Dean’s Update 3/31/15

March 31st, 2015 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda


Please mark your calendar and set your GPS/compass to make your way to the College of Forestry Building, Room 304 at 3:30 on Tuesday, April 14 for the spring College Assembly! Pamela Whitten, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, will join us! Topics will include updates on the Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action, personnel and other initiatives of the university and the college!


Dr. Jung Sung Yeo, Dean of College of Human Ecology in Seoul National University will travel to UGA Athens to meet with interested FACS faculty, students, graduate students and college leadership on Friday, April 24.

Seoul National University is the leading institution in Korea as well as in the global level. The College of Human Ecology has four departments, Consumer Science, Child Development & Family Studies, Food & Nutrition, and Textiles & Clothing. Their faculty are excellent and receive significant grants for research and training. Developing deeper partnerships with the college and university will be explored.

Dean Yeo has already had the chance to meet some colleagues from Georgia in the conference of American Council on Consumer Interests, Dr. Grable and Dr. Nielson since my major is Consumer Economics. And I knew that there are quite many graduate students from Seoul National University. Please contact your department head or the dean’s office if you’d like to participate on the 24th.


I’m excited to announce FACS will be able to offer $1,000 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) undergraduate research assistantships stipends for summer session. Applications must be completed by the student and the mentoring faculty member and department head by Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 pm. Previous CURO undergraduate research assistants are not eligible to apply.

The web pages communicating the new undergraduate research assistantship program with complete details on how to find a faculty mentor and how to apply are listed here

All faculty and advisors in the college are encouraged to promote these new opportunities to students Remember this is competitive allocation of the assistantships. Students must apply by Wed. April 29. If not selected for summer, the application can be forwarded for fall semester if the student and faculty mentor agree to this consideration.

Faculty are encouraged to continue to submit to Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean, description of research opportunities which undergraduate can consider. To review our current listing, see “FACS Opportunities for Undergraduate Research”


FACS had a strong showing of students and faculty mentors at the Classic Center CURO Symposium on Monday/Tuesday, March 30-31. The link to all the abstracts can be found at

ORAL PRESENTATIONS (student name/faculty mentor, title, department)

* CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantship (fall or spring semester)

Foods and Nutrition:

Brittany Lynn Whitlock/Claire de La Serre, Influence of Maternal Diet on the Offspring Gut, (FDN)

*Whitney Okie/Rob Pazdro, Genetic Determination of Obesity Induced Inflammation and Blood Brain Barrier Alterations, (FDN)

Joy Chinenye Maduka/Alex Anderson, Type of Infant Feeding, Weight and Body Composition Changes in Early Infancy, (FDN)

Adison Krieger/Claire de La Serre, The Potential Protective Effects of Anthocyanins on Liver Insulin Signaling, (FDN)

Human Development and Family Science:

Seyi Amosu/Maria Bermudez, Overview of Interdisciplinary Clinics and Community Agencies, Room C (HDFS)

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics:

Benjamin Landes/Brenda Cude, Financial Literacy in College Students, Room G (FHCE)

*Blake Mathews/Brenda Cude, Financial Stress Among College Students, Room B (FHCE)

Anthony Reyna/Brenda Cude, College Students’ Credit Experience and Behavior, Room A (FHCE)

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors:

*Lauren Tolbert/Suraj Sharma, Pretreatment of Cellulose Powder and Nanocellulose Gel Production, (TMI)

*Lucie Reynolds/Katalin Medvedev, The Evolution of Quail Hunting Attire in South Georgia and North Florida, (TMI)

*Molly Dodd/Patti Hunt-Hurst, Hollywood’s Risque Years: Female Body Exposure in Pre-Code Film, (TMI)

POSTER PRESENTATIONS [student name/faculty mentor]

Foods and Nutrition:

