Alumni Awards Luncheon recognizes FACS graduates and friends

February 5th, 2016 Contact: Victoria Dorsey  |  706-542-3386  | More about Victoria

The 39th Annual FACS Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held on February 20, 2016 in Mahler Hall at the Georgia Center. The FACS Alumni Association is honored to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of this diverse group of FACS alumni.

2016 Honor Hall of Recognition Inductee

 Dr. Roy J. Martin, FACS Professor Emeritus, UGA Distinguished Research Professor

Dr. Martin served as head of the FACS department of foods and nutrition from 1988-99 and is known internationally for his obesity-related research.

His career spans five decades, including more than 30 years of research experience in identifying mechanisms of obesity and diabetes using primarily rodent models.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Martin has received the NIH Career Development Award, the UGA Creative Research Medal, is a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition and a sought-after speaker at research conferences.

Dr. Martin currently serves as adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of California-Davis.

Distinguished Alumni Award

 Dr. Pamela Monroe

Dr. Monroe began her career in public policy, having served as a policy analyst in the Louisiana House of Representatives. She later took a position as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University in 1990.

In her teaching career, Dr. Monroe received LSU’s prestigious James W. Trott Award for teaching and research excellence and was twice awarded endowed professorships from LSU.

She also has served as the associate dean of LSU Graduate School, and from 2006-07 she was the interim dean of the LSU School of Social Work.

Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award

 Dr. Norman Pollock

Dr. Norman Pollock holds three degrees from the FACS department of foods and nutrition.

His research investigates how fat and bone metabolism affect energy regulation, emphasizing factors such as diet, physical inactivity, metabolic diseases, hormonal imbalances and genetic influences that are related to both obesity and poor skeletal health.

Since 2009 he has been active in research with a noteworthy number of high-impact publications in the fields of obesity, metabolic dysregulation and bone health.

Outstanding Service Award

 Dr. Rachel Hagues

In 2008, Dr. Hagues traveled all the way to Ukrewe, Tanzania in pursuit of her Ph.D. in human development and family sciences. She designed and implemented UGA-Mongella in 2012, a service-learning program that focused on girls’ development and empowerment.

As a result of her dissertation research, plans for Tumaini Jipya (New Hope) Secondary School were drawn up. She began working with community leaders in 2014 to establish this private school for girls in Ukrewe, hoping to place an emphasis on educating young women.

Pacesetter Award

 Ms. Britt Rotberg

Rotberg, who received her master’s degree in foods and nutrition in 2011, founded the Emory Diabetes Education Training Community, which provides free training for healthcare professionals around the country and overseas.

During her time as director of the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program, she connected with more than 2,000 Latinos in Georgia with type-2 diabetes and serves as chair of the American Diabetes Association “Por tu Familia” program, which focuses on preventing diabetes in the Latino community.

FACS Appreciation Award

 The Coca-Cola Foundation - Kirk Glaze

Glaze serves as community affairs manager of the Coca-Cola Foundation, whose generous $1 million grant helped establish the development of the Walk Georgia Extension program.

Walk Georgia, a public-private partnership which strives to help improve the lives of Georgia residents by encouraging greater physical activity and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

The program has seen 50,000 participants since its launch in 2008, prompting states like Tennessee, Texas and Kansas to follow its example.

Creswell Award

 Dr. Rick Lewis

Dr. Lewis, UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences and director of the FACS Bone and Body Composition Laboratory, graduated from UGA in 1975 with a degree in psychology and followed up with his master’s degree in foods and nutrition three years later.

He completed his Ph.D. program in human nutrition at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986.

Dr. Lewis’ dedication to teaching can be seen in the pride he feels over his own students’ professional accomplishments. Dr. Lewis said he is most proud of seeing his Ph.D. students rise to the peak of their careers following their time at FACS.

The doors open at 11:30AM. The program begins at 12 Noon. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

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