FACS Connection - April 15, 2016

April 15th, 2016 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Announcement: SGA Seeking Members
  2. Announcement: AMWHO Seeking Members
  3. Announcement: Student Organization Registration 2016-17
  4. Announcement: Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability
  5. Announcement: Graduation Checks
  6. Announcement: Career Outcomes Survey
  7. Announcement: FACS Convocation
  8. Event: Office of Service Learning 10th Anniversary Showcase
  9. Event: Green Gigs: Inspiring Careers in Sustainability
  10. Event: Body Project Class
  11. Event: Refugee Roundtable
  12. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  13. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Announcement: SGA Seeking Members

There are a couple of ways you can get involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) at UGA:

1. 2016-2017 SGA Executive Board/Executive Cabinet Positions Application

Applications for the 2016-2017 Executive Board and Executive Cabinet are now live. To learn more about these positions and to complete the application, please click here. Applications are due next Thursday, April 21, at 11:59 p.m.

2. 2016-2017 Appointed Senate Seats Application

Senate seats in the following colleges are vacant and open to appointment by application (number of seats available following the college): College of Education (2), College of Engineering (1), College of Family and Consumer Sciences (1), College of Pharmacy (1), Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (5), Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (2), School of Social Work (1) and the Terry College of Business (1).

Additionally, there are four seats available to students in any college: the Community Involvement, Access & Opportunity seats, and two At-Large Senate Seats for Student Affairs.

To complete the application for these seats, please click here. Applications are due next Monday, April 18, at 11:59 p.m.

2. Announcement: AMWHO Seeking Members


AMWHO UGA is a new organization at the University of Georgia that will start next semester. It encompasses all students including Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Public Health, Business, Marketing and Journalism. We encourage you to join us in founding this amazing organization by applying to the executive board! 

What is AMWHO?

The American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) is the only model-WHO entity in the United States of America. AMWHO aims to increase discourse on global health policy through creating authentic simulations of the World Health Assembly, the sole decision- making body of the World Health Organization. Participants assume the role of a WHO- Ambassador, Non-Governmental Organization Representative, or Media Correspondent, and form health-related positions to create a final resolution sent to the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.

What is AMWHO's goal?

AMWHO’s primary focus is to raise student awareness of pertinent and current health issues, along with promoting an understanding of the many roles students can engage in through global health policy. AMWHO aims to nurture an interest in global health and health policy often neglected in a standard health education curriculum, where students will receive the opportunity to sharpen their diplomacy, problem solving, conflict resolution, and communication skills.

View the executive positions here. Apply here.

If you have any questions, send an email to amwho.uga1@gmail.com.

Applications are due Friday, April 22, at 11:59 p.m.

3. Announcement: Student Organization Registration 2016-17

Please note the following significant changes to the organization registration process. Registration is open now.

Re-Registering Organizations

Organizations fully registered in the 2015-16 academic term

The process for re-registering organizations will be entirely online. As there is no information session required, you must read and understand the policies (and reference them when necessary) on the “Resources and Forms” section of our website.

Re-Registration Process

  1. Ensure the newest primary contact is listed as primary contact on the organization’s UGAin page. If they are not, the new primary contact must fill out the “Primary Contact Change Request Form” found here.
  2. Await e-mailed instructions and complete tasks in e-mail.
  3. Once you have received an e-mail confirming that you are listed as the new primary contact, proceed to next step.
  4. Primary Contact:
    1. Go to UGA Involvement Network, sign in, and navigate to your organization’s page
    2. Click the “Register” prompt on the blue bar underneath the menu
    3. Complete registration by Tuesday, May 31.

New Student Organization Registration

Organizations not registered in the 2015-16 academic term

New organizations will be required to attend a mandatory information session prior to beginning registration online. Periodic sessions will be held throughout the 2016-17 academic term. For summer registration, please see the information and deadline below.

Required to start a new organization:

A minimum of 6 full-time students. Hours of enrollment required for full-time status are as follows:

Undergraduate: 12+ credit hours

Graduate: 9+ credit hours

Law: 12+ credit hours

New Organization Registration Process

  1. The Chief Officer must attend one mandatory information session, and other members are also welcome to attend. The remaining Spring 2016 session is Monday, April 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Tate 137. Additional dates throughout next fall and spring semesters will be announced later.
  2. Complete the online registration form
  3. Details will be discussed at the information session
  4. For summer registration, the deadline for completion is Tuesday, May 31.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at stuorgs@uga.edu or 706-542-8584.

4. Announcement: Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability

UGA is now offering undergraduate students the opportunity to earn an interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability that will equip them with the needed skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, ultimately paving the way for a more sustainable future.

