UGA Columns August 11, 2014

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The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center’s season includes Garrison Keillor, Kathleen Battle

Vol. 42, No. 3

August 11, 2014

Paul Efland

Monica Kaufman Pearson, left, an award-winning journalist and former WSB-TV news anchor, visits with UGA President Jere W. Morehead before the 2014 summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 1. A video interview of Pearson talking about her time at UGA is at

From broadcast to books Former TV news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson earns her master’s degree from the Grady College

Monica Kaufman Pearson, the award-winning journalist and former WSB-TV news anchor in Atlanta, was among the 1,380 students eligible to walk at UGA’s summer Commencement ceremony Aug. 1. Pearson retired from WSB-TV in 2012 after decades in front of the camera and enrolled in a master’s program in UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Like many nontraditional students who go back to school later in life, Pearson was seeking a change in direction. Pearson, who has won more than 30 local and regional Emmy Awards, wanted to teach journalism to college students, but first she had to become one herself and earn a master’s degree. “After 37 years working at (WSB-TV) and 45 years in the business, it would have been a shame to take everything I had learned to the grave,” Pearson said. “It was so important to share what I’ve learned in the business with young people. I wanted to share information, but I also wanted to leave my legacy.” The term “nontraditional” typically is used to describe an undergraduate student who takes a break in studies between high school and college—or attends school part time, works at least 35 hours a week, is financially independent, supports a family, is a single parent or did not earn a formal high school degree. Pearson falls into a category of nontraditional graduate students, which describes someone


$1.9M NIH grant will be used to study pneumonia persistence By James E. Hataway

By Aaron Hale


who is 35 years or older and attending graduate school. Of the 6,688 graduate students enrolled at UGA during the 2014 spring semester, 1,491 were nontraditional. Pearson said it was “freeing” to

transition from being a TV anchor to being a student. “To encounter Monica Pearson, ensconced in a towering stack of media history books, clad in a

See GRADUATION on page 8

Alumnus challenges newest graduates to strive for excellence By Aaron Hale

Recent graduates who participated in the summer Commencement ceremony were sent off to the next stage of their lives with wise but simple advice from a man who graduated from UGA more than 60 years ago. Francis “Abit” Massey, a 1949 graduate and president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, delivered the Commencement address to graduates Aug. 1 at Stegeman Coliseum. Massey told the graduates to “expand your horizon; meet more people; read more books; get to know more of the country and the world; stretch you limits; make a difference.” Approximately 1,380 students—802 undergraduate, 371 master’s and specialist and 207 doctoral candidates—were eligible to walk in the combined ceremony offered to all of the degree candidates. In his address, Massey offered five key points for graduates to follow in order to take advantage of their time at UGA.

He encouraged them to show gratitude, to remember that “kindness m a t t e r s ,” to strive to reach their Abit Massey full potential, to be persistent and patient and to value the whole team. “An effective leader is important,” Massey said, “but so is the whole team.” Massey graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has served his alma mater in a variety of capacities since then, including as a former president of the UGA Alumni Association and former trustee of the UGA Foundation. UGA President Jere W. Morehead welcomed the new graduates to the UGA alumni family and challenged them to be good ambassadors of the university. “We are loyal, we are devoted, we are proud and we make a difference,” Morehead said.

UGA researchers have received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae, the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults. A fundamental goal of the new research project is to better understand how the bacterium eludes the immune system and common antibiotic treatment, which often can lead to persistent infection or life-altering conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “These bacteria have evolved to live in the human respiratory tract and have developed ways to avoid the natural defenses that keep us safe,”

said Duncan Krause, principal investigator for the project and professor of microbiology in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “We want to understand the chemical features of Mycoplasma pneumoniae and the conditions inside the human body that cause these persistent infections so we can one day develop more effective treatments.” Krause and his team of collaborators particularly are interested in how M. pneumoniae moves within human airways. The bacterium travels like a rock climber, attaching and releasing chemical bonds as it traverses human tissues one foothold at a time. Eventually, the bacteria reach areas of the respiratory tract where new chemical bonds allow it to stick and multiply, leading to infection See PNEUMONIA on page 8


Best-selling author to address how to be a good student, instructor By Aaron Hale

Students and instructors looking for a spark of inspiration at the beginning of the academic year—or maybe just some practical tips for making the most of their learning experiences—can mark their calendars for Aug. 25. Ken Bain, an experienced educator and author of the books What the Best College Teachers Do and What the Best College Students Do, will offer three highly interactive seminars about successful strategies for teaching and learning across the academic spectrum. Each event is free. Registration can be completed at all-events/. UGA’s Center for Teaching and

Learning has partnered with the Division of Student Affairs and the Graduate School to bring the bestselling author to campus. Bain’s 2004 Ken Bain seminal book, What the Best College Teachers Do, offers a research-based guide to making an impact in the lives of students. Bain concludes that the best instructors know their subjects well, teach learning objectives that go beyond the scope of a single course, ask questions that challenge students’ assumptions and build trust with students.

See AUTHOR on page 8

Finance and Administration Parking Services’ employee receives international honor at conference By Taylor Adkins

UGA Parking Services recently celebrated a staff award at the annual International Parking Institute Conference and Expo. Wendy Glenn, a senior parking services monitor in the South Campus parking deck, received the institute’s Staff Member of the Year Award. The award is presented each year to a deserving parking industry member who exemplifies professionalism and outstanding customer service and who goes above and beyond the duties in

his or her job description. According to her nominators, Glenn does an ordinary job extraordinarily well. In her role in the Wendy Glenn South Campus parking deck, she has an exceptional and positive impact on customer service and boosts the professional reputation of the parking industry by her standards of conduct and

See PARKING on page 8

2 Aug. 11, 2014 Former UGA associate dean named president of Oakland University

Around academe

The Oakland University board of trustees appointed George W. Hynd, who was the associate dean of research and external affairs at UGA from 1997-2003, the president of Oakland University on July 9. Hynd previously served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the College of Charleston.

