Dean’s Update 4/11/17

April 11th, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The new two-year term begins with the first meeting in the fall for the recently elected members of the FACS dean’s advisory committee, called the Faculty Advisory Committee. Listed below are the individuals elected by their peers in the membership category listed. Welcome the newest members for the Faculty Advisory Committee, 2017-2019:

1)      FHCE – John Grable

2)      TMI – Greg Vessels

3)      Associate Professor – Diann Moorman

4)      Instructor/Lecturer – Clair McClure

5)      Public Service and Outreach – Karen Tinsley

These five new FAC members join the four returning FAC members, 2016-2018:

  1. FDN – Rick Lewis
  2. HDFS – Jennifer Gonyea
  3. Professor – Brenda Cude
  4. Assistant Professor – Heidi Ewen

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.


FACS was well represented at the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium last week. They are listed below by department along with the faculty mentor’s name. Here's a link to a few images from the CURO Symposium.

Reminder: The deadline for fall CURO assistantships is June 1, 2017

Foods and Nutrition

Megan Houston, “Effects of a PUFA-rich diet on coagulation and inflammation markers in healthy adults,” Jamie Cooper

Evan Johnson, “How do parental practices influence adolescent food choices?” Alex Anderson

Fatima Kamal, “The effects of two different high-fat diets on appetite hormone levels,” Jamie Cooper

Liana Mosley (nutritional sciences student), “Comparing the incomparable: A methodological investigation of water limitation treatments,” John Burke, Plant Biology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Leah Nicole Prine, “Metabolic responses to diets of varying fatty acid saturation,” Jamie Cooper

Aamanya Raval (nutritional sciences student), “Biophysical characterization of human transketolase and transketolase-like protein interactions with the thiamine diphosphate cofactor,” Scott Pegan, College of Pharmacy

Olivia Shealy, “Infant sleep duration among white breastfed and black formula-fed infants at 16 weeks,” Leann Birch

Madeleine Holden Snidow, “Designing relevant in-vitro models of muscle metabolism with inclusion of energy expenditure,” Chad Paton

Camaria Welch, “Needs Assessment to assess the use of a mobile food pantry in the child care setting,” Caree Cotwright

 Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Ellen Barrow, “The financial obligations of owning a pet,” Brenda Cude

Ana Duron-Fleck, “The effectiveness of financial education mandates in Georgia public high schools,” Brenda Cude

Sarah Landa, “Retirement planning behavior and retirement planning participation among men and women: an examination of the determining factors,” Swarn Chatterjee

Human Development and Family Science

Savannah Carroll, “Child disability and maltreatment: Caregiver support as a protective factor,” Assaf Oshri

Abby Carden-Jones, “Household production of health: Cambodian refugees’ health strategies in the United States,” Denise Lewis

Genesis Castro, “Latino family resilience among undocumented families,” Maria Bermudez

T. Jacklyn Clark, “Identity and generativity among LGBT older adults,” Denise Lewis

Lauren Jayne Lauterback, “Socioculturally attuned family therapy: Guidelines for equitable theory and practice,” Maria Bermudez

Nicole McEwen, “Emotion coping strategies in low-income, African-American children: The role of early parenting and child temperament,” Geoffrey Brown

Madaline McGarrah and Jacklyn J. Byrd, “Fluidity of identity among older gay men,” Denise Lewis

Chantel Odabi, “Evaluating the outreach and effectiveness of Better Brains for Babies education for child care providers,” Diane Bales

Amanda Peclat-Begin, “Cambodian mental health therapists’ experience in clinical supervision: A phenomenological exploration,” Desiree Seponski

Emily Sands, “Utilizing cultural advisors in marriage and family therapy practice,” Desiree Seponski

Anna Schramski, “Filipino immigrant social networks and their influence on settlement experience,” Denise Lewis

Mary (Maggie) Spears, “Homeschooling and its effect on the parent-child relationship,” Jennifer George

Jordan Srochi, “Protective effects of mentors on substance use outcomes for maltreated youth,” Assaf Oshri

