Dean’s Update 9/1/15

September 1st, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Eight (8) students applied for the 10 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) assistantships allocated to the college by the Provost. The following undergraduates will receive $1,000 stipend through payroll to support their faculty mentored research in the college this semester. We will be able to award two (2) for spring semester.

Congratulations to these students listed with their major, faculty mentor and department:

  1. Jordan Berne, Economics, Robert Nielsen - Faculty Mentor, FHCE
  2. Avery Campbell, Psychology, Ted Futris - Faculty Mentor, HDFS
  3. Jenissa Gordon, Dietetics, Hea Jin Park - Faculty Mentor, FDN
  4. Ben Jacobs, Financial Planning, Swarn Chatterjee - Faculty Mentor, FHCE
  5. Kayla Patel, Biology, Psychology, Rick Lewis - Faculty Mentor, FDN
  6. Emily Rollins, Dietetics, Rick Lewis - Faculty Mentor, FDN
  7. Emily Tyus, Dietetics, Consumer Foods, Caree Cotwright - Faculty Mentor, FDN
  8. Claire Yakaitis, Nutrition Science, Rob Pazdro - Faculty Mentor, FDN


The FACS Legislative Aide program is an opportunity for students to experience policy making first hand by interning with one of Georgia’s influential political leaders in the House or Senate at the Capitol in Atlanta during spring semester.  The students are supported by funds from two endowments in the college, the Mize-Ritchie Endowment for Legislative Aides and the Ellard Legislative Aide Program. We pay the student interns a $2,500 stipend from those funds and we sponsor "FACS Day at the Capitol" which will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

For more information check out Applications will be available Sept.15 and are due early November. Contact the Student Success and Advising Center for more information. 


The highly successful First Year Odyssey seminar program at UGA has now entered its fifth year and was highlighted in the August 17 issue of UGA Columns This fall semester we have 12 FACS faculty-led FYO courses:


Braveheart, Rob Roy and Robert Burns - Ian Hardin

Fashion and the Movies - Patricia-Hunt Hurst

Fashion: Why is it Meaningful - Katalin Medvedev

Power of Algae: Bioremediation and Value-Added Products - Suraj Sharma

Retailing and Consumer Culture - Laura D. Jolly


Nutrition During the First 1,000 Days of Life - Alex Kojo Anderson


Feminism is for Everybody - Maria Bermudez

Mindfulness for Educational and Relational Enhancement - Jerry Gale

Success in Close Relationships During College - David W. Wright


Consumer and Money Skills for Life - Brenda J. Cude

Plan Well, Live Well: Develop Your Financial Life Plan - Swarn Chatterjee

Zombie Economics - Diann Moorman

Thanks everyone for your contributions to this proven effective teaching strategy and building an environment for student success at UGA and in FACS.


The Office of Academic Planning has launched the new UGA Elements professional profile system. The automated system replaces the Faculty Activity Repository and will become the primary source of data regarding the research, scholarship, service, awards and honors of UGA faculty. All UGA faculty will be required to use the system to facilitate the annual performance evaluation process for 2016 and beyond.

All UGA faculty members have a profile in UGA Elements, with information such as education, official appointments, grants and courses taught automatically integrated from campus databases. Articles from most scholarly journals will be imported upon publication, although faculty members will be responsible for making sure the data synchronizes when prompted by an email alert. Faculty members may need to manually input some information, such as community service and awards from outside the university.

To sign in the UGA Elements system or access training materials using your MyID, go to

Associate Dean Silvia Giraudo is the administrative liaison for the college who will coordinate training opportunities for UGA Elements as well as its timetable for implementation.


Faculty and staff, you all know the success in career and community of many of our graduates over the years. You are our best resource for names and accomplishments for several awards presented each year to outstanding alumni, faculty, and friends.

I urge you to use the simple online nomination form before October 1st.

Awards for which our FACS Alumni Board are seeking nominations for Graduates of the college are:

- Distinguished Alumni Award

- Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award (mid-point of her/his career)

- Pacesetter Award (graduated within the past 10 years)

- Outstanding Service Award

Awards for which our FACS Alumni Board are seeking nominations for friends or faculty of the college, but not necessarily graduates of the college, are:

- Creswell Award (current or retired faculty)

- FACS Appreciation Award

- Honor Hall of Recognition

Please go to the web site for more details on each award and for the nomination process. Contact Vicky Dorsey, if you have questions or suggestions. 


We hope you enjoy the latest issue of FACS Magazine, which was mailed out last week to alumni and friends of the college and distributed to units in the college. This issue focuses on the FACS graduate education program and features testimonies from both recent graduates to current students, including a U.S. map showing where you can find alumni of the last ten years from our graduate program. There are also features on the new faculty hires, the GICH program, a profile of FACS Honor Hall of Recognition inductee Josephine Martin and other alumni award recipients, an attractive annual report and other features.

Here's a link to the entire magazine on our Issuu page: Many components of the magazine will be on the web.

An 8-page reprint of the cover story FACS graduate program: Training the best and brightest to make real-world impacts has also been distributed to the departments in the college for recruitment purposes and to further ‘tell our story.’ Check it out here :


External Relations team including Cal Powell, Communications Director, Cara Simmons, Student Success and Advising Center, Casey Gordon, Web Developer, and others have been working on recruitment pieces for the college, adding to the print brochures a new two-page degree program prospectus and a YouTube video about FACS Student Success and Advising Services resources for FACS students, Russell Oliver, videographer.

Please give your feedback and ways of utilizing these stories to Cal,


Lots of faculty are in the press including UGA Columns and UGA web sites. Congratulations to these recent stories and featured faculty!


FDN’s Emma Laing’s introductory Foods and Nutrition class is the featured theme on the Discover.uga site

TMI’s Suraj Sharma is interviewed and featured on the Focus on Faculty site

FDN’s Lynn Bailey is featured in Columns newspaper Research News, showcasing her leadership and comprehensive international study on folate

TMI’s Sergiy Minko is featured in Columns newspaper Research News, showcasing his lab’s efforts to develop a new method of “magnetospinning” to manufacture nanofibers in a less costly manner,

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

  • Wednesday and Thursday, September 9-10, Robert Wood Johnson national leadership design team meeting, Washington D.C.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Sept. 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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