FACS Connection - November 11, 2016

November 11th, 2016 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Announcement: Apply to be an Experience UGA Ambassador
  2. Announcement: FACS Convocation
  3. Job Opportunity: First American Bank & Trust
  4. Internship Opportunity: Project F.R.E.E.
  5. Volunteer Opportunity: ServeAthens Events
  6. Scholarship: FACS Study Away
  7. Research Study: Analysis of Mobile Payments
  8. Club Meeting: Student Association of FCS
  9. Club Meeting: Student Financial Planning Association
  10. Event: BeYOU Positive Body Image Sessions
  11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  12. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Announcement: Apply to be an Experience UGA Ambassador

Experience UGA works with the Athens-Clarke County School District to bring all grades in Clarke County schools to campus annually for academic field trips with the goal of fostering interest in higher education. The Experience UGA Ambassadors will serve from the beginning of Spring 2017 through the end of Fall 2017 as representatives of UGA. They will create a presence in the community through their participation in Experience UGA trips and events as well as Athens-Clarke County School District events such as Parent-Teacher nights. They will study and explore issues surrounding education and its history in Athens through workshop and projects.

Info session: Wednesday, November 16, at 3:30 p.m. at Office of Service Learning, 1242 ½ S. Lumpkin St.

Facebook live session: Thursday, November 17, at noon on Facebook

Online applications due by Sunday, November 27.

Questions? Send an email to experienceuga@gmail.com.

2. Announcement: FACS Convocation

Fall Graduates:

You are invited to attend FACS Convocation on Friday, December 16, at 12:00 p.m. in Mahler Hall, located in The Georgia Center.

FACS Convocation is a more personal ceremony for all graduation candidates of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to recognize you at this time. Family members are invited to attend. The event is free, but registration is required.

Each graduate who registers will receive up to four tickets. Ticket pickup will take place December 5-14 in the Student Success and Advising Center. After December 14, graduates may have as many tickets as needed if there are any left over.

Please click the button below to complete the registration form no later than Friday, December 9.


We hope to see you there!

Note: UGA Commencement will also take place on Friday, December 16, at 9:30 a.m. for undergraduates and 2:30 p.m. for graduates, in Stegeman Coliseum. For more information about the commencement ceremonies, please see commencement.uga.edu. The registration process for commencement is separate from the registration process for FACS Convocation.

3. Job Opportunity: First American Bank & Trust

First American Bank & Trust in Athens has a part-time job opening in their mortgage department.

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They are “looking for someone who is hungry, humble, and smart. ‘Smart’ meaning how well they work with and treat others.” Open to all majors “because attitude and work ethic mean more than what's on a piece of paper.”

If interested, please contact Charlie Fleming at Charlie@FirstAmericanIsHere.com or 706-354-5074.

4. Internship Opportunity: Project F.R.E.E.

Project F.R.E.E. Directed Study/Volunteer Opportunities Available Spring, Summer, and Fall 2017

The Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Project, also referred to as Project F.R.E.E., is directed by Dr. Ted Futris, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and director of the Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Lab.

Project F.R.E.E. aims to promote positive and stable homes for nearly 1,500 families in NE Georgia through healthy relationship and economic enrichment programs. We are serving families engaged in child welfare and home visitation services as well as foster caregivers across a 12-county region.

Interested in getting involved? Directed study and volunteer opportunities are available in Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2017. Click here for more information.

CARE Lab Interns and Volunteers working on the HMRE project are referred to as Project F.R.E.E. Navigators. Navigators will receive training in all skill-based, evidence informed HRME intervention curricula, and work closely with participating families and children. 

Navigator tasks include:

  • Family engagement which may involve working closely with families to identify needs and barriers to program participation.
  • Assisting families and couples to complete surveys, as well as helping them to understand the value of the HRME project and their participation.
  • Maintaining regular contact with families to facilitate program retention and completion.
  • Providing sensitive and responsive child care to young children (ages 0-5) and engaging youth (ages 6-18) whose parents are receiving services.
  • Organizing and obtaining assessment materials for parents and children receiving services, and assisting with entry and reporting of evaluation data.


Check out our website and apply online here.

Dr. Ted Futris, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Couple and Relationship Enrichment (CARE) Lab, 114 Dawson Hall

Phone: 706-542-9004, Email: tfutris@uga.edu

5. Volunteer Opportunity: ServeAthens Events

ServeUGA only has four more service events left! Register here before spots fill up! Transportation and snacks are provided.

6. Scholarship: FACS Study Away

Reminder: The application for 2017 FACS Study Away Scholarships is available!


  1. You must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a FACS degree program and a participant of a FACS-approved study away program, which includes both international and domestic destinations.  
  2. Any scholarship criteria that mentions enrollment in a specific major as a condition for eligibility requires that you be admitted to the major.
  3. To be awarded, you must meet any additional criteria that are specific to the scholarship eligibility requirements as stipulated in the fund agreement. 
  4. You will need to ask one faculty member for a reference. Follow the directions for submitting your online application, which includes the reference form, to your faculty reference. Applications with reference are due on January 27, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

See the FACS Study Away Scholarships page for more information and to apply.

7. Research Study: Analysis of Mobile Payments

My name is Briana Martinez, and I am a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Laura McAndrews in the department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors at the University of Georgia. I would like to invite you to participate in a research study entitled “An analysis of mobile payments.”

To be eligible for participation, you simply need to be 18 years of age or older, and own a mobile device. Your participation will involve approximately 4 sessions, around 5 minutes of your time, interacting with a moderator and other participants in an online focus group forum. Your participation should last no more than 20 minutes.

Your participation in this focus group can aid the understanding of consumers’ perceptions of mobile payments and will have numerous implications for marketers and retailers. If you are interested in learning more about this research or would like to participate, I invite you to click here.

Thank you,

Briana Martinez


8. Club Meeting: Student Association of FCS

Need to refresh and destress during this end of semester rush? Then come to the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences November meeting! We will be hosting a guest speaker, Ann Craven, who will be teaching us how to stay positive and sharp during this hectic time of the year.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Dawson 116.

This will be your last chance to become a member before we have our member's only meeting in December!

We hope to see you there!

9. Club Meeting: Student Financial Planning Association

The Student Financial Planning Association will be meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. in 208 Dawson Hall. Please join us for this opportunity to network with financial planning firms.

10. Event: BeYOU Positive Body Image Sessions

The mission of BeYOU is to promote positive body image and empower college students at UGA. BeYOU facilitators are a group of students who work though the UGA Health Center to change the negative body image culture on campus.

During our sessions, we do activities and have discussions about body image, self-esteem, and the media. If you are looking to get more involved on campus and meet other empowered college students, come to our session and learn more about us!

Sessions (Locations TBA):

Monday, November 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook for updates!

11. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

International Education Week Event:

International Coffee Hour featuring International Photo and Video Contest

Friday, November 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall Ballroom

International Coffee Hour is a weekly program that brings UGA students, faculty, staff, and community members together over coffee and international cuisine. Excluding scheduled University breaks, this event occurs every Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm in the Memorial Hall Ballroom. Hosted each week by International Student Organizations and campus departments, International Coffee Hour is one of the longest running programs of its kind across the United States.

On November 18, International Coffee Hour will be hosted by the Office of International Education, as part of International Education Week. During the event, International Photo and Video Contest finalists’ entries will be on display for in-person voting. The winner will be announced at the event!

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

12. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

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