To earn the certificate, students are required to take a minimum of 17 credit hours. The certificate consists of the following components: an anchor course (3 credit hours), one course from each of 3 pillars of sustainability (9 credit hours), a seminar (2 credit hours), a capstone project (3 credit hours) and an e-portfolio. Both the anchor course and the seminar draw from faculty expertise across the University and in the larger Athens community, while the certificate pillars allow students to explore sustainability through multiple lenses (social, economic, and environmental), enabling them to view sustainability problems holistically. 

The Certificate in Sustainability responds to the University of Georgia’s 2020 Strategic Plan priorities by preparing students for effective leadership on campus and beyond. Additionally, it supplements existing majors with knowledge of the complex interactions between human and environmental systems, introducing students to a breadth of sustainability issues. Students across campus will benefit from an understanding of the framework of sustainability and an opportunity to apply skills and learning to real world solutions.

For more information, visit the website or contact the director, Dr. Ron Balthazor, at scdirector@uga.edu.

5. Announcement: Graduation Checks

Summer and Fall Graduates:

Graduation checks for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 graduates will take place April 18-29.

A graduation check is an optional appointment with the FACS graduation officer to review your progress towards graduation and confirm you will complete all requirements the semester in which you plan to graduate.  A graduation check is not required to graduate.  As long as you apply for graduation during the semester in which you plan to graduate, your record will be evaluated and, if you have satisfied all requirements, you will be cleared for graduation.

To schedule a graduation check, send an email with your availability to Kelly King.

Please note, a graduation check does not replace a regular advising appointment; you will not be cleared to register during a graduation check.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Success and Advising Center.

6. Announcement: Career Outcomes Survey

7. Announcement: FACS Convocation

Spring and Summer Graduates:

You are invited to attend FACS Convocation on Friday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. at The Classic Center located at 300 North Thomas Street, Athens, GA 30601.

FACS Convocation is a more personal ceremony for all graduation candidates of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to recognize you at this time. Family members are invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is required.

Please click the button below to complete the registration form no later than Friday, May 6.


We hope to see you there!

8. Event: Office of Service Learning 10th Anniversary Showcase

On Tuesday, April 19, the Office of Service-Learning will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-day showcase featuring a variety of events open to faculty, staff, and community members. All events will be held in the Tate Reception Hall, and a detailed agenda with presentation and event descriptions can be found at here.

Featured course presentations will include service-learning courses in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Education, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Terry College of Business, Odum School of Ecology, Office of International Education, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The FACS presentation, Enriching Education in Disability Studies, 1:30-1:45 p.m., will feature Dr. Carol B. Laws of the Institute on Human Development and Disability.

In addition to service-learning course presentations, the following events will also be held and are free and open to the UGA community and campus partners:

  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Community Partner Roundtable and Lunch - Join us for a networking event for faculty, staff, and students who will hear from a number of community partners about successful service-learning partnerships as well as community needs that could serve as opportunities to develop new experiential learning partnerships.
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m. - 10th Anniversary Reception and Fellows Reunion - Join us for a reception and poster session for our 2015-16 Service-Learning Fellows as we celebrate 10 years of the office and this signature faculty development program. Over 100 faculty have participated in the program over the last decade.

The showcase is a drop-in event throughout the day; however, please RSVP here if you plan to attend the luncheon or reception.

9. Event: Green Gigs: Inspiring Careers in Sustainability

10. Event: Body Project Class

We have one more set of body project classes scheduled in April!

Body Project is a 2-session, interactive, peer-led class, which aims to help students feel better about their bodies. The class encourages students to verbally challenge the “thin ideal” that is prevalent in our society and the media through interactive role plays and written exercises. Through challenging the “thin ideal,” this program has been shown to improve body image satisfaction. The program curriculum is targeted toward individuals who identify as women; however, men are welcome to participate as well.

The last set of classes will be offered Thursday, April 21 and 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please visit our website for additional program information and to register for a class, or contact Brittany Bingeman if you have questions about the program.

11. Event: Refugee Roundtable

Join Service Ambassadors on Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a day of learning and dialogue regarding refugees and the Syrian refugee crisis. The event will include keynote speaker Dr. Seponski, a simulation, and food catered from Maana Weentas, a local Ethiopian restaurant! Check out the Facebook event here!

12. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

G-Day with FACS

Saturday, April 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Dawson Hall, Front Porch

Calling all Dawgs!

Join us in front of Dawson Hall for photos, cookies and fellowship prior to the annual G-Day game in Sanford Stadium.

We'll be out front ready to welcome you to campus, and a photographer will be on hand to take your picture in front of the iconic "Pou's Pillars."

Stop by and meet FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox as well as current and former faculty and staff members, and pose with one of our custom-made signs to show your love for FACS and the Dawgs.

We'll also have free "dawg-bone" cookies for you (until they run out!). No reservations are required. We hope you'll stop by and say hello on your way to the game!

More Info

Check out the FACS Events page for a complete listing of everything going on this week.

13. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

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