Dean’s Update 9/4/18

September 4th, 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.

Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium will be held at the Miller Learning Center on Saturday, October 20. The event is open to faculty, staff and students from across campus, and more information is available on this website:

Right now, the organizers are seeking faculty and students who can share their expertise during the symposium. To be considered, faculty and students must submit a brief (300-word) abstract to Jessica Atkinson at by no later than September 10

More information on the Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium, including guidelines and possible themes for abstracts, is available at

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:


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences is accepting nominations for the 41st annual FACS Alumni Association Awards. These alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college have made significant contributions to the Alumni Association, the college, the profession and/or society in general.

Do you have someone in mind? Take a moment to nominate an outstanding alumnus or friend of FACS today!

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

Nominations are due October 1, 2018. The event will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019. For award information or to submit a nomination, please visit:


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 ASPIRE Clinic preparing our students for their respective careers. There are also features on the new faculty hires, the FACS Centennial, a profile of FACS Centennial Honoree and donor Tom Cochran and alumni, an attractive annual report and other features.

An 8-page reprint of the feature story 10 Milestones in FACS History highlights Opening Doors of UGA to women in 1918 and Room for More, the first male student to receive an undergraduate degree in FACS (in FDN) in 1968. Copies of this reprint will be shared at the Welcome Reception for UGA Women on Friday, Sept. 21, Tate Reception Hall. RSVP to the Women’s Studies Institute.

Read the feature in Georgia magazine (pages 20-24) Opening a Door, and watch for UGA social media/web page to highlight and celebrate 100 Years of Women at UGA beginning the week of September 17.


Please take a moment to check out annual giving's August edition of “Commit To Your Passion: What's Your Cause?" at the link This month featured Ben Jacobs (BSFCS ’16, MS ’16). Ben works as a financial planner at Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group in Athens, Georgia. He gives back to UGA in order to remove the financial barriers which stand between students and their professional goals.

The article was promoted August 20 through September 3 using targeted and organic social media ads as well as mentions in other alumni newsletters.

Source: Evan Tighe, Associate Director - Annual/Special Giving, UGA Foundation


The FACS Legislative Aide internship applications for spring semester 2019 are now open and will run through Monday, October 1.  All applications are due to the Student Success and Advising Center. 

Please encourage juniors and seniors to apply. Program information and the application can be found on the FACS website

The internship opportunity and FACS Day at the Capitol are funded by the Mize Ritchie Legislative Aide and the Jack Ellard Legislative Aide endowments. Mark your calendar now for FACS Day at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


Assistant Professor Geoff Brown (HDFS) was recently awarded an R01 from NIH to study how rural environments, social networks and paternal factors contribute to infant development in Black families in the rural South. By focusing on the role of unmarried Black fathers, this work is highly novel and will help to develop interventions to encourage fathers to be actively involved in their infants’ lives.

Associate Professor Assaf Oshri (HDFS) was recently awarded a K01 award from NIH to examine the influence of community and family protective processes on neurocognitive systems and early onset drug use among rural southern youth and he has moved his research lab to Pound Hall, UGA Health Sciences campus.

Professor Steve Kogan (HDSF) also received a R01 from NIH to study how and why Black men in the South experience increasing rates of alcohol and drug use during their adult year. But focusing on both risk and protective factors, this important research will inform science in this area and also offer important guidance on interventions aimed at reducing escalating drug use among this vulnerable population.

In baseball parlance, talk about your Grand Slam! Congratulations to Human Development and Family Science faculty and mentors! Thanks, Lillian Eby, OBIR, for the Kudos announcement!


The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) is seeking applications for faculty seed grant projects in the areas of social and behavioral science. All faculty in the social and behavioral sciences are encouraged to apply, but OIBR will give preference to proposals from faculty who are currently fellows, affiliates, or grantsmanship development program participants of OIBR. In line with the mission of OIBR, projects must demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary research and, as outlined in the program announcement, lead to a full grant proposal submitted through OIBR.  

Completed applications are due on September 28, 2018, and must be submitted electronically to the Assistant Director, Kimberly Cherewick, at  Questions about allowable expenses not referenced on the instructions, or any other facet of the seed grant program, should be directed to Phaedra Corso, Associate Director of OIBR, at  


Based on discussion at the FACS Faculty Advisory Committee meetings last spring and the need to align teaching and advising awards with university deadlines, the college’s awards are moved up two weeks and will have a deadline of Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

The Teacher of the Year and the Advising Awards (academic, early career, and faculty advisors awards) will be due earlier, Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

All the awards are updated on the college’s web site


Due to lack of applications last year during the summer, the Susan Hale Brooks Staff Professional Development Award has been changed to align with the other college awards and will flow through the Dean’s Office, due date to apply January 30, 2019 for the calendar 2019 professional development opportunities. As outlined in the application guidelines, each supervisor of the College is eligible to submit a request for an employee for the Susan Hale Brooks Staff Professional Development Award, containing the following: 1) Letter of request written by the employee discussing the proposed professional development of interest and the value of the professional development to the employee and the unit or the college; 2) Supporting letter from the supervisor; and 3) Supporting documents of the proposed professional development program that pertain to the costs of the program.


It is again time for the University to implement security arrangements for the hours preceding, during and after home football games. It is important to emphasize the necessity of keeping University facilities locked except in those instances where the building serves as public space. These facilities include the Tate Student Center, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Joe Frank Harris Commons, and Bolton Dining Commons. All other campus facilities should remain secured.

It is important that you notify your graduate students and employees and all building occupants that the facilities are to be considered off-limits on game days and that any persons who use the facility should ensure that the doors are locked and that no unauthorized personnel are allowed to enter. If you or any of your employees have problems with unauthorized persons attempting to enter the building while you are trying to enter for legitimate purposes, please contact the University Police at 542-2200.

If you have questions about getting approved access to our buildings on game day, contact Dean Fox.

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

  • Friday, Sept. 7, to attend the USG Regents’ Advisory Committee meeting, Middle Georgia State University, Macon, GA.
  • Thursday, Sept. 13, to attend the UGA 40 Under 40 Alumni Awards Luncheon, Atlanta.
  • Next Dean’s Update the week of Sept. 18.


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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