February 3, 2023
Author: Anisa Zvonkovic  | 706-542-4879  | More about Anisa

JUST FACS this month, as it’s such a busy time for us all! Hoping the first part of spring semester is humming along well for you!  

State of the University address was yesterday. 

FACS launched a LinkedIn page in December. 

ADRIE  - Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 

Please make time on your calendars to attend events for the search for FACS’s first Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The times for their candidate talks are listed below. All talks will be held in Dawson 216, with a faculty reception to follow. 

  • Dr. Margherita Cantorna, Monday, February 6th 10:00 – 11:20 am  
  • Dr. Shawn Whiteman, Thursday, February 9th 10:00 – 11:20 am  
  • Dr. Ann Mastergeorge, Monday, February 13th 10:00 – 11:20 am  
  • Dr. Kimberly Updegraff, Thursday, February 23rd 10:00 – 11:20 am  

Destination Dawgs is excited to have sent out acceptance letters to 5 new students to join us in the Fall 2023 cohort. Students have until 2/17/23 to respond and we are thrilled that four students have already accepted. Students will be invited to come to UGA this spring for a shadow day to follow current Destination Dawg students as they attend classes and activities, meet our mentors, and orient to the UGA campus before officially starting with us in the Fall.  

Academic Affairs 

The Office of Faculty Affairs offers resources and programs to support faculty across their careers. Here is a listing of upcoming trainings: https://calendar.uga.edu/group/office_of_faculty_affairs


All undergraduate students conducting faculty-mentored research are encouraged to submit an abstract for the annual CURO Symposium. You do not need to be involved in CURO courses or funding to apply to present your research-either as an oral or poster presentation. The deadline is February 23, 2023, https://symposium.curo.upa.edu/


The Active Learning Summit will be held on February 14. You can register for an individual session if you are unable to attend the entire day. Register here. –  

New ChatGPT resources have been added to the CTL Faculty Teaching Resources page. See the first bullet here: https://ctl.uga.edu/faculty/teaching-resources/ 


Please mark your calendars for the Dawg Day of Giving on March 30. This is a 24-hour unified fundraising effort calling on UGA alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students to support private giving at UGA and increase our alumni participation rates. All gifts made through the Dawg Day of Giving website, on the day itself, or via a Giving Day donation form will count. We’re highlighting the FACS Fund for Excellence, but a donation to any FACS fund counts in FACS’s totals. As incentive, FACS can receive an additional $5K, $2500, or $1,000 for being one of the top 3 schools/colleges with total number of gifts. Colleges will be categorized by large, medium and small sizes to level the playing field. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information! 

In bittersweet news, Tricia White, the Director of Development, will be leaving FACS and UGA to lead the development team at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her last day on campus will be February 24. Until then she will be working on detailed plans and notes to leave behind so that no donor, prospect or volunteer gets lost.  

Congratulations to the 12 FACS alumni selected as part of the 2023 Bulldog 100! The Bulldog 100 businesses will be celebrated at an invitation-only reception on Saturday, February 18 at the West End Zone. The ranked list will be unveiled after the reception. 

FACS honorees include: Abound Wealth Management - Bo Hanson (BSFCS ’08), Dental Claim Support - Ryan DeLettre (BSFCS ’06), Fairway Insurance Group Inc. - John Loftin (BSFCS ’03), LangScapes Athens LLC - Kerrie Lang (BSFCS ’07), Laura Wilfong Realtor LWW Inc. - Laura Wilfong (BSFCS ’93), Maggie Griffin Design - Maggie Griffin (BS ’08, BSFCS ’08), Marianna Lane Interiors - Marianna Lane (BSFCS ’01), Rugged Road LLC - Spencer Sutlive (BSFCS ’20), Scott Construction LLC - Will Scott (BSFCS ’04), Showpony - Daniel Stewart (BSFCS ’05), Telecomm Innovations LLC - Emily Poole (BSFCS ’00), and XY Planning Network - Alan Moore (BSFCS ’09, MS ’12). 

Each year, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences presents several awards to outstanding alumni, faculty, and friends. The various awards recognize the many contributions made to the college, the profession, and society. This year’s awardees will be honored at the 44th annual Alumni Awards on Friday, March 24 at the State Botanical Gardens. It promises to be a lovely venue and great event! If you would like to attend, you may purchase tickets via this link: https://gail.uga.edu/events/facs/2023-alumni-awards?fbclid=IwAR0wHNbLtq1ocyM9LuJtQ_bs96oRVOvTaMMvKmJbfEaeiQyxEnTPnU9PkIk 

2023 honorees are listed below: 

Pacesetter Award: Joseph Kindler 

Creswell Award: Lance Palmer 

Distinguished Alumni Award: Emma Laing 

Outstanding Service Award: Kenisha Franklin 

Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award: Contey Smith 

We look forward to announcing the inductees into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition next week. 

Our Alumni Board of Directors gathered in Dawson Hall on January 28 for their winter meeting to discuss exciting plans for the future of the FACS Alumni Association. It was great to see so many familiar faces!  

FACS Healthy Habits – Call for Committee Members 

The College is establishing a FACS Health Committee to continue the activities started in response to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Any student, staff or faculty member may submit their name for consideration for the committee. Complete the brief form by February 15, 2023. https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eRudoSzTPkI3EKa  

The FACS Healthy Habits activities during the Fall Semester featured a White House Conference Listening Session and a food demonstration and walk around campus with the Dean. Dr. Connie Rogers, Nutritional Sciences Department Head, and Dr. Allisen Penn, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, co-lead the committee. 

Trending Topics Outreach Presentations 

Tuesday, March 21, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. featuring Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics 

Recordings of the Fall Trending Topics featuring faculty from the Institute on Human Development and Disabilities: 

Advancing Employment for Georgians with Disabilities: Engaging Multiple Stakeholders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNPPE7KzyWE  

Doug Crandell, MFA, Director, Advancing Employment is Georgia’s Technical Assistance Center for Best Practices in Employment Support 

Tracey Rackensperger, Ph.D., Project Director Preparing for Employment and Project Director, Supporting Coalition-Building to Phase Out 14c Resources and Outreach Manager, Advancing Employment 

The Direct Support Workforce Crisis: A Multipronged Approach to Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Staff in Home and Community Based Services  


Carol Britton Laws, Ph.D., MSW, FAAIDD, Clinical Associate Professor in Disability Studies 

Michaelyn Wilson, MA, Program Coordinator, Institute on Human Development and Disability 

Working with Rural Populations in Agriculture  


Rebecca Brightwell, Associate Director, Institute on Human Development and Disability 

Kyle Haney, Institute on Human Development and Disability Rural Health Manager 

Upcoming Dates 

February 1, 7, 9, 16, 28 - Black History Month, Department of History, Le Conte Hall 

February 10 - UGA Obesity Initiative Symposium 

February 14 - Active Learning Summit 

February 16 - FACS Day at the Capitol 

March 24 - 2023 Annual Alumni Awards 

April 11 - FACS Spring College Assembly 


Anisa M. Zvonkovic 

Dean and Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences