Dean’s Update 2/4/19

February 4th, 2019 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


In his annual State of the University Address last week, President Morehead laid out plans to further advance the university. Stating the growth of research at UGA over the last five years of his Presidency and annual statewide economics impact have “a big impact on individuals, families, and communities.”

He also unveiled the strategic planning process also was announced during the speech.  The new plan will guide the university from 2020, when the current plan expires, to 2025.

A university-wide committee will develop the plan over the course of the next year, and the plan will include goals focused on three mission-centered strategic directions: promoting excellence in teaching and learning; growing research, innovation and entrepreneurship; and strengthening partnerships with communities in Georgia and around the world.

A series of focus groups across campus has begun to college input. Online surveys will be announced to the university community to provide input regarding the

Watch for future announcements of the Strategic Plan 2025 online survey!


In his 2019 State of the University Address, President Morehead announced a new internal seed grant program for interdisciplinary proposals addressing any of the following grand challenges:

  • Healthier People
  • A More Secure Future
  • Stronger Communities

Up to $1 million will be available to support interdisciplinary teams of UGA faculty, possibly working with external collaborators from other universities, government agencies, or the private sector, who submit compelling proposals to address key aspects of these broad themes. Proposals must describe work that will position teams to be competitive for externally funded multi-investigator and/or multi-institution awards. Proposals may include academic and public service faculty, and both research/outreach components when appropriate. 

Funding. Awards may range from $50,000 to $150,000 per grant proposal, with actual amounts based on itemized budgets. Funds may be used in any customary way to support research, including for salary/stipend support of key personnel (faculty summer salary capped at two months). However, these funds are not intended to support conferences, external collaborators, or course buyouts. Awarded funds will be available July 1, 2019 and must be expended by December 31, 2020.

Faculty may participate in more than one application in this funding cycle, provided that each application is for a scientifically distinct project. Faculty should NOT submit proposals that EITHER represent the continuation of a project previously funded by the first Presidential Seed Grant Program OR that have significant overlap with a proposal previously funded by the first Presidential Seed Grant Program. Proposals that were reviewed but not funded in the first Presidential Seed Grant Program should not be submitted to this round unless they have been substantially revised.

Notice of Intent. Teams must submit a short Notice of Intent to the Office of Research via the Notice of Intent Submission Form by March 15, 2019. It should include: proposal title; name and email of the contact PI (for communication with the Office of Research); names/affiliations of all other UGA faculty; and a brief but clear description of the proposal’s goals and approaches (3 sentences maximum).

Full proposal: Submit proposals via the Proposal Submission Form by April 30, 2019.


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of the FACS Alumni Association Awards. Recipients will be recognized at the 41st annual FACS Alumni Association Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 2 at the Georgia Center.

Carolyn Berdanier, professor emerita and former head of the department of foods and nutrition, will be inducted into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition for her lifetime of contributions to the field. A prolific researcher investigating nutrient-gene interactions in diabetes, Berdanier published more than 200 research articles, reviews and book chapters and has been a generous supporter of undergraduate researchers within the college.

She joins just 28 others in the Honor Hall, which was established in 1980 to recognize those who have made highly significant contributions in the field of family and consumer sciences; who have impeccable character and commitment and who have provided outstanding leadership.

Along with Berdanier, the college will recognize the following recipients:

Brenda Cude, Creswell Award: Cude is a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences in the department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics and has served as the department’s undergraduate coordinator since 2006. Cude, who was named a FACS 100 Centennial Honoree in 2018, earned a Ph.D. in consumer economics from Purdue University.

Tammy Gilland (BSHE ’88), Distinguished Alumni Award: Gilland serves as Executive Director of Philanthropy for Piedmont Athens Regional. She previously spent more than two decades at UGA in fund development and alumni relations. A FACS 100 Centennial Honoree in 2018, Gilland also has been recognized extensively for her community involvement, including receiving the Athena Award from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Mitch Hardeman (BSFCS ’93), Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award: Hardeman is owner of Hardeman-Hobson Waste Services and the residential construction company Hardeman Enterprises. He has served on the FACS Alumni Association Board, including a term as president in 2013-14, and is a frequent guest lecturer in the college in the area of residential property management.