*Courtney Alvis/Dorothy Hausman

*Meagan Patterson/Dorothy Hausman

Randi Goldstein/Leann Birch

Sarah Madalene Dawson/Rick Lewis

*Jordan Sylvester/Rick Lewis

Derek Desmond Coger/Rick Lewis

*Elizabeth Harris/Rob Pazdro

*Erica J. Coe/Rob Pazdro

*Sarah Yoo/Rob Pazdro

*Laura Eckhardt/Caree Cotwright

Human Development and Family Science:

*Stephanie Kors/Assaf Oshri

Audrey Rebecca Lanier/Jay Mancini

*Jacqueline Michelle DiStefano/Denise Lewis

*Danielle Augustine/Denise Lewis

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics:

Jessica Macelle Parks/Heidi Ewen (FHCE and Gerontology/Public Health)


The week of April 12 through 17 UGA 2015 Honors Week is filled with many opportunities to recognize faculty, students and alumni at UGA in teaching, research, service missions, and student success. Below I have included the events and names of FACS faculty and students that will be recognized during the week for your information.

Sunday, April 12

2015 Blue Key Initiation Ceremony: 2:00 in the UGA Chapel

Lucy Tyler, HDFS

Benjamin Jacobs, graduate student in financial planning, FHCE

Monday, April 13

Public Service and Outreach Awards Program: 11:30 to 5:00, GA Center

               Lt. Governor Casey Cagle speaks at 3:00

Faculty Recognition Banquet: 5:30 to 8:30, Mahler Hall, GA Center

               Emily Blalock will be recognized as the FACS Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, April 15

At the President’s House on Prince Avenue, 12:00 to 2:00

UGA Presidential Award of Excellence:

Danielle Augustine, HDFS

Laura Eckhart, FDN

UGA First Honor Graduates:

Noelle Fuller, Foods and Nutrition

Carolina Russo Cawthon, Foods and Nutrition

Thursday, April 16

Research Awards Banquet: 5:30 to 8:30, Mahler Hall, GA Center   

Friday, April 17

UGA Alumni Association Awards Luncheon: 12:00 to 2:00 at the Tate Center



The College Awards and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 3:30pm, in Dawson Room 110.

Congratulations to the recipients of the following college awards:

Advisor of the Year: Sophia Anong, FHCE – tenure track and Beverly Hull, FDN – non-tenure track

Teacher of the Year: Emily Blalock, Senior Lecturer, TMI

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award: Steve Kogan, Associate Professor, HDFS

Early Career Faculty Research Award: Assaf Oshri, Assistant Professor, HDFS

Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award: Rob Pazdro, Assistant Professor, FDN

Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award: Kassie Suggs, SSAC

Super-Includer Diversity Award: Bill Flatt, FDN

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Extension and Outreach Faculty Award: Ted Futris, HDFS

Thomas F. Rodgers Outreach Agent Award: Terri Black, County Extension Coordinator, Burke County

Outreach Paraprofessional Award: Charlene May, Program Assistant EFNEP, Bibb County

Endsley-Peifer Student Research Awards:

-Abed Rabbani, FHCE

-Joseph Kindler, FDN

Good news! The College of Family and Consumer Sciences dominated the UGA Athletics Ladydogs Deans’ Challenge this year. Our college is the winner of 4 women’s basketball season tickets for the upcoming year. Thanks to you for supporting the Ladydogs! We will distribute to the lucky faculty staff or faculty at our Awards Celebration. Be sure to come – you could win the season tickets for 2015-2016 season!!


Two FDN students will be recognized as First Honor Graduates by President Morehead at his home and at UGA Commencement – Noelle Fuller and Carolina Russo Cawthon. First Honor Graduates are recognized for completing a baccalaureate degree with an overall grade point average of 4.0 for all UGA and other college-level transfer credits. Congratulations!

Jarett Martin, FHCE, was elected to the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate position for our college.

Mary Ann Johnson, FDN, was elected Vice President of the American Society for Nutrition effective June 1, 2015! This 4-year term of office includes the highly prestigious position President of the Society. In these positions, Mary Ann will provide leadership to the 5000 members of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) who  are among the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry scientists who advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the benefit of humans and animals. Congratulations!


