Professor Emerita, Dr. Anne Sweaney Visits FHCE Alum Justin Foster
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Anne Sweaney recently visited Justin Foster, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics alumnus. Justin graduated with a BSFCS in Consumer Journalism with ties to Advertising and Consumer Economics.
Currently he works for Google in New York. Justin contacted Susan Byus, FACS Director of Alumni Relations, for recruiting purposes for Google’s BOLD Internship Program.
We appreciate alumni like Justin, who still keep our students and department in mind after the completion of an undergraduate degree.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Receives the State Partnership Award
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Pamela Turner, Cooperative Extension Housing Specialist, will be traveling to Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in February for the annual Under One Roof Housing Conference.
She will be the recipient of the award for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The State Partnership award is presented to a State entity that has exhibited exemplary collaborative efforts with the Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension Program Housing area.
The partnership between UGA-Cooperative Extension and FVSU-Cooperative Extension has been “lucrative” and more success is anticipated in the future. Congratulations!
Entrepreneurship certificate program offers unique skills
Writer: Cal Powell
Contact: Emily Blalock
Athens, Ga. – The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences now offers a certificate program for students interested in entrepreneurship.
The program, offered jointly with the Terry College of Business, provides students with the skills necessary to start their own business or to seek a career as a social entrepreneur.
FACS students must take a minimum of 15 hours to receive the certificate. Three courses within FACS are required of all students, along with nine hours of elective courses from either FACS or Terry.
“Our goal for the certificate is to cultivate entrepreneurs, but more than anything else, to let students know that it’s a viable option for their careers,” said Emily Blalock, a senior lecturer within the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors department. “Here in FACS, we prepare them with the financial piece, the marketing piece as well as the sales piece, so we have components of that in all the programs. And of course the idea generation and encouraging students to take risks, to think smart, to think fast, that’s all a part of being an entrepreneur.”
For FACS students, the required courses are FACS 2011 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship), HACE 3110 (Money Skills for Life) and MGMT 5500 (Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation).
Students then can select nine hours from a variety of both FACS and Terry courses.
The certificate program coincides with the founding of a new initiative on campus, Thinc, that seeks to encourage and cultivate entrepreneurship at UGA. Thinc, established by the Office of the Vice President for Research, culminates with Thinc Week (April 12-18) that will highlight the work of various student entrepreneurs.
During their last semester of the certificate program, students will apply their knowledge in a capstone course by creating a start-up company or developing a social entrepreneurial approach for a public/non-profit institution.
“We’re trying to bring this idea to students to let them know this is a viable opportunity for you when the economy is tough: create your own job,” Blalock said. “It’s happening everywhere right now.”
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Contact: Michael Rupured - email@example.com 706-583-0054
Athens, Ga. – Aspiring home business owners across the state can now receive free training through workshops offered by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences extension agents.
The 90-minute workshops, called “Is Starting a Home-Based Business for You?” are a new initiative aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses and are offered in collaboration with the UGA Small Business Development Center.
“There’s a huge demand for (home business education),” said Michael Rupured, assistant to the dean for FACS Education. “Our vision is to empower these individuals to put their ideas to work.”
The initial workshop is free, and a follow-up workshop that provides instruction on writing a business plan, is also available.
Jackie Ogden, extension agent for Chatham County, said she received a “very good response” at the initial workshop in late August.
Attendees included a mother-daughter team interested in selling a baked product, artists, jewelers and catering and videography enthusiasts, among others.
“They are getting the very basics of owning a business and seeing if it’s right for them,” Ogden said. “They learn about the rules and laws and regulations and also (are) determining what their passion is, what their product is or what service they want to provide.”
Rupured said agents have been encouraged at the camaraderie that already has formed among the workshop attendees.
“When they get together in these classes, they’re forming these little support groups where ‘We’re going to help each other do this and we’re going to encourage each other and make this happen and be each other’s cheerleaders,’ ” he said.
For more information on the program, visit the FACS extension page at
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor and PhD graduate quoted in Card Hub Website
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Brenda J. Cude and Dr. Martin Seay were quoted in a Card Hub article titled “Ask the Experts: How Can We Improve Financial Literacy in the US?”
Dr. Cude commented in response to the following two questions-
“What is the single most important thing that we can do to help the average person become more financially literate, or at least make personal finance easier?”
“To what extent does financial literacy perpetuate the rich-poor divide in this country?”
Dr. Martin Seay commented in response to two similar questions-
“What else needs to be done to promote financial literacy among future generations?”
“Should/will the federal government address the issue of financial literacy in any substantive manner?”
All of the above responses can be found on the Card Hub website
Writer: Cal Powell (firstname.lastname@example.org) / (706) 542-3536
Contact: John Grable (email@example.com) / (706) 542-4758
A team of University of Georgia financial planning students was named best in the country at the Financial Planning Challenge competition in Orlando on Monday.
The three-person team of Kelsey Brooks, Chase Burkhart and Matt Riggins, all senior financial planning majors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, won top honors among an elite group of eight finalists from across the country.
