Dean’s Update 9/27/16

September 27th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


We are excited for the second annual FACS Week, an entire week of events in the college including the Saturday events to celebrate FACS students, faculty, staff and alumni. The week of Oct. 15 - 21 will begin with our signature FACS Homecoming Tailgate which begins 2 hours before kick-off for the game against Vanderbilt! Tailgate reservations are required by Friday, October 7 for the purchase of the tailgate meal behind Dawson Hall. Contact Vicky Dorsey for more information.

Throughout the week we will showcase academic excellence, numerous guest speakers and special events including the TMI AFFOA (Advanced Functional Fabrics of America) Industry Day. Please post details about your unit’s events on the FACS web page calendar and UGA calendar. Check back frequently for updates to the FACS Week Event listings!


Thanks to generous donors, the college continues to have funds to support graduate student travel funding for fall semester. We recently reviewed applications from 23 PhD students and 2 MS students who requested travel support for several domestic and international conferences and professional opportunities. Unfortunately we didn’t have the $21,400 it would have taken to cover all the requests. However, with the departments providing a total of $7,010 in matching support, we were able to allocate $8,550 from these five funds for 25 students.

- Lynda Walters Support Fund

- Inez Tumlin Graduate Student Fund

- Evelyn Harris Academic Support Fund

- Mary Creswell Research Fund

- Eleonora Costa Graduate Support Fund

The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is January 15 for spring semester. All student requests must be presented on the Graduate Student Travel Funding form. All signatures are required on these forms as well. Applications received earlier than January 15th will be held for review.

Students interested should complete the application located at the links below. 

Funding will be awarded based on availability of funds. An email will be sent to students notifying them of their award along with the department head, graduate coordinator, departmental accountant and FACS Business Office. Please let Sherri Stephens know if you have any questions,


The Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction by faculty members in their early academic careers. The awards were established in 1988 by the Richard B. Russell Foundation to honor Richard B. Russell, a distinguished Georgian and university alumnus who had a love for new knowledge and appreciation of our nation's youth.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your department head before Friday, Oct. 21. Information about the application process in on the web site Completed dossier is due in the Provost’s office by Monday, November 21.

Past recipients include FHCE Kim Skobba (2015-2016) and Lance Palmer (2008-2009). Three (3) Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are presented each year. Awardees receive a $7,500 cash award from the Richard B. Russell Foundation. The awards will be presented during UGA Honors Week at the Faculty Recognition Banquet.


The FACS Legislative Aide internship applications for spring semester 2017 are now available and are due Friday, September 30, 2016. Please contact Sharen Phinney if you would like for her to visit your class or if you have questions.


Melissa Seguin is a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida who is majoring in public relations. She has been hired as a student worker in the dean’s unit and is working under the direction of Cal Powell, FACS Director of Communications. Melissa’s primary task will be writing stories for the FACS website and other outlets.

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

  • Wednesday through Thursday, September 28-29, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national leadership design team meeting, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Friday, September 30, Visit Bosch Experience Center and 2016 Serenbe Designer Showhouse, Palmetto, GA
  • Thursday, October 6, Development Travel, Atlanta, GA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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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