Dean’s Update 12/10/13

December 10th, 2013 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda
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Amy Glennon, a UGA alumna and publisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will give the university's undergraduate Commencement address on Friday, December 13 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 Building. FACS students with special recognition include Sara Alexis Patton, HDFS, First Honor Graduate; Maggie McMichael, HACE, Outstanding Senior; Olivia Barrett, TMI, Student Perspective (speaker); and Peter Geckeler, HACE, Student Challenge (speaker).

The university graduate ceremony will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Graduate commencement speaker will be former Grady College Dean E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark. Both UGA ceremonies will be broadcast live online at


In January 2014, eLC-New, powered by Desire2Learn, will replace the old eLC, powered by Blackboard Vista, as the sole learning management system (LMS) at UGA. eLC is jointly supported by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS). 

The University System of Georgia will upgrade to the latest version of Desire2Learn — which will have a new look and feel — from December 19-24. As a result, eLC-New will not be accessible during that time. Following the upgrade December 19-24, the University will be closed from December 25 to January 1, at which time the EITS Help Desk will be closed for technical support. Instructors who need technical assistance with eLC-New during that time, or any time, may contact the University System of Georgia’s Desire2Learn Help Center at or 855-772-0423

Students will be able to access spring semester courses on January 5. Also, the name of the UGA LMS will once again be eLearning Commons, or simply eLC.

For more information about eLearning Commons, including a timeline and more upgrade details, see or contact Sherry Clouser at or 706-542-0525. For technical questions, please contact the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106 or


The newly established GrantSMART Office within OVPR offered a half-day workshop on Wednesday, December 4 (Reading Day) focused on developing competitive NIH proposals. GrantSMART has procured the services of Dr. Ronald Sakaguchi (see his bio on attached flyer), Professor and Academic Director in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), an affiliate of the Grant Training Center, to lead the workshop. Below are the faculty and researchers who attended from FACS:

Foods and Nutrition:

Caree Jackson Cotwrght

Claire de La Serre

Art Grider

Dorothy Hausman

Emma Laing

Jung Sun Lee

Hea Jin Park

Rob Pazdro

Human Development and Family Science:

Geoffrey Brown

Rachel Hagues

Assaf Oshri

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics:

Vibha Bhargava, Adjunct

Save the date: OVPR IS coordinating a workshop for April 29 (Spring Reading Day) to focus exclusively on Developing Competitive NSF Proposals. Mark your calendars!


We are pleased to announce eight (8) FACS graduates among the 2014 Bulldog 100, the fastest growing Bulldog businesses:

Alva Youngner (BSHE’66, MED ’73, EDS ’75, EDD ’77), Association Management LLC

Sarah Kathryn Smith (BSFCS’98), Eight at Eight

Anna Brookshire Johnson (BSFCS ’02), Johnson Benefits Group, LLC

Jeffrey Johnson (AB ’00, BSFCS ’03), Johnson Benefits Group, LLC

Ashley S. Johnson (BSFCS ’03), Rumor Boutique

Kelly Dean (BSHE ’89, MS ’91), SDA CPA Group, P.C.

Jody Rosen Atkins (BSHE ’89, MS ’91), The Association Source, LLC

Gene Rice (BSFCS ’05), Vantage Realty Partners

To view the Class of 2014 honorees in alphabetical order click here The final rankings will be released at the 2014 Bulldog 100 celebration dinner on January 25, 2014, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Keynote speaker will be Fran Tarkenton (BBA ’61), Founder of and Hall of Fame Quarterback.


UGA Focus on the Faculty features Maria Bermudez, an assistant professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, aims to help individuals and families overcome adversity and other life challenges through her research and outreach.


Since 1983 the College of Family and Consumer Sciences has had a Legislative Aide Program with the Georgia General Assembly A graduate student assistant oversees the program; this year it is Andrea Farnham.

Below are the three students and their assigned member of the house or senate. We have no one to assign to the Women's Caucus this year. The students are supported by funds from two endowments in the college, the Mize-Ritchie Endowment for Legislative Aides and the Ellard Legislative Aide Program. We pay the students a small stipend from those funds and we sponsor "FACS Day at the Capitol." This will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, in 2014.

The Georgia Association of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (GAEFCS) is providing leadership for the Resolutions to be read in the House and Senate. We have already confirmed the Governor’s Proclamation and are scheduling the time for the photo with Governor. This year we have FACS students from classes in both HDFS and FHCE departments participating in the day-long event. Watch for further details on FACS Day at the Capitol.

Here is the list for 2014 Legislative Interns from Family and Consumer Sciences:
-TJ (Tyler) Fallaw, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics (FHCE), assigned to Rep. Spencer Frye
- Sam Hoover, FHCE, assigned to Sen. Bill Cowsert

- Daniel Pridgen, FHCE, assigned to Senator Frank Ginn

2014 Engagement Scholarship / W. K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award

Since 2006, APLU (the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference, with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outreach and engagement partnerships of four-year public universities. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. A committee administered by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach will recommend one applicant to be UGA’s nominee for the Southern Region. To apply, please electronically send a 500-word abstract to by February 3, 2014, that summarizes the following:

  • the outreach and engagement partnership;
  • the issue and its significance for the relationship between the university and community, including the reciprocity of the relationship;
  • the partnership’s impact on the community partner(s) and on the university partners;
  • the lessons learned and best practices from the partnership and
  • future plans for the partnership.

For questions, please contact Paul Brooks, Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, at 706-542-6167 or To see examples of university partnerships that have received the award as well as the full guidelines for the 2014 award program, please visit the APLU website at

UGA Thinc.

"Start Something" is a week of entrepreneurial events and activities for students will take place, April 14-18, 2014.

We have four Fashion Merchandising majors profiled for this event including Brooke Patterson, Katie Back, Hayley Way and Lindsay Nation.  Check it out:

UGA has selected Katie Back as one of the "poster children" for the event.  Katie's picture and entrepreneurial story will advertised in preparation for UGA Thinc.


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 FAR and additional information as requested by their department heads is Jan. 15.  Deadline for completion of all classified staff performance reviews is Jan. 31.


Ms. Ginger Parker joins the department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors as the new accountant. Ginger, who has a master of business administration from UGA, was most recently an accountant in the Center for Family Research. She has over ten years’ experience in business management, financial analysis, reporting, budgeting, and strategic thinking. She will provide excellent support for the department faculty and students. Ginger’s first day on the job will be Monday, January 6. Please join me in welcoming Ginger to the college.

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

  • Wednesday, December 11 – Terry Economic Outlook Series, Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19, Development Travel – South Carolina, Augusta, GA and North Carolina
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Have a safe and joyous holiday season!


Linda Kirk Fox


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