Dean’s Update 10/13/15

October 13th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


We are excited for the inaugural FACS Week, an entire week of events in the college including the Saturday events to celebrate FACS students, faculty, staff and alumni. The week of Oct. 17-24 will begin with a new tradition – FACS Homecoming Tailgate! Graduates of class years celebrating their 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th reunions will receive special recognition as we network and reminisce before the Missouri Homecoming Game. Throughout the week we will showcase academic excellence, hosting the Georgia Housing Conference, Dogs with the Dean student event, and an Awards Luncheon. In many classes faculty are inviting distinguished alumnae to speak to students. We will have a distinguished panel of alumnae speaking to Women in Leadership.  Finally, we will cap off the week with a Saturday Open House for students, parents and families!

The stories about FACS Week have appeared in UGA Columns newsletter, page 2,, and in "Cybersights" section of Columns as it featured the FACS Week website:

The follow events are listed on the web site and calendar, including who to contact for more information about each event

Saturday, October 17

Homecoming Tailgate, 5:00 – 7:30, approximately two hours prior to game, UGA Bulldogs vs. University of Missouri Tigers, behind Dawson Hall. Drop by! All attendees can purchase tailgate meal tickets in advance or at the event

Monday, October 19

FHCE Seminar – John Ulzheimer, nationally recognized expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. 3:30-5:00, 216 Dawson.

Tuesday, October 20

Tosha Hays (BSFCS’07), founder of Brrr! speaks in TXMI 4900 Product Development class, 9:30am – 10:45am, Barrow Hall 215A

FACS Education Abroad and Study Tour Fair, Student Success and Advising Center, Dawson Hall across from SSAC 11:00am-1:00pm

Dogs with the Dean, students and alumni are invited to enjoy The Varsity hotdogs hosted by the FACS Alumni Association, front porch of Dawson Hall at 12 noon until we run out of dogs!

Stefanie Ellis (BSFCS’03) training and development manager with Stein Mart in TXMI 5910, Internship, Dawson Hall, 5:00pm, Room 110

Dr. Chip Ogburn speaks in FDN 4510, Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle, 3:30-4:30 pm, 110 Dawson

Wednesday, October 21

Georgia Housing Conference and 10 year anniversary of GICH (Georgia Initiative for Community Housing), 8:00 – 4:30, Georgia Center and Athens Housing Tour

Marie Spano, RD, a noted sports nutritionist and freelance writer, FDNS2100 class, 9:05 – 9:55 am, Dawson 110

Dr. Barbara Ingham, Professor & Extension Food Safety Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Food Safety Extension in Digital Age, FDN Seminar, 11:45 – 12:45, Dawson Hall 305

Thursday, October 22

Walk Georgia Lunch and Learn, bring a bagged lunch, 12:30-1:30 pm, 216 Dawson

Women in Leadership Panel featuring Monique Goodman, Controller, Baranco Auto/Mercedes Benz of Buckhead; Jan Hathcote, UGA Registrar; Kathy Daly-Jennings, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer, Havertys Furniture; Belinda Skelton, Radio personality/host, News/Talk WSB,  11:00 – 12:15 pm, Dawson Hall 110. All faculty and students invited to attend.

Friday, October 23

Developing Your Brand with Dr. DeRetta Cole, VP and Human Resources Officer with YMCA of Metro Atlanta, speaks in HDFS 3110 Professional Development class, 9:05 – 10:00 am, 116 Dawson

Celebrating Excellence Awards Luncheon, invitation-only luncheon to recognize talented FACS faculty and staff and our student scholarship recipients as well as our generous donors, noon - 2:00 pm, Tate Student Center Grand Hall (by invitation only)

Georgia Disability History Symposium and 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, including reception at 5:00 pm, Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library

Saturday, October 24

Open House for alumni, students, parents and friends,

Registration 8:30 am, program 9:00-12:15, lunch 12:30 – 1:30 and Campus/Bus tour 1:30 pm

Foods and Nutrition Department Open House, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm


The Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction by faculty members in their early academic careers. The awards were established in 1988 by the Richard B. Russell Foundation to honor Richard B. Russell, a distinguished Georgian and university alumnus who had a love for new knowledge and appreciation of our nation's youth.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your department head before Friday, Oct. 23rd. Information about the application process in on the web site Completed dossier is due in the Provost’s office by Monday, November 23rd.

Past recipients include FHCE Lance Palmer (2088-2009). Three (3) Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are presented each year. Awardees receive a $7,500 cash award from the Richard B. Russell Foundation. The awards will be presented during UGA Honors Week at the Faculty Recognition Banquet.


On September 18, the FACS Experiential Learning Implementation plan was approved by the Experiential Learning Subcommittee and was presented to the University Curriculum Committee on October 9.  

A webpage has been developed ( that highlights all of the opportunities available to undergraduate students to fulfill their experiential learning requirements.  These include:  Education Abroad, Study Tours, Service-Learning, Directed Study, Undergraduate Research, Internships and Practicums.  We strongly encourage faculty, advisors and students to use this online resource in preparation for the launch of this new initiative in Fall 2016. For more information, contact Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean.


The Fall 2015 UGA Research Magazine features “Fast fibers: Ultrathin materials made in a flash,” the magnetospinning method developed by TMI faculty member, Sergiy Minko, Georgia Power Professor of Polymers, Fibers, and Textiles.

Ted Futris, PI, HDFS, and FACS and CAES Extension colleagues along with co-PIs from School of Social Work and College of Education are among a team of UGA faculty members funded with a $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia. The project will focus on creating positive and stable homes through the integration of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability in a 13-county, mostly rural, region in northeast Georgia. The full story is on UGA web site Congratulations, to Ted and his colleagues!

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

  • Tuesday through Thursday, October 13 - 15, National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) Conference and Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), St Louis, MO 
  • The next Dean's Update will be Tuesday, October 27 


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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