Dean’s Update 12/8/15

December 10th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Nominations are now open for college awards with a January 20th due date. All information on the awards is posted on the college webpage which can be found at the following link:

One new award will recognize, honor and support exceptional creativity and scholarship in outreach work done by the College’s faculty, employees and/or students. The Dr. Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award will award $1,000 to the program and recipients recognized in 2016.

Below is a listing of the college awards:

  • Advisor of the Year Awards
  • Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award
  • Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award
  • Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award
  • Early Career Faculty Research Award
  • Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award
  • Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award
  • Outreach Paraprofessional Award
  • Super-Includer Award
  • Thomas F. Rodgers Outreach County Agent Award

Deadline for all awards is the close of business on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

College Awards recipients for Teacher of the Year and Advisors will be forwarded to the University for recognition during Honors Week, April 11-15th. All college awards listed above, along with students and donors supporting awards, will be recognized during the Celebration of Excellence Luncheon in October, date TBD.


The College will be instituting modifications to the 2015 annual review process to ensure consistency with university policy and to take advantage of the new UGA Elements system for faculty reporting.  The annual review will assess performance for calendar year 2015. 

The format for the 2016 annual review will be consistent with the Written Annual Evaluation Policy (1.06-1) in the Academic Affairs Policy Manual (

The UGA Elements system will be used for the submission of all activity reports.  Faculty members must ensure that all activities for 2015 are incorporated into their Elements profile so that an accurate activity report can be generated. The timeline for activity report submission

and review is Friday, January 15, 2016.

The UGA Elements system was introduced to the faculty at the fall FACS workshop. Additional training, support, and login information for the UGA Elements system can be found at Over the past two weeks I have used UGA Elements to upload my own publications and activities.  It took a total of about two hours to incorporate all of the information.  While the initial upload will take some additional time, UGA Elements will save considerable time in the future since it will automatically upload instructional data, award data, and publications into your profile.  Please continue to address your questions to the Elements Liaison, Assoc. Dean Silvia Giraudo and/or to your Dept. Heads.


We are pleased to announce seven FACS graduates among the Class of 2016 Bulldog 100, the fastest growing UGA alumni “Bulldog” businesses.

The FACS recipients are:

Scott Edwards, ’02 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Adaptive Medical Partners, Irving, Texas

M. Chase Lawrence, ’05 BSFCS, Housing, College Town Properties, Athens

Katie Nichols, ’05 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Entourage Clothing & Accessories Inc., Comer

Cynthia Rosso, ’05 BSFCS, Consumer Journalism, Vickery Financial Services, Athens

Brandon Stewart, ’99 BSFCS, Consumer Economics, Towersource, Inc., Roswell

Daniel Stewart, ’05 BSFCS, Housing, Wier/Stewart, Augusta

Cindy Waites, ’02 BSFCS, Furnishing & Interiors, Cindy Lynn Dunaway Interiors, Perry

These individuals will be honored at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 and will be guests of the college for a celebratory breakfast the following morning.

The list of 100 is posted on the UGA Alumni Association website.


UGA is hosting a Pitch Competition in the Spring. The Next Great Consumer Brands Conference is a conference for up-and-coming consumer brand companies. The conference is held every year in New York and is hosted by the NASDAQ National Stock Market which is located right in Times Square.

Prior to this main event on April 27 in New York, UGA will be hosting a collegiate competition that will also be sponsored by NASDAQ, several private equity firms and an investment bank. The event will be hosted at UGA on April 6 and 7 and the focus will be on student start-ups in the Consumer space. The winners will receive a cash prize ($25,000 or more) and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York to present at the NASDAQ during the main conference and participate in all of the conference activities.

EvoShield presented at this event several years ago and I have had a continuing relationship with this event ever since. Hosting a collegiate competition at UGA will be a great event and bring a good deal of recognition to the University.  

We want to make sure UGA has a great showing and Consumer is right in the FACS sweet spot. Please let me know of any students that may have an idea for a company or a start-up in progress that we can start preparing for the event.  This is a great opportunity for students and will be a great way to showcase UGA.

Thanks for all of your support for the Entrepreneurship Program!

Contact Sheri Worthy for more information.

Source: Bob Pinckney, Director of Entrepreneurship at UGA

"Housed in Terry, Serving the University," Terry College of Business


The week of January 25th will kick-off the Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action activities. Join us Monday, Jan. 25, 3:30 pm in Room 110 Dawson for student presentations and keynote speaker, Dr. Erik Malewski, Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Curriculum Studies, Kennesaw State University.

In addition, we wish to display posters throughout Dawson which highlight outreach, academics or scholars reflecting the 5 themes of the Diversity plan:

  1. Recruit and Retain Diverse Students
  2. Infuse Diversity and Inclusion into the Curriculum and Academic Activities
  3. Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty and Staff
  4. Enhance Community and Educational Outreach
  5. Increase Visibility and Communication of Inclusion

We know plans are underway for Department activities throughout the week. Watch for future announcements and details.


It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of (5) highly qualified students as Legislative Aides for the 2016 Georgia General Assembly. These students have accepted a full time academic internship and will receive a $2500 stipend. The course students will register for spring semester is FACS 5905 with Dean Fox as the professor. 

Additionally, mark your calendars for the 2016 FACS Day at the Capitol taking place on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  This date coincides with FCCLA week.  Information regarding registration will be forthcoming. Please congratulate:

Allison Albee                                    FHCE                     

Breanna “Bre” Costner                    HDFS

Brooke Dumont                               HDFS

Morgan Easley                                HDFS

Anna Beth Smith                             HDFS


Congratulations to Ann Woodyard, FHCE who has been selected to participate in the full-day online workshop "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)" offered by the Office of Online Learning. This workshop is the first step towards becoming certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and will provide hands-on training in using the nationally recognized Quality Matters rubric to evaluate online courses. By attending the workshop, she is contributing to the culture of online course quality at UGA. There was an overwhelming number of nominations from the college deans so the one day workshop that is being offered twice (12/8 & 12/9). 


The most recent issue of the ASPIRE Clinic Newsletter is filled with highlights about exciting and innovative things happening at the Clinic. Click directly on the front of the issue below to start browsing! Happy Holidays from the ASPIRE Clinic Team.

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

  • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10 and 11, TMI Atlanta area Alumni Gathering; Terry Business College Economic Outlook Luncheon.
  • The next Dean's Update will be Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Linda Kirk Fox

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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