June 6, 2022
Contact: Sheri Worthy  | 706-542-4860  | More about Sheri

Please help me welcome Catie Floyd to the Dean’s suite! Starting June 13, she will be the new Executive Assistant to the Dean. Catie has been working as the Graduate Degree Professional for HDFS since January 2020.

Faculty Advisory Committee

The following individuals will comprise our college Faculty Advisory Committee for FY23-FY24. Congratulations to those newly elected and thank you for your willingness to serve. 

            2021-2023                                           2022-2024                         

            FHCE:  Kenneth White                       FDN: Claire de la Serre           

            TMI: Laura McAndrews                      HDFS: Maria Bermudez           

            Assoc Professor: Geoffrey Brown      Professor: Lance Palmer

            PSO (non-rank): vacant                      Asst Professor: Kalsea Koss                                                           

            Inst/Lect:  Kim Rich Meister

College Promotion and Tenure Committee

The following individuals have agreed to serve on the College Promotion and Tenure Committee for 2022-23. I wish to thank each of them for their willingness to serve.

Diane Bales                Noel Card                               

Jung Sun Lee              Alex Anderson

Sergiy Minko               Yoo-Kyoung Seock

Andrew Carswell         Kristy Archuleta

FACS Alumni Executive Board

I'm excited to share the 2022-2023 FACS Alumni Executive Board effective July 1.

  • Past President: Ben Jacobs (Consumer Economics ’16, Financial Planning, Housing & Consumer Economics ’16)
  • President: Brooke White (Human Development & Family Science ’16)
  • President-Elect: Ryder Chosewood (Fashion Merchandising ’17)
  • Secretary: Ashley Dobbs (Child & Family Development ’10)
  • Alumni Awards Committee: Anna Bradley (Home Economics & Journalism ’82) & Gabby Dukes (Human Development & Family Science ’15)
  • Strategic Partnerships: Marian Proper (Fashion Merchandising ’84)
  • Young Alumni Council: LaTrice Lyle (Family Financial Planning ’13)
  • Student Engagement Committee: Callie Dailey (Human Development & Family Science ’16)
  • Marketing Committee: Skye Estroff (Dietetics ’15)

I also want to welcome our new FACS Alumni Board members: Heath Allen (Fashion Merchandising ’20), Kayla Best (Human Development & Family Science ’19), Anthony Chiu (Dietetics/Consumer Foods ’16), Neal Estroff (Fashion Merchandising ’84), Maurice Freeman (Human Development & Family Science ’17), Bridget Helms (Fashion Merchandising ’21), Regina Kramer (Home Economics Education ’81), Rashaida Melvin (Human Development & Family Science ’13), Anna Morris (Furnishings & Interiors ’11, Textiles/Merchandising/Interiors ’13), Debbie Phillips (Home Economics ’85, Home Management & Consumer Economics ’87), Anna Schermerhorn (Financial Planning ’21), and Lynsey Singleton (Family and Consumer Sciences Education ’03).

Immigration Services

OGE’s Immigration Services is now offering one-on-one virtual or in-person introductions to Immigration Services at UGA. This is a great way for new faculty and staff (or current employees!) to learn about how this office supports internationals at UGA, and the departments that admit, host, or hire them.

  • International Student Advising: Faculty or staff working with international students should book their 30 minute one-on-one meeting with Linnea Tighe. This meeting will provide an overview of the international student experience, the services Immigration Services provides, and general things to keep in mind as you work with international students.
  • Immigration Services for Employment - Based Visa Sponsorships: Faculty or staff working with international scholars or faculty, or international faculty/staff should book with Robin Catmur-Smith, Director of the office, by emailing her at rcatmur@uga.eduThis 30 minute one-on-one meeting will provide an overview of the Immigration Services staff, and the options for sponsoring international scholars / faculty.

Do you supervise staff? Go to: www.pep.uga.edu to register for “Supervisor Seminar: Exploring the Staff Competency Model and Staff Performance Management”. This seminar is geared for any Staff/Faculty who supervise UGA Staff members and want to learn more about the Staff Competency Model. Topics include the Staff Competency Model, the new Staff performance evaluation forms that will be piloted this summer, and supervisor tips/resources. 

Zoom session are still available for June 23, July 18, or July 22. Each session runs 2.5 hours. The full class description can be found in the Professional Education Portal. Questions? Email UGAcompetency@uga.edu OR pep@uga.edu

UGA Juneteenth Holiday Observation

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce that Juneteenth National Independence Day is being added to the University’s annual holiday calendar as an additional paid holiday for faculty and staff. This follows actions taken by the federal government, the Georgia General Assembly, Governor Kemp, and most recently by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

Because June 19 falls on a Sunday in 2022, UGA will observe Juneteenth National Independence Day on Monday, June 20, 2022. This official holiday will be observed on June 19 in future years, except when June 19 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, in which case it will be observed on Friday, June 18 or Monday, June 20, respectively.

Athens-Clarke County Juneteenth Celebration

The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Mayor and Commission have made the development of a local Juneteenth celebration a priority. In response, the Inclusion Office has partnered with Leisure Services, and the A-Corps Team within Economic Development to develop a localized celebration that prioritizes local residents, local history, and lays the foundation for expanded grassroots collaboration in the future. Click here for a list of ACC Juneteenth events.

FACS Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan

Our draft plan has been submitted for review to the Office of Institutional Diversity. We will receive feedback later this summer or early fall to finalize our plan. Thank YOU to all who participated in virtual forums and provided feedback via surveys to help develop our plan.

LEAD Athens

From last June to this May, Cara Simmons participated in LEAD Athens. LEAD (Leadership, Education, Awareness, and Development) Athens is an intensive year-long program of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce designed to develop effective leaders committed to building a vibrant community.                                                                                      

Each session had a focused topic including local economic development, health and human services, education, the arts, local industry, local government, and more. The experience included a retreat, team building, leadership development planning, and reflection.                                            

To view Cara's presentation on her experience, click here. To learn more about LEAD Athens click here.


Emma Laing was named a national media spokesperson for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more here.

The UGA Extension diabetes prevention program has earned the Full Plus certification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the story.

The UGA SNAP-Ed team was highlighted as part of the USDA 30-year celebration. See the details here.

Upcoming Dates

FACS Retired Faculty Mix & Mingle, June 10, 5-6:30pm, Botanical Gardens Porcelain Museum


Sheri Lokken Worthy, Ph.D.

Samuel A. and Sharon Y. Nickols Professor

Interim Dean