FACS Connection - March 20, 2015

March 20th, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Welcome
  2. Volunteers Needed for FCCLA State Competition ACT NOW!
  3. Summer Internship Opportunities
    1. FACS Student Success & Advising Center ACT NOW!
    2. Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
    3. Williams-Sonoma
  4. Costa Rica Study Abroad Application Due ACT NOW!
  5. Upcoming Career Center Events
  6. SAFCS Meeting
  7. Class of 2015 Senior Signature Plaque
  8. Entrepreneurship Certificate
  9. Rite of Sankofa Graduation Celebration
  10. FACS Forward Mentorship Program
  11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  12. #UGAFACS

1. Welcome

Dear FACS students,

My name is Cara Simmons and I serve as Director of the Student Success and Advising Center.  The center consists of a 5-person team that can assist you with various areas of student life including advising, career development, clubs and organizations, leadership, study abroad, general questions, and more.  We even have a small study and hang out area.    

I am excited for the center to debut FACS Connection.  This is a way for the college to communicate relevant information to you.  You can also connect with the college by visiting our website, through social media, or by stopping by Dawson Hall, Room 112.

We look forward to helping you reach your educational and career goals!


2. Volunteers Needed for FCCLA State Competition ACT NOW!

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.  Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competitive events recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.  The 2015 state finalists will compete at the upcoming Georgia FCCLA State Leadership Meeting, which will be held March 22-24 at the Classic Center.

Volunteers are still needed to serve as competitive events judges on Monday, March 23.  The judges breakfast and orientation will begin at 8:00 a.m., and event competition runs from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in most events.  If you can help, please complete this form and submit as soon as possible to Ms. Sylvia Phillips, Judges Coordinator.

3a. Summer Internship Opportunities: FACS Student Success & Advising Center ACT NOW!

Each summer, the Student Success and Advising Center hosts orientation events for incoming students and their families as well as events for prospective students and their families.  Our office is seeking 4-6 interns to assist us with these events.  This is a serious time commitment that needs enthusiastic, reliable, and self-motivated individuals.  Responsibilities include interacting with students and parents, speaking in front of groups, and assisting the center with logistical preparation.  The class portion will consist of readings, discussions, written assignments, and other applicable projects.

If interested, please fill out the application and submit by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015.  A letter of recommendation and one page resume should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015 as well.  The recommendation letter should be sent by your recommender to success@uga.edu.  Please make sure your resume reflects current and previous FACS student organization or other involvement.  If we need additional information, an interview will take place the week of Monday, March 23, 2015.  We’ve requested availability within the application.  

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current FACS student
  • Must be available for portions of May, but primarily June and July, Monday-Friday with varying hours between 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  
  • Graduating Summer 2015 term or later
  • Available to work and be available between 16-20 hours per week

You must check with your advisor to make sure this is acceptable for credit and what class you should register for to receive appropriate credit.  Please note that this is not a paid internship.

The link to submit your application is here or you can copy and paste this link: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ssac/summer-internship-application.  You will be notified of internship acceptance by Friday, April 3, 2015.

3b. Summer Internship Opportunities: Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is currently accepting applications for their summer internship.  Please note all majors will be considered.  This is a great opportunity for students who love Athens!

Internship posting: http://www.visitathensga.com/about-us/cvb-jobs-internships

Public Relations/Communications Intern

Salary: Unpaid
Hours: 10-12 Hours typical.  Up to 20 at request of intern. 
Start-End Dates: Summer Semester 2015

Responsibilities include:

  • drafting press releases to promote Athens as a travel destination,
  • making pitches to targeted media,
  • maintaining content on travel websites,
  • email marketing,
  • assisting with media requests and press visits, and
  • other promotional and marketing activities.

We particularly encourage applications from students with an interest in and/or experience with social media, as our intern is also responsible for assisting with content, promotion, monitoring and growing our presence on our blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Desired Major(s): All majors considered, Sophomore-Senior year.

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, professionalism, and reliability a must. Exceptional writing skills. Particular interest in social media; New Media certificate program a plus.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter of interest to Hannah Smith, Athens CVB Director of Marketing & Communications, hsmith@VisitAthensGA.com. No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

3c. Summer Internship Opportunities: Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma Inc. has developed a summer retail management internship program at their flagship locations across the country, one being Lenox Square Mall.  This year, they would love to have an intern candidate from FACS, the general manager’s alma mater!  The internship is a paid position which will last from June 2-July 25, 2015.  Each week will focus on multiple competencies of strong leaders as well as topics such as business acumen, visual merchandising to include the planning and execution of a floorset, product allocations, executive communication, and business operations.  If you are interested, contact Ms. Heather Thackery-Dugan, General Manager, as soon as possible, as she would like to have someone in place by April 15, if possible. 

