Dean’s Update 4/28/15

April 29th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


As we count down to graduation, social media profiles of 16 of our FACS graduates can be found on FACS Facebook and on Tagboard ( #ugafacs). UGA Commencement web site is profiling 15 students of the Class of 2015 including Hillary Barfield, BSFCS in HDFS and Jeniffer Abdullah, BS Social Work with a IHDD Disabilities Studies Certificate. I encourage to check out their stories!

We are excited about the FACS Convocation at the Classic Center, 3:00 pm on Friday, May 8th. Remember to allow plenty of time to find parking and arrive at the Fire Hall to get lined up if you have secured a spot in the Platform Party. There are multiple events occurring in the Classic Center so plan accordingly.

Special honors this year go to the following students:

FACS Academic Achievement and UGA First Honor Graduates, both FDN:

  • Caroline Cawthon
  • Noelle Fuller

Outstanding Senior: Ivy Odom, Consumer Journalism, FHCE

Student Perspective remarks will be delivered by Laura Eckhardt, FDN

Student Challenge remarks will be delivered by Daniel Pridgen, Housing, FHCE

We will have two student Marshals from each department to help with the processional and recessional:

  • Erin Sweatt and Leonard Pope, FHCE
  • Kathryn Murphy and Haley Bradley, FDN
  • Hillary Barfield and Allyson Argo, HDFS
  • Elizabeth Holland and Stephanie Freeman, TMI
  • FACS Education has one graduate this semester so there are no named marshals.

Lauren Coheley, FDN graduate and current FACS Alumni Association President will welcome the graduates to their new role as members of the FACS Alumni Association.

UGA administration has made a number of special arrangements to encourage faculty participation at the undergraduate ceremony which will be held at 7:00 pm Friday, May 8 at Sanford Stadium. Arrangements include faculty regalia rental, parking at the Tate Center deck, and a catered dinner in the Grand Hall.

Faculty signup: In order to accommodate these special arrangements, we will need an accurate headcount of the faculty who will be in attendance. A confirmed count also will ensure that the right amount of seating is reserved for faculty on the stadium field. Please RSVP to Broc by 5:00 today, April 28.

Regalia: Rental of faculty regalia will be provided free of charge through the UGA Bookstore. The free rental is provided to support participation in UGA Undergraduate and/or Graduate Commencement, and faculty should not rent regalia free of charge if you only plan to attend a college-level convocation. Jason Conklin at the UGA Bookstore will assist you and can be reached at 706-542-3171 or

Parking: Faculty who indicate they want a parking pass will be permitted to park in the Tate Student Center parking deck during Commencement. Parking passes will be delivered by Campus Mail on May 5 - 6. You can pick up your parking permit from the Dean’s office on May 7th. Faculty also can receive parking passes to park in the McPhaul lot (S10) for Graduate Commencement, if requested.

Where to go to line up for undergraduate ceremonies: Faculty marching in the undergraduate processional should report to the Tate Center Grand Hall by 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be provided, and we need a headcount of those who plan to eat as well. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., and the procession will line up at 6:45 p.m. in the Grand Hall (5th floor, Tate Center).


Through a combination of funds allocated by the Board of Regents, tuition, and other general fund sources, a pool of funds is available to provide a 5 percent merit-based (performance) salary increase in FY16 and, as applicable, address retention, compression, market alignment and other critical challenges.

Unit heads are instructed to consider performance that met expectations should merit a 3 percent increase. This will allow unit heads the discretion to provide greater increases for individuals whose performance exceeded expectations and to partially address salary compression. Salary increases are to be reasonably distributed among employees based on performance and merit; increases are not cost of living increases nor were they an across-the-board salary increase.

Grant-funded employees also will be eligible to receive salary increases based on performance and merit within the available funds of the grant(s) from which he or she is paid. The dean will review and approve all final salary recommendations.

Salary increases for employees paid on the academic payroll will go into effect on the contract date: August 14, 2015.  Salary increases for fiscal year employees paid on the monthly, salaried bi-weekly and hourly payrolls will go into effect July 1, 2015.

The college will notify employees of the outcome in writing in early June.


Forty-three students applied and were interviewed to compete for selection into the newest class of College Ambassadors. On Monday, April 20, five returning (second or third year Ambassadors) welcomed 21 new FACS Ambassadors. We thanked the fifteen graduating seniors and those completing service as FACS Ambassadors.

Graduating Ambassadors

Kristen Averett – Nutrition Science

Hillary Barfield – HDFS

Madalene Dawson – Nutrition Science

Laura Eckhardt - FDN

Skye Estroff – FDN

Samantha Henning – Furnishings & Interiors

Elizabeth Holland – TMI

Laura Olivia Newsome – HDFS

Ivy Odom – Consumer Journalism

Caitlin Passino – Financial Planning

Amanda Schoon – HDFS

Jordan Sylvester – FDN

Sara Thompson – Furnishings & Interiors

Lucy Grace Tyler – HDFS

Jessica Williamson – Dietetics & Consumer Foods

Returning Ambassadors

Breanna Costner – HDFS/Pre-Law 

Molly Catherine Dodd – Fashion Merchandising & Marketing

Kelsey Eenigenburg – HDFS & Consumer Economics

Funmi Jemilugba - HDFS

Whitney Okie – FDN

The new Ambassadors

Annie Berry – Dietetics

Anthony Chiu – Dietetics

Audrey Clavijo – Nutritional Science

Catherine Cropper – Furnishings & Interiors

Brooke Dumont- HDFS

Hayden George – HDFS

Hollee Grady – Dietetics

Abbey Harrison – Consumer Journalism

Angela Hendricks – HDFS

Josh Hudson – Dietetics 

Clay Koellner – Fashion Merchandising 

Taliah Lamar-Herring – HDFS

Joy Maduka - Nutritional Science

Nicole McEwen- HDFS

Udobi Onyeuku – HDFS

Gabby Peticca - Fashion Merchandising

Emily Selph - Dietetics

Emily Sims – HDFS

Sydney Stroup – HDFS

Kristen Tamburo – Consumer Foods

Lauren Travis - FACS Education

We look forward to a great new group of Ambassadors for 2015-2016.



Faculty who wish to download a personal copy of their Faculty Activity Record (FAR) data may do so until June 14, 2015 by 5:00 pm. FAR will be shut down and log-in capability turned off on June 15, 2015. So if you want to download your data, make sure you do so by June 14, 2015. The instructions on downloading FAR data are now available on the Elements website-- Training and Support section or you can view here:  Instructions on how to download a personal copy of FAR data.


Andy Davis, current chair of the college’s staff council, was elected UGA Staff Council Recording Secretary.  Andy is also leading the Staff Council’s ad hoc committee to press for changes to the Tuition Assistance Program so that employees might attend online classes at similar expense as traditional classes. I would like to join Staff Council President Michael Lewis in thanking Andy for his service.



After four years as Director of the Institute of Gerontology (IOG) in the College of Public Health, Dr. Toni Miles will be returning to her faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics full time. Effective July 1, Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, FDN will serve as Interim Director of the Institute. Dr. Johnson will devote 75% of her time to Institute Director duties and 25% to FACS to fulfill high priority teaching needs there. A search committee headed by Dr.Tim Heckman, CPH is being formed to identify candidates for the position of Director. 

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

  • Thursday, April 30, development and alumni meetings in Augusta, Georgia
  • Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, attending the National Health Outreach Conference and the national Healthy Food Systems/Healthy People Steering Committee meeting, Atlanta.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, May 12.


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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