Dean’s Update 10/25/16

October 26th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Please promote and plan to attend the 2016 D.W. Brooks Lecture, hosted by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The speaker for this event is Roger Thurow. Mr. Thurow has been a senior fellow on global food and agriculture for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2010. Thurow is widely-recognized for his expertise on agricultural development, speaking around the world about the role agriculture plays in combating hunger and improving nutrition. During his time with the Wall Street Journal, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for a series about famine in Africa that he wrote with colleague Scott Kilman.

Thurow’s latest book and focus of lecture will be 1,000 Days Multimedia Story Telling Project which tells the story of the vital importance of proper nutrition and health care in the 1,000 days window from the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday. The 1,000 days period is the crucial period of development, when malnutrition can have severe life-long impacts on the individual, the family and society as a whole. Nutritional deficiencies that occur during this time are often overlooked, resulting in a hidden hunger.

The 2016 D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards will be held on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Georgia Center's UGA Hotel and Conference Center in Athens, Ga. The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in Mahler Auditorium and is followed by a reception.


I am grateful to everyone who worked so hard to pull together a week of exciting presentations, celebratory events, and dialogue about the excellence of FACS programs and people. FACS Week was very successful. A summary of the week with links to the photo albums are now available on the web

The college leadership seeks opinions from your point of view in terms of what were most effective and positive aspects about the week. We seek feedback and ideas about changes in order to better inform us for planning future annual FACS Week events, publicity, and engagement with alumni and supporters.

Please go to the survey link and provide input into the simple two-part form provided to evaluate FACS Week. Act now while the ideas are fresh in your mind. We will be reviewing input received next week, Monday, November 7th. Please direct students, Ambassadors, alumni, faculty and staff to provide us input via the evaluation form.

Again, thanks for making our 2nd annual FACS Week a huge success!


The two-week benefits open enrollment period is October 31 - November 11, 2016 and UGA Human Resources has posted information so faculty and staff can review their choices prior making benefits decisions for 2017. In addition, you may view a schedule of open enrollment meetings here:

Remember, the official open enrollment period to use the UGA MyBenefits system to enroll or make changes is October 31-November 11, but you may now review your benefits choices for 2017 by visiting the HR home page ( and selecting “2016 benefits open enrollment” under the HR NEWS heading.

If you need assistance in making the best choices for you and your family or have any questions about open enrollment, please contact HR at or 706-542-2222.


Early in-person advance voting at Tate Student Center (Room 137) on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

- Must be registered in Athens-Clarke County to vote at Tate

- Must provide valid photo ID when voting (i.e. driver’s license)


Your support for the 2017 Campaign for Charities is appreciated. UGA is target to meeting the goal of raising $400,000 in donations and achieving a 15% participation rate.

Encourage your team to use this link and click on “Search for Participating Charities” to obtain the codes for each organization. We want to be sure everyone is able to identify their chosen recipient accurately.  

Thank you for your support for the Campaign for Charities, Victor Wilson, Vice President, Student Affairs and 2017 Campaign for Charities Honorary Chair.

REMINDER – College Assembly, Wednesday, October 26, 3:30 pm in Dawson Room 110

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

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 and 9, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national leadership design team meeting, Chevy Chase, MD
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


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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