The teams were given six weeks to compile a comprehensive financial plan for a fictitious couple in New York; they also were judged on their oral presentations of the plan as well as their responses in a quiz bowl-style competition at the convention.
“I was in disbelief,” Riggins said of the victory. “It was the biggest surprise I’ve had all year. It was stunning, really.”
The work began in April when the team was presented with the case study of a same-sex couple in New York. The UGA team spent hours poring over ongoing legislation and tax and estate laws in New York surrounding the issue.
The trio ultimately produced an exhaustive, 106-page document as the fictitious financial planning firm of Axiom Wealth Management. The report covers everything from cash flow to taxes, insurance, investments, estate planning, retirement and more.
Riggins estimated he spent more than 60 hours on the plan. Brooks and Burkhart likely doubled that amount, he said.
“I knew it would take a lot of time, but I think I underestimated the time it would require,” said Brooks, a senior from Roswell. “There were definitely a lot of late nights and sleepless nights, but it’s all worth it now.”
Grable was not allowed to critique the team’s work, serving mostly as a source of encouragement.
“I didn’t see this plan until we shipped it off,” Grable said, “but the great thing about UGA students is once they make a commitment, my experience is they follow through. That shows real professionalism.”
In addition to the prestige and recognition, the department also won a $10,000 scholarship award for the team’s efforts, money that will be used to fund additional student trips to conferences and other professional networking opportunities.
“This really helps validate the work my colleagues are doing and the students are doing here,” Grable said of the team’s victory. “Not only for these three students, but for the whole major. People from the outside are saying ‘Georgia, what you are doing is effective.’ I’m just so proud of them and their efforts.”
For the students, the rewards gained from the experience are incalculable.
“I went to Georgia to win (the competition), to be honest,” Riggins said. “That was the number one thing: I wanted to win. We have a lot of pride in UGA and we feel like our program is a top-tier program and we wanted to show that.”
4TH PRESIDENTIAL HIRING INTIATIVE RESULTS IN THREE NEW POSITIONS IN FACS
Writer: Linda Fox
FACS has received funding for three new joint positions as part of the UGA President’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Hiring Initiative. Proposals for this funding earlier this fall and we are pleased that all three were granted. The three positions funded impact the following departments:
- HACE, jointly with the Institute for Gerontology in the College of Public Health
Specifically, the positions will allow us to hire an assistant professor in housing for older adults; an assistant professor in multidisciplinary education for dieticians and pharmacists; and an assistant professor in fiber and polymer science, bioengineering specialty.
The assessment of proposals focused on enhancing the University’s ability to engage in research, teaching and service that transcend disciplinary boundaries in emerging topics and issues of state, national or international importance, according to President Morehead. Searches will be conducted to fill the positions by August 2014.
Senior Consumer Economics Major, Blake Sailors, also #7 on the University of Georgia football team, Visits McPhaul Center Pre-School
Writer: Hannah Adair
Consumer Economics Major, Blake Sailors visited the Pre-K class at the McPhaul Center on Wednesday October 2nd. The class of 22 four and five year olds were learning about sportsmanship and how to be a good teammate. Blake shared about what he does to reach his best potential as an athlete, and the children were intrigued. Housing and Consumer Economics is beyond grateful for committed athletes like Blake who are giving back the community.
Housing and Consumer Economics Students to Compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning Title
Writer: Hannah Adair
On October 19-21 In Orlando, Florida, a team of Financial Planning Students including Kelsey Brooks, Matthew Riggins and Chase Burkhart will be one of eight teams to compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning title. The competition consists of different phases in which our team will participate, these include: An oral presentation (October 19th) and a ‘How Do You Know’ Challenge (October 20th) We wish the best of luck to you all!
Housing and Consumer Economics Students Win the Final Round of the NAGDCA Retirement Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky
Writer: Hannah Adair
Housing and Consumer Economics students won the final round of the NAGDCA Retirement Quiz Bowl. The final round was held today (Tuesday, September 10) in front of an 800+ member audience in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations!
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor, Kimberly Skobba, Featured in Columns Newspaper
Writer: Hannah Adair
Skobba had her students interview residents of ‘Jack R. Wells Homes’ located off of Hawthorne Avenue in west Athens. Residents were interviewed as a result of Athens Housing Authority starting demolition of this public housing community commonly known as Pauldoe. Dr. Skobba focuses on ‘chronic mobility’ or individuals or families who move every few months, more specifically families with children. Her interests include the reasoning of why residents of low income households move so often, and what moving does or does not accomplish for a family. Residents were interviewed based on their feelings about living in Pauldoe as well as moving from this community. Dr. Skobba will be writing a book or booklet composed of these interviews that were completed, and she is anxious to pass on the book to her students and to the former residents of Jack R. Wells. http://columns.uga.edu/news/fulltext/2013-faculty-profile-kimberly-skobba/ Photo by: Paul Efland
Housing and Consumer Economics Student Kelsey Brooks receives Scholarship from TD Ameritrade
Writer: Hannah Adair
Family Financial Planning Student and College Ambassador, Kelsey Brooks recently returned from TD Ameritrade in New York City for being the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from TD Ameritrade listed as the “NextGen Scholarship”. This scholarship was given to ten well deserving students, and will help promote careers in financial planning and attract top talent to the advisor industry. Congratulations Kelsey!