Lottery Corp. announces record fiscal year returns to education

In July, Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced its fiscal year returns to education with record-breaking results. Fiscal year 2014 transfers to the state treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to more than $945 million, surpassing last year’s record transfer by more than $17.6 million. This brings the total raised for education in the state of Georgia to more than $15.5 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

Maintain a healthy family weight

News to Use

While parents have a goal weight that they feel is right for them, they also have to make sure their children maintain a healthy weight by eating a moderate portion of healthful food and staying physically active most days of the week. To help families achieve a healthy weight, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends following these strategies: • Consume nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The serving size will vary by age. For a 1-year-old, it is 1 tablespoon per serving of fruit or vegetable, while for an adult, it is half a cup. • Limit the intake of sweet beverages. • Limit screen time to two hours or less per day for children older than 2, and no screen time for those younger than 2. • Be moderately to vigorously active a total of 60 minutes daily. • Eat breakfast every day. • Limit eating out, especially at fast food ­restaurants. • Eat meals together as a family. • Control portion sizes and pay attention to the number of servings in snack foods. • Consume higher calcium foods. Milk and other dairy foods seem to curb appetite. • Eat a higher fiber diet. Besides eating the nine vegetables and fruits, choose mainly whole grains. • Limit energy dense foods, especially those high in sugar and fat and low in protein, vitamins and minerals. Source: UGA Extension


Sports UGA finished second in the 2014 SEC all-sports championship after posting consistently high finishes in most of its men’s and women’s sports programs. The top 10 schools that made the list are:

1. Florida 2. UGA 3. Texas A&M 4. Alabama 5. Kentucky 6. Louisiana State 7. Auburn 8. South Carolina 9. Arkansas 10. Missouri Source: UGA Athletic Association

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Campers learn healthy eating habits By Amy Ware

Spinach artichoke dip with multigrain bread, corn salad with lime vinaigrette, taco roll ups and fruit kabobs are not teenagers’ usual lunch fare. But thanks to a new summer day camp called Health Matters,Athens-Clarke County teens and their parents now have a taste for healthy and nutritious foods. As part of the ongoing effort to encourage healthier lifestyles among local residents, UGA Extension partnered with Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services and Athens Regional Health System to coordinate the camp this summer. The program, which ran for six weeks, addressed a host of health and nutrition topics facing teens and adults alike. The camp promoted different types of healthful food options and physical activities to children 11 to 14 to help them take responsibility for their own nutrition and fitness. “We wanted to show campers you can incorporate physical activity and good eating habits into your routine in ways that are fun,” said Leslie Trier, program specialist with Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. “An active lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean that you play a competitive sport or that you follow a strict diet, although it can include those things.”

Amy Ware

From left, Orlando Garfias, Tenisha Harper and Clarissa Cowans prepare vegetables on the last day of the new Health Matters summer day camp.

The UGA Obesity Initiative pledged five tuition scholarships to attend the Health Matters Camp. “These funds made it possible to recruit at-risk youth who could not afford the registration fees and otherwise would not have benefited from the program,” said Judy Hibbs, UGA Obesity Initiative member and Extension coordinator. Athens Regional Health System matched the UGA Obesity Initiative’s contribution, totaling 10 scholarships. Physical activities included different

Public Service and Outreach, Office of Institutional Diversity

Pulaski County students experience UGA campus life By Michelle Wilder

types of team and individual sports ranging from volleyball and tennis to yoga and swimming. In the classroom, campers learned about portion size, food safety and how to read food labels among other things. The group took field trips to local eateries, where they learned how to make sensible menu choices. Education extended to parents who attended weekly classes addressing topics such as cost-effective meal preparation and quick and easy nutritional foods.

Academic Affairs

National search underway for VP for instruction

By Sam Fahmy

More than 40 minority students from middle Georgia spent a day at UGA July 16 touring the campus, talking with admissions advisers, eating in a dining hall, meeting athletes and playing basketball. The 2014 Hawkinsville/Pulaski County LIFE League championship game day at UGA was hosted by the UGA Archway Partnership and the Office of Institutional Diversity. The trip was the culmination of the LIFE League program, which teaches life skills and encourages excellence through basketball and other programs for at-risk youth in Pulaski County. The group’s organizers wanted to expose the students to future opportunities in higher education by bringing them to the state’s flagship university. “We want you to think of yourself as a University of Georgia student,” said Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost for institutional diversity, in welcoming the students to campus. While on campus, the students played their championship and thirdplace basketball games at the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities. They toured the recreation facility and Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall. They also met UGA athletes Nasheema Oliver, Kenny Gaines, Marcus Thornton and Chris Conley. They had lunch at the Village Summit dining commons and participated in an interactive session with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. LIFE Leaguers ended their day with pictures in front of Sanford Stadium before heading back to Hawkinsville. Formerly known as the Hoops League, LIFE League was founded in 2012 by three Pulaski Tomorrow graduates—Tyler Jenkins, Jeff Tarver and Nevin Shennett—who wanted to make an impact in their community. Pulaski Tomorrow is the local leadership program developed through the Pulaski County Archway Partnership.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a search committee to begin a national search to fill the position of vice president for instruction. Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach, will chair the search committee, which includes recipients of the university’s highest teaching honor, representatives of units that report to the vice president for instruction as well as a staff member and an Honors student. Additional search committee members are Keith Bailey, director of the Office of Online Learning; K. Paige Carmichael, Meigs Professor of Veterinary Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine; T.W. Cauthen, assistant vice president for academic, campus and community partnerships in the Division of Student Affairs; Charles N. Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Mugdha Joshi, a 2014 CURO Summer Fellow and a biology and anthropology major in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Jerome Legge, associate provost for academic planning and professor of public administration and policy in the School of Public and International Affairs; John Maltese, Albert Berry Saye and Meigs Professor and head of the political science department in the School of Public and International Affairs; Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management; Marisa Pagnattaro, Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business; and Toni Rogers, director of instruction fiscal affairs. Laura Jolly, who has served as vice president for instruction since 2010, recently announced that she will return to the faculty of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences on Dec. 15.

UGA basketball player Marcus Thornton hands out medals to Hawkinsville/Pulaski County LIFE League participants who visited campus July 16.

“We’ve just taken the lessons we learned in our Pulaski Tomorrow classes and put them into action,” Jenkins said. “Isn’t that what it’s all about? We should take our resources and use them to better our community.” As part of the LIFE League, students spend their Saturdays learning life lessons in areas such as financial responsibility, personal accountability, job interviewing and preparing for college. As a primary focus this year, Tarver asked the students to promote discretion on social media. He awarded students who had improved their social media profiles with tickets to an Atlanta Dream basketball game or an Atlanta Falcons football game. Jumani Stephens, a rising senior, was awarded a $500 scholarship for college expenses. “The Archway Partnership was created to connect communities with higher education resources,” said Mel Garber, director of the Archway Partnership. “The LIFE League and this type of event is a perfect example of how those two entities can work together to enhance Georgia’s future workforce. Hopefully this event will help to establish a connection for (under-represented) Pulaski County students to one day arrive at UGA.”

RESEARCH news Aug. 11, 2014


Digest FACS receives $50,000 grant to support financial planning program

Andrew Davis Tucker

From left: Graduate student Sean Marrache, assistant professor of chemistry Shanta Dhar and postdoctoral researcher Rakesh Pathak developed a new formulation of a chemotherapy drug that increases its ability to target and kill cancerous cells.

