Dean’s Update 7/17/18

July 17th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda

July 17, 2018 – Happy Summer!

It may seem counter intuitive but it is anything but quiet for the college and UGA this summer. There is a lot of activity for new student orientation and preparations for the school year.

FACILITIES – Must see upgrades to our learning environments

With funding from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction (OVPI) and corporate foundations we are renovating learning spaces for fashion merchandising, furnishings and interiors and financial planning.

OVPI classroom enhancements grants will support a centralized scheduled scale-up classroom with 30 new computers in Barrow Hall Room 216 with Auto CAD and Lectra Corporation gifted software licenses valued at $2.9Mil. The Lectra software suite supports fabric design and furnishings and interiors curriculum and fashion merchandising product development. the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation provided $25,000 to fund six faculty and graduate students to attend summer training sessions at Lectra U.S. corporate headquarters. A second classroom fitted with 30 new computers, instructor station and plotter also utilizes the Lectra software suite. This Dawson Hall 264 refurbished classroom and new computers support the fashion merchandising classes and also supports the data intensive courses in consumer analytics, a new emphasis in FHCE.

The Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center was approved by the Board of Regents for naming the renovated three-story 1939 structure. Three client meeting rooms, digital recording technology to provide critical feedback of counseling and financial planning skills, along with space for undergraduate and graduate student collaboration will be facilitated on two floors. The third floor will have a suite of seven faculty offices. Interior demolition and renovation is underway and ribbon-cutting scheduled for early April, 2019.

Facilities Management Division and the College partnered to pay for Dawson Hall’s much needed exterior beautification! While there is a lot of noise from the scraping, pressure washing and equipment moving around the building, the much anticipated clean-up has now reached the painting stage. A few more weeks of work remain on the window repairs and painting, but we anticipate a beautiful fresh look to our much beloved Dawson Hall by the time classes begin. Thanks to all the building occupants for much patience and tolerance of the noise!


This time of the year I prepare a three-page summary for the President, Provost and senior administrators for inclusion in the notebook of materials for the Senior Leadership Retreat August 2 and 3. Here are some of the positive gains for the college I noted in my report as we close out the FY18 fiscal year, July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

College enrollment has increased over previous year. Spring Major Enrollment report (duplicated headcount) indicates a 9% increase over spring 2017 with 1,795 enrolled in the college. Unduplicated enrollments are up 11%, 1,575 preliminary numbers (OIR). Summer Orientation numbers are strong so we predict a good year for undergraduate enrollment.

Preliminary Summer School Enrollments received July 16 indicates the college has increased 10% over the previous summer enrollment with 1,082 student enrollment headcount (Office of Institutional Research). This compares to UGA with an increase of 3.5% in summer school enrollment. Summer 2018 enrollment including study abroad and domestic study tours have increased slightly with London being the most subscribed by our students.

The college will have strong growth in graduate education in the fall if the May summary of applicants and offers made convert to enrollments. Here is how we compare to the overall UGA number of applications and offers made, 2017-18 compared to 2018-19 (Graduate School).

Graduate Applications and Offers

(May 27, 2018)

# of Applications

Change          2017-2018

# of Offers Made

Change       2017-2018


















UGA Summary





While the fiscal year numbers are not yet official for FY 18, the total sponsored projects (grants) awards will be over $13 million (FY17 $13.5 million). We submitted over 105 proposals in FY18, a decrease from 120 the previous year, but which was an increase over 90 grant submissions the previous year.

For the fifth consecutive year, UGA donors have set a record in fundraising, contributing a total of $242 million in new gifts and pledges to the Commit to Georgia Campaign. This is the second consecutive year that the total has surpassed $200 million. While short staffed a few months of the fiscal year, FACS’s FY18 fundraising goal was set for $1Mil. We finished the year strong, surpassing our goal and raising $1,161,870 in gifts and pledges from 738 alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and other organizations. This surpassed our FY18 goal of $1million, and it is the second consecutive year FACS has raised over $1 million. For our college, this is an achievement we can all be proud of, and it is a testament to the difference you and our students make in the world. Patricia “Tricia” White joined the college in August as the Director of Development, coming to us from University of Louisville, back to her home state of Georgia. Alexis Morgan, BSFCS ’08 returned to Athens in October after working at University of Texas Longhorn Foundation to serve as Director of Alumni Relations. We’re very proud of the many fundraising and Centennial year celebration milestones we met: Here are some of those milestones:

