Dean’s Update 10/7/14

October 7th, 2014 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


We want to take a moment to remind you of the annual "Dogs with the Dean" event today, Tuesday, October 7th at 12 noon. “Dogs with the Dean” is free lunch from The Varsity hot dogs, chips and beverages served by the FACS Alumni Board on the front porch of Dawson Hall. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to support our FACS students in Dawson Hall. This event continues to be very popular with our students, faculty, and staff.


Thanks to generous donors, the college continues to have funds to support graduate student travel funding for fall semester. We recently reviewed applications from 32 Ph.D. students who requested travel support for seven different conferences and professional opportunities. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the nearly $19,200 it would have taken to cover all of the requests, however we were able to allocate more than $7,400 from these five funds to 32 graduate students:

  • Lynda Walters Support Fund
  • Inez Tumlin Graduate Student Fund
  • Evelyn Harris Academic Support Fund
  • Mary Creswell Research Fund
  • Eleonora Costa Graduate Support Fund


The William A. & Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at UGA will present the Fall 2014 Grantsmanship Series - a series of introductory seminars open to all UGA faculty. Presented by Dr. Steve Kogan – HDFS Associate Professor and the Center for Family Research.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Proposal Planning Process:

Developing a winning concept In this seminar we will discuss how to develop a fundable research concept and how to organize your thinking in the research strategy section of the application. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Persuasive Proposals: Writing For Impact This seminar will focus on creating compelling and persuasive narratives that help the reader really understand what you propose to do and why it is important. We also will discuss how to write in ways that keep readers from having negative responses to your application. 

Seminars will be held at the GA Center for Continuing Education, Classroom “J”

12:30PM – 2:30PM. Research scientists and postdocs are welcome. Contact for more information: Jennifer Shaikun or Steve Kogan Please RSVP to


Awards for faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students are listed on this web site Most deadlines are in November.


The 2015 Campaign for Charities kickoff will be held Thursday, Oct. 9. Honorary Chair and Dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Charles Davis presents the kickoff with a theme of “Look Froward and Give Back.” This year the Campaign Chair urges participation. Return your pledge form, whether you contribute or not.

You can make your contribution using the form you receive in your packet from your departmental Captain, or you can make your donation online. If you make your donation online, you do not need to return the paper form. The online contribution system can be found at: The campaign for UGA ends in December, date TBA.

The FACS Campaign Captains are:

  • Human Development and Family Science – Emilie Smith
  • Center for Family Research – Gene Brody
  • Dean’s Administrative Unit – Broc Funke
  • Foods and Nutrition – Lynn Bailey
  • Housing and Consumer Economics – Sheri Worthy
  • Institute on Human Development & Disability – Zo Stoneman
  • Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors – Patricia Hunt-Hurst


The National Health Outreach Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2015 National Health Outreach Conference Promoting Connections to Create Healthy Individuals, Families and Communities to be held May 6-8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Who's invited: We are soliciting presentations from a wide variety of professionals doing work that fosters health and wellness for individuals, families and communities.  Those professionals may include, but are not limited to: university faculty in medical and other academic institutions; public health professionals; local, state and federal agency partners; practitioners in the health care industry; students and Cooperative Extension professionals. When: May 6-8, 2015. Where: The Crowne Plaza, Ravina, Atlanta, GA

Conference goal: Build a collaborative approach with organizations and agencies to achieve a healthier and safer America by promoting health and wellness, advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

Interested individuals may submit proposals for four different types of presentations:

  1. Workshop - Sixty-minute interactive capacity-building workshop. Participants learn how to utilize a new approach, program, curriculum, or method.
  2. Seminar  - Sixty-minute session designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of a phenomenon, concept, or issue.
  3. Research/Evaluation Report – Thirty-minute presentation of a scholarly paper that shares results of community assessments, applied research, programmatic interventions, or campus-community partnerships.
  4. Poster - Information about a program, project, or resource displayed and hosted by the presenter during a reception

Submitted proposals will undergo a double-blind, peer-refereed process leading to the selection of the highest quality presentations possible. Reviewers will use the following criteria in reviewing the proposals. Proposal Submission Deadline: October 1 - October 31, 2014. Individuals will be notified of status of proposal by February 1, 2015.

