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Alumni Association unveils 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 By Kelundra Smith

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia plans to break ground on the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden on Sept. 1.

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Design underway, groundbreaking set for Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden By Kelly Simmons

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia has hired a designer and a construction manager for the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden and plans to break ground Sept. 1. Koons Environmental Design, of Athens, will lead plans for the garden, to be nestled in an area between the Alice Hand Calloway Visitor Center and the administration building. The construction manager from Allstate Construction, of Perry, will oversee a superintendent based in Athens for the project. “I am delighted with our choice of design firm and construction manager for the project,” said Jenny Cruse-Sanders, director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach. “It is clear to me that

the entire team—garden staff, university architects, UGA leadership, and the designer and construction manager—are all thinking about this project in the same way. We are all excited to create something unique and rooted in the creativity and sense of place in Athens.” Both Koons and Allstate have a history of successful projects at UGA, Cruse-Sanders said. UGA, in partnership with the garden’s board of advisors, has raised more than $4.3 million for the $5 million children’s garden, which includes an initial $1 million gift from the family of Alice H. Richards, for whom the garden is named. Richards, who was from Carrollton, was a charter member of the State Botanical Garden Board of Advisors and one of the garden’s most devoted

and beloved supporters until her death in 2007. To help raise funds locally, the garden launched a Georgia Funder crowdfunding page in March, with a goal of raising $10,000 by Sept. 8. The 2.5 acre accessible, funfilled, educational environment will include a canopy walk in the trees, a tree house, creature habitats, handson garden plots, an underground zone, edible landscapes, and a bog garden and pond. One component, an amphitheater in the woods, was completed in 2015. The garden is expected to be open to visitors by early 2019. “We are looking forward to welcoming a new generation to the garden,” Cruse-Sanders said. To contribute to the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden through Georgia Funder, go to

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program began in 2011 and celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40. This year’s class includes alumni from a variety of industries ranging from law to agriculture. Among the honorees are ESPN’s Maria Taylor; Georgia Teacher of the Year Casey M. Bethel; state Rep. Sam Watson, who represents Colquitt, Thomas

and Tift counties; and Maritza McClendon, the first woman of color to represent Team USA on the Olympic swim team. The honorees will be recognized during the seventh annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon Sept. 14 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Ernie Johnson Jr., a 1978 UGA graduate, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. Johnson is a co-host on TNT’s Inside the NBA and is the lead announcer for Major League Baseball on TBS. He delivered UGA’s 2017 undergraduate Commencement address in May. Registration will

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Peanut genetics expert joins CAES as first Distinguished Investigator By J. Faith Peppers

David Bertioli, a world-class expert in the genetics and genomics of peanut species, will join the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a professor and the university’s first Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator. “We are so pleased to have David join us as a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “His research will be an important element in continuing UGA’s tradition of excellence in plant breeding and genomics.” Bertioli joins the UGA Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics

and Genomics, which is home to some of the most respected plant genetics experts in the world. He will lead research important David Bertioli to Georgia’s $600 million peanut industry. “We are fortunate in Georgia to have strong support from the Georgia Research Alliance, the Georgia Seed Development Commission, the Peanut Foundation, the National Peanut Board, the American Peanut Shellers, the Georgia Peanut Commission, Mars Inc. and the J.M. Smucker Company to help recruit Dr. Bertioli to our faculty,” Pardue See INVESTIGATOR on page 4



University partners with ACC

Undergraduate cognitive science and linguistics major to help educate youth offenders becomes first UGA student selected as Beinecke Scholar By Charlie Bauder probation for misdemeanor crimiBy Stephanie Schupska

Shawn Foster, a University of Georgia Honors student majoring in cognitive science and linguistics, was one of 20 students nationwide selected as a Beinecke Scholar. He is the first UGA student to receive the honor, which awards $34,000 to third-year students with demonstrated financial need who will pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Foster plans to earn a doctorate in linguistics. A firstgeneration college student, he

is from the 800-person town of Franklin, which is situated in west Georgia between Carrollton and LaGrange with Alabama as its closest neighbor. “Shawn certainly deserves the recognition and support provided by the Beinecke Scholarship,” said David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program. “He is as gifted a student as I have ever met while also being perhaps the most humble. What makes Shawn truly stand out is his pure inquisitiveness. I think he has an unlimited future as a researcher.” In Foster’s first independent

research project, started this past January, he is digging into l a n g u a g e ’s changes and variations across the South with Shawn Foster Margaret Renwick, an assistant professor of linguistics in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He intends “to continue his research in this and other areas, ranging See SCHOLAR on page 4