HACE Professor, Dr. Swarn Chatterjee Receives the 2013 Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Outstanding Journal Article Award
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Swarn Chatterjee has been selected to receive the 2013 Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning Outstanding Journal Article Award for his article titled “Childhood Financial Socialization and Young Adults’ Financial Management.” All of the articles published in Volume 23(2) and Volume 24(1) were considered. He will be honored at the 2013 AFCPE Annual Research and Training Symposium Awards Luncheon. Congratulations on your accomplishment Dr. Chatterjee!
HACE Financial Planning Students Place Within Top Eight Teams for the National Collegiate Financial Planning Title
Writer: Hannah Adair
A team of Housing and Consumer Economics Financial Planning Students placed within the top eight teams of the 2013 Financial Planning Challenge. They will compete for the National Collegiate Financial Planning title in Orlando on October 19-21. Congratulations!
Family Financial Planning-'A Diamond in the Rough'
Writer: Hannah Adair
‘A Diamond in the Rough’ was the title to an article in the Financial Advisor magazine written by Mary Rowland. The article highlighted the Family Financial Planning major in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics. Two ‘FFP’ majors, Marcela Michel and Matthew Riggins were interviewed in the article and spoke very highly of Family Financial Planning. Both Michel and Riggins were nearly finished with other degrees when they ‘stumbled’ upon the FFP major, also known as ‘a diamond in the rough.’ Michel comments on her major, ‘“Almost everyone in the major just found it randomly, but once they discover it, they become obsessed with it. There are so many routes to take with this degree.”
Matthew Riggins, the current president of the Student Family Financial Planning Association (SFPA), had almost completed a degree in sociology, and had an interest in consumer activism. While listening to the Clark Howard radio show Howard commented on the need for a Certified Financial Planner for advice. Riggins searched for the CFP destination and learned that the FFP program at UGA would prepare him to take the CFP exam.
Both Michel and Riggins mentioned that the FFP program may be difficult to find at UGA. The reasoning behind this is attributed to the program not being housed in the business school. Many people may infer that Family Financial Planning is in UGA’s Terry College of Business, but Personal Finance is tucked away in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The unique attributes of the FFP major is the constant exposure to client practice. Students learn by experience, as the major requires at least internship completion. This experience is also accredited to a small building called “The Aspire Clinic” where they offer free financial advice to the Athens/Clarke County population. Financial Planning students also participate in a particular program, the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). This program offers free income tax assistance to the local community.
Family Financial Planning professor John Grable comments on the importance of hands on experience,’ If you empower undergrads and give them support , then get out of the way, they are amazing.’
Housing and Consumer Economics PhD Student Wookjae Heo receives 'Emerging Researcher Award' at AAFCS Conference
Writer: Hannah Adair
HACE PhD Student Wookjae Heo attended the 104th AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, TX on June 26th-29th. Among the different communities within AAFCS there is a specific community called ‘Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM)’. This year, the FERM Community has created an award given to one PhD student under the category of an ‘academic award’ named the ‘Emerging Researcher Award.’ Wookjae Heo was the first recipient of this award. Congratulations!
The official description of the award by FERM is as followed-
‘This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding potential to make significant contributions to the understanding of individuals and families, and the context in which they make family economic and resource management decisions. Doctoral students pursuing the Ph.D. or Ed.D. at a recognized institution of higher education in the United States and who are at the advanced dissertation development stage are eligible for the award. The Emerging Researcher Award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash award and a certificate. The recipient will make a brief presentation about their planned research during the FERM Community Business meeting at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Up to $500 in travel reimbursement will be provided to the recipient based on paid receipts following the meeting.’
Wookjae was chosen based on the following criteria-
1. Applications shall be submitted by doctoral students who have reached an advanced stage in their dissertation research.
2. Research topics must focus on social, economic and/or household aspects of family economics/resource management and/or issues that relate to policy formation and/or legislation in personal or household economics.
3. The research may involve methods using quantitative, qualitative, or historical analysis.
4. The research project must be at an advanced stage of development and approved by the appropriate advisory committee providing guidance to the doctoral student.
5. Applicants with current membership in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences will receive merit points in the review process.
Housing and Consumer Economics Professor, Dr. Debbie Phillips earns a Proclamation for Distinguished Service to Education
Writer: Hannah Adair
The Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF) Celebration of Education was held at the Capital City Club-Brookhaven in Atlanta on June 12, 2013. This event recognizes professionals in the apartment industry for their service and support of education. GAIEF funds programs that educate future professionals in the field. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle presented Dr. Debbie Phillips with a Proclamation for Distinguished Service to Education at this event.
