September 15, 2020
Contact: Linda Fox  | 706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The Issuu version of the latest Georgia magazine features FACS.

Since the UGA campaign’s launch, private support created 94 endowed faculty positions at the university, and 8 in the College. You’ll find a photo of Dr. Swarn Chatterjee, who now holds the Bluerock Professsor of Financial Planning, FHCE funded by UGA alumni Raj Chokshi (BBA ’94) and his wife Shruti on page 32.

FACS alumni Daniel Stewart (BSFCS ’05) and co-founder Alex Wier (AB ’97) of Wier/Stewart are featured on page 40 for the “We Give a Shirt” campaign to raise funds for COVID relief of businesses in Augusta, GA.

FACS grad Tosha Dunnigan Wright (BSFCS ’05) co-founded The Wright Stuff Chics  is featured in the story on the new class of 40 Under 40 honorees (page 15).  


Don’t forget to visit the online version of the annual fall FACS Magazine


A global pandemic, extreme weather events like hurricanes, derechos, wildfires, and heavy rains have affected people around the world. The Military Families Learning Network is pleased to introduce its Military Family Readiness Academy (MFRA), a learning opportunity that takes a multidisciplinary approach to a complex issue faced by military family service providers in their work. This free professional development is designed for military family service providers working in any field, with any organization.

The 2020 Academy series includes three 90-minute sessions: September 16, October 28, and November 18, focusing on the added stressors and challenges when disasters and emergencies strike military families. Sessions will provide an overview of disaster and emergency readiness relevant to military family service providers, including Cooperative Extension, working in any field. For more information and to subscribe to the MFRA mailing list go to Military Family Readiness Academy.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense.


Due in large measure to COVID-19-related concerns about the safety of participants and research staff, the Institutional Review Board's (IRB) reviews and decisions are often taking longer than they did pre-pandemic. Among other considerations, IRBs are evaluating local disease transmission rates affecting participant pools; whether participants are in high-risk populations and have adequate access to healthcare; how participants will travel to study sites; and whether participants derive any benefits, direct or indirect, from the proposed study. If a study is deemed to pose a significant risk of COVID-19 exposure without offering any benefit to participating subjects, the IRB may elect to not approve the study. The Human Subjects Office asks for researchers’ patience and cooperation as everyone strives to ensure that safety is first and foremost.

For more information, contact HSO at or 706-542-3199.


Resources are available to help you in FACS. A four-person committee named COLT (COVID Operations Leadership Team) Dean Linda Fox, Associate Dean Patti Hunt-Hurst, SSAC Assistant Director Melissa Garber, and Clinical Faculty Barbara Grossman will host a virtual Coffee Hour at 1:00 pm Friday, September 25. Watch for announcement with the Zoom link and invitation to send in advance questions you wish addressed.

For the most up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19, visit And DawgCheck website Guidance is now available and announced in ArchNews 9/15, regarding resuming activity on campus after completing quarantine or isolation. Click here to read the CDC's guidelines on quarantine. And refer to the COVID-19 calculator or the student case notification and decision flow chart posted on our web site.

Rounded Rectangle: COVID-19 Calculator

Quarantine: You Have Been in Close Contact

If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not having any symptoms, you must quarantine for 14 full days from the date of your last contact. If you have no symptoms, you may resume your normal on-campus activities on the day after your 14th full day of quarantine. A negative test will not let you test out of quarantineYou must remain in quarantine for the full 14 days.

Isolation: You are Symptomatic and Have Tested Positive or Been Clinically Diagnosed

If you are symptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19, then you must isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and be improving and free of fever for 24 hours. If you have no symptoms, you may resume your normal on-campus activities on the day after your 10th full day of isolation.

Isolation: You are Not Symptomatic but Have Tested Positive

If you are not symptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19, then you must isolate for 10 days from the day you had your test done. If you have no symptoms, you may resume your normal on-campus activities on the day after your 10th full day of isolation. Click here to read the CDC's guidelines on isolation.

For DawgCheck Frequently Asked Questions, visit to learn more.

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

  • Virtual Coffee Hour with FACS COLT, Friday, Sept. 25, 1:00 pm.
  • Sept. 28 to Sat., Oct. 3, midnight central time, “BEAT WEEK” – more details to come!
  • Remote work contact: 706-224-6086 (cell)
  • The next Dean’s Update will be week of September 28, or earlier.


Linda Kirk Fox

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.