FACS Connection - September 25, 2015

September 25th, 2015 Author: Kelly King  |  706-542-1006  |  More about Kelly

  1. Announcement: Major/Minor/Certificate Changes
  2. Club Meeting: SAFCS
  3. Job Opportunity: Little Prodigies Child Development Center
  4. Internship Opportunity: International Cherry Blossom Festival
  5. Contest: Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Inventors
  6. Event: UGA Virtual Networking Hour
  7. FACS Events Pick of the Week!
  8. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

1. Announcement: Major/Minor/Certificate Changes


Please be sure your program(s) of study are up to date in Athena.  All majors, minors, and certificates you are pursuing should be listed.  If you are unsure of how to make changes, follow these steps:

  1. Log onto Athena
  2. Select Student
  3. Select My Programs
  4. To add a major:
    1. Select Add Major
    2. Select your new major from the dropdown menu
    3. Select Next, then Confirm
    4. The new major will now appear under My Majors
  5. To remove a major:
    1. Select Remove Major
    2. Select the major you wish to remove from the dropdown menu
    3. Select Next, then Confirm
    4. The major will no longer appear under My Majors
  6. Follow the steps above to add or remove a minor or certificate.


  • You must add your new major before removing your current major.
  • If you have a minor you are trying to change to a major, drop the minor first.  Otherwise, the major will not appear as an option.
  • If you have been admitted to a high-demand major and you are changing from the intended major to the major (ex: Intended Dietetics to Dietetics), the major must be approved by the department before you can delete the intended major.  Don’t forget to go back later and delete the intended major!  Otherwise, both will be on your record.
  • If the major or minor you declare requires approval, this will prevent any further changes until the approval is granted.  Remember you can always cancel the request that needs approval, perform the other actions, then resubmit the request that needs approval.

2. Club Meeting: SAFCS

Don't miss out on the second Student Association of FACS meeting of the year! All majors are welcome to come join us in Dawson 116 on Tuesday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. We will be getting to know each other, learning about study abroad opportunities, and will be gathering donations for our food bank service project. We'll also be letting everyone know about some upcoming plans for this school year, so be sure to mark down the SAFCS meeting on your calendar. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Recruitment, Lauren Travis.

3. Job Opportunity: Little Prodigies Child Development Center

Little Prodigies Child Development Center is hiring teachers. We have part-time and full-time positions open. You would start off as a substitute teacher first and, if it is a good fit, you could be hired on. You must have childcare experience and a clean background check. Please send your resume and availability to kathy.littleprodigieschildcare@gmail.com.

4. 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 still seeking full-time interns, especially for Spring 2016.

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

  1. Non-paying internships
  2. Office parking available at no cost
  3. Hands-on experience
  4. Flexible hours when needed
  5. 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 interns 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.

5. Contest: Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Inventors

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive students to apply for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide who have tested prototypes of tech-based inventions in four categories: food and agriculture, consumer devices, healthcare, and transportation.

Winning undergraduate teams will receive $10K and graduate student winners will receive $15K. All winners will be rewarded with national media exposure and exposure to the investment and business communities, among other benefits.

Applications are open now through October 13, 2015.

Please contact Marlena Martinez Love, Awards Program Officer, at 617-258-5798 or marlenam@mit.edu should you wish to know more.

6. Event: UGA Virtual Networking Hour

Level Up: Raise your game by getting “Advice from the Big Dawgs”

Participate in the first student-alumni UGA Virtual Networking Hour on Wednesday, September 30, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Via desktop or mobile device (no app necessary!), you can participate in up to one hour of 10-minute, one-on-one, text-based chats with fellow participants.

Join in from campus, home, or even a coffee shop. After each event, participants can access the transcript of their conversations so they can follow up with the individuals they got to know during the event. This will be an opportunity for you to make meaningful connections with UGA alumni.

Connect with alumni in the following industries:

  • Arts, Media, and Communications
  • Business and Economics
  • Education, Training, and Social Services
  • Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health
  • Public Policy, Government, Law, and International Development and Affairs
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Questions? Contact Bethany Mills

7. FACS Events Pick of the Week!


FDN Seminar: The Flavor World of Childhood

Wednesday, September 30, 12:20-1:10 p.m.

312 Dawson Hall

Dr. Leann Birch will host Dr. Julie Mennella of Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center on Wednesday, September 30.  Dr. Mennella’s major research interests include investigating the timing of sensitive periods in human flavor learning during breastfeeding and formula feeding; uncovering how children are living in different taste worlds than adults and their vulnerabilities to the current food environment; and understanding the role of genetics, culture and experience on food choice and habits.

Dr. Mennella will deliver the Foods and Nutrition departmental seminar, "The Flavor World of Childhood: Basic Biology and Health Implications,” in 312 Dawson Hall at 12:20 p.m.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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

8. Food 2 Kids Food of the Month!

Helloooooo in there!

A big thank you to those who have left items in our Food 2 Kids barrel!

1 in 4 children in Georgia live in food insecure households, meaning they don’t always know where they will find their next meal, and that number is even higher here in Clarke County.  The Food 2 Kids program provides child-friendly weekend meals to students who have been identified by school officials as being chronically hungry.  Bags are delivered each week to students who take them home on weekends.  The items we collect right here in Dawson will go into these bags and help these children make it through the weekend.

We have one more week to collect peanut butter.  Please pick up a jar the next time you are at the store and drop it in the barrel.  Student organizations, please consider collecting these items at your meetings!  Just let us know if you need a box for collections.  Let’s show the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and our local kids that FACS faculty, staff, and students are committed to helping those in need!

Our final recipe in honor of the mighty peanut?  We’re going savory this week with Asian Peanut Noodles.  Enjoy!

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