Dr. Phillips earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from our College in Housing and Consumer Economics. Since the inception of the Emphasis in Residential Property Management over 5,000 students have been introduced to careers in the apartment industry. For more information on this exciting program, please visit our website: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hace/undergraduate/rpm.html
Housing and Consumer Economics Graduate on the Cover of Investment News
Writer: Hannah Adair
Madison Ernst was recognized as one of ‘Six Grads Hoping to Make Their Mark in Financial Planning’ From Woodstock, GA, Ernst is employed by ‘The Ayco Co’ and says, ‘I hope to achieve the Certified Financial Planner designation and to become and Senior Planner with The Ayco Company.’ Photo: Christopher T. Martin Link to Investment News Article- http://www.investmentnews.com/gallery/20130607/FREE/607009999/PH
Housing and Consumer Economics Assoc. Professor, Dr. Sophia Anong, Quoted in CardHub
Writer: Hannah Adair
Dr. Anong quotes regarding poor retirement outlook, “Gen. X’ers networth fell so much because most of them being young were aggressively invested (equities). Poor retirement outlook is a bit harsh analysis because their portfolios will recover, they have a 30-40years+ time horizon to do that if they didn’t react radically by perhaps overcompensating and moving their portfolios into safer fixed income assets, bonds, cash reserves, etc.” http://www.cardhub.com/edu/ask-the-experts-will-we-ever-get-to-retire/
Harris English, Recent Consumer Economics Graduate, receives his first PGA Tour Victory
Writer: Hannah Adair
23-year-old Consumer Economics Graduate won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday, making birdies on two of the final three holes. This is English’s second year on the PGA Tour. Congratulations, Harris! Photo: Stan Badz/PGA Tour
ARLINGTON, Va., June 4, 2013 — For more than 25 years, Dr. Debbie Phillips has dedicated herself to teaching, to mentoring and to connecting college students with careers in the apartment industry. Her commitment to education has earned her recognition from the National Apartment Association Education Institute as a recipient of its 2013 Apartment Career and Education (ACE) Award.
“Dr. Debbie Phillips is one of our superstars,” said NAAEI President William Wollinger, CAPS, SHCM. “Her dedication, her energy and her enthusiasm in promoting the apartment industry and its career opportunities have helped us reach literally thousands of college students.”
Phillips has served the apartment industry since 1987 and has been involved in all sides of the business. As president of the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF), she teaches apartment industry courses, mentors students, speaks at high schools, participates in workforce development events and represents the industry at career fairs. She also finds time to teach Residential Property Management at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology and even owns her own real estate advisory firm, The Quadrillion.
“Debbie spends countless hours working with her students inside and outside the classroom to promote the industry and to find the best ‘fit’ for her students,” said Jerry Warshaw, CEO of Warshaw Properties. “Debbie’s high energy level and winning attitude wins the hearts and minds of everyone she meets.”
To date, “Dr. Debbie” – as her students know her – has introduced more than 6,200 students in college programs to the many career opportunities available in the apartment industry. She devotes many long days to commuting from Athens to Atlanta to teach as many as five classes a day in addition to her industry speaking engagements.
“Dr. Debbie works tirelessly to position her students for successful careers,” said one of her former students, ShaDonte Dozier, a graduate of Georgia Tech. “Her passion for teaching is apparent to everyone she encounters.”
Phillips also is active with more than 20 industry organizations, including the National Apartment Association Education Institute, Georgia College and Career Network and the Housing Educator Research Association. She has been recognized for her teaching with numerous awards, including the Outstanding Educator Award for 2012-13 from UGA’s Department of Housing and Consumer Economics and “Excellence in Teaching” recognition from both UGA and Georgia Tech. She also has been named as one of the “Top 100 Women Changing the World of Real Estate” by the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Phillips will be recognized as part of the 2013 NAA Education Conference and Exposition on June 22 at the San Diego Convention Center. The NAAEI Apartment Career and Education Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of apartment career development and/or contributions made to, or on behalf of NAAEI and its professional education interests and initiatives. The ACE Awards are given annually and are awarded to both volunteer leaders and professional educators.
About the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI)
The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education arm of the National Apartment Association. The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders. For more information, please visit www.naahq.org/education or www.apartmentcareerhq.org.
Pictured from left to right are:
Hannah McDonald, Carly Moore, Adam Gibbs, Alex Forde, Blake Littlefield, Lindsay Moore and Josh Currie
Where are they going next?
-Blake Littlefield is in Atlanta, GA working on his MBA at Mercer’s Graduate School and interning at Southern Lifestyles Leasing and Management.
-Alex Forde is in Nashville, TN working for Matrix Properties as a Leasing Consultant.
-Adam Gibbs is progressing on a job offer from Pulte Homes in Atlanta, GA.
-Josh Currie recently accepted a job offer with For Rent Media Solutions as a customer service representative.
