Dean’s Update 11/10/15

November 10th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The Faculty Advisory Committee incorporated input gathered since last April when the draft plan was shared with all of you at the College Assembly. The final version of Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action  is posted to the Diversity web page The week of January 25 – 30, 2016 we will “launch” the plan. Come to the FACS College Assembly on Thursday, November 19, 3:00-4:30 pm, Dawson room 116 for more details.

In the final version of the Plan, five (5) themes are identified around which the college will act through implementation strategies:

  1. Recruit and Retain Diverse Students: Raise awareness and effectively support, recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students
  2. Infuse Diversity and Inclusion into the Curriculum and Academic Activities: Enhance current and expand new curricula and student diversity experiences
  3. Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty and Staff: Raise awareness and support, recruit and retain faculty and staff; make policy and structural changes in the college; and develop partnerships between the college and other UGA diversity resources
  4. Enhance Community and Educational Outreach: Create training and enhance educational outreach opportunities that reflect the college’s values
  5. Increase Visibility and Communication of Inclusion: Increase internal and external communications of our commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion


You are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete a survey The Count Me In survey, a research study of learning, living, and working at the University of Georgia. Please share your thoughts through this survey and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Be assured: All of your responses will remain confidential, and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual. Your participation in this project is voluntary. This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Georgia Institutional Review Board.


Fall College Assembly will be held on Thursday, November 19, 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Room 116 Dawson Hall. Please put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend.

We will provide an update on the Graduate Studies Strategic Plan and welcome a guest speaker, Dr. Lisa Sperling, Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives of the UGA Graduate School. Members of the Faculty Advisory Committee will share plans for the January launch of the college’s Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action. Other news on instructional innovation including Experiential Learning Initiative of the university, and commitment to deepen our sponsored research and graduate education will be shared.


The two-week benefits open enrollment period is now through Friday, November 13, 2015, and UGA Human Resources has posted information so faculty and staff can review their choices prior making benefits decisions for 2016. 


Dear FACS Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students:

Did you know that 1 in 3 children in Clarke County are food insecure? The Hunger Bowl ends this Friday, November 13th and so far, we have received very few donations. Let’s do our part in helping those in need this holiday season!!  Click here for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s list of most needed food items.  Please be sure to check the expiration date on donated food items.

Food donation locations are:

  • Dean’s Office
  • Foods and Nutrition Office
  • Student Success and Advising Center
  • Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Office
  • Human Development and Family Science Office
  • Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics Office
  • Main lobby of Barrow Hall near Room 200
  • Hoke Smith Annex, Room 229

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please see your departmental representative:

Dean’s Office and Student Success and Advising Center:  Broc Funke

FDN:  FDN Office Staff

FHCE:  Justin Miller

HDFS:  Stephanie Martin

TMI:  Diane Kesler

Extension: Paula Moon

Contact Brocton Funke if you have any questions.


Twenty-four FACS Extension agents, specialists and administrators attended the 2015 National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia last week, Nov. 2 - 6.  We would like to congratulate the following Georgia Extension award winners!

Distinguished Service Awards: Helen Carter, Pike County

Continued Excellence Awards: Terri Black, Burke County and Rachel Hubbard, Lanier County

Other National awards were:

First Place Awards

Program Awards

Environmental Education: Christa Campbell, Elbert County, and Team

School Wellness, Terri Black, Burke County, and Team

Marketing Package: Joan Koonce, FHCE State Specialist, and Team

Extension Housing Outreach: Keishon Thomas and Team

Second Place Awards

Program Awards

Early Childhood Childcare Training: Lisa Jordan, Chatham County, and Team

Communications Awards

Educational Technology: Keishon Thomas, Bibb County, and Team

TV/Video: Christa Campbell, Elbert County, and Team

Third Place Awards

Public Relations Awards

Marketing Package: Pamela Turner, FHCE State Specialist, and Team

Professional Development Awards

Florence Hall Award: Joan Koonce, FHCE State Specialist, and Team

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

  • Saturday through Tuesday, Nov. 14-17, Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Board on Human Sciences (BOHS), Indianapolis, IN.
  • Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 23 – 25, annual leave.
  • The next Dean's Update will be Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Linda Kirk Fox

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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