Dean’s Update 3/17/15

March 16th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


In recognition that UGA needs to enact bold steps to increase the number of Ph.D. students at the University, the Provost’s office is introducing a voluntary incentive program to create more graduate research assistantships and grow doctoral programs. The Provost announced a new funding model for Ph.D. graduate assistantships that will give back revenue to grant-funded investigators and their departments. For research grants that include the cost of full-time in-state tuition for graduate research assistant(s) in the funded award, the University will return 1.5 times the tuition funds to the Principal Investigator’s home department. These funds will cover the cost of an assistantship for additional Ph.D. student(s). The university’s portion of any new assistantship’s cost of benefits would also be covered centrally by UGA.

This funding arrangement will be provided for every semester that a research grant pays a GRA’s tuition. The returned funds should be redeployed within one year to support additional student(s) in the department’s Ph.D. program.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Office of Academic Fiscal Affairs at (706) 583-0337.


In January, we received an e-mail about the opportunity to attend a training for all UGA faculty & staff about UGA’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Protocol. Presented by UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator, this program discussed SART Protocol for appropriately responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence and sexual assault, by students or other University community members. The issues addressed in the SART Protocol include: manners of responding that support a survivor in the disclosure and recovery process, available resources on campus and in the greater community for sexual assault survivors, addressing safety and medical concerns of survivors, University employees which have confidentiality and which do not, identification of mandatory reporters and the information they are required to disclose, and options for investigation by law enforcement and/or the Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator. This program was also made available to individual departments and units upon request.

On Wednesday, March 4th, Kristopher Stevens presented information that is helpful to everyone within the College, especially for those required to report these occurrences. People who are aware of these types of incidents and fail to report them, can be reprimanded. We appreciate the attendees from the College that represented each one of our departments. They are:

  • FDNS: Barbara Grossman, Bev Hull, Mary Ann Johnson
  • HDFS: Julie Patterson, Maria Bermudez, Don Bower
  • FHCE: Diane Costyn
  • TXMI: Patti Hunt-Hurst, Mary Sue Brewer, Beth Weigle 
  • Aspire: Megan Ford
  • SSAC: Jennifer Eberhart, Kelly King, Cara Simmons, Kassie Suggs
  • Also present was Diane Hartzell

If you think that we need to schedule another session, please contact Silvia Giraudo.  If you’d like to schedule one for your own area, send an email to


SecureUGA, an online, self-paced security awareness training program mandated by University System of Georgia (USG) policy, is available for all UGA employees to complete by March 31, 2015. This training is required for all employees, including student workers and contractors.

This online training program is available at

SecureUGA helps UGA employees and contractors understand, identify and respond appropriately to information security threats. Protecting sensitive and restricted data is everyone’s responsibility. Current employees who have previously completed SecureUGA can select one of three options to meet the training requirements for SecureUGA. They are:

-A brief refresher module

-An opt-out quiz

-SecureUGA core module series

UGA employees who completed SecureUGA on or after September 1, 2014 have completed their SecureUGA training requirement for this cycle. Those employees are not required to take SecureUGA again during this annual training cycle.

The program has been recently updated with a new look and training modules. For more information about SecureUGA, please visit Please contact the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106 or for assistance with SecureUGA.


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 2015-2017.

The purpose of FAC is to serve in advisory capacity to the Dean. More information is in our college bylaws, 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 three years. Last year one of our biggest projects included working on the college’s diversity plan to be unveiled this spring. 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 year before FAC revamped, with agreement of dept. heads, the Third Year Review Guidelines, Graduate Faculty Status Guidelines for the college, and also established the online Policies and Procedures documents and web site. 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 eligible to serve to Sherri Stephens, in the Dean’s Office before Monday, 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


We are excited about the upgrades to the computer lab, Dawson 204. Thanks to the Provost’s Office who supported our one-time funding request for $25,500, the FACS Office of Technology and Instructional Services (OTIS) staff worked hard over spring break to upgrade the eighteen computer stations. They installed all new hardware: Dell Optiplex 9020M micro-desktops – i7 quad core processors, 16GB of memory, running Windows 7 Enterprise, with 24” widescreen monitors. The software available on these new machines includes:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
  • Diet Analysis Plus
  • ESHA Food Processor SQL
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • UGA VLab

The installation of the new elevator is nearing completion. This week the inspection and certification should occur and we’ll be able to ride, not walk, between floors.

