FACS Connection - December 4, 2015

December 4th, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Fall 2015 Graduates: FACS Convocation ACT NOW!
  2. Fall 2015 Graduates: Career Outcomes Survey
  3. Fall 2015 Graduates: 15 From 2015 Shout-out
  4. Announcement: TMI Coat & Sock Drive
  5. Announcement: Whatever It Takes School Supplies Drive
  6. Announcement: Apply to The Arch Society
  7. Survey: Where Do You Get Your Information?
  8. Scholarship: The Don Bower Extension Experience
  9. Research Opportunity: Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience
  10. Research Opportunity: 2016 Summer Research Fellowship
  11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  12. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Fall 2015 Graduates: FACS Convocation ACT NOW!

Dear Fall Graduates,

You have the option of participating in two graduation ceremonies: UGA Commencement and FACS Convocation.  Each ceremony requires a separate registration process.

UGA Commencement

The University of Georgia will host commencement for undergraduates at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 in Stegeman Coliseum. The graduate ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. We encourage you to participate in the campus commencement activities.

FACS Convocation

A more personal ceremony for graduates of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 in Mahler Hall located in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to recognize you at this time. Family members are invited to attend. Tickets are free, but mandatory for this event.

Registration for FACS Convocation

Registration is required for student participation in the FACS Convocation. Please click the button below to complete the registration form by Friday, December 4, 2015. Tickets are required and can be picked up at the Student Success and Advisement Center, Room 112 Dawson Hall, December 7-11. Each student will receive up to four tickets with the possibility of receiving more two days before convocation.


Academic Attire

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn to participate in the FACS Convocation. Caps, gowns and hoods may be purchased at the UGA Bookstore. Contact the University of Georgia Bookstore at 706-542-3171 for purchasing information. Candidates should wear their tassels over the right eye until the degree is awarded and over the left eye afterwards.

Arrival Instructions

The FACS Convocation is expected to last approximately one and a half hours. Please arrive at Mahler Hall at 11:30 a.m. and check in. FACS representatives will be located near easels with each department’s name. You will obtain an introduction card and line up with other graduation candidates behind your department easel.


Diplomas will be mailed from the UGA Registrar's office approximately 6 weeks after Commencement.

2. Fall 2015 Graduates: Career Outcomes Survey

3. Fall 2015 Graduates: 15 From 2015 Shout-out

4. Announcement: TMI Coat & Sock Drive

Have you heard about the TXMI Graduate Student Association’s First Annual Coat and Sock Drive?  Help them keep the less fortunate dry and warm this winter by donating used or new coats and socks.  Drop off items in the TXMI graduate office in 312A Dawson or in the box in front of the TMI office, 321 Dawson.  Deadline is Tuesday, December 15!

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Urrego.

5. Announcement: Whatever It Takes School Supplies Drive

Whatever It Takes at UGA is collecting school supplies to donate to academic programs in the Athens-Clarke County area.

Bring writing supplies, binders, crayons, markers, and related supplies to the bin located in 280 Dawson Hall to benefit the East Athens Community Center and Rocksprings Community Center.

Deadline is Friday, December 18!

Questions?  Contact Abbie Nash at aln36343@uga.edu or (478) 508-8485.

6. Announcement: Apply to The Arch Society

We invite you to apply to become a member of the 2016-2017 Arch Society!

To be eligible for membership, candidates must be a full-time student, rising third-year or above, who are in good academic and disciplinary standing, and who have at least one full year remaining at the university. The Arch Society provides service to the University of Georgia as the official hosts and goodwill ambassadors.

Applications are available now through Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

Two information sessions will be held in January, dates to be announced. Please reach out to any current member if you have any questions and follow us on social media to stay updated on the application process.

Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow us on Instagram!

For more information, contact Carina Illingworth.

7. Survey: Where Do You Get Your Information?

Dear FACS Students,

We want to check in with you and make sure we’re getting information to you in the best way possible.  You will soon receive an email inviting you to complete a very brief survey asking you how you currently receive information and how you would prefer to receive information from us, along with any suggestions you have for improvements we could make.  We know you’ve got a lot going on right now, but please take a minute or two to let us know, so we can make adjustments next semester, if necessary.

Thank you!  Good luck on your finals!


Student Success and Advising Center

a.k.a. The DawOffice

8. Scholarship: The Don Bower Extension Experience

Don Bower (Ph.D. 1989) served the University of Georgia for thirty-three years. The majority of his work was within Public Service and Georgia Cooperative Extension. He retired in 2008 as Professor and Department Head of the Department of Child and Family Development. Upon his retirement, his colleagues and friends created and funded this named endowment in his honor.

The College invites currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing in any FACS program to apply for the Don Bower Extension Experience. Applications submitted in January 2016 and selected for funding will provide students with Extension experience opportunities during the Maymester, summer, or fall semesters 2016. Available funding: $1,000.00

Applications will be accepted before midnight Friday, January 15, 2016. A stipend will be awarded for a student experience or internship (either undergraduate or graduate) to have an exposure to the field of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension work.

For more information about finding Extension internship sites, contact Deborah Murray, Ed.D.

For more information about experiential learning, contact Sharen Phinney.

Notification of funding decisions will be made by February 15, 2016.

9. Research Opportunity: Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience

Our friends at Georgia Southern University are excited to share with you an opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded summer program.

The initiative is a 6-week summer program at Georgia Southern University hosted by the Rural Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University.  The initiative, called DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience), is a paid, hands-on research experience for undergraduate and graduate students.  During the program, students engage in cutting-edge rural health disparities research and receive training in the unique factors associated with addressing health disparities.  Students work with and learn from a team of experienced faculty researchers from both Georgia Southern University and Mercer University.  The program is funded by the NIH through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

View the complete application packet, including FAQ’s, here.  Click here to apply.  The application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Please email the DESRE office with any questions or for more information about the program.

10. Research Opportunity: 2016 Summer Research Fellowship

Our friends at the Medical University of South Carolina are now accepting applications for their 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Summer Research Fellowship for the Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program.

The Summer Research Fellowship is a structured 10-week, mentored program for undergraduate students interested in research. A stipend of $3,000 is provided.

Click here to access the application. The application deadline is Monday, February 1, 2016.

For more information, please visit the program website or email Ms. Vikki Bernotski.

11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Twitter (online)

Holiday foods can create lasting memories. Take a well-deserved break on Reading Day and join us for a lively Twitter chat with food safety experts and guest foodies who'll share tips on planning and preparing holiday meals that are safe, healthy, and worth remembering.

Our very own Elizabeth Andress, Ph.D., will be sharing information and tips about how to safely prepare homemade food gifts. Other topics will include preparing for your holiday meal from the grocery store to your cutting board, keeping food safe when serving and transporting, problem foods, and enjoying the leftovers.

How to Participate:

To see messages but not send messages:

  • Type "#CDCFoodChat" into the search box on Twitter.

To ask questions and share info:

  • Log into your Twitter account or create one for free if you do not have one.
  • Follow @CDCgov and @CDC_NCEZID on Twitter.
  • Retweet #CDCFoodChat announcements from @CDCgov@CDC_NCEZID, and partners.

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

12. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

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