Dean’s Update 9/15/15

September 16th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


FACS will have a training session for the faculty UGA Elements on Friday, October 9 from 1:00-2:30pm in Dawson Hall, Room 202. Please encourage faculty and support staff in your department to attend. Room 202 is equipped with 49 desktop computers but you are welcome to bring your own laptop.  This presentation is designed to give a brief, high‐level overview of the UGA Elements project. Julie Noelke is the Project Director for UGA Elements in the Office of Academic Planning and works closely with Allan Aycock.  UGA Elements went live on 31 August but continues to be enhanced through a second phase of development. Users have access to much more information and online training resources through the UGA Elements portal at The training session will include the following:

  1. A brief tour of the system
  2. A brief demonstration of each module of the system including:  how to check entries, create new entries, and access training resources available for self-service help
  3. The most efficient methods for your faculty to populate publications in the system
  4. Q&A session

The session will be recorded for faculty who are unable to attend. For more information contact Silvia Giraudo, Assoc. Dean and our college’s Elements contact.


To promote and provide professional development opportunities to staff within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, a Staff Development Award was established and now is fully funded. This award makes available monies for something “new” to enhance the abilities, skills, and morale of the college’s staff employees. Examples include, but are not limited to conference and registration fees, leadership training, certification programs, special guest speaker fees and expenses. Up to $1,200 is available this fiscal year. 

Applications should be submitted electronically to the Dean’s Assistant no later than Thursday, October 1. Guidelines for application  and the criteria for scoring the application have been developed by the Staff Council and posted to the College web site for awards

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 twenty-eight years. During this time, she served six department heads and won the prestigious college staff award.

Preference shall be given to staff employees within the College who exemplify the mission and values of our college. Each applicant must submit a letter of request, in addition to a supporting letter from the individual’s department or unit head or direct supervisor.

Thanks to the FACS Staff Council for working on the guidelines to help us implement this new staff professional development funding award process: Laura Kelley, Chair of Staff Council, HDFS Extension; Barbara Derricotte, HDFS; Missy Pruitt, FHCE; Sharon Hanson, FDN; and Ginger Parker,TMI.


Thanks to generous donors, the college continues to have funds to support graduate student travel funding for fall semester. We recently review applications from 30 PhD students and 5 MS student who requested travel support for several domestic and international conferences and professional opportunities. Unfortunately we didn’t have the $30,000 it would have taken to cover all the requests. However, we were able to allocate $5,000 from these five funds to 20 students, matching an equal amount from the departments.

-Lynda Walters Support Fund

-Inez Tumlin Graduate Student Fund

-Evelyn Harris Academic Support Fund

-Mary Creswell Research Fund

-Eleonora Costa Graduate Support Fund

The next opportunity for spring semester travel funds application is January 15, 2016. Please be reminded that students can apply only once and proof of accepted presentation at the conference will assure some level of funding. We denied several students this time because they didn’t follow these guidelines.


The Office of Service-Learning is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence and Service-Learning Research Excellence Awards. All full-time, permanent UGA faculty members are eligible for nomination. Awards recognize faculty for innovative service-learning course design as well as scholarship that stems from academic service-learning work. Award recipients receive a $2,500 faculty development award and will be recognized at the annual faculty awards banquet

Nominations by deans and department heads, faculty colleagues, or self-nominations will be accepted. Nomination packets should follow award nomination guidelines available at

Nominations are due by November 3rd. For questions, please contact Dr. Shannon Wilder, Director, Office of Service-Learning at 706-542-0535 or


UGA Entrepreneurship Committee is in the process of combining the Terry Entrepreneurship Certificate and FACS Entrepreneurship Certificate to create the new UGA Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Thinc has revised its logo and branding. New website in production:

FACS 2011 Intro to Entrepreneurship and ENTR 5500 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation are being taught this fall in Dawson Hall by Bob Pinckney. He has had a variety of entrepreneurs speak in his classes, including several FACS alumni.

Thinc Week has been scheduled for March 21–25, 2016. FACS will be working with FCCLA high school students across the state. FCCLA chapters who identify activities designed to 1) provide education about entrepreneurship and the Thinc Week initiative, 2) promote opportunities in entrepreneurship and 3) show appreciation to entrepreneurs in the community will receive recognition for their contributions during Thinc Week.

The first Thinc Club Fair was held September 3 at their new space, the Studio - 225 W Broad.

This event brought like-minded students from all across campus together to meet, share pizza and ideas. This will be a regular event designed to foster collaboration and entrepreneurship through student interaction.  

Thinc Accelerator will give students with business and social entrepreneurship ideas the chance to develop, test and pitch those ideas.  It will be an eight week program (finishing well before Thanksgiving) and students will meet twice per week to receive startup training, advice and mentorship.  

Pop-Up Classes are in the works. Upcoming topics include: rapid prototyping, design thinking, coding & graphic design.

For more information, contact Sheri Worthy, FHCE Dept. Head,


TED - Technology, Education, Design - is a global community united by the commitment to make a diverse body of ideas known through short, powerful talks. TEDx events invite the spirit of TED into the local community, and TEDxUGA captures the TED experience here at UGA. 

In its first three years, TEDxUGA has seen dozens of remarkable alumni, faculty, staff, and student presenters; all of whom contributed their unique perspectives and fields of expertise to craft an unforgettable experience. 

The TEDxUGA stage has not yet featured a student, faculty member, or alumnus of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. This is the year to change that and bring your college's unique perspectives to the TEDxUGA experience. 

On March 18th, from 1P to 5P, TEDxUGA 2016 is going to be the brightest TED event on our campus yet. We need your help to recruit a diverse body of presenters.  Your participation in this quick and easy process is key to ensuring the full representation of all colleges - including yours.

Nominations are now open and will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, September 30th.


Dr. Carla Moore has accepted the tenure-track Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor Faculty position in foods and nutrition. Her appointment begins Monday, October, 19th and her office will be located in Hoke Smith Annex. Dr. Moore comes to us with a variety of experiences in outreach programs and research. She has a remarkable track record of peer-reviewed journal articles published while pursuing her doctorate. She is currently a public health nutritionist and she has served as a corporate dietitian developing education materials for schools and universities. She served as a program evaluation specialist at the CDC and provided direct education to WIC clientele. Carla holds a Ph.D. in nutrition and health sciences from Emory University, an MPH in nutrition from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a BS in food science from Clemson University, SC. She is also a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian and holds certifications in adult and childhood and adolescent weight management. Join me in welcoming Dr. Carla Moore to the college.

Ms. Sharen Phinney joins the college and the Student Success and Advising Center on Monday, September 28th in the position of Student Leadership and Experiential Learning Specialist. Sharen has a BFA degree from UGA and a MA in Education in teaching and instruction. She developed international student involvement programs in her role in Student Affairs at Auburn University, served an advisor to students and student groups, and was instructor for First Year Experience courses. We are excited to welcome Sharen to the college in a couple of weeks.

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

  • Sunday and Monday, September 20 - 21, SEC Academic Symposium with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, Atlanta
  • Tuesday, September 22, development travel

The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Sept. 29


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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