Alumni E-Newsletter, May 2015

May 12th, 2015 Contact: Victoria Dorsey  |  706-542-3386  | More about Victoria

Spring graduates honored at FACS convocation

More than 400 graduates were recognized at the FACS Spring Convocation on May 8 at The Classic Center in downtown Athens. 

Of the 410 total graduates, 402 students received bachelor’s degrees, six were awarded master’s degrees and two students received their doctorates.

“Our approaches and our stories are different, but at the end of the day we do what we do to make someone’s life better,” said Laura Eckhardt, a dietetics major who delivered the student perspective at the ceremony. “And as we study to be able to accomplish that goal, FACS has done the same thing for us – it has made our lives better by providing unique opportunities, valuable role models and motivated peers to inspire us daily.” 

Foods and nutrition graduates Noelle Fuller and Carolina Cawthon were recognized as First Honor Graduates for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

In addition, 64 students graduated cum laude (3.6+ GPA), 50 were magna cum laude (3.75+) and 18 graduated summa cum laude (3.90+).

Ivy Odom, a consumer journalism and Spanish major, was recognized as the Dr. Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Senior. FHCE graduate Daniel Pridgen delivered the student address.

“Wherever you travel, wherever you choose next to study, to intern, to work and live, remember us,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox told the graduates. “Whatever adventure lies ahead, we are the ‘family’ that wants to know how you are doing.”

View a photo gallery from Friday's FACS Convocation.

Class of 2015 - get involved as new alumni!

Nominations open for 2015-16 FACS Alumni Board

Each year the UGA FACS Alumni Association looks for dedicated men and women to serve on the alumni board. As an alumnus and friend, you are invited to nominate outstanding individuals (including yourself) to be considered for this honor.

Alumni Board members enjoy networking with faculty, staff and other alumni. They develop leadership skills through facilitating our signature events: Dogs with the Dean, Homecoming, Chilly Dawg 5K, and the Alumni Awards Luncheon.

Board members also have the opportunity to meet and support our students.


  • Commitment to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Being an alum of the college is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Interest in engaging with FACS Ambassadors and students.
  • Interest in networking with FACS and other UGA alumni.
  • Commitment to a two-year term. Potential for renewal with advancement in leadership roles on the board and in the college.


  • Attend two meetings a year in Athens (Board Retreat in summer and Board meeting before annual Luncheon) and conference call meetings throughout the year.
  • Serve on a committee (nominations, events, fundraising event, and other ad hoc committees)
  • Advocate for the college

 Deadline - Nominations are due June 1. Submit a nomination.

NYC/NJ FACS Alumni & Student Reception

Hey NYC area Alumni! Meet Dean Linda Kirk Fox and Alumni Director Vicky Dorsey at Stage 48 Rooftop from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Network with our exceptional students, faculty and other local alumni! We'll see you on the Rooftop!

Read more about the event.     RSVP by Noon Thursday, May 13.

FACS grads, friends recognized at Alumni Awards event

FACS recognized several outstanding alumni and friends of the college at the 38th annual Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Georgia Center.

Dr. Josephine Martin, who received her bachelor’s degree from FACS in 1947, was inducted into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition for her lifetime of work in the area of child nutrition.

Read more about the Alumni Awards winners.

View our FACS photo album of the event.

FACS Education Grads Take State Awards

Congratulations to Melanie Sigler, a 1991 Home Economics Education major, on being named the Georgia’s middle school principal of the year. Sigler was awarded the “National Distinguished Principal Award.” The award is presented by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals. Sigler is the principal of Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School in Clarke County.

Read more about Sigler on the Athens Banner-Herald website.

Congratulations to FACS graduate Meagan Palmer, a 2004 FACS Ed major, on being named the Georgia FACS Teacher of the Year.

Palmer teaches FACS Ed at Thomas County Middle School in Thomasville. She was recognized at the Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences state convention in March.

Read more about Palmer on the Thomasville Times-Enterprise website.

We’re looking for the classes of ’65, ’75, ’85, ’95 and ’05

We are making plans to celebrate Homecoming on October 17 and hope you will join us!

We need alumni having 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th reunions to get involved and help us plan a fun filled weekend. If you are interested in being a class representative, send your name, class graduation year and phone number to

College faculty, staff honored at Awards Assembly

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences recognized several faculty, students and staff members for exceptional achievement at its annual awards ceremony on April 28.

Emily Blalock, a senior lecturer in the textiles, merchandising and interiors department, was named the college’s Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Read more about the faculty and staff award winners.

View our FACS photo album of the event.

Grads attend UGA Alumni Association awards luncheon

On April 17 a number of alumni from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences participated in activities hosted by the UGA Alumni Association.
FACS Alumni Board current President Lauren Coheley and past President Theresa Glasheen attended the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors spring board meeting.

Vicky Dorsey, FACS Director of Alumni & Corporate Engagement, was one of four alumni directors asked to participate on a panel during the meeting.
Nine FACS alumni served on the UGA Alumni Association Board of Directors this past year. Four of the members, Julie Reynolds ’81, Leslie Younts Brown ’82, Kelly Dean ’89, ’91 and Keane Johnson ’07, rotated off the board this month.

Remaining members are Harriette Bohannon ’74, Stella Williams Bailey ’69, Lisa Gipson Jarvis ’95 and Margaret Matthews ’81, ’83.

Read more about the day.

Senior giving supports "The Bridge"

The Senior Signature program, a special campaign of the Georgia Fund, provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to support the University of Georgia. For the class of 2015, 77 generous students designated gifts to FACS with a total of $2,310 raised.

In fall 2014, the FACS Student Success and Advising Center launched “The Bridge,” a four-part series designed to help new students transition into the college. In recognition of the success of this program, the Student Success and Advising Center receiving a $1,500 grant from the UGA Parents and Families Association Leadership Council in support of “The Bridge.” 

In recognition of this support, FACS is matching the grant using Senior Signature donations to ensure that the donations of graduating students will go on to impact the college experiences of future graduates.

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