April 2, 2024
Contact: Anisa Zvonkovic  | 706-542-4879  | More about Anisa

Message from Dean Zvonkovic

We had two well-attended and successful events in March: the 45th annual FACS Alumni Association Awards Celebration and the College Assembly.

We hosted more than 160 attendees at the Alumni Awards event, where we inducted Aleene Cross into the Honor Hall of Recognition.

Photo albums from the event can be seen here and here. I encourage you to watch the video we showed at the luncheon to learn more about Dr. Cross's impact on our college and alumni.

Thanks also to all of you who attended the College Assembly on Friday. Please take some time to review the list of faculty and staff award recipients and thank them for their commitment to excellence.

The College Assembly also included information provided by the Ombuds Program at UGA. Their contact info and area of focus are as follows:

·         Faculty – Joseph Bartges, (706)-542-3221, jbartges@uga.edu

·         Staff – Anjali Dougherty, (706)-542-6940, adougher@uga.edu

·         Students – Charisse Harper, (706)-542-8544, charper@uga.edu

We also had a lively presentation about the uses of AI in administrative processes – what it is and isn’t being used for – by Vice Provost Andy Borst (borst@uga.edu), and about using AI in preparing students for work in industry by Dr. John Salazar (jsalazar@uga.edu), Director of the CAES Hospitality Program. I encourage you to follow up with these colleagues.

I provided several updates about budget and SCH, about the use of the Home Management Houses, and about rebranding of the ASPIRE Clinic. More information about each of these topics will be rolling out. I have visited each academic unit in March or will in April and can discuss these more at that time.

We also recognized our colleagues who earned promotion and tenure this year.

·         Lilian Sattler, Associate Professor with tenure, Nutritional Sciences

·         Ginnefer Cox, Associate Professor with tenure, Nutritional Sciences

·         Lu Fan, Associate Professor with tenure, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

·         Jennifer Gonyea, Clinical Professor, Human Development and Family Science

·         Assaf Oshri, Professor, Human Development and Family Science

·         Laura McAndrews, Associate Processor with tenure, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

·         Monica Sklar, Associate Professor with tenure, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

·         Leigh Anne Aaron, Senior Public Service Associate, Extension

Assistant Dean for Curriculum: Internal appointment

We will be looking to appoint a faculty member to a 2-year term as Assistant Dean for Curriculum. This position will administer undergraduate degree programs, minors and certificates and work to align curriculum with the strategic plan, reporting of academic programs, liaise with other units across campus, and convene college committees whose work focuses on curriculum or undergraduate students. It will be a 50% administrative appointment. A detailed description is available from facsdean@uga.edu. We are seeking nominations through April 10.

Financial Literacy & Well-Being Week begins Monday

This initiative is championed collaboratively between the ASPIRE Clinic,

the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, and UGA Well-Being Resources. The purposes of the initiative are to encourage financial conversations within the college and campus community, reduce the stigma of talking about money, and increase financial literacy and well-being by empowering attendees with information, tools, and resources. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate! For more information on events and sponsorship, please visit https://www.fcs.uga.edu/aspireclinic/financial-literacy-well-being-week or reach out to Dr. Megan Ford.  

National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference

UGA Extension is a proud co-host the National Health Outreach and Engagement Conference in Greenville, S.C., from May 13-15. The conference schedule is packed full of keynote speakers, educational workshops, poster presentations, and an awards banquet. Register for the conference at https://t.uga.edu/9FF If your work touches health and well-being, this conference is for you.

UGA National Center for Home Food Preservation

The UGA National Center for Home Food Preservation has a new webpage.  The website features a top-of-the-page, user-friendly menu. New features include a Newsflash section and dedicated Donation page. The blog is now a convenient hub for all home food preservation resources. Check it out: https://nchfp.uga.edu.

UGA Staff Core Competency Model

UGA staff evaluations for calendar year 2024 will be based on UGA’s Staff Competency Model. The competencies are currently assigned to all staff position descriptions. There are 5 core staff competencies and 2 additional competencies assigned for positions with supervisory and/or organizational leadership roles.

***Additional information regarding supporting and non-supporting behaviors can be found here: UGA Staff Competency Model: A Practical Guide

Dawg Day of Giving

Finally, a special thank you to the 91 faculty and staff members whose support made Dawg Day of Giving a success! Your dedication and generosity to our college have made a significant impact. A full report on the day’s success will be forthcoming this week.

Upcoming events

April 8-12 – Financial Literacy & Well-Being Week

April 30 – Reading Day

May 10 – FACS Convocation, The Classic Center, 3 p.m.


Anisa M. Zvonkovic

Dean and Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences