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UG A B E YO N D T H E A RC H T H E Y E A R IN RE V IE W 2013–14

UGA Public Service and Outreach works to create jobs, develop leaders and address pressing issues, extending university resources to help Georgia and beyond prosper.





















UGA Beyond the Arch: The Year in Review 2013–14 is published by the University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach through its Communications Unit. Jennifer Frum Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Kelly Simmons Communications Director Karen DeVivo Editor Jake Brower Graphic Designer Maegan Rudd Snyder Writer and Editor Eli Truett Writer and Photographer Roger Nielsen Writer and Photographer Shannon Ferguson Writer Julia Mills Writer Kathleen Cason Writer Jill Gambill Writer Michele Nicole Johnson Writer Joseph Allen Writer A LSO C ON TR IB U TIN G

Cherie Duggan Director of Development Stephanie Schupska UGA News Service

President The University of Georgia


s a land-grant university, our work here at the University of Georgia is important not just to the students, faculty and staff, but also to the residents of the state. When we say, “We are Georgia,” we mean both the university and the state. Our strategic plan calls on us to serve this great state by responding to our most pressing issues. There is none more important than creating knowledge, jobs and prosperity. The governor has made this a priority, and we have directed resources toward having a greater role in the state’s economic development. We must work together to produce an increasingly welleducated workforce to solve our state’s problems and improve the lives of our citizens. To do this, we have to think differently. The challenges we face require innovative solutions that are the result of interdisciplinary, collaborative, inclusive thinking and action. Our faculty and staff must cross disciplinary lines, departmental lines, institutional lines and state and national borders to solve the problems of this state, region, nation and world. Of course, we face challenges in accomplishing these goals, primarily the new financial reality for public higher education. We must be more prudent with our resources. Over the past year, we have spent money carefully and wisely and are allocating our resources strategically to support the core mission of the university. We are bound by a compact to public service. Everyone at the university is committed to that pursuit, whether in UGA’s research or outreach with government and community leaders, small business owners, the agricultural industry, coastal stakeholders or our state’s youth. Together, we are making a difference. What we do here matters. I take pride in that unique calling.

UGA photographers This publication was produced without the use of taxpayer dollars.




A MESSAGE FROM JENNIFER FRUM Vice President for Public Service and Outreach The University of Georgia


ublic Service and Outreach (PSO) has had many defining moments over the past year. Under the direction of President Jere W. Morehead, economic development has become one of the cornerstones of UGA’s research and outreach missions. Since UGA created a new economic development office that jointly reports to PSO and the Office of the Vice President for Research, we have already seen significant impact and developed partnerships that will lead to greater prosperity for all Georgians. In this report, you will read about the many ways PSO contributes to Georgia’s well-being—most importantly by helping create jobs, develop leaders and address some of the state’s most pressing issues. We have so many things to be proud of and even more to look forward to in the coming year. This year PSO launched two new training initiatives coordinated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government for school board officials and economic development professionals around the state. The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development expanded its training offerings to nonprofit organizations and revised its leadership development curriculum to better meet the needs of Georgians. On the coast, the UGA Marine Extension Service and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government continue to help communities and government officials plan for sustainable coastal development in St. Marys and Tybee Island. The Archway Partnership continues to work with communities in all corners of the state, helping Washington County address its health care needs, developing young leaders in Pulaski County, and connecting UGA College of Education faculty to K–12 teachers in Hart County to boost STEM programs in local schools, among many other projects. We have seen a substantial increase in the number of participants in our programs, especially through the Georgia Center for Continuing Education’s various certificate programs as well as with students on campus at the Office of Service-Learning. At the State Botanical Garden, big changes are under way with construction of a new amphitheater that will serve as a cornerstone of the planned Children’s Garden. These are just some examples of how PSO is making a difference in Georgia. I couldn’t be prouder of what we are accomplishing in our eight PSO units, and I hope you will enjoy learning more about our work by reading the many stories we have featured in this report. There is so much to celebrate as we reflect on our achievements and anticipate the future.

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UGA Public Service and Outreach programs have contributed to Georgia’s well-being for more than 85 years. By helping develop leaders, create jobs and address public challenges, the work of Public Service and Outreach bolsters economic prosperity throughout the state.

Eight diverse Public Service and Outreach units—more than 400 faculty and staff members—connect with communities around the state every day. They also connect with all 17 UGA schools and colleges in providing expertise that can help with community-identified priorities. In myriad ways customized to each need, UGA helps communities throughout Georgia as they seek to

Grow their job markets

Start and expand businesses in their communities

Improve their local tourism industry

Take innovations into the marketplace

Make the most of development authorities

Develop downtowns

Protect coastal ecosystems

Strengthen regional or local economic development strategies Strengthen leadership skills

Georgia is diverse in its landscape, and PSO’s economic development efforts are far-reaching— from agricultural areas to major cities and along the coast. OPPOSITE

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BUILDING A BETTER GEORG IA Public Service and Outreach goes beyond the arch to promote economic development throughout Georgia.


hen Washington County leaders sought to improve the quality of health care in their rural Georgia community, they decided to go with homegrown expertise. Working with Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFLTC) in Sandersville and Darton State College in Albany, UGA’s Archway Partnership in Washington County put together a program to provide education to local licensed practical nurses and emergency medical technicians so that they could become registered nurses (RNs), which are in short supply across Georgia. With OFLTC providing free space and Darton College providing the faculty, the program has graduated 188 students since 2010, 171 of them now certified RNs in Middle Georgia. From re-educating citizens to revitalizing downtowns to recruiting new business and industry, UGA is helping Georgia grow and Georgians prosper. “Our strategic plan calls on us to serve the citizens of the great state of Georgia by responding to their most pressing issues,” UGA President Jere W. Morehead said last fall when he was formally sworn in. “There is none more important than creating knowledge, jobs and prosperity. The governor has made this a priority, and I have directed resources toward having a greater role in the state’s economic development.” UGA commits resources to economic development through the work of its 400 public service faculty and academic faculty from 17 colleges and schools. Public service and outreach programs have an estimated annual statewide impact of nearly $345 million, supporting more than 4,400 jobs directly and indirectly. Outreach programs generate $35 million in external funding or about $2.18 for every public dollar received—a high return on investment. Last year UGA supported economic development programming in all 159 Georgia counties and more than 400 cities.



To boost UGA’s presence in statewide economic development circles, President Morehead in 2013 established an Office of Economic Development in Atlanta, which is overseen by the Offices of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Vice President for Research. Director Sean McMillan works closely with each office and with the private sector and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, connecting prospective businesses to resources at UGA. Those include researchers in bioscience, a key industry in Georgia with over 400 companies that employ more than 20,000 people. Georgia is one of the fastestgrowing states in bio-related employment, with more than 2,400 jobs created within the last five years by newly recruited companies. UGA has a responsibility to help Georgia thrive, and it does so through community revitalization, marine extension, community-based leadership, and resources to support new small businesses. The Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership, a collaboration among the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Georgia Municipal Association and the UGA College of Environment and Design, is working in 10 Georgia communities to revitalize downtown business districts. Through a practicum established as a component of the program, cities are paired with budding landscape architects, who lend technical and design assistance to redevelopment efforts. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), with 17 offices statewide, last year worked with 4,300 small-business owners and prospective entrepreneurs, helping to launch more than 330 new businesses and obtain $78 million in start-up capital. Established businesses saw sales growth of 16.8 percent and employment growth of 13.5 percent in a still sluggish economy. SBDC assistance led to the creation of 2,261 new jobs.


UGA has established itself as a change agent for the state through programs and partnerships that build leaders, provide professional development for government officials and share resources to help communities solve critical issues, grow and prosper.

SBDC at a Glance

More than 22,000 government employees and officials attended training sessions offered through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government last year. The Institute also provides support to local governments seeking to attract business and industry, including economic impact studies, demographic projections and assistance with developing infrastructure.

SBDC Client Impacts in 2013

Through 17 offices around the state, SBDC provides counseling assistance to existing and new small businesses­—more than 4,300 in 2013.

$ 128 M I L L I ON

in incremental sales


new jobs

$ 10.5

The UGA Marine Extension Service (MAREX) and Georgia Sea Grant work in coastal Georgia to help communities plan for sustainable economic development. Working with the Institute of Government, MAREX/Georgia Sea Grant partnered with Tybee Island to develop a plan to help the coastal community prepare for sea level rise, flooding and storm surge. The plan will guide Tybee officials over the next 50 years as environmental changes affect the community.


state and federal tax revenues generated by clients

$ 158 M I L L I ON

in capital acquisition


new small businesses

SBDC Locations Albany Athens Atlanta Augusta Brunswick Carrollton Columbus DeKalb Gainesville

“The University of Georgia has a responsibility to use its vast resources and talents to help the state grow and prosper, creating jobs, developing leaders and helping communities address critical issues,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. “PSO programs are the heart of UGA’s historic land-grant mission.” §

Gwinnett Kennesaw Macon Morrow Rome/Dalton Savannah Statesboro Valdosta

The Marine Extension Service helps business owners like Charlie Phillips (in hat) keep their commercial fishing businesses alive. LE F T

Artist’s rendering of the Fourth Street Tunnel in Griffin, a Downtown Renaissance Project. B E LOW

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Preserving the Past Every community has a story to tell. And when a community strives to promote tourism and economic development, it’s important that it distinguish itself from other communities by telling its story. At UGA, two campus units are working together to help capture local histories in Georgia as a way of preserving the past and boosting economic development. The Archway Partnership is helping take the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies’ oral history program, the First Person Project, to communities across the state to record interviews in Georgia counties. The First Person Project documents the experiences of everyday Georgians. To date, the Archway–Russell Library collaboration has taken the project to Sumter and Pulaski counties. Oral history and media archivists from the Russell Library traveled to Pulaski County to record stories about the Ocmulgee River. Interviews were recorded with 12 community members and included stories about Indian artifacts, the steamboat days, the motorboat club in the 1950s and 1960s, and the more recent Ocmulgee Water Trails Partnership. In Sumter County, the First Person Project recorded eight interviews with citizens who talked about the history of downtown Americus, the tornado of 2007, education in rural communities, industry and business growth, and historic preservation. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who grew up in Sumter County, participated in the project by telling stories about his hometown of Plains, his family, his presidency and his return to Georgia.

CELEBRATING THE EARTH AT THE GARDEN The Georgia Review literary magazine celebrated Earth Day 2014 with a reading and inspirational address by author and environmental activist Ann Pancake in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Day Chapel. Georgia Review Editor Stephen Corey welcomed Pancake to the celebration, which was co-sponsored by UGA’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and the Office of Sustainability.




Q&A Brad Willingham Fanning Fellow An exercise physiologist in the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Willingham has been a Graduate Fellow with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and a student worker at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Willingham began a doctoral program in kinesiology at UGA in August 2014. What made you want to get involved with service at UGA? Initially, I wanted to get involved with Public Service and Outreach (PSO) because of the student employment opportunities. Working in PSO allowed me to gain valuable work experience as a student while learning new skills in information technology. During my time at the Georgia Center, I met people from all over the state, and I was introduced to hundreds of organizations that each emphasized a different component of public service. I became intrigued with the work of PSO and how many lives were positively affected by the various projects. As I made plans to attend graduate school at UGA, I wanted to continue to be part of PSO, and with the help of my supervisors and colleagues in the department, I was able to continue working in PSO at the Fanning Institute as a Graduate Fellow. What impact did your work in PSO have on your career goals? My experience in PSO was unique in that my academic concentration was in a completely different field—or so I thought. I was committed to my graduate program in the department of

kinesiology, but I also wanted to get involved in PSO. Although unorthodox, my dynamic role as a Graduate Fellow provided me with a diverse experience that shaped my perspective and goals for the future. I discovered that my academic program and work in PSO were not as different as they may have seemed, and I began integrating the principles of service I learned in PSO into my academic work in kinesiology. It was this union of my two passions that would define my new direction in life. I decided to pursue a career working with individuals with disabilities, using my education and experience to provide service to others. Today, I am fortunate enough to have an amazing job that allows me to serve others every day. Why do you feel it is important for students to participate in PSO, and how have you benefited from it, both academically and personally? Participating in PSO allows students to experience the importance of service in the community and provides opportunities to work on projects and contribute to programs that affect lives all over the state. Seeing the different disciplines of PSO come together to provide a concerted effort shows students the many ways they can use their education and expertise to get involved with service after graduation. My exposure to PSO introduced me to work with departments all over campus. The knowledge, skills and work experience I gained gave me a competitive edge when I graduated.

The Archway Partnership’s First Person Project helps to illuminate Sumter County’s rich history. OPPOSITE

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia hosts events thoughout the year. LE F T

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Michele Nicole Johnson


hen Daniel Rhiner was in eighth grade, he traveled with his middle school class to Skidaway Island for a field trip. His class from Rome, Ga., like many others over the years, spent time at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium learning about the plants and animals in the marshes, rivers and ocean. Years later, as a student at Kennesaw State University, Rhiner returned to the coast to visit the center. After graduation, he participated in the Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education internship program. From September 2013 through August 2014, he led field trips—like the one he had been on years earlier— and helped with the marine science summer camp on Skidaway Island.

Daniel Rhiner, former Georgia Sea Grant intern, teaches young campers about marine life. OPPOSI TE




“UGA Marine Extension has opened my eyes to education and the importance of preserving Georgia’s unique ecosystems, not just on the coast but across the state,” Rhiner said. “As a Georgia Sea Grant intern, I was the one opening the eyes of students to the value of science education, reaching students of all ages throughout the state, which I hope will transcend to other parts of the country and world.”

“UGA Marine Extension has opened my eyes to education and the importance of preserving Georgia’s unique ecosystems, not just on the coast but across the state.” Daniel Rhiner GEORGIA SEA GRANT MARINE EDUCATION INTERNSHIP PRO GRAM

Now Rhiner is a seventh- and ninth-grade science teacher at The Heritage School in Newnan, Ga. He plans to share his knowledge about the delicate coastal ecosystems and take his students to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium next year. From summer camps to weekend workshops, UGA Marine Extension continues a long history of helping create generations of students who are passionate about science. During the 2013–14 school year, 14,000 children from more than 100 public and private schools in six states— Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio and Tennessee—came to Skidaway Island to experience a hands-on, feet-in approach to coastal ecology and marine science. Programs served students from pre-K to 12th grade as well as college students, teachers and public audiences, all of whom spent time in laboratories and in the field. Participants boarded the 24-foot Carolina Skiffs and the research vessel Sea Dawg to explore the rivers, marshes and ocean environments. Educational programs were aligned with Georgia’s Common Core Performance Standards.

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“We serve Georgia by giving students who live inland the opportunity to learn firsthand about Georgia’s coastal ecosystems,” said Mark Risse, director of UGA Marine Extension. “Practical hands-on science education is critical to helping young people develop problem-solving skills and an understanding of how our everyday choices affect our environment.” The Marine Extension Service, with funding from Georgia Sea Grant, awards four one-year marine education internships each year to recent college graduates from across the country. The 2013–14 interns served as educators for 50 weeks on Skidaway Island at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. They taught thousands of students, teachers and the general public over the year, and also participated in outreach by judging science fair projects, teaching during science nights at local schools and field-testing educational curricula. The internship program began in 1987 and has risen to national prominence, drawing students from throughout the country. “The internship program is yet another way Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant provide educational opportunities and encourage stewardship in coastal Georgia,” said Anne Lindsay, associate director for marine education. “It allows us to develop new leadership for the state and benefit from the fresh ideas and perspectives that interns bring to our work.” A collaboration with children’s musician Roger Day brought the story of Georgia’s coast to a broader audience. Day’s new musical release, “Marsh Mud Madness,” was co-commissioned by Georgia Sea Grant and the Savannah Music Festival. Day performed for about 7,000 school children in Effingham, Jasper and Chatham counties before hitting the road in a national tour, encouraging young people to wiggle and giggle and sing along while learning about Georgia’s important coastal ecosystems. UGA Marine Extension also launched a new coastal birding program on Skidaway Island in 2013 in response to increased public interest in ecotourism and out of a desire to better engage the birding community. The program offers information about coastal bird species and how destruction of coastal habitats contributes to declining populations. The Savannah Presbytery M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund donated $2,000 to the Skidaway Island facility to help support the bird education program. To learn more about the various programs offered by the Marine Extension Service, visit http://marex.uga.edu/. §

Each year, the marine science summer camp on Skidaway Island teaches students across the state about Georgia’s diverse coastal life. R I GH T

The Marine Extension Service is helping coastal communities adapt to changes accompanying the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Local planning will play a key role in the port’s long-term competitive advantage. OPPOSI TE




PLANNING FOR PORT EXPANSION As the $652 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project begins, the Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant are poised to help coastal residents adapt to changes expected to bring additional jobs and prosperity to their communities. Georgia ports generate $18.5 billion annually in income from associated jobs. Expansion plans for the Port of Savannah include dredging 32 miles of the harbor’s navigation channel. This will allow the port to accommodate supersized freighters from Asia and Latin America that will come to the East Coast through the newly expanded Panama Canal, due to be completed in 2015. “We want to ensure that local communities fully benefit from the harbor expansion by helping them plan and prepare in advance for ancillary infrastructure demands, such as new transportation and parking needs as well as the school and housing needs of an expanded workforce,” said Charles Hopkinson, Georgia Sea Grant college program director. “All of these changes are very positive for coastal Georgia.” Deep water ports are one of Georgia’s strongest economic engines, fostering the development of virtually every industry, wrote Jeffrey Humphreys, director of the Terry College of Business Selig Center for Economic Growth, in a 2012 study of the economic impact of Georgia’s ports in Savannah and Brunswick. “The ports are especially supportive of other forms of transportation, manufacturing, wholesale/distribution centers and agriculture. The outstanding performance of Georgia’s deep water ports relative to other American ports reflects strong competitive advantages that have allowed Georgia’s ports to expand their share of activities. These advantages are largely the result of strategic investments in port facilities by the state of Georgia over many years.” The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that 37,000 one-year jobs will be created during construction.

A PLACE IN THE SHADE Every year, thousands of people visit the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island. Located next to the Skidaway River, the site is ideal for a picnic. But there’s nowhere to sit comfortably and eat. MAREX, part of the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach, is raising money for a public pavilion with picnic tables, water and electricity that would provide visitors a place to relax, eat and watch for the dolphins that often swim through the river. Local volunteers have offered to construct the facility. Materials will cost about $25,000. Want to help? You can make donations at the aquarium or through the UGA Foundation, 394 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30605. Write “Skidaway Picnic Pavilion” on the subject line of your check to the foundation. For more information, contact Anne Lindsay at the aquarium at 912-598-2355 or email lindsaya@uga.edu.

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he UGA Center for Continuing Education provides noncredit learning opportunities for adults and youth seeking to expand their professional and personal horizons. Working with experts in a variety of fields, middle and high school students in the Summer Academy at UGA immerse themselves in subjects such as robotics, aviation, medicine, fashion and video game design. Twentyseven of the 32 programs sold out in 2014, with lengthy waiting lists for most courses.



Youth attending educational programs and experiences

Guests served by the conference center



Teachers attending Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Teachers

Enrollments in continuing education programs

The Georgia Center recently added experiential learning to its course portfolio. Courses in accounting, tax and finance, business and leadership, and computer skills and applications allow participants to engage in real-world situations while working in mentor-guided teams. The teams think critically through complex problems to formulate strategies, make decisions and produce deliverables. Participants are placed in simulated jobs and challenged to deal with situations they would likely encounter in the workplace. Their success is measured on the quality of their performance in the life-like assignments.

UGA EARNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTINCTION The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has designated UGA an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. UGA is one of only 16 universities in the nation to receive the designation. The new APLU designation acknowledges universities working with public- and private-sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.




BEYOND PSO Jonathan Arnold Genetics professor engages minority students in science


or the past 14 years, Jonathan Arnold, a professor in the UGA department of genetics, has promoted undergraduate minority participation in genetics research through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at UGA. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU sites support active participation by undergraduate students in a wide variety of research areas; there are currently five REU sites at UGA. Arnold’s program focuses on genomics, computational biology and epigenetics, and their integration in the new area of systems biology. The program supports the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summer and includes full-time lab research, seminars and various workshops that focus on the responsible conduct of science, career opportunities, the graduate school application process and more. “It is not enough to simply get students interested in science; we must do so in a productive way,” Arnold said. “Throughout the program, participants have access to individual mentors from various departments and their facilities as well as many interdepartmental laboratories and centers around UGA. This provides students with firsthand experience of what it’s like to be a scientist.” Arnold is among a growing group of tenure-track faculty members who are connecting their research and teaching with public service and outreach. To generate a broader impact from his NSF funding, Arnold is collaborating with laboratories and mentors across the state to provide hands-on experience that helps assure greater retention of minority students in various fields of science. Since he began, Arnold has actively engaged 137 REU participants in genetics research. After completion of the program, students are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career path and lasting influences of the research experience. “This program has been extremely successful and popular, and we can document the impact it has had on many minority undergraduates,” said Allen Moore, professor and department head in genetics. As of fall 2013, out of the 137 total participants, 32 are still in undergraduate studies, 48 are working in science-related fields and 43 are in graduate or professional school. About two-thirds of the program participants are minorities.

Jonathan Arnold, at home in his lab. Arnold takes obvious pride in his REU students. A B OV E

The REU site has also led to a number of educational innovations. As part of the REU program, Arnold developed materials for three research-centered classes, all of which directly resulted from his experience with REU students. One course spans multiple disciplines, including biology, English, philosophy and speech communication, to help students understand fundamental societal problems from different perspectives. The course is research-centered, and the students who engage in research often go on to graduate school. “Dr. Arnold’s REU program has been extremely successful in helping to develop minority researchers. This program has attracted students from all over the county to the UGA campus and laboratories,” said Moore. “This program is one of the major pipelines for the entry of minorities into science within the United States.” To make this program a success, Arnold works with numerous partners, including Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University and Fayetteville State University.

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Twenty-five community leaders participated in the Advancing Sumter leadership program. OPPOS I T E




“For a community to succeed, its leaders must be as diverse as its community makeup.” Raye Rawls CO-LEAD FANNING INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PRO GRAM


Maegan Snyder


hen it comes to developing leaders, the faculty and staff at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development know there is no such thing as one size fits all. And it is for this reason that communities around Georgia have been calling on the institute for more than 30 years to meet all their diverse leadership needs. In 2014, the Fanning Institute piloted the sixth edition of its customized Community Leadership Program. “For this edition, we are really focusing on developing a curriculum with flexible modules that can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual community,” said Louise Hill, Fanning public service associate and co-lead for the program. “We want to meet them where they are, not just give a generalized solution.” Similar to other versions, the sixth edition includes both basic and advanced modules that cover a range of topics such as diversity, managing conflict, group dynamics and communicating effectively. In this version, Fanning emphasizes bringing together

a wide range of community representatives in the initial planning phase, incorporating more interactivity and technology in the modules, and encouraging ongoing conversations with those who are implementing and participating in the programs. “Georgia is changing in terms of its economy, demographics and more,” said Raye Rawls, co-lead for the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program. “We want to make certain what we provide to communities reflects that, which means it is a different solution for everyone. For a community to succeed, its leaders must be as diverse as its community makeup.” One of the first communities to use the new curriculum approach was Americus–Sumter County. The community had a need to identify and engage its emerging leaders, while also encouraging current leaders to enhance their leadership skills. “The process of figuring out what we were looking for took some time. We knew we needed to develop skills in citizens, but we also needed to fully

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understand what this meant and how it might be accomplished,” said Barbara Grogan, executive director of the Americus–Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Payroll Development Authority, and former local Archway professional. The Archway Partnership connects specific Georgia communities with the resources of UGA, facilitating a coming together of community leaders and groups to discuss each community’s needs. “Through the Archway executive committee and work group, we spent over a year researching how other communities in Georgia had developed and implemented programs, and the common denominator in all of them was the Fanning Institute. So it only seemed natural that we too would partner with Fanning on developing ours,” she said. Initially, the executive committee discussed specific skills they felt were needed in the community and identified overall goals and objectives. The committee then brought the findings to the Fanning Institute and began the process of developing the program. “We knew we wanted to improve local economic development, enhance our workforce and build a more involved and engaged community,” said Grogan. “We also knew that it needed to be accessible and affordable since we would be drawing from many different demographics. The Fanning Institute helped us identify holes, figure out what we struggled with and how to overcome it, and also identified things that we were missing, things we never thought about before.” As a result, the community formed Advancing Sumter, a 12-week leadership development program primarily aimed at building leadership skills and increasing community engagement. In late 2012, the Fanning Institute helped recruit 25 community members to participate in its Train-the-Trainer program, where they learned how to become facilitators of Advancing Sumter. “The training program served as an excellent model for us and helped calm the anxiety of community members who did not have prior facilitation experience,” said Andrea Oates, city counselor of Plains, Ga., and one of Advancing Sumter’s original planners and facilitators. “Every lesson and module the Fanning Institute developed was committed to advancing our community. They truly became part of Advancing Sumter and supported our efforts at every step.” The first class of Advancing Sumter graduated in spring 2014 and included 19 individuals from major employers including Allegiance Industries, Georgia Southwestern State University, the Southwest Georgia Children’s Alliance, the Windsor Hotel and Georgia Power. A second class is already being recruited, which will begin in early 2015. The community is considering innovative ways to engage graduates and provide them with ongoing outlets to get involved. “I can’t wait to see what happens in the future,” said Americus–Sumter County Archway Professional Maggie McGruther. “We have already seen leaders emerge from groups who may have otherwise never had the opportunity. We saw participants come together and solve problems and really work to help build a better community. We couldn’t have done this without the support of the Fanning Institute.” To learn more about the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program, visit https://www.fanning.uga.edu/ what-we-do/community-leadership-development. §




Social E: The Intersection of Business and Nonprofits The Athens-based nonprofit Bread for Life is a small-scale operation that sells bread to various local food service organizations, while also preparing disadvantaged adults for jobs. Because its workforce placement program cannot be sustained through modest bread sales alone, former executive director Tony Mallon turned to an emerging concept called social entrepreneurship, which merges innovative business practices with the nonprofit sector. This year, Mallon, also a part-time instructor in the UGA School of Social Work, partnered with the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) to develop an undergraduate service-learning course, Social Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Sciences. The class was co-taught by Alan Dorsey, dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The cross-disciplinary course teaches students about social entrepreneurship and other business concepts not typically studied by arts and sciences majors, and provides them experience within the nonprofit to see firsthand how the coursework is applied in practice. “Aligning the nonprofit model with revenue-driven practices—while preserving the ideals of nonprofit missions—demands creative thinking and innovation,” Mallon said, who is no longer director of the nonprofit but remains on its advisory board. “The course pushes students to evaluate Bread for Life through this lens. Ultimately, I believe social entrepreneurship is leading to much-needed changes within the nonprofit sector and the world at large, and UGA’s new course is in step with a larger movement in that direction.” OSL Assistant Director Paul Matthews said that developing the course was a natural response to the changing cultural landscape. “We’ve seen increasing student interest in social entrepreneurship and the course offers them a chance to learn about this burgeoning field on the ground floor.”

Community leaders participate in team-building exercises. O P PO S IT E

Brian Henderson, head baker at Bread for Life, helps his team ready the day’s batch. A B OV E

Communication, Goal-Setting Priorities of Youth Program In 2014, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development updated its Youth Leadership in Action: A Community Focus curriculum to better meet the needs of Georgia’s youth. The curriculum helps youth develop leadership skills through hands-on activities and a variety of leadership opportunities. The new curriculum includes more interactivity, technology and multimedia. “The existing curriculum was updated to reflect current trends and research in the field of positive youth leadership development,” said Lauren Healey, public service associate at the Fanning Institute. “To appeal to today’s youth, the curriculum now includes strategies for facilitators to better incorporate technology. We are excited to offer these updates to youth leadership programs across the state.” Designed for groups of middle or high school students, the program helps youth acquire leadership skills and knowledge about their community. Eight modules focus on learning to communicate effectively, appreciating differences, setting goals and making decisions, managing conflict, and more.

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Over a seven-month period during the 2013–14 academic year, students from the Clarke County School District visited UGA to learn more about the university and its academic programs and to begin to think about their postsecondary opportunities. Among the experiences: ninth-grade students visited more than 20 reseach labs; seventh-graders enjoyed seeing the State Botanical Garden and the student-run UGArden; eighth-grade students took in Georgia history at the Special Collections Library; and kindergarteners enjoyed activities at the College of Education. Visits included orientation sessions in the UGA Chapel and walking tours of different areas of campus. Learn more about Experience UGA at http://experience.uga.edu.




EX P ER I EN C I N G UG A More than 3,000 Clarke County public school students got a taste of UGA during the 2013–14 academic year, visiting the campus as part of Experience UGA, a partnership between the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach (PSO) and the Clarke County School District. Field trips to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and a host of colleges and schools brought K–12 students to campus, many for the first time. The goal of the program, coordinated by the UGA Office of Service-Learning, a unit of PSO and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, is to bring every student in Clarke County schools to campus at least once a year so that they come to view postsecondary education as a realistic option for their future. “No factor is more important to an individual’s success in life than education, particularly higher education,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I believe that Experience UGA will change the lives of many of the Clarke County students who come to this campus.” In its inaugural year, Experience UGA offered seven field trips, hosted by eight academic departments and public service units across campus. In the 2014–15 academic year, more than a dozen academic and service units on campus will host field trips. The goal is to bring 10,000 Clarke County students to UGA during that year, eventually growing to accommodate annual field trips for all 13,000 students in Clarke County public schools. “Through Experience UGA, students are exposed each year to higher education opportunities, which is crucial when forming their plans for postsecondary success,” Clarke County Schools Superintendent Philip Lanoue said. “In addition, all trips tie back to the curriculum, so what our students are learning in their classrooms is reinforced at UGA. I believe this program has made and will continue to make a significant impact on the lives of many students.”

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“In terms of economic development, businesses want to focus on not just the workforce of today but also the workforce of tomorrow.” Lynn Laughter WHITFIELD COUNTY COMMISSIONER





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or six Saturdays this spring, a group of nearly 60 prekindergarten students and their families gathered at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, Ga., to laugh, play and learn while participating in a variety of activities. Although the program looked like any other family fun event, something much larger and more strategic was at work. The families were taking part in the Saturday Academy, a program developed by the Archway Partnership as part of a robust community workforce initiative focused on the area’s youngest residents. Through interactive sessions, the academy provides children ages 3 to 5 a nurturing environment that better prepares them for elementary school—setting the stage for success now and as they progress through school and into the workforce. “In terms of economic development, businesses want to focus on not just the workforce of today but also the workforce of tomorrow,” said Whitfield County Commissioner Lynn Laughter, who chairs the Dalton-Whitfield Archway executive committee. “With that in mind, education has become a central priority for the Dalton-Whitfield community and the Archway Partnership executive committee.”

Students gather at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, Ga., to take part in Archway’s Saturday Academy. AB OVE

The academy is just one aspect of the DaltonWhitfield Archway Partnership’s education initiatives. Following the creation of Readers to Leaders, a community literacy initiative geared toward getting students on grade level in all academic areas by third grade, Archway recognized the need for a concerted focus on preschool-aged children. Thus, it formed First Five, a community coalition committed to preparing children, birth to 5 years, for success in both school and life. “A growing body of research shows that the greater the educational investment in the early years of a

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WORKFORCE PIPELINE Since its inception in 2012, volunteers engaged in Readers to Leaders (R2L), an early literacy initiative in Whitfield County, have sought to create a culture of reading in the community. UGA students and faculty have helped promote literacy through the Whitfield County Archway Partnership, which established the literacy initiative after hearing concerns about workforce development and economic vitality in the community. For three years, leaders have hosted a celebration of reading that has reached thousands of children. In spring 2014, thanks to local donors, R2L staff placed 18 “Book Nooks” in waiting areas around the county with free reading materials for children and families. The United Way of Northwest Georgia also placed Little Free Libraries, small bookswapping stations, in parks and public areas in the community. Expanding a summer reading program started by Dalton City Schools, R2L partnered with Whitfield County Schools to give away more than 2,000 donated books at USDA free lunch sites in summer 2014. At some of these sites, the chamber of commerce and Dalton State College School of Education volunteers hosted weekly reading circles and learning opportunities.

child’s life, the better the outcomes for the future,” said Katy Green, Dalton-Whitfield Archway education professional who was hired through a collaborative venture between the Archway Partnership, the UGA College of Education and the local community in May 2013 to focus specifically on birth to 5 programs. “We want to be sure our children not only get a good start but also bring lasting benefits to the community throughout their lives.” The first five years of life are critical, the time when children acquire the cognitive and social skills needed later in life, Green said. “Entering school behind and remaining behind peers in early elementary years often leads to increased special education placements, increased juvenile delinquency, higher high school drop-out rates, and ultimately, decreased readiness to enter the workforce.” This community commitment to its youngest residents is a vital step toward bridging the gap in access to preschool in the United States. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book, from 2010 to 2012, 4.3 million 3- and 4-year-olds in the United States were not attending preschool, representing 54 percent of all children in that age group. The proportion in Georgia was an even lower 52 percent. The First Five coalition serves as a united voice for community partners who advocate for and work together to support healthy prenatal awareness and early childhood development. By engaging the community in prekindergarten issues such as the importance of literacy, school readiness and healthy lifestyle choices, the coalition provides solutions that support families.

The public library, a key partner in the literacy efforts and contributor to R2L, has experienced significant growth in its youth programming, necessitating a move to a larger venue for many key events. UGA units that have played a role in the R2L initiative include the College of Education, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the School of Law, the Terry College of Business, the Cooperative Extension Service, the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.




Community leaders understand that getting every child on grade level by third grade is a lofty goal—and one that requires all hands on deck. Representatives from every major community stakeholder from city and county government, the business community, and both the city and county school systems serve on the Archway Partnership executive committee and play a role in its various programs and initiatives. “It’s a daunting task, but community leaders realize that education begins much sooner than kindergarten. They also recognize that the highest return on investment is in the early years of a child’s life,” Green said. Through the work of First Five and Readers to Leaders, the local Archway Partnership has established many literacy initiatives, including Reach Out and Read, part of a national network of medical providers who give new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. “When a family visits a pediatrician for a well-child visit, the physician discusses literacy and brain development milestones in addition to physical milestones. This empowers parents as a child’s first teacher and helps them catch early learning problems. Plus, every child leaves with an age-appropriate book,” said Melissa Lu, Dalton-Whitfield Archway professional. While the community has made significant progress in reaching its goals, there is still much work to be done, according to Green. “The impact of our birth to 5 efforts won’t be seen for many years,” she said. “We hope to see children entering kindergarten ready to learn, leading ultimately to higher achievement throughout school, increased graduation rates and a better educated workforce in the future.” To learn more about Archway’s activities in Dalton–Whitfield County, visit www.archwaypartnership.uga.edu/communities/whitfield-county/. §

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GIVING BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY W. Mansfield Jennings Jr. is a fixture in Pulaski County. Born and raised in Hawkinsville, he went to Georgia Tech for his undergraduate degree and, following three years in the U.S. Navy, returned to Pulaski County with his wife, Genelle Breedlove, to settle down. From the local Rotary club to the hospital board to his church, Jennings has remained a loyal and committed Hawkinsville resident. He served as CEO of ComSouth Telecommunications Company for several decades. When he retired in 2003, he was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to represent his region of the state on the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. “He has a residence in Atlanta, and he could be there full time. But he’s fond of saying, ‘I can’t have in Atlanta what I have here,’” said son, Manse Jennings, vice chairman of ComSouth. It is that love for the community that prompted Jennings to join Hawkinsville banker Sam Way in providing funding for a UGA Archway Partnership program in Pulaski County in 2009. Now a partnership with ComSouth, the city of Hawkinsville, Pulaski County and the Pulaski Schools Foundation, Archway has helped build both adult and youth community leaders, consolidate services to save taxpayer money, win grants to restore dilapidated housing, and explore a strong link between the schools and economic development. “The real success story,” Manse Jennings said, “is actually getting people to come together for education, preservation, economic development—whatever it is.” Want to give to PSO? Contact Cherie Duggan at 706-542-6654 or cduggan@uga.edu.

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INSTITUTE LAUNCHES SCHO OL BOARD SYMPOSIUM Top public education leaders shared strategies for addressing current challenges in school administration and management at Public Service and Outreach’s inaugural School Board Governance Symposium, facilitated last fall by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Approximately 100 Georgia educators attended the symposium titled “Improving Schools through Board Governance,” which was hosted by PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum to highlight ways in which school governance affects the economic health of Georgia’s communities. State and national experts who spoke at the daylong symposium included Thomas Gentzel, executive director of the National School Boards Association, whose presentation focused on the importance of accountability, effective communication and administrative alignment. DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond addressed the structural challenges inherent in being a school board member and the importance of access to a quality education. In 2013, the Institute also initiated a training program to help educators fulfill the Georgia Department of Education’s annual continuing education requirements for school board members and boards of education. Institute faculty created 22 new courses that meet state standards for training in school board governance, finance and budgeting, strategic planning and more.

Representatives from 34 school systems in Georgia attended the 2013 School Board Governance Symposium. AB OVE

PRESERVING JEKYLL’S FUTURE A newly adopted master plan that guides the protection of state-owned Jekyll Island was drafted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in collaboration with the UGA College of Environment and Design. The plan limits the amount of land that can be developed on the coastal preserve to 1,675 acres, a formula that eliminates debate about the true size of the marshy, erodible barrier island. The plan classifies 1,609 acres as “developed” and limits future development to an additional 66 acres. Most of Jekyll Island will remain in its natural state.




