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September 11, 2017



University receives diversity award for fourth straight year By Sam Fahmy

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UGA faculty and staff donors celebrate at the Hollywood-nights-themed Faculty, Staff, Retiree Donor Appreciation Event on Aug. 31.

Star treatment

The University of Georgia’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year with the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion. UGA is one of 81 institutions nationwide to receive a 2017 HEED Award.

“The University of Georgia is honored to receive this significant recognition for the fourth consecutive year,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Although work certainly remains ahead, the institution is making strides toward becoming an even more connected and welcoming academic community for all of its faculty, staff and students.” The recruitment of a diverse student body is bolstered by a range of programs that introduce prospective students to the many learning opportunities that the university offers. High-achieving middle school

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Employee donors feted at Hollywood-nights reception More than 10,000 Clarke County By Leigh Raynor

A reception on Aug. 31 celebrated the 2,147 current and retired faculty and staff members who donated to the University of Georgia in fiscal year 2017. These donors collectively contributed more than $5.4 million to the Commit to Georgia Campaign’s record-breaking fundraising year. “I am especially grateful for the increased participation of our faculty, staff and retirees this year in contributing to the advancement of this great institution,” said

President Jere W. Morehead. “You are helping us expand the reach and impact of UGA to levels never before imagined.” The goal of the Commit to Georgia Campaign is to raise $1.2 billion by 2020 to increase scholarship support, to enhance the learning environment and to solve the grand challenges facing society. Since the campaign began in 2012, private donations have created 57 new endowed chair and professorship positions. Also, more than $122.9 million has been raised to support research

at the university. Many faculty and staff donors choose to contribute to the areas on campus that matter most to them. “I enjoy supporting the students, departments and activities that I teach and participate in as a professor at UGA for almost 30 years,” said Janice Simon, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.“It is an institution that I have dedicated my career to and so in addition to my time and talent, I give some of my treasure.”


UGA breaks ground on new learning environment for children at State Botanical Garden of Georgia By Kelly Simmons

With the ceremonial turn of red and black spades, University of Georgia officials and dignitaries officially kicked off construction of the $5 million Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Sept. 1. The 2.5-acre, handicapaccessible educational environment will include a canopy walk in the trees, a treehouse, creature habitats, hands-on 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. “I want to thank all of the supporters who have donated to make this exciting project possible,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “Their contributions are creating

not only a beautiful addition to the botanical garden but also a bridge to new partnerships and collaborations between the botanical garden, the University of Georgia and the Athens community.” So far 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 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 May 2007. “She would be beaming with pride at this,” said her son, Jim Richards, who attended the groundbreaking with his son Chase. “She would be following the development of this garden with tremendous interest.”

All 80 members of the State Botanical Garden board of advisors contributed to the children’s garden fund, which is 54 percent of the total amount raised, board Chairman Dr. Geoffrey P. Cole said. “Alice loved nature, and early on she envisioned a place here at the garden where children could experience the beauty of nature in an area all their own,” said Jenny Cruse-Sanders, director of the garden. “She recognized that the State Botanical Garden of Georgia could play a critical role in ensuring that children understand, appreciate and take care of their natural environment.” The children’s garden will further the university’s mission as a land-grant and sea-grant institution, providing more educational opportunities for teachers and students across the state, said Laura Meadows, See GARDEN on page 4

children get to Experience UGA By Kellyn Amodeo

More than 10,000 Clarke County schoolchildren will visit the University of Georgia this year through the 5-year-old innovative program Experience UGA. The program brings students from all grades in all 20 schools of the Clarke County School District to the UGA campus for curriculum-centered field trips. Experience UGA is organized by the Office of Service-Learning and the College of Education’s Office of School Engagement in partnership with the CCSD. “This program has grown extensively in our first five years,” said Shannon Walker, program coordinator for Experience UGA. “This is the first year we plan to reach full capacity by bringing

every grade level to campus.” The goals of the program are trifold: to teach students the importance of and opportunities through higher education, to give students hands-on learning experiences to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom and support CCSD teachers, and to introduce students to UGA and the resources available to them. “UGA and CCSD are both educational institutions with the same goals, and we strive to help the CCSD teachers illustrate their curriculum and to keep students excited and engaged,” Walker said. Trips cover a multitude of topics on the UGA campus from STEM programs to arts and more. The College of Engineering hosts the fourth-graders, teaching them basic engineering principles See EXPERIENCE on page 4