A partnership between the University of Georgia and AthensClarke County is helping young criminal offenders turn something negative into a positive. Twenty-eight young people from Athens-Clarke County recently graduated from YouthServe, a diversion program offered through the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, AthensClarke County Municipal Court and ACC Probation Services. The program allowed participants aged 17 to 24 who are on

nal offenses to engage in community service projects and leadership development activities designed to steer them in the right direction. Participants also satisfy their community service requirement by completing the program. “The goal of the program is to provide the participants with an opportunity to reflect on their actions and think about how they can be better leaders to avoid making poor decisions again,” said Emily Boness, a public service associate with the Fanning Institute. Participants learned about

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Digest UGA Campaign for Charities raises more than $385,000 in contributions

More than 1,600 UGA staff and faculty generously supported the annual Campaign for Charities by contributing $389,416 in pledges and donations. The annual Campaign for Charities is part of the State Charitable Contributions program, which features more than 1,000 organizations that are eligible to receive donations. For its contributions during the 2016-2017 campaign, UGA was awarded the Governor’s Cup, which recognizes the highest contributions per employee in the SCCP in the category of 9,001 or more employees. The SCCP is a benefit for state of Georgia and University System of Georgia employees to contribute to the charity of their choice through payroll deduction or a one-time donation. There are 130,000 employees who can participate and more than 1,000 charities are available for designating pledges.

College of Education faculty member wins fellowship to study college access

Darris Means, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s counseling and human development services department, is one of 30 chosen as a 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. He will spend the upcoming academic year studying seniors who attend rural high schools in Georgia as they navigate the college choice process. The fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education, an honorary educational society, and funded by the Spencer Foundation. “This study looks at rural black students and college access and choice,” said Means. “There’s research out there about what doesn’t work and the barriers, but this will focus on students’ knowledge, social networks and other things students utilize on their pathway to higher education to focus on what works.” By focusing on the ways students access a college education, Means added, he can help build a framework that can be replicated by rural schools across Georgia and the country. More than 200 postdoctoral researchers applied for the $70,000 award, which has been in place for more than 30 years. Means’ research joins other cutting-edge topics such as equity in mathematics education, dual-language programs, and the connections between educational policy and suburban land development.

MIT program changes its name to Master of Business and Technology

The Terry College’s online Master of Internet Technology degree program has been renamed the Master of Business and Technology to more accurately reflect the nature of the program and current industry practices. Designed for working professionals, the parttime program is offered entirely through online courses and can be completed in two years. Students in the MBT program learn graduate-level information systems management and leadership development. Graduates from the program are highly sought after by employers with 100 percent of this past year’s class employed by leading companies in Georgia and beyond. “The program has always been cutting-edge and sought to meet the demand for business and technical knowledge brought about by the boom in business use of digital technologies,” said Craig Piercy, director of the program and senior lecturer in Terry’s management information systems department. “The program’s new name appropriately emphasizes that this is a business degree. Our students leave the program fully prepared to become leaders who work at the intersection of business management and information systems.”

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Couple’s gift to help first-generation UGA students become educators By Kristen Morales A planned gift from a University of Georgia alumni couple will help firstgeneration college students become educators. Created by Johnny Sanders Jr. and Rubye Coleman-Sanders, who both received advanced degrees from the UGA College of Education, the scholarship fund will assist underrepresented students at UGA who wish to teach in communities that typically struggle to retain quality teachers. It’s a way to give back to the university that helped propel the couple to successful careers, they said, and they look forward to helping the next generation do the same. “We worked in higher education, and we know how difficult it is, especially now, for students to come up with the money to go to school.We wanted to pay it forward,” said Sanders. “We instilled in our son the same values our parents instilled in us: to try and achieve at your highest level, and then give back.” The couple’s decision comes at a time when UGA is focused on expanding financial assistance for students. In the UGA College of Education, nearly half of undergraduate students face unmet financial needs. This includes not only paying for tuition and fees but also affording transportation or housing. “We are humbled by the commitment that Johnny and Rubye have shown to future educators coming to the College of Education,” said Craig H. Kennedy, dean of the college. “This scholarship will change the lives of the students it will serve.” Education is at the core of the couple’s life, something instilled by their

