August 4, 2020
Contact: Linda Fox  | 706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Dean Fox will host a live virtual Coffee Hour, Thursday, August 6, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.  

Please feel free to drop in any time to ask questions related to fall, the budget or other concerns. Participation is strictly voluntary!

To participate, visit this link:

If you have a question you’d like to ask but can’t participate during the scheduled time, email it to Cal Powell at and include Question in your subject header.

Thank you. 


Immediate self-reporting is critical to helping us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. That’s why UGA created DawgCheck: an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool.

With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 daily and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But still respond through DawgCheck every day before you leave your home or dorm. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic, so using the DawgCheck tool every day is crucial to help us be proactive in stopping the spread.

The health and safety of the UGA community is our top priority.

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at 

Questions? Visit  to learn more, including FAQ.


There are a variety of resources at the University to assist with well-being and employee assistance that can be found on the UGA Department of Psychology COVID-19 Well-Being Guide​, the UGA Well-being Resources Guide and the Professional Education Portal under “well-being.”​ You can also join Kiz Adams for a Mindfulness Moment every day at 9:00 a.m., for a guided mindfulness practice via Zoom​ that is less than 10 minutes!

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services are available to active employees (full and part time employees), family members and members of their immediate household. The service provides: ​24/7/365 access to telephonic support​, confidential, short term counseling at no cost to the eligible members​, work life services and referrals, ​as well as monthly program promotion and webinars​. For unlimited managerial consultations, contact the Well-Being Coordinator, Kiz Adams.

Remember that there’s still time to register and earn your $100 Well-Being credit! All benefits-eligible employees who receive their health benefits from a USG health provider can earn up to $100 in well-being credit.​ Spouses of UGA employees who receive their health benefits from a USG provider can also earn up to $100 in well-being credit.​ Other benefits-eligible employees can register and participate and have a chance to win prizes for their participation but cannot earn money.


Because of travel restrictions, the use of the Foundation funds for Fall 2020 will be directed to “virtual” conference registration only.

The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student “Virtual” Conference Funding is Wednesday, Sept. 9, for fall semester, January 15 for spring and summer. Students interested should complete the application and secure the signatures required, form is located at the link below.

Under normal circumstances, the College would utilize four Foundation funds (endowments) established for Graduate Student Travel during the fall and spring semesters, requiring students to have evidence of accepted presentations at domestic U.S. locations, with preference given to doctoral students. However, given the global pandemic, it only makes sense for the College to be flexible and allocate funds in a manner to benefit more graduate students to participate in high quality online professional conferences, domestic or international, either as presenter or as an attendee for the benefit of knowledge gained and networks broadened via technology.

The following guidelines will be used in considering all requests for fall and spring semesters 2020-2021 due to COVID-19:

  1. Travel is restricted by the USG. Funding from the College Foundation accounts is only to be applied towards registration fees of “virtual” conferences, domestic or international, September, 2020, through May, 2021.
  2. Departments are encouraged to use some Foundation funds to match the request of the college. Exception: Conference registration fee less than $200 does not require a dept. match, unless the request is from a master’s student.
  3. First preference will be given to doctoral students. A request from a master’s student will be considered for College funds if the department matches with Foundation funds 1:1.
  4. “Virtual” conference registration will be limited to one conference per student per fiscal year.
  5. The applicant must be registered for full-time graduate study during the semester of his/her participation in a “virtual” conference registration funded by the College.
  6. Each request must be on a “Graduate Student Travel Funding Request” form and be approved and signed by the Department Head.

Request Form 

All signatures are required on these forms. Applications received earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 9 will be held for review on September 10, 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,


This week would have been the IFHE World Congress in Atlanta, USA. We dearly regret that we had to postpone this important event and networking opportunity for our profession.

Thanks to the commitment of our host IFHE-US, we can look now forward to holding the IFHE World Congress 4-10 September 2022. Please save the date and don’t miss this global event.

Registration deadlines and information regarding submission (2020 and 2022) can be found attached below or at the IFHE website:

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

  • Remote work contact: 706-224-6086 (cell call or FaceTime)
  • The next Dean’s “Coffee Hour” Zoom meeting will be Thursday, August 6, 1:00pm.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be week of August 3, or earlier.


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.