Dean’s Update 7/15/14

July 15th, 2014


The college is hosting a celebration to thank Connie Rash for her 25 years of service to UGA and FACS before she retires the end of the month. Plan to attend Tuesday, July 29 from 3-5 p.m. in Dawson Hall, room 116. Gifts to honor Rash’s service to the college can be made to the Anne L. Sweaney Innovation Fund


Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement, Ms. Victoria (Vicky) Dorsey, (BSHE ’85) begins August 1st. Dorsey has served as Director of Alumni Relations at her alma mater, St. Pius X Catholic School in Atlanta, since 2008. She previously has worked at Dimensions Education Group in Atlanta and Documentum (formerly eRoom Technology) in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from FACS, Dorsey holds a master’s in instructional design and adult learning theory from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Director of FACS Student Success and Advising Center, Ms. Cara Simmons, begins August 1st. Simmons comes to FACS from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine office of Graduate Affairs, where she is responsible for the coordination of four interdisciplinary graduate programs including admissions, advising, registration, interview days and orientation. Simmons has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in education, both from UGA. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in the UGA College of Education.


Dr. Jennifer George will begin her position in HDFS as a full-time Lecturer August 15. Jennifer comes from Penn State University, DuBois where she taught human development courses. Her research is in the areas of adolescent development, romantic development, family processes, rural contexts and future aspirations of adolescents. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Education: Human Development from the University of Rochester 


Ms. Amy Brackett leaves FACS to join the development staff of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of North Georgia next month. Her last day in FACS is Wed. July 23. Congratulations and best wishes, Amy!


Lilia Gomez-Lanier, TMI and Ann Woodyard, FHCE have been selected for participation in the 2014-2015 Teaching Academy Fellows Program, an early career mentoring program at UGA. Only 20 faculty members are selected for the Fellows Program which is coordinated by UGA’s Teaching Academy. The Fellows Program specifically addresses the Teaching Academy’s goal of fostering a community of scholars who are committed to teaching by working with a select group of early career faculty to discuss teaching.


UGA Amazing Student highlights Merin Joshy, a senior in human development and family science, plans to become a researcher/professor in the field of marriage and family therapy.

Focus on Extension Health Programs

As shared with the department heads this spring, UGA FACS leadership, Dean Fox and Assoc. Dean Murray, are very involved in the national conversation regarding the Cooperative Extension Framework for Health and Wellness. The Creating Healthy Communities eXtension learning community featured Michelle Rodgers, ECOP member and chair of the ECOP National Task Force on Health, University of Delaware, for a webinar. Visit and click on watch recording or see the YouTube version at The PowerPoint associated with the webinar is available at Over 120 persons watched the event live on June 26. We encourage you to watch the archived presentation.

Next week both Fox and Murray will attend the joint meeting of the committees on organization and policy, referred to as “the COPS.” Chair of ECOP, Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, reports significant action items for consideration by ECOP during its July 22, 2014 meeting in San Diego in conjunction with the annual Board of Agriculture Assembly Joint COPs summer meeting. ECOP will make decisions about the recommendations for the ECOP Health Implementation Team along with other agenda items. 

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

  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
  • Travel planned by Dean Fox over the next two weeks includes Joint COPS in San Diego, CA, July 21-24.


Linda Kirk Fox


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