Former HACE Ph.D. student Anne Duke wins Robert O. Herrmann Ph.D. Dissertation Award
Anne Duke won the Robert O. Herrmann Ph.D. Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled "Motivating Personal Contribution to Health Saving Accounts." Dr. Brenda Cude was her major professor and presented her with the award at the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) annual conference in Portland, Oregon. This award was established to identify and recognize outstanding graduate student research which addresses issues relevant to the well-being of consumers and meets the research guidelines of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Students led by multicultural specialist Sharon Gibson, of the department of Housing and Consumer Economics, recently made their mark in the textile industry in an unexpected, but certainly not unappreciated way.
The Fashion Merchandising majors collaborated with Georgia sheep farmers to produce high-quality wool socks to donate to American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. This coalition, coordinated by Ms. Gibson, also worked with UGA textile scientist Patti Annis and Texas State professor Gwen Hustvedt to research market trends about buying fabric and textiles locally. To that end, they bought wool from sheep farmers in Madison County. The multitude of wool left over after the study was turned in to socks, and sent to the soldiers with the help of FACS undergraduates.
“In the end,” Gibson says, “it’s not just about socks. It’s about making connections. It’s about having students who are interested in fashion understanding their dependence on agriculture, and preserving what we say we value.”
For more information on UGA’s Socks for Soldiers project, go to www.facebook.com/ifsockscouldtalk.
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Dr. Lance Palmer Named 2013 Public Service and Outreach Engaged Scholar
Writer: Hannah Adair
Congratulations to Dr. Lance Palmer, Associate Professor of Housing and Consumer Economics. Dr. Palmer is the recipient of the 2013 Engaged Scholar Award. This award is presented each year by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. Dr. Palmer was recognized for his development of the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). VITA is staffed by students in service learning courses and provides free tax preparation services to low and moderate income households in Athens-Clarke County.
New associate deans named at the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences has two new associate deans: The University of Kentucky's Deborah Murray has been named associate dean for Cooperative Extension and outreach, and UGA's Silvia Giraudo has been named associate dean of academic programs.
"I look forward to both Dr. Murray and Dr. Giraudo joining our college's administrative team," said FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox. "Their leadership and experience will provide support and guidance to our faculty, staff and students."
Murray will begin her tenure with FACS as associate dean for UGA Extension and outreach effective May 7. She currently serves as associate director of the University of Kentucky's Health Education through Extension Leadership program, funded with a $5.7 million special grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As grant administrator, Murray has spent the past eight years developing and implementing the HEEL program, which focuses on innovative and collaborative statewide programs between the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences and other colleges and departments.
Prior to her current position, Murray spent 15 years with the UK Cooperative Extension Service in positions that included supervising and directing family and consumer sciences and 4-H county agents. She holds a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., a master's degree in home economics education from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from UK.
"Dr. Murray brings extensive experience, the skills to develop and manage entrepreneurial projects and effectiveness in securing funding to support Extension and outreach programming," Fox said. "She has a keen sense of the purpose and mission of land-grant universities and ways in which our college can capitalize on our expertise in outreach in the broadest sense."
Giraudo, who is currently a FACS associate professor of foods and nutrition, has accepted the position of associate dean of academic programs effective June 15.
A native of Argentina, Giraudo earned her bachelor's degree in agriculture at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba-Argentina prior to moving to Georgia, where she earned a master's degree in animal science and a doctorate in animal nutrition from UGA.
Giraudo joined the FACS faculty in 2002. Her research has centered on brain regulation of food intake and energy metabolism as well as the use of educational materials to teach healthy eating habits to young children and prevent early obesity through education.
In addition to her teaching and research duties, Giraudo is director of the school nutrition certification program, which is regulated by the Georgia Department of Education, and has served as the program director of the FACS study abroad program in Xalapa, Mexico, for several years. She serves on the University Council at UGA and is a member of the University Executive Council and the FACS Faculty Advisory Committee. She has previously served as a member of the University Educational Affairs Committee and as an advisory board member of the UGA Learning Communities.
"During her decade as a faculty member, Dr. Giraudo has shown an eagerness to explore new ways of teaching students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels both inside the classroom and through experiential learning," Fox said. "In addition to her successes at the departmental and college levels, she also has extensive experience at the university level which is essential for the associate dean for academic programs.
Georgia United Credit Union has partnered with the College of Family & Consumer Sciences of the University of Georgia to provide FREE electronic income tax preparation and filing. More Information at www.fcs.uga.edu/college/docs/VITA.pdf.
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Athens, Ga. - Before starting a business, entrepreneurs need to have their personal finances in order, says University of Georgia's Michael Rupured. The consumer economics specialist is using his financial expertise to give them a head start.
Rupured, along with UGA Cooperative Extension agents, will hold financial workshops throughout Georgia over the next several months. The first session will be on Sept. 21 in Tifton followed by workshops on Oct. 27 in Cumming and Moultrie, Nov. 9 in DeKalb County and Ellijay and Nov. 29 in Brunswick and Perry.