Q&A Laura Meadows Director Carl Vinson Institute of Government As Institute director, Laura Meadows is responsible for more than 140 Institute faculty and staff members, who provide training, applied research, technical assistance and technology solutions to Georgia’s state and local governments and international clients.


aura Meadows’ extensive career in public service has taken her from the Middle Georgia town of Cochran to Atlanta to the Classic City of Athens, where since 2012 she has led the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Meadows has rich experience in how UGA outreach enhances Georgians’ well-being, starting with childhood recollections about Extension Service ideas that benefited her family’s farm. Agriculture and economic vitality are a recurring theme in her career, which includes overseeing the USDA’s Rural Development program in Georgia, the state Department of Community Affairs and the OneGeorgia economic development authority. As Institute of Government director, Meadows leads a Public Service and Outreach unit that delivers technical assistance, applied research, technology solutions, and training and development services to strengthen governments in Georgia and around the world. You’re a Georgia native, and you’ve often talked passionately about the influence that 4-H had on you as a child. What drew you to a career in public service? I joined 4-H at age 10, so I’ve been an official part of UGA and public service since then. But, really, my association started earlier than that. I grew up on a farm in Middle Georgia, and some of my earliest memories are of county extension agents helping my grandfather and father become more productive farmers. I have been a lifelong beneficiary of the land-grant mission of this university, and so I guess you can say that public service got into my blood at a very young age. How did you become interested in working with government in particular? I have been really fortunate that I’ve been able to work both for and with some outstanding public servants—starting with

my experience with the legislature and members of Congress through my work in governmental affairs at the Georgia Farm Bureau and through my leadership roles in agencies that help communities build capacity for economic growth and development. I’ve been able to help implement projects that are significant, that have made a profound difference in the community. I have seen firsthand how important government is to creating the right environment and infrastructure for the community and citizenry to forge ahead. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government has been serving Georgia since 1927. What is your vision for how it will continue to stay relevant and central to good governance in changing times? While certainly the way we do our work has changed tremendously, our mission has never wavered. We are all about fostering excellence in government. The turnover both in elected officials and professional staff nowadays creates a challenge in succession planning at all levels. We see an important role for our Institute in ensuring that officials get up to speed quickly, retain knowledge and skills, and have many tools at their disposal to make more informed decisions. In a word, what do you think is the most significant contribution of university-based public service work to the state of Georgia? Opportunity. By taking the resources of the university out into the state in an applied, practical and unbiased way, we are helping people and communities seize opportunities when they arise, and more importantly, we are helping them create their own opportunities. I don’t only think this—I know it’s true because I’ve experienced it all my life.

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s a UGA student, Haley McCalla was unaware of how pervasive poverty is in Athens.

Now, as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with the UGA Office of Service-Learning (OSL), she sees it firsthand—and she is able to help do something about it. She works with the Senior Hunger Coalition to help senior citizens get food, which many of them desperately need. “Older adults get put to the side and not really focused on,” said McCalla, who graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and behavior. “I thought the VISTA position would be a great opportunity to do something new, and it turned out that I really love it.” McCalla is one of five VISTAs working through OSL to bridge the gap between the university and the Athens community. “By having the VISTAs as our ambassadors in the community and in neighborhoods, we’re creating more links,” said OSL Director Shannon Wilder.



AmeriCorps VISTA members have been compared to Peace Corps volunteers, except that they operate within the U.S. They spend one year working full time on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or a public agency like UGA. Their mission is to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. UGA joined the VISTA program in 2013 with a three-year grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is funding five VISTA positions each year. The five—McCalla, Kelsi Nummerdor, Wick Prichard, Mary Schulz and Christine White—started their service projects in the spring and summer of 2014 and are the second group of VISTAs at UGA. All five are working on food-related issues. Nummerdor, who holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthropology from UGA, is assigned to the Campus Kitchen at UGA, which is part of the nationwide Campus Kitchens Project, a network of university groups striving to reduce food waste and


“It’s inspiring to see how the program has grown in three years, supporting so many different people and so many different missions.” Mary Schulz AMERICORPS VISTA

combat hunger. In Athens, that means reclaiming good food that would otherwise be thrown away and partnering with the Athens Community Council on Aging to deliver meals to hungry senior citizens. Student volunteers, who Nummerdor finds and trains, do most of the food preparation. She also coordinates schedules, plans events, arranges meal deliveries, checks on quality, keeps an eye on food safety and makes sure food is flowing into the kitchen at Talmage Terrace, a senior living facility in Athens, where it is cooked and packaged. “I didn’t know anything about Campus Kitchen when I saw the VISTA job listing,” Nummerdor said. “But I love to cook, and I gravitate toward health psychology, more specifically nutrition, functional foods and medicinal plants.” “There’s a lot of overlap in terms of what the VISTAs are doing,” said Sarah Jackson, the OSL outreach coordinator. “We’re trying to promote collaboration amongst the VISTA projects to create a stronger network of these different partners.”

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Schulz is originally from Wisconsin. A love of urban agriculture—and family in Atlanta—drew her southward after she graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with a degree in community education and engagement. She and White, a North Carolinian who graduated from UGA in 2010, are both assigned to the UGArden, a student-run, 4-acre farm that began four years ago. Schulz coordinates and trains the almost 150 UGArden volunteers. She also works with the UGArden Club to make sure the garden remains student-driven. “It’s inspiring to see how the program has grown in three years, supporting so many different people and so many different missions,” said Schulz. “The UGArden does a good job bridging the gaps between UGA and the community and the students.” White is establishing a UGArden intern training program, focusing on teaching students as well as increasing vegetable distribution to low-income families in the Athens–Clarke County community. Prichard has a similar focus in his job as the VISTA member for the Clarke Middle School (CMS) Garden. With a master’s degree in environmental planning and design from UGA, Prichard develops programs, such as the Clarke Middle School Kitchen Garden Corps, that enable faculty and students from CMS and UGA to use the garden as an educational resource. “Being able to prepare meals from the food they had grown in the garden makes Clarke Middle students extra proud,” Prichard said. “In my opinion, this pride gives them the confidence to express their creativity.” Both the UGArden and the CMS Garden provide organic food to those in need in the Athens area. The UGArden alone donated 1,200 pounds of produce to Campus Kitchen and other Athens organizations during June and the first half of July 2014. “Not only are we teaching a lot, but the teaching is producing a tangible thing for the community—really good, healthy, organic food,” Schulz said. For more information on the Office of Service-Learning, including how to make a donation to the program, go to http://servicelearning.uga.edu. §

BRIDGING ARCHWAY COMMUNITIES Brittany Eason, an undergraduate in the UGA College of Engineering, worked with the Archway Partnership in 2013. As part of her experience with Archway, she applied the information she learned in her classes out in the field on a local project. She designed a footbridge across a Habersham County lake and presented the final product to community leaders in December 2013. Currently, Archway and the College of Engineering are collaborating on five projects in Archway communities across Georgia.




VINSON PARTNERS WITH LEGISLATORS FOR BIENNIAL More than 200 Georgia legislators will strengthen their leadership and decision-making skills this December when the Carl Vinson Institute of Government presents the 29th Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators at the Georgia Center’s UGA Hotel and Conference Center. The Biennial Institute, coordinated by the Institute of Government since its inception in 1958, offers the first opportunity following the November election for veteran and freshman legislators to come together as a group and discuss significant policy issues in advance of the 2015 legislative session. During the three-day gathering, members of the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives get policy and budget updates from state government leaders and explore a diverse list of state priorities. In addition to the Biennial Institute, the Institute of Government coordinates the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute (GLLI), an intensive leadership training program held every two years for selected freshmen lawmakers. GLLI, an extension of the Biennial Institute, is conducted in partnership with the Georgia General Assembly and with financial support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. More than 100 legislators have bolstered their leadership skills through GLLI since its inception in 2005.

Building Stronger Nonprofits Many Georgia children with special needs might never have the opportunity to attend summer camp without Camp Twin Lakes, which for 20 years has provided life-changing weeklong camps and retreats for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. In 2013, the camp was among more than 100 nonprofit organizations that reached out to the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development for help. In February 2014, the Fanning Institute facilitated the Camp Twin Lakes annual staff retreat, helping them identify ways to work better and smarter. Fanning faculty members also conducted a survey of camp staff that provided the organization with ideas about succession planning and ways to increase employee job satisfaction. “The camp employees are all very driven to help the kids who come to camp,” said Maritza Soto Keen, senior public service associate at the Fanning Institute. “At the retreat, we helped them see the value that each individual brings to the organization. We also helped them identify what to do to grow in their jobs and the kinds of skills and competencies needed to get there.” Meghan Hauser, development manager and one of the Camp Twin Lakes retreat planners, appreciated how applicable the workshops were for everyone there—from the executive director to the site facilities staff. “They listened to us, got to know our organization, learned about our structure and culture, and made sure the workshop was tailored specifically to our organization,” she said. Following the company retreat, Dan Matthews, director of camping services, and Jessie Rosenberg, director of development, participated in Fanning’s 2014 weeklong Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO). ELPNO is a cutting-edge leadership development program for upcoming executives and leaders in the nonprofit sector, created through a partnership among the Fanning Institute, Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. “The week gave a nice balance of intensive classwork coupled with reflection,” Rosenberg said. “There was time in between the structured activities to build personal and professional connections and have those conversations that are so insightful.” For more information on the Fanning Institute’s nonprofit programs, visit https://www.fanning.uga.edu/what-we-do/nonprofit-leadership-development.

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P UB L IC SER V I CE A ND OUT R E AC H S T UD ENT SC HOL A R S Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, the PSO Student Scholars program provides opportunities for the students to learn about UGA’s service mission. The Student Scholars program introduces students to key areas of PSO and to UGA’s land- and sea-grant missions through group meetings, site visits and a 150-hour internship in a PSO unit. The goal is to provide students with a deeper understanding of PSO’s mission through meetings and outreach, help them link these experiences with their career and educational goals, and create a community of student scholars who understand the role of university outreach and engagement. Fifteen undergraduate students have recently begun their year as PSO Scholars for 2014–15. They have majors and minors in seven of UGA’s schools and colleges and represent the geographic, ethnic and linguistic diversity of UGA’s student body.

2014–15 PSO STUDENT SCHOLARS, THEIR MA JORS AND INTERNSHIP LO CATIONS Sara Adams English and Magazine Journalism J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Brian Holcombe Anthropology J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

R. Burke Miller Marketing, International Business and Public Relations Small Business Development Center

Eli Scott International Affairs and Economics Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Sammi Bosler Dietetics

Nandini Inmula Anthropology and Psychology

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Office of Service-Learning

Christine Brady Wildlife and Fisheries

Jacob Kennedy Anthropology

Rebecca Nasuti International Affairs, French, Public Administration (master’s program)

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Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Hannah Lawrence International Affairs

Tiffani Poole Human Development and Family Sciences

Katie Willard Genetics and Microbiology

Georgia Center for Continuing Education

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Marine Extension Service Annie Chow Political Science Archway Partnership

J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development Bradley Walker Management Information Systems Georgia Sea Grant

J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development


Lauren Tricksey Middle School Education



PSO Faculty Fellows The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach began the PSO Faculty Fellowship Program in 2011 to help create more outreach avenues for tenure-track and tenured professors. The fellowships allow professors to immerse themselves in the work of a PSO unit for a semester and then incorporate the knowledge they gain into their academic courses. They also conduct research and apply their expertise to outreach initiatives. Two faculty members were selected as fellows for fall 2014.

Theodore Kopcha, an assistant professor in learning, design and technology in the College of Education, is working with the Archway Partnership to help integrate more technology in K–12 settings around the state. He will use his fellowship to build relationships with education professionals in various Archway communities and help them design and implement technology-integration plans for the classroom, as well as training them on new technologies.

Rosanna Rivero, an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design, is collaborating with UGA Marine Extension Service, Georgia Sea Grant and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to address issues and hazards in Georgia’s coastal communities. She will use her fellowship to serve as an environmental planner, developing guidelines for local governments to implement performance measures for community resilience and planning in response to natural hazards such as sea level rise.