parents. Both came from large families that made earning a high school diploma a priority. Sanders graduated from Coppinville High School in Enterprise, Alabama, in 1967, and Coleman-Sanders graduated from Carver High School in Union Springs, Alabama, in 1967. Sanders and Coleman-Sanders pushed beyond high school, though. They served as each other’s cheerleader as they earned advanced degrees. After graduating from Alabama State University, where they met, Coleman-Sanders received a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Michigan and then received her doctorate from UGA. Sanders received his master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees from UGA. “After completing our doctorates from the University of Georgia, we have definitely experienced the American dream, something most people aspire to,” Coleman said. Along with the support they received from each other, the couple agrees that without the help of graduate assistantships and other financial aid, their advanced degrees would have been much harder to achieve, if at all. That’s why they felt strongly about establishing the Dr. Johnny Sanders Jr. and Dr. Rubye Coleman-Sanders Teacher Education Scholarship Fund. Financial aid put their goals within reach, and they want others to be able to experience success too. “The University of Georgia was so great to provide financial assistance when we attended. This will help students aspire to the levels that we aspired to,” said Sanders. “And hopefully, they will make a valued contribution to society as a whole. So it works both ways,



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Husband and wife donors Johnny Sanders Jr. and Rubye ColemanSanders will help more students become educators with their planned gift.

for society and the University of Georgia.” The scholarship will be created by the residual from the couple’s estate. Sanders said this type of planned gift allows them to enjoy their retirement while also knowing that their love of education will continue in the form of financial assistance for qualified students. Because their graduate degrees elevated their careers, it only seemed natural to help future students, coming from underrepresented populations, have the same opportunity. With their planned gift, they said, they can build off their own achievements to change the lives of students at UGA and the lives of the students taught in the classroom.

New procedure clarifies, streamlines New registrar, approval process for facilities projects associate VP for Taylor Adkins West department in the Franklin College instruction named By of Arts and Sciences.

By Tracy N. Coley

Fiona Liken became registrar and associate vice president for instruction July 1, overseeing the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Curriculum Systems. Both offices report to the Office Fiona Liken of Instruction and have worked together for the last five years on the implementation of Athena, the centralized student information system that houses curricular and registration data. With a central leader, the two units will work more efficiently and effectively in business processes and in response to the needs of the university community. For the last several years, Liken has been director of the Office of Curriculum Systems and assistant vice president for instruction.  She has been an integral part in the leadership teams for initiatives with high academic impact; among these are implementation of the General Education Curriculum, the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program, and Athena, as well as helping develop the 2010 UGA strategic plan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University and a master’s degree in public administration from UGA. Rosemary Segreti, who managed the Office of the Registrar as interim registrar, has returned to her position as senior associate registrar.

The Facilities Project Initiation Form has been created to streamline the initiation of building or grounds projects at the University of Georgia and is a result of collaborative input from across campus. Within the Finance & Administration division, the Office of University Architects for Facilities Planning and the Facilities Management Division work alongside campus stakeholders in an effort to provide guidance and direction for project needs as any FPIF process begins. This collaboration also assists facilities professionals to further advise the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost as an FPIF is routed for approvals, as required. The FPIF serves as a tracking mechanism for current and planned projects, allowing UGA to forecast and explore staffing and operational efficiencies and resources. Further, the routing process of the FPIF provides clear communication about intended projects and ensures coordination of strategic initiatives. Though recently introduced, campus users are already recognizing the benefit of this process. “The new project initiation forms should help reduce the confusion that has sometimes existed for end-users in whether to work with the Architects or Facilities Management on a given facilities project,” said Russell Malmberg, associate dean and University Professor in the plant biology

The FPIF process also provides another solution to campus users by helping predict the costs before a project is actually initiated. “The forms are also helpful in providing a path to obtain information and estimates for new ideas for projects where the submitter has no idea of the costs or magnitude of the work likely required, but they need some way to get started before even seeking any funds,” Malmberg said. With the support of the Provost’s Office, Finance & Administration and strong partnerships across campus, the FPIF process accomplishes the multi-faceted intent to offer 1) increased awareness of the depth and breadth of UGA projects, 2) greater transparency to campus partners, 3) minimized misconceptions with regard to what work or projects are allowable within university facilities or on university properties statewide, 4) better tracking mechanisms for the variety of projects underway at any given point in time, and 5) an institutional protocol and focus to bolster effective space utilization, ensure stewardship of limited resources on institutional priorities and strategic plans, and improved preparation for projects, including those requiring submission to the board of regents. The Facilities Project Initiation Form and the two supporting policies providing additional guidance (Engaging Design Professionals and Contractors and Performing Work at UGA) are online at

UGAGUIDE July 17, 2017

For a complete listing of events, check the Master Calendar on the Web (­). The following events are open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Dates, times and locations may change without advance notice.