Additional workshops will be held from January to June 2012.
The sessions are intended for those who realize that starting a new business is a tremendous undertaking, Rupured said, and who understand the importance of having their personal finances in order before taking on the additional risks of business loans.
During the four-hour workshops, participants will learn to set and achieve financial goals, plan their personal spending, work effectively with banks and other financial institutions, manage their credit, prepare for the unexpected and protect their personal assets.
"You may have the greatest idea in the world for a business, but if your personal finances are in disarray or if your credit scores are too low, it's almost impossible to get funding from banks or other lending agencies," said Rupured, who works for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension. "In addition, there's the reality that it can easily take six months to a year before a new business has any income. You have to be certain that you can continue to pay your home mortgage and buy groceries during that time."
UGA to host Financial Therapy Association conference
Writer: Denise Horton (email@example.com)
Contact: Joseph Goetz (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Jerry Gale (email@example.com)
Athens, Ga. - Practitioners and academics representing the fields of financial planning and mental health providers, including certified financial planners, family therapists, psychologists, counselors and social workers, will gather for the second annual conference of the Financial Therapy Association, Sept. 11-13 at the Hotel Indigo and Classic Center in Athens.
FTA was formed two years ago after 30 individuals met in California and agreed there was a need for a group focused on the confluence of issues that arise around finances and relationships, according to Jerry Gale, associate professor of child and family development at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Gale and Joseph Goetz, FACS assistant professor of housing and consumer economics, are co-chairs of this year's conference.
"The formation of the Financial Therapy Association was a loud acknowledgement that finances are intertwined in the health of relationships and physical health as well," according to Goetz. "This is a holistic perception of financial wellness, in which it's not just about the dollars, but about the other areas of clients' lives."
The conference will include more than 40 sessions and contain a mix of research presentations by faculty and graduate students, as well as treatment-based sessions by psychologists and financial planners who have years of practice working with clients.
"There have been individuals who have worked in this area for years, such as our opening speaker, Olivia Mellan, who has used what she calls ‘money harmony work' with her clients," said Gale. "Our goal is to identify these practitioners and learn from them; to identify both current and future research topics in the area of financial therapy; and to consider what it would mean to establish financial therapy as an academic discipline."
Gale noted that with ongoing economic issues, including layoffs and increased housing foreclosures, there clearly is a need for professionals with the skills to help clients with relationship and financial issues. However, before a discipline such as financial therapy can be established, those interested in the field have to explore a variety of issues.
"We have to look at our priorities," Goetz said. "For example, what is a good outcome for someone who has been a financial therapy client? In financial planning, you would generally think that a better financial portfolio would signal success, but what if that enhanced portfolio was accompanied by a couple divorcing?"
Goetz and Gale agreed that they would like to see a future where students pursuing degrees in financial planning take courses in relationship and family therapy. Likewise, they agree that students interested in counseling careers should have a base understanding of financial planning.
For more information on the Financial Therapy Association seehttp://www.financialtherapyassociation.org/.
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Benjamin E. Byrd, a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named adviser and recruiter for the FACS Department of Housing and Consumer Economics’ Griffin campus.
In his new position, Byrd will be responsible for meeting with Griffin-area residents who are interested in completing undergraduate degrees they may have begun at other institutions or obtaining a second bachelor degree. FACS offers majors and minors in consumer economics and the emphasis in family financial planning.
The consumer economics major prepares graduates to work in fields such as consumer credit, consumer relations and in government agencies. The FFP emphasis provides additional preparation for graduates who are interested in becoming a Certified Financial Planner and sitting for the CFP Exam.
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences began offering courses on the Griffin campus in fall 2006. Since then, 18 students have earned their degrees in consumer economics. Students pursuing degrees at the Griffin campus must have completed 60 hours of undergraduate study.
Individuals interested in meeting with Byrd can contact him by phone at 770/229-3322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, see http://www.fcs.uga.edu/.
For more information on the Griffin Campus, see http://www.uga.edu/griffin/.
Research shows benefits of poverty simulation for university students
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706/542-8014, email@example.com
Contact: Sharon Y. Nickols, 706/542-4849, firstname.lastname@example.org; Robb Nielsen, 706/542-8885, email@example.com
Athens, Ga. – An article by two University of Georgia researchers in the latest issue of the Journal of Poverty demonstrates that students participating in a simulation “soften their attitudes” regarding those who live in poverty.
Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Robb Nielsen, an assistant professor in the college, conducted both a qualitative and quantitative study to determine whether students developed “social empathy” after participating in a two-and-a-half hour simulation titled, “Welcome to the State of Poverty.”
During the simulation, students in Nickols’ course on managing family resources are clustered into various family groups—two parents and two children; an older woman living alone; a single mother with two children; and a cohabiting couple, for example. Faculty members and other volunteers play the roles of community members, such as the town banker, pawn shop owner and a social services employee. During the course of the simulation, the participants must accomplish a variety of tasks, including buying groceries, paying their bills and caring for both toddlers and aging parents while subsisting on low wages and other issues, such as being unable to speak English. During the course of each 15-minute “month,” new situations are randomly interjected. In some cases, these are helpful events, such as an unemployed parent receiving a job. In other cases, the events add to the families’ difficulties, such as a family without health insurance facing illness.
