show, a cooking and lifestyle show in Augusta, GA. From there, I moved up as Associate Producer and eventually Creative Director of the show. I currently also serve as Team Leader of our other staff and Masters Catering Coordinator.
I changed my major sophomore year and came into FACS from one of the biggest colleges on campus, where I felt like one student in a sea of students. Entering the tight-knit FACS family early in my college experience was like coming home! I felt so connected to my professors, advisor, and other FACS staff. It really seemed that everyone there truly cared about me and my success. I now work for a FACS graduate in Augusta, GA, and we've had the opportunity to come back to Dawson Hall several times to speak about internship and career opportunities with our company. We love the FACS family!
Graduated: 2008 - BSFCS Housing
Current Job Title / Occupation: Professional Golfer
I returned to school seven years after my last tournament with the Bulldogs because I wanted to be able to encourage kids to get an education and pursue their dreams and therefore felt it was important to set an example.
Graduated: 2016 - B.S. Housing
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Georgia Real Estate Commission
Current Job Title / Occupation: Compliance Investigator
As a non-traditional student, I was nervous about how I would perform at such a prestigious university. I had already been in the real estate industry for 13 years but felt that I needed more education to increase my knowledge and marketability. FACS gave me the necessary tools and support to take my career to the next level. The education I received as a FACS Housing major increased my overall understanding of the housing industry. Today, I consider myself a housing professional, not just a real estate agent.
Graduated: 2008 - BSFCS Consumer Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: University of Georgia
Current Job Title / Occupation: Director of Alumni Relations
I'm back in Athens y'all! FACS hired me to be the new Alumni Director! YAY!
Coming back to the University of Georgia after living working for the University of Texas at Austin has been the opportunity of a lifetime! Originally from Champaign, Illinois, I didn’t expect to come this far south but it has been proven to be the best decision of my life. UGA and FACS have provided me so many opportunities and memories to last a lifetime. Coming back here to be the Alumni Director for FACS has been very rewarding. I am thrilled to be able to walk the streets of Athens shouting GO DAWGS!
Graduated: 1976 - B.S. Fashion Merchandising
Graduated: 1980 - B.S. Home Economics Education
I always wanted to attend UGA and major in FACS. I was lucky enough to do both and have so much fun while in Dawson Hall. FACS prepared me for my 30 year career in education by developing my leadership skills and by caring and knowledgeable faculty that gave me a sound foundation and showed me I could accomplish my goals. FACS made my teaching career possible, and I owe FACS everything! My favorite memories are the great people I met and the fun and valuable student organizations I was involved with. I never dreamed so much could happen during my college years.
Graduated: 1987 - BSHE Food Service Management
Name of Business / Place of Employment: Creative Dining Services
Current Job Title / Occupation: Certified Food and Beverage Executive
FACS has succinctly prepared me for my phenomenal career in the hospitality industry by providing a solid academic foundation along with practical experience. I served as Student Manager for Bolton Dining Hall, which gave me “real-life” experiences in institutional dining services and providing “leadership”.
Graduated: 2012 - BSFCS Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Name of Business / Place of Employment: University of Georgia
My fondest memory is my time spent as a student ambassador. I was able to connect with professors and staff members on a different level outside the classroom. They poured into me both on a personal and educational level. I know they cared about my success and I continue to keep in touch with them. I know those relationships are what lead me to apply for the Alumni Board. It is so important to me to connect current students with opportunities to make those relationships and get the most from their college experience. It was also a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with students outside my major who shared a passion for our college.
Graduated: 2016 - Ph.D. Financial Planning Housing and Consumer Economics
Name of Business / Place of Employment: South Dakota University
Current Job Title / Occupation: Assistant Professor, Consumer Economics
The faculty, staff and students at FACS seem to have the same goal: helping and supporting each other. Honestly, it is a normal phenomenon that an international student feels intimidated in new surroundings. However, the friendly atmosphere at FACS helped me overcome feelings of intimidation in new surroundings. Faculty are very open-minded to communication with students. It drives me to try diverse research works in our field.
My degree gave me a skill set that offered flexibility, opening multiple doors of opportunity. I taught first grade, special education, middle-school drama and communications. UGA prepared me for all of those. But most of all, I gained self-confidence. Three decades after college, I went into business. You need plenty of self-confidence and an organized plan when you sign your name on a bank note. As co-owner and co-developer of The Bottleworks on Prince, I got my first taste of historic preservation. Today, as owner of Historic Smithonia Farm, I find my FACS education irreplaceable.