FACS Connection - October 9, 2015

October 9th, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Announcement: Sports Media Certificate Applications Due
  2. Announcement: Students for the Advancement of Science
  3. Course Announcement: FANR(ECOL) 4810/6810
  4. Course Announcement: WFED 4990
  5. Job Opportunity: Carter’s Recruiting
  6. Job Opportunity: Atlanta Braves Trainee Program
  7. Event: Career Center Dream Week
  8. Event: UGA Social Justice Retreat
  9. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  10. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Announcement: Sports Media Certificate Applications Due

Grady College of Journalism is now accepting applications to JRLC 3850, Introduction to Sports Reporting and Writing, which is the Sports Media Certificate Program's gateway course.  Click here to apply.  The application will be available until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.

If you have any questions, contact Carlo Finlay.

2. Announcement: Students for the Advancement of Science

Announcement from Connor Rabb, Political Science and International Affairs major and founding member of new student organization Students for the Advancement of Science:

Over the summer, I registered Students for the Advancement of Science (SAS) as an official student organization at UGA. This is our first semester on campus, and we have had only two meetings so far. SAS was originally conceived as a science policy advocacy group, but during our two meetings attendees have suggested alternatives to achieving the goal described in the name of the organization, outside of public policy that is. I intentionally gave the organization a name that would allow it to expand its functions, since I expect the organization to evolve over time. While its functions may expand, the advancement of science will always be at the core of whatever it is we do.

Students for the Advancement of Science is a member organization of the National Science Policy Group (NSPG), which is a collection of similar student organizations at campuses all over America. So while its functions may be evolving, science policy advocacy will certainly be one of its most primary functions. The science policy we would be advocating for, in particular, would be the essential role federal funding plays in basic research and the importance of government lead science initiatives. More specifically, we would be advocating for funding of NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE and STEM education initiatives. Additionally, the role of government regulation of scientific practices, such as gene editing and GMOs, would be a focus of conversation within SAS. If there is an intersection of politics and science, SAS will likely try to be involved with it in one way or another. While most of the people who have expressed interest are majors within biological or physical science, I am a political science and international affairs major. I certainly expect hard science majors to make up a vast majority of the membership.

We have developed some ideas around hosting debates, launching grass roots lobbying campaigns, hosting awareness and fundraising events, and initiatives that promote public understanding and interest within science and science policy. We are also open to suggestions and expect our functions to evolve as I mentioned earlier. However, our first and foremost objective right now is to get the word out about the organization and acquire some membership.  

I could answer any questions you may have about the club over e-mail. While gaining membership will obviously be beneficial to the club, I think the club can be beneficial to the students who decide to join. Involvement in SAS and NSPG I think can open doors for scientists in the realm of science policy that may have otherwise been unheard of. NSPG is partnered with the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, which I believe members would have an opportunity to contribute to. I developed this idea in early May, when I attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington D.C. There were countless students there involved with science policy through AAAS and NSF fellowships. I also met the presidents from science policy groups at universities all over the country, including the one at UNC who had over 100 members. I truly believe this is an important component that is missing from the University of Georgia, and that with the growth of SAS we can fill that void.

3. Course Announcement: FANR(ECOL) 4810/6810

Here is an interesting upper-level elective with no prerequisites that also satisfies the Environmental Literacy requirement.  A good choice for anyone considering law school or who simply has an interest in the environment and the law.  Also great for those who just love to argue!  Previous students have said that it was a great preparation for law school.

Spring 2016

FANR(ECOL) 4810/6810

Natural Resources Law

TR 2:00-3:15 PM

This course is designed for pre-law students, natural resources/environmental/ecology/anthropology majors and minors to examine the environmental laws that govern the use of our natural resources.  FANR(ECOL) 4810/6810 will engage students in examining how current laws ensure the protection and preservation of our national and global natural resources along with existing and future challenges to that protection and preservation.  Topics include CWA, CAA, ESA, economic justice, waste disposal, and global climate change.  This is your chance to scrutinize the scope and efficacy of environmental laws and to debate your classmates on your position!

4. Course Announcement: WFED 4990

What will you do when you graduate?  Get a job, right?  But is that all there is?  And, how can you make sense out of your UGA experiences and feel better prepared for the future?  Are you ready for the transition from college to adult life?

WFED 4990 is a 3-credit hour seminar designed especially for juniors and seniors at UGA and is open to students from any major and any career goal.  The course will help participants reflect on their UGA experience and begin planning for and implementing steps needed to make a successful transition from college to adult life.  The interdisciplinary seminar will be co-taught by Jay Rojewski (College of Education), Chris Pisarik (Division of Academic Enhancement), and Mylene Culbreath (doctoral student, College of Education).

