Dean’s Update 1/4/18

January 4th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


2018 is off to a propitious start as the university and the entire Bulldog Nation celebrates the Rose Bowl victory and anticipates the National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 8 which brings great pride and national visibility to the university and an estimated $100Mil influx of revenue into Atlanta according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

All faculty and staff should have received and read an ARCHNEWS email from Provost Whitten earlier this week to address the questions regarding the potential impact of the game on the academic schedule next week. Please note this message to faculty from the Provost asked faculty “to incorporate flexibility in their class plans for next Monday and Tuesday.”  This does not mean cancel classes but be flexible in planning for those students who have to be at the championship game and those that want to be part of the activities. 

If you have any questions, contact Patti Hunt-Hurst, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Go Dawgs!!


The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical research investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory engaged three of its close academic partners - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA) - to form the Georgia CTSA. This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages to research and patients statewide.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (noon - 7:00 pm) – Presentations of Georgia CTSA services (education, clinical research support, collaboration & coordination, community engagement, evaluation & quality, expert assistance, and pilot grants), focused session on translation services, and evening networking reception

Friday, February 23, 2018 (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) – Clinical and translational science advances within the state of Georgia presented through abstract presenters, poster presentations, a KL2 Panel Discussion, and keynote speakers Nadine Rouphael, MD (Emory), Mark Prausnitz, PhD (Georgia Tech), and Herman A. Taylor, Jr., MD (Morehouse School of Medicine)

Abstracts may be submitted online by Monday, January 8

To attend, registration is only $40

Here is the information on the conference and the link to Registration information:

Please note you’ll need to confirm lodging by the January 23rd deadline.


The official Centennial Kick-off event is only ten days away with Athens Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018. We are choosing this date to kick-off the Centennial year and committing to a Day of Service in Athens and through other sites TBD statewide through FACS Extension Agents.

A planning committee of students, alumni and faculty will provide promotional materials for faculty and SSAC when we return to campus after break. Participants will need to pre-register through Athens MLK Day web site when sites and registration are posted, selecting from 15-18 volunteer sites. We encourage participation in this FREE event to kick-off our celebratory year by giving back to the community. Be sure to look into registering online NOW as several of the sites have limited opportunities and are filling up quickly.

We ask participants to submit photos to #FACS100 enabling us to post 100 Faces of Service.


Watch social media and the FACS website as we are soon to launch the website FACS 100 Centennial – A century of tradition and innovation!

This website will highlight history and milestone events in our past. It will also be the one place throughout 2018 for you to find information about happenings during the year to celebrate our proud past and promising future!

The website will showcase a Century of Memories, providing photos and brief biographical information about the FACS 100 Centennial Honorees and the past recipients of the Honor Hall of Recognition. Oral histories of two deans and key faculty have been recorded thanks to the UGA Russell Library Oral History studio; you can listen or read the transcripts of those recordings. In addition, we are asking you and others to contribute to our reflection about the college through a website feature to collect your story, memories and achievements! Please help spread the word.

During 2018, if you need to create materials, PowerPt slides, print materials, etc., and wish to help share the energy of the Centennial year, please go to the college’s Faculty and Staff Resources website where the Branding, logos and visual identity website provides you access to FACS 100 Centennial Logos. These are all pre-approved by the university, therefore do not deviate or design anything on your own. A Style Guide is also provided for the Centennial celebration. If you have any questions, please contact Cal Powell, FACS Director of Communications, at or (706) 542-3536.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the following individuals who are key to our success.

Patricia (Tricia) White Director of Development,

Alexis Morgan             Director of Alumni Relations,

Cal Powell                   Director of Communications

Casey Gordon            Web Developer, OTIS,

Carol Halstead            Admin. Assistant, External Relations,

Debbie Murray            Assoc. Dean, Extension & Outreach

Patti Hunt-Hurst          Assoc. Dean, Academic Programs,

Camille Kesler             President, FACS Alumni Association

We hope you are gearing up for a fantastic year in FACS!


Currently enrolled undergraduates and graduates students at UGA, Fort Valley State, Georgia Southern University, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are encouraged to interN with Cooperative Extension services. The Student Extension Internships/Experience Fund named in honor of Don Bower, HDFS professor and extension specialist emeritus, accepts applications by the Friday, January 19 deadline. Information is posted to the web site

Please spread the word!


I’m pleased to announce three FACS students were selected for the Legislative Aide Internship Program and began their experience in the Georgia General Assembly yesterday with internship orientation. A program that has a 35 year history in the college, these interns will also help host the FACS Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

The following students are placed with these members of the legislative House or Senate:

Janelle George, Consumer Economics major, FHCE

Senator Bill Cowsert

Lauren Smith, Consumer Economics major, FHCE

Senator Frank Ginn

Jake Conner, Dietetics major, FDN

Representative Spencer Frye


The Office of Research announces the FY2019 cycle for the Junior Faculty Seed Grants in STEM (formerly known as Faculty Research Grants in Science and Engineering)​..These grants are designed to support and encourage the development of a strong program of research or scholarship by early-career tenure-track faculty in the sciences and engineering. Grants are intended to fund pilot research that can be used to leverage extramural research grant opportunities.

​Significant changes to the program have been made; consult the FJSG FAQs page to learn about these changes. Also, consult the Office of Research website for the revised guidelines (

The deadline for proposal submission will be February 28, 2018. ​ ​

​Note that an earlier eligibility pre-certification deadline applies for some applicants who have existing funding at the time of application. Successful grants will start July 1, 2018 (FY2019). 

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

  • Wednesday, January 17, Atlanta, development travel with Tricia White.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018.


Linda Kirk Fox

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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