May 9, 2022
Contact: Sheri Worthy  | 706-542-4860  | More about Sheri

As we close out this last week of finals and look toward Spring 2022 graduation ceremonies, I want to thank everyone for their dedication and hard work this semester. I hope everyone is looking forward to a happy and refreshing summer!

Congratulations to Swarn Chatterjee for being chosen for the 2022 Board on Human Sciences Leadership Fellows Program. This two-year program is in conjunction with the Council of Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) and is designed to recognize talent and prepare our next generation of leadership in the Human Sciences.

Congratulations to Gajanan Bhat for being selected to participate in LEAD21 this year. This program involves three intensive face-to-face sessions and a concurrent individual learning component. LEAD21 develops leaders in land-grant institutions through a combination of exposure, information, knowledge and practice.

Thea Ellenberg, a lecturer in the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors, has been selected for the UGA Service-Learning Fellows program.

This year-long faculty development program provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to learn best practices in service-learning and community engagement and to integrate service-learning into their teaching, research and public service work while becoming recognized campus leaders in service-learning pedagogy and community engagement. The program includes a $2,500 fellowship award. A cohort is selected each academic year in a competitive review process.

Vacation Time: Tips to keep your data safe while traveling

Avoid using public USB charging stations (like those at the airport or at hotels). You could become a victim of "juice jacking," a new cyber-theft tactic. Criminals can load malware onto public charging stations that can lock your device or export your data and passwords. Malware also can be embedded in the USB cable in a small chip.

Use an AC power outlet with your own USB cables. You can also carry a portable charger or external battery. Consider purchasing a charging-only cable which prevents data from sending or receiving while charging your device. If you use public Wi-Fi, here are some steps you can take to stay safer:

  • Check the validity of available Wi-Fi hotspots. If more than one hotspot is claiming to belong to the location you're in, check with the staff to avoid connecting to an imposter hotspot.
  • Make sure all websites you exchange information with have "https" at the beginning of the web address. If so, your transmitted data will be encrypted.
  • Adjust your smartphone's settings so it does not automatically connect to nearby Wi-Fi networks. This gives you more control over where and when you connect.
  • Always use a virtual private network (VPN) when on public Wi-Fi. This will encrypt all data transmitted between your device and the internet.
  • If you need to transmit sensitive information, use your cellphone data plan instead of Wi-Fi.

Carol Halstead’s last day will be May 13. She has accepted a position as the Assistant to the Associate Deans in the Terry College of Business. Please stop by the Dean’s office between 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 for doughnuts and to help us thank her for her years of service to FACS.

In the News

Dee Warmath’s research on one-sport high school athletes was featured on the UGA news site and on WGAU.

Michael Thomas was quoted in this Associated Press article that originally appeared in NerdWallet.

FACS photos

Did you know we have a Flickr page that features photos from FACS events? The page is updated regularly and can be found here.

FACS featured graduates

Please take a few minutes to check out our Spring 2022 featured graduates. We look forward to recognizing all of our spring and summer graduates at FACS Convocation on Friday. To view the convocation program, visit our Issuu site here.

Upcoming Dates

May 13, 2022

UGA Spring Commencement

Sincerely,

Sheri Lokken Worthy, Ph.D.