Seek and destroy

Franklin College researchers use nanoparticles to enhance drug’s ability to target cancerous cells By James E. Hataway

UGA researchers have developed a new formulation of the common chemotherapy drug cisplatin that significantly increases the drug’s ability to target and destroy cancerous cells. Cisplatin may be used to treat a variety of cancers, but it most commonly is prescribed for cancer of the bladder, ovaries, cervix, testicles and lung. It is an effective drug, but many cancerous cells develop resistance to the treatment. Shanta Dhar, an assistant professor of chemistry in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Rakesh Pathak, a postdoctoral researcher in Dhar’s lab, constructed a modified version of cisplatin called Platin-M, which is designed to overcome this resistance by attacking mitochondria within cancerous cells. They published their findings recently in the Proceedings of the National

Academy of Sciences. “You can think of mitochondria as a kind of powerhouse for the cell, generating the energy it needs to grow and reproduce,” said Dhar, a member of the UGA Cancer Center and principal investigator for the project. “This prodrug delivers cisplatin directly to the mitochondria in cancerous cells. Without that essential powerhouse, the cell cannot survive.” Sean Marrache, a graduate student in Dhar’s lab, entrapped Platin-M in a specially designed nanoparticle 1,000 times finer than a human hair that seeks out the mitochondria and releases the drug. Once inside, Platin-M interferes with the mitochondria’s DNA, triggering cell death. Dhar’s research team tested Platin-M on neuroblastoma, a cancer commonly diagnosed in children that typically originates in the adrenal glands. In preliminary experiments using a cisplatin-resistant cell culture,

Platin-M nanoparticles were 17 times more active than cisplatin alone. “This technique could become a treatment for a number of cancers, but it may prove most useful for more aggressive forms of cancer that are resistant to current therapies,” Pathak said. Both Dhar and Pathak caution that their experimental results are preliminary and that they must do more work before Platin-M enters any clinical trials. However, their early results in mouse models are promising, and they are currently developing safety trials in larger animals. “Cisplatin is a well-studied chemotherapy, so we hope our unique formulation will enhance its efficacy,” said Dhar, who is also a member of UGA’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, the Center for Drug Discovery and the Regenerative Bioscience Center. “We are excited about these early results, which look very promising.”

College of Veterinary Medicine

Infectious disease researchers discover new method to reduce disease-causing inflammation By James E. Hataway

The human immune system is an extraordinarily complex system of cells, proteins, tissues and organs that, when everything works properly, search out and destroy disease-causing toxins and pathogens like bacteria and viruses. But sometimes it becomes confused, and the microscopic troops that normally attack only invaders turn their weapons on healthy tissues. The resulting inflammation caused by wayward defense cells is associated with a number of autoimmune diseases and conditions, including diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and certain cancers. UGA researchers report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that an enzyme known as Tumor Progression Locus 2, or Tpl2, plays a key role in directing and regulating several important components

of the body’s immune system. Their discovery may one day lead to new treatments for many common autoimmune diseases. “We know that immune dysfunction plays a serious role in a number of conditions, and we need better methods for controlling chronic inflammation,” said Wendy Watford, an assistant professor of infectious diseases in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator for the study. “Our laboratory is searching for ways to disrupt the fundamental cellular processes that cause inflammation and disease.” Watford and her colleagues conducted tests with genetically modified mice lacking the Tpl2 enzyme in which they stimulated the animal’s immune system and observed the behavior of several proteins known as chemokine receptors. Chemokines act like a dispatcher, alerting the immune system’s army of white blood cells to potential threats and

directing them to problem areas. The researchers found activity of three chemokine receptors—known as CCR1, CCR2 and CCR5—were reduced in Tpl2 negative mice. With these proteins operating at reduced capacity, fewer of the white blood cells commonly associated with autoimmune disease are able to accumulate at inflamed tissues where they can attack healthy tissue. While reducing Tpl2 expression may ease the burden of many painful and debilitating disorders, it also weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off bacteria, viruses, parasites and cancerous cells. “A number of laboratories throughout the world have researched the inhibition of chemokine receptors as a potential therapy for a variety of disorders,” Watford said. “We still face a number of hurdles, but we hope that this may one day serve as the foundation for a new approach to disease treatment.”

The financial planning, housing and consumer economics department within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences received a $50,000 grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional to support further growth of its nationally recognized financial planning program. John Grable and Joe Goetz, professors in the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, were presented the award July 21 in New York, where they also assisted in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange alongside Tom Nally, president of TD Ameritrade Institutional. The grant is intended to support the development of innovative programs that increase the ranks of talented scholars entering the financial planning profession and help ensure graduates are better prepared for success in the workplace. The FHCE department will use the money to build a Financial Communication and Training Lab where students can strengthen their networking, communication, marketing and other skills. The award also will endow a revolving “practitioner in residence” selected from local financial advisers who will mentor students and provide practitionerbased seminars.

CTL assumes publication of journal

Beginning Aug. 15, UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will assume publication of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. The journal provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, researchers and students who are interested in improving postsecondary instruction. Eddie Watson, director of CTL, is the executive editor; Denise Domizi, coordinator of the scholarship of teaching and learning for CTL, is the managing editor. UGA faculty from a range of disciplines will serve as the journal’s associate editors.

WUGA-FM wins two GABBY Awards

WUGA-FM, the public radio station operated by UGA, has won two GABBY awards for excellence in the annual statewide Georgia Association of Broadcasters competition. “The Sound of Athens,” a one-hour music series, won the award for long-form radio production. The show is produced through a partnership between the music business certificate program in the Terry College of Business and WUGA. David Barbe, director of the certificate program, serves as producer/host of the series, and Chris Shupe, program director for WUGA, assists in production. UGA students record, produce and edit live music performances by national and regional artists for the show. “High Shoals Drifter,” a weekly series of audio essays, received a Merit Award in the radio short form competition. The show is written and produced by Eddie dePeterse and is narrated by Doug Hatch.

Circle of Honor inductees announced

Former gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan, AllAmerica football player and assistant coach Steve Greer and soccer pioneer Stephanie Yarem Ransom have been chosen for induction into UGA’s Circle of Honor. Yoculan, Greer and Ransom formally will be inducted during the Circle of Honor Gala on Feb. 6, 2015. They will be recognized Oct. 4 at the home football game against Vanderbilt. The Circle of Honor recognizes and pays tribute to student-athletes and coaches who by their performance and conduct have brought honor to the university and themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition of the Georgia Bulldogs. The criteria also stipulate that each recipient has earned his or her academic degree.

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The following events are open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Dates, times and locations may change without advance notice.