Fall Signature Lectures to bring range of speakers to campus By Kristina Griffith

Innovative scientists, a daring journalist, heralded writers and influential leaders in business and law will visit UGA this fall as part of the Signature Lecture series. Signature Lectures are designated at the beginning of each semester by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to highlight campus talks of broad, multidisciplinary interest. All lectures are open free to the public. More information about the lectures is at https://provost.uga. edu/signature-lectures/.

The fall 2017 Signature Lectures will begin Sept. 13. Stephanie Stuckey, chief resilience officer for the city of Atlanta, will give the Vincent Eleanor Ferguson Lecture at 5 p.m. in Room 123 of the Jackson Street Building. Michael J. Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School, will give the Constitution Day Lecture, “The Constitution as a Coup Against Public Opinion,” Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. Dan Cathy, president and CEO of Chick-fil-A, will discuss “Celebration of the Impact of S. Truett Cathy” Sept. 29 at See LECTURES on page 4

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Daylong conference on expert trade law will be held Sept. 18 By Kate Doty

The Dean Rusk International Law Center and the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law will host the daylong conference “The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements” Sept. 18 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. During the conference, which will mark the center’s 40th anniversary, expert academicians, policymakers, corporate counsels and practitioners will explore the shifting trajectory of trade agreements. Spurring this change are events like Brexit, the status of the TransPacific Partnership, calls to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the acceleration of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and China’s One Belt One Road initiative, according to Harlan G. Cohen, Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law, faculty co-director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center and conference adviser. “We are honored to bring these experts to campus for a conference in commemoration of the 1977 dedication of the Dean Rusk International Law Center,” Cohen said. “Trade has been pushed back to the front of the global agenda, and with global politics in flux, we are at a unique moment for creative thinking and reform. We hope this conference will be an incubator for some of the best ideas for moving forward.” Participants will include Cohen and four School of Law graduates: Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, former director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center; Terry Smith Labat, U.S. Department of Commerce senior policy adviser; Tina Termei, corporate counsel; and Audrey Winter, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative deputy assistant. Co-sponsoring the conference are law school student organizations the Business Law Society and the Corsair Law Society as well as the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. There is no cost for the conference, but registration is required online at Attorneys are eligible for continuing legal education credit for a fee.


Tal DuVall, former director for Cooperative Extension, dies By James Hataway

Talmadge “Tal” Clifton DuVall, a celebrated public leader, businessman and military veteran who served more than 30 years in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, died Aug. 30 after a brief illness. He was 84. His memorial service was Sept. 3 at the First Methodist Church in Athens. Born in Greensboro in 1933, DuVall grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. He attended the University of Georgia, where he received three degrees. After serving in the U.S. Army in Panama, DuVall returned to Georgia and began his extension career in 1956 Tal DuVall as an assistant county agent for Carroll County. The following year he was promoted to county agent, and he was appointed county agent for Clarke County in 1965. Capping his career, DuVall was appointed director of the UGA Cooperative Extension in 1977, the position he held until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Carole; son, Mike DuVall, and daughter-in-law, Tara DuVall, of Buford; daughter, Lori Rosemond, and son-in-law, Kevin Rosemond, of Durham, North Carolina; grandchildren, Caroleann DuVall, Charlie Rosemond, Anna Rosemond, Sarah DuVall and Abby DuVall; his brothers, Melvin DuVall and Lewis DuVall, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Annual retreat for federal legislative staff showcases UGA advancements By Emily Pateuk

