Dean’s Update 3/1/16

March 2nd, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will honor four (4) Distinguished Service Award recipients at the 2016 conference in June in Bellevue, Washington. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Don Bower, Dept. of Human Development and Family Science will be one of those honorees!

Dr. Bower’s DSA “Spotlight” can be found on the AAFCS web site

How can you honor Don and the other 2016 DSAs?

  • Plan now to attend the 107th Annual Conference & Expo in Bellevue, Washington, June 22-25, 2016.
  • Submit a letter in honor of your colleague, friend, or mentor by May 25, 2016, for inclusion in the keepsake Book of Letters presented to each DSA recipient at the Annual Conference. Letters should be unfolded and mailed in an 8.5 x 11 envelope to "AAFCS DSA" at 400 N. Columbus St., Ste. 202, Alexandria, VA 22314, or emailed to with "DSA Letter" in the subject line.
  • Donate by April 30, 2016, to the AAFCS DSA Honorary Fund to ensure acknowledgement in printed materials. Use the return envelope enclosed in the current issue of the Journal, give online via MyAAFCS at, or call 800-424-8080.

Join me in Congratulating Don Bower!


The annual chefs’ challenge to create tasty dishes that meet USDA requirements for the National School Lunch Program is set for Sat., March 19th. The 2016 event will expand attendance from 150 to 200 people, and offer hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, in addition to the competition. Read the full story online

Local chef Hugh Acheson will serve as the master of ceremonies. Mr. Acheson recently launched Seed Life Skills, a non-profit committed to revamping Family and Consumer Science curriculum, supporting education that teaches skills including hands-on culinary instruction, conscious consumer economics, and D.I.Y. design principles.

The 2016 School Lunch Challenge is sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Clarke County School District, the Athens Land Trust, Athens Farm to School, UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Foods and Nutrition, The Fresh Market, Seed Life Skills, and Heirloom Café.   

Attendees are encouraged to bring donation items to benefit the Food 2 Kids program operated by the Foodbank of Northeast Georgia. Requested items include beans-n-franks (pop-top cans) and jars of peanut butter.  

NEXT TOP ENTREPRENEUR – March 30 deadline

Please alert your students to this opportunity! The annual Next Top Entrepreneur competition is a pitch competition that allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to show off their business ideas to a panel of judges while competing to win a final prize of $10,000. The event will be held Wednesday March 30th at the Indigo Hotel in Athens, GA during Athens’ first ever StartUp week!

The application can be found at the link below and will be open until February 15th. However, if you do have students who will need more time to apply please let me know and we can work with them to extend the deadline until the 28th.


UGA in partnership with NASDAQ is hosting the Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands Competition. Student teams from all over the country will pitch their consumer/retail brand idea to compete for a prize of $25,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the Next Great Consumer Brands Conference in Time Square on April 27, 2016. The UGA event will be held on campus on Thursday, April 7th.

The application can be found at the link below and will be open until February 28th.

For more information, please contact Kelly Durkin in the Terry College of Business at or by phone at (706)542-9164.

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

  • Tuesday through Friday, March 8-11, attend Board on Human Sciences annual conference, Washington, DC.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016


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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