The 2014–2015 Student Scholars pose for a group picture during orientation. Wilf Nicholls, director of the State Botanical Garden, shows the Student Scholars around the conservatory at SBG. BELOW

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n today’s constantly evolving and highly competitive economy, ongoing education and training for Georgia workers is critical. For more than 60 years, the Georgia Center for Continuing Education has partnered with Georgia industries to help their employees gain and keep their professional certifications. “The Georgia Center provides a unique environment for industry professionals to not only get their required certifications but also learn from UGA faculty members and network with students interested in the various professions,” said William Crowe, director of the Georgia Center. “For some, the partnership has even aided in the development of training opportunities within vital business sectors to enable employees to better serve the public and the common good.” The Georgia Center’s longest-standing partner is the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA). In 1957, the GPCA was the first association to host its meeting at the Georgia Center. Since then, the association has held its winter conference at the center every year to keep operators informed about pest control products, emerging methods and trends, and customer service. “One of the main reasons we keep coming back is that the Georgia Center exceeds our expectations every year,” said Valera Jesse, GPCA executive director. “But more than that, it gives our members an experience unlike any other place. Many of our members did not have the opportunity to get a college education so this provides them with a chance to learn firsthand new research in the field and network with the many UGA faculty members involved in putting on this event.”




At the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, held annually at the Classic Center in Athens and hosted by the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, students compete for awards for their original research. BE LOW

“Our partnership with the Georgia Center has been one of the most productive and effective our company has engaged in. Training courses never fail to be innovative, cutting-edge and very informative for our staff. We at the GPCA highly value this partnership.” Valera B. Jesse EXEC UTIVE DIRECTOR GEORGIA PEST CONTROL ASSOCIATION

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In adherence to the Structural Pest Control Act, registered pest controllers in Georgia are required to earn 10 hours of approved classroom training every two years to keep their license. More than 400 participants from around the state attended the fourday event in 2014. GPCA has more than 700 pest control companies as active members, representing 85 percent of the state’s operators, so the impact of the conference on best practices for Georgia’s pest control professionals is very widespread, Jesse said. “We are truly growing our profession through this partnership,” she continued. “By hosting our conference at UGA each year, we have added a lot of credibility to our association and have also successfully recruited from an impressive group of students who are able to attend our various exhibitions and presentations.” The Georgia Center has also partnered with the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) for more than 23 years to bring financial professionals to UGA for training. GBA represents nearly every bank and thrift institution in the state. Given the impact of this industry on almost everything, the association is committed to providing professional development programs and opportunities to its members so they are up on the constantly changing trends and needs of their industry.



In 2014, more than 120 individuals from the association were challenged by a well-balanced and unique curriculum presented by UGA faculty members, experienced bankers and other wellqualified industry experts. In addition to the GPCA and GBA, the Georgia Center partners with numerous other organizations and associations from around Georgia, many of which continue to come back year after year. Because the conferences are held at the Georgia Center, participants gain access to UGA expertise, including educational resources. “These partnerships are another example of the university’s commitment to work with the citizens and businesses of Georgia to solve their most pressing issues,” Crowe said. “It is our goal at the Georgia Center to make sure we help associations and organizations develop and train their workforce with the most up-to-date information so they can become an engine for economic development and growth across the state.” For more information about the Georgia Center’s course offerings, visit http://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/courses. §


PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL TRADE In spring 2014, the Small Business Development Center’s International Trade Division hosted a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) workshop for 34 participants in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. CGBP is the only nationally recognized certification for global trade experts and is sponsored by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators. Trainers for the workshop included SBDC faculty members Bob Erwin and Dimitris Kloussiadis. “The CGBP has become a national standard for indicating broad-based knowledge of export strategies and methods in today’s highly competitive global marketplace,” said Allan Adams, director of SBDC. “For business owners in Georgia who are new to exporting, this certification can help them be sure that the trade assistance professional they are working with will make good use of their most precious resource—their time.” The CGBP workshop offered Georgia-based businesses extensive information and resources to help them expand their reach internationally. The certification workshop focused on key concepts such as determining the exportability of products or services, identifying markets and buyers, developing strategies for market entry, establishing shipping and distribution networks, and determining appropriate payment methods and export financing and insurance needs. Working closely with government agencies, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBDC’s international trade experts give Georgia business owners an edge in exporting.

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Mark Sauer and partners expanded Savannah Global Solutions, which sells forestry equipment to international markets, and doubled their workforce with help from the SBDC. A B OV E

VIP TOUR BRINGS CONSULAR CORPS TO UGA UGA’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries was among the stops made by about two dozen members of the Atlanta Consular Corps on their tour of the state in March 2014. Four months later, the corps announced it would donate its archives to the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, which is a repository for many of the state’s most significant historic documents. The Atlanta Consular Corps, representing 70 countries, is important to the economic development of the state. One in every 15 jobs in the metro Atlanta area, as well as many others across Georgia, is supported by foreign-owned companies. The tour, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development since 1985, included visits to Athens and other parts of Northeast Georgia. In Athens, the group, representing 26 countries, had dinner at the library and toured the building. “We are thrilled the tour chose to visit UGA this year,” said UGA Director of Economic Development Sean McMillan. “It’s an opportunity for us to strengthen our international relationships and show leaders from around the world the first-rate education students at UGA receive, the cutting-edge research that is under way and the significant impact of our outreach programs.” “The purpose behind the annual international VIP tour is to highlight the state’s pro-business assets and high quality of life,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our higher education system is an important piece of this tour and one that we are proud to showcase. The University of Georgia, being the birthplace of the nation’s public higher education system, was an excellent stop to include in the 2014 international VIP tour.”

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Felipe Sarmiento, director and business development manager of Swissaustral USA, worked with the SBDC to establish his company’s U.S. branch. BE LOW

“We didn’t know it then, but the SBDC would be one of the major factors in the successful expansion of our company.” Felipe Sarmiento BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER/DIRECTOR SWISSAUSTRAL USA





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n 2012, Swissaustral, a small international biotech group headquartered in Switzerland that has research facilities in Chile, decided to open a branch in the United States. When looking for a place to expand, company leaders wanted to be sure to position the company not only where its market was present but also where they could find a wealth of resources to help the company grow. Their final decision? Athens, Ga. “There are many reasons why we decided to come to Georgia,” said Felipe Sarmiento, business development manager and director of Swissaustral USA and a Georgia alumnus. “Athens is fairly close to Atlanta, which offers innovation, collaboration and business opportunities in biotechnology and life science areas, and it has the busiest and most efficient airport in the world—an excellent gateway for travels and the trading of goods.” But perhaps the biggest selling point, according to Sarmiento, was the proximity to UGA. Swissaustral develops high-performance enzymes from microorganisms isolated from extreme environments, such as glaciers, volcanoes, acid lagoons and the like for their application in research and industry. Because of their unique characteristics, these “extremophilic” enzymes are suitable to perform optimally under the harsh conditions of current industrial processes in the pulp and paper, textile, laundry and pharmaceutical industries, for example. “The university is well-known in our area of science and boasts numerous opportunities for collaboration across different departments, colleges and institutions, including the Georgia BioBusiness Center (GBBC), the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility and the Georgia Genomics Facility,” he said.

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IS3D NAMED STARTUP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR IS3D, a company that makes interactive software to teach kids science concepts, was named “Startup of the Year for 2013” by Four Athens. Founded in 2010 by a group of scientists, educators, artists and programmers at UGA, the Athens-based company creates interactive guides, books and science games to help students in grades K–12 develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Tom Robertson, CEO and an associate professor of physiology and pharmacology at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, attended the 2011 FastTrac TechVenture program offered by the Small Business Development Center. Since the company began, IS3D has received more than $3.7 million in grants and has grown to 15 employees, with plans to keep growing.

With his tech startup gaining considerable attention statewide and nationally, IS3D CEO Tom Robertson has no shortage of reasons to smile. OPPOSI TE

“UGA also has the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). We didn’t know it then, but the SBDC would be one of the major factors in the successful expansion of our company.” Sarmiento’s first interaction with the SBDC was in graduate school at UGA through a technology commercialization course offered by Cem Oruc, director of commercialization assistance at the SBDC, and Stefan Schulze, associate director of the GBBC. It was then that he learned about the SBDC’s FastTrac TechVenture Program—a sevenweek program offered in collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation and Emory University Office of Technology Transfer designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow ideas into innovations. The program is largely sponsored by the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “The main goal of the program is to train technology- or science-based entrepreneurs in business fundamentals,” Oruc said. “Those who come to this program are scientists, not business people. They walk in with an idea and want to see if there is a business opportunity.”



The TechVenture program teaches participants how to evaluate technology for its business potential as well as how to protect intellectual property, secure financing, formulate a business plan and more. Like other program participants, Sarmiento was able to take the tools and resources he acquired in the program and apply them to developing Swissaustral’s United States branch. “Since attending the program, we have been able to set up and start running the company at a business level, generate collaboration agreements, create a potential customer base and begin marketing our brand in America,” Sarmiento said. “The TechVenture program helped me to achieve these goals by giving me part of the tools, knowledge and guidance I needed for this endeavor.” Participants in the program also have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs throughout the program, and facilitators provide ongoing businesscoaching sessions and one-on-one assistance. “We have a really impressive group of facilitators and people supporting the program,” Oruc said. “I think this is a great example of collaboration between two leading universities in the state and is a testament to


BUILDING ENTREPRENEURS Chris Heaton, vice president of operations and owner of EngeniusMicro, graduated from the first TechVenture program offered by the UGA Small Business Development Center in 2011. The company, headquartered in Atlanta, develops wireless sensors for physically and thermally demanding environments to measure pressure, temperature heatflux and strain up to 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. Though still an emerging company, EngeniusMicro has seen significant growth in capabilities and number of jobs created since attending the program. The company currently has eight employees and is looking to grow in the near future. Heaton says he learned about UGA’s TechVenture at the Advanced Technology Development Center showcase at Georgia Tech in 2011.

the dozens of people working together to create the next generation of technology startups in Georgia.” So far Sarmiento is the only full-time employee in the United States, but he expects to hire more students and bring in one or two employees in the coming year. Worldwide, Swissautral has about 30 full-time employees, graduate students and post docs. Oruc and the SBDC continue to support Sarmiento as Swissaustral grows, with the U.S. office hopefully turning a profit soon. “The SBDC is not just for helping you create or start your business, they also help you as you grow,” Sarmiento said. “Starting a company in the United States is not easy, and there are so many things you have to do and consider. We are expected to grow and create jobs here. Having the resources of the SBDC made our jobs easier.” In the past four years, SBDC has worked with more than 120 researchers and technology entrepreneurs representing more than 50 companies and startups through the FastTrac TechVenture program.

“After several discussions, I decided to attend TechVenture for the opportunity to learn from and interact with other entrepreneurs,” Heaton said. “The program taught us to have patience in allowing our technology to mature while also providing demonstrations to key nonbiased advisors for feedback. TechVenture provided me with the confidence and knowledge to have discussions with investors, partners and customers about our business and the desire of our company to make a difference in the Southeast and one day, the world.” Moving forward, EngeniusMicro plans to expand its services to provide sensor collection nodes that collect and distribute operational, safety and critical infrastructure data through any cloud access point on the globe. To learn more, visit http://www.engeniusmicro.com/.

To learn more about the program, visit www.georgiasbdc.org. To learn more about Swissaustral, visit www.swissaustral.com. §

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USAID delivers hygiene kits for pregnant and nursing mothers in small Indonesian villages closest to the epicenter of a 2013 earthquake. OPPOS I T E




“It’s critical that we meet the expressed needs of our clients, but we’re also always striving to anticipate future challenges and what our clients will need to address them.” Laura Meadows DIRECTOR CARL VINSON INSTITUTE OF G OVERNMENT


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hen the worst earthquake in two centuries struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti, a mapping system developed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government played a key role in the United States’ disaster relief effort. Humanitarian relief agencies had immediate access to detailed maps and logistical data because of the system developed by the Institute in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations. “Our early work developing the necessary infrastructure has helped provide for an effective global humanitarian response during some of the world’s most recent disasters—the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake in Kashmir and the 2010 Haiti earthquake,” said Karen Payne, Institute faculty member and program manager for USAID activities.

For more than 13 years, the Institute of Government has been working with USAID to host a geographic data repository and to deliver comprehensive spatial data and map products for developing nations. The Institute’s extensive mapping efforts have contributed to the coordinated delivery of humanitarian relief all around the world. Working in partnership with the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Efforts, the Institute developed a two-tier data management system that offers public and private access. The public system provides open access to logistical and planning information such as roads, populated places, administrative boundaries, railroads and ports. The private system offers international partners exclusive access to enhanced services and data sets, along with private data-sharing mechanisms for sensitive data.

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Georgia Community Guide Online Closer to home, the popular Georgia County Guide, with its rich 30-year history, has a new online companion—GeorgiaDATA, a website that provides the public with quick and easy access to detailed information about Georgia and its 159 counties. GeorgiaDATA, developed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, gives planners, developers and policymakers immediate access to comprehensive data about agriculture, demographics, economics and education. Information plays a critical role in the 21st century decision-making process, and GeorgiaDATA offers a powerful, data-rich resource for leaders in both the public and private sectors.