UGAGUIDE Takashi Okamoto

Kodo, the Japanese taiko drumming sensation whose fans and collaborators include Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soliel, will perform March 29 at 7 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a spectacle and a vibrant expression of artistic excellence.

Performing Arts Center’s 2014-2015 season includes Kathleen Battle, Garrison Keillor, Kodo By Bobby Tyler

The UGA Performing Arts Center has announced the roster of artists for its 2014-2015 season. “I’m excited about the upcoming season for many reasons,” said George C. Foreman, director of the Performing Arts Center. “We have some very special events to look forward to, and we’re presenting a lot of orchestral performances as well, which our audiences love.” The season will feature a return appearance by best-selling author and A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, whose 2012 UGA show was a sell-out. “People have been asking me when we were going to bring him back, and I’m glad we were able to make it happen,” Foreman said. In November, opera superstar Kathleen Battle will perform a program of spirituals celebrating the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Battle will share the stage with UGA’s Hodgson Singers and African-American Choral Ensemble. The Performing Arts Center will present two December holiday events. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will return with its popular production of The Nutcracker, presented in partnership with the Classic Center. The Knights chamber orchestra from New York will join with UGA’s Hodgson Singers and four professional soloists to offer a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah. The Knights’ residency in Athens will continue in February as they become the chamber orchestra in residence for the entire city with a concert on the Performing Arts Center’s Masterworks series along with school visits and a concert for

EXHIBITIONS Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Through Aug. 24. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, Women, Art and Social Change. Through Aug. 31. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, Bernd Oppl: Inhabited Interiors. Through Sept. 16. Alonzo and Vallye Dudley Gallery, Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk. Through Oct. 12. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, Shapes That Talk to Me. Through Oct. 19. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, Terra Verte. Through May 31, 2015. Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662,

area schoolchildren. The Athens residency of the Knights is presented in cooperation with the Classic Center Foundation. The Performing Arts Center also has scheduled a special concert by Kodo, the Japanese taiko drumming sensation whose fans and collaborators include Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soliel. In addition to the special events, the Performing Arts Center will present seven performance series: Masterworks, Classics, the Franklin College Chamber Music Series, the Ramsey Concert Hall Series, Show Biz, Off-Broadway and the ARCO Series. The PAC’s popular Saturday Morning Club, the family-oriented series that premiered in 2013, will expand from three performances to five. The series showcases UGA student ensembles and is designed for children ages 4 through 12 and their parents and grandparents. The Performing Arts Center will continue to offer informative preconcert lectures 45 minutes prior to select performances, and the PAC again is collaborating with the Georgia Museum of Art to invite patrons to “Make It an Evening” by arriving early for gallery tours and dessert. Subscription packages are now on sale for the 2014-2015 season with savings up to 30 percent off single ticket prices. For more information or a free brochure, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400. The 2014-2015 season brochure can be viewed online at Single tickets for individual Performing Arts Center events will go on sale Aug. 25. The following is the 2014-2015 season of the UGA Performing Arts Center by series:

Monday, AUGUST 11 Move-in Parking Lot Restrictions Through Aug. 14. W02 permit holders should park on the street or in the Hull Street parking lot; W06 and W11 permit holders should park in the portion of the W11 lot closest to Cloverhurst Avenue or in any W11 lot around Oglethorpe House; W07, W08, W09 and W10 permit holders should park in the portion of the W10 lot behind the West Campus deck; N10 permit holders should park in the lower level of N10 or lot N08; E05 permit holders should park in any level of the deck except the bottom level; and E06 permit holders should park in any portion of E06, except the first couple of rows closest to McWhorter Hall and Busbee Hall Also: The W07 Russell Hall housing office lot will be restricted to state and emergency vehicles as well as office visitors; the W07 lots will be restricted to employee vehicles; the Tate Student Center adjacent lots and parking deck will be used as a Brumby Hall staging area from 6 a.m.

Calendar items are taken from Columns files and from the university’s Master Calendar, maintained by University Public Affairs. Notices are published here as space permits, with priority given to items of multidisciplinary interest. The Master Calendar is available on the Web at

Special events

• Garrison Keillor, Sept. 24, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor returns to Hodgson Hall. The event is presented in cooperation with the Classic Center. • Kathleen Battle presents “The Underground Railroad” Nov. 9, 3 p.m. An afternoon of spirituals celebrates the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad. UGA’s Hodgson Singers and African-American Choral Ensemble join Battle for the performance. • Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. and Dec. 21, 2 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The Knights chamber orchestra from New York City, UGA’s Hodgson Singers and four professional soloists join forces under the direction of Daniel Bara for a complete performance of Handel’s masterpiece. • State Ballet Theatre of Russia, The Nutcracker, Dec. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 21, 3 p.m., Classic Center Theatre. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia returns to perform a perennial holiday favorite set to Tchaikovsky’s music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes.” • K o d o ’s O n e E a r t h To u r, March 29, 7 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Performing on taiko drums, Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a spectacle and a vibrant expression of artistic excellence.


• Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Donald Runnicles, conductor, and Nicola Benedetti, violin, Oct. 12, 3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Hodgson Concert Hall with an all-Beethoven program that features two of the composer’s most popular works, the “Concerto for Violin” and

to 6 p.m. Aug. 12. Finley and Church Streets Parking Restrictions Through 5 p.m. Aug. 14. The parking lanes on Finley Street from Baxter Street to Cloverhurst Avenue as well as Church Street from Baxter Street to Talmadge Drive will be closed due to residence hall move-in.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 Hunker Down With Housing Hundreds of volunteers will be on hand for two days to assist with check in, directions and information as fall move-in begins in the residence halls. New Faculty Workshop “Honesty Matters: Strategies for Fostering Academic Honesty in the Classroom,” Deborah Craddock-Bell and Hunt Revell. 9 a.m. Instructional Plaza. 706-583-0067, Retreat “Regenerative Engineering and Medicine.”

the “Sixth Symphony (Pastoral).” • St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra with Vladimir Lande, conductor, and Dmitry Kouzov, cello, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The concert will include a mix of American and Russian favorites, including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Bernstein’s “Candide Overture” and Schumann’s “Cello Concerto with Russian.” • The Knights with Eric Jacobsen, conductor, Feb. 12, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The chamber orchestra is dedicated to creating original, engaging musical experiences that both honor the classical tradition and also explore new avenues for musical discovery. • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Jacomo Bairos, conductor, and Miloš Karadaglic, guitar, March 22, 3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The concert opens with the Suite No. 2 from Manuel de Falla’s “Three-Cornered Hat” and continues with Joaquín Rodrigo’s concerto for guitar “Fantasía para un gentilhombre” (Fantasia for a Gentleman). • Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo piano, April 7, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The twin sisters made debuts at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre with the New Jersey Symphony and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 2008-2009 season.