Spring 2016

WFED 4990

Topics in Workforce Education

Topic: Transition from UGA to Adult Life: Making Sense Out of College

TR 9:30-10:45 AM

In this course:

  • Students will develop an e-Portfolio that will document relevant career-related experiences and focus on resume development, interviewing, and job-seeking skills.

  • Students will have the opportunity to look at personal values and life goals.

  • Guest speakers will be invited to provide information about a variety of topics ranging from work issues (e.g., things to remember during the hiring process) to personal issues (e.g., mortgages, interest rates, credit cards, retirement planning) to personal life goals (e.g., value of family, children, work-life balance).

Questions about the future and next steps become increasingly important as graduation looms ever nearer.  Examples of questions we will examine include: What will I do when I graduate?  What career path will I take?  Where will I live?  How can I make new friends but stay in touch with old ones?  How should I interact with my parents as an adult?  Do I value family, children?  How can I balance a full life to include career and other life roles?  These, and similar questions will be addressed.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be better prepared for the next steps in their lives by recognizing how their undergraduate experiences have influenced who they are now and who they are striving to become.

5. Job Opportunity: Carter’s Recruiting

Carter's will be visiting UGA on Wednesday, October 14.  They are interested in recruiting graduating seniors and recent graduates for their Trainee Program, and they are interested in hosting interviews for any individuals submitting applications to the positions listed below during the day.

Along with the interviews, they will have an information session at 5:30 p.m. on October 14.  Everyone is invited to attend this information session and food will be provided.  See above for details.

Available Positions:

Merchandising (priority for UGA visit)

Order Management & Logistics         

International Operations         


6. Job Opportunity: Atlanta Braves Trainee Program

The Atlanta Braves Trainee Program is designed for applicants who are interested in beginning a career in professional sports. Each year, the program hires individuals from around the nation with diverse backgrounds who are ambitious, intelligent and creative candidates to work in a department from January to November. This opportunity provides valuable experience in the day-to-day operations of a professional sports franchise, and it not only gives the opportunity to work in a Front Office environment, but also to build a network with those in the sports industry who can provide guidance, advice, and possible connections for job opportunities upon completion of the program.

The Atlanta Braves Trainee Program is open to any qualified applicant who has a college degree and a GPA of at least a 3.0 at graduation. Trainees are expected to work at least 37.5 hours per week and may have additional game day responsibilities (depending on department assignments). The individuals who participate in this program are paid $9.50/hour, plus overtime if applicable, as well as benefit-eligible (medical, dental, vision).

See the Trainee Program page for more information and to apply.  Application deadline is Saturday, October 31.

7. Event: Career Center Dream Week

8. Event: UGA Social Justice Retreat

January 15-17, 2016
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center
Dahlonega, Georgia


The purpose of the 2016 UGA Social Justice Retreat is to create a safe space for students of all backgrounds to explore issues of diversity, identity, power and privilege, oppression, and how these concepts connect them to a larger system of oppression. This two-and-a-half-day retreat will be grounded in social justice teachings. As a participant, you will be challenged to understand your lived experience as the grounds for developing critical perspectives and actions directed toward social change (Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007). The hope is that through this retreat, you will begin to understand how dynamics of power, privilege and oppression show up in our lives and on campus, ultimately resulting in a positive influence towards UGA’s campus climate.


As a student participant, you will:

  • Develop a personal understanding of Social Justice and your role in advocating for a socially just world;
  • Explore your personal social identity and how our identities interact with and relate to power, privilege and oppression;
  • Explore the principles of allyship and agency in order to develop strategies to create positive change within your communities.


Participants will meet on campus at the Tate Student Center at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15. Buses will depart at 4:00 p.m. and will arrive at conference center at 6:00 p.m. We will return to UGA by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 17. The Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center is located in Dahlonega, GA in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia.


For questions, please contact:

Meg Evans, Director of the LGBT Resource Center
(706) 542-4077

Megan Pendleton, Assistant Director, Multicultural Services and Programs
(706) 542-7128

9. FACS Events Pick of the Week!

London Informational Meeting

Thursday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.

306 Dawson Hall

Live, learn and work in the heart of London

The global educational and international internship opportunities are only part of the excitement. Earn 6-9 credit hours in this six-week, first session program through classes and an internship. You will live in a flat located in the heart of London. Through the internship experience, you will have hands-on engagement with art and design studios, global organizations serving families and children, leaders in communications, fashion designers, financial enterprises and more. You will also have ample opportunities to visit museums, take in theater, visit historic sites, attend art festivals and local markets and tour landmarks from Stonehenge and Shakespeare’s Globe to Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic.

Applications are due Monday, November 9.

Come to this meeting to learn more!

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

10. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

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