The simulation, which is led by Cooperative Extension Multicultural Specialist Sharon Gibson, has been used for many years with a variety of community leaders to help them realize the complexities of poverty, but the study by Nickols and Nielsen is apparently the first to measure its impact on college students.
In conducting their study, Nickols and Nielson used two ways of measuring students’ attitudes—a pre- and post-test and a reflective paper that was written after the simulation. What they found, according to Nielsen, was that the students were better able to identify with the experiences and reactions of those in adverse or difficult situations.
“It wasn’t a dramatic change, but we didn’t expect a dramatic change,” he said. “These students started relatively empathetic and became more empathetic.”
Among the changes, participants in the simulation shifted their opinions about whether people who are poor attempt to get out of poverty; whether they attempt to save money; and whether they’d rather work than be on welfare. In addition, their views on whether the poor have equal access to health care and whether the government does enough to help those who are poor, also shifted. They gained a better understanding of the fact that there are more children than adults living in poverty.
In looking at the reflective papers the students wrote a week after the simulation, the researchers found that 65 of the 75 students who wrote papers described themselves as having gained greater insights into the lives of the poor as a result of the simulation. Among the remaining students, seven reported no change in their opinions (in some cases, they stated they already were empathetic to the poor) and the responses of three students were ambiguous.
“I began to understand and realize that it’s not always a person’s fault for being in a poverty-stricken lifestyle,” wrote one student. “Just sitting in an environment of failure makes your own drive to succeed that much harder.”
Another student was surprised by the difficulty of assessing social services: “I knew very little about TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). I cannot imagine that everyone that is in need of help knows all about the programs available to them.”
One finding the authors hadn’t anticipated, based on previous studies that examined empathy, was the stress the participants felt as they inhabited the roles of those living in poverty.
“The stress…was brought on entirely by my family’s financial insecurity,” a student said. “I had little time to do anything other than go to work, run errands and pay the bills; I barely saw my children or husband and never had the chance to relax.”
“Getting groceries, applying for TANF and food stamps and going to the QuickCash all took so long to get accomplished,” wrote another. “I think that many people in poverty would feel like they were on a treadmill, not really getting anywhere.”
“Much of what students learn in the family resources class emphasizes the breadth of resources that are available, including time, space, and family and community support, in addition to the monetary and material goods we frequently think of,” Nickols said. “Part of what this simulation demonstrates is what happens when you’re missing a number of those resources.”
Athens, Ga. – Linda Kirk Fox, associate dean and professor of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, and associate director of Washington State University Extension, has been named the new dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia following a national search. As dean, she also will serve as associate director of Georgia Cooperative Extension and associate director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations.
"Dr. Fox will bring to this campus what all new leaders bring—a set of fresh ideas, some new ways of carrying out our mission and an energy that will benefit the entire campus," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "I am confident she will lead the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, already one of our fastest-growing academic units, to even greater success. I look forward to working with her."
The appointment was announced today by Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and becomes effective in early July.
"The FACS search committee and the university’s Executive Search group provided three outstanding finalists," Morehead said. "I am delighted that Dr. Fox will become the next dean of this great college. She has the background and vision to provide excellent leadership."
Fox has been at Washington State since 2002 and before that was a faculty member and extension specialist at the University of Idaho, where she also served as director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1999-2002. She holds three degrees from Oregon State University, including a doctorate in family resource management.
"I’m honored and excited to join the faculty and administration of the University of Georgia,” Fox said. “It is the reputation for excellence across the departments of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences that attracted me to apply and accept this opportunity to lead the college."
The new dean succeeds Laura Jolly, who was named vice president for instruction at UGA last September. Anne Sweaney, a department head and longtime faculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has served as interim dean since September 2010.
“Anne Sweaney has provided exemplary service as the interim dean,” Morehead said. “She is one of the most talented and dedicated faculty members I know at UGA.”
Sweaney said she was pleased with the choice of Fox as the college's seventh dean. "She has the skills and energy to lead our college to the next level of success," Sweaney said.
The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences includes more than 60 faculty members in four academic departments: child and family development, foods and nutrition, housing and consumer economics, and textiles, merchandising and interiors.
More than 1,500 students are enrolled in the college and have access to numerous resources to enhance their educational experience, including leadership development programs and opportunities
A new clinic at UGA, one of the first of its kind in the U.S., will provide residents of Athens-Clarke County and surrounding areas counseling services on a variety of topics, including individual and relationship issues, finances, housing and nutrition.
The clinic, known by the acronym ASPIRE, which stands for Acquiring Strategies for Personal Improvement and Relationship Enhancement, is the creation of faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It opened on a limited basis in January providing services on individual and relationship issues and financial issues, according to Lee Johnson, associate professor of child and family development and director of the FACS marriage and family therapy program.