Hodgson Concert Hall. The Attacca Quartet was formed by four students at New York City’s Juilliard School in 2003. The quartet recently was named quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. • Juilliard String Quartet, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The Juilliard String Quartet plays new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new. • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was the first permanently established wind quintet in the orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. • Jupiter String Quartet with Jon Manasse, clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, piano, April 20, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The group consists of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg) and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). The quartet is joined by members of the celebrated Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. Aug. 11, 2014


• The Arch Chamber Music Festival: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, April 25, 8 p.m. and April 26, 3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is America’s premier repertory company for chamber music. The CMS visits the Arch Chamber Music Festival annually.

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• Red Priest, Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The British baroque quartet’s repertoire ranges from obscure 17th-century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi, all presented in imaginative programs with filmic titles like “Priest on the Run” or “Pirates of the Baroque.” This bonus concert is included in subscriptions to both the Masterworks and Classics series.

Franklin College Chamber Music Series

• The Payne Memorial Concert: The Attacca Quartet, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.,

Registration is required. 9:30 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. New Faculty Workshop “Introduction to eLC” with presenters Sherry Clouser and Carrie Bishop. The first hands-on workshop in eLC, the workshop will teach participants the features of the my home page, view a course from the student perspective and begin exploring the instructor role in a “sandbox” course. 1 p.m. 372 Miller Learning Center. 706-583-0067,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 New Faculty Workshop “eLC Drop-ins” with presenters Sherry Clouser and Carrie Bishop. In this session, eLC consultants will be available to assist faculty as they work on courses independently. There is no formal instruction in this session. Although not required, registration is requested. 9 a.m. 372 Miller Learning Center. 706-583-0067,

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at Teatro de la Maestranza during the 2012-2013 season. • Andrew Tyson, piano, March 24, 8 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall. The pianist won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011 and received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013.

Show Biz

• The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Oct. 26, 3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. William Count Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri. Still going strong today, the orchestra has won 17 Grammy Awards and 20 Downbeat and Jazz Times polls, more than any other big band in jazz. • The 5 Browns, piano, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae Brown all attended New York’s Juilliard School, becoming the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. • Peter Schickele’s “50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence!” Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. This musical extravaganza will feature the crème de la crème of history’s most

On Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. opera superstar Kathleen Battle will perform a program of spirituals celebrating the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad.

arrangements of rock songs. • The Hot Sardines, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble—and their very own tap dancer—to play hot jazz and sultry standards from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. • Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Jan. 15, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The music/comedy ensemble from New Zealand features many types of ukuleles, a double bass and a host of voices performing harmonious and hilarious renditions of modern and traditional tunes. • Urban Bush Women, Jan 23-24, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre. Urban Bush Women was founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar to bring the untold stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. Now in its 30th year, the company uses dance as both the message and the medium to bring together diverse audiences through innovative choreography. • Mnozil Brass, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Combining musicianship with humor, Brass has been called “the Monty Python of the music world.”

The ARCO Series The 2014-2015 season includes a return appearance by best-selling author and A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, whose 2012 UGA show was a sell-out. Keillor’s event will be Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

• Paul Huang, violin, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall. The 22-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist is gaining attention for his distinctive sound and compelling stage presence. Among his honors are first prize at the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and first prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland. • Javier Perianes, piano, Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Ramsey Concert Hall. Perianes is one of Spain’s most popular young artists. He was the artist-in-residence at the Granada Festival in 2012, and he was in residence with the Seville Orchestra

New Faculty Workshop “Strategies for Effective Teaching.” In this session, Gary Green will share his strategies for instructional success at UGA. Topics under consideration in the session include planning, logistics, engagement, assessments and classroom/course management. This workshop will consider some of the ways faculty can create an engaging and productive learning environment, no matter the class size or discipline. 1 p.m. ­Instructional Plaza. 706-583-0067, Artful Conversation Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth discussion of selected works from the exhibition Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662,

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 Gallery Talk Join director William U. Eiland for a talk

justifiably neglected composer. • A Night in Old New Orleans, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Veterans of the Off-Broadway smash One Mo’ Time reunite for the show, which features clarinetist Orange Kellin and his trio as well as song-and-dance man Vernel Bagneris. The performance will showcase classic tunes from the old days of the Big Easy. • Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration,” March 5, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster is joined by her husband, Donnell Leahy, and their children for a new show that features dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario.


• Accordion Virtuosi of Russia, Oct. 28, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Accordion Virtuosi of Russia’s repertoire ranges from folk music to

about The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk exhibition. 5:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662,

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 Poster Sale Through Aug. 22. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Most posters sell for between $7-$9 with some oversized pieces priced higher. Third floor concourse, Tate Student Center. 706-542-7774, Soccer vs. Auburn. 7 p.m. Turner Soccer Complex. 706-542-1621.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 Transfer Student Welcome 3:30 p.m. Atrium, Tate Student Center. Freshman Welcome UGA President Jere W. Morehead to speak. 5:30 p.m. Sanford Stadium.

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• Russian State Symphony Orchestra with Valery Polyansky, conductor, Vladimir Feltsman, piano, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The all-Russian program includes Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila,” Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. • State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s Swan Lake, Jan. 13-14, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Theatre. The State Ballet Theatre production is set to a score featuring Tchaikovsky and filled with authentic Russian choreography and lavish sets and costumes. • Chanticleer, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. An orchestra of 12 male voices, the group performs original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance and jazz to gospel and new music. • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano conductor, and Midori, violin, Feb. 22, 3 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The performance will include 19th-century orchestral favorites. Midori, one of the world’s most popular violinists, joins the orchestra in Schumann’s Violin Concerto. • Vadym Kholodenko, piano, March 31, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. Ukrainian pianist Kholodenko is the gold medalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition.


