Dean’s Update 11/14/18

November 14th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Reminder, the Sweaney Innovation Fund Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018. Instructions can be found on the web site The fund will provide funds to support faculty and students current projects and programs, as well as new programs that are created to meet emerging needs. Upon her retirement in December 2012, an endowment was established to honor Anne L. Sweaney’s more than 30 years of service to the college and UGA.


Cognella CEO and founder Bassim Hamadeh presented Dr. Melissa Landers-Potts, Dr. Bill Anderson, and Dr. Raeann R. Hamon with Cognella Innovation in Teaching Awards for Family Science at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference. The awards were created in partnership with the NCFR to recognize outstanding teachers in the Family Science discipline, educators who go above and beyond to introduce cutting-edge teaching practices that engage their students and advance the discipline. Dr. Landers-Potts received the first-place honor and a $1,000 cash prize. Read the full story with photos here

HDFS RECOGNIZED FOR Military and Veteran Family Research

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI) will present the 2017 and 2018 Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families award on Nov. 13. Eight prominent scholars reviewed over 700 articles from each year. Multiple rounds of review yielded the winning articles.

The 2018 selection, How family structures and processes interrelate: The case of adolescent mental health and academic success in military families, appeared in the April 2017 issue of Journal of Family Issues.

The 2018 award recipients include:

• Amy Laura Arnold Ph.D. CFLE, ICF

• Mallory Lucier-Greer, Ph.D., Auburn University

Jay Mancini, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens

James Ford, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens

K.A.S. Wickrama, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens

MFRI established the award in 2015 to recognize the best research on military-connected families. It is awarded to authors of research that combines exceptional rigor with important insights about military and veteran families. Nominations for this award are neither solicited nor accepted. Instead, a panel of top scholars reviews all the published research during the year and then determines the recipient.


Bulldog 100 celebrates the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni each year. The Class of 2019 has been announced. The official press release and all honorees can be viewed here: Bulldog 100 class of 2019

FACS has 7 honorees this year. Please see names of FACS alumni and year of graduation, degrees, and their business listed below in alphabetical order. Final rankings will be announced January 26, 2019, during the 10th Anniversary Bulldog 100 Celebration.

  • Charlotte Lucas (BSFCS ’05) – furnishings and interiors

Charlotte Lucas Interior Design

  • Cartter Fontaine (BSFCS ’10, MA ’12) – consumer economics

  • Edward Heath Milligan (BSFCS ’05) – consumer economics

Macallan Real Estate LLC

  • Margaret Long (BSFCS ’03) – furnishings and interiors

Margaret Long Designs Inc.

  • Mary Claire Thompson (BSHE ’82) – Consumer economics and home management

Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Inc.

  • Daniel Stewart (BSFCS ’05) -  Housing

Wier Stewart LLC

  • Alan Moore (BSFCS ’09, MS ’12) – Consumer Economics / Housing and Consumer Economics

XY Planning Network


Using the current UGA Employee Self-Service website, please make sure to audit your sick and annual leave balances and submit any adjustments no later than Monday, December 3rd to your department leave representative.

Monthly/Academic = Submit any planned leave for November and December no later than Monday, December 3rd.

Biweekly Salaried = Submit any planned leave for November and December 1st to 15th in Kronos.

UGA is retiring the current eLeave system on December 15th and converting leave balances to this new system.  If your balance is incorrect, we will not have a mechanism to correct until late January.  This could impact your plans for taking leave.  Bi-weekly staff will continue to enter leave in Kronos up to December 15th.  After December 15th, your leave will be entered into OneUSG Connect.

In December 2018, UGA faculty and staff will notice changes to several employee processes, including accessing pay stubs, requesting leave, approving time and more. This guide includes information to help faculty and staff navigate these changes.

As faculty or staff, you will access most of your information through the OneUSG Connect Employee Self-Service page

Several Go-Live Checklists are available on the OneSource web site

  • Faculty
  • Staff-Monthly
  • Staff-Biweekly with Benefits
  • Staff-Biweekly Without Benefits
  • Staff-Biweekly Time Entry Checklist


An Administrative Memo sent earlier this week contained a reminder that, in accordance with the University of Georgia’s official calendar, all UGA campuses and operations will be open for business on New Year’s Eve—Monday, December 31, 2018. While Vice Presidents and Deans have the responsibility to ensure that operations under their purview are open on this date, they also have the discretion to determine appropriate levels of staffing in their various units.

Staff who wish to be on leave on December 31 will need to use approved annual or other accrued leave time. Under no circumstances should an office be declared closed and staff be required or otherwise compelled to use annual leave on this or any other date.

The decision to be open on December 31, 2018 was made by the University Cabinet several years ago. By observing Christmas Eve as a holiday in 2018 instead of New Year’s Eve, UGA employees receive more consecutive days off.

If you have any questions about the content of this message, please contact Sige Burden in UGA Human Resources at 706-542-2621.

In addition, and as detailed in recent communications, since Monday, December 31, 2018 will be the last business day of the month in December, it also will be the pay date for academic faculty and staff. Please make sure your faculty and staff are aware of this change for December payment, which will be the norm going forward as the University implements the USG’s OneUSG Connect payroll and human resources system on December 16, 2018.


  • Have a very Happy Thanksgiving with friends and families!
  • Next Dean’s Update the week of Nov. 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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