“We want to meet clients where they are,” Johnson said. “What we have already found is that our clients liked having both services available. We think we’ll have even more people who want to access these additional services.”
There are no requirements or limits on whom a client meets with. For example, someone interested in nutrition counseling isn’t required to also meet with a financial planning counselor. However, Johnson and his colleagues agree that it can be helpful to have access to experts in other fields.
“Our financial planning counselors have said they appreciated knowing they had a resource to turn to if a client seemed depressed or if a family’s financial issues seemed tied to relationship issues,” said Joseph Goetz, assistant professor of family financial planning and another founder of ASPIRE. “As we’ve talked to our colleagues in other departments, we’ve realized how interconnected so many aspects of people’s lives are.”
Megan Lee, assistant professor of furnishings and interiors, said the home environment plays a role in a variety of other issues.
“For a family that’s facing financial issues and also dealing with physical infirmities, we can help identify relatively inexpensive solutions that will make a house more accessible and safer,” she said. “For another family facing issues regarding how its children perform in school, we might look at the space the children have for homework and identify ways to make that space more appropriate.”
In addition, Lee said, clients who want to remodel their kitchen can work with furnishings and interiors students who will draw up plans and work with them in picking out materials and getting them installed.
Rebecca Mullis, head of the FACS foods and nutrition department, sees the ASPIRE clinic as a place where foods and nutrition students, under the direction of a registered dietitian, could work with individuals, families or small groups on a variety of nutrition issues.
“Right now, we know that the University Health Center has a high demand for nutrition counseling and classes,” she said. “ASPIRE could provide a place for both students and community members to discuss issues like weight control or vegetarian eating.
Mullis emphasized that the counselors will focus on nutrition education, not clinical issues such as eating disorders. However, she said, there is a range of topics that could be pursued, including issues that also might include counselors in the other areas.
“For example, food costs are one of the most elastic areas in anyone’s budget,” she said. “In these economic times, I could foresee our counselors working with those in financial planning to reduce food costs on things like eating out and, instead, teach families ways to provide nutritious meals on a budget.”
Likewise, Mullis said individuals who wanted to lose weight might find it helpful to include a relationship counselor to ensure family support for the effort.
Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Nickols, Interim Department Head of Housing and Consumer Economics who has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors exceptional contributions to advancing the human sciences in higher education.
The ceremony will take place in the Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel, and is scheduled on Monday, November 15, 2010 during the annual conference of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).
When a member of our team succeeds we all benefit! Congratulations Dr. Nickols!
Writer: Denise H. Horton, 706-542-8014, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim FACS Dean Anne Sweaney announced today that Sharon Y. Nickols, the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics has agreed to serve as the HACE interim department head for the remainder of the time Dr. Sweaney is interim dean.
Dr. Nickols served as dean of the college for 15 years -- from 1990-2005 -- prior to returning to a full-time faculty position. She will continue to teach HACE 3000 and will split her time between the HACE departmental office in Dawson Hall and her office in House B.
“I am very grateful to Dr. Sweaney for agreeing to serve as interim dean as we begin a national search for the next dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences,” said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.“I am confident she will do an excellent job in this role and will be aided by her outstanding colleagues in the college.”
Sweaney, who is head of the department of housing and consumer economics, has won many teaching and advising awards at UGA including the Josiah Meigs Award for teaching excellence in 1999, and also won a national award for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the United States Department of Agriculture.She is a member of UGA’s TeachingAcademy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Athletic Association.
Her research interests include the effect of public policy on housing for families and consumers, housing needs of older adults, and the role of technology in adapting housing for the life span. She has served as president of the Housing Education and Research Association and currently serves on the Board of the System Built Research Alliance.
She has served as the coordinator of the Legislative Aide Program for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for 10 years and developed the college’s first study abroad program in London, England.
Sweaney, who will not be a candidate to serve as permanent dean, plans to return to her role as department head when the search process is completed.Morehead said that the members of the search committee will be appointed in late September.The search committee will be assisted by UGA’s Executive and Faculty Search Group.
HACE is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Sophia Anong who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the Griffin Campus beginning August 1, 2010. Dr. Anong comes to UGA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her research interests and experience include asset ownership, consumer credit, financial literacy and access to services like mobile banking in Africa, health insurance, impact of work-related factors on family economic well-being, self-employment and entrepreneurship, welfare participation, savings behavior, and retirement planning and behavior.
Brenda Cude has received two significant recognitions for teaching at the University of Georgia. She is a 2008-09 University of Georgia Senior Teaching Fellow and, in November 2008, she was inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy.
HACE is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Vibha Bhargava who has accepted the position of Assistant Professor on the HACE faculty beginning in January, 2009. Dr. Bhargava comes to UGA from The Ohio State University, Department of Consumer Sciences where she has had a post doctoral researcher position for the last year. Her areas of expertise are consumer economics and health care.