Dean’s Update 9/13/18

September 14th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The fall FACS College Assembly will be Thursday, September 20, 3:30 pm in Barrow Hall 205. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us for important college and personnel updates, Q&A, and introduction to university and college initiatives.

Homecoming Tailgate

FACS week will kick off on Saturday, October 6 at the FACS Homecoming Tailgate prior to the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt football game.

Tailgate packages including game tickets are now available! Game ticket inventory is limited and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please visit:


A wide array of events, special guests and alumni speakers are planned for by the departments and units of the college for the 4th annual FACS Week, our annual showcase week. In 2018 we are Celebrating a Century of Excellence during FACS Week

Highlights (details are in the Events and Dates calendar for FACS college):

FACS Learn. Grow. Go. Showcase in Dawson Hall on Tues., Oct. 9 from 1:00-4:00 pm features opportunities for students in FACS such as internships, undergraduate research, service elarning, study aways programs, student organizations and much more. Stop by after you’ve enjoyed your Varsity hot dog on the porch, Dogs with the Dean!

TMI department is hosting NYC designers and events: Wed. Oct. 10 in 110 Dawson Hall Translating Fashion Trends into Décor, Jana Platina-Phipps, Founder of Trim Queen; and Ms Platina-Phipps wil offer DIY workshop Elevate with Embellishments. Later the same day, Bill Curtin, founder of BPD Washhouse, will conduct a seminar on denim fabric, denim finishing, and how to make denim finishing comments. He will also discuss how to use this knowledge within the industry. Mr. Curin will offer a denim Finishing workshop on Thursday, Oct. 11, and along with Devin Tague, lead chemist BPD Wasshhouse will conduct hands-on DIY workshop on dyeing fabrics and garments. Preregistration is requested for some of these events to check details in the Calendar.

FACS’s Active Learning Fellows Diann Moorman and Kenneth White will present a seminar about the UGA Active Learning Summer Institute on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 pm.


In light of the university and college efforts to advance our faculty for prestigious and national awards, I’m sharing with you the good news regarding three faculty of the College and the national award presentations they will experience in November. In order by date of the presentation of the award:

Ted Futris, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in family relations, HDFS. He and colleague Adler Baeder at Auburn University, will jointly receive the Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Education Award from the National Council on Family Relations. This is one of the highest honors in the field, given in recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of family life education in program development, dissemination, and evaluation, as well as prolific academic scholarship. Dr. Futris will receive the award at the NCFR conference on November 7 during the opening plenary, and he and Dr. Baeder will present a family life education update for practitioners during a plenary session on November 8.

Judy Harrison, Professor and Extension Specialist in food safety, FDN, will receive the Outstanding Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Board on Human Sciences. This award honors an individual who is a “campus based” or a “state level faculty member” for exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application, and evaluation of outreach, extension, and public service. She will be recognized in New Orleans at APLU annual conference on Monday, Nov. 12.

Rick Lewis, UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences, FDN, will receive the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Board on Human Sciences. This award honors a faculty member in the Human Sciences for exceptional performance as a research mentor for undergraduate students. This award was developed to advance the purposes of the Undergraduate Research Community in the Human Sciences ( which focuses on the scholarship of learning and teaching in preparing students for graduate education, the workplace, and responsible citizenship. He will be recognized in New Orleans at APLU annual conference on Monday, Nov. 12.


Please inform new faculty and staff and graduate students of these policies and process regarding public safety and UGA operations.

During periods of inclement weather, UGA follows a set procedure for announcing operational changes. By policy, the university makes one of three announcements regarding university operations due to inclement weather. The announcement will be: UGA is open and operating on a regular schedule; UGA is closed; or UGA will delay opening until a specific time. An all-campus email through ArchNews is the primary means to distribute such announcements. The announcement also is posted to the UGA home page ( Announcements will also be posted to Twitter (@universityofga and @UGAEVENTS) and Facebook Up-to-date information is provided to Athens radio stations.  Atlanta TV and radio stations that have requested to receive UGA weather announcements also are notified. Attempts are made to post announcements and notify media by 6:30 a.m. for the start of the class day.

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

  • Next Dean’s Update the week of Sept. 25.


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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