Dean’s Update 1/6/15

January 7th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The 38th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Georgia Center. This year’s honoree and award recipients include:

Honor Hall of Recognition Inductee - Dr. Josephine Martin (BSHE ’47)

Distinguished Alumni Award - Dr. Barbara Grossman (MS ‘83; PhD ’89 FDN)

Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award - Dr. Deborah Phillips (BSHE ’85, HE & journalism; MS ’87 consumer economics)

Outstanding Service Award - Dr. Greg Lang (PhD ’90, CFD (now HDFS))

Pacesetter Award - Dr. Emily Tomayko (BSFCS ’05, dietetics)

FACS Appreciation Award - Dr. Clifton A. Baile (awarded posthumously)

Creswell Award - Dr. Patricia Annis, Associate Professor, TMI

Registration will be available online very soon. Watch for future announcements.


The Office of the Vice President for Research reminds faculty to apply for Faculty Research Grants. These grants are meant to provide seed money in support of research and scholarship by faculty. The Faculty Research Grants in the Sciences are designed for early career faculty (assistant professors, assistant research scientists, and instructors).  The Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities and Arts and the Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster Grants fund both junior and senior faculty.

Successful grants start July 1, 2015 (FY2016) pending approval of the annual budget by the UGARF Board.  Please see the OVPR website for the most up-to-date guidelines.

  • Faculty Research Grants in the Sciences – Deadline: The guidelines specify the deadline as the first Tuesday in February, but for the FY2016 program OVPR will accept proposals through Thursday, February 5, 2015.

  • Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities and Arts – Deadline: The guidelines specify the deadline as the first Tuesday in February, but for the FY2016 program the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will accept proposals through Thursday, February 5, 2015.


I am pleased to report CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantships for the college for Spring semester, with new funds coming to us from the Provost additional allocation. Because our college had strong demand, and was successful in fully implementing the program in the fall, we received additional funding for five students who applied for the Assistantship but who we were unable to fund in the fall 2014.

The following students and faculty bring our numbers up to 20 CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantships for the college for the year. Watch for announcement later this spring for next year’s opportunities. Congratulations to:

  • Chasity Choran, Sociology/Com.Studies, to be mentored by Carol Laws, IHDD
  • Jacqueline DiStefano, HDFS, Denise Lewis
  • Laura Eckhardt, Dietetics/Music, FDN, Caree Cotwright
  • Stephanie Kors, HDFS, Assaf Oshri
  • Whitney Okie, Nutrition Science, Rob Pazdro


The Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics will host a week-long series of events Jan. 26-29 designed to engage prospective and current students as well as alumni. The event begins on Jan. 26 with a fun and informal “kickoff” featuring prizes, T-shirts and a photo booth in the Pecan Tree Gallery of the Georgia Center that is open to all UGA students.

Following that event, several FHCE faculty members will host a discussion targeted at freshmen interested in housing and residential property management majors.

A panel discussion on consumer journalism and consumer economics will be held on Tues. Jan. 27, followed by a similar discussion on financial planning on Wed., Jan. 28.

A career and internship fair is scheduled for Jan. 29 from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. in the Tate Center Reception Hall. 

More details are outlined in the news story


The nationally competitive YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund will present a $5,000 scholarship each to 145 winners in New York City on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. We are pleased the first recipient in the college has been named, a TMI student – Samantha Manning from Oglethorpe County. FSF's goal is to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business so the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative individuals. Congratulations Samantha and the faculty of TMI as well as the GA Soft Goods Education Foundation who helped ‘coach’ our first group of 8 students who applied for the Fashion Scholarships!


Two new faculty have joined the college this week. Please welcome:

Laura McKee, PhD joins the Department of Human Development and Family Science as an assistant professor. She comes to us from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. Dr. McKee’s office is located in Room 203 of House D. Her email address is: 

Jared Bybee, formerly at the UGA Fanning Institute, will be an instructor in FHCE starting January 2015.  He will teach FHCE 5310 Managing Nonprofit & Special Community Housing and LEGL 2700 Legal Environment of Business spring semester as well as work on entrepreneurship initiatives for the College. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law. His office is located in Dawson Hall, Room 262. Email address:

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


  • Wed. through Friday, Jan. 7-9, to attend YMA Fashion Scholarship events and other alumni and donor visits, New York City.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, January 20, 2015.


Linda Kirk Fox


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