Dean’s Update 7/29/14

July 30th, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda
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The web pages communicating the new undergraduate research assistantship program with complete details on how to find a faculty mentor and how to apply are listed here. The complete news story is on our web page

All faculty and advisors in the college are encouraged to promote these new opportunities to students Remember this is competitive allocation of the assistantships. Students must apply by Wed. August 20.

Faculty are encouraged to continue to submit to Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean, description of research opportunities which undergraduate can consider. To review our current listing, see “FACS Opportunities for Undergraduate Research”

Address any questions you have to your department head, to Linda Fox or Silvia Giraudo in the Dean’s Office, or the members of the ad hoc committee in FACS for CURO Undergraduate Assistantships: Chalandra Bryant, HDFS; Dorothy Hausman, FDN: Robb Nielsen, FHCE; Sergiy Minko, TMI; and Michael McGough, Grants Coordinator.


Congratulations to Dr. Gene Brody and the faculty and staff of the Center for Family Research who received two grants this week for the National Institutes of Health providing more than $7 million to further their research. The complete news story is on FACS web site and in yesterday’s Athens Banner-Herald.  

The FACS financial planning, housing and consumer economics department has received a $50,000 grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional to support further growth of its nationally-recognized financial planning program. FHCE professors John Grable and Joe Goetz were presented the award in New York City last week. Read the full story on our web page


Dr. Heidi H. Ewen joins FACS and the College of Public Health in a joint tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the departments of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics and Health Promotion and Behavior, an interdisciplinary position in the fields of gerontology and housing. Her appointment will be effective August 15, 2014. Heidi holds a graduate certificate in statistics and a PhD in Gerontology from University of Kentucky and MA and BA in Psychology from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Eastern Illinois University. She joins us from Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH where she is currently an assistant professor in the department of sociology and gerontology.


Ms. Kristi Kuhn leaves FACS Dean’s Office to move to Florida. Her last day in FACS is Wed. July 30. Thank you and best wishes, Kristi!

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

  • REMINDER – FACS Welcome Back to School Picnic for faculty, staff and graduate students, noon, Tuesday, Aug. 12, back of Dawson Hall.
  • Travel planned by Dean Fox over the next two weeks includes development travel to Atlanta on July 31.
  • Attend GEAFCS (Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) annual conference, theme “Extending Knowledge and Changing Lives, Celebrating 100 Years” in Jasper, GA, August 7 and 8.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
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