Dean’s Update 4/12/16

April 13th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Please join us for the College Assembly on Monday, April 18 at 3:30 in Dawson Room 110.

In addition to the tradition of announcing transitions of faculty and staff leaving or joining the college since our last gathering, we will have a program updating faculty and staff regarding our collective efforts in Corporate Engagement. The Dean will also provide updates regarding the budget, salary increases, and facilities.

We believe our college is a leader when we re-designed the position held by Vicky Dorsey to include Alumni and Corporate Engagement for FACS. This is a developing area of strength but it is a work-in-progress needing your input and ideas at College Assembly. The broader purpose of corporate engagement is to add financial resources and build relationships to potentially enhance internships and experiential learning for our students, connect research strengths of the college with entrepreneurs and industry, large and small, increase visibility with employers, and assure relevancy of our curriculum.

The university alumni relations is embarking on a similar track to enhance Connect – Hire – Give and has a new Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations Our guests at College Assembly on the 18th will be Kevin Carmichael, Chris Moder, and Jill Walton.  Kevin Carmichael is the Director of Corporate Relations and works to build relationships with companies and firms and connect these organizations with the resources of UGA. Chris Moder serves UGA's Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) office in Atlanta to effectively enhance the university's resources and mission of teaching, research, and public service and outreach. Chris has been our liaison to Georgia Power. Jill Walton leads the team which engages corporations with the University of Georgia and works with foundations interested in partnering with the university.

We look forward to seeing you next week!


UGA G-Day football game kick-off is 4:00pm (concert and other fun events prior to the game) in Sanford Stadium. Stop by and see us at Dawson Hall, front porch, 12:00-1:30. We invite FACS faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to join us for photos and ‘dawg bone’ cookies while they last. More details are posted on the web site


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 nominations to be given to Dr. Emma Laing, Foods and Nutrition!


Several faculty, post-docs and students are among the many talented and dedicated individuals being recognized this week during UGA’s annual Honors Week. President Morehead and Provost Whitten are learning more about our college, given the number of awardees. I invite you to visit the website to be inspired by the stories and achievements of our award winners at

Kim Skobba, FHCE

Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching

Service-Learning Research Award

FACS Teacher of the Year

Steve Kogan, HDFS

Creative Research Medal

Alexander Tokarev, TMI

Postdoctoral Research Award

Student President Award for Excellence

Emily Selph, FDN, double major in dietetics and consumer foods

Virginia Lane Walker, TMI, double major in furnishings and interiors and in art history

First Honor Graduates (perfect 4.0 in all university courses, UGA and transfer credits)

Bailey, Claudette, FDN

Costner, Breanna, HDFS

Dumont, Brooke, HDFS

Fialkowski, Allison, FDN

Goldstein, Randi, FDN

Goodwin, Grace, HDFS

Walker, Virginia. TMI

Blue Key Initiates:

Allison M. Fialkowski, FDN, Nutritional Sciences

Avery K. Hudson, HDFS


Sharen Phinney, Experiential Learning and Student Leadership Specialist has done a super job with the process to recruit, screen, interview and now orient the new group of college Ambassadors. Join me in congratulating the next group of FCS Ambassadors! Listed in alphabetical order:

Sarah Black-FDN

Ashleigh Childs-FACS Ed

Catt Cropper-TMI

Brittany Daniel-HDFS

Rachel Denton-HDFS

Lamar Fletcher-FHCE

Abbey Harrison-FHCE

Josh Hudson-FDN

Matt Katz-HDFS

Kathryn Kear-FDN

Annie Ladisic-FDN

Lindsay Lock-FDN

Madison Locke-HDFS

Joy Maduka-FDN

Sarah Beth Massengale-FDN

Madison Metcalf-HDFS

Kaitlyn Moore-TMI

Liana Moseley-FDN

Smisson Neal-FHCE

Gabby Pettica-TMI

Aamanya Raval-FDN

Hannah Saylor-FDN

Ayana Sears-TMI

Henry Sellers-HDFS

Olivia Shealy-FDN

Anna Beth Smith-HDFS


On Tuesday, April 19, the Office of Service-Learning will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-day showcase featuring a variety of events open to faculty, staff, and community members. All events will be held in the Tate Reception Hall, and a detailed agenda with presentation and event descriptions can be found at

Please share this invitation to faculty and students in your units who might be interested in exploring a wide range of service-learning course offerings at UGA, as well as resources available to support this work. Featured course presentations will include service-learning courses in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Education, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Terry College of Business, Odum School of Ecology, Office of International Education, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. FACS presentation will feature Carol B. Laws, Institute on Human Development and Disability, 1:30-1:45 PM - Enriching Education in Disability Studies.

In addition to service-learning course presentations, the following events will also be held and are free and open to the UGA community and campus partners:

•      11:45 AM-1:15 PM - Community Partner Roundtable and Lunch: Join us for a networking event for faculty, staff, and students who will hear from a number of community partners about successful service-learning partnerships as well as community needs that could serve as opportunities to develop new experiential learning partnerships.

•      4:30-6:30 PM - 10th Anniversary Reception and Fellows Reunion: Join us for a reception and poster session for our 2015-16 Service-Learning Fellows as we celebrate 10 years of the office and this signature faculty development program. Over 100 faculty have participated in the program over the last decade.

The showcase is a drop-in event throughout the day, However please RSVP if possible to the luncheon or reception at

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

The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016


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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