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Shelbi Aldrich, “Textiles and fibers single point of contact,” Suraj Sharma

Anna Bennett, “How social media affects higher learning,” Lilia Gomez-Lanier

Olonie Binns, “Motown styles and the 1960s American Dream,” Monica Sklar

Madeline Harpham, “Dior to disco: Second-wave feminism and fashion,” Monica Sklar

Cathy Lee, “From trash to fashion: Converting polyethylene terephthalate into fabric,” Suraj Sharma

Nathan Likens, “Nanofibrous pectin scaffolds for biomedical applications,” Sergiy Minko

Taylor Timmons, “Plasticization of nanocellulose gel,” Suraj Sharma


The following individuals were notified they are the recipients of the college’s faculty and staff awards for 2017. Their formal recognition will be during FACS Week Oct. 14 – 20, 2017 at the Celebration for Excellence luncheon. Please join me in congratulating:

  • Bev Hull, SSAC, FACS Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor
  • Alex Anderson, FDN, FACS Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor
  • Kati Medvedev, TMI, Bill & June Flatt Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • No award this year – Bill & June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research
  • Claire de La Serre, FDN – Early Career Faculty Research
  • Brenda Cude, FHCE – Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research 
  • Joe Goetz, FHCE – Bill & June Flatt Faculty Outstanding Extension & Outreach Faculty
  • SNAP-Ed, FDN, Jung Sun Lee, PI and entire team – Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach award
  • Ines Beltran, Gwinnett County, NW District – Thomas F. Rodgers Outreach County Agent award
  • Wanda DeLyons, Outreach Paraprofessional Award
  • Cara Simmons, SSAC – Nettie Marie Nickols Staff award

Reminder: Apply by June 1 for FACS Susan Hale Brooks Professional Development Staff awards. For each request, submit electronically a nomination packet to the Dean’s Assistant no later than June 1. See the web site for more details:


A favorite award to recognize faculty or staff in the college who exemplify the spirit of inclusiveness and making others feel welcomed and respected is the Super-Includer Award. This year the award was selected from several nominations to be given to Ms. Cara Simmons, Director, Student Success and Advising Center!


Honors Week and Convocation student recognition events are just around the corner. Here are the students from FACS receiving special honors, their name and department:

Outstanding Senior: Anna Beth Smith, HDFS and Political Science

Academic Achievement and UGA First Honor Graduate: Hannah Rosenblatt, HDFS

Presidential Award of Excellence: Anna Beth Smith, HDFS and Political Science

Presidential Award of Excellence: Joy Maduka, FDN

At UGA Commencement ceremony in Sanford stadium, a FACS student will deliver the student address: Avery Hudson, HDFS

At FACS Convocation, the following students will deliver their remarks to the graduating class:

Student Perspective: Annie Ladisic, FDN

Student Challenge: Kendall Ague, FHCE

I hope you can join the FACS Teacher of the Year, Dr. Kati Medvedev, along with these students at the college’s Convocation, 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 5 at the Classic Center. Confirm you participation to your department Office Manager by Friday, April 14, 2017.


The UGA scrimmage football game on Saturday, April 22 is a perfect day to be on campus and in Sanford Stadium! Prior to the free game, stop by the front of Dawson Hall between 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm to join faculty, alumni and friends for ice cream social and photo booth! See you in your best Red & Black! Kick-off is 2:00 pm.


The spring College Assembly was held on Tuesday, April 4. If you missed it, the department heads and associate deans were sent a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from whom you can request a copy, or email the dean’s office


Effective Monday, April 17, Ms. Melissa Garber will be joining Student Success and Academic Advising as the assistant director. Melissa has 16 years’ experience at UGA and prior to joining FACS, served as the Academic Manager at the College of Engineering.  Previously held positions include Coordinator of First Year Programs with the Division of Academic Enhancement. While working with Freshman College she served as the campus manager of the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars. Melissa received an A.B. in History from the University of Georgia.

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

  • Travel Tuesday through Thursday May 2 - 4, Annapolis, MD, National Health Outreach Conference and Cultivating a Culture of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership team meeting.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 25


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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