Dean’s Update 8/1/17

August 1st, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Wow! I can’t believe we are ready to start another academic year. So, it is time to reconnect with college colleagues and welcome new and returning graduate students, staff and faculty! This year's picnic event will take place in the greenspace between the FACS “Houses” (in front of the McPhaul center).

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm

Place: In the greenspace between the FACS houses, in front of the McPhaul center. 

Also, please note that Cal will be taking head shot before the picnic from 11-12 in the Aspire clinic, so if you have new faculty, staff or graduate students, please encourage them to get a (free) headshot taken.

If you didn’t RSVP by Friday, July 29, please contact the dean’s office for last minute addition of your name for an accurate meal count.


The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Sept. 9, for fall semester. Students interested should review guidelines and complete the application located at the links below.



All signatures are required on these forms as well. Applications received earlier than Sept. 9 will be held for review on September 12, by Dean Fox. Funding will be awarded based on availability of funds. An email will be sent to students notifying them of their award and the department head, graduate coordinator, departmental accountant and, Business Office will be copied on the email as well.  Please let Lynn Parham know if you have any questions,


The Jan M. Hathcote Social Science Academic Support Fund and graduate research grants program is for FACS M.S. or doctoral graduate students who have identified their research project, have the support of their major professor, and have a strong interest in the social sciences in the various departments of the college.  A two-page proposal, brief statement of proposed research plan and request for funds are due Thursday, September 15th. Current FACS students should consult with their faculty advisors and obtain a copy of the guidelines from the Dean’s Office or the department office. Up to $2,000 is available for the academic year 2017-2018.


Director of Development:

We have completed a successful search and I’m pleased to announce Ms. Tricia White, J.D., will begin Monday, August 21 as the next FACS Director of Development. This is a shared position, 60% / 40% with UGA central development and alumni relations and FACS college.

Tricia comes to us having served as Sr. Director of Development at University of Louisville for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development. Tricia is a successful fundraiser, closing $4.7Mil in major and planned gifts in the first 27 months at University of Louisville. Prior to that she was a major gift officer for four years at Emory University as part of Emory’s comprehensive $1.6Bil Campaign Emory. She is a native and almost life-long Georgian who is very familiar with many of the traditions and culture of UGA. While there will be a learning curve about the units of the college, she is well qualified and interested in getting to know the departments, units and our vision for private dollar investments in our programs. Please join me in welcoming Tricia to UGA and the college.

Tricia fills the position vacated by Victoria Prevatt who ended her appointment in mid-June in the college and at UGA to pursue other opportunities.

Director of Alumni Relations:

The college is currently advertising and recruiting to fill the position Director of Alumni Relations. July 31 was the last day in that position for Ms. Vicky Dorsey who leaves us to take a job in development at Georgia State University.

The search committee, chaired by Debbie Murray, Assoc. Dean, includes:

- Shirley Reyes, Assist. to Assoc. Provost for Diversity and FACS Alumni Association Board member, HDFS graduate

- Diana Fontaine, Assist. Director, UGA Alumni Chapters

- Carol Halstead, Administrative Specialist, External Relations

- Melissa Garber, Assist. Director, Student Success and Advising Center

- Morgan Easley, SSAC Intern and current FACS Student and Ambassador

The position has been posted to UGA iPaws staff job vacancies

Title:  ALUMNI OFFICER III           

Posting Number:  20171313        

We will screen applicants and prepare to interview final candidates the week of August 21 and 28.


HDFS Professor Chalandra Bryant has been tapped for an opportunity in the Visiting Scientists, Engineers, and Educators (VSEE) program as Program Director for the Developmental Sciences Program in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at that National Science Foundation (NSF). This is effective August 6th. Congratulations!


The FACS Staff Council reviewed applications and made the following recommendations to award Susan Hale Brooks Professional Development Staff Awards for 2017. Congratulations to the following recipients and for the professional development purpose stated.

- Michael McGough – UGA High Impact Leadership Training

- Paula Moon – Introduction to InDesign CS6

- Kassie Suggs – Georgia Conference for Women in Athens

The donor, Susan Hale Brooks, a native of Athens, served the University of Georgia for thirty-seven years. Prior to her employment at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, she worked in the College of Education. She was the Office Manager of the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for the last twenty-eight years. During this time, she served six department heads and won the prestigious college staff award, The Nettie Marie Nickols Award, two times for her outstanding and consistent service.


Please be sure to put these dates on the department and unit calendars so all faculty and staff can plan to attend.

  • Monday, August 14 – Classes begin
  • Wednesday, August 23 – College Assembly, 110 Dawson Hall, 3:30 pm
  • Friday, August 25 - Saturday, August 26 – FACS Leadership Retreat, Athens. Ambassadors, student leaders, Faculty Ambassadors and Alumni Association Board members joint retreat.
  • Tues. Aug 29 - Thurs., Aug 31 – Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (GEAFCS), Norcross, GA

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

  • Thursday and Friday, August 3 – 4, attend President Morehead’s Sr. Administrators’ Leadership Retreat
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, August 15


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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