The Past Is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto. Through July 30. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

On the Stump—What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia? Through Aug. 18. Special collections libraries. 706-542-5788. The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade. Through Sept. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend Morgan. Through Sept. 10. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design. Through Sept. 17. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. (See story, right.) Gold-digging in Georgia: America’s First Gold Rush? Through Dec. 5. Special collections libraries. 706-542-8079.

TUESDAY, JULY 18 TUESDAY TOUR AT TWO Also July 25. Guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Participants should meet in the rotunda on the second floor of the special collections libraries. 2 p.m. 706-542-8079.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 SBDC LUNCH & LEARN “Cyber Security for the Small Business” covers practical steps to minimize the damage from a cyber attack and discover the growth opportunities that come from having a strong cyber strategy. $39, includes lunch. 11 a.m. Chicopee Complex. 706-542-7436. TOUR AT TWO Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art, will lead a special tour of The Genius of Martin Johnson Heade. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

THURSDAY, JULY 20 NATURE RAMBLE Also July 27. Join Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the State Botanical Garden. Sessions start with an inspirational reading by a nature writer. This is a ramble not a hike; the group will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc., along the way. 8:30 a.m. Meet at Shade Garden Arbor, State Botanical Garden. TEEN STUDIO: MODERN STENCILING Teens ages 13-18 are invited to this studio-based workshop led by local artist and educator Kristen Bach. The

group will learn about modern design and draw inspiration from a special tour of the exhibition Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design. Then they’ll experiment with stenciling and printmaking techniques to create their own modernist masterpiece. Includes a pizza dinner. This program is free, but space is limited. Email or call 706-542-8863 to reserve a spot. 5:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art.

THURSDAY TWILIGHT TOUR Join docents for a tour of the permanent collection. Tours meet in the lobby. 7 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. MUSEUM MIX The museum’s thrice-annual late-night art party features a live DJ, free refreshments and galleries open until 11 p.m. Free admission. #museummix. 8 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 GALLERY CONVERSATION Join artist Kristin Casaletto and curator of American art Sarah Kate Gillespie for a special conversation about work in the exhibition The Past is Never Dead: Kristin Casaletto. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 FAMILY DAY Check out examples of sleek, chic Italian mid-century design in the exhibition Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20thCentury Aesthetics of Design. Then, put your design skills to the test with a modernist-inspired art activity. 10 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. (See story, right.)

TUESDAY, JULY 25 LUNCH & LEARN The Innovation Gateway Lunch & Learn series provides training and presentation sessions that occur once a month during the lunch hour. The goal is to inform and inspire individuals working with startup companies as well as those interested in issues facing university startups. The July event will feature Connie Casteel, SBIR/STTR program manager with the Advanced Technology Development Center, who will present on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Noon. Conference room 128/130 CAGTECH. 706-542-7065, 706-542-8969., REST OF THE STORY BOOK CLUB MEETING Monthly book club with light refreshments and discussion on works connected to upcoming/ongoing exhibitions, programs and collections at the special collections libraries. July’s selection: A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men and the Making of the United States. 5:30 p.m. 258 special collections libraries. 706-542-5788.

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TOUR AT TWO Join docents for a tour of the permanent collection. Tours meet in the lobby. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

THURSDAY, JULY 27 CLASSES END For Thru Term and Extended Summer Session.

FRIDAY, JULY 28 FINAL EXAMS Through July 31. For Thru Term and Extended Summer Session. CLASSES END For Short Session II. GALLERY TALK Join Perri Lee Roberts, professor of art history at the University of Miami and curator of the exhibition, for a gallery talk about Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. (See story, right.) 90 CARLTON: SUMMER The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present a reception featuring the summer exhibitions. Enjoy light refreshments, gallery activities, door prizes and “Ask the Experts” from 7-8 p.m. Event partners include Athens Printing Company, Barron’s Rental Center and Epting Events. Become a member of the museum at the event for complimentary admission. RSVP to or by calling 706-542-4199. Register at $5; free for members. 5:30 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. (See story, right.)


