Dean’s Update 2/4/14

February 4th, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda


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 students who requested travel support for seven different conferences and professional opportunities. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the nearly $13,600 it would have taken to cover all of the requests, however we were able to allocate more than $6,000 from these two funds to 17 graduate students:

- Mary Creswell Research Fund

- Eleonora Costa Graduate Support Fund




Twenty-six FACS students received between $500-$1,000 in Study Abroad Scholarships for travel to London, China, Costa Rica, Australia, Ghana and beyond. A total or $19,500 was distributed from these endowed funds in the college:


  • McGill and Dean Family International Study Award
  • Claudia Stowers Noell International Study Award
  • Glenn Burton International Study Award
  • Zena Costa Brown International Study Award
  • Betty Davison Garcia International Study Award
  • Anne Montgomery Haltiwanger International Study Award
  • Grace Hartley International Study Award
  • Sarah L. Huff International Study Award
  • Sharon Y. Nickols International Study Award
  • Betty Sewell Ragland International Study Award
  • Sally Schley Stith International Study Award
  • Betty Carico Williams International Study Award *new endowment and first awardees




The college’s spring Assembly is scheduled for Friday, February, 21 and guests will include Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research at UGA. Other timely topics and updates will be provided. Join us at 3:00 pm in Room 110, Dawson Hall.




Thinc. at UGA is hosting a night with entrepreneurs from around the region to tell their founding stories to UGA students, faculty, and the broader community at the Georgia Theatre at 6:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 10.


Joe Moon, recent Bulldog 100 honoree and founder of Velocity Technology Partners, will moderate the evening as four University of Georgia graduates talk about their experiences starting businesses, raising capital, and growing a company. Startup Stories will feature UGA alumni Michael Tavani, Jon Birdsong, Adam Wexler, and Armistead Whitney. Michael Tavani is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and co-founder of Scoutmob. Jon Birdsong, a young entrepreneur, has founded several community organizations in Atlanta; he is most known for his startup, Rivalry. Adam Wexler, an '07 graduate of UGA, is the co-founder of Insightpool. Armistead Whitney is the founder and CEO of Perparis, Inc.


Dean’s Challenge LADY BULLDOGS Basketball Game – Thursday, Feb. 20


All 150 tickets have been taken….but do not fear, The Athletic Office has given our College

50 more tickets!!!  These tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please join us for Lady Bulldogs basketball vs LSU on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 with tip off at 7:00 p.m.


Nominate Your Student Worker FOR EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

UGA faculty and staff have a chance to honor hard-working students each year through the Student Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by the UGA Career Center. This is a time to honor an outstanding student worker within your department.

Please consider nominating a student worker you supervise that displays excellence in his or her work and is critical to your department’s success. The deadline to submit an online nomination form is quickly approaching on Thursday, February 6. The top 100 student workers will be invited, along with their nominating faculty/staff member, to an awards luncheon on April 15 at the Tate Student Center. One student will be honored as the UGA Student Employee of the Year. This is a wonderful way to recognize a student who has helped you and your department; and attending the recognition luncheon with them at no cost to you, the student, or your department is a nice way to end the year and thank them for their assistance. 

To nominate your student worker, please visit:



The State-of-the-Art Conference Program, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, provides UGA faculty the opportunity to organize a conference on the University of Georgia campus that facilitates interaction between national and international scholars and UGA faculty and students.


Proposals requesting funding for State-of-the-Art Conferences that will be held on the UGA campus between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, should be submitted to the Office of the Provost on or before Friday, Feb. 28. Application guidelines are posted to the web site




Join me in congratulations to Tracy Clements in the department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics (FHCE). She was presented the Thomas E. Cochran Service Award in recognition of her outstanding service and support to the students, faculty and staff of the Financial Planning Program.


Joe Goetz, Associate Professor, FHCE, has been inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy – Class of 2013. Founded in 1999, the Teaching Academy is a faculty-initiated and faculty-driven organization dedicated to the notion that “teaching is important”. Congratulations, Joe!


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

  • No travel scheduled at this time
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
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