Logistics and planning are crucial during a humanitarian response, and easy access to mapped data is invaluable to those efforts. These data are particularly critical in a developing country with limited resources and minimal infrastructure. The Haitian earthquake took more than 200,000 lives and displaced 1.5 million people. Humanitarian efforts had to be carefully orchestrated to ensure a swift, organized response. Over time, the Institute’s work with USAID has grown to include ongoing multidimensional services: surge support to help clients quickly ramp up during an emergency, special projects focused on disaster preparedness and research into new technologies. Currently, the Institute is assisting the World Food Program with its initiative in North Korea. By scanning and digitizing 1970s-era atlases and cooperatively working with GIS Corps, a volunteer network of geographic information systems (GIS) professionals, the Institute is providing the World Food Program with the planning and logistics support needed to help mitigate the risk of a humanitarian disaster in the economically depressed nation.




“It’s critical that we meet the expressed needs of our clients, but we’re also always striving to anticipate future challenges and what our clients will need to address them,” said Laura Meadows, director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. It was the Institute’s development of a domestic infrastructure, through what is known as the Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse, that led to the USAID partnership. A system like the GIS Data Clearinghouse was exactly what the international community needed. Thirteen years later, the Institute continues to provide essential and innovative geospatial services to the international community. “We were leading the way here in Georgia,” said Eric McRae, director of the Institute’s GIS division, “but little did we know how that work would eventually span the globe and positively impact so many lives.” To learn more about the Institute of Government’s technology services, visit http://www.cviog.uga.edu/itos. §

PARTNERSHIPS STRENGTHEN GEORGIA’S POSITION IN THE GLOBAL MARKET The Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s international partnerships encourage the exchange of research information and help create unique international opportunities for the state and the university. Over the last two decades, the Institute’s International Center has partnered with 30 different countries on a variety of projects as well as establishing long-standing training relationships with South Korea and China. International trainees come from all levels of government and explore a variety of research topics during their time in Athens. The newest international partner, the Governors Association of Korea (GAOK), brings two delegations to Georgia each year to complete an intensive two-week program on American government. The first program was so successful that twice as many participants came in 2013. The GAOK training program provides both classroom instruction and hands-on opportunities to learn about American government and experience American culture. Local government was the emphasis for the 2014 program. Delegates were particularly interested in the mission of a land-grant university and how that mission translates daily into public service and outreach. In addition to hosting large training delegations, the Institute also sponsors visiting scholars from China, Korea and other countries. These typically senior to mid-level managers bring considerable expertise to the Institute of Government while continuing to strengthen UGA and Georgia’s international relationships. In March 2014, the Institute of Government’s associate director for education and training, Stacy Jones, spoke at the opening celebration for the Metropolitan International Training Institute’s (MITI) new world headquarters in Seoul, Korea. The Institute participated in MITI’s Peer Review Process Workshop by working with a team of officials from the United Nations, Germany, Australia, and the Philippines to provide feedback on MITI training programs’ strengths and ideas about possible areas of improvement. Jones also gave a presentation at a special MITI forum, “Sharing Cities: Solutions for Better Cities,” about the benefits municipal leaders gain from exchanging knowledge and building leadership capacity through effective training. The ongoing GAOK collaboration and special projects like the MITI program are just two examples of how the Institute is responding to the needs of its global partners.

An Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami caused the death of more than 200,000 people in 2004. OPPOSITE RIGHT USAID worker receives a delivery of humanitarian supplies. OPPOSITE L E F T

Accessible Training for Local Governments Training and workforce development are vital to any organization’s success, but in recent years, local governments have found it increasingly difficult to budget for professional development costs. In response to those challenges, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government modernized the program format for one of its most popular management and leadership programs, the Management Development Program (MDP). Traditionally, MDP courses were offered to a single local government entity and required a minimum number of class participants. Now, local governments can send as few or as many employees as they would like to participate in training sessions offered at convenient locations throughout the state. Open enrollment provides smaller communities access to this critical training by making it more affordable for local governments. This is just one of many ways the Institute is responding to 21st century governance challenges. MDP offers comprehensive management and leadership development tailored for local government. The program is designed to help managers become better leaders and has produced measurable results for cities and counties alike.

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“The hands-on work in the garden helps the students understand the connection between these plants as food and insects as the consumers.” Dawn Phillips WINTERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHO OL


Roger Nielsen


he State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s heightened emphasis on native plant conservation and propagation is making UGA a primary source in addressing the growing demand for locally adapted greenery from commercial nurseries to land management agencies and home gardeners. The garden’s horticulturalists and botanists are taking a broad approach to public interest in native plants, from creating methods of restoring entire Georgia habitats to helping home gardeners and schoolchildren better understand how these resilient plants support insect pollinators and bolster the food chain. Native plants not only survive better in the hot southern climate, they provide food for bees and caterpillars and homes for the birds and animals that rely on insects. Conserving native plants and habitats has always been part of the botanical garden’s mission, and that work is gaining importance as



gardeners and land managers search for reliable, ethically sourced native seeds and seedlings. “We’re putting more emphasis on something that’s been a part of our job for many years,” said Wilf Nicholls, director of the State Botanical Garden. “We’ve tried to get a little bit more of a spark going about conservation, and we’re trying to be a little noisier about it.” More and more people are listening. People like second-grade teacher Dawn Phillips, who created a native garden outside Winterville Elementary School in Northeast Georgia through the garden’s Connect to Protect (C2P) native plant outreach program. C2P encourages schools and home gardeners to devote part of their gardens to native shrubs and wildflowers that host birds and insects (bees, butterflies, etc.) creating islands of natural habitat across the urban landscape.


Students tend native flowers planted outside their school through the Connect to Protect program to help birds and insects thrive. B E LOW

“The hands-on work in the garden helps the students understand the connection between these plants as food and insects as the consumers,” Phillips said. The plantings also demonstrate connectivity, said conservation horticulturalist Heather Alley, who helped develop C2P with botanical garden colleagues. “The idea is to create connected habitats—corridors— for these creatures in urban areas so you don’t have huge voids in pollinator habitat,” Alley said. Land managers from public and private organizations also hear the message: Georgia Power and the U.S. Forest Service are collaborating with botanical garden researchers to replace exotic, invasive species with robust native plants in threatened habitats like river floodplains and piedmont prairies. Demonstration projects are under way at the garden. Horticulturalists are collecting seeds from Forest Service land and other public property, propagating native plants at the garden’s

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PROGRAM ENHANCES EXPERTISE IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES Participants in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s first Coastal Native Plants Program in 2013 received certificates, extending UGA Public Service and Outreach’s native plant conservation partnerships across the state. Through the certificate program, Georgians learn about the state’s coastal habitats and the plants they support. Several other native plant initiatives led by the botanical garden and other PSO units also highlight this important issue. In November 2013, the botanical garden hosted the second Georgia Native Plant Initiative (GNPI) symposium, attracting more than 60 habitat restoration professionals and growers from commercial nurseries around the state. The garden coordinates GNPI, which promotes the ethical and sustainable use of native plants in Georgia landscapes. In March 2014, the EcoScapes native plant stewardship program, administered by UGA’s Marine Extension Service, hosted an exhibit at the 14th annual South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium. EcoScapes personnel provided information about its online Native Plant Search Engine as well as sustainable land use practices that help preserve and protect healthy ecosystems, including native plant conservation.

Corporate donations and gifts from families make botanical garden intiatives like the Children’s Garden and the Connect to Protect native plant outreach program possible. OPPOSI TE

Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies and the UGA Horticulture Farm, and transplanting them to test plots. Georgia Power is working with the garden to expand a native prairie along the “power cut,” a strip of unforested land beneath an electric line that runs through the garden. The landscape of Georgia historically consisted of a checkerboard of grassland—piedmont prairie—that today survives only in small patches under utility lines or along roadsides, said Jennifer Ceska, the garden’s conservation coordinator. “Because of the power line that goes through the botanical garden, we’ve got a surviving example of piedmont prairie,” Ceska said. “We’re expanding the original habitat down the cut, and simultaneously teaching people how prairie restoration can be done.” The garden also houses the Center for Native Plant Studies, a research and plant propagation facility beside a section of the Middle Oconee River floodplain that had become choked with invasive



privet. A privet-removal project helped restore a swath of the garden’s floodplain forest, which is now used as a demonstration site and—like the adjacent power-cut prairie—is open to visitors. In addition, Alley is working to develop a mix of native seeds that land managers can sow in floodplains undergoing restoration to reduce erosion and limit regrowth by invasive species. Nicholls is pleased by the State Botanical Garden’s role as a living laboratory for habitat restoration research, disseminating valuable knowledge to commercial growers and home gardeners alike. “Part of the garden’s mission is conservation, and a wider view of conservation is habitat restoration. The whole idea of habitat restoration is very important to us,” Nicholls said. “And isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing? That’s what research is all about.” To learn more about these and other programs offered by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, visit http:// botgarden.uga.edu/. §


Nature-lover’s Gift Makes Garden Possible An 11-station Children’s Garden designed to nurture young visitors’ sense of adventure began with a $1 million memorial gift from the family of a nature-loving grandmother of 24. Alice H. Richards of Carrollton, Ga., was an enthusiastic supporter of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and served on its inaugural board of advisors. For years, Richards envisioned a place at the garden where children could independently explore the world of growing things. The bequest in Richards’ name encouraged generosity in others, and at $2.5 million, the fundraising campaign is more than halfway to its $4.6 million goal. In time, the Children’s Garden will provide a series of fascinating and educational stations between the Botanical Garden’s Visitor Center and the Callaway Building, including a root-entwined grotto, an interconnected treehouse village and plant-your-own garden plots. Construction should begin in 2015 on the first Children’s Garden project, the 120-seat Theatre in the Woods outdoor complex. Installation of 10 additional stations should be nearing completion in 2016.

THEATRE IN THE WO ODS BECOMES FIRST CHILDREN’S GARDEN INSTALLATION A 120-seat Theatre in the Woods, the first installation in the $4.6 million Children’s Garden complex at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, should begin taking shape this year using timbers salvaged from a Statham mill and repurposed granite pavers from an Athens roadbed to create an outdoor amphitheater outside the garden’s Callaway Building. The Children’s Garden fundraising campaign continues apace, and the entire new garden complex should be nearing completion by 2016, said State Botanical Garden Director Wilf Nicholls.

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UGA Reels in Black Gill In Georgia, shrimp is king. A cornerstone of coastal Georgia’s culture and economy, shrimping has generated a dockside value of over $8.6 million annually for the state over the past decade. The economic impact to local communities is generally estimated to be three times that amount. So, in 2013, when commercial landings of white shrimp fell by 74 percent compared to the fiveyear average, UGA Marine Extension Service (MAREX) stepped in. Working with shrimpers, the UGA Skidaway Institute for Oceanography and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), they honed in on black gill, a condition caused by a parasite, as a source for some of the decline. Although black gill has been present in Georgia wild shrimp since the 1990s, studies by DNR indicate that about 43 percent of sampled shrimp were affected by it in October 2013, over 10 percent higher than the long-term average for the month. While not harmful to humans, shrimp with black gill appear to be struggling. A regional team of scientists, fishers, resource managers and fisheries experts are exploring how it is spreading, what is causing its upsurge and how it is affecting shrimp. Georgia Sea Grant is funding research to investigate the transmission and environmental triggers of black gill. Scientists are inventing genetic testing to better identify the parasite and compare it with parasites affecting shrimp in neighboring states. MAREX is hosting regional workshops to educate shrimpers about the parasite and teach safe practices to reduce its spread. In August 2014, the MAREX water quality field crew started a pilot project to track black gill in Glynn County. Shrimpers were asked to help by calling a hotline to report black gill as it moves, allowing MAREX to identify hot spots. In October, scientists, extension leaders and shrimpers spent a full day on the R/V Savannah collecting samples, which allowed them to share protocols and discuss new research directions. DNR submitted a request to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare 2013 a disaster year for the Georgia white shrimp fishery. If approved, it will allow Georgia to pursue federal disaster assistance funding.




