FACS Connection - August 12, 2016

August 12th, 2016 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Announcement: New SSAC Website
  2. Announcement: FACS at the Olympics
  3. Announcement: Get a Mentor
  4. Announcement: Compete in Adult Spelling Bee for a Great Cause!
  5. FACS Career Consultant Corner
  6. Job Opportunity: Grace Fellowship Nursery and Pre-K
  7. Internship Opportunity: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
  8. Fellowship Opportunity: NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program
  9. Volunteer Opportunity: Athens-Clarke County Youth Soccer Program
  10. Volunteer Opportunity: Sandy Creek Nature Center
  11. Event: Books for Keeps Book Sale
  12. Event: Fall Student Involvement Fair
  13. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  14. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Announcement: New SSAC Website

The Student Success and Advising Center (SSAC) is proud to unveil our new website! From the home page, you can access any of our services, log onto the Advising Scheduler, or view our contact information and office hours. Please take a moment to browse our services and the resources now available to you online. While our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., our hope is we can continue providing you with the resources you need online even when our office is closed.

We want this to be a valuable resource for students and therefore welcome feedback and suggestions on how we could improve the site. Please send any ideas to success@uga.edu. Thank you!

2. Announcement: FACS at the Olympics

Did you know there are several FACS students and alumni participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics? Join us in cheering on these exceptional athletes!

Keturah Orji

Track and Field

Financial Planning

Brittany Rogers

Gymnastics (Canada)

Consumer Journalism

Leontia Kallenou

Track and Field (Cyprus)

Consumer Economics

Melanie Margalis

Swimming and Diving

BSFCS ’14, Fashion Merchandising

Bubba Watson


BSFCS ’08, Housing

3. Announcement: Get a Mentor

4. Announcement: Compete in Adult Spelling Bee for a Great Cause!

Athens-Clarke Literacy Council Announcing 11th Annual Spirited Spelling Spectacular - The BEE

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 3:00-6:00 p.m., there will be a BUZZ humming downtown from the Athens Holiday Inn Georgian Room – coming from the teams competing in the Spirited Spelling Spectacular, a fundraiser for the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council.

This grown-up spelling BEE is a fun tradition right before the UGA Football season begins. Team registration is now open. Please note registration has been extended past the deadline listed in the registration form. The teams of three will compete for title of best spellers and win a prize. Support your team online – help your team earn a mulligan. The top four teams that raise the most money for adult literacy will receive a free pass or mulligan to remain in the BEE if they misspell a word. Teams can be found on www.athensliteracy.org/bee. Doc Eldridge will serve as the master of ceremonies and local judges will be the judges for the event.

Another feature of this year’s BEE is a fabulous silent auction. Donated items include: overnight package at local hotel(s), sports memorabilia, original jewelry, great gift baskets, and various gift certificates to restaurants, spas, and salons, just to name a few!

Tickets may be purchased online at www.athensliteracy.org  for $10.00 + $1.00 handling fee. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.00. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

The Athens-Clarke Literacy Council is part of the state Certified Literate Community Program. Since its inception in 1993, over 22,000 learners have been served. The ACLC seeks to connect adult learners to literacy and learning. The ACLC offers GED Scholarships and volunteer tutor training to the community. There are over 9,000 people in Athens Clarke County who do not possess a high school diploma or GED. Persons without a HS Diploma or GED earn at least $10,000 less per year over their working career. For more information about the organization, please visit www.athensliteracy.org.

5. FACS Career Consultant Corner

Welcome back, FACS Dawgs!

Did you know? Studies have suggested that students who balance academics and part-time employment may be more likely to persist to graduation and develop leadership skills. As you make your way back to campus, I hope you’re thinking about securing part-time jobs and/or internships for the semester ahead. The Career Center Part-Time Job and Internship Fair will provide you with the opportunity to meet employers from organizations such as Capstone Financial, Landmark Properties, Office of Congressman Jody Hice, Athens Regional Health System, Family Connection - Communities in Schools of Athens, Tailgate Clothing Co., and the Athens Latino Center for Education and Services. For more information and a full list of employers attending, see http://career.uga.edu/calendar/calendar_details/student_employment_fair.

Attend this workshop to ensure your resume is ready before the fair:

Additionally, you can meet with me:

  • one-on-one during a scheduled appointment in the Career Center (Clark Howell Hall) [to schedule an appointment with me, call 706-542-3375],
  • during my on-site satellite hours in FACS (Dawson Hall) from 10:30-12:30 on Tuesdays [these will begin 8/16/16; no appointment needed],
  • or during open walk-in hours in the Career Center (Clark Howell Hall) from 12-2 on Fridays [no appointment needed].

Brittany Smith, FACS Career Consultant

6. Job Opportunity: Grace Fellowship Nursery and Pre-K

Grace Fellowship Church in Athens is seeking Nursery and Pre-K Workers on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Job duties include preparing lessons from your assigned classroom’s curriculum, interacting with children on a personal level, assisting children in personal care needs as they arise, and cleaning up nursery after children leave. You will be asked to maintain a pleasant physical and emotional learning environment in your classroom. Your main focus should always be on the students in your care. You will also be asked to work with any parents, coworkers, or church volunteers in a professional manner.


