Dean’s Update 4/8/14

April 9th, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda


The week of April 7th  Honors Week is filled with many opportunities to recognize faculty and students at UGA  in teaching, research, service missions, and student success. Below I have included the names of FACS faculty and students that will be recognized during the week for your information.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2014 Blue Key Initiation Ceremony: 2:00 in Mahler Hall

               Savannah King – FDN

               Ivy Odom – FACS Ed

Monday, April 7, 2014

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

               Governor Nathan Deal speaks at 3:00

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

               Melissa Landers-Potts will be recognized as the FACS Teacher of the Year

               Denise Lewis received Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Award

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Presidential Honors Day Luncheon: 12:00 to 2:00, Grand Hall Tate Student Center

UGA First Honor Graduate:

Melody Ann McTier, Human Development and Family Science

UGA Award of Excellence:

Elizabeth (Beth) Coffey, Human Development and Family Science

Savannah King, Dietetics

Calli McRae, Human Development and Family Science

Kyla Mohler, Nutrition Science

Kellyn Lamae Wright, Nutrition Science

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

UGA Alumni Association Awards Luncheon: 12:00 to 2:00

               Anne Sweaney, FHCE Professor Emeritus will receive the 2014 Faculty Service Award


The College Awards and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014, 3:30pm, in the Pharmacy Building, Room PS 201.

Congratulations to the recipients of the following college awards:

Advisor of the Year: Joan Fischer, FDN – tenure track and Julie Patterson, HDFS – non-tenure track

Teacher of the Year: Melissa Landers-Potts, HDFS

Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Faculty Research Award: Jung Sun Lee, FDN

Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award: Phillip Baumgarner – HDFS, McPhaul Child Development Lab

Super-Includer Award: Bev Hull, FDNS

Outreach Faculty Award: Connie Crawley, FDN

Thomas F. Rodgers Outreach Agent Award: Janet Hollingsworth, County Extension Coordinator, Appling County

Outreach Paraprofessional Award: Bertha Riojas, Program Assistant EFNEP, Colquitt County

Endsley-Peifer Student Research Awards:

-Wookjae Heo, FHCE,

-Colette Miller, FDN, and

-Alexander Jones, TMI



The following searches and appointments are completed with an effective start date August 15:

HDFS, Desiree Seponski, Ph.D., University of Georgia. Dr. Seponski has been teaching at University of Houston-Clear Lake in the Family Therapy Program, serving as director since 2013. She was visiting lecturer in the department of psychology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and a Fulbright Fellow.

TMI, Linda Lyons, MFA in Interior Design from Florida State University and BA in Interior Design and Environmental Structure from the University of Alabama joins use as Lecturer this fall. She comes well prepared to teach undergraduate courses and be part of a strong team of ID faculty in the college. Ms. Lyons has recently studied historic architecture and the adaptive reuse and sense of place as it contributes to a sense of place and well-being. Recently she taught both undergraduate and graduate students at FSU and she is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and Interior Design Educators Council.


HDFS, David Wright has given us his letter of resignation with intent to retire on June 6, 2014.  The college has gained much from his contributions since 2000.  David served University of Georgia as department head of HDFS (then child and family development) and now a member of the faculty. His excellence in research and teaching has made a difference. He always had time for students and he mentored many Ph.D. graduate students. We wish David the best in new endeavors.


The 2014 Faculty Symposium was held this past weekend, Friday and Saturday, with a focus on Faculty Changing Roles and Expectations.  Since 1991 the Symposium has provided a focused forum for 75 invited members of the UGA faculty and administrators of all rank and across all colleges. This year FACS representatives were Denise Lewis and Melissa Kozak of HDFS, along with Dean Fox. This year 5 breakout groups examined the changing professional environments for UGA faculty to deliberate and make specific recommendations to Provost Whitten. The topics this year were to improve UGA related to:

  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Faculty development
  • Faculty leadership and engagement
  • Faculty entrepreneurship

Ask Melissa and Denise more about the Faculty Symposium.


Announce the Spring GrantSMART workshop being held on Reading Day (Tuesday, April 29th).  We have an ambitious agenda for this day.  The two workshops being presented are entitled “Writing and Designing NSF Proposals” and “Developing NEH and NEA Proposals”.  These will be held in the Miller Learning Center from 8 to 5:30. Lunch, refreshments and a Networking reception will be provided.  Attached is the flyer.  My theme for the day is “Empowering Creative Teams and Winning Proposals”

Please save the date of the next UGA Reading Day, December 10, 2014.  Evaluations from this and previous events will guide the agenda for upcoming sessions.  Please email me with any suggestions.

Faculty Research Development Day Research Connections luncheon, “Networking to create opportunities”

Presentation guidelines

Faculty members have 3 minutes to present their current and potential research and 1 minute for questions. A 1-page handout is requested.  Please submit the handout by April 21, 2014 so it may be included in the handout packet for all attendees.