COMING UP NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION Aug. 2. All new faculty are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. The agenda and registration are at http:// 8:30 a.m. Georgia Center. FRIENDS FIRST FRIDAY Aug. 4. Jane Bath, noted landscape designer, has been practicing horticulture and landscape design in the Athens area for many years, and her approach to achieving attractive landscapes is one of simple analysis and practicality. She will discuss some tips for working with particular landscaping needs and take questions about specific issues the audience may have about their home landscapes during “What is in Your Garden and What Questions Do You Have About Design?” Call 706-542-6138 to make reservations by July 28. $12, general admission; $10 Friends of the Garden member admission. 9 a.m. Visitor Center, State Botanical Garden.

Works by Gio Ponti will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art in the Modern Living exhibition through Sept. 17.


A collection of works by Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti is on display until Sept. 17 at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. Organized by guest curator Perri Lee Roberts, a professor of art history at the University of Miami, the exhibition Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design focuses on Ponti’s career from the 1920s through the 1950s. Born in Milan, Italy, in 1891, Ponti originally wanted to be a painter but turned to a more practical career when his family objected. He began his studies in architecture at Politecnico di Milano University but had to put them on hold while he served in Italy’s military during World War I. He graduated in 1921. Over a 60-year career, Ponti left his mark on the manufacturing industry, design and architecture of Italy. Unlike his modernist colleagues, Ponti did not believe form had to follow function. Instead, Ponti wrote, “I am tempted to . . . say that form is an ideal contribution, independent of functionality and originated from concepts of essentiality and truth, and that functionality, always implicit in everything, has nothing to do with the matter.” Despite that strong stance, Ponti’s work was certainly functional, but it was also decorative, making room for beauty as well as use. His interior designs popularized the idea of an open floor plan in home and office, with built-in shelving units rather than heavy freestanding cupboards. “Gio Ponti was a 20th-century Renaissance man whose aesthetic creativity was inexhaustible,” said Roberts. “I wanted to show off Ponti’s incredible sense of design through his one-of-a-kind pieces as well as his later mass-produced works from the 1950s and also to show the range of his achievements using many different materials—ceramic, glass, wood, aluminum and enamel—as well as his important works with collaborators Paolo De Poli and Piero Fornasetti.” This exhibition features several famous pieces of furniture Ponti designed, like a chair from the Contini Bonacossi residence in Florence that updates the traditional form of the scroll-back chair. It also highlights the variety of materials Ponti used, from porcelain to silver, glass and wood. Always an innovator, he took inspiration from Italy’s classical and Renaissance past but used modern materials. Related events to the exhibition include Family Day on July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon; a July 28 gallery talk by Roberts at 2 p.m.; 90 Carlton: Summer, the museum’s quarterly reception (free for members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, $5 non-members) on July 28 at 5:30 p.m.; a film series beginning Aug. 24; and a public tour on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. All events are open free to the public unless otherwise indicated. The exhibition also serves as inspiration for Art Adventures, the museum’s free summer program for day camps, day cares and community centers. Art adventurers will tour the exhibition with trained museum guides and then create their own work of art to take home. Through interactive gallery games and art activities, the program will focus on modern design, concepts of inspiration and looking more closely at the world around us. Morning (10-11:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1-2:30 p.m.) time slots are available Wednesdays and Thursdays through July 27. Each 90-minute session can accommodate up to 30 children, with one chaperone for every 10 children. To schedule an Art Adventure, contact Sage Kincaid at or 706-542-0448.