  • Background check
  • CPR training
  • Attend Quarterly Group Meetings

For more information, see this flyer.

7. Internship Opportunity: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Company Name: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Contact Name: Cathy Cochran

Email: cathy.cochran@schabitat.org  

Internship Description: Assist in the family services department for low income first time home buyers

Internship Time Period: Fall

Phone Number: 770-477-2367

Website: www.schabitat.org

8. Fellowship Opportunity: NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program

The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

Application deadlines for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

  • Fall deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016
  • Final deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016

For more information, see this page.

9. Volunteer Opportunity: Athens-Clarke County Youth Soccer Program


I am a program specialist for Athens-Clarke County. Part of my job is to organize and manage the county's youth soccer program. This program serves over 300 children in our area and is coached entirely by volunteers. The past 11 seasons our coaches have primarily been university students, and I am looking for coaches for our upcoming fall season. This is a great opportunity for students to get volunteer hours, show leadership, get involved in the community, and boost their resume.

About Our League:

The league is open to children ages 4-12, all practices are held on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening, depending on the age group, and games for U7-U13 are held on Thursday evenings. The season will run from August 30-October 20, and all games and practices will be held at Southeast Clarke Park.

The breakdown of practices and games are as follows:

4-year olds - Meets once a week, 30 minute practice followed by a 30 minute scrimmage, Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 

U7 (5 and 6 year olds) - Practices Tuesdays 5:30-6:45, games Thursdays 5:45

U9 (7 and 8 year olds) - Practices Wednesdays 5:30-6:45, games Thursdays 5:45

U11 (9 and 10 year olds) - Practices Tuesdays 6:45-8:00pm, games on a rotating schedule Thursday evenings

U13 (11 and 12 year olds) - Practices Wednesdays 6:45-8:00pm, games on a rotating schedule Thursday evenings

Interested in becoming a coach?

  • Please shoot me an email with your age group preference and shirt size.
  • Follow this link to fill out a background check.
  • Follow this link to create a volunteer profile.
  • Attend the mandatory coach's clinic Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Southeast Clarke Park. We will meet at the bleachers closest to the playground and picnic table.

I look forward to meeting you all on August 23. Please let me know if you have any questions. 


Lauren Butzen
Program Specialist
Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services
Phone 706-613-3991
Fax 706-613-3237

10. Volunteer Opportunity: Sandy Creek Nature Center


Sandy Creek Nature Center is putting out a call for volunteers for the upcoming school year!

See this flyer for our upcoming trail guide training. Our trail guide volunteers lead hikes for school-age students while they attend a field trip. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for interpretation skill practice or work with students or just anyone who enjoys being outdoors. Our groups are scheduled from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday-Friday mornings. We ask that guides commit to at least 3 times a month if possible. Our training will be held August 23, 24, or 26 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

We are also hosting a new volunteer orientation on Saturday, August 27, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. for anyone interest in becoming a volunteer at SCNC but who may not know the best fit for them. We will go over the opportunities that day as well as help them set up a volunteer account, if needed. Opportunities include jobs like trail maintenance, animal care, garden help, education based activities, and special events.

If you have any questions about these opportunities, please feel free to contact me or call the nature center.

Kate Mowbray, Naturalist
ACC Leisure Services Department
Sandy Creek Nature Center
205 Old Commerce Road
Athens, GA 30607

(706) 613-3615 x 231



11. Event: Books for Keeps Book Sale

Books for Keeps is holding its annual book sale! Final days are this weekend, August 20-21. Location: Homewood Village Shopping Center, 2405 Jefferson Road, in the old Vision Video space closest to Jefferson Road.

All proceeds go directly back into our organization, helping us collect, buy and distribute high-quality, high-interest books to children in Athens who might not otherwise have access to books during the summer. Books for Keeps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded right here in Athens.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - Hardbacks $2; paperbacks $1; children's books $1; a huge selection of discount books for 25 cents

Sunday, Aug. 21, 12-4 p.m. - BAG SALE! Fill up a grocery bag of books for $5, or a red canvas BFK tote for $20

RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/572752739564960/

12. Event: Fall Student Involvement Fair

On Tuesday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Tate Student Center will host the Fall Student Involvement Fair. This fair is a great way to learn more about some of the 800+ student organizations on campus. Student organizations will be tabling to promote membership, their upcoming events, and everything else they have to offer. Tables will be set up in the Tate Student Center Plaza and Lawns.

13. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

Formula for Success: Study Strategies for CHEM 1211

Wednesday, August 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Miller Learning Center, Room TBA

This fall, Dr. Anne Marie Vencill will be offering three study strategy workshops for students enrolled in CHEM 1211. The workshops will focus on the use of metacognition for tackling CHEM 1211 as well as some other tips Dr. Vencill learned by attending the class. The workshop is designed to be one hour long and will be offered three times to better accommodate student schedules. The first, on August 17, is prior to Exam 1, which will be given on August 23-24. The other two are the week after the exam but before the drop-back deadline to CHEM 1210. All will be held in the Miller Learning Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Other dates:

Tuesday, August 30

Wednesday, August 31

Questions? Contact Dr. Anne Marie Vencill at amvencill@uga.edu or 706-542-1412.

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

14. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

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