October 18, 2021
Contact: Sheri Worthy  | 706-542-4860  | More about Sheri

Sweaney Innovation Proposals are due November 15. These funds support innovation and collaboration, and incentivize highly impactful instructional materials and/or design and delivery of educational programs in the college. These types of projects also support several of our Strategic Plan Teaching and Learning goals. For information on how to apply:   https://www.fcs.uga.edu/faculty_staff_resources/sweaney-innovation-fund

Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research (TIR) Pre-Seed Program proposals are due November 16.  This program directly supports several of our Strategic Plan Research goals. The TIR Pre-seed Program provides early stage developmental funding for team-building activities to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics. https://research.uga.edu/team-pre-seeds/about/ 

Mid-Semester Formative Evaluation (MSFE)

This is an evidence-based process facilitated by the CTL and open to all UGA instructors. By giving up just 25 minutes of class time, you will receive robust feedback on your students’ experience in your class so far, along with access to a CTL consultant to identify effective responses to that feedback. Research shows that this simple intervention can increase student learning and satisfaction in a course, and boost your ability to be responsive to their needs. All instructors are invited to participate. https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_575om3gdnD4i9Nz

Mental Health/Wellness

Has the middle of the semester got you and your students frazzled? Here are some helpful UGA resources for students:

·       For emotional or academic support:

o   Student Care and Outreach

o   CAPS

§  CAPS can be reached by phone at 706-542-2273. To talk to a non-UGA counselor, Christie Campus Health offers a 24/7 support line at 833-910-3371.

o   UGA Mental Health Initiative

§  Contact Beau Seagraves (beaus@uga.edu) if you would like to discuss partnering in UGA’s Mental Health Initiative.

o   Other supports available on campus

o   UGA Well-being Resources

·       Virtual mental health resources:

o   Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

o   Partnership with Christie Campus Health

·       Encourage students to engage, get connected, and get involved: 

o   UGA Master Calendar

o   the UGA Involvement Network

Religious Holidays Attendance Policy

The university asks faculty members for understanding of recognized religious holidays and to allow students in this situation to make up the work that is missed or, at the instructor’s discretion, be given an alternative assignment in lieu of the work missed. The policy is available here: https://provost.uga.edu/policies/academic-affairs-policy-manual/4-06-class-attendance/ and a listing of major religious holidays can be found here: http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/ 

Kudos

Portia Johnson (PhD FHCE), Marianne Lamarche (BSFCS HDFS), Anna Schermerhorn (BSFCS FP), Amelia Holley (BSFCS HDFS), and Eleni Christofi (MS FP) were inducted into the Blue Key National Honor Society on Friday night. Additionally, Marianne Lamarche was awarded the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students whose leadership, dedication, and ideals reflect those of Tucker Dorsey, founder of the Blue Key Awards Banquet.

Sincerely,

Sheri Lokken Worthy, Ph.D.