Federal staffers got an exclusive look at the University of Georgia’s new Center for Molecular Medicine before the building’s official Sept. 20 dedication as part of the Office of Government Relations’ annual Federal Staff Retreat last month. The Center for Molecular Medicine will house up to 10 research groups dedicated to conducting translational research that positively impacts human health. It was one stop among many that showcased UGA’s innovative research efforts during this year’s retreat. Federal staff from 14 of Georgia’s 16 members of Congress attended the two-day retreat on campus. “As the research enterprise grows at the University of Georgia, our faculty, staff and students are making ever-greater contributions to solving the grand challenges of our time,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “We are grateful to our federal partners for all they are doing to support the university’s research efforts, which drive innovation and economic development across the state and beyond.” Federal legislative staff also visited the Geomaterials Engineering Laboratory and the Structural Engineering Testing Hub, two state-of-the-art civil engineering facilities at UGA. Led by associate professor and Assistant Dean for Student Success and Outreach Stephan Durham, faculty and graduate students from the College of Engineering were on hand to discuss their work and its practical applications. “As a Double Dawg, I thought I knew a lot about UGA’s research programs and community outreach services, but the Federal Staff Retreat opened my eyes to the full range of the university’s


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Federal legislative staff visited the Geomaterials Engineering Laboratory and the Structural Engineering Testing Hub during part of the Office of Government Relations’ annual Federal Staff Retreat last month.

activities,” said Katie Chaudoin, who serves as U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s legislative correspondent for national security. During the retreat, Provost Pamela Whitten outlined UGA’s latest efforts to prepare students for success after graduation through the university’s experiential learning requirement. As an example, third-year student Trisha Dalapati spoke with staffers about her research on the intersection of maternal health and malaria. Interim Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Laura Meadows detailed UGA’s $5.25 billion annual impact on the state’s economy, citing specific cases from the Small Business Development Center and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Peabody Awards Executive Director Jeffrey Jones discussed some of the recent winners of the George Foster Peabody Award, internationally recognized as the most prestigious prize for excellence in

electronic media. Attendees also visited the Indoor Athletic Facility, where they heard about concussion research at UGA from Ron Courson, director of sports medicine for the UGA Athletic Association, and Julianne Schmidt and Robert Lynall, assistant professors in the College of Education. UGA has taken advantage of the annual congressional recess each August for the past several years, using the time to highlight for federal staffers the university’s academic and public service initiatives, research advances and institutional priorities. “From small business to new media to cutting-edge medical research, UGA offers students competitive learning opportunities and continues to have a major economic impact in key industries,” said Chaudoin. “This retreat is a great way to learn more about UGA while strengthening ties with Washington.”


School of Ecology Workshop series offers professional to open anniversary development opportunities for faculty observance Sept. 14 By Camie Williams 2016-2017 academic year. To advance By Beth Gavrilles

The Odum School of Ecology kicks off a celebration of its 10th anniversary— and the 50th of its precursor, the Institute of Ecology—with a lecture, discussion and pair of exhibits at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Featured speakers include Betty Jean Craige, University Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; David C. Coleman, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Ecology; and James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology Emeritus. Open free to the public, the talks will be followed by a reception and book signing, and two related exhibits will be on view in the library galleries. The first exhibit, Celebrating 50 Years of Ecology at the University of Georgia, will be on display in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript gallery through Oct. 14. A second exhibit, Darwin and Odum: Earth-Shattering Science from the Remotest Place on Earth, is on display Sept. 14 only from 4-4:30 p.m. and from 5:45-7 p.m. Visit for more information, including a complete list of anniversary events.

An extensive slate of faculty development programming for fall 2017 provides several opportunities for in-depth learning and reflection on topics ranging from creating a sustainable writing practice to stress management and design thinking. The Fall 2017 Faculty Learning Series is part of an expansion of professional development programming offered through the Office of Faculty Affairs, a unit of the Provost’s Office. “Over the past year, the Office of Faculty Affairs has dramatically expanded the support it offers to faculty,” said Sarah Covert, associate provost for faculty affairs. “In addition to continuing to maintain faculty records and supporting the hiring and promotion process, we’ve launched a broad array of professional development programming that aims to help faculty members at each stage of their career achieve their professional goals.” Susanna Calvert joined the Office of Faculty Affairs as its director of programming a year ago with the goal of expanding professional development training opportunities for faculty. In addition to designing the Faculty Leadership Series, she spent the last year bolstering the performance evaluation workshops and trainings for department heads and other academic leaders that were launched in the