  • Launched the centennial with a FACS student, faculty and alumni M. L. King Day of Service in cooperation with Athens/Clarke community. President Morehead Venture Fund paid for the students’ Centennial t-shirts.
  • Hired Sharon Paximadis, Donning Publishing, to author a 140-page table-top pictorial history hardcover book of the college, 100 Years Enriching Lives: Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA, $34.95 distributed through UGA Press.
  • Oral histories were recorded at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library along with the exhibit Open Doors: 100 Years of FACS at UGA
  • President Morehead and Provost Whitten and other dignitaries were on hand to recognize the Honor Hall awardees and induct the Centennial 100 This occurred as part of the Gala, hosted by the FACS Alumni Association where 550 attended. Honorees were recognized with a commemorative medallion.
  • We are fundraising to reach the $100,000 goal for FACS Centennial Endowment for Student Success.
  • We will celebrate Sept. 24, in honor of that date in 1918 when the first class of undergraduate women enrolled in our programs at UGA. We will hold the annual FACS Week October 6 through 12, 20281 with additional Centennial celebrations.


Congratulations to Dr. Brenda Cude who has been named a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences effective July 1, 2018. The Athletic Association Professorship II is awarded for a term of four years to a faculty member in FACS with an outstanding national reputation and one who is a leading scholar in the field. Dr. K. A. S. Wickrama, HDFS, held this professorship from 2014 to 2018.

Congratulations to Dr. Sheri Worthy who has been appointed to hold the Samuel A. and Sharon Y. Nickols Professorship beginning July 1, 2018.  Dr. Sharon Nickols, her husband Sam, and their family have endowed the Samuel A. and Sharon Y. Nickols Professorship in the College. Dr. Nickols served as dean of the college from 1991-2006, a time of tremendous growth and accomplishments. This professorship was established to enhance the work of a faculty member through scholarly activity, writing and publishing and other activities that advance knowledge and practice.

The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing has announced new leadership to continue building on the success of the program following the untimely death of its previous director, Karen Tinsley, who died in April after being struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in Oconee County. Kim Skobba, a faculty member in the FHCE and Sharon Liggett, operations coordinator for the UGA Archway Partnership, will serve as interim co-directors of GICH while a national search for an Assistant Professor and Extension Housing/Community Development Specialist is conducted and a full-time replacement is named this fall.


It is my pleasure to welcome the following new staff to FACS:

Christina Holbert, Business Manager II, Institute on Human Development and Disability

Christina joins the college after serving as a Senior Accountant in the UGA Payroll Department for approximately 15 years. Christina will be responsible for the fiscal management of IHDD’s operations including budget planning, accounting, human resources and administrative support tasks.

Glenda Henderson, Administrative Associate II, Human Development and Family Science

Glenda joins the college on Monday, July 23, 2018 after serving as an Associate Accountant for Carl Vinson Institute of Government for approximately 15 years.   Glenda will be responsible for supporting HDFS with purchasing, travel, personnel processing and other financial and administrative duties as needed.

Janet Fowler, Administrative Specialist I, Deans Office

Janet joins the college on Monday, July 23 after serving as an Administrative Associate II for the last nine years at the College of Pharmacy. Janet will provide administrative support to two Associate Deans and oversee the student scholarship and study abroad award processes.

Brennen Salmon, Academic Advisor III, SSAC

Brennen joins the college on August 1, after serving as an Academic Coach with the University of Tennessee, Student Success Center. Brennen will coordinate undergraduate recruitment events as well as counsel and advising students on academic procedures, policies, goals and objectives.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru),

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), a consortium of more than 40 research-intensive universities committed to advancing interdisciplinary, arts-oriented research, will hold its 2018 national conference at the University of Georgia from November 1-3. The conference theme is Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability. A call for proposals for conference presentations is open through April 6.

The conference theme, Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability, is an invitation to explore the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations by framing discussions about design, resilience, and sustainability in context of interdisciplinary artistic and environmental practice. The theme offers an opportunity to think broadly about the ecology of the arts and their environments, in terms of performance, design, and engineering.

For more information, visit:

A Willson Center Faculty Research Cluster serves as the university’s point of connection to a2ru. Along with the Willson Center, UGA’s membership is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Arts Council, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, and the Office of Research.

FACS Welcome Back to School Picnic

This year’s gathering will be held in Dawson Hall on the first floor, and all FACS faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited. There will be vegetarian options provided.

Please RSVP by July 30th here:

When: Tuesday, August 7th, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Dawson Hall First Floor

Our Director of Communications Cal Powell will be taking head shots for the web site for anyone interested from 9am - 11am in his office in the Dean’s Office Suite the same day.  

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

  • Wednesday, July 25, Annual Leave
  • Thursday, July 26, 4-H Congress, Atlanta
  • Next Dean’s Update the week of July 31


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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