FACS Connection - May 1, 2015

May 1st, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. FACS Summer 2015 Orientation Leaders
  2. Article: Five reasons job prospects looking strong for 2015 college grads
  3. Job Opportunity: Prevent Child Abuse Athens
  4. UGA Alumni Career Fair
  5. FACS Alumni Association Board Seeking Nominations
  6. Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship
  7. Volunteer Opportunity: Camp Kudzu
  8. National Health Outreach Conference
  9. Microbiome Webinar Series
  10. Dislecksia: The Movie
  11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  12. FACS Connection: Summer Edition

1. FACS Summer 2015 Orientation Leaders

We are proud to share that three of the twelve summer orientation leaders are from FACS!  (Not that we’re surprised.  Our students are awesome.)  Join us in congratulating Hailee Bastien, Avery Hudson, and Amanda Turner on making it through this very selective process.  Have fun this summer!

2. Article: Five reasons job prospects looking strong for 2015 college grads

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Writer: Aaron Hale

Contact: Scott T. Williams

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Class of 2015 will enter the best job market for new college graduates since the Great Recession.

Nationally, employers plan to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates in 2015 in the U.S. than they did the previous year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. There are signs on UGA’s campus that graduates are poised to benefit from a friendlier job market.

“Things are looking good,” said Scott Williams, executive director of the UGA Career Center. “The job market is better, and hiring is up.”

Here are five reasons job prospects are looking strong for college graduates.

1. Number of employers at the fall job fair has nearly doubled since the recession

Annually, UGA Career Center helps host over a dozen career fairs, including some in coordination with the university’s schools and colleges.

At the campus-wide Fall Career Fair in 2014, UGA hosted 250 employers, a record-breaking number, looking to hire UGA students and grads for full-time employment and internships. Nearly 2,000 UGA students attended the fair.

“We have a large number of Fortune 500 companies representing a wide variety of career areas attending our fairs,” Williams said. The fairs have been strong with employers from Georgia.

At the low point in the recession in fall 2009, there were 136 employers and 1,500 students who attended.

There are more than 800 employers on campus each year to recruit UGA students for internships and full-time jobs.

2. There is an upward trend of UGA graduates getting full-time jobs

In addition to the national hiring trends, the job market has steadily improved for UGA graduates. In 2010, the Career Center reported that 52 percent of the graduating class were employed and about 28 percent were enrolling in graduate school. In 2014, that percentage was up to 63 percent employed; 15 percent had enrolled in graduate school.

Data on the class of 2015 won’t be released until spring 2016, but career counselors say this year seems to be trending ahead of last year.

3. Recruiters are posting thousands of opportunities on UGA job sites

From the fall to the spring, a total of 5,410 internships and full-time jobs were posted on http://www.hireUGA.com, where employers post job and internship opportunities.

Currently on DAWGlink, the job search site for UGA students and alumni, there are 1,300 entries. Michelle Carter, a career consultant for the Terry College of Business, said that’s a high number, especially this late in the spring recruiting season. Typically, employers are most actively recruiting students and future graduates between January and spring break in March.

4. Career counselors report more students are getting multiple job offers

Counselors say more students appear to be getting multiple job offers this year compared to recent years. This was not the case a few years back, said Laura Garcia, career consultant for the Terry College.

“Now we’re having tons of students emailing us saying, ‘I have a job offer, but I still have three outstanding interviews. What do I do?’” Garcia said.

5. The Career Center is reaching thousands of students

The Career Center reached more than 10,000 unique undergraduate and graduate students last year, with more than 40,000 total contacts with students through career counseling, outreach programs and events such as career fairs.

The more contact students have with the Career Center to polish resumes, hone interview skills or talk about job search strategies, the more prepared they will be to get a job, Williams said.

Even with a strong job market, Williams said, students still have to work to make themselves hirable, and that’s where the UGA Career Center can help. Williams often tells students that getting that first entry-level job is like getting in shape.

“You don’t go to the gym, snap your fingers and automatically get fit,” Williams said. “You have to exercise when you come to the Career Center. I think it’s extremely important for students to meet with their career consultants to have their resume critiqued, participate in a mock interview, and attend our career workshops, career fairs and on-campus interview program. The more effort you put into it, the more likely your results are going to be positive on the backside.”

UGA Career Center

The University of Georgia’s Career Center is dedicated to helping connect students with employers. The Career Center offers career resources and counseling for UGA students and alumni. It also helps employers successfully recruit and hire students through job postings, career fairs and campus interviews. For more information, see http://career.uga.edu/.

