Dean’s Update 2/3/15

February 3rd, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Please promote our 3rd program in The Bridge series by announcing in your classes, particularly for NEW first year and transfer students who might benefit from this program offered by our college Student Success and Advising Center.

Announce: If you’re new to FACS join us for The Bridge on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:30pm in 116 Dawson Hall.  The Bridge is a 4-part series taking place fall and spring that will assist new FACS students in building their own bridge to success.  

This event, Future Focused: Starting with the End in Mind, will feature talks from the Career Center and Andy Davis, FACS’ Student Leadership and Experiential Learning Specialist.  FACS students in their 3rd or 4th year of study will lead breakout sessions and share how they are building their bridge to success.

Use this link to RSVP by midnight Sunday, February 8, 2015:


The new Walk Georgia program launched Sunday, Feb. 1st! Below are some things to do and how to participate.

  1. : Even if you’ve been a part of Walk Georgia in the past, you must re-register on the new site: All Walk Georgia County Administrators will automatically have access to county participant data and reporting features after they register for the new Walk Georgia. Administrators, please register with the email address you provided as your administrator email address. If you have any problems, email or call 706.542.4649 or 706.542.3908.

  1. : Use the Implementation Pack: It is designed to help ensure each office of UGA Extension for successful local promotion and aimed at getting your numbers up there! This and other promotional materials can found here:

  1. : The Atlanta Hawks are having an INCREDIBLE season! They are partnering with us to host a Walk Georgia event at their game on Saturday, April 4th. Tickets are just $15.00! They are playing against the Brooklyn Nets. Click here to sign up and make sure to promote to organizations in your county, like 4-H groups, scouts and church youth groups. You may even see the Nets’ biggest fans Jay-Z and Beyonce

  1. : We will give away prizes every month for the top Walk Georgia county administrators. This month’s prize is two free tickets to the Walk Georgia Night at the Hawks game on Saturday, April 4! Each Walk Georgia County Administrator who has at least 100 people signed up by March 1st will earn a pair of tickets to Walk Georgia’s Night at the Hawks. And, we will also be giving an iPad FOUR times this year! Sign up the most folks per capita in your county by March 1st to be eligible for this incentive.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 18, Walk Georgia Explores Cloudland Canyon State Park! We need volunteers to assist with this outdoor, family-friendly event. Duties may include assistance with signage distribution, parking, registration, providing directions, escorting groups to sessions, etc. Classes planned include Hike the Canyon, Yoga, Disc Golf, Geocaching, Healthy Snacks and a self-guided hike. Lunch provided for a small fee. Participant cost is $10 per person (Volunteers are FREE) and includes a t-shirt. Volunteers will be scheduled in two shifts – 8:30 a.m. – noon and 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A flier and registration site are in development. Lodging is limited, so we encourage those interested in volunteering/participating to go ahead and make camping or cottage reservations SOON! Many thanks to Katie Hammond and Norman Edwards for their help in planning this inaugural event in partnership with State Parks!

Contact: Maria Bowie, Marketing Director & Walk Georgia Program Coordinator, University of Georgia, Office of Communications & Creative Services, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences


The Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Fellowship Program offers a semester-long opportunity for tenure-track or tenured faculty members to partner directly with a University of Georgia PSO unit to enhance their teaching, research, and engagement work.

The deadline for submission of proposals for the Fall semester Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Fellowship program is March 27, 2015.

The program’s purpose is for Fellows to enhance their academic courses, conduct research (e.g., applied, community-based, policy, program, evaluation) and apply their academic expertise to outreach initiatives. An anticipated outcome of the Fellowship experience is sustained involvement with scholarly activities related to outreach once Fellows return to their academic departments. Guidelines may be found at

Questions and proposals should be directed to Paul Brooks, Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, at or 706-542-6167.


Thanks to generous donors, the college continues to have funds to support graduate student travel funding for spring semester. We recently reviewed applications from 16 Ph.D. and M.S. students who requested travel support for eleven different conferences and professional opportunities. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the $16,568 it would have taken to cover all of the requests, however we were able to allocate more than $4,055 from these five funds to 16 graduate students:

  • Lynda Walters Support Fund
  • Inez Tumlin Graduate Student Fund
  • Evelyn Harris Academic Support Fund
  • Mary Creswell Research Fund
  • Eleonora Costa Graduate Support Fund


Please join me in welcoming Mr. Don Bullard to the Office of Technology and Instructional Services in the position of Desktop Support. Don comes to us from OVPR where he served as IT Professional. His office in OTIS, 201B Dawson, and can be reached at, 706-542-9097.


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

This email address will be reviewed at this time by Broc Funke, Administrative Specialist. After we interview and hire the new Assistant to the Dean, this email address will continue to function at the main email address for all electronic correspondence to the attention of the Dean’s assistant.

Thank you.


Two renovation projects funded by MRR (Minor Renovation and Repair) funds of the university are progressing along. The new elevator is being installed, with expectations to be back in use in a few weeks. The final of the women’s restroom renovations is underway on the 2nd floor. Thanks for your patience with the workers, the noise and the dust as these important projects for our health and safety are attended to.

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

  • Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, Bulldog 100 Fastest-Growing Bulldog Businesses Celebration, and the FACS Alumni hosted Bulldog 100, Bulldog 40 Under 40 Breakfast, Atlanta
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.


Linda Kirk Fox


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