the university’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, she has helped pilot a training program for faculty search committees on best practices in attracting a diverse hiring pool. A former associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University, Calvert is an advocate of lifelong learning. For the Faculty Learning Series, she has partnered with colleagues in units such as Human Resources and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction to create seven workshops, all of which are offered at no cost to faculty members or their departments. The Office of Faculty Affairs also leads a program to help faculty members set and achieve writing goals through peer mentoring. Also this fall, Calvert will lead the first cohort of the Aspire Fellows program, which allows mid-career faculty to focus on an individualized plan to achieve their career goals. “Supporting the professional development of faculty members is really gratifying work,” Calvert said. “These programs have been very well received, and I invite faculty members to reach out to me with ideas for additional programming.” For the complete list of fall offerings for the Faculty Learning Series, see For questions, suggestions or to seek training for your unit, contact Calvert at

UGAGUIDE Sept. 11, 2017

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Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20thCentury Aesthetics of Design. Through Sept. 17. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Warren H. Manning: Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner. Through Oct. 6. Circle Gallery, Jackson Street Building. 706-542-8292. Modern Masters from the Giuliano Ceseri Collection. Through Nov. 12. ­Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662. Gold-digging in Georgia: America’s First Gold Rush? Through Dec. 5. Special collections libraries. 706-542-8079. Covered With Glory: Football at UGA, 1892-1917. Through Dec. 22. Special collections libraries. 706-542-7123.

MONDAY, SEPT. 11 CLASS Send children on a naturist adventure at the Garden during Homeschool Group Series classes. $150 for entire series. Minimum age 4. 9 a.m. State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12 TODDLER TUESDAY This special tour, story time in the galleries and art activity is just for little ones. This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years and will focus on the design of Gio Ponti. Space is limited; please email or call 706-542-0448 to reserve a spot. 10 a.m. Georgia Museum of Art. FHCE RESEARCH SEMINAR The first FHCE Research Seminar will be given by Julie Siwicki on the U.S.

Financial Diaries Project. 11 a.m. 264 Dawson Hall. 706-542-4856.

BFSO FOUNDERS AWARD SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON The Black Faculty & Staff Organization will host its 15th annual Founders’ Award Scholarship Luncheon. BFSO will celebrate the achievements of several UGA students in the areas of academic excellence, leadership and service. $50. Tables available for sponsors starting at $320. Noon. Grand Hall, Tate Student Center. CLASS American Sign Language, Levels 1-4, can open doors to new employment opportunities or help with effective communication with family and friends who are deaf or hearing impaired. $199. Must be 16 years of age or older to attend. 5:30 p.m. Georgia Center. 706-542-3537. JOHNSTONE LECTURE Jaret Daniels, associate professor of entomology at the University of Florida and director of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, will speak on the book Backyard Bugs: An Identification Guide to Common Insects, Spiders, and More. Preregistration required. 7 p.m. Visitors Center, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014. HUGH HODGSON FACULTY SERIES Elizabeth Knight, mezzo-soprano and lecturer in voice, debuts in the Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series with the first recital of the 2017-2018 faculty series. $12; $6, student/child. 8 p.m. Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4752. (See story, bottom right.)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13 CONSERVATION SEMINAR “The Ecology of Wildland Fire: Past,

Present and Future,” Joseph J. O’Brien, fire team leader, USDA Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Studies. 1:35 p.m. Auditorium, ecology building. 706-542-7247. TOUR AT TWO Join Joseph Litts, Beard Scholar at the Henry Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, for a special thematic tour of decorative arts in the permanent collection. 2 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

SIGNATURE LECTURE Stephanie Stuckey, chief resilience officer for the city of Atlanta, will give the annual Eleanor Vincent Ferguson Lecture at the College of Environment and Design. 5 p.m. Lecture Hall 123, Jackson Street Building. 706-542-4727. (See story, page 1.) VOLLEYBALL vs. Texas Tech. 7 p.m. Ramsey Student Center. 706-542-1621.