The Marine Extension Service is working with Georgia fishers to better assess the spread of black gill in shrimp. Using funding from Georgia Sea Grant, UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is researching the parasite. O P P O S IT E

Using just a lock of hair, the Marine Extension Service can test whether pregnant women and those of childbearing age have high mercury levels. LE F T



regnant and nursing women are often bombarded with confusing messages about seafood consumption. Seafood is one of the best sources of protein for children’s developing brains and adults’ healthy hearts, and yet excessive mercury consumed by pregnant and nursing mothers through seafood can be passed on to babies, negatively affecting their brain development. The good news is that human bodies naturally flush out mercury, and it is easy to lower the amount of mercury in your body in only a few months. For women who are concerned about their mercury levels, UGA Marine Extension (MAREX) has recently developed a mercury hair-testing program that provides a simple and affordable screening method for women of childbearing age. Participants from across the nation can mail in samples and receive results accompanied by educational materials designed to encourage healthy seafood consumption. The program strives to help participants make informed choices and eat seafood with confidence. The most common way that mercury enters water systems is through emissions from coal production. It can travel thousands of miles in the air before falling to the ground in precipitation, building up in oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. Fish absorb mercury from the water they swim in and from eating other fish that have mercury in them. Fortunately, most popular seafood species contain very little mercury—including shrimp, salmon, cod, catfish and scallops, to name a few. However, older and larger fish are at risk of having high mercury levels. The fish that pose the greatest risk of high levels of mercury include shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Although the hair-testing program was developed to serve women in Georgia, there has been international demand for this service. Since its inception, the program has served 1,691 participants from 502 U.S. cities in 40 states. Internationally, the program has helped participants in 14 additional countries. Overall, the program has tested 676 women of childbearing age—9.5 percent of whom had mercury levels above the recommended guidelines. These participants received free additional testing and personalized information until their mercury levels fell within the desired range. One hundred percent of those who have submitted re-test samples have shown decreased mercury levels. This fall, MAREX will be testing almost 800 samples from nine Latin American countries as part of a new collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama. For more information on mercury levels in seafood or to order a test, visit http://marex.uga.edu/mercury/

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN NEW FACULTY TOUR 2014 About 40 new faculty boarded the bus in August for the New Faculty Tour 2014, an opportunity to see firsthand Georgia’s diversity and to learn about its culture, geography, economy and people. From the mountains of Dahlonega to the coast near Savannah, the faculty learned about the role UGA plays in Georgia’s economic development and discovered ways they could use their expertise for the good of the state. Henry Young, a Kroger associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, saw the link between an educated and healthy workforce and a strong economy. “My work deals with the prevention and management of chronic medical conditions and outcomes,” said Young. “The work that I do could be used to help individuals prevent health problems or manage current conditions. In turn, these efforts may help improve work productivity, for example through fewer sick days and reduced health care expenditures by organizations.”



Wolf Mountain Vineyards, which produced its first wine in 2001, now offers 15 varieties, including four sparkling wines. It is the only Georgia winery to produce sparkling wine.

Amicalola Falls State Park is the site of the tallest cascading waterfall in the southeastern U.S. at 729 feet.


G ainesville

Shaw Industries is the biggest employer here, with a carpet tile manufacturing plant that employs more than 2,500 workers at a starting wage of $16 an hour.

The family-owned Jaemor Farms is a big part of the agritourism industry in Northeast Georgia, offering educational and seasonal programs that draw in about 750,000 people a year.

Senoia Senoia is home to Raleigh (formerly Riverwood) Studios, which films the hit AMC television series “The Walking Dead.” More than two dozen films and television shows have been filmed in Senoia.

Atlanta The Consular Corps, foreign governments that maintain offices or trade representatives in Georgia, has grown from 38 countries before the 1996 Olympic Games to more than 70 today.

Sandersville Washington County, where Sandersville is located, is the “Kaolin Capital of the World,” producing one of Georgia’s most important minerals, a white alumina-silicate clay used in many products, including paper and cosmetics.

Warner Robins

West Point

The Robins Air Force Base was built in 1941 and is Georgia’s largest single employer.

The Kia Motors Manufacturing Plant, which began production in 2011, employs 3,000 people. Another 10,000 people are employed by parts suppliers that are located near West Point to serve Kia.

Savannah More than 1,100 architecturally significant homes line the streets of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, which covers 2.5 square miles.

Tifton UGA Tifton oversees a research dairy as well as a Future Farmstead Program that showcases energy efficiency.



Skidaway Island Waycross The CSX Corporation operates its largest rail yard in the Southeast, the CSX Rice Yard, in Waycross.


UGA’s Marine Extension Service and Marine Education Center and Aquarium are based on Skidaway Island. They host summer camps and workshops for more than 14,000 students a year.

FOUR FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS At the Public Service and Outreach annual meeting in April 2014, Georgia Trend magazine and PSO announced the winners of the Four for the Future awards, which recognize community collaboration, leadership and innovation. This marked the second year that the award has been given, acknowledging communities and regions that have worked across public-private sectors and nonprofit boundaries on challenging issues in ways that will lead to improved quality of life. Award recipients represent cross-community partnerships with the promise of long-term community benefits, and their work reflects the land- and sea-grant mission of the University of Georgia. 2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS Adel and Cook County: Adel–Cook County Chamber of Commerce/Cook County Economic Development Commission. After facing a rapid decline in tourism during the last 20 years, Adel and Cook County leaders have learned the importance of working together to make revitalization feasible. Over the past several years, through strategic partnerships and collaboration, leaders have introduced numerous initiatives to move the county forward—including developing a new agritourism trail, updating the Cook County Airport and revitalizing the Southwest Georgia Watermelon Growers Association building in Adel. Cairo and Grady County: Community Health and Wellness Issue Working Group. In 2010, Grady County was ranked 124 out of the state’s 159 counties in its percentage of obese adults. In response, local medical and public health providers—along with the local Archway Partnership—came

together to form a working group to address major areas of health concerns for the region. Since it began, the group has partnered with several local agencies and organizations as well as UGA to find solutions that increase access to healthy foods and also encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Covington and Newton County: The Center for Community Preservation and Planning. The Center for Community Preservation and Planning serves as a neutral place for collaborative planning where leaders from the public and private sectors learn how to effectively accommodate and manage future growth while defending the environment, reducing long-term public expenses and preserving the community for future generations. As a result of these collaborations, Covington and Newton County have seen great success. In 2012, area leaders opened the Newton College and Career Academy. Global health care company Baxter International is also building a $1.5 billion manufacturing facility expected to bring at least 1,600 new jobs to the area. The most recent outcome from the center is a strategic plan known as 2050 for Newton County. Toccoa and Stephens County: Toccoa–Stephens County Tomorrow. A collaborative program among the Toccoa– Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Toccoa– Stephens County Tomorrow was formed to address local landuse policies, workforce education and economic development. Since it began, the program has worked to improve downtown Toccoa, revitalize the area’s manufacturing industry, improve local health care facilities and increase high school graduation rates.

Governor Deal Touts PSO Efforts

PSO Award Winners

Gov. Nathan Deal complimented the University of Georgia’s partnership with state economic development agencies in his keynote address at the 23rd annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon, held April 7 to open UGA Honors Week.

Karen Duncan Melanie Hardman Lindsey Parker

Sue W. Chapman George Weston Clarke, Jr. Stanley Culpepper Robert C. Kemerait, Jr.



Marsha Davis

Jeffrey R. Sanford

Gov. Deal touted both the competitive initiatives undertaken through his office and the economic development efforts led by UGA’s eight Public Service and Outreach (PSO) units. “We could not have achieved what we have done in Georgia without our local partners working together with us,” he said.



The program also featured Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, who enumerated the many economic development collaborations between PSO and DCA.

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PU B L I C S E R V I C E A N D O U T R EACH ’S HONOR ROLL OF D ONORS Thank you. With these two words, we convey our heartfelt appreciation of your generosity. Every donor is a part of our giving family, and we are proud to recognize you here for your part in the success of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The following donors have made a gift to Public Service and Outreach in the past fiscal year.


Mrs. Mary L. Beussee

A Flair With Hair

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Bishop

Mr. and Mrs. Randall Abney

Dr. Matthew L. and Mrs. Natalie F. Bishop

Allan Adams Ms. Louise Adams Mr. and Mrs. W. Clay Adamson, Jr. American Public Gardens Association American Public Works Association– Georgia Chapter Mr. Robert P. Andoh Andrew T. Crawford Ironworks, Inc.

Bistro Niko Mr. and Mrs. J. Daniel Blitch III

Mr. and Mrs. Wade H. Coleman, Sr.

Mrs. Mary W. Dixon

Community Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. David T. Dodge

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc.

Ms. Vanessa N. Dooley

Community Welfare Association of Colquitt County, Ga.

Body Central Rev. and Mrs. Larry N. Boling

Mr. Charles C. Comstock, Jr. Ms. Laurie C. Conradi

Dr. Eric S. Bonaparte, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Boyles, Jr.

Mr. Pat Conroy and Ms. Cassandra King Mr. and Mrs. Glenn W. Cook

Drs. Kira Epstein and Benjamin M. Brainard

Mrs. Frances H. Covert

Ms. Cynthia A. Arrendale

Mr. and Mrs. Barney L. Brannen, Jr.

Senator and Mrs. William S. Cowsert

Mr. Thomas A. Arrendale III

Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Brantley

Dr. and Mrs. Sean L. Coy

AT&T Foundation

The Broadfield Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cravey

Mrs. Marilyn A. Bruce

Mr. Andrew T. Crawford

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm S. Burgess, Jr.

Drs. Kelly B. Crawford and Parker C. Grow

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

AT&T Georgia Athens First Bank & Trust Co. Athens Regional Medical Center Atlanta Dream Aurum Studios, Ltd. Dr. Robert H. Ayers

Ms. Dorine L. Burkhard Dr. and Mrs. William H. Cabaniss, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Balentine, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Jon Calabria

Bank of America

Dr. and Mrs. Dennis P. Calbos

BNY Mellon Wealth Management Mrs. Elizabeth Barge Mr. Michael Barger and Ms. Karen Barger Ms. Suzanne L. Barnett

Calbos Family Fund Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Callaway Camellia Garden Club Dr. Mary E. Case

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Barrow III

Celtic Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay A. Barton

Cherokee Garden Club

Mr. and Mrs. Razvigor Bazala

Dr. George W. Clarke, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Victor Beadles III

Classic City Gardeners

Ms. Diane F. Bell

Drs. Shari and Mark Cobb

Mr. Christopher Berg Berryman Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David E. Betts


Mr. and Mrs. Dan T. Coenen Drs. Mary Bess Jarrard and Geoffrey P. Cole

Creative Study Group Mr. and Mrs. Archie B. Crenshaw Mr. Charles R. Crisp Mr. and Mrs. Harold M. Crow, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crowe Dr. and Mrs. John V. Cuff Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Culp Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell Ms. Ruth Anne Curtis Mr. and Mrs. James Davie Dr. and Mrs. ClaudeLeonard Davis Dr. Marsha A. Davis Dr. Lawrence S. and Mrs. Rebecca R. Dempsey Mr. and Mrs. Sharon Denney Dr. and Mrs. Daniel V. DerVartanian


Dr. William P. Flatt

Ms. Ann Hand

Mr. and Mrs. Lew Frazar

Handmaids of Sacred Hearts DBA Centro Sta. Rafaela

Drs. Mary and Byron Freeman

Mr. and Mrs. Corey N. Doster

Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Douglas III

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Frierson, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Bertis E. Downs IV

Dr. Jennifer L. Frum and Dr. Andrew J. Herod

Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Drath Mr. Paul Drwiega Mr. and Mrs. Howell T. Dudley, Jr. Mr. Michael B. Dudley, Sr. Mr. Jay Duggan and Mrs. Cherie Duggan Mrs. Clarke W. Duncan Ms. Aletha L. Dunlavy EarthShare of Georgia Edgar Reeves Lighting and Antiques Dr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Edwards III Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Ellis Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Ellison Mr. Joseph T. Emily Dr. Helen H. Epps Mr. and Mrs. W. Dennis Epps Eric S. Barr, Inc. Mrs. Heather L. Erickson Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Estes Mr. John E. Farrow Mrs. John Felts Ms. Shannon K. Fickling

Dr. and Mrs. John Ingle Ms. Carolyn K. Ingraham

Mrs. Lamartine Hardman III

Jane Marsden Antiques

The Dot and Lam Hardman Family Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. Sibyle Jenks

Governor and Mrs. Joe Frank Harris Mr. Roger A. Harrison

Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Jensen Mr. and Mrs. James M. Jeter Mr. and Mrs. Warren Y. Jobe

Mr. Benjamin H. Fry

Drs. Nancy and Robert Hart

Jolly Foundation, Inc.

The Garden Club of America

Ms. Gretchen T. Hartling

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. Jones III

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Hatcher

Mr. and Mrs. David S. Jones

Garden Club of Halifax County

The Hawks Firm, P.C.

Ms. Lydia C. Jones

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gatewood

Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Hayes

General Electric Foundation

Ms. Maxine H. Heard

Georgia Native Plant Society

Heritage Garden Club

Georgia Power Company

Mr. John I. Hickman, Jr.

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Neil H. Hightower, Sr.

