For many children throughout northeast Georgia, school is much more than a place to learn; it is also the only reliable source of food in their lives. Consequently, weekends become a time of uncertainty and hunger anxiety. From the time they leave school on Friday afternoons until they return Monday morning, these most vulnerable children may not know when or even if they’ll be able to get a meal.
Believing that this is unacceptable, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia launched its childhood hunger initiative. Through this, the Food 2 Kids program evolved; a program designed to alleviate hunger on nights and weekends when other food is not available. In January 2008, in partnership with The Junior League of Athens, the program started small, serving approximately 80 students in one county. Today, the program has grown to serve over 1800 children in northeast Georgia.
The program aims to bridge the weekly weekend hunger gap by providing free sacks of child-friendly and child-specific foods that are easy to open, nutritious, and do not require any cooking. The Food 2 Kids program provides approximately six meals and two snacks each weekend that school is in session (40 weeks) to previously identified school children in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, Rabun, White, and Stephens counties.
We are asking all FACS faculty, staff, and students to help us show the food bank and our local kids some love! It’s easy! Every month, we will share through FACS Connection, social media, the hallway monitors, and maybe even in classes, events, and student organization meetings, the food of the month. The next time you are shopping for groceries for yourself, pick up one (or more!) of these items and drop them in the barrel located near the Student Success and Advising Center in 112 Dawson. The official kick-off is in August, so keep an eye out for announcements!
In the meantime, we are collecting general donations for the food bank. Pick up any of the most needed items listed below and drop them in the barrel anytime!
Thank you for your help!
2. Ghana Blog
Right now, several FACS students are in Ghana participating in Dr. Alex Anderson’s summer service-learning class, in which they have the opportunity to observe local hospitals, assist with health and nutrition screenings in the community, and attend lectures in nutrition and dietetics as well as public health issues in Ghana. Follow along here!
If this looks like something you would like to do yourself, read more about this Ghana study abroad program here. The program takes place every summer during the thru-session, and students receive credit in FDNS 3010 and FDNS 5710S. Ask your advisor how these credits may be applied to your major. Applications for next year’s trip will be accepted beginning in November.
UGA Career Center “Instagram Your Experience” Contest
July 20th-30th, you are invited to share your summer experience with the Career Center on Instagram for your chance to win a tailgating prize pack including two tickets to the UGA vs. Missouri football game.
Winner will be announced July 31st.
Be sure to include hashtag #ugafacs, so we can see your photos, too! Good luck!
Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate seeking employment? Don’t forget to check DAWGlink! There are currently over 1,300 jobs posted by employers specifically seeking UGA grads!
The Broad Collective is a unique blog dedicated to the local Athens, Georgia experience, highlighting everything that is so great about this city. It was started 11 months ago as a hobby project by Josh and Alex Brown. In that short time, it has grown into a community-wide platform focused on the creatives, artists, makers, craftsman, and small business owners in Athens, Georgia.
They are excited to announce the creation of their Internship Program. They are looking for three interns this fall to partner with them from August 31st-December 4th. They will be accepting applications under the categories of Publicity, Content, and Video. They are looking to find one person that can specialize in each category. They will receive applications through July 17th at which point they will hand select a group for in person interviews. See the internship announcement page for more information and to submit your application.
The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! Last year, 610 students were selected as eInterns. In addition to contributing to important projects and work, eInterns are connected to each other through an online community and mentored by supervisors.
This year they have more projects than ever, and those projects represent an even larger number of U.S. government agencies – 15 in total.
VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will volunteer up to 10 hours per week contributing to projects for an office or section from September 2015 through May 2016. As eInterns, they will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, and housing initiatives. Together, they can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Last year, they had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels, both full- and part-time, taking courses in person or online. A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process. Interviews may be conducted in August. eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.
The Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship (AAGS) engages college students in pressing women's issues and connects them with today’s impactful leaders so together they can achieve the further global advancement of women. Discover partners with Womenetics to encourage future leaders to think critically about the business issues affecting women today by offering $15,000 in scholarship funds.
Read more and apply here. The deadline is August 23.
FACS at UGA Day
Monday, July 27, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Join Dean Fox and the FACS Alumni Board in all the fun at the College Football Hall of Fame!
Alumni, friends, and fans are invited to UGA Day in Atlanta for a UGA experience like none other. Join President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80), Head Football Coach Mark Richt, Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Fox, Women's Basketball Head Coach Joni Crenshaw, Baseball Head Coach Scott Stricklin, and student speakers for an exciting evening as they share insights about UGA’s upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news from campus. Be sure to stop by the FACS table and say hello to Dean Fox, Dr. Sweaney, FACS alumni athletes, and members of the FACS Alumni Board.
Registration is required for each person in your party. The first 300 registrants will have an opportunity to have one item signed and take a photo with Football Head Coach Mark Richt, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Fox, and Baseball Head Coach Scott Stricklin. PLEASE NOTE: The first 300 registrants must have pre-registered, completed on-site check-in, and be in line for photos no later than 6:30 p.m. on the day of the event to guarantee this opportunity. The deadline to pre-register is Wednesday, July 22.
There is no cost to attend UGA Day in Atlanta. Concessions and a cash bar serving beer and wine will be available. The University and FACS look forward to seeing you in Atlanta! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the FACS Events page for a complete listing of everything going on this month.
How the end of our time at Ridge and this program helped me narrow my focus
Finding the light in situations where the resources are limited.
A story about how my first OR experience changed the trajectory of my future
How I was able to see myself in the hospital setting.
How coming all the way to Ghana showed me where my passion is