LECTURE “What Causes Teenagers to Radicalize Against Their Own Country on Behalf of the Islamic State?,” Greg Armes, U.S. Department of Justice. Ames will look specifically at eight Americans and the circumstances surrounding their attacks and/or arrests. He also will discuss indicators of radicalization that can help identify those plotting attacks. A representative from the Georgia Information and Sharing Analysis Center will explain how intelligence analysis is done and how people can help if they see something suspicious. 2 p.m. Room R, Georgia Center. 706-542-5845. LECTURE “Darwin, Odum and Ecological


For most music lovers the greatest of all classical composers are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, often called “The Three Bs.” The UGA Performing Arts Center will open the 2017-2018 season with a concert showcasing these musical giants Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall. The Keyboard Music of “The Three Bs” concert will feature three world-renowned artists, including Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu, performing selections on the types of instruments the composers would have used during their own lifetimes. Bach’s music will be performed on the harpsichord,

Beethoven on the fortepiano and Brahms on the Steinway grand. The program will open with Kenneth We i s s p e r Jon Nakamatsu forming Bach’s Ouverture nach Franzosischer Art (Clavier Ubung II). Weiss is an American harpsichordist with an active career as performer, conductor and teacher. He is professor of harpsichord at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland, and professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire de Paris. Fortepianist Eric Zivian will perform two sonatas by Beethoven.

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Challenges for the 21st Century,” Jim Porter, UGA professor emeritus. Professors Emeriti Betty Jean Craige and Dave Coleman will discuss the establishment of the UGA Institute of Ecology and the scientific contributions of its founder, Eugene P. Odum. Followed by a discussion on Georgia’s role in the advancement of ecology. A reception and book signing will follow, and related exhibits in the library galleries will be on view. 4:30 p.m. Auditorium, special collections libraries. 706-542-7247. (See story, page 2.)

Center. 706-542-2846.

ITALIANS AND DESIGN FILM SERIES In conjunction with the exhibition Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20thCentury Aesthetics of Design. Each film will include a 15-minute introduction by a guest speaker and conversations about the film following the screening. One of Federico Fellini’s most celebrated films, La Dolce Vita presents a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo living in Rome. 7 p.m. Georgia Museum of Art. 706-542-4662.

FOOTBALL vs. Samford 7:30 p.m. Sanford Stadium. 706-542-1231.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14 UGAALERT TEST 10:45 a.m. 706-542-5845. prepare@ (See Bulletin Board, page 4).

FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 CLASS At “Plants and Pollinators” learn more about dependence on pollinators and discover how to safeguard them in backyards and local ecosystems through gardening, bee-house building and eco-friendly lifestyles. $50. 9 a.m. Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014. UGA PARENTS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL WEEKEND Through Sept. 16. 706-542-8147. LECTURE “Women Read: English Ph.D. Students Read Their Creative Work,” Gina Abelkop, Amy Bonnaffons and Ginger Ko, women’s studies and English. Part of the Women’s Studies Friday Speaker Series. 12:20 p.m. 213 Miller Learning

CONSTITUTION DAY “The Constitution As a Coup Against Public Opinion?,” Michael J. Klarman. Constitution Day is the annual celebration of the day that representatives to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. 2 p.m. Chapel. 706-542-9924. (See story, page 1.)


SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 CONCERT Three master concert artists perform keyboard works of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms on historic instruments. $39. 3 p.m. Ramsey Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center. 706-542-4400. ugaarts@ (See story, bottom left.)

MONDAY, SEPT. 18 IMPROV THEATER GAMES Take part in games led by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a professor in the College of Education, and her UGA students that encourage the performer within. 6 p.m. Theater-in-the-Woods, State Botanical Garden. 706-542-6014.

COMING UP LUNCH & LEARN Sept. 19. The Innovation Gateway Lunch & Learn series provides training and presentation sessions. Features Lisa Rawls, founder and principal of Evergreen CFO, who will present on start-up financing and accounting practices. The event is open free to the public. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Tina Christie at or 706-542-0796. Noon. Room 128/130 CAGTECH.


