Dean’s Update 10/21/14

October 21st, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda


Fall College Assembly will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 3:30 pm, Room 110 Dawson Hall. Please put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend. We will welcome new employees to the college, share budgetary news, update faculty and staff on instructional innovation including Experiential Learning Initiative of the university, and commitment to deepen our sponsored research and graduate education.


To recognize excellence in research and mentoring undergraduates in research, two new awards were recently approved by the FACS Faculty Advisory Committee with input from the Department Heads:

  1. Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award
  2. Early Career Faculty Research Award.

Both of these awards as well as all the other College awards can be found at:

Due date for all College awards is Tuesday, January 20, 2015


What a wonderful time we had celebrating students and donors on Friday evening at the UGA Special Collections Library. Many of you were able to join us for this special event and for those who were not able to attend, I assure you that it was a memorable and heartfelt evening! I hope that you’ll take a few minutes to look through some photos from the evening

Also, I know you’ll enjoy this video of the Elliott Family – sharing the inspiration behind their generous gift

This year at Donor and Scholar Reception we recognized 107 gifts or awards to support our students. They received scholarships or cash awards for study abroad from 40 scholarships and 12 study abroad award funds. This year we also recognized five new funds in FACS and first time recipients:

  • Logan Upshaw Bentley Memorial Scholarship
  • Dean's Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Julia Ann Simpson Elliott Scholarship
  • Whitlock Family Scholarship
  • Betty Carico Williams International Study Award


Please attend and encourage others to participate in the focus groups on diversity and inclusion in the college. 

Each Wednesday as follows are the scheduled groups and locations:

Oct. 22: Staff, room 216, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: Graduate students, room 216, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Nov. 5: Undergraduates, room 310, 11 a.m.-Noon

Nov. 12: Faculty, room 310, 11 a.m.-Noon

Nov. 19: Staff, room 216, 9:30-10:30 a.m.


Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and NSF, require that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, UGA is offering two workshops on creating such plans.

These workshops will guide participants in writing effective data management and data sharing plans for research and training proposals. The session will include a brief introduction on what is required to write a data management plan, a demo of the DMPTool followed by hands-on use of the tool, and feedback on content for data management plans.

Workshop is led by Sherry Lake, Senior Data Consultant in the Data Management Consulting Group (DMConsult), a unit of Research Data Services, at the University of Virginia Library.

Workshop goals:

  • Learn about available resources online
  • Plan the needs and expenses of data sharing and management
    into your proposal
  • Bring your laptop (charged) to get started right away!

North Campus:   9-11 am, Miller Learning Center, Rm 348

South Campus: 1-3 pm, Coverdell Building, Rm 175

Registration is required and space is limited. Click to Register.


UGA benefits open enrollment to launch Monday, October 27 and continue through Friday, November 14.

Remember, per the University System of Georgia, all health-insured USG employees must confirm their tobacco use and the tobacco use of any health insurance-covered dependents. Those who do not confirm their status will be classified as tobacco users and have a $75 non-refundable monthly surcharge on their paycheck effective January 1.  UGA employees can confirm tobacco use in MyBenefits@UGA, our online benefits enrollment system, starting October 27.

Additional information may be found using the links below. More information will be posted on the HR web site next week. Open Enrollment Informational Session dates (Sessions start Monday, October 20)

Benefits Newsletter and Summary:

Plan Comparison Guide:

Note: All changes and declarations to employee benefits must be completed during the open enrollment period: October 27 through November 14.


The FACS Legislative Aide program is an opportunity for students to experience policy making first hand by interning with one of Georgia’s influential political leaders in the House, Senate, and Women’s Caucus at the Capitol in Atlanta during spring semester.  The students are supported by funds from two endowments in the college, the Mize-Ritchie Endowment for Legislative Aides and the Ellard Legislative Aide Program. We pay the students a $2,500 stipend from those funds and we sponsor "FACS Day at the Capitol."

For more information check out Applications are due Friday, November 7. Contact Andy Davis in Student Success and Advising Center for more information. 


Lance Palmer, Associate Professor FHCE, will be inducted in the University of Georgia Teaching Academy on Monday, October 27. Founded in 1999, the Teaching Academy is a faculty-initiated and faculty-driven organization that is dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching and learning. The goals of the Academy are to promote faculty leadership in teaching and learning, advocate for effective educational environments, and foster a community of scholars. Membership in the Academy is by invitation. Congratulations Lance!!


I am pleased to share with you that Elizabeth (Libby) Carter will begin Monday, Nov. 17 in the college in the position of Development Coordinator. She is currently serving as the Development Research Coordinator in the office of University Advancement at the Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville. Libby has strong experience conducting prospect research and managing portfolio of donors in the online database similar to GAIL. She specialized in marketing and event planning and will be a great asset to the External Relations team.  She has both BS and MS degrees from UGA. She is familiar with UGA, UGA 4-H and Extension programs and her service on committees for development and finance for those entities. Her office will be in the Dean’s Unit, Dawson 224.

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

  • Tuesday, Oct 21: FACS Alumni Event in Macon, GA
  • Wednesday, Oct 22: travel to Albany, GA and donor visits
  • Thursday, Oct 23: travel to Thomasville, GA
  • Nov 1-4: Attending Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • Nov 5-7: serve on External Review Team at Iowa State University, College of Human Sciences
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


Linda Kirk Fox


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