Alumni E-Newsletter, December 2015

December 9th, 2015 Contact: Victoria Dorsey  |  706-542-3386  | More about Victoria

2016 Chilly Dawg artwork

Impact the lives of FACS students
Support 2016 Chilly Dawg 5K

The annual Chilly Dawg 5K will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, and if you’re a FACS grad, we hope to see you there.

Early bird registration is now open and includes an early registration discount!

Showcase your business by sponsoring the event!

Click here to read all the details and become a supporter!

Bulldog 100 logo

Seven FACS grads named to Bulldog 100

We are pleased to announce seven FACS graduates among the Class of 2016 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, Jan. 30, 2016 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; Cindy Waites, ’02 BSFCS, Furnishing & Interiors, Cindy Lynn Dunaway Interiors, Perry; M. Chase Lawrence, ’05 BSFCS, Housing, College Town Properties, Athens; Katie Nichols, ’05 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Entourage Clothing & Accessories Inc., Comer; Cynthia Rosso, ’05 BSFCS, Consumer Journalism, Vickery Financial Services, Athens; Daniel Stewart, ’05 BSFCS, Housing, Wier/Stewart, Augusta; Brandon Stewart, ’99 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Towersource, Inc., Roswell

Vera Kilpatrick with 
her style show cast

Vera Kilpatrick showcases creativity in her own style show

FACS graduate Vera (Wingfield) Kilpatrick ’74 (Home Economics Education) began her TV career in 2011 after winning a food challenge given by renowned chef Bobby Flay.

“I live my degree and the knowledge I gained in FACS every day of my life,” Vera said. “I’m more prone now to attribute my biggest joy and rewards from the work I do with my intern program and with the new graduates who get their professional start through their association with VeryVera.”

Three FACS alumni work with Vera on the show. Team members include Daniel Stewart, Consumer Journalism; Lindsey Brumlow, Dietetics and Consumer Foods; and Emily Yates ’15, Consumer Foods.

The VeryVera show is now in its fourth season and has been syndicated to Savannah and Columbus.

Read more about Vera

Support FACS
Shop Collegiate Tartan for great gifts

Rocco, the UGA Tartan dog!Official 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 for 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.

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FACS Alumni Awards luncheon set for Feb. 20

Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the FACS community for the 39th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will be held at the Georgia Center at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

Consider becoming a host committee member for $250. This will count as an annual gift to the FACS Alumni Association and will support association programs and scholarship initiatives.

Contact Vicky Dorsey at or 706-542-3386 to join the host committee.

Merrill-Lynch supports FACS financial planning program

FACS has received a $25,000 gift from Merrill Lynch to support the college’s financial planning program. Housed within the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, the FACS financial planning program has been recognized as one of the top programs in the country by several national organizations.

Enrollment in the program continues to climb as the financial planning field has been projected for tremendous growth in the coming years.

The investment by Merrill Lynch will allow the college to offer student scholarships, enhance recruitment efforts and create new opportunities for mentorship within the industry.

“We’re grateful for this gift as it will assist us in recruiting and promoting a diverse financial planning workforce, help us provide students with scholarships and facilitate alumni mentorship and support of the next generation of financial planners,” FHCE department head Sheri Worthy said.

Hire a FACS student intern

Do you love working with motivated young people? Could your company benefit from having a dynamic FACS student on your team?

Fill out this application to recruit a FACS student intern.

Remember FACS in your year-end charitable giving

Please support the College of Family and Consumer Sciences by making a gift today! All gift sizes make an impact in the lives of the FACS community.

Choose where you’d like to make your investment in FACS. 

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

The University of Georgia Foundation is registered to solicit in every state and provides state specific registration information at

Your voice is heard. FACS survey results.

To maximize engagement from the University of Georgia’s comprehensive campaign, a series of personal interviews, focus groups, and constituent surveys were conducted by Lighthouse Counsel on behalf of FACS in 2015. 

Summary recommendations for increased engagement and campaign readiness.

Dates & Links

  • Dec. 18, 2015: FACS Winter Convocation. Check for photos on Flickr!
  • Jan. 28, 2016: Savannah Alumni Reception, 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Jan. 30, 2016: Chilly Dawg 5K, Sandy Creek Park, 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 30, 2016: Bulldog 100 Celebration, Atlanta Marriott Marquis
  • Feb. 1-5, 2016: FHCE Showcase Week
  • Feb. 4, 2016: Financial Planning Banquet, Georgia Center, 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Feb. 20, 2016: FACS Alumni Awards luncheon, Georgia Center, noon
  • Feb. 22-26, 2015: Fashion Week, a FACS TMI department event
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