USG e-clips from April 22, 2015

University System News:
Third Rail Studios in Doraville is latest addition to Georgia’s burgeoning film industry
What if Georgia replaced California as a filmmaking destination? It’s not so farfetched when you realize that the state is already ranked as one of the top three locations for movie and television productions, according to Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Last year alone, Governor Nathan Deal reported, 158 feature film and television productions were shot in the state, generating $1.4 billion. The growth of the state’s film industry, especially in Atlanta, has been so rapid that local businesses are scrambling to keep up with the demand for state-of-the-art production services and sound stages to accommodate major Hollywood studios and corporations who are bringing their production work to the region. …The state is preparing to help provide training through Governor Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative, a collective effort of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia and leaders in the entertainment industries.

USG Institutions:
Interim dean named for medical partnership campus
An assistant dean at Athens’ Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership has been named interim dean of the campus, the University System of Georgia announced on Tuesday.
Leslie Petch Lee, assistant dean for curriculum at the partnership, will take over for the school’s founding dean, Barbara Schuster, on May 13.
Georgia HBCUs Offer In-State Tuition to Students From Nearby States
In an effort to boost enrollments, Savannah State University and Albany State University, historically Black educational institutions in Georgia, will now offer in-state tuition rates to students from Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina. The tuition waiver will be in effect for the next three academic years. Students who enroll under the program will be able to maintain in-state tuition rate status for the duration of the time they are enrolled at these Georgia HBCUs.
Vet who sparked flag furor calls for constitutional amendment
By Adam Floyd | Community News Content
VALDOSTA, Ga. — Former Air Force trainer and Playboy model Michelle Manhart, who once posed nude with the American flag, is calling for a constitutional amendment against flag desecration. Manhart was banned Friday from Valdosta State University after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators who were walking on it. The incident gained national attention over the weekend, resulting in an outpouring of support and sparking a national discussion concerning flag desecration and free speech. On Tuesday, Manhart also announced the details of a rally this week in support of the flag. Speaking with The Valdosta Daily Times, Manhart acknowledged that Supreme Court decisions in 1989 and 1990 effectively nullified U.S. and state codes regarding the treatment of the American flag, and said she supports a constitutional amendment that would once again make it a crime to desecrate the flag.
Arrest warrant issued in Valdosta State campus protest after gun found
By David Markiewicz – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Valdosta State University police said an arrest warrant has been issued for a campus protester after they found a backpack on school property with a handgun inside that they linked to him. Police are asking for help in locating the man, Eric Sheppard, who they said is believed to be in hiding and is considered armed and dangerous. They said there was no evidence that he was on university property.
First graders living the college life
A boy named Charlie looked up with a smile as he walked in a long line of first-graders near the front steps of the Miller Learning Center on the University of Georgia campus on Tuesday. “Hey, look it’s America,” he said, reaching both hands toward a U.S. flag waving in the wind. “This is America.” Charlie and more than 80 of his classmates from Athens’ J.J. Harris Elementary School field-tripped to UGA to get a taste of the college life, and to learn about Latin American countries and cultures. Through Experience UGA, a partnership between UGA and the Clarke County School District, both entities are working to bring every Clarke student, prekindergarten through high school, to the university campus at least once a school year. …“This exposes them and gives them the experience of seeing college students walking around and professors in a classroom,” Arinze said. “The hope is they hang on to this experience and set the goal to go to college.”
Georgia Students, Activists Call For ‘Debt-Free’ College
As tuition increases, students are calling on presidential candidates to let everyone graduate from a public college without student-loan debt. In a classroom at Georgia State University, a handful of students, members of the left-leaning Progressive Change Campaign Committee and others spoke about the idea of debt-free college.

Higher Education News:
A group of three Senate Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, this week introduced a resolution promoting debt-free public college. Several Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives put forward an accompanying proposal. The brief Senate resolution describes a plan to help states pay more for higher education, to increase financial aid to cover students’ living expenses and to encourage innovation that would make college more affordable.
Shifts in Computer Science Interest
By Kaitlin Mulhere
Efforts to shrink the gender gap in computer science would benefit from a better understanding of who pursues computer science and why. That’s the basis of a paper, “Anatomy of an Enduring Gender Gap: The Evolution of Women’s Participation in Computer Science,” which analyzed students’ interest in computer science over a 40-year period. The paper was presented Monday at the American Educational Research Association’s 2015 annual meeting. The authors found wide fluctuations in students’ interest in computer science between 1971 and 2011 but a steady underrepresentation of women. To help combat that, the paper recommends focusing on ways that computer science can lead to careers that are creative and have positive effects on communities, because women with artistic or social activist leanings haven’t perceived computer science as complementary to those interests.
A Piece of the Online Pie
By Carl Straumsheim
The online “enabler” company Academic Partnerships plans to share tuition revenue with faculty members at partnering universities as the company prepares a major update of its online education platform. The revenue-sharing model is part of Academic Partnerships 3.0, the updated online education platform the company announced today. The platform supports asynchronous content, which online students can consume on their own time, but it will be updated this fall to support what CEO Randy Best described as blended learning in a fully online setting that is made available to an international audience.