USG e-clips from April 27, 2015

USG Institutions:
University of Alabama honors Albany State President Art Dunning, who helped break color barrier on football team
Art Dunning and four other walk-ons became the first black players for the Crimson Tide in spring 1967
By Terry Lewis
ALBANY — In the early spring of 1967, segregation at the University of Alabama was slowly dying, inch-by-inch. Black students were scattered throughout the university, yet the Crimson Tide football team remained completely white. That was about to change. Four years after then-Gov. George Wallace’s infamous stand in the schoolhouse door, five black football players made history by walking onto the team during Alabama’s spring practice. The five — Art Dunning, Dock Rone, Melvin Leverette, Jerome Tucker and Andrew Pernell — were making a statement. “Four of us made the decision collectively to walk on and one, Dock Rone, did it individually. He’d already had a conversation with Coach (Bear) Bryant,” said Dunning, now the interim president at Albany State University. “We thought if Dock was going out, let’s go out with him. It’s time for transition.” …Two weeks ago, Dunning, along with Pernell and Roan, attended Alabama’s spring game and were given plaques commemorating their induction into the A Club. When Dunning looks at that plaque, earned through a courageous move in 1967, what does he see? “I see a symbolic reflection of an action taken by a person whose family and ancestors helped make the state of Alabama and the athletic program of its flagship institution a better place,” Dunning answered.
UNG to open Blue Ridge instructional site
By AccessWDUN Staff
DAHLONEGA – With state funding approved recently, the University of North Georgia (UNG) plans to open an instructional site this fall in Blue Ridge that will increase college opportunities for students in northeast Georgia. At its meeting on April 14, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents approved $943,000 in the Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget for the new instructional site. “Access to quality, affordable higher education is vital to creating jobs in today’s economy,” said Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), who represents Fannin and Gilmer counties and a portion of Dawson County. “Having a permanent, first-rate institution of higher learning in our community has long been a goal of mine. This campus will mean great things for generations to come in our part of Georgia.”
Administrators ask: What would a UGA women’s center look like?
A group of women’s studies students recently handed a petition to University of Georgia President Jere Morehead. The petition called for the establishment of a women’s center. The barrier to building any such entity, though, is that the lack of a concrete concept. UGA’s two top administrators say they are not opposed in principle to a women’s center on campus, but they wonder exactly what role such a center would perform.
Georgia Regents nursing students raise money, hold vigil in support of grieving Georgia Southern
By Travis Highfield
Staff Writer
Goering and about 300 other students from Georgia Regents College of Nursing gathered Friday on the Health Sciences campus to pay their respects to the five killed in the crash. …Georgia Regents students, mostly dressed in Georgia Southern blue with gold ribbons pinned to their shirts, took photos for social media and collected money to donate to the School of Nursing Students’ Memorial Fund, created to honor the late Eagles.
Valdosta State flag rally generally peaceful, authorities say
David Markiewicz and Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Local law enforcement officials said a protest on the campus of Valdosta State University on Friday was generally peaceful, the Associated Press reported. Classes were canceled at the school for the day because of safety concerns surrounding the “Flags Over VSU” rally intended to show support for the American flag.
After Flag Desecration, University Does Something Incredible to Support Veterans and the Flag
By Ryan Burnside
Last week on the campus of Valdosta State University, an alleged group of Black Panther members used the American flag as a sign of racial protest, trampling and desecrating the flag in the process When military veteran and former model Michelle Manhart received word that the group of protesters had thrown the flag on the ground and stomped on it, she took action and subsequently took the flag into her possession, causing a ruckus on campus that ended with her being detained by police and banned from the campus. In response to her brave flag rescue and in a massive show of support for Old Glory, an event was created on Facebook called “Flags over VSU,” with over four thousand supporters registering to attend. In an unusual response for a large university, classes were canceled for the day to allow the massive flag rally to take place.
Student, alum react to Flags Over VSU rally Friday near Valdosta State University
By Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times
VALDOSTA (TNS) — In the hour before the Flags Over VSU rally, law enforcement officers and rally-goers took positions along the rally route on North Patterson Street. One of those rally-goers was Jared Scott, a Valdosta State University senior who showed up to the rally with friends and classmates. “When it happened, I said ‘give this a couple of days and people are going to blow it up’,” said Scott. “There are a bunch of people who know what’s going on, but I assure you there’s a portion that just needs a reason to be angry. What the guy did, whether you agree with it or not, wasn’t illegal.” …Morgan added that while he didn’t approve of trampling or damaging the flag, he did acknowledge the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1989 Texas v. Johnson case concerning flag desecration as a matter of free speech.
‘A Day I’ll Never Forget for the Rest of My Life’: Dad Honors Son at Flag Rally
Following Manhart’s inspiring stand for Old Glory, more rallies protests have taken place at Valdosta State University in Georgia. None were as large as the one that took place yesterday, when thousands showed up in support of the stars and stripes. Frankie Gay, a Valdosta State alum and Gold Star Parent, appeared on “Fox and Friends Weekend” this morning to explain why he distributed 10,000 American flags during the rally. “It was a very proud day for Valdosta and our hometown,” Gay said, adding that supplying the flags was one of the easiest and most honorable things he’s ever done. “To me, the flag is more about the veterans, the men and women that put their lives on the line every day for our freedom,” Gay said. “Everybody rallied together yesterday behind the flag, and we rallied as one. I tell you, it was a very moving day, and it’s a day I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.”
North Georgia colleges aim to prevent sexual abuse on campus
Security, awareness key factors to avoiding danger
By Kristen Oliver
One in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted, harassed or abused while in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. At the University of North Georgia’s campuses, 41 reports of sexual misconduct have been made this school year. None have been made at Brenau University. New campus safety recommendations will be presented May 19 following work by a Campus Safety and Security Committee that University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced in September.
ASU PD watches like a hawk
By Jim Wallace
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany State University continues to improve their “eyes in the sky” protection over campus. Dispatchers monitor cameras that cover most of campus 24/7. Albany State has 335 surveillance cameras across their campus, watching for trouble day and night. Students say they are happy for that security. Albany State University Police check video in their command center to investigate situations on their campus. Their cameras can show officers exactly what happened. Albany State University “We take a proactive approach to alleviate crime on campus. No campus is crime free, but we definitely work toward it,” said ASU Police Major Cadedria Hill.335 cameras like this are watching. Outside and inside the halls of the buildings.
Savannah professor, police, pastors talk recidivism reduction at Armstrong State University
By Dash Coleman
Vernon Gellineau posed with his two new dress shirts and a tie Saturday afternoon as a Savannah Impact Program staffer took a photo of him on her cellphone. “I definitely needed these,” he said. He has some job prospects lined up, after all. The 36-year-old Savannah man, an inmate at Coastal Transitional Center for about 40 days, then walked a few doors down in Armstrong State University’s Solms Hall to meet representatives from temporary employment agencies. They were offering the chance at light industrial work to people who are returning to life outside of prison.
UGA student protester not in violation, university panel rules
A student disciplinary panel determined on Friday that a University of Georgia student did not violate UGA student conduct codes when he was arrested in a demonstration against state lawmakers’ refusal to expand the Medicaid program in Georgia. UGA undergraduate Adam Veale was among 12 people police peacefully detained in Atlanta on March 2 as they protested state political leaders’ refusal to accept federal money meant to extend Medicaid health insurance coverage to about 650,000 Georgians.
KSU women’s basketball coach accused of harrassment
by John Bednarowski
Kennesaw State University women’s basketball coach Nitra Perry was accused of verbal and physical harassment toward her players, according to a video published Friday by KSU Owl Radio, the university’s student-run streaming radio station. In the 31Ž2-minute-long video, former Kennesaw State player Breonna Mosely accused Perry of going as far as aggressively putting her hands on a player.
Consequences of arctic melt exposed by Skidaway researcher
Submitted by Mary Landers
As the planet warms, the doors are being thrown open on a massive storehouse of carbon in the arctic, warns University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography researcher Aron Stubbins. Stubbins is part of a team investigating how ancient carbon, locked away in Arctic permafrost for thousands of years, is now being released into the atmosphere. The results of the study were published in Geophysical Research Letters.

