Dean’s Update 3/14/17

March 14th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Nominations are being sought for individuals interested in being placed on electronic ballot for election to represent the cohort on the college’s Faculty Advisory Committee 2017-2019.

The purpose of FAC is to serve in advisory capacity to the Dean. More information is in our college bylaws, (section 4) where the function and structure are detailed. The committee typically meets three times fall semester and three times during the spring.

Accomplishments are written in the Dean’s Update for the past five years. In the past, one of our biggest projects included working on the college’s diversity and inclusion plan. In addition, the FAC streamlined the college awards processes and added three new awards – Super-Includer Award; Early Career Faculty Research Award; and Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award. The FAC established the online Policies and Procedures documents and revamped, with agreement of dept. heads, the Third Year Review Guidelines, Graduate Faculty Status Guidelines for the college, grievance process for non-grade appeals, and annual evaluation of faculty professional service. Ask current members about the operations of the FAC.


We are looking to fill five two-year positions on the college’s Faculty Advisory Committee:

1.    FHCE faculty (any rank)

2.    TMI faculty (any rank)

3.    Associate Professor (any department)

4.    Public Service and Outreach (any rank)

5.    Instructor/Lecturer (any department)

To have his/her name placed on the ballot, interested individuals meeting the criteria above, with a commitment to serving two years of regularly scheduled meetings with the Dean, need to send via email which vacant position they are eligible to serve in to Melissa McBride, in the FHCE department before Thursday, March 30, 5 pm. A ballot will be developed and sent out the following week.

The background information about the FAC can be found in the college BYLAWS: Current members are listed along with college committees here:


The spring College Assembly will be Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 pm in Conner Hall 104. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us for important college and personnel updates, Q&A, and introduction to university and college initiatives.

Endsley-Peifer GRADUATE Student Research Awards

Nominations are now open to select the Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award recipients The award recognizes students whose research during graduate school made significant contributions to advancing knowledge in one or more specialty areas comprising the College. Particular emphasis will be given in recognition of the research that promises to enhance the physical and/or social quality of life for families.

Graduate Coordinators, please submit your nominations to in the Dean's Office by 5:00 p.m. March 15, 2017.


The 3rd annual chefs’ challenge to create tasty dishes that meet USDA requirements for the National School Lunch Program is set for Sat., March 18th in the cafeteria of Whitehead Road Elementary School. The 2017 event will expand attendance from 150 to 200 people, and offer hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations, in addition to the competition.

This year’s competitors include:
-Last Resort Grill
-The Place
-Taqueria Del Sol
-CCSD Family & Consumer Science Teachers

The 2017 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 jars of peanut butter, individual oatmeal packs, beef ravioli (pop top cans), chicken and rice (pop top cans) mac and cheese (individual dry packs), and raisins (individual boxes).


On behalf of the Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GAFCS) Board of Directors, you are cordially invited to an exciting event in professional development…the 2017 state annual conference. This event will take place on the UGA Campus in Athens in the Fireside Lounge, Rooker Hall on Friday, March 31, 2017.

The conference theme is Improving the Health and Well-Being of a Changing Society. During this event, we will participate in a moving classroom to learn about research being conducted in the Department of Kinesiology on movement and women’s health, hear from a group of student Peer Nutrition Educators, and learn about the AAFCS 2018 Annual Conference being held in Atlanta. There will be a panel discussing the State of FCS in Georgia and work and school related stress management. We will honor some of our members, hear from a state legislative aide, install new officers, and conduct business during lunch. Poster displays will showcase work that is being done throughout our state.

A schedule at a glance:


8:30 – 8:40 - WELCOME


8:40 – 9:30 – Michael Rupured – UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Extension and Outreach will discuss the availability of FCS programs throughout Georgia. Katy Janouset from UGA’s Health Center will offer strategies and techniques for students and professionals who wish to implement stress management skills into their daily lives.

9:35 – 10:05 - Joanne Cavis - Chair, AAFCS 2018 Planning Committee, will provide an interactive session on how GAFCS will prepare for the 2018 National convention in Atlanta.

10:05 – 10:20 - Moving Classroom transition to Ramsey Student Center

10:20 – 11:30 – Dr. Ellen Evans, Professor of Kinesiology and Director of UGA’s Center for Physical Activity and Health, and adjunct Professor in the College of FCS directs the Exercise is Medicine Initiative at UGA.

11:45 – 1:15 - LUNCH:

Greeting from the University of Georgia FACS Legislative Aide Program

Business Meeting, Awards & Recognition, Officer Installation


1:30– 3:00 - Dr. Elizabeth Andress, University of Georgia, Department of Foods and Nutrition will offer techniques for planning, organizing and delivering food demonstrations as part of nutrition education programs.

3:00 – 3:15 – BREAK

3:15 – 400 - Peer Nutrition Educators – students will report on how the program assists students with making wise food decisions to last a life time.

4:00 – 4:15 - CLOSING SESSION

So, join GAFCS colleagues and students in Athens on March 31 and be a part of improving the health and well-being of our changing society. The registration form has information to confirm your plans to attend. Complete the registration form (available in the Dean’s Office); enclose a check and mail postmarked by March16 for early-bird registration. Prepayment is required to be registered.

Embark is a UGA Family and Consumer Sciences student community service project that provides toiletries to homeless students, and GSU hosts a hygiene closet for students in need. Our board voted to offer this as a community service project during our conference. A basket will be available at the registration table for you to donate items for these worthy causes.

AAFCS Professional Development Units have been applied for and such credentials will be available in your registration packet.

We look forward to seeing you in Athens on March 31.

Sincerely, Karen H. Jones, GAFCS President


Congratulations to Cara Simmons, Director of the FACS Student Success and Advising Center, who was selected to the inaugural class of the Women's Staff Leadership Institute.  Human Resources launched this new leadership development opportunity for UGA staff members that is aligned with the Women's Leadership Initiative launched in 2015 by President Morehead and Provost Whitten.


Effective Monday, March 27, Ms. Lynn Parham joins the Dean’s Unit of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences as the Administrative Manager – Executive Assistant to the Dean. Lynn has 18 years’ experience at UGA and currently assists the Associate Provost in the Office of Faculty Affairs. Previously held positions at the college level includes eight years in the College of Pharmacy where she served in the Division of Experience Programs, College of Pharmacy, serving as a resource to the Assistant Dean  for Experience Programs. Lynn is familiar with coordination of faculty appointments, collection of faculty data for promotion and tenure and policies, as well as supervising department staff and student workers. Lynn is completing an online program in Organizational Leadership: Administrative Management from Clayton State University.

Please welcome Lynn Parham to her new job at FACS! Her email address for correspondence associated with the duties of assistant to the dean is and her phone number will be 706.542.4879.

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

  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 28


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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