FACS Connection - March 27, 2015

March 27th, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Internship Opportunity: Kate Parham Kordsmeier, Freelance Food & Travel Writer
  2. Internship Opportunity: International Cherry Blossom Festival
  3. Volunteers Needed: Experience UGA
  4. Volunteers Needed: Project WET
  5. University Innovation Fellows 2015 Application
  6. Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board
  7. FACS 2000 Prefix Change
  8. Upcoming Career Center Events
  9. The Bridge Student Success Series Program 4
  10. Lavender Graduation
  11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

1. Internship Opportunity: Kate Parham Kordsmeier, Freelance Food & Travel Writer

Kate Parham Kordsmeier, freelance food and travel writer and FACS Consumer Journalism graduate, is looking for an intern!  See Kate’s website for details.

2. Internship Opportunity: International Cherry Blossom Festival


As a non-profit organization, the International Cherry Blossom Festival relies heavily on volunteers and interns.  Linda Maddox, Executive Director of Central City Park, the “hub” of the festival, is seeking an intern – hopefully from FACS!

Ms. Maddox needs a mature, personable, motivated person with an understanding of event planning and/or a willingness to learn.  This person must be comfortable working alone and with others.  Following are more details about the internship:

  • Non-paying internship
  • Office parking available at no cost
  • Hands-on experience
  • Flexible hours when needed
  • Opportunities:
    • Design flyers/posters and promotional and marketing pieces
    • Create notices, post cards, and letters
    • Organize and book daily performances and schedules for the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage at the Park
      • Preview and audition CD’s and all daily entertainment
    • Plan events in the Park for 10 days
      • Opening ceremonies
      • CherryDazzle, a free family event on the first Saturday at the Park
      • PAWS for a Cause in the Park
    • Hands-on experience with securing sponsors for events
    • Work with city and county department heads
    • Central City Park
      • Set up the Park, which functions like a small city for 10 days
        • Parking and traffic control
        • Schedule nightly entertainment for all 9 nights
        • Power for inside and outside buildings
        • Secure vendors for both
        • Design layouts for both
        • Secure clean-up crews
        • Secure volunteers and provide instructions, especially for CherryDazzle

Ms. Maddox’s team works year-round and builds the Festival from the ground up.  According to Ms. Maddox, “It’s really quite a bit of magic – hard work, but hopefully the most fun you can have working.”  Next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival dates are March 25-April 3, 2016.  She can use an intern year-round, but primarily during the fall months and at the start of the new year, January through April.

If you are interested, please contact Linda Maddox at Lmaddox@cherryblossom.com or (478) 330-7057.

3. Volunteers Needed: Experience UGA

Volunteers are needed for the 2nd Grade Health Trip, April 7-10, to the UGA Coliseum as part of Experience UGA.  Students will rotate through 8 fun stations that teach health through games and activities.  Each station will cover topics such as nutrition, hand-washing, physical activity, and bullying prevention.  To be involved in creating a memorable field trip experience for local children that will empower them to make healthy choices, network with other UGA students and staff, and build your resume, see this flyer for more information.  You can sign up to volunteer on this spreadsheet.

4. Volunteers Needed: Project WET

The UGA Spalding County Extension office is looking for facilitators and educators of Project WET to help with an outdoor water education day in Griffin.  There will be two events, one on May 5th and the other on May 15th.  This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about outdoor classrooms and teaching.  The Extension service will be providing the activities, materials, equipment, lunch, and snacks for all those who assist.  

Each volunteer will interact with around 8 to 9 groups of 6th grade students.  The groups are led by their teacher, and there should be no more than 20 students per group. 

Are you available?  If so, please contact Alexa Robinson at adrob@uga.edu or (770) 467-4225.

5. University Innovation Fellows 2015 Application

The Office of the Vice President for Research is looking for ambitious students to be members of UGA's Fall 2015 cohort of University Innovation Fellows.  This NSF-funded program empowers students to cultivate ecosystems supporting creativity, design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship on their campuses.

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the nation will receive training from Stanford University and travel to Silicon Valley to meet with innovation and entrepreneurship experts from Google, VentureWell, Stanford, and other organizations. 

FACS students are encouraged to apply.  This program is open to all majors!  See this flyer for details, and submit your application here.

6. Fontaine Center Student Advisory Board

See here for more information and to apply.

7. FACS 2000 Prefix Change

Important: If you are planning to take FDNS, FHCE, HDFS, or TXMI 2000 or 2000E this summer or fall, please note the course numbers have changed to FACS 2000 and FACS 2000E.  These are all the same 1-hour course, Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences.

8. Upcoming Career Center Events

Register for the Virtual Career Fair here.

