Dean’s Update 11/4/14

November 4th, 2014 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The following announcement was sent to national Cooperative Extension and Experiment Station Directors and Administrators about the opportunity for nominations and selection of individuals across the country to implement Extension’s national framework for health. Complementary to the Board on Ag Assembly (BAA) and Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People initiative, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), in collaboration with Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP), is developing an implementation process on specific action areas related to human health and wellness. While the BAA-BoHS effort focuses on the integration of nutrition, health, environment, and agriculture systems, the ECOP/ESCOP action teams outlined below align with the other five priority areas identified in the ECOP Health Task Force Report

Nominations are being sought for researchers, faculty and field educators, and director’s/administrators for each of five (5) priority action teams. The responsibilities of the action teams over a three-year period will be to select and invite additional external partners, identify and develop systematic programs and curriculum, engage colleagues in professional development, and initiate system wide program impact evaluation. The action teams are:

  1. Health Literacy - Defined as the ability to obtain, understand, and act on health information and services.  
  2. Health Insurance Literacy - Refers to the degree to which individuals have the knowledge, ability, and confidence to find and evaluate information about health plans, select the best plan for their circumstances, and use the plan once enrolled. 
  3. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management - The goals are to prevent disease occurrence, delay the onset of disease and disability, lessen the severity of disease, and improve the health-related quality and duration of an individual’s life. 
  4. Positive Youth Development for Health – Organizations utilize positive youth development strategies that are focused on helping young people experience thriving trajectories and achieve key developmental outcomes. 
  5. Health Policy Issues Education – Improving population health will require collective resolve and action to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health. 

Nomination Process

  1. Identify individual(s) for nomination for each of the five priority work teams based on the above descriptions of work.  Criteria for nominations should  include:
    • current research/programmatic expertise in the area,
    • time availability and commitment for the next 3 years as part of ongoing responsibilities and operating expenses,
    • expressed interest in the topic at a national systems level,
    • commitment to attend the National Health Outreach Conference May 6-8, 2015 Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta GA

  1. Directors/Administrators submit a maximum one-page nomination letter addressing the above criteria, along with the nominee’s contact information (phone, email, surface mail address), and send electronically to Sandy Ruble Deadline for submission is COB (5:00 p.m. ET), Friday, November 28, 2014.

  1. Nominations reviewed by ECOP and ESCOP members of the BAA/BoHS Healthy Food Systems, Healthy People Steering Committee and representatives from the ECOP Health Task Force. Teams members notified by early January 2015. 

Please contact Debbie Murray to express your interest.


Congratulations to the following FACS students who were selected to serve on the Georgia United Credit Union Student Advisory Board:

-Briana A. Evans, HDFS

-Analee M. Phang – HDFS

-Alayna Kemp – FHCE

The Student Advisory Board will work with Georgia United Credit Union executive leadership through a combination of in‐person and virtual meetings. The SAB will be comprised of students from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The SAB term will run September 2014 through April 2015. Their responsibilities on the board includes:

  1. Create educational tools/resources and conduct research about the entire student loan process geared towards high school students and their parents, as well as college students getting ready to leave school.
    • Student Loans in the U.S. (research and Statistics, the rising cost of school and student loan debt)
    • Preparing for College (application process, types of loans, scholarships, payout, budgeting)
    • Preparing to leave College (options to pay back loans, help with budgeting, understanding your credit)
  2. Attend two meetings at the Corporate Office in Duluth, GA. and virtual meetings as determined by project scope.


Earlier this semester the College put forth several student nominations for Leadership UGA.  The following FACS students have been selected to participate. 

Congratulations to:

-Catherine “Clair” McClure, TXMI doctoral student

-Megan Williamson, HDFS 4th year undergraduate

-Tiffani Poole, HDFS 4th year undergraduate

Leadership UGA was established in 1985. The purpose of this program is to recognize outstanding leaders on campus, provide them a unique opportunity to interact with each other and prominent leaders, and to become more aware of the social issues facing our campus, community, state, nation, and world. Leadership UGA aims to equip UGA students with the skills and knowledge needed to be active citizens, ethical leaders, and inclusive individuals committed to creating positive social change. A full description of the program is available here - 


Several faculty and graduate students were presenters in Atlanta Oct. 18-21 at the national meeting of Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Congratulations to all from UGA who participated!

Educational sessions:

Mary Ann Johnson, PhD, Alison Berg, MS Gain by Losing: Obesity in Older Adults

Jung Sun Lee, PhD, Living in Food Deserts was Associated with Food Insecurity in a Statewide Sample of Older Adults in Need of Aging and Food Assistance Programs in Georgia

Elizabeth Andress, PhD, Home Food Preservation: Research and Education    

Poster Presentations:

Whitney Bignell, MS, Joan Fischer, PhD, Impact of Online Collaborative Case-Based Learning About Pediatric Obesity Management on Students’ Intent to Apply Knowledge in Practice

Elizabeth Ripberger, Ruthann Swanson, PhD, Barbara Grossman, PhD, Validity and Reliability of a Questionnaire Assessing Current Cooking Skills and Food Preparation Involvement in College-Age Adults

Courtney Still, MS, Rebecca M. Mullis, PhD, Action Pack Families: A Child as Change Agent Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention

Booth Showcase

Judy Harrison, PhD with The Partnership for Food Safety Education


The American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is launching the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day on December 3, 2014!
The theme is “Dining In” for Healthy Families, and the goal of the campaign is to encourage 200,000 families to make and eat a healthy meal together.  December 3rd was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day to honor family and consumer sciences pioneer and AAFCS founder Ellen Swallow Richards (December 3rd is her birthday).  Many activities are planned for that day, including conducting live interviews with family meal-related experts.
To reach our goal of 200,000 families, it’s going to take each and every one of us doing our part!  On behalf of the AAFCS Board of Directors, we are asking you to commit to “Dining In” on December 3rd and to share this event with your network of family, friends, colleagues, and public officials.   On our Family & Consumer Sciences website, you’ll find everything you need to participate in and promote Family & Consumer Sciences Day.


Barrow Hall Room 135 is now ready for use by new breastfeeding mothers who are FACS College students, staff, and faculty. The room provides privacy and is equipped with a refrigerator and two comfortable chairs. Keys to access this room are available to be checked out by Sharon Hanson in the Foods and Nutrition department main office (Room 280 Dawson). 

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

  • Nov 1-4, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL
  • Nov 4-7, External Review at Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014.


Linda Kirk Fox


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