New faculty hires:

Mr. Greg Vessels will be appointed Associate Clinical Professor effective August 14, 2015, non-tenure track in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors in the position Georgia Soft Goods Distinguished Professor, pending Board of Regent approval. Mr. Vessels comes to UGA after a strong career in international sourcing in the apparel industry. His degree and coursework are from the University of Georgia (B.A.) and Georgia State University (Management). He has served as the International Sourcing Executive responsible for developing sourcing strategies for companies to optimize product cycle from product development, through supply chain management and logistics, to customer satisfaction. He brings to our curriculum in fashion merchandising and retail over 30 years of experience with domestic and global apparel manufacturers with owned brands of Tommy Bahama and Ben Sherman, and licensed brands including Nautica, Oscar de la Renta, Kenneth Cole, Dockers and private labels. He worked with international marketers and wholesalers, serving major retailers such as Walmart, Macy’s JC Penney, Sears, Mens Wearhouse, Land’s End and Nordstrom’s. Mr. Vessels is highly respected by colleagues nationally and internationally from both industry and trade associations. 

Ms. Laura McAndrews, MS, will join Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors in August 2015 as Assistant Professor of Product Design and Development. She is completing her Ph.D. at the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri, researching supply chain management. Her degrees and coursework are from MU, Kansas State University, and Parson’s School of Design, NY. Before her current graduate studies, Laura worked nine years in the New York and Philadelphia fashion industry with such brands as Ralph Lauren, The Gap, and Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie Division in product development. She consulted internationally in the product development phase of a new sustainability-related clothing brand in the El Salvador office and factory.

New staff hire:

Mr. Justin Miller will begin work as the Administrative Associate II in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics on April 16th. Justin has a BSFCS in Consumer Economics & Housing with an emphasis in Residential Property Management.  He will bring a wealth of experiences to this position with his work history in leasing, property management, and restaurants. He has also served our country as a US Marine.


Kudos to Carrie Cotwright and the FDN students who participated in the School Lunch Challenge sponsored by the College this past Saturday! I had a great time sampling the lunch menus devised by elementary school students enrolled in Clarke County School District schools and local chefs. The teams created delicious dishes that met the USDA nutrition guidelines, and which met the cost ($1.50 per full plate produced) and timeline (1.5 hours to prep and serve) provided by the Clarke County School District. Photos from the event can be viewed on the Russell Library’s Facebook Page.

The overall champion, determined by our panel of student judges (all elementary school students enrolled in Clarke County School District schools), was The National for their deluxe chicken burrito with brown rice, quinoa, edamame succotash, cheese, salsa, and chicken with a side of broccoli and cheddar. This winning dish will be incorporated into the school lunch menu for the Clarke County School District next year! The student judges named Heirloom Cafe & Fresh Market runner up, for their chicken and vegetable stew with whole wheat biscuit. All attendees had a chance to vote for the crowd favorite, which went to Athens Land Trust for their chickpea veggie burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and zucchini fries. The crowd's runner-up favorite came from Goodie Two Shoes - who gave us country ham, roasted sweet potatoes with fresh herbs and honey, collard greens, and confetti cornbread.

This event was inspired by the ongoing exhibition, Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch, on display in the Russell Library Gallery (inside the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries) through July 2015. Dr. Josephine Martin, recent inductee into the College’s Honor Hall of Recognition was instrumental in the passage of the school lunch program and subsequent legislation. We hope you all will consider coming to explore the exhibit in-person, or viewing the online version hosted by the New Georgia Encyclopedia on their site – to learn a bit more about the history of the National School Lunch Program:

Event Sponsors:
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Clarke County School District
Athens Land Trust
College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia
Athens Farm to School

Source: Jan Levinson Hebbard, Outreach Archivist, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

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

  • No travel scheduled.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 14, 2015.


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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