Dean’s Update 9/6/16

September 6th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Since revealed to the FACS College Assembly last April, the University has been working over the summer months on an updated visual identity system and we were excited to see the refreshed UGA logo on Saturday, Sept. 3.

If you missed the “What’s Your Commitment?” public service announcement that marked the official debut of the new University of Georgia logo, we hope you’ll take 30 seconds and check it out.

Additional details about the “why” we have a refreshed logo and brand, the process, including a video and frequently asked questions list, can be found here.

Click here to read today’s Columns article about the new visual identity.

While the University is refreshing the academic marks, like most higher education institutions, athletics will continue to use the athletic marks (“Power G”) for athletic-related activity.

The refreshed institutional logo and visual identity system will:

  • Provide a unified look across all of our communications as we prepare for the public phase of the comprehensive capital campaign.
  • Allow improved functionality across social media and other digital properties, which did not exist when the current logo was created in 1988.
  • Create greater alignment between all schools, departments, colleges and athletics to ensure that all of our communications work together to build equity for the University and improve overall awareness.
  • Generate cost savings for colleges and the University as a whole, as individual schools and departments will not need to invest in designing additional new logos.

Already, you likely have noticed these changes on the UGA home page and social media channels.

Additionally, the University has launched an online toolkit that will provide essential information regarding color palette, usage guidelines, letterhead, digital templates and much more. This page will continue to be populated over the next several months and years and will contain all visual identity guidelines later in the fall.  

At FACS, we anticipate receiving our college and departmental logos sometime later this month. We will work quickly to adopt this throughout the FACS website. Cal Powell, Director of Communications for the college, will communicate next steps as appropriate.

We are excited about moving forward as we prepare for the comprehensive capital campaign. However, as good stewards of our funds, it is important that we not waste our existing materials. Please be mindful to roll out your new materials judiciously after the old materials have been used. Digital/social assets can be transitioned quickly at no/low cost; we would expect all print materials to be used until reordered with the new logo.

If members of your team have questions about the process, please have them contact Cal, 706.542.3536. 


The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Friday, Sept. 9, for fall semester. Students interested should complete the application located at the links below. 

All signatures are required on these forms as well. Applications received earlier than Sept. 9 will be held for review on September 10, by Dean Fox. Funding will be awarded based on availability of funds. An email will be sent to students notifying them of their award and the department head, graduate coordinator, departmental accountant and, Business Office will be copied on the email as well.  Please let Sherri Stephens know if you have any questions,


The FACS Legislative Aide internship applications for spring semester 2017 are now open and will run through Friday, September 30, 2016.  All applications are due to the SSAC by 30 September. 

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. 16, 2017.

2016 Legislative Aides, Morgan Easley and Anna Beth Smith are willing to visit classes to answer questions and share experiences. Please contact Sharen Phinney if you would like for them to visit your class or if you have questions.


Ms. Tanacia Blackwell, new Academic Advisor in the Student Success and Advising Center, started last week, Thursday, September 1. Tanacia will be the advisor for Consumer Foods, Dietetics, FACS Education, and Furnishings and Interiors. Additionally, Tanacia will take the lead on The Bridge and other student programs and recruitment initiatives as needed. She can be contacted at, 706.542.4848.Tanacia is a FACS alumnae, graduating in consumer economics in 2012. Welcome!

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

  • September 14-16, Attend National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Annual Session, Big Sky, Montana
  • September 19-23, Attend National Extension Directors and Administrators Meetings and Ag Experiment Station joint conference, Moran, Wyoming
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, September 27, 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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