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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.