Alumni E-Newsletter, Dec 2014

December 29th, 2014 Contact: Victoria Dorsey  |  706-542-3386  | More about Victoria

FACS convocation recognizes December graduates

More than 100 students received their diplomas from FACS at the convocation ceremony on Dec. 19 at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall.

Several students were recognized for exceptional achievement, including Nakia Smith, financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, Outstanding Senior Recipient, and Rachel Bailey, foods and nutrition department, Academic Achievement Recipient.

Textiles, merchandising and interiors graduate Tierra Creekmur delivered the student perspective speech, and Dorothy Dupree from the foods and nutrition department gave the student challenge.

"My time at FACS has been great,” said FHCE graduate Terry Montano. "All the professors know my name and help you achieve your goals. Everything I"ve learned applies to real life and the professors make sure you"re ready to join the work force.”

For photos from the event, please see the gallery available at our Flickr page, linked below.

Seven FACS grads named to Bulldog 100

Bulldog 100 We are pleased to announce seven FACS graduates among the Class of 2015 Bulldog 100, the fastest growing UGA alumni "Bulldog” businesses.

The list of 100 is posted on the UGA Alumni Association website.

These individuals will be honored at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 and will be guests of the college for a celebratory breakfast the following morning.

The FACS recipients are:

Scott Edwards, "02 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Adaptive Medical Partners, Irving, Texas; Alva Youngner "66 BSHE, Home Economics Education, "77 EDD; "75 EDS; "73 MED, Association Management, St. Simons Island; M. Chase Lawrence, "05 BSFCS, Housing, College Town Properties, Athens; Sarah Kathryn Smith, "98 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Eight at Eight Dinner Club, Atlanta; Jeffery and Lynn M. Martin Lynn: "84 BSFCS, Fashion Merchandising, M. Jeffery Martin, CPA, LLC, St. Simons Island; Stanley and Kelly Dean Kelly: "89 BSHE, Fashion Merchandising; "91 M.S., TMISDA CPA Group, P.C., Atlanta; Brandon Stewart, "99 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Towersource, Inc. Roswell

Meredith Gurley Johnson named UGA Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Meredith Gurley Johnson FACS graduate Meredith Gurley Johnson "00 (Child and Family Development) is the new Executive Director of Alumni Relations.  

Meredith has served as interim Executive Director since March 1, and prior to that had served in numerous alumni relations roles at UGA.  

"Meredith has shown the leadership, vision, creativity, spirit and energy necessary to take the University to the next level in our efforts to closely engage our alumni and parents alike,” said Kelly Kerner, UGA vice president for development and alumni relations.

Congratulations Meredith! The FACS community celebrates your success at UGA.

Chilly Dawg 5K Run/Walk Register today for the Chilly Dawg 5K

Early bird registration for the 2015 Chilly Dawg 5K is now open!

The race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Sandy Creek Park. Don"t miss the early registration discount!

Read all the details and register here.

Support FACS by shopping Collegiate Tartan

Models with tartan tie and scarfOfficial UGA tartan scarves, ties and other accessories are available and make great gifts, and sales of these items support FACS programs. Purchase them at the Collegiate Tartan website:

In 2012, UGA graduate Walker Estes donated to FACS a tartan design he developed using UGA colors. FACS then secured official recognition by the Scottish Register of Tartans, and FACS students in the TMI department were assigned with getting products sources with the tartan design.

Today, numerous items are available, including ties, bow ties, totes and even cummerbunds. The TMI department benefits from the sale of Collegiate Tartan products.

Former FACS dean Sharon Nickols edits new book

Cover of ' Remaking Home Economics'Former FACS dean and professor emerita Sharon Nickols is the editor of a new book, "Remaking Home Economics,” an interdisciplinary effort of scholars that covers the field"s history of opening career opportunities for women and responding to domestic and social issues.

The book is sure to foster dialogue both inside and outside the academy about the changes that have remade (and are remaking) family and consumer sciences through essays relevant to a variety of fields.

Nickols edited the book along with Gwen Kay, professor of history and director of the honors program at the State University of New York at Oswego.

FACS faculty members Elizabeth Andress, Emma Laing and Rick Lewis are listed as contributors to the book, which is published by the University of Georgia Press.

Learn more about the book or purchase it here.

No ImageJoin the new UGA FACS Alumni LinkedIn group

All alumni are invited to join the UGA FACS Alumni LinkedIn Group.

Stay connected with your classmates and FACS family by using this new resource.

Join Today!

2nd Annual FHCE Showcase Week to be held January 26-29

Alumni are invited to attend activities during the department"s showcase week. The kickoff event will be held at the Georgia Center on January 26. The 2015 Internship and Career Fair will take place at the Tate Center on Thursday. For more information visit the FHCE website .

FACS Alumni Awards luncheon set for Feb. 28

Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the FACS community for the 38th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon.

The event will be held at the Georgia Center at noon on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Consider coming to town early on Friday to attend the Student Design Association Fashion Show as the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors department concludes Fashion Week.

The show will be held at 9 p.m. in the Miller Learning Center. Check the FACS website for the latest updates for these two fun events!

Hire a FACS student or graduate

Let the FACS Career Services Office and the Office for Corporate Engagement assist you with recruitment.

We can help you find qualified FACS students and alumni to serve as interns or full time team members. Contact FACS Career Consultant Brittany Kinard or FACS Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement Vicky Dorsey to start the process.

Include FACS in your year-end charitable giving

Please support the next generation of leaders by making a gift to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Click here and choose where you"d like to invest in FACS. We value your support!

For more information, please contact FACS development coordinator Libby Carter at (706) 542-4881 or

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