University Systems News:
National expert discusses financial challenges in higher education
Technology changes also a factor in undergraduate redesign
By Kristen Oliver
Student loan debt has exceeded credit card debt in this country. So said George Mehaffy with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities at the University of North Georgia on Friday. Mehaffy gave a presentation addressing the “constant changes” and challenges of higher education in the 21st century. One of these changes is the rising cost of a college degree. Earlier this month, tuition for state universities was raised by the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. A large portion of Mehaffy’s presentation addressed the drastic change in the affordability of a college degree over the years. “What I want to talk about is changes that are going to have all of us in the higher education community thinking about the work that we do going forward,” he said. Mehaffy recently launched the Red Balloon Project with AASCU. The project is a national initiative to redesign undergraduate education because of 21st century demands, including changes in technology and reductions in funding. …UNG hosted a Student Money Management event Friday for state institutions on its Gainesville campus. Representatives from the University System of Georgia and state counselors, admissions officers, financial advisers and more attended the one-day conference on financial literacy.

Higher Education News:
How to Save American Colleges
The Purdue president on freezing tuition, how to reduce student debt, and busting the accreditation cartel.
West Lafayette, Ind.
With acceptance letters in hand, millions of high-schools seniors ruminating over where to attend college—and their parents who are panicked that their kid might pick the place with the best climbing wall—should all take a breath: It doesn’t much matter where you go to college. What matters is “how you go,” says Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana. He then lays out the results of the Gallup-Purdue Index, a national survey of 30,000 college graduates that was first released last year. The survey attempts to quantify not only what graduates earn but also how well they are navigating adult life.
The Future of College: It’s Online
Coursera’s Daphne Koller says online education will remove barriers to higher learning for millions—and change the way universities are run
Universities as we know them began nearly a millennium ago as elite institutions that admitted only a few students from privileged families. Over time, the doors have opened wider, first helping give rise to a middle class, and more recently to increasing numbers of women and minorities. Yet college today remains an experience not available to everyone who needs it—largely due to boundaries set by cost, time and space. Technology is changing that. The growth of the Internet and spread of mobile networking devices have untethered education in ways that are eliminating geographic and other physical barriers to a top-quality education.
Title IX Coordinators Required
By Jake New
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a new “guidance package” Friday to help colleges understand the requirements and expectations of their Title IX coordinators. The package’s primary reminder: don’t forget to designate a coordinator for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in the first place.
Mental-Health Crunch on Campus
Universities are hiring more psychologists and psychiatrists, but students in some cases are footing much of the bill
Universities are hiring more social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists as demand for campus mental-health services rises. But persistent budget gaps mean that students in some cases foot much of the cost of the positions.