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• ARCO Chamber Orchestra with Levon Ambartsumian, conductor, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. and Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall. The ARCO Chamber Orchestra was established by Ambartsumian during his years as professor of violin at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 1995, the orchestra has been based at UGA, where Ambartsumian is the Franklin Professor of Violin at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

Saturday Morning Club

Featuring UGA student performers, this series is designed for children ages 4 through 12 and their parents and grandparents. It is presented in partnership with Athens Regional Health System. • UGA Wind Ensemble, Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall • Saxophone Extravaganza, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall • UGA Theatre, Feb. 14, 10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall • UGA Dance, March 28, 10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall • UGA Symphony Orchestra, April 18, 10 a.m., Hodgson Concert Hall.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18 Drop/Add for Fall Semester Through Aug. 22. For undergraduate-level courses (1000-5999) and graduate-level courses (6000-9999). Fall Semester Classes Begin

coming up Lunch and Learn Aug. 22. UGA faculty and staff are invited to learn about the work of artist, composer and programmer Tristan Perich with curator Lynn Boland. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Contact Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, at to reserve a space. 12:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662, Art Exhibition Opening Aug. 24. Ginny McLaren paints to remember a special time or a place. 2 p.m. Visitor Center, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6156,

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Matthew Chappell, an associate professor of horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, received $47,000 from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The funding is part of an ongoing project to assess the use of precision irrigation technology among Georgia’s specialty crop producers. Chappell hopes that advances in the way water is managed will increase the economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Other researchers working on the project are the college’s Paul Thomas and Marc van Iersel, both professors of horticulture, and Jean Williams-Woodward, an associate professor of plant pathology. Jena Chojnowski, a postdoctoral research associate in cellular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, received $50,000 from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc. She will use the money to study the treatment of a condition known as aniridic-related keratopathy, a major cause of vision loss in patients with aniridia. Aniridia is characterized by the lack of a fully formed iris, among other eye malformations. Those who have this condition often develop significant scarring and ulceration of the cornea over time, which causes chronic pain and ultimately blindness. Chojnowski will explore ways to treat this progressive condition using epithelial stem cells, which play an important role in wound repair and maintenance of healthy eye tissue. Rajgopal Govindarajan, an associate professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, received $74,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study a transport protein implicated in a variety of skin and musculoskeletal diseases. Some of these diseases cause hardening Rajgopal or darkening of the skin, stunted Govindarajan growth, heart abnormalities and glandular disorders. Govindarajan’s research group will use a specially designed mouse model to better understand how mutations of this protein affect health and what steps may be taken to reverse the progression of various diseases associated with those mutations. Shelley Hooks, an associate professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, received a $44,000 pilot research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She will use it to study the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of a specific protein that may help prevent damage to the central Shelley Hooks nervous system in multiple sclerosis patients. Multiple sclerosis is caused by a dysfunctional immune response that eventually eats away at the protective sheath covering nerves throughout the body, disrupting communication and causing a host of disabling physical and mental problems. Hooks will evaluate the role of a signaling protein in the regulation of this immune response and determine its impact on the efficacy of an existing treatment for MS. Stephen Mihm, an associate professor of history in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, received $108,000 from the National Science Foundation. The funding is part of a continuing grant to study the history of standards and standardization in the U.S., including uniform systems of weights, measures, timekeeping, electrical units, as well as product specifications governing everything from screw threads to paper sizes. No comprehensive history of U.S. standards and standardization exists, and Mihm’s work promises to remedy that oversight by digging deeply into archival sources, personal papers of historical figures and opinions on standardization found in journals and the popular press. ReveNews is a roundup of recently funded research projects at UGA. To have information about your research project included, email Terry Hastings at

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Susan Parish, an administrative manager in the Office of Service-Learning, lived in several countries before settling down in Athens.

Helping hand: Administrative manager has giving spirit, desire to aid others By Matt Chambers

Whether living in Asia or Athens, Susan Parish has always felt the urge to volunteer and help others. That giving spirit makes her feel right at home as the administrative manager for the Office of Service-Learning, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. “I love the opportunities the Office of Service-Learning and students have to give back to the community,” Parish said. “I also love that I get to help with a lot of the different programs in some way.” Parish, who has lived in five countries as a result of the Army deployments of her husband, Randy, said she always has enjoyed service, whether helping out at her children’s schools or at the family’s church. Parish lived in South Korea, Panama, Belize, Bolivia as well as California, New Mexico and Texas before settling down in Athens. “Even during our time overseas I did a lot of helping out,” the Atlanta native said. “I was always volunteering in some way.” In Bolivia, Parish had her first experience with Habitat for Humanity while building an adobe home on the Altiplano, plateaus where the Andes Mountains are

the widest. She and her husband continue to work with Habitat here in Georgia. In South Korea, Parish taught GED math to enlisted soldiers while her husband was stationed there and tutored university students. Parish said raising her three children, Abigail, Reeves and Sarah, in foreign countries helped them all enjoy experiencing different cultures and people “Every place we lived had a really special feel about it, so we just tried to enjoy every moment in each one,” Parish said. Shortly after moving to the Classic City in 2006, Parish was hired part time in the Office of Service-Learning, which only had one other employee at the time, director Shannon Wilder. As the years passed and the office grew, Parish’s position became full time, and she saw more and more initiatives being taken on. “The office has grown from focusing on faculty development to tackling different initiatives with students,” she said.“We’ve grown exponentially, and it’s been great to be a part of that growth.” As administrative manager, Parish does everything from budgets and travel to event planning. She handles all the administrative tasks for the small office. “No two days are ever alike,” she said, “but it’s great because Shannon is an amazing leader with a great vision for this office and community.”

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Parish has helped deliver meals for Campus Kitchen at UGA, a program of the Office of Service-Learning, during the summers. She also has helped with Experience UGA fundraisers and trips. Outside of work, Parish still dedicates time to others. She and her husband are two of their church’s coordinators for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which houses and feeds local homeless families. As Covenant Presbyterian coordinators, the couple helps when the church hosts families every few months. That includes converting Sunday school classrooms into bedrooms as well as preparing meals for the families. “I like that our church opens its doors to the community,” Parish said. “I especially enjoy helping out in the Interfaith Hospitality Network because homelessness could strike anybody.”

Retirees June

Thirty-eight UGA employees retired June 1. Retirees, their job classification, department and length of employment are: Connie M.Autry, administrative associate II, marketing, 15 years, 2 months; Gary W. Barrett, professor, Odum School of Ecology, 20 years; Linda H. Brown, building services worker II, Building Services-North Campus, 19 years, 9 months; Annie L. Burgess, housekeeping supervisor, Georgia Center: auxiliary operations-hotel, 30 years, 10 months; Earl Rodney Canfield Jr., professor, computer science, 38 years, 9 months; Russell W. Carlson, professor, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, 26 years, 1 month; Janet L. Crosby, administrative assistant II, continuing legal education, 14 years, 10 months; Richard C. Dawson, computer operations supervisor, EITS-operation and infrastructure, 24 years, 7 months; David Eisner, part-time instructor, biological sciences, 15 years, 4 months; Wayne H. Eklund, floor covering installer, Floor Covering Shop, 16 years, 2 months; Mark Andrew Faust, associate professor, language and literary education, 22 years, 8 months; Ralph D. Garrett, floor covering installer, Floor Covering

