FACS Connection News Digest - September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021

The latest news, events, and opportunities for FACS students. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

  1. Aurora @ UGA
  2. #BeWellUGAFest
  3. Experiential Learning Scholarship
  4. Student Leadership Conference
  5. UGA Cortona Study Abroad
  6. Sustainability Certificate Orientation

1. Aurora @ UGA


Aurora at UGA is a nonprofit service organization that serves to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings through year-round programs designed to provide happiness to them during challenging times.  We are currently expanding our membership and are looking for passionate individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of these kids!

Some activities we do to spread joy to cancer children include...

  • Volunteering at 'Fun Days' (We get together with our Aurora families and take the kids on fun outings to trampoline parks, corn mazes, the movies, pumpkin patches, etc.)
  • Creating fun goody bags to be distributed to children in the hospitals
  • Writing letters and making personalized gifts for children with cancer
  • Virtual game nights
  • Fundraising through creative, engaging events

We are excited to announce that we will have service, fundraising, and medical education committees this year for students looking for a more active role in Aurora!

If you are interested in learning more about Aurora or joining our service organization, please email aurorabulldogs@gmail.com, visit our involvement network page, or join our GroupMe! The official registration form is located below.

GroupMe Link:  https://groupme.com/join_group/65176003/SMylYnvu 

Official Registration Form: https://forms.gle/mvMhWPJRK29rH9rE6 

Instagram: @aurorauga

Website: https://aurorauga.weebly.com/ 

2. #BeWellUGAFest


Stop by #BeWellUGAFest at Tate on Wednesday Sept. 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a pop-up expo of well-being resources on campus.

Learn about the many well-being offerings around campus, connect with student groups, grab a flu shot, and participate in Zumba in the plaza and Yoga on the west lawn,

check out well-being demonstrations, tie dye a shirt, pet some emotional support puppies, grab some food, stop by our sunglasses sale, and more! 

#BeWellUGAFest is brought to you by Student Affairs, with flu shots provided by UHC and the College of Pharmacy.

3. Experiential Learning Scholarship


The EL Scholarship is open to undergraduates who have completed at least one full semester of UGA coursework.  Awards are up to $2500 and can be used for ANY course or non-credit activity that has been approved for experiential learning at UGA. 

The fall deadline is 10/15/21 and includes activities taking place in spring, Maymester & Summer 2022.


  • Must be an undergraduate
  • Must have completed at least one full semester of UGA coursework (at time of application)
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be pursuing an EL-approved course or activity

Scholarship application and FAQs can be found here:  https://el.uga.edu/scholarships/scholarships/

Please feel free to share the attached flyer and direct students to our office with any questions.

4. Student Leadership Conference


The annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for both emerging and seasoned student leaders, regardless of holding a formal leadership role #NoTitleNeeded.

The Student Leadership Conference will be hosted on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and is free for all student activity fee-paying students. The first 150 students registering for the conference will receive a free t-shirt!

For more information and to register for SLC, visit https://bit.ly/ugaslc21.

5. UGA Cortona Study Abroad


The University of Georgia's oldest study abroad program has been operating in the medieval Tuscan hill town of Cortona, Italy for more than 50 years. UGA Cortona offers an extensive list of Studio Art and Art History courses, as well as classes in Italian, English, Women's Studies, Science, Business, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Agriculture.

Earn UGA credit while living in Tuscany and traveling with the program to Italian cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Siena, Naples, Orvieto, Assisi, and many more!

Please see the Cortona website for full program details and scholarship information.

6. Sustainability Certificate Orientation


The annual Sustainability Certificate Program Orientation will be held on Thursday, October 21st, 4:15-5:15 PM (MLC 250), with an outdoor reception to follow on MLC’s Head Terrace. This is a great opportunity for interested students to learn about our program – all are welcome! Registration is available here.

The Sustainability Certificate incorporates applied learning in interdisciplinary settings and equips students with critical skills to address global sustainability challenges through real-world solutions. More information about the Sustainability Certificate is available on our website or via this video. Students are welcome to formally apply online at any time (applications are reviewed at the end of each month during the academic year). Please contact scdirector@uga.edu with any questions.