Heather Thackery-Dugan  

General Manager

Williams-Sonoma #947

Lenox Square Mall



4. Costa Rica Study Abroad Application Due ACT NOW!

There is still room in the study abroad trip to Costa Rica, but the application deadline is THIS FRIDAY, March 20th!!  You’ll find more details here.  So, if you’d like to earn 6 credits in Maymester while exploring beautiful Costa Rica, go ahead and get your application in today: https://dar.uga.edu/costa_rica/index.php/site/program_detail/housing_and_household_economics/students.

Program Overview

The Housing & Household Economics program explores the management of household resources from a comparative international perspective.  Basic principles of management, decision-making, and human ecosystems are studied in the context of family, community, and global events both within a rural (San Luis) and urban (San José) setting, emphasizing issues of health, safety, environment, ownership, and the concept of minimum standards.

A highlight of this program will be a one-week build project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity's Costa Rican office, taking students into the field to experience firsthand housing issues and complexities and providing an opportunity to be a part of the solution.  Other program features are trips to the Pacific Coastal town of Playa Samara, as well as an extended stay in the capital city of San José.

5. Upcoming Career Center Events

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6 More Events Left for the FACS Professionalism Certificate

Don’t miss out on the final 6 events to earn your FACS Professionalism Certificate and lapel pin!

See here for flyer

  • Advanced Interviewing: Mar. 23rd, 3:30-4:30, MLC 248
  • Careers In Consumer Economics: Mar 24th, 6:00-7:30, MLC 248
  • FACS Means Business: Advocating the Benefits of a FACS Degree: Apr. 2nd, 3:30-4:30, Dawson 306
  • Budgeting and Managing Your Money: Apr. 8th, 4:00-5:00, MLC 148
  • After Athens: Apr. 14th, 6:00-7:30, MLC 248
  • OMGraduation: Apr. 16th, 3:30-5:00, MLC 248

Already completed your 7 required events?  DON’T FORGET TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY April 17th!  This is how we will know you completed it.

6. SAFCS Meeting

The Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th, in room 116, Dawson Hall.  All majors are welcome, and we have FOOD!  Our service project this month is a drive for Project Safe, so please bring in personal hygiene items or gently used clothes for women or children.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

7. Class of 2015 Senior Signature Plaque

Click here to officially Make Your Mark.  And remember you can designate a portion of your gift back to FACS!

8. Entrepreneurship Certificate

The April 1st deadline to apply for the Entrepreneurship Certificate is rapidly approaching.  Click here for more information and to access the online application form.

The application is fairly short and easy and the requirements for the certificate work really well with FACS majors.  It also looks great on resumes and transcripts, so we strongly encourage you to apply!

Please contact Brocton Funke if you have any questions.

9. Rite of Sankofa Graduation Celebration

UGA Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs are proud to commend the accomplishments of 2015 graduates through the annual Rite of Sankofa Graduation Celebration.  The Rite of Sankofa is an African rites-of-passage ceremony that is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students graduating in May or December 2015.  The Rite of Sankofa is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.

General Registration for the Rite of Sankofa is $45.  The registration deadline is April 3, 2015.  See here for more information.

10. FACS Forward Mentorship Program

Mentorships connect freshmen and transfer students with upperclassmen who serve as mentors.  As a mentor, you'll help these new students enjoy life in Athens and explore the opportunities in FACS.

Why should you be a mentor?

  • During the fall semester, you will be matched with a faculty or alumni mentor that will be a resource to you as you start exploring grad school options and career opportunities
  • It’s a great way to network with alumni and the staff of our college
  • This would look great as you’re building a resume to apply to grad schools or jobs
  • You can make history by being the first ever FACS Forward mentors!

What are the qualifications to be a mentor?

  • You should be a FACS student that loves spending time with people
  • You must be a FACS major, preferably in your 3rd or 4th year
  • You must be available to your mentees, whether that be phone calls, text, email, or face-to-face
  • You should have some knowledge about the college, but don’t worry, we will also provide you with all the information you might need!
  • If you are a student in FACS, you are already qualified to be a mentor!

Key Dates

  • April 10 - Application deadline
  • Last week of April - Mentor training session
  • Fall - Mentorships begin

Interested?  Apply online here!

11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

FACS Thinc. Week Event:

Couture a la Cart and Student Innovator’s Marketplace

Wednesday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Tate North Lawn

Thinc. is a university-wide initiative designed to encourage UGA students, faculty, and staff to see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.  Thinc. fosters and promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship.  Couture a la Cart, a mobile retail boutique created and managed by FACS students, will be selling student-made merchandise.  In addition, student designers will showcase their creative work alongside Couture a la Cart.  All are invited to check out the cart and purchase merchandise with cash or check.

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


We hope you are already following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  (If not, use the links below to get connected.)  We'd love to be included in some of your posts.  If you do post about your time at FACS, please include the hashtag #ugafacs.  You can then see all Twitter and Instagram posts with the #ugafacs hashtag on Tagboard.

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