Heather McElroy (BSFCS ’03), Outstanding Service Award: McElroy, a 2003 FACS grad in consumer economics, has worked in the real estate field since 2002. She is an active member of the Athens community, having served as a member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens, Athens Area Homeless Shelter and Athens Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, among others.

Ivy Odom (BSFCS ’15, AB ’15), Pacesetter Award: Odom is a test kitchen assistant with Time Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham, Ala., hosting instructional cooking videos and styling digital food content for several Meredith Corporation food and lifestyle brands and hosting the Southern Living video series, “Hey, Y’all.” In addition to a BSFCS in consumer journalism, Odom has a degree in Spanish from UGA and was valedictorian of her class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Md.

Linsey Shockley (BSFCS ’11) and Traci Bryant (BSFCS ’10), FACS Appreciation Award: In recognition of their respective agencies’ support of FACS Education, FACS grads Shockley and Bryant are recipients of the FACS Appreciation Award. Shockley is the Family and Consumer Sciences program manager with the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education division of the Georgia Department of Education. Bryant serves as executive director for Georgia Family, Community and Career Leaders of America. The FACS Appreciation Award is given to an individual, collaborator, company or agency for contributing significantly to FACS either financially, programmatically or legislatively.


Four student interns will work in the Student Success and Advising Center to assist with FACS events and programs such as Info Sessions, FACS Day at the Capitol, student organizations, marketing/publicity, Get Into Career Gear, Bulldog Basics, and other special projects and programs related to the undergraduate student experience.

Courtney Britt

Nutritional Sciences

Sydney Dilworth

Nutritional Sciences

Nadia Gaines

Consumer Economics

Sarah Lindsay

Human Development and Family Science


As you know, the previous Provost charged the schools and colleges with increasing graduate enrollment by 5% by 2021. Interim Provost Libby Morris notified the college on January 9 that our college has exceeded expectations, having already increased enrollment by 30% according to October 2018 census data. This is wonderful news and Provost Morris congratulates and thanks all of us for the accomplishment.

In recognition of this financial windfall, I have notified the two departments in the college who have significantly contributed to that growth – Foods and Nutrition with an approximate 70% growth (Fall, Oct. 2015 – 2019) and Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics with an approximate 60% growth.

We received a one-time allocation of $25,000 which I have divided among them. Both of the departments will augment graduate assistantship funding, their choice, this spring, 2019.

Announcing enhancements to the USG Optional and Voluntary Retirement Plans

Important enhancements are coming soon to the University System of Georgia (USG) Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and the 403(b) and 457(b) supplemental savings plans beginning on May 1, 2019.  These enhancements will help to simplify how you enroll in and manage your optional and voluntary retirement saving plans.

Please note: There are no changes to the Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) Plan.

The enhancements to the ORP, 403(b), and 457(b) plans include the following:

Consistent Service Providers – Fidelity, TIAA and VALIC
Consistent offering of providers across all plans (the ORP, 403(b), and 457(b) plans) to make it easier for employees to make decisions.  TIAA will serve as the primary service provider for plan administration.

New Streamlined Investment Options
New investment choices to make investment selection easier.

Reducing the Number of Providers
Lincoln Financial Group, will no longer be a vendor option for the plans. This will allow for streamlined enrollment and lower fees.  Employees may keep their existing balances with the Lincoln Financial Group, but must select one of the vendor options, Fidelity, TIAA, or VALIC, for future contributions.

New One-on-One Session with Financial Advisor
Fidelity, TIAA and VALIC will continue to offer financial counseling and education. The USG has also partnered with CAPTRUST, a third-party investment advisory firm, to offer investment advice and financial counseling sessions for employees.

This 28-page Transition Guideclick here provides you with more information about these changes and actions you may want to take.  You will find the referenced Guide to New Investments inserts from each remaining vendor – TIAA, Fidelity and VALIC - on the retirement webpage located at You can reference additional information there, including Frequently Asked Questions at

If you have any questions please contact UGA Human Resources at 706-542-2222 or email

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

  • Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, Raise 251.2, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL,
  • The next Dean’s Update will be the week of February 18, 2019.


Linda Kirk Fox

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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