Dean’s Update 1/24/17

January 24th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Provost Whitten, Dr. Suzanne Barbour, Dean of the Graduate School and Dr. Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction formally announced last week the UGA Double Dawgs Dual Degree Program. To give our students a competitive advantage after graduation while helping lower the overall cost of their education, UGA is launching an ambitious program that will increase the number of opportunities for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe.

The University currently offers more than a dozen dual undergraduate/graduate degree programs, many of which have been in existence for several years. Honors students have long benefited from the ability to pursue dual bachelor’s/graduate degrees. By streamlining the processes for creating additional Double Dawgs programs and making them available to all qualified students, we aim to significantly increase the number of linked undergraduate/graduate degree pathways UGA offers. Details about the implementation of the Double Dawgs program are outlined below.

Implementation Details

  • The Double Dawgs program is based on the Academic Affairs Dual Degree Policy, which allows up to 12 graduate hours to satisfy requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • The Double Dawgs program is a combination of two existing degree programs, one undergraduate and one graduate. (New degree programs must be approved by the Board of Regents before they can be included in any Double Dawgs programs.)
    • The two programs can be within a single department and discipline (e.g., BS Foods and Nutrition / MFCS), or
    • The two programs can be across departments, schools or colleges (e.g., Electrical Engineering BSEE/Business Administration MBA). 
  • The link to the existing programs is here:
  • To qualify as a Double Dawgs program, the two degree programs (one undergraduate, one graduate) must be explicitly identified, and the application and eligibility criteria as well as suitable classes must be clearly stated. Proposals must demonstrate that the integrity of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees is maintained in the linked program.
  • Department Heads can propose Double Dawgs programs through this website.

For full consideration for an effective start date of Fall 2017, proposals must be submitted to the college curriculum committee before Feb. 9 and the UGA Office of Curriculum Systems on or before March 3, 2017. The Office of Curriculum Systems will then oversee and route the proposals through additional approvals.

For more information contact your department graduate coordinator or Assoc. Dean Hunt-Hurst.


A special invitation has been extended again this year to the College by the Georgia Women’s Basketball team. We have been given 150 complimentary tickets to the Lady Dogs home game on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 against University of Kentucky with tip off at 7 p.m. Please join us, faculty, staff and your family! Free tickets are available IN THE DEAN’S OFFICE (along with a voucher for food from the concessions at Stegeman Coliseum during the game). Please see Brocton Funke or Carol Halstead to obtain tickets. These tickets will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. When attending the game, be sure to sign in at the Smith Street concourse area so we can track attendance. The college with the Dean that brings the most guests will be recognized as the winner!

Super-Includer award NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

A reminder the college is seeking nominations for the annual awarding of the Super-Includer Award. This award is given to someone in the college (faculty or staff) who has helped others feel more included in the college.

Anyone in the college can nominate by completing the Nomination Form and submitting a brief paragraph, limit of 200 words, stating how this individual has gone above and beyond their formal duties in making the experiences of others in the college productive and positive. Instructions are listed on the web site and nominations are due Wed. Feb. 15th.

Deadline for most FACS awards is the close of business on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Announcing the UGA New Materials Institute

The Inaugural New Materials Institute Kickoff Summit will be held the morning of February 14, 2017, at the UGA Special Collections Library.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, but you must register to attend!  See attached flyer.

This meeting is meant to introduce faculty from different schools and colleges on campus to our interdisciplinary efforts to create sustainable materials and practices, based on green engineering principles that have the ultimate goal of minimizing waste and protecting human health. The summit will describe several existing efforts targeting large grant opportunities from both federal, industrial, and not-for-profit sources, and we are seeking partners from a variety of different disciplines, ranging from the sciences, to business, to education that can play an important role in these activities.

We encourage anyone interested in research, education, outreach, and sustainability to register for this event. To register, please visit:

Source: Ryan B. Adolphson, Director, Agricultural Technical Assistance Program (AgTAP)
College of Engineering - Public Service and Outreach and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


UGA has launched OneSource project to modernized, integrate, and support data-driven finance and human resources administration. This is a multi-year project that will engage faculty and staff from every college, school, and unit at the University.