Zivian is a member of the ZivianTomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio with engagements at Chamber Music San Francisco, the Da Camera series in Los Angeles, the Boston Early Music Festival and the Seattle Early Music Guild. Nakamatsu will perform Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F Minor. Nakamatsu, a high school German teacher with no formal conservatory training, gave an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto that won him the gold medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tickets for the concert are $39 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400.

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The first Hugh Hodgson Faculty Series recital of 2017-2018 showcases Elizabeth Knight, lecturer in voice, in Ramsey Concert Hall Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. “I Make M y M a g i c ,” Knight’s first ever recital in the faculty series, examines treatments of female life and love in songs from various Elizabeth Knight times, styles and composers. Knight will be accompanied by pianist Richard

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Seiler, professor of piano at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a former colleague of Knight’s. “The repertoire for the recital is in three groups: Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Debussy’s Trois chansons de Bilitis and Libby Larsen’s Love After 1950,” said Knight. “They all follow a female central character through different phases of life and love, from first awakening of love and sensuality through to maturity.” Tickets to the concert are $12 each or $6 for students and children and can be purchased at or the PAC box office. Those unable to attend can watch the concert live on the Hodgson School’s website at streaming.

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Warm welcome

Approximately 130 people attended the 2017 Multicultural Faculty and Staff Reception, held Aug. 24 at the Georgia Museum of Art. Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost for institutional diversity and chief diversity officer, welcomed guests to the event, saying it is “an opportunity to stop and reflect on the value of faculty and staff from various backgrounds.” She added that “diversity is critical to the learning environment that we create for UGA students and for the welcoming and inclusive environment that we all continue to build as members of the UGA community.” Cook stated that “UGA is a great place to work because of the community reflected in this room. Each of us are contributors and benefactors of the difference that we all bring to this institution.” UGA President Jere W. Morehead also greeted new faculty and staff at the reception. “We are thrilled that you are here, and we hope that this is the start of a very long and prosperous relationship between the University of Georgia and all of you,” he said.


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such as tension and compression, and giving a presentation about the career fields associated with an engineering degree. Seventh-graders travel to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the UGArden, UGA’s student-led organic garden, to learn about urban farming through composting and beekeeping activities and conduct science experiments to explore forest ecosystems. They also get a vegetable taste test from the UGArden. The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the School of Law and the University Health Center’s RSVP Peer Advocates partner to host the senior class. The trip focuses on engaging students in a variety of life skills such as maintaining healthy relationships, budgeting and financial management, and learning the changing roles and rights in society for people older than 18. Upperclassmen are also introduced to the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Admissions to learn the requirements to attend the university. Through these trips, students are introduced to higher education as a whole, but also to the plethora of resources available to them at UGA. The exposure starts early enough so that CCSD students can prepare to attend UGA after graduation.

“We realized that many students in CCSD did not think UGA was accessible for them, even though they live so close,” Walker said. “We have a responsibility to the people in our city to support them and to make our campus accessible to high school students and potential UGA students.” Janna Dresden, director of the Office of Student Engagement in the College of Education and member of the Experience UGA Advisory Board, agrees. “It’s important that all children in Clarke County realize that a college degree is attainable and that it is something to which they can aspire,” she said. “Clarke County students should have the opportunity to learn about UGA and to experience the resources available in their backyard.” After the trips, teachers are given anonymous surveys for the OSL to get feedback and improve the trips from year to year. Also, 12th-grade students are given surveys to help OSL understand how the program, as a whole, has shaped their learning experience. This year’s trips will begin Sept. 19 and will continue through the school year. UGA students are welcome to volunteer with Experience UGA, and community members are encouraged to help with fundraising efforts throughout the year.

Bulletin Board UGAAlert test

A full test of UGAAlert, the university’s emergency notification system, will be conducted Sept. 14 at 10:45 a.m. Prior to the test, students, faculty and staff should review their contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) at In the event of severe weather on Sept. 14, the test will be rescheduled to a day when more favorable weather conditions exist.

