Dean’s Update 12/8/17

December 8th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


I want to alert you to the FACS Centennial opportunities throughout 2018 and encourage you to join us and President Morehead for the FACS 100 Gala Celebration on Sat. Feb. 24 at the Classic Center. Please put on your calendar. Hosted by the FACS Alumni Association, Save the Date postcards have been distributed to alumni and donors. Sponsorships and registrations are open for the Gala and formal invitations and instructions for buying tickets will be mailed immediately after the holidays. We will be honoring the FACS 100 Centennial Honorees and the Honor Hall of Recognition recipients.

The official 100 Days Countdown to our Centennial Year began at Homecoming in October leading up to the Centennial Kick-off events with Athens Martin L. King, Jr. Day of Service, Mon. Jan. 15, 2018. We are choosing this date to kick-off the Centennial year and committing to a Day of Service with in Athens and other sites TBD statewide through FACS Extension Agents. A planning committee of students, alumni and faculty will provide promotional materials for faculty and SSAC when we return to campus after break. Participants will need to pre-register through Athens MLK Day web site when sites and registration are posted, selecting from 15-18 volunteer sites. We encourage participation in this FREE event to kick-off our celebratory year by giving back to the community. We ask participants to submit photos to #FACS100 enabling us to post 100 Faces of Service.

We look forward to participating in the UGA Extension winter conference at Rock Eagle January 23-25. Time is allotted on the program for me to share remarks about our history and our strong and relevant partnership with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in the past and far into the future.

Other key dates for 2018 are listed on a bookmark available in the Dean’s Office ow. Events will be included in the Calendar and the FACS 100 Centennial web site scheduled to “go live” in early January.

Our history is closely aligned with the history of the CAES and we will acknowledge that relationship in the exhibit in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Exhibit. The exhibit will be January 22 – May 18, Open Doors: 100 Years of Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA with a theme around a century of growth and innovation built on the principle of public service.

In addition, this spring we will begin promoting sales of the forthcoming pictorial history book, 100 Year Enriching Lives: Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA. The hardcover book will be available for purchase via UGA Press with delivery in June. This 140-page book chronicles an amazing history form the founding of the Division of Home Economics in the aftermath of WWI through modern times. Sharon Shannon-Paximadis authored this book which features black and white and color photographs, biographies and timeline facts, and special foreword from UGA President Jere Morehead.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the following individuals who are key to our success.

Patricia (Tricia) White Director of Development,

Alexis Morgan             Director of Alumni Relations,

Cal Powell                   Director of Communications

Casey Gordon            Web Developer, OTIS,

Carol Halstead            Admin. Assistant, External Relations,

Debbie Murray            Assoc. Dean, Extension & Outreach

Patti Hunt-Hurst          Assoc. Dean, Academic Programs,

Camille Kesler             President, FACS Alumni Association

In summary, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences can trace its history back to Feb. 23, 1918 when the College of Agriculture approved a bachelor’s degree for women to enroll in UGA in the Division of Home Economics. The support of Andrew Soule, President of the College of Agriculture, who named Mary Creswell the director of the newly formed Division of Home Economics, was instrumental in the education and training of demonstration agents for Cooperative Extension. The first class of 12 women enrolled in September 1918. This established the first academic programs in home economics with majors in textiles and clothing and in foods and cookery.

By the 1930s the Division of Home Economics had grown immensely, housing 300 students who were in desperate need for additional classrooms and laboratories. The same President Andrew Soule made available part of a gift of the Dawson Trust of 1925 to solve the problem of the growing enrollment in the Division of Home Economics in the College of Agriculture. In 1932, a $150,000 bequest of the estate of Dr. William Terrell Dawson funded the construction of the building named in his honor. This was opportune time for moving into the new building and the Division became a School of Home Economics, independent of the College of Agriculture and poised to continue to grow and expand throughout the years. Mary Creswell was named the first Dean in 1933, a position she held until 1945, and professor until her retirement in 1949.

And that was just the beginning of our first 100 years!

We hope you join in our enthusiasm for the numerous events, news stories, exhibits, publications and engagement with students, alumni and supporters in 2018! Watch for announcements of additional events and opportunities throughout the Centennial year.


Please join me in congratulating Dr. Art Grider, FDN, on being named the recipient of the $3,500 Sweaney Innovation Fund award for 2018. He will use the award to cover the estimated cost of developing three dimensional animated videos to augment Nutritional Biochemistry lectures and increase the student’s understanding of complex biochemical and physiological nutrition-related processes. His project “Enhancing Understanding of Nutritional Biochemistry through Three-Dimensional Videos” was selected by a committee of faculty internal to the college and will enhance the learning of iron absorption, metabolism, and gene regulation in FDNS 4100/6100 Micronutrient Nutrition.


Based on feedback from the Faculty Advisory Committee and the hard work of staff in the Dean’s Unit, the new web page  and supporting Awards Table  summarizing all faculty and staff awards in the college have been launched.

Please go to the full description of each award for instructions for submission and deadlines. While most awards have a Feb. 15 deadline, however the Advisor Awards (faculty and academic advisory categories) have a Jan. 15 deadline.

Through a nomination process facilitated by the academic departments or units, including Extension Districts, awards packets are reviewed by members of the Faculty Advisory Committee, Staff Council and additional stakeholders following the criteria listed for each award. Some awards, not all, are supported by an endowment. Those endowed funds allow for a cash award in addition to the award plaque. Non-endowed award recipients receive only the plaque. All awardees are recognized at the annual Celebrating Excellence event, along with student scholarship and award recipients and donors or fund representatives of the endowments.


A reminder to all faculty, staff and supervisors of the importance of planning for the annual performance reviews of all faculty and staff as well as your own. The college Policies and Procedures web site contains all documents.

The Annual Performance Review of Employees in FACS guidelines are posted there. Deadline for faculty for completion of Elements and any additional information as requested by your department heads is January 15.  Please continue to address your questions to the Elements Liaison, Assoc. Dean Patti Hunt-Hurst and/or to your Dept. Heads.

Deadline for completion of all classified staff performance reviews is Friday, March 30.


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.


Similar to last year, Facilities Management Division (FMD) will make special efforts to shut off all non-essential heating and cooling equipment over the holiday break in an effort to conserve both energy and water resources. To augment this effort, we ask that each department head appoint a staff member to ascertain what other building equipment (copiers, computers, appliances, lab equipment, etc.) should be shut off and unplugged during the break and to execute a plan to accomplish this task.

Accordingly, FMD will reduce building heating levels and shut down some air conditioning systems over the year-end holiday period. Heat and A/C shutdowns and reductions will begin during the day on Friday, December 22nd and will be restored during the day on Tuesday, January 2nd. This means that some buildings might be uncomfortably cold or very warm, depending on the weather conditions during that time. 

Please also be reminder the buildings will be locked and should remain secure during the closure days of UGA – Dec. 23 through January 1.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!


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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