Dean’s Update 12/1/14

December 2nd, 2014 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda

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Today, Tuesday, December 2 is #GivingTuesday! This global day of philanthropy is a simple, yet effective movement to encourage families, companies, and communities to celebrate generosity and give. As UGA friends, parents and alumni, today is a great day to show your support to this great institution.  Make a gift to UGA today in support of academic excellence, world-class research and, public service and outreach. Check out the video and read the stories about the impact of private giving to UGA students. And, of course, please be generous in your support!


Roger C. Hunter, a 1978 graduate of UGA and NASA Ames Research Center Associate Director for Programs, will give the university's undergraduate Commencement address on Friday, December 19 in Stegeman Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

FACS College Convocation will begin at 12:00 noon in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The university graduate ceremony will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Graduate commencement speaker will be Dr. Gregory H. Robinson, Foundation Distinguished Professor Chemistry at UGA. Both UGA ceremonies will be broadcast live online at


We are pleased to announce seven FACS graduates among the Class of 2015 Bulldog 100, the fastest growing UGA alumni “Bulldog” businesses. The list of 100 is posted on the UGA Alumni Association website Below are the names of the recipients, year of graduation, degree, name of business and location. If they have received the Bulldog 100 designation more than one year, that is also noted below. These individuals will be honored in Atlanta on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and they will be guests of the college for a celebratory breakfast in Atlanta the following morning. If you have any questions, contact Vicky Dorsey, Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement for FACS.

Scott Edwards, ‘02  BSFCS – FHCE - Consumer Economics
Adaptive Medical Partners
Irving, Texas

Bulldog 100 – Class of  2015

Alva Youngner’66 BSHE – Home Economics Education, ’77 EDD; ’75 EDS; ’73 MED
Association Management
St. Simons Island, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of  2014, 2015

M. Chase Lawrence, ’05 BSFCS – FHCE – Housing
College Town Properties
Athens, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of  2015

Sarah Kathryn Smith, ’98 BSFCS – FHCE – Consumer Economics
Eight at Eight Dinner Club
Atlanta, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015

Jeffery and Lynn M. Martin
Lynn: ‘ 84 BSFCS – TMI – Fashion Merchandising

M. Jeffery Martin, CPA, LLC

St. Simons Island, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of  2015

Stanley and Kelly Dean
Kelly: ‘89 BSHE – TMI – Fashion Merchandising; ’91 MS – TMI
SDA CPA Group, P.C.
Atlanta, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of 2014, 2015

Brandon Stewart, ’99 BSFCS – FHCE -  Consumer Economics
Towersource, Inc.
Roswell, GA
Bulldog 100 – Class of  2015


Hope you have seen the UGA website front-page month long featured showcase on Research and the Center for Family Research, and on Service of the College of Education. Please review the Discover UGA pages for more information relating to several programs of FACS and related ASPIRE Clinic. Congratulations to all who contributed!


A reminder to all supervisors of the importance of planning for the annual performance review of all faculty and staff. The Annual Performance Review of Employees in FACS guidelines: are posted on the Policies and Procedures web site.  Deadline for faculty for completion of Faculty Activity Repository (FAR) and any additional information as requested by your department heads is January 15.  Deadline for completion of all classified staff performance reviews is January 31.

Future changes to UGA FAR:

UGA FAR provided by Digital Measures system will be phased out over the next year.  Below are a few FAQs known at this time.  More details will be shared as the new system is developed.

  • The new professional activities profiling system is based on Symplectic, Ltd.’s Elements platform.
  • All data in the current UGA FAR will be migrated to the new system. Final migration date is scheduled for mid-2015. 
  • The new system is to be implemented in two phases. Phase I is to be completed by July 2015 and will include completion of data migration and move to faculty data entry in the new system. Phase II will include further customization.
  • Primary improvements in Symplectic Elements over UGA FAR (Digital Measures)

o   Automatic population of (most) publications from publication databases

o   Improved public profiling tools, including VIVO integration

o   Improved internal search tools (e.g., finding expertise for collaboration)

o   More flexible reporting tools

o   Ability to access data using custom apps for web pages, business intelligence reporting, research analytics


Shop the web site of the Officially Licensed University Tartan Apparel, Fan Gear & Accessories. There are several Holiday Deals! Collegiate Tartan Apparel supports scholarships and educational programming at partner universities through website sales. FACS TMI department benefits from the sale of UGA Collegiate Tartan products. Shop now for UGA Tartan: Bow Ties; Men’s regular ties; Lambswool Scarf for men and women; Bucket Tote and Tartan Zip-closure Tote; Tartan Tuxedo cummerbund!


Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, the Dawson Hall elevator is scheduled to be replaced and will be out of service for approximately 6 weeks. If you are planning a large purchase such as furniture, equipment, copy paper, or office moves, please keep in mind there will be no working elevator on January 5th and beyond.  

Please let your department head or unit director know of any special accommodations that will be needed during this time as well for students, faculty, or staff.


Please join us in welcoming Ms. Kelly King to the position of Degree Program Specialist in the FACS Student Success and Advising Center. Kelly comes to us from UGA Office of Curriculum Systems and has previous experience in the Office of Student Services in the College of Education. Kelly has a Masters of Education in adult education from UGA. Kelly begins Monday, December 15.

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

  • Tuesday, December 9 – Development visits with Victoria Prevatt in Atlanta, GA
  • Friday, December 12 – Georgia Economic Outlook forecasting series, Terry College, Atlanta, GA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, December 16, 2014.


Linda Kirk Fox


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