Shop, 15 years, 8 months; Freda Scott Giles, associate professor, theatre and film studies, 18 years, 11 months; Lewell Gunter Jr., professor, agricultural and applied economics, 35 years, 2 months; Wesley Lamar Harris Jr., public service assistant, UGA Extension-Southeast District, 25 years, 9 months; David W. Harvey, lecturer, J.M. Tull School of Accounting, 10 years, 9 months; Christopher G. Hayes, associate professor, Division of Academic Enhancement, 30 years, 8 months; Wayne F. Hedden, research technician II, Mountain Research and Education Center, Georgia Station, 14 years, 3 months; Carole K. Henry, professor, art, 25 years, 8 months; Kelley Howard, administrative associate II, veterinary teaching hospital, 32 years, 8 months; Cheri A. Hoy, associate dean, College of Education, 31 years, 8 months; Annie S. Hull, building services worker II, Building Services-South Campus, 16 years, 6 months; Richard G. Janzer Jr., grounds keeper II, grounds department, 18 years, 2 months; Charles E. Lance, professor, psychology, 28 years, 8 months; Levan Rowell Lee, county secretary, UGA Extension-Southeast District, 25 years, 3 months; Jimmy L. Mattox, building services worker

II, Building Services-North Campus, 14 years, 10 months; Don R. McCreary, professor, English, 29 years, 8 months; Robert E. McGee, associate controller, payroll department, 23 years; Beffie Morse, county extension program assistant, UGA Extension-family and consumer sciences, 36 years, 3 months; Anne A. Nielson, administrative assistant II, Myers Hall, 10 years, 5 months; Ahammadunny Pathiaseril, research professional II, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, 19 years, 3 months; Rita Cofer Peacock, IT professional specialist, University Health Center, 24 years, 10 months; Charles E. Perry Jr., senior career consultant, Career Center, 20 years, 5 months; Bishop Curtis Rolland, building services worker II, residence hall facilities administration, 22 years; Diane M. Samdahl, professor, counseling and human development, 22 years, 4 months; Esther T. Sherman, project architect, Facilities Management Division, engineering department, 13 years, 2 months; Charlotte R. Wallinga, associate professor, human development and family science, 31 years, 9 months; and Roy Lee Winfrey, grounds keeper II, Athletic Association, 31 years, 11 months. Source: Human Resources

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Retiring administrator led UGA Libraries into the digital age By Jean Cleveland

When William Gray Potter joined the UGA Libraries as university librarian in 1989, the Internet was the domain of scientists, electronic mail was a cumbersome system that did little to facilitate communication and the “World Wide Web” was but a distant vision. A quarter-century later, Potter has used that technology to indelibly shape libraries in Georgia. “I never expected to stay in one job for 25 years, but I found that I enjoyed the institution, the area and the people. No other opportunity compared,” Potter said.“Also, I found considerable satisfaction in taking a long view, in having goals that take time and patience to achieve.” When he retires Aug. 31, there can be no doubt Potter has accomplished a great deal. Most recently, he led the effort to construct the Richard B. Russell Building for the university’s Special Collections Libraries. The $46 million, 115,000-squarefoot archival storage and research facility includes a museum component to exhibit historical and cultural artifacts and classrooms so faculty can use rare materials for instruction. Earlier, he played a key role in the design of the Miller Learning Center, an innovative 200,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2003 and combined classrooms with library study space. The main and science libraries also have undergone major renovations. “Bill Potter has provided extraordinary service to the university as its long-serving university librarian and associate provost. He has also served the institution in many key roles as a leading citizen of the community, including the chair of four provost search committees and being a leader at the national level of research university librarians,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “He truly will be missed for the wise counsel and thoughtful leadership he has provided for so many years.” Potter was hired in 1989 from Arizona State University for his

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William Gray Potter, who joined the UGA Libraries as university librarian in 1989, will retire Aug. 31. Potter led the effort to construct the Richard B. Russell Building for the university’s Special Collections Libraries. He also played a key role in the design of the Miller Learning Center.

knowledge of the nascent technology changing the business of libraries. Subsequently he was instrumental in establishing GALILEO, the statewide electronic library that allows academic, public, technical and school libraries around Georgia to share electronic databases. He was the moving force behind the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO initiative based at the UGA Libraries. The digital library provides a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video and other resources assembled in cooperation with other libraries throughout the state.

“GALILEO has done well,” Potter said. “It is one of the few virtual libraries that covers all types of libraries. It’s still a model for others. We started the DLG, and I thought it was so important that we funded it ourselves and sought external grants. It’s very impressive and actually much bigger than I thought it would be.” Under his leadership, the libraries received more than $45 million from private giving. Despite successfully raising private monies, the most challenging aspect of Potter’s tenure has been managing the libraries’ budget during recent difficult financial times. Funding for the purchase of books and journals, for example, was

reduced as state budget cuts deepened a few years ago. “We took a big hit in 2009 and canceled nearly 1,600 journal titles,” he said. “In recent years we’ve regained some ground, thanks to thenProvost, now President, Morehead. “It’s almost an unsolvable problem because journal prices rise every year,” Potter also said. “We have no control over what the publishers charge and faculty and students, especially those engaged in research, need these journals. Something has to be done about the high cost of journals.” Of all he has seen over the past 25 years, Potter most values the people with whom he has worked


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Concentrated on works made since 1990, Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility is the first book to advance the idea that contemporary art functions as a form of architectural history, theory and analysis. It was edited by Isabelle Loring Wallace, an associate art professor at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Nora Wendl, an assistant professor of architecture at Portland State University in Oregon. This volume examines a diverse group of artists in conjunction with the vernacular, canonical and fantastical structures engaged by their work. An important resource for scholars of contemporary art and architecture, Contemporary Art About Architecture calls attention to the fact that art is now a vital form of architectural discourse.

vice Forester’s Toolkit,” based off the 135-page Service Forester’s Handbook. In addition to the facts and figures that appear in the original

in the University Libraries. “We have a great group of people who want to work here,” he said.“We are doing interesting things that benefit the university and the state.” Potter has published widely and given numerous presentations on many topics relating to academic libraries. His accomplishments have been noted by the American Library Association with its award of the Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award, given by four ALA divisions to honor innovators in modern librarianship; the Nix-Jones Award, the highest honor given by the Georgia Library Association; the distinguished alumnus award and an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate institution, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is a past president of the Library and Information Technology Association of the Online Computer Library Center users council. He has served on the Online Computer Library Center board of trustees, the board of directors of the Association of Research Libraries, the IBM Higher Education Customer Advisory Committee and the board of the Southeastern Library Network. He edited two major journals, Information Technology and Libraries and College & Research Libraries. He holds a master’s and a doctorate in library and information science as well as a master’s in English from the University of Illinois. Prior to coming to UGA, he was an associate dean of libraries at Arizona State University. Before that, he held a number of administrative positions in the library of the University of Illinois. Potter began his career as a reference librarian at the University of WisconsinWhitewater in 1975. Potter and his wife have spent the summer packing their belongings, and he looks forward to loading his beloved dog, Gussie, in the car and heading west, but predicts little beyond that. “I really love the desert,” he said. “I look forward to having free time, spending time with Marsha. For now, that’s enough. We’ll see.”

