FACS Alumni Awards event honors achievement

February 28th, 2015 Author: Cal Powell  |  706-542-3536  |  More about Cal
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The College of Family and Consumer Sciences recognized several outstanding alumni and friends of the college at the 38th annual Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Georgia Center.

Dr. Josephine Martin, who received her bachelor’s degree from FACS in 1947, was inducted into the FACS Honor Hall of Recognition for her lifetime of work in the area of child nutrition.

Martin, former president of the School Nutrition Association and director of the National Food Service Management Institute, was instrumental in the passage of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 that expanded child nutrition programs and ensured that funding and programs were available to reach all children.

As a state director for the USDA in Georgia, Martin worked tirelessly on child nutrition, which she considered “a matter of national security,” efforts that included taking a tour of hunger throughout the state with Sen. Herman Talmadge 

Martin has accumulated numerous awards for her body of work in the field of child nutrition, including receiving the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition given by the Child Nutrition Foundation 

“We are so proud of all of our alumni who continue to represent FACS so well in their professional endeavors,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “Dr. Martin’s relentless efforts on behalf of the children of the state of Georgia, and all children in our country, embody precisely the ideals we strive toward. We applaud her on a lifetime of achievement and are proud to call her a FACS graduate.” 

In addition to Martin, FACS recognized several graduates and friends of the college, including:

Dr. Emily Tomayko, Pacesetter Award: Tomayko, a 2005 dietetics graduate, is a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Wisconsin in the Molecular and Applied Nutrition Training Program and an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The Obesity Society. 

Dr. Patrici Annis, Creswell Award: Annis, a faculty member in the FACS department of textiles, merchandising and interiors for nearly 30 years, is a three-time winner of the department’s Teacher of the Year Award and is widely recognized as a master instructor and motivator of both students and colleagues.

Dr. Clifton Baile, FACS Appreciation Award: Baile, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2014, was the GRA Eminent Scholar in Biotechnology at UGA, leader of the campus-wide Obesity Initiative and a highly decorated scholar and researcher. He worked closely with several FACS faculty members in the foods and nutrition department.

Dr. Greg Lang, Outstanding Service Award: Lang, who holds a doctorate in human development and family science from FACS, is executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, a non-profit Christian organization that provides healthcare and social services to poor and uninsured people of north metro Atlanta. 

Dr. Deborah Phillips, Emily Quinn Pou Professional Achievement Award: Phillips has two degrees from the FACS department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics and is a noted professor at UGA and Georgia Tech; a successful entrepreneur; and currently serves as the president of the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation.

Dr. Barbara Grossman, Distinguished Alumni Award: Grossman, who received her master’s and doctorate degrees from FACS, has held numerous roles in the department of foods and nutrition and currently serves as clinical associate professor and director of the dietetic internship program. 

In addition to these recognitions at Saturday’s event, FACS Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement Vicky Dorsey thanked outgoing alumni board president Theresa Glasheen for her service and “passed the gavel” to incoming president Lauren Coheley.

“Our alumni are so impressive in their many professional accomplishments and acts of service,” Dorsey said. “We’re so proud to recognize these deserving graduates of our college and are so grateful for their continued support of our mission.”

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