For more information, visit the National Health Outreach Conference website or the Call for Proposal website  or:

Contact: Dr. Janet Valente, University of Georgia, Email:, Phone: 706-583-0343 Fax: 706-583-0982


As you probably know, the Board of Agriculture Assembly Policy Board of Directors, working together with the Board on Human Sciences, took action in July to establish an integrated Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People Steering Committee. This action follows the initial work of the ECOP Task Force on Health, the recommendations for the Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness, and a robust, integrated work session at the joint COPS meeting in July. The purpose of the steering committee will be to develop a broad-based initiative for which funding will be sought in the federal Fiscal Year 2017.

Extension representatives named to the steering committee are Celvia Stovall, ECOP member and Extension Associate Director, Alabama A&M University, and Rick Klemme, ECOP Budget and Legislative Committee chair and University of Wisconsin Extension Director. Board on Human Sciences representatives named to the steering committee are Linda Kirk Fox, BOHS member and dean, University of Georgia, and Christine Ladish, dean, Purdue University.


As we are going through the process of creating the College Diversity Plan, we have the opportunity offered by the Office of Institutional Diversity to register in 4 new courses or participate in obtaining the Diversity Certificate. Courses for this term include:

  • Beyond the Numbers, Oct 13, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at T&D
  • NDAH, Oct 28, 9:00 – 11:00 am at T&D
  • Engaging Diverse Students (NEW), October 28, 9:00 - 12:00 noon Location (TBD) not at T&D
  • Inter-Generational Diversity, Nov 5, 2:00 – 5:00 pm at T&D
  • NDAH, Nov 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at T&D
  • Diversity 102:  Micro-aggressions, (New) Nov 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at T&D
  • Diversity through Dance (NEW), November 10, 9:00am – 12:00 noon Location (TBD) not at T&D
  • ¡A sus órdenes!  Foreign Languages serving the Global Community (New), Dec 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at T&D
  • Disability/Supporting Varied Abilities, Dec 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at Rivers Crossing (not T&D)

Two upcoming OID events that may be of interest to you. Our Dialogues in Diversity Lunch Series continues on Friday, October 17th at 12:00 pm (Tate Center Rm 481).  This discussion has been titled: When Making a Difference Makes No Difference: Race, Teaching, and Learning Historically Considered. Dr. Ronald Butchart, Aderhold Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, College of Education.

Participation is limited to only 40 seats so please make sure to rsvp to if you are interested in participating.

Nominations are being sought for the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, which recognizes individuals in the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County community who have worked to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality and justice a reality. Nominations are due by Oct. 31, 2014. Recipients of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award are recognized at the annual MLK Freedom Breakfast, which will be held January 23, 2015 at UGA. The breakfast, which is sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, commemorates King’s life and legacy. Tickets for the breakfast will be available October 1 – November 21, 2014.

The President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award highlights the work of local community members and UGA faculty, staff and students who have made significant contributions to social justice, race relations, justice or human rights. Award winners demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and civic engagement in addressing critical community issues; utilize King’s philosophy to reduce tensions, resolve conflict and foster goodwill; and apply King’s teachings to build bridges of understanding and unity. Printed nominations can be sent to: University of Georgia Office of Institutional Diversity c/o Awards Selection Committee, 210 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, Athens, GA 30602


The UGA Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides several programs centered on transforming teaching at UGA such as the midterm evaluations. The CTL offers mid-semester formative evaluations (MSFE) to those who teach courses at the University of Georgia. The purpose of a MSFE is to provide structured feedback to instructors from their students regarding the functioning of the class and the quality of student learning at around the mid-point in the semester.  The process is anonymous for the students and is confidential for the instructor. While a MSFE can be performed at any point during the semester, it is recommended that at least four weeks have passed.  Depending on the size of your class, one or more faculty members from the CTL's MSFE team will come to your class and interact with your students.  The MSFE process typically takes 25 to 30 minutes of class time to complete, and we find that the last 25 to 30 minutes of class is the ideal time to perform the evaluation.

