College announces 2019 Alumni Awards recipients

January 10th, 2019 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal
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The College of Family and Consumer Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of the FACS Alumni Association Awards.

Recipients will be recognized at the 41st annual FACS Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on March 2 at the Georgia Center.

Carolyn Berdanier, professor emerita and former head of the department of foods and nutrition, will be inducted into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition for her lifetime of contributions to the field.

A prolific researcher investigating nutrient-gene interactions in diabetes, Berdanier published more than 200 research articles, reviews and book chapters and has been a generous supporter of undergraduate researchers within the college.

She joins just 28 others in the Honor Hall, which was established in 1980 to recognize those who have made highly significant contributions in the field of family and consumer sciences; who have impeccable character and commitment and who have provided outstanding leadership.

Along with Berdanier, the college will recognize the following recipients:

Brenda Cude, Creswell Award: Cude is a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences in the department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics and has served as the department’s undergraduate coordinator since 2006. Cude, who was named a FACS 100 Centennial Honoree in 2018, earned a Ph.D. in consumer economics from Purdue University. Named for the first dean of the college, the award recognizes a current or retired faculty or staff member who has provided leadership in motivating and guiding students.

Tammy Gilland (BSHE ’88), Distinguished Alumni Award: Gilland serves as Executive Director of Philanthropy for Piedmont Athens Regional. She previously spent more than two decades at UGA in development and alumni relations. A FACS 100 Centennial Honoree in 2018, Gilland also has been recognized extensively for her community involvement, including receiving the Athena Award from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a FACS graduate for making life-long contributions that sustain the beliefs and values of family and consumer sciences.

Mitch Hardeman (BSFCS ’93), Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award: Hardeman is owner of Hardeman-Hobson Waste Services and the residential construction company Hardeman Enterprises. He has served on the FACS Alumni Association Board, including a term as president in 2013-14, and is a frequent guest lecturer in the college in the area of residential property management. The award, named for one of our former deans, recognizes a FACS graduate for attaining substantial achievements and is in the midpoint of her/his career.

Heather McElroy (BSFCS ’03), Outstanding Service Award: McElroy, a 2003 FACS grad in consumer economics, has worked in the real estate field since 2002. She is an active member of the Athens community, having served as a member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens, Athens Area Homeless Shelter and Athens Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, among others. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes a FACS graduate for continued involvement in his/her community, faith community, helping organizations, the college or the Alumni Association.

Ivy Odom (BSFCS ’15, AB ’15), Pacesetter Award: Odom is a test kitchen assistant with Time Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham, Ala., hosting instructional cooking videos and styling digital food content for several Meredith Corporation food and lifestyle brands and hosting the Southern Living video series, “Hey, Y’all.” In addition to a BSFCS in consumer journalism, Odom has a degree in Spanish from UGA and was valedictorian of her class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md. The award recognizes an individual who graduated from the college within the past 10 years and who has attained substantial achievements early in his/her career.  

Linsey Shockley (BSFCS ’11)/Traci Bryant (BSFCS ’10), FACS Appreciation Award: In recognition of their respective agencies’ support of FACS Education, FACS grads Shockley and Bryant are recipients of the FACS Appreciation Award. Shockley is the Family and Consumer Sciences program manager with the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education division of the Georgia Department of Education. Bryant serves as executive director for Georgia Family, Community and Career Leaders of America. The FACS Appreciation Award is given to an individual, collaborator, company or agency for contributing significantly to FACS either financially, programmatically or legislatively.

“We are thrilled to recognize so many of our talented alumni, faculty and individuals who support the success of the college from diverse fields,” Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “From research to teaching to entrepreneurship, service and innovation, all of the recipients embody the FACS commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities. We are proud to recognize all of them as great ambassadors for our college.”

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