Dean’s Update 12/16/14

December 16th, 2014 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Since 1983 the College of Family and Consumer Sciences has had a Legislative Aide Internship Program with the Georgia General Assembly

Four students are assigned to the House or Senate this year, and for the first time, a FACS student from the Griffin campus will be participating. The students are supported by funds from two endowments in the college, the Mize-Ritchie Endowment for Legislative Aides and the Jack 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, February 18, in 2015. Andy Davis, experiential learning specialist in the Student Success and Advising Center oversees these programs. The Georgia Association of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (GAEFCS) is providing leadership for the Resolutions to be read in the House and Senate on FACS Day. We have already confirmed the Governor’s Proclamation and are scheduling the time for the photo with Governor Nathan Deal. 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 2015 Legislative Aide Interns from Family and Consumer Sciences:

Taliah Lamar-Herring, Human Development and Family Science, assigned to Senator Bill Cowsert

Callie Dailey, Human Development and Family Science, assigned to Senator Frank Ginn

Janai Crudup, Consumer Journalism, assigned to Representative Chuck Williams

Sarah Pillsbury, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, UGA Griffin Campus, assigned to Representative David Knight


Sarah Catherine Black, a double major, Consumer Foods and intended Dietetics, in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, has been appointed to serve as the First Vice Chair of the Student Unit of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  We want to congratulate her on this high honor.

Seniors who will receive honors curing the college’s Convocation ceremony on Friday, December 19th are:

Rachel Bailey, FDN, Academic Achievement Award

Nakia Smith, FHCE, Outstanding Senior Award


Congratulations to Ann Woodyard, FHCE, on being named the first recipient of the Sweaney Innovation Fund allocation. Ann will have access to up to $5,000 in the calendar year 2015 in order to fulfill the project selected by a committee of faculty and staff internal and external to the college. Her project was selected to create a highly impactful student experience in the online version of the foundational course of the college: FACS 2000e: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. As she develops the project, she will utilize the expertise of UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Watch for a “call for proposals” next fall for 2016 funding.

Dean and Professor Emerita Sharon Nickols has published through UGA Press a new book, Remaking Home Economics: Resourcefulness and Innovation in Changing Times. Edited with Gwen Kay, professor of history and director of the honors program at the State University of New York at Oswego, several current and former FACS faculty members Elizabeth Andress, Jorge Atiles, Emma Laing and Rick Lewis are listed as contributors to the book. For information on ordering this book of essays, go to UGA Press


During periods of inclement winter weather, UGA follows a set procedure for announcing operational changes. By policy, the university makes one of three announcements regarding university operations due to inclement weather. The announcement will be: UGA is open and operating on a regular schedule; UGA is closed; or UGA will delay opening until a specific time. An all-campus email through ArchNews is the primary means to distribute such announcements. The announcement also is posted to the UGA home page ( Announcements will also be posted to Twitter (@universityofga and @UGAEVENTS) and Facebook ( and Up-to-date information is provided to Athens radio stations.  Atlanta TV and radio stations that have requested to receive UGA weather announcements also are notified. Attempts are made to post announcements and notify media by 6:30 a.m. for the start of the class day.


As we close in on the end of a very busy fall semester, and the end of a calendar year, each of us reflect on milestones accomplished as an individual in our respective roles as staff and faculty in the college. Thinking it is also important to reflect on collective accomplishments that positions the college for a better and stronger future, I drafted a list of a dozen or more accomplishments of the collective. This list was further refined and informed by non-scientific vote of the college Executive Committee.

There are numerous roles every one in the college plays to see that ideas are brought to the table, discussion and debate occurs, paperwork is processed and tasks completed to accomplish much in any given year in the college. This past year, 2014, was no exception. Thank you, exceptional employees of a GREAT college! Here is the rank order Top Ten List:

  1. Revamped and launched in March our awesome new web site and social media – telling the story of FACS through photography, video and words, resulting in a great deal more media publicity!

  1. Total Grant Awards increased, returning the college to near 2010 levels, over $10Mil last year. Several large projects with UGA Extension, including the SNAP-Ed award of $2.8Mil, will be credited to FY2015.

  1. Opened the Student Success and Advising Center as a one-stop center of personalized advising for all students, providing comprehensive academic advising, support for freshmen and transfer students, as well as supporting Ambassadors, student clubs, internships, study abroad and career preparation programs.

  1. Launched CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantship program, selecting 15 students to participate in faculty mentored research and receive a $1,000 stipend funded by the Provost.

  1. Strengthened corporate engagement as evidenced by support by corporations and businesses through engagement with curricula and support for education and research, including but not limited to:
    • Walmart Foundation U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund research grant to TMI
    • TD Ameritrade Institutional grant to FHCE for instructional innovation
    • TMI joined National Retail Federation and the American Apparel and Footwear Association, benefiting us through student career preparation and scholarships
    • Our first “entrepreneur in residence” Bob Pinckney, Bulldog 100 and CEO of EvoShield, taught the “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” class in the fall

  1. Moved new faculty hires into newly renovated and equipped research space for TMI and FDN:
    • River Bend North for Nanostructures Materials lab (Minko)
    • Rivers Crossing lab in early obesity prevention lab (Birch)
    • Dawson 3rd floor research lab to examine the influence of environmental factors on regulation of food intake (de La Serre)
    • Dawson 3rd floor research lab to support nutrition science program (Pazdro)

  1. Enrolled first cohort of students in the online Master of Science in financial planning.

  1. Met our endowment goal of $100,000 and awarded first Sweaney Innovation Fund grant to Ann Woodyard in FHCE, to be implemented in 2015.

  1. Welcomed new department head in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), Dr. Emilie Smith.

  1. Completed the searches and hired two new faculty through the Presidential Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative, partnering with the colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health.

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


  • No travel – Happy Holidays!!!!
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, January 6, 2015.


Linda Kirk Fox


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