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area of trees, tree stand density and other figures. The app is available in the Apple iTunes store. A version for Android is expected to be ready later this year.

Editor Juliett Dinkins Art Director Kris Barratt Photo Editor Paul Efland Senior Reporter Aaron Hale Reporter Matt Chambers The University of Georgia is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. The University of Georgia is a unit of the University System of Georgia. I

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Abit Massey, a 1949 graduate and president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, gave the summer 2014 Commencement address.


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and illness. The research team will examine the molecular features of both M. pneumoniae and the surface of the human airway to determine why they glide over certain areas and are static on others. The researchers will examine M. pneumoniae behavior on specially designed surfaces created in the laboratory that imitate the distribution of sugar molecules in the human airway. Some parts of the surfaces will contain glycans that the bacterium tends to glide on, while others will contain glycans to which it adheres and remains static. By placing the bacterium in this microbial obstacle course, the researchers can observe changes in M. pneumoniae gliding behavior as it travels over different densities of sugar molecules. The team will use advanced microscopy techniques to carefully analyze the bonds created between the bacterium and the various sugar molecules in the specially engineered dish. Following these experiments, the researchers will employ a model that uses real epithelial cells, which they can grow in a dish to mimic human bronchial airways.

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The University Chorus, UGA’s only “town-and-gown” choir, invites faculty and staff singers to join its ranks this year. Under the leadership of Daniel Bara, director of choral activities at UGA, the 100-voice choir is comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and Athens community members. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and performs one to three public concerts each semester, often in collaboration with the UGA Symphony Orchestra. Due to this year’s repertoire selections, the group is in particular need of male vocalists. Interested singers should contact Bara at to arrange a brief placement hearing prior to rehearsals. Placements will be conducted by appointment beginning Aug. 14.

Free Week at Ramsey

Free Week at the Ramsey Student Center will be held Aug. 18-24. During

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Approximately 1,380 students—802 undergraduate, 371 master’s and specialist and 207 doctoral candidates—were eligible to walk in the combined ceremony offered to all of the degree candidates. Throughout Stegeman Coliseum, smiles and celebratory gestures were plentiful as graduates participated in Commencement.


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UGA hoodie, as I did often this year, is to be reminded of the power of education and the life of the mind,” said Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College. You might wonder what an awardwinning veteran journalist would have to learn about journalism and mass communication from a graduate school. While already knowing plenty about producing news, Pearson said she learned about the theories of communication and diversity in media. “My mind was just opened so much,” she said. “I was a good reporter. I would have been a better reporter if I had gone through this (program) earlier.” Pearson found her niche studying the history of American media. Inspired by a course taught by Janice Hume, head of the Grady College journalism department, Pearson wrote her master’s thesis on Reconstruction era news coverage of Georgia’s first African-American U.S. representative, Jefferson Long. As a TV journalist, Pearson was known for her profiles about influential people. In her TV show Closeups, Pearson interviewed celebrities to gather their personal stories. As

Bulletin Board University Chorus tryouts

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this time, current members or feespaying students can try any of the more than 100 classes on the all-access or instructional schedules for free. Complete class schedules are at Tickets will be handed out in the front lobby of the Ramsey Center 30 minutes before the start of class. All-access passes will be discounted 25 percent Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. This pass allows access into any class on the allaccess schedule for fall semester. Two one-day only events also will be held during Free Week. “Try Climb,” a chance to climb the indoor climbing wall, will held Aug. 21 from 8-10 p.m. And admission to the giant slide in the diving well will be free Aug. 17 from 2-5 p.m.

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a graduate student, she was able to explore historical personalities through research. “It’s like a Closeups interview, only he’s not here to answer my questions,” Pearson said. Instead, she extensively researched historical documents to learn about her subject. “Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of Monica’s return to school is how passionately she has thrown herself into her thesis research, and how, like many nontraditional students, her professional experience informs her graduate study,” Davis said. “She’s an inspiration to us all.” With graduate school complete, Pearson is realizing her goal to teach college students. She will lead a class this fall at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Pearson also is considering pursuing either a doctorate or a Master of Fine Arts degree. For a woman who already accomplished so much in life, Pearson seems to have found new inspiration from her recent college experience. “I had the best time of my life,” she said. “Learning is so different in your 60s from when you’re in your 20s.”

UGA Parking Services is selling season-long parking permits for home football games. The home season opens Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. against Clemson and ends

Nov. 29 with Georgia Tech. The season-long parking permit will cover all seven home games. Parking spaces are guaranteed for fans who arrive before kickoff. Available lots are in the Carlton Street and Performing Arts Center parking decks. Passes are $140 plus shipping and handling and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be available exclusively at until Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Single-game RV permits are available for select games at a cost of $100 per game.

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The best teachers also find ways to measure the effectiveness of their instruction. Bain’s 2012 follow-up book, What the Best College Students Do, focuses on the development of deep learning skills, which is learning that has a sustained and substantial influence on the way students will subsequently think, act and feel. Chase Hagood, CTL’s assistant director of faculty development and recognition, said Bain speaks authoritatively about teaching and learning to both faculty and students. Bain will deliver the seminar “How to Foster Deep Approaches and Achievements in Learning” to faculty from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 271 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. He will explore a core question associated with teaching and learning at the college level: How do you help and encourage students to achieve deep learning? “How to Learn and Foster Deep Learning in Others,” a graduate student workshop, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. “How to Get the Most Out of College,” which will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in Tate’s Grand Hall, is designed to help undergraduates tap their abilities to be successful in college and reap the benefits of the time they spend studying.


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her delightful interaction with visitors to UGA, according to Don Walter, manager of Parking Services. “What impresses me most about Wendy is that she is consistently excellent,” Walter said. “She never has a bad day or a bad hour, or at least the customers would never know it based on their interaction with her.” What sets Glenn apart is her superb performance in her additional duty as the co-leader of the Integrated Program Team, a special projects team that supports the Parking Services management’s strategic plan, he said. Glenn also is involved in Parking Services’ special events and is a member of the Finance and Administration Recognition Committee. In addition to the International Parking Institute award, Glenn is the 2014 Parking Association of Georgia’s Staff Member of the Year. This award is given to the parking employee who has most contributed to the citizens of Georgia in the last year. “I work hard every day to reflect well on Parking Services and the university,” Glenn said. “These awards point back to the hard work that we do here. I’m just a member of the team.”