  • Must be one page single-sided and can include text, and graphics (in black and white). 
  • Can include a photograph of you
  • Include your name, title and department at the top
  • Include contact info (phone and email)  and website (if available)

After presentations

  • New ideas are welcomed to be discussed with the groups as a whole or in subgroups. 
  • Paper will be available to submit ideas for future research to the GrantSMART Office



Film & Media Projects & Global Food Systems

Digital Humanities, Science, & Technology

Creative Arts & Physical Activity

Music traditions & Public Humanities

Environment Sustainability & Adaptation to Climate Change

Sustaining Rural Families

Music, Movement and Mental Health

Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design

STEM & Humanities/ Arts (STEAM)

Global Health and Global Humanities

Anthropology,  Nutrition and Activity


The popular Bulldog 100 and the 40 Under 40 programs are both open to nominations and have a short window of opportunity.

40 Under 40 must be nominated by midnight, Friday, April 11

Honoree Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • Must be a UGA graduate (undergraduate or graduate degree)
  • Must be under the age of 40 by September 1, 2014
  • Must be willing to submit a photo, if selected, that can be published by the UGA Alumni Association, Office of Public Affairs, and various schools and colleges as appropriate
  • Must aspire to uphold the principles manifested in the three Pillars of the Arch
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UGA
  • Must have made an impact in business, research, artistic, leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors

It is very important for you to enter the nominee’s correct email address.

The Bulldog 100 is a program that will determine and award the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA Alumni. Nomination are due May 31. Criteria can be found at


Several award opportunities are available through the Board on Human Sciences. Each provide the recipient a cash honorarium and cover the costs to travel to the Associate of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) meeting November 2-4, 2014, in Orlando, FL to receive the award. Nominations are due Wednesday, May 21 to Carol Kellett, Executive Director, BOHS, or (785) 760-7134. Several awards are listed on the BOHS web site:

Awards of interest to faculty to apply are:

Outstanding Engagement Award

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The award winner must be able to attend the APLU meeting and speak to the organization.  BOHS will provide travel expenses and appropriate recognition including an honorarium. Instructions for nomination packet can be found at the BOHS web site Nominations Due by May 21, 2014 


The 14th Annual Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium was held Monday, March 31, at the Classic Center. This Symposium is sponsored by the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Office and recognizes undergraduate students’ research and faculty mentoring awards. The symposium this year was the largest to date, with 258 undergraduate researchers participating.

We were well represented with 13 total across four departments in FACS! In order of appearance in the book of abstracts, the student participants and faculty mentors from FACS were:

Effect of Folate on Lipid Accumulation and Proliferation in Human Primary Adipocytes

Courtney Alvis

Dr. Hea-Jin Park, Foods and Nutrition

Ta-Tas or Not: The Needs of Female Breast Cancer Survivors Will Not Be Forgotten

Mallory Cox

Dr. Katalin Medvedev, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Grace Kelly: Femininity in Film

Molly Dodd

Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

The Evolution of the Little Black Dress

Anne Fernandes

Dr. Patricia Hunt-Hurst, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Differences between Cohabiting and Non-Cohabiting Couples Who Participated in Premarital Education

Lauren Head

Dr. Ted Futris, Human Development and Family Science

The Relationships between Zinc and Bone Strength in Healthy Children

Andrea Lobene

Dr. Rick Lewis, Foods and Nutrition

The DIY Phenomenon: Why We “Do It Ourselves”

Lindsay Nation

Dr. Katalin Medvedev, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Proteomic Analysis of Erythrocyte Ghosts: The Effects of Zinc Supplementation

Kathleen Norris, CURO Graduation Distinction

Dr. Art Grider, Foods and Nutrition

Association between Body Composition and Serum Folate Concentrations in Women of Childbearing Age: Secondary Analysis across Three Studies

Meagan Patterson

Dr. Dorothy Hausman, Foods and Nutrition

College Credit Experience and Financial Literacy

Anthony Reyna, CURO Honors Scholar

Dr. Brenda Cude, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Lesbian Dress: Recognizing and Being Recognized

Nancy Satola

Dr. Katalin Medvedev, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Reducing Vitamin D Deficiency among Individuals Aged 50 and Older in Georgia

Sheela Sheth

Dr. Rick Lewis, Foods and Nutrition

Native American Traditional Dress: Drawing the Line between Celebrating a Culture and Making a Mockery of It

Devon Sprague

Dr. Katalin Medvedev, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors


UGA’s Pandora Yearbook honored 16 students as its 2014 Outstanding Senior Leaders. Three of those being FACS students:

Lindsey Hutchins, Human Development and Family Science

Lindsay Nation, Fashion Merchandising

Maria Tibavinsky, Nutrition Science and Pre-dentistry

The students were chosen from more than 30 nominees following a two-day interview process.

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

  • Friday, April 11; GAFCS Conference at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
  • Saturday through Monday, April 12-14; Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


Linda Kirk Fox


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