The second floor women’s restroom is almost finished. This completes the total refurbishing of all the restrooms in Dawson/Spiers, funded by MRR (Minor Renovation and Repair) funds. The construction continues on the 2nd floor Spiers for MRR improvements to the Bone Health Lab.



Mark your calendar and join us for two FACS college hosted events during UGA Thinc. Week, March 23-27, 2015. Thinc. is a university-wide initiative designed to encourage UGA students, faculty and staff to see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response. Thinc. fosters and promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Digital Disruption: The Latest Ideas Driving Change

Tuesday, March 24th 3:30pm in the Special Collections Library

Moderator:  Dr. Debbie Phillips, FACS alum and owner/founder of The Quadrillion

Panelists representing FACS:

Diana Harbor, owner of Red Dress Boutique (has appeared on Shark Tank)

Winn Blair, consumer economics graduate and Market Research Analyst at Aflac. Winn will soon be working for Southern Company in marketing research/consumer insights

Bill Kearney founder/operator of WB Kearney & Associates. They do strategic planning, mediation & product development.  They have an app called E-QYP targeted towards youth professions that provides information on cognitive, physical and socio emotional development in early childhood and adolescence, as well as activities that professionals can do geared for specific ages.

Sarah Stotz, FDN PhD student, is developing a new website and on-line educational program for the delivery of SNAP-Ed which will go live in March. 

TMI and other students will open the Couture a la Cart and Student Innovator's Marketplace on Wednesday, March 25, 11:00-3:00 on Tate North Lawn.  We will have 10 tables for 10 student entrepreneurs selling their merchandise. 


Please join Dean Fox and other FACS Alumni and Friends at the Future Farmstead home, which is located on the University of Georgia Tifton Campus, on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00pm.  New FACS Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement, Vicky Dorsey (BSHE '85) will also be in attendance. For further directions to the Future Farmstead home see here. This reception occurs the evening before GAFCS Annual Meeting at Abraham Baldwin College, Tifton. Join us for both events!

We look forward to seeing you in Tifton and hope you take this opportunity to come out and connect with other South Georgia FACS alumni and Friends! 

RSVP by Wednesday March 25th! Contact Elizabeth (Libby) Carter -, 706-542-4881.


UGA and community partners, including FACS, are hosting a school lunch cooking competition on Saturday, March 28, from 2-4 p.m. in the cafeteria of Barrow Elementary School, 100 Pinecrest Dr., Athens,

The event is free but registration is recommended. The ticketing site is now open. It is a companion to the UGA Special Collection Library exhibit, Food, Power, Politics: The Story of School Lunch.


Thanks to the UGA Parents & Families Leadership Council, our Student Success and Advising Center’s successful ‘The Bridge’ program will be supported by a $1,500 grant. The Council received 32 grant applications with requests totaling over $225,000. The Council was able to award over $155,000 to schools, colleges, and organizations across campus. We are happy to announce that SSAC received this financial support. 


Ms. Alison Berg, MS, RD, LD will be appointed Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of human nutrition and health promotion in the Department of Foods and Nutrition effective July 1, 2015. Alison is completing her Ph.D.; her doctoral research is part of an industry-funded, randomized-controlled trial in interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty from both UGA departments of Kinesiology and FDN. Ms. Berg has a strong record of nutrition education throughout the lifespan having worked as a clinical nutritionist for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), as a school nutrition area supervisor for the Cobb County School District, as a health educator for older adults at senior centers, and as a research dietitian for a community-dwelling older women population. As current President of the NE Georgia Dietetic Association and member of the Board of the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ms. Berg is familiar with the state and well connected with many nutrition and health professionals.

Continuing and active tenure-track faculty searches

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

  • Monday through Wednesday, March 16-18, attend Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and alumni visits, Charleston, SC
  • Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, host alumni reception at UGA Tifton and attend Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GAFCS), Tifton, GA

The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015.


Linda Kirk Fox


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