Leadership Message from Dean Fox: FACS Magazine, Fall 2015

September 1st, 2015

One of the great joys of serving as dean is the opportunity I have to meet so many of our talented graduates.

On a recent trip to Jacksonville, Fla., for the annual conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, I enjoyed a visit with Dr. Melissa Wilmarth, a “Double Dawg” who received both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from FACS in our department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics.

She was at the conference to receive the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Emerging Scholar Award, recognizing her outstanding scholarship.

Dr. Wilmarth, who earned her Ph.D. in 2012 under the direction of her major professor Dr. Robb Nielsen, is now an assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences, researching family economics, financial wellness and economic hardship.

Wilmarth, like dozens of graduates of our graduate program, has gone from being mentored in preparation for a career to being a mentor herself. It is a huge transition, one we strive to prepare all of our students for as they embark on a changing world.

In this issue, we take a closer look at the FACS graduate program (see pages 20-25), including a map showing where our graduate school graduates from the last 25 years are located. It’s safe to say you don’t have to travel too far to find a recipient of a FACS graduate degree, from the classroom to the lab to hospitals and clinics and just about every other field you can imagine.

A FACS graduate degree is relevant and meaningful, and we’re proud that our graduates are prepared to address any number of pressing issues facing the world today, including poverty, sustainability, obesity, relationships and more, as seen in the profiles of recent graduates in our cover story.

If you think we might have missed you, please contact Vicky Dorsey, our director of alumni and corporate engagement, at vidorsey@uga.edu and let us know what you’re up to these days. We also encourage you to send us your news via our website at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/alumni/stay-connected

Another fun way you can engage with us is by participating in the inaugural FACS Week, an entire week of events designed to celebrate the FACS family and build a sense of community among our alumni and friends.

This signature event kicks off Oct. 17 with a homecoming tailgate behind Dawson Hall prior to the football game against Missouri. All alumni and friends are invited to party with us under the big tartan tent before heading to the game.

For more information on this unique event and to see a full list of all the activities planned, please visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/facsweek

We can’t wait!

We hope you’ll also engage with us on social media, where our audience is growing daily. We’re active on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr (photo galleries) and now LinkedIn (look for us there at UGA FACS Alumni). Check the little icons in the lower left of this page for details.

It’s an exciting time in the history of our college, and we have much to celebrate, as you’ll see in the pages to follow.

Thank you for your continued support of FACS, and we hope you enjoy this issue.

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