USG eclips August 18, 2015

USG Institutions:
Middle Georgia State Welcomes First Class of University Students
Thressea Boyd
A longtime dream begins this week as Middle Georgia State starts its first academic year as a university. Georgia’s newest public university started its celebration on July 1, with events at all five campuses—Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins—and festivities are scheduled throughout the year. With support from the Board of Regents, faculty, staff and students, alumni, Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Central Georgia community the process to become the state’s newest university progressed very quickly. On March 18, 2015, the Board of Regents unanimously approved Middle Georgia State’s request for university status.
UGA enrollment could set record
If it seemed like there are more University of Georgia students than ever as fall classes began Monday, that might be accurate. Judging from enrollment figures posted on the UGA Office of Institutional Research website Monday, UGA will set a new enrollment record this year. UGA’s final fall quarter 2014 enrollment was 35,197, the university’s largest fall semester enrollment on record, according to University System of Georgia statistics. As of Monday, as clases began, UGA enrollment stood at 35,651, an increase of 454 from last fall’s record enrollment, according to figures posted on the UGA Office of Institutional Research website.
CCGA students, staff ready to roll into new school year
by Anna Hall
New College of Coastal Georgia students filled the Brunswick campus Monday for the first of two Anchor Days, following the weekend move-in days. Today will the second Anchor Day will take place. Classes begin Wednesday. Energy has been running high on the college campus for weeks with professors, college staff and administrators prepping for the 2015-2016 school year, said John Cornell, marketing and public relations director for the college. This year, several new projects have been launched to help energize students and staff, Cornell said. …Cornell estimates the college will see enrollment numbers hovering near 3,100, a slight rise over last year’s 3,080 students.
Man On The Street: How Was Your First Day Of College?
Students returned to campus on Monday for the first day of classes at the University of Georgia. And while this might not be a big deal to some, freshman students received their first glimpse into what life is like as a Bulldog. They attended their first classes, met their new professors and walked among their 35,000 fellow students for the first time. The Red & Black took to the streets to ask these students about their first day of college.
AT&T donates $2,500 to Albany State student programs
By Krista Monk
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany State University accepted a check in support of their scholarship and retention programs. The goal of the donation from AT&T is to help students who are having a hard time finding the financial resources to pay for school.
GRU study gets $2.2M grant from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Ellie Hensley
Staff Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Augusta, Ga.-based Georgia Regents University received a $2.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a study that is breeding fat mice with more muscle to give insight on battling cardiovascular risks linked to obesity. Even without losing fat, gaining muscle appears to go a long way in preventing the bad cardiovascular effects of obesity. …The study is led by Dr. David Stepp, a vascular biologist in GRU’s Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia.
Students denied permanent ramp under North Campus Arch
Lauren McDonald
The University of Georgia built a ramp next to the Arch this summer so that students with disabilities can conveniently reach the bus stop below. But one student group still demands that a permanent ramp be built under the Arch as well.
Report: Officer used excessive force against drunk UGA student
Breaking News Staff
An Athens-Clarke County police officer has been fired and is now facing felony assault charges stemming from his arrest of an intoxicated UGA student in June, according to a report in the Athens Banner-Herald. Officer Jonathan Fraser was fired last month after an investigation found that he used ‘excessive force’ when he arrested University of Georgia student Michael Roquet early June 13, according to the in-depth news report.
A UGA Astronomer Helped Discover a Planet
By Blake Aued
University of Georgia astronomy professor Inseok Song was part of a team that recently discovered a gas-giant planet orbiting a distant star. The planet, called 51 Eridani b, is about twice the size of Jupiter and slightly further away from its star than Saturn is to our sun. It is both the faintest and coldest alien planet ever imaged, at about 800 degrees, compared to a typical 1,2000 degrees. It also contains far more methane than a typical gas giant. Because 51 Eridani b is located within a young star system, it could provide clues about how planets form, scientists say.
Drunk driving simulator to be at Kennesaw State University today
by Will Moore
KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University is offering students the chance to experience the dangers of drunk driving through the use of a virtual reality drunk driving simulator. …The program is funded by a Young Adult grant awarded to KSU’s Center for Health Promotion and Wellness by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The Young Adult program is an awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of traffic fatalities among 18- to 24-year-old drivers, a high-risk group.

Higher Education News:
Billions in Pell Grants go to students who never graduate
A Hechinger Report analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities — which is not otherwise publicly reported anywhere — suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees. And while some schools with large numbers of Pell recipients have strong graduation rates for those students, the ones receiving the biggest share of the money often do not.
Central Florida Fraternity Suspended After Rape Chant
The University of Central Florida chapter of Sigma Nu has been suspended after the university received and reviewed a video of some of the fraternity’s members chanting phrases that seemed to encourage sexual assault.