Ms. Cora L. Keber

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Geyer

Louise Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Kelley

Dr. and Mrs. David E. Giannasi Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gibson Mr.* and Mrs. Harry L. Gilham, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Hill, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Hodges III

Col. and Mrs. William K. Jordan Junior Ladies Garden Club Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Kane Ms. Monika Kapousouz Ms. Dionne Kay

Mrs. John F. Killebrew Drs. Susan Sanchez and Christopher S. King

Ms. Carol A. Hoffman and Dr. Carl R. Carroll

Dr. and Mrs. Scott A. Kleiner

Mr. Paul Holley

Mr. William Kudon

Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia

Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hood

Dr. and Mrs. James E. Kundell

Mr. Robert E. Gordon Jr. and Dr. Leslie A. Gordon

Hotel Indigo

Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Kurrie, Jr.

Ginger Howard Selections

Mr. and Mrs. Archibald L. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Griffin

Dr. and Mrs. Leon R. Hubrich Dr. and Mrs. Cecil C. Hudson Mr. and Mrs. William C. Huff

The Landings Garden Club LandLovers Foundation, Inc.

Fidelity Bank

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Gurley

Mr. Justus M. Huff

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Landrum

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Mr. and Mrs. John N. Haley

Huff Harrington Fine Art

Mr. and Mrs. J. Reese Lanier

Mr. and Mrs. David C. Field

Half Moon Outfitters, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hull III

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Lanier II

Fieldale Corporation

Mr. Lynwood Hall

Dr. and Mrs. Loren W. Hunt, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lanigan

Financial Marketing Solutions, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben H. Hall, Jr.

Hyatt Corporation

Dr. RuthAnn Weaver


Lariscy and Mr. Joseph E. Lariscy

Dr. and Mrs. Hugh O. Nourse

Mr. Gurazada V. R. Prasad

The Honorable and Mrs. Sam A. Nunn

Mr. Mark E. Preisinger

Dr. Sherri K. Lawless

Dr. and Mrs. Roy A. Mecklenburg

The Colleen & Sam Nunn Family Foundation

Ms. Kathy B. Prescott and Mr. H. G. Thrasher III

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lawson, Jr.

Mr. Bernard J. Meineke

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Nunnally

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Prokasy IV

Mrs. Donald M. Leebern, Jr.

Mr. Carlton N. Mell, Jr.

Ms. Frances P. Nunnally

R. A. Dudley Nurseries, Inc.

Left Bank Art Gallery

Mr. and Mrs. Finley H. Merry

Oconee Chapter of the ASA

Mr. and Mrs. David K. Radde

Mr. James B. Miller, Jr.

Oconee Golf Company, LLC

Rafuse Hill & Hodges, LLP

Ms. Nancy Moate and Mr. Rick N. Jenkins

Mr. Cecil Oglesby

Mr. and Mrs. Marbury Rainer

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mobley

The Orchard Golf & Country Club

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Moder

Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Owens

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Larkey Laurel Garden Club

Leona S. Hudson Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David P. Lewis Dr. and Mrs. A. Jefferson Lewis III Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lientz, Jr. Mrs. Jeanne H. Lindberg Lindsay Thomas Consulting, Inc. Little Saint Simons Island Dr. Lars G. Ljungdahl Mr. J. E. Long Ms. Patricia H. Lowe Mr. and Mrs. John L. Ludwig Ms. Jennifer L. Lyon

Mr. Eric A. McRae Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. McTier Dr. Laura J. Meadows

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Moore Mr. C. L. Morehead, Jr. Mori Luggage & Gifts Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Morneault Mr. and Mrs. William S. Morris III Drs. Libby and Van Morris

Mrs. Suzanna O. MacIntosh-Hulme

Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Morris, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Magill III

Ms. Beverly Moore Morton

Mr. and Mrs. Armin Maier III

Ms. Gwendolyn D. Moss

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Maner

Ms. Hope D. Mullins

Mr. Gordon A. Maner

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Murray II

Mr. Justin P. Manley Ms. Linda C. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick W. Mattox, Jr.

Dean and Mrs. Daniel J. Nadenicek Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Nash National Philanthropic Trust

Onward Reserve

Pacific Trade International, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Trey Parris Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Parker Mr. Thomas C. Parker, Jr. Mr. Wade B. Parker Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Parris, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth O. Parris Drs. Virginia B. and Gordhan L. Patel Mr. and Mrs. Alexander W. Patterson

Ms. Janet L. Ramser-Stump Mrs. Doris A. Ramsey Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund Mr. and Mrs. Bryan H. Reber Mr. Stephen A. Reichert Mr. and Mrs. Mercer Reynolds Ms. Laura H. Richards and Mr. Jim Naughton

McDonough Fine Art

Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Nichols

Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. McDowell, Jr.

Dr. Floyd W. Williams

Ms. Sonia Steffes

Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Dana E. Strickland

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Williams

Summer Place Antiques Judge David R. Sweat and Ms. Kay A. Giese Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Symons, Jr.

Mr. Melvin B. Scott, Jr.

Drs. Judith and John Willis

Mr. David H. Tanner

Wilmington Trust

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Ben J. Tarbutton, Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth H. Wilson

Sea Island

Ms. Patricia Taylor

Mr. Donald A. Seerley and Ms. Faith A. Campbell

Mrs. Elinor Terrell

Ms. Lynn Latimer Wilson

SEM Minerals, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis C. Winchester

The Terrell Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. William T. Wingfield

Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Thomas

Mr. Edward N. Shelton, Jr.

Dr. Carol Winthrop and Mr. Robert Winthrop II


Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Sisson, Jr.

Ms. Pamela Tidwell

Ms. Patricia Zaghi

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Todd

Ms. Hong Zeng

Ms. Joycelyn V. Trigg

Mr. A. S. Carpenter and Ms. Nancy Zimmerman

Dr. Beverly D. Douglas and Mr. Frank J. Rodriguez

Mr. and Mrs. W. Daniel Skinner Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey P. Small

World Association of Flower Arrangers USA, Inc. Rev. Patricia W. York

Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Turbidy

Small Dreams Foundation

*Indicates deceased

Dr. Patricia Turner

Mrs. Wanda A. Smit Dr. Mary A. Smith

Mrs. Beverly Valencic and Mr. Milan D. Valencic Mr. and Mrs. Enrico Verdolin

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Sommerville

Mr. and Mrs. W. Jerome Vereen

Sonia Says, Inc.


Rose Garden Club

Judge and Mrs. Marvin W. Sorrells

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Walker, Jr.

Mr. Lamar R. Plunkett

Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Rudzinski

South Coast Bank & Trust

Ms. Charlotte K. Wallace

Mr. and Mrs. Alec Poitevint

Dr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Ruppersburg

Ms. Margaret H. Spalding

Dr. Alysa J. Ward

Mr. Lewis M. Nix

Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Pollock, Jr.

Ms. Stephanie E. Russell

Ms. Elizabeth B. Spears

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Noble

Polly McLeod Mattox Interiors

Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Sams III

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice M. Sponcler, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Weatherford

Mr. and Mrs. John F. McMullan

Northeast Georgia Section American Chemical Society

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Powell

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Sanders

Wells Fargo Foundation

Mrs. Marilyn DeLong McNeely

Mr. L. J. Powell

Dr. and Mrs. W. Felton Norwood

Dr. and Mrs. Walter M. Sanders III

St. Anne’s Day School & Enrichment Programs

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. McCamy, Jr. Ms. Yancey L. McCollum

Mr. and Mrs. David W. McKillip

Mr.* Lonnie L. Williamson

Ms. Evelyne Talman

Soboho Beads

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Maynard

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Williams, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Neely Young

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Robinson, Jr.

Drs. Joyce NichollsGoudsmid and K. Wilf Nicholls

Dr. William B. Whitman and Dr. Paula J. Schwanenflugel

Miss Sara J. Steele

Mr.* and Mrs. James F. Thornton

Pesto, Inc.

Dr. and Mrs. Fred M.S. McConnel

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Schoenfeld

Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Wilheit

Mrs. Marvin S. Singletary

Ms. Mary Roberts-Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Pittenger

Mr. and Mrs. David Schell

Steel Raven Industries, LLC

Dr. and Mrs. Mark and Chris Risse

Mr.* and Mrs. T. Durward Pennington, Jr.

The Newland Family Foundation, Inc.

Dr. William E. Torres and Mr. Donald J. Sawyer, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Wilde

Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation

Professor and Mrs. David D. Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. David S. Phlegar III

Sara H. Woodruff Foundation

Mrs. Mildred Wilcox

State Bank & Trust Company

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Sims

Rivoli Garden Club

PH Wines

Savannah Presbytery MK Pentecost Fund

Mr. Tom B. Wight

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Thomas

Dr. Pascale Gorce Riley and Mr. Ronald T. Riley

Mr. and Mrs. Winston W. Pearson

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Newland

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Stanhouse

Dr. and Mrs. R. G. Wiggans

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Simms

Mr. and Mrs. Ted R. Ridlehuber

Pearl Girls

Network for Good

The Savannah Community Foundation

Ms. Helen C. Stacey

Mrs. Randell C. Thomas

Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation

Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Petroff

The St. Regis Atlanta

Mr. W. H. Short

Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Payne

Neiman Marcus

Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

Ms. Marianne Rogers Rose and Dahlia Garden Club

St. Martin’s Episcopal School

Donors are recognized unless anonymity is requested. We have made every effort to ensure accuracy; however, if we have made an error or if biographical information has changed, kindly let us know by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at (706) 542-6167.

WB&T Bankshares, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. George M. Whitton

Beyond the Arch




Steve Dempsey dempsey@uga.edu 706-542-6045

Paul Brooks pjbrooks@uga.edu 706-542-6167

Gwen Moss gmoss@uga.edu 706-542-7284

Kelly Simmons simmonsk@uga.edu 706-542-2512

Cherie Duggan cduggan@uga.edu 706-542-6654

UGA Atlanta Economic Development Office: Sean McMillan smcmilla@uga.edu 706-340-9787

PUBLIC SERVICE AND OUTREACH UNITS The Archway Partnership establishes long-term relationships with selected communities to identify the issues they face and then coordinates UGA faculty, staff and other resources to help them address their community and economic development needs. Eight counties in Georgia participate; three have already graduated from the program.

new industries that do not harm the environment and to increase public awareness and understanding of coastal ecosystems. The programs delivered through locations in Athens and Atlanta and on the coast extend economic and cultural benefits throughout the state and region. Georgia Sea Grant sponsors research that addresses problems unique to Georgia as well as other research that has a national scope.

Mel Garber | mgarber@uga.edu | 706-542-1098

Mark Risse | mrisse@uga.edu | 706-542-5956



The Carl Vinson Institute of Government provides training and development, specialized assistance and data-driven studies to help governments throughout Georgia and the world become more efficient, more responsive and better managed.

The Office of Service-Learning supports UGA faculty members in creating and expanding service-learning opportunities for students in campus-based and study abroad courses. The unit also cultivates community-based partnerships that respond to expressed community needs. The Office of Service-Learning reports jointly to the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.


Laura Meadows | lmeadows@uga.edu | 706-542-6192 GEORGIA CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel is a 300,000-square-foot, comprehensive public service educational unit that annually enrolls more than 100,000 adults in its on-site and distance-learning programs. Other activities for the campus, community and state serve an additional 100,000 people each year. Bill Crowe | william.crowe@georgiacenter.uga.edu | 706-542-3451 J.W. FANNING INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development works with communities, nonprofit organizations, professional associations and youth to help develop knowledgeable, skilled and committed leadership that will enhance community and economic development in Georgia communities, the nation and beyond. Matt Bishop | mlbishop@fanning.uga.edu | 706-542-6201 MARINE EXTENSION SERVICE | GEORGIA SEA GRANT

The Marine Extension Service (MAREX) works to increase the efficiency of existing marine industries, to identify




Shannon Wilder | swilder@uga.edu | 706-542-0535 SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The Small Business Development Center provides a wide range of educational opportunities to small business owners, potential entrepreneurs and community leadership organizations that support efforts to create, sustain or expand business ventures. Allan Adams | aadams@georgiasbdc.org | 706-542-2762 STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the public of all ages and UGA faculty and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces. Wilf Nicholls | wilfnich@uga.edu | 706-542-6131


State Botanical Garden of Georgia

The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service


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A national leader in university outreach. The leader in bringing the university’s resources to each of Georgia’s 159 counties and 500+ cities and around the world. Eight units providing diverse services: Archway Partnership, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Marine Extension Service, Office of Service-Learning, Small Business Development Center, State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Actively involving UGA students and faculty in outreach through partnerships with all 17 schools and colleges. Looking ahead with new strategies to help Georgia excel in meeting complex 21st-century challenges. Contributing to Georgia’s well-being and prosperity by helping create jobs, develop leaders and address pressing issues.


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2013-14 Public Service and Outreach Annual Report  

2013-14 Public Service and Outreach Annual Report