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UGA senior Kendell Williams has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Roy F. Kramer Female Athlete of the Year. A heptathlete on UGA’s track and field team, Williams is the sixth UGA woman to win this SEC honor since 1992 and the 11th student-athlete from UGA overall to garner the men’s or women’s award. The Marietta native is the first UGA student-athlete to win since Allison Schmitt from swimming and diving in 2013. Also of note, current gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets earned the honor in 2009 during her undergraduate years at UGA. A two-time semifinalist for the Bowerman Award, which is track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy, Williams was most recently named the Honda Award winner for her sport and one of three finalists for the Honda Cup. Williams was the 20th UGA student-athlete to win a Honda Award but was the first from track and field. The three-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Williams finished her UGA career as a 10-time First Team AllAmerican. She holds collegiate all-time bests in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles (8.03) and heptathlon 100-meter hurdles (12.83).

leadership styles and principles of leadership, conflict, values, decision making, goal setting, and individual and group communication. “Hopefully, once students have a better sense of the way that they communicate, the way that they lead and the way they address conflict, they can use that information going forward when making decisions,” Boness said. Community service projects included working with local nonprofits such as Books for Keeps, which provides summer reading for underprivileged children; Hands on Athens, which helps low-income Athens-Clarke County homeowners in historic neighborhoods maintain and restore their properties as part of neighborhood revitalization; the Cottage, a sexual assault and children’s advocacy center; and the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. They also work with the UGArden, a student-run garden that provides produce to older adults in the Athens area. The community service projects enabled the group to apply principles from the leadership curriculum in a real-world setting. Hannah Turner, a Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar, is working with Boness to measure the effectiveness of community service in reducing recidivism among young first offenders. “We are measuring how effective community service is as a punishment,” said Turner. “I think there is the potential for community service to be impactful.” Dale Allen, Athens-Clarke County chief



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open for the awards luncheon at alumni.uga. edu/40u40 in the coming weeks. “We are excited about this year’s 40 Under 40 class,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations.“These young alumni are making a difference in the classroom, boardroom, operating room and everywhere in between.” Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and nearly 400 alumni were nominated for this year’s class. Honorees must have attended UGA and aspire to uphold the Pillars of the Arch. Additional criteria are available on the UGA Alumni Association website. “We received hundreds of nominations, and our graduates have made some incredible accomplishments,” Johnson said. “It is more difficult every year to narrow the list down to 40, and that is a testament to the caliber of our alumni. We are so proud.” This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees, including their graduation year from UGA, city, title and employer, are • Casey M. Bethel, 2005, Lithia Springs, Georgia Department of Education Teacher of the Year, New Manchester High School • Travis Butler, 2009, Athens, president, Butler Properties and Development • Eric Callahan, 2005, Griffin, owner, Callahan Industries • Mariel Clark, 2001, Knoxville, vice president, Home + Travel Digital, Scripps Network Interactive • Andrew Dill, 2006 and 2007, Marietta, director of government affairs, Lockheed Martin • Amelia Dortch, 2006 and 2012, Auburn, Alabama, state public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture • Katie Dubnik, 2003, Gainesville, president, Forum Communications • Rebecca Evans, 2010, Savannah, equine veterinarian, Evans Equine LLC • Rebecca Filson, 2005, Roswell, regional vice president of operations, BenchMark Rehab Partners • Matt Forshee, 2000, Evans, region manager for community and economic development, Georgia Power • Nicholas Friedmann, 2006, Washington, D.C., private client relationship manager, Citibank • James Gates, 2001 and 2004, Atlanta, partner, Bell Oaks Executive Search • Christine Green, 2002, New York, general counsel, Leadership for Educational Equity • Lauren Griffeth, 2005, 2008 and 2013, Athens, administrative director of agricultural leadership, education and communication, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences • Destin Hill, 2002, Phoenix, physician,