Several opportunities are offered to faculty, at the core of these services is the CTL’s desire to aid faculty as they seek to improve students’ academic success through engagement and deeper learning. Please visit their webpage to get information about the different instructional innovations possibilities or contact Silvia Giraudo, Assoc. Dean, for more information.


Last month, FACS was well represented at the second annual SEC Academic Symposium in which the topic for 2014 was Prevention of Obesity. There were approximately 400 registrants, of whom 50 were from UGA (14%) and about 20 were from FCS (40% of UGA). Ten graduate students, of whom 5 are from FDN:

Alison C. Berg, MS, RD, doctoral student, 1st author poster

Paige Berger, BS, RD, doctoral student, 1st author poster

Natalie Hohos, BS, doctoral student, poster award finalist for graduate students

Joseph Kindler, BS, doctoral student, 1st author poster

Sara Pritschet, BS, RD, master’s student, 1st author poster

First place Post-Doctoral Scholars award was presented to:

Colette Miller, FCS-FDN, for her research and presentation entitled “Efficacy of a Dietary Phytochemical Blend on Preventing Lipid-Induced Hepatoxicity”.

FACS undergraduates who attended:

Claudette Bailey, dietetics major, UGA’s undergraduate representative

Laura Eckhardt, dietetics major

Faculty highlights:

Caree Cotwright, 1st author poster

Dorothy Hausman, 1st author poster

Debbie Murray, Session Speaker

Leann Birch, Session Moderator

Mary Ann Johnson, Breakout Session Leader, UGA Representative

The 2015 SEC Symposium will focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation! Watch for announcements of dates and call for proposals.


Brenda Cude, Professor, FHCE, was appointed by the U.S. Treasury Department to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. She is one of two consumer advocates on the committee; the other 19 members are state regulators, insurance executives and an insurance professor. Congratulations, Brenda!!


Congratulations to Ivy Odum, FACS student majoring in Consumer Journalism and Blue Key Honor Society member. Last Friday night she was pleasantly surprised to be presented the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and service. In memory of Tucker Dorsey, the Georgia Chapter of Blue Key annually has awarded scholarships to students who service, leadership, dedication and ideals reflect those of Tucker Dorsey, founder of the Blue Key Awards Banquet.


Three undergraduate students are working for Cal Powell, our Director of Communications in the Dean’s Office this semester.

Loni Gibson is a senior earning a dual degree in Digital and Broadcast Journalism and Consumer Journalism. She is a graduate of Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Ga.  Loni is involved in several organizations including the Student Alumni Council, Georgia Daze and the National Association of Black Journalists. Loni is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She aspires to be a sideline reporter upon graduation.

Two Consumer Journalism students, Ashley Tucker and Marina Wilson, are taking a directed study course under Cal’s leadership this semester and have been diligently writing stories for the FACS website. Marina Wilson is a senior Consumer Journalism major from Slidell, La. A member of Delta Gamma and The Episcopal Center at UGA. Marina also is a former member of the UGA Flagline. She plans to pursue a career in Public Relations and Communications for non-profits.

Ashley Tucker is a senior majoring in Consumer Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising/Public Relations and a minor in Consumer Economics. She is a graduate of Holy Innocents in Atlanta. Ashley is involved in TEDxUGA as promotions director and is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

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

  • Friday through Monday, Oct 10 – 13; Columbia, MO to visit University of Missouri Dean Stephen Jorgensen, Nancy Schultz, and others in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.
  • Tuesday through Thursday, Oct 14 – 16; Lexington, KY to attend the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Meeting
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, October 21, 2014.


Linda Kirk Fox


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