9. The Bridge Student Success Series Program 4

Attention: All First-Year Students and Anyone New to FACS

The Bridge is a 4-part series developed in the Student Success and Advising Center taking place this fall and spring that will assist students new to FACS in building their bridge to success!

Now what?  Building the Next Bridge, the fourth and final program of The Bridge, will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in 116 Dawson Hall.  Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:15 p.m. with an opportunity to network with other FACS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

This event will celebrate YOU as you finish up your first semester or year with us.  There will be student speakers, an alumni panel representing various FACS majors, and a charge for the next academic year.  All the breakout session leaders from last time and many of the FACS Ambassadors will be invited as our guests.  The menu includes sandwiches before the program and cake afterwards.  You can submit questions for the Alumni Panel through the RSVP link.

Regular participants in The Bridge program this year will be recognized during this event.  We have some nice things to say and give to you!  You may want to look sharp for the photo opportunity.

NEW IDEA: Please bring or submit something that represents your first semester or year in FACS – we plan to compile it into an art piece to be displayed in the Student Success and Advising Center for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Be creative and let it represent your experience!  You can provide writings, drawings, photos, or other mementos.  The representation can be brought to the event, dropped off at the Center, or submitted via email to success@uga.edu by Monday, April 27, 2015.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Remember: you may qualify for a special event with the Deans and alumni in your major in the spring if you attend 3 of the 4 events in the program.  If you are new to UGA this semester, your attendance at the February 12 and April 9 events alone will qualify you to enjoy an afternoon behind-the-scenes experience within your major and an informal evening with other qualifiers and our wonderful FACS Deans in April.  We have some awesome things planned already.

We look forward to seeing you there!

From the staff of the Student Success and Advising Center

10. Lavender Graduation

Are you graduating this semester?  Do you know someone who is?  Participate in Lavender Graduation 2015!

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center and GLOBES invite you to participate in the Tenth Annual Lavender Graduation on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Mahler Hall in the Georgia Center.  This celebration recognizes the accomplishments of UGA’s 2015 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual identified graduates and their graduating allies at every level (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral).  Through this recognition, LGBTQIA students and their allies are provided with a positive experience at the university, encouraging them to continue their connections to the university, other students, and other alumnus.

Eligible Participants
All lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and ally graduates are welcome to Lavender Graduation.  December 2014 graduates, as well as May, August, and December 2015 graduates, and alumni are all eligible to participate.  Participants will receive a lavender diploma and lavender chord!  To participate, students should register by Friday, April 20, 2015.  Guests are welcome, and we encourage you to attend - RSVP here!

We also invite you to apply to be the graduate speaker.  This graduate will be given the opportunity to speak on their experiences at the University of Georgia.  This speech will be between 5-7 minutes in length and will occur during the graduation ceremony.  The application for the graduate speaker can be found at the Lavender Graduation website.

Founder’s Award

We would also like to invite you to nominate an individual for the annual Founder's Award.  Every year, we like to acknowledge a member of the community who has taken great strides in promoting and creating a welcoming and safe environment for everyone on campus and in our community.  If you know of someone who is deserving of this award, please visit the LGBT Resource Center’s Lavender Graduation website to nominate the individual for the Founders Award.

Annette Hatton Scholarship Award

Annette Hatton, managing editor of The Georgia Review at the University of Georgia for over 23 years, founded GLOBES (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Faculty & Staff Organization at UGA) in 1994.  She also helped start Athens Pride in 1998 and served as the chair of GLOBES until 2008.
This award, sponsored by GLOBES, will honor Annette’s dedication and contributions, and will be given annually at the LGBT Resource Center’s Lavender Graduation.  The award comes with a scholarship of up to $1,000 and will recognize an undergraduate student for his or her remarkable commitment to service in the LGBTQIA community.  All eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Annette Hatton Scholarship Award.  If students have any questions, feel free to direct them to Deirdre Kane.

To learn more about Lavender Graduation, please visit our website or contact Dohyun Ahn.

11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

2015 CURO Symposium

Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31

Classic Center

Nearly 400 UGA students, including many from FACS, will present original research projects in fields ranging from history to engineering to health at the upcoming Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium.

The annual CURO Symposium was created in 1999 to highlight undergraduate student research achievements in all disciplines.  Participation in the program has increased by 50 percent in the past year to a record-setting 388 students.

The event, which includes oral presentations and poster sessions, will be held at the Classic Center in downtown Athens on Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31.  It is free and open to the public.  A UGA bus marked "Special Event" and with a "CURO Symposium" sign in the front window will run on a loop to the Classic Center with stops at the Georgia Center, the Tate Student Center, and the Arch.  Paid parking (not free) will also be available at the Classic Center.

Come out, learn something new, and support your classmates!

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

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