Arizona Sports Medicine Center • Dominique Holloman, 2001 and 2004, Atlanta, independent consultant • Katie Jacobs, 2005, Athens, owner, Cheeky Peach Boutique • Jonas Jennings, 2000, Athens, director of player development, UGA Athletic Association; president, JJ 75 Properties LLC • LeRoya Chester Jennings, 2001, Atlanta, managing partner, Chester Jennings & Smith LLC • Adam C. Johnson, 2016, Atlanta, senior consultant, Cognizant • Joshua Jones, 2008 and 2016,  Atlanta, president/CEO, Red Clay Communications Inc. • Marcus Jones, 2009, Detroit, president, Detroit Training Center • Kasey Knight, 2005, Quitman, pharmacist/ owner, Lee & Pickels Drugs • Matt Koperniak, 2002 and 2004, Sugar Hill, director of bands, Riverwatch Middle School • Dorian Lamis, 2003, Atlanta, assistant professor/clinical psychologist, Emory University School of Medicine • Dan Ludlam, 2004 and 2007, Atlanta, senior manager, real estate attorney, Chick-fil-A Inc. • Gordon Maner, 2004, Charleston, South Carolina, managing partner, Allen Mooney & Barnes • Maritza McClendon, 2005, Atlanta, senior brand marketing manager for OshKosh B’gosh, Carter’s Inc. • Behnoosh Momin, 2015, Chamblee, health scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention • Travis Moore, 2003, Kirkwood, Missouri, senior brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch InBev • Wes Neece, 2000, Atlanta, merchandising vice president for lighting, The Home Depot • Julian Price, 2000, Watkinsville, physician/ partner, Athens Orthopedic Clinic • Tim Puetz, 2006, Silver Spring, Maryland, operations manager, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center • Tucker Berta Sarkisian, 2000, Atlanta, director of public relations, SweetWater Brewing Co. • Maria Taylor, 2009 and 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina, sports broadcaster, ESPN • Alissa Vickery, 2001, Mableton, senior vice president for accounting and controls, Fleetcor Technologies Inc. • Sam Watson, 2002, Moultrie, managing partner, Chill C Farms/Moultrie Melon Co.; state representative House District 172 • Laura Whitaker, 2007 and 2010, Watkinsville, executive director, Extra Special People • Whitney Woodward, 2000, Covington, vice president for total rewards, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. • Alex Wright, 2008, Byron, overseas research fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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probation officer, said he likes the educational component of the program because it does more than just punish offenders. “Not only is it just tasking someone to go out and do community service, it is educating them on why they are doing this,” Allen said. “There is some leadership training. There is something besides just a physical task involved.” A total of 54 young people have participated in YouthServe since it began last year. Of those, 13 completed the program in its first year and 28 completed it this year. That nearly 50 percent increase in the completion rate is attributed to a full cohort being able to start the program this year and attend all five classes. “We are very proud of its success,” Allen said.“The advantage is that we identify young people early on through the screening process and put them in an environment where they get individual attention. We are seeing a little more maturity coming out on the other end.” In essays about the program, participants indicated the experience was positive. In one essay, a participant said YouthServe would make them “a better person and a better leader.” “I have learned so many things and taken so many things from this class,” another participant wrote. “If you were questioning whether or not to continue doing this, I believe that it is very beneficial to the kids who are on probation.”


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from the social and cultural aspects of language to the mathematical underpinnings of human speech,” during his career in linguistics, he said. He’s excited to see how his research, which is being conducted as part of a larger ongoing project, “Linguistic Atlas of the Gulf,” will be used. “Other researchers, not just other linguists, can take the results and run with them,” Foster said. “Engineers and programmers can build better speech recognition programs. Journalists and critics can write about how depictions of the South in media stack up to the reality of the region. Other geeky teenagers in other cotton-mill towns can hear someone say, ‘Yes, there is more to the world, but no, that doesn’t mean places like this don’t have anything to say.’ ” Foster speaks Spanish and Russian and is learning Arabic. In addition to his current research project, he has been the humanities content editor of the Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities and works for UGA Food Services at the Niche Pizza Company. He was also a research assistant in UGA’s Work and Family Experience Research Laboratory and the Leadership and Performance Dynamics Lab. The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 in honor of Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke to encourage students of exceptional promise to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

said. “This valuable partnership shows the commitment to and importance of UGA’s agricultural research programs.” The genetics and genomics of wild peanut relatives are a primary focus of Bertioli’s work. His goal is to use valuable genetic traits found in wild species to improve cultivated peanuts so they require fewer inputs and are more sustainable and profitable for producers in Georgia and around the world. He will focus on increasing the resistance of the peanut to pests and diseases. Bertioli came to UGA in 2013 as a visiting professor on leave from the University of Brasilia in Brazil. His cutting-edge, practical work consistently receives financial support from commodity groups, nonprofits, for-profit companies and federal agencies. Bertioli received his formal training in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from Durham University and a doctorate from Oxford University. He has served as a professor at the University of Brasilia since 2009. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. In 2003, he was a visiting scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Center in Norwich, England. “We are proud to welcome David to Georgia,” said Susan Shows, GRA senior vice president. “His expertise will be a unique asset to the UGA team, and we are excited to see how they can expand their research portfolio.”

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UGA Columns July 17, 2017  

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