Dean’s Update 2/17/15

February 17th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will recognize several distinguished alumni and friends of the college at the 38th annual Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Georgia Center. Come and celebrate all of our award recipients and their wonderful array of Family and Consumer Sciences expertise. The event begins at noon in the Magnolia Ballroom.

Registration deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 18. To register, visit this link:

This year’s event promises to be especially memorable as we induct the First Lady of school nutrition programs, Dr. Josephine Martin, into the Honor Hall of Recognition. We also will present the Appreciation Award posthumously to Dr. Clifton Baile, who passed away on May 19, 2014.

In addition to Martin and Baile, we will recognize recipients in the following categories:

Dr. Barbara Grossman, Distinguished Alumni Award;

Dr. Deborah Phillips, Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award;

Dr. Greg Lang, Outstanding Service Award;

Dr. Emily Tomayko, Pacesetter Award; and

Dr. Patricia Annis, Creswell Award.


Nominations for both the 2015 40 Under 40 and the 2016 Bulldog 100 are open. The UGA Alumni Association 40 Under 40 program recognizes UGA's exceptional young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors, while the Bulldog 100 honors the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. 

Nominations for 40 Under 40 will close on Friday, April 10. Bulldog 100 nominations will close on Monday, June 1


In action and vote taken at the college Curriculum Committee, the following definition will frame the discussions and implementation of the university initiative for “experiential learning,” a new requirement for all UGA students effective fall 2016. The university defines experiential learning as the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, values, behaviors, and attitudes via first-hand experiences outside of traditional classroom structures.

FACS Definition:

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences defines experiential learning as an undergraduate academic experience in internships, study programs domestic or abroad, research, service-learning or other unique credit or pre-approved non-credit options developed by degree programs to offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand outside of traditional classroom and campus structures. 


  • Undergraduate students who choose to fulfill the requirement through undergraduate research will demonstrate and describe how systematic and in-depth inquiry into a problem contributes to the discovery or interpretation of knowledge significant to their field of study. 
  • Undergraduate students who choose to fulfill the requirement through study programs domestic or abroad will demonstrate an awareness of a culture and/or region distinct from their own and an opportunity to connect their academic foundations with their future professional lives.
  • Undergraduate students who choose to fulfill the requirement through service-learning will apply academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and enhance their sense of personal values and civic responsibility via engaged research, critical analysis, reflection, and/or contribution to public good in collaboration with a community partner.
  • Undergraduate students who choose to fulfill the requirement through an internship will have practiced skills or methods related to their field or program of study through supervised work in a professional or organizational setting.
  • Undergraduate students who choose to fulfill the requirement through a pre-approved credit or non–credit option that meets the above definition will have practiced skills or methods related to their field or program of study through supervised work in a professional or organizational setting.

For more information, contact Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean for Academic Programs.


Presented by UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator, this program will discuss UGA’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Protocol for appropriately responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence and sexual assault, by students or other University community members.  Issues addressed in the SART Protocol include: manners of responding that support a survivor in the disclosure and recovery process, available resources on campus and in the greater community for sexual assault survivors, addressing safety and medical concerns of survivors, which University employees have confidentiality and which do not, identification of mandatory reporters and the information they are required to disclose, and options for investigation by law enforcement and/or the Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator.

Protocol training will be offered on Wednesday, March 4, in Dawson Hall. Details here:

Wednesday, March 4: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., room 116; 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., room 202.

Please encourage faculty, staff, advisors, teaching assistants and other colleagues to attend.



We are pleased to announce effective August 2015, Dr. Leonid Ionov joins the colleges of FACS and Engineering as the last of three new positions we received as part of the 2013-2014 Presidential Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative. Dr. Ionov is currently a Group Leader at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany. He received his Diploma from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at TU-Dresden in 2005. His position at the Institute for Polymer Research involves obtaining extramural research funds, advising students, and instruction. In almost all ways his position is similar to an Assistant Professor position in the United States. Dr. Ionov has been a group leader at the Institute of Polymer Research since 2009. He joins the strong team we are building in textiles, fiber and polymer science with collaborating faculty in chemistry and engineering. His research lab will be in River Bend North. His spouse, Dr. Alla Synytska, has accepted an offer for a tenure-track position in the Department of Chemistry in the Franklin College.    


Please welcome Professor Laura Jolly in her new role in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her office is Barrow Room 200C. Dr. Jolly returned to the college effective Monday, Feb. 16. Dr. Jolly has served since 2010 in capacity of interim and permanent vice president for instruction. During her tenure as vice president for instruction, Dr. Jolly played key roles in the launch of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program and the implementation of Athena, UGA's new student information system. She came to UGA in 2007 as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and took on the interim vice president position as an additional assignment while continuing her duties as dean before being named the permanent VP in Sept. 2010.


Effective Monday, Feb. 23, Ms. Sherri Stephens joins the Dean’s Unit of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences as the Assistant to the Dean. Sherri has previously held positions in the college as administrative associate, graduate coordinator assistant, and internship coordinator assistant in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics. She has over eight years of experience in administrative assistant and office manager roles in the Jackson County School System and at UGA. Sherri has authored numerous newspaper articles and columns as a writer for Main Street Newspapers and Athens Banner Herald. She is an alumna of the college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and Management.

Please welcome Sherri to her new role at FACS! Her email address for correspondence associated with the duties of assistant to the dean is and her phone number is (706) 542-4879.


Please send future email correspondence to the attention of the Assistant to the Dean to this address:

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

Ÿ Wednesday, Feb. 18: FACS Day at the Capitol, Atlanta.

The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015.


Linda Kirk Fox


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