To advise the University community of recent activities related to UGA’s OneSource Project, a town hall is planned for February 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Georgia Center’s Mahler Hall.

The town hall also will be available via a live Collaborate web session at UGA’s OneSource Town Hall. The town hall will be archived to the website for later viewing.

All UGA faculty and staff are invited to this town hall.

If you would like to attend the Town Hall, either in person or online, an RSVP is requested, but not required, by visiting: The complete news release can be found at

I encourage participation in the Town Hall by all interested faculty and staff in the college, either in person or online.


The Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (GATFACS) will host the annual conference January 26-28 in Atlanta. Attending will be Michael Rupured, FHCE faculty and assistant to the dean for FACS Education, along with Tanacia Blackwell, FACS Education Advisor, Dr. Patti Hunt-Hurst, and several FACS Education majors in the college.

There are several faculty and FACS Extension Agents who will be provided content and subject matter updates for the conference. Kudos to the following individuals for really stepping up to the call for conference presentations.


  1. Better Brains for Babies, by Diane Bales, HDFS and team.
  2. Canning High Acid Foods, by Rhea Bentley (Muscogee County), Cindee Sweda (Cobb County) and team.

Breakout Sessions

  1. Taste is Everything, or Is It? Sensory Science in the Classroom by FDN faculty and students Ginnifer Cox, Ph.D., R.D. and Dorothy Dupree, Graduate Student and Dietetic Intern
  2. Say Yes to UGA FACS, by Tanacia Blackwell, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Advisor, Student Success and Advising Center
  3. Identity Theft for Teens, by Roxie Booker, Tift County FACS Agent
  4. Financial Literacy for Youth, by Rachel Hubbard, Lanier County FACS Agent
  5. Creative Teaching Techniques, by Leigh Ann Aaron, FACS Agent in Oconee/Morgan Counties and Morgan Langford, FACS Agent in Madison County
  6. What’s Sweet about the New Nutrition Label?, by Alexis Roberts, R.D., FACS Agent in Bartow County
  7. The Science of Pectin Gels and Fruit Spreads, by Marybeth Hornbeck, FACS Agent in Rockdale County
  8. It’s Your Time and You Need it Now!, by Leigh Ann Aaron, FACS Agent in Morgan/Oconee Counties
  9. Four Steps that Save Lives: New Developments in Child Passenger Safety by Don Bower, Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist, HDFS
  10. Go Green, Get Clean Make and Take Workshop, by Keishon Thomas, Bibb County FACS Agent and Kristen Sumpter, Fulton County FACS Agent
  11. Putting Your Best Foot Forward by Melinda Miller, Allie Griner, Kate Whiting, and Kelle Ashley, UGA Extension 4-H/Youth Development Agents
  12. Capturing Students’ Attention with Textiles: A Hands-on Approach, Jeff and Jenni Morgan, UGA TXMI Graduate Students


Posted to the college Polices and Procedures web site is the FACS Guidelines for Approving Leave. This policy document provides information for both exempt and non-exempt employees and expectations to follow the standard UGA attendance and leave policies. Given the number of times there have been questions by both supervisors and employees, it seemed advisable to make the policy statement and reference links easily accessible to all employees in the college. 


I am very happy for Ms. Sherri Stephens who will begin a new job in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction as the Senior Administrative Specialist for the Vice President. Her last day in FACS is Thursday, January 26. We wish her the best, but we are sorry to see her leave us after two years in this role and additional years in the college supporting FHCE Department. She will be missed!!!

Join us in an informal reception to thank Sherri and wish her well in her new job. This drop-in reception will be Thursday, January 26, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in Dawson Hall Rm 216.

The search process for a replacement has begun and the job will be posted in iPaws. These individuals have agreed to serve on the search committee:

                  Patti Hunt-Hurst, Assoc Dean, and Search Chair

                  Laura Kelley, HDFS staff, Staff Council Rep.

                  Jenny Ramsey, Business and Finance Office

                  Melissa McBride, FHCE office manager

                  Victoria Prevatt, Director of Development, External Relations

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, development and alumni relations, Atlanta
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Feb. 7


Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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