Science contest

The University of Georgia Libraries is hosting a Capturing Science Contest to encourage STEM learning in a range of formats and genres. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for $1,500 in prizes. Participants will explain a STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics,

concept to a broader audience using any media. Prizes will be awarded in two categories for undergraduate and graduate students. All currently enrolled UGA undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Students may submit works used for other class assignments, and multiple entries are acceptable. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. Submissions will be evaluated according to clarity of expression, creativity and appeal to a broad audience. More information is at Contact Chandler Christoffel, instruction and research librarian, with ­questions at or 706-542-0696. Bulletin Board is limited to information that may pertain to a majority of faculty and staff members.

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students from across the state visit campus through Gear Up for College, which is funded by the Goizueta Foundation and administered through the university’s Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Through a partnership known as Experience UGA (see story, page 1), students from all grade levels in the Clarke County School District visit campus to participate in hands-on, curricular-based activities. During spring break, UGA students visit high schools across Georgia to share their experiences and discuss college preparedness through a program known as Road Dawgs. In addition, programs such as Padres e Hijos Fin de Semana (Parents and Students Weekend) at the Fanning Institute, Movimiento Latino, the Georgia African American Male Experience and Georgia Daze bring prospective students to campus, where they interact with faculty members and members of the student body. Programs such as these, combined with the growing demand for a UGA education, have helped increase the number of African-American students at UGA by 33 percent over the past five years. The number of Hispanic students at UGA increased by 21 percent over the same time period. “The University of Georgia is proud of its many programs and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion,” said Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost for institutional diversity. “We have been successful because every sector of the institution is committed to providing access and promoting the success of our students, faculty and staff.” Funding from the National Science Foundation has played a key role promoting


diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, where student interest has risen dramatically in recent years. The NSF-funded Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program has helped triple minority undergraduate enrollment in STEM fields at UGA over the past decade, and a new NSF-funded program known as Bridges to the Doctorate will build on that success by boosting the enrollment of underrepresented minorities in Ph.D. programs. The university’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion extends from its leadership to its faculty and staff. Earlier this year Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award, and Morehead received the award in 2016. Across campus, more than 5,500 faculty and staff members have participated in the voluntary Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion program since it was launched in 2012. In 2015, the university launched a campus-wide Women’s Leadership Initiative that has resulted in an expansion of career development programming, mentoring and work-life balance support for faculty and staff. In addition, the Office of Faculty Affairs has developed trainings for department heads and search committees on attracting a diverse hiring pool (see story, page 2). “Earning the HEED Award for four consecutive years is a source of great pride for the university community,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “It’s also an opportunity for us to reaffirm that the diversity of our faculty, staff and students is one of the University of Georgia’s greatest strengths.”

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Dorothy Kozlowski

UGA officials and dignitaries officially kicked off construction of the $5 million Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Sept. 1.

interim vice president for public service and outreach. “The State Botanical Garden of Georgia plays a critical role in the land-grant mission of the university by fostering appreciation, understanding and stewardship of plants and nature,” Meadows said. “The 313-acre preserve set aside by UGA in 1968 for the study and enjoyment of plants and nature is truly the state’s garden.”

LECTURES from page 1 10:10 a.m. in the Chapel. Historian James C. Cobb and poet Alfred Corn will take part in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Author Discussion Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the special collections libraries auditorium. Nina Fedoroff, Evan Pugh Professor Emerita at Penn State University, will give the D.W. Brooks Lecture, “The GMO wars: What do we do when scientists and citizens deeply disagree?” Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center. Souad Mekhennet, national security correspondent at The Washington Post, will give this year’s McGill Lecture, “Being a Female Reporter Behind the Lines of Jihad,” Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Studio 100 of Grady College. On Nov. 17, David Hurst Thomas, curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, will discuss “Unearthing Georgia’s Deep Hispanic Heritage: Still Digging on St. Catherines Island” at 3:30 p.m. in the special collections libraries auditorium.

Koons Environmental Design of Athens is leading the plans for the garden, which will be nestled in an area between the Alice Hand Calloway Visitor Center and the administration building. Allstate Construction of Perry will oversee a construction superintendent, based in Athens for the project. To contribute to the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden through Georgia Funder, go to

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UGA Columns Sept. 11, 2017  

UGA Columns Sept. 11, 2017

UGA Columns Sept. 11, 2017  

UGA Columns Sept. 11, 2017