3. Job Opportunity: Prevent Child Abuse Athens

Prevent Child Abuse Athens is hiring three positions in conjunction with the Great Start Georgia Clarke pilot project (part of the Early Education Empowerment Zone):

  • First Steps Service Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Clinical Supervisor

Please see this document for job descriptions, qualifications, and application information.  Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015.

4. UGA Alumni Career Fair

5. FACS Alumni Association Board Seeking Nominations

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Writer: Victoria Dorsey

Contact: Victoria Dorsey

The Alumni Office is now accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 FACS Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Since its inception in 1977, the mission of the Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association has been to keep alumni, students, faculty and friends interested in, involved with and connected to the College.

The work of the Alumni Association comes to life through the wonderful volunteers on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Longtime board member Mitch Hardeman (Housing, 1993) was the first male to serve as President. "It has been very rewarding to have served and I have enjoyed every minute of my time on the board specifically working with our students, faculty, staff and alumni promoting our wonderful college and university," Hardeman said.

Along with networking, board members develop leadership skills through facilitating FACS signature events: Dogs with the Dean, Chilly Dawg 5K and the Alumni Awards Luncheon.

The opportunity to support and mentor current FACS students is another benefit board members gain. The Alumni Office and the Student Success & Advising Center are working together to build new programs that will give board members greater opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise with current students.

To review qualifications, expectations and to submit an on-line nomination, click here.  Nominations are due Monday, June 1, 2015.

6. Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship

Scholarship Information:

  • All UGA Athens students are eligible to apply for the Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Scholarship.
  • The student applying must be enrolled full-time (12 hour minimum).
  • Applications must be completed by the applying student.
  • Applications are due by 5 p.m., May 13, 2015.
  • Student notification will be sent by May 22, 2015.

Apply here.

7. Volunteer Opportunity: Camp Kudzu

Dawgs for Diabetes needs your help!  They are trying to help Camp Kudzu (a camp for children with diabetes, usually Type 1, located in Georgia) find volunteers for two of their sessions.  They need any interested volunteers, but especially males.  You do not need to know anything about diabetes (or have diabetes) to become a volunteer for a week.  It is an amazing and rewarding experience that also looks great on resumes!

Volunteers are needed at Session 2 (males and females), and a few more at Session 1 (males).

Both sessions are at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge.

Session 1: May 30-June 5

Session 2: June 27-July 3

More information can be found on their website, and feel free to email Dawgs for Diabetes with any questions you might have.

8. National Health Outreach Conference

Registration and hotel information can be found here.

9. Microbiome Webinar Series

Make plans to participate in The Microbiome Webinar Series organized by the American Society for Nutrition's Nutritional Science Council.

Webinar 1: What is the microbiome and what is the evidence that diet can modify GI bacteria?

May 6, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Lita Proctor, PhD, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health 

James Lewis, MD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Webinar 2: The GI microbiota: How do you determine who is there and what they are doing?

May 18, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Curtiss Huttenhower, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health 

Owen R. White, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Webinar 3: What is the role of GI microbiota in obesity?

June 4, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Andrew Gewirtz, PhD, Georgia State University, Institute for Biomedical Sciences 

Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Webinar 4: What are the independent and interactive roles of GI microbiota and nutrition in modifying chronic disease risk?

June 17, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


W. H. Wilson Tang, MD, Cleveland Clinic, OH

Johanna Lampe, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington

Click here for more details and to register for each webinar.  Programs are free to attendees.

10. Dislecksia: The Movie

11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

FACS Convocation

Friday, May 8, 3:00 p.m.

Classic Center

The University of Georgia will host commencement for undergraduates at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at Sanford Stadium.  The graduate student ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.  Graduates are encouraged to participate in the campus commencement activities.

A more personal ceremony for graduates of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Classic Center.  Ample and free parking is available in the Classic Center Parking Deck.  Tickets are not required for this event.  The ceremony is expected to last 90 minutes.

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

12. FACS Connection: Summer Edition

We hope you have found FACS Connection helpful this semester.  Please send any feedback to success@uga.edu.  As enrollment and activity slow a bit over the summer, so will our announcements.  FACS Connection will be published once a month, in June and July, and will return as a weekly publication the first week of fall semester.

Congratulations to our graduates!  Everyone, have a great summer!

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