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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Campus: Tuition to rise, Morehouse’s policy, new college info tool

By Eric Stirgus

There was plenty of news on the money front this week from the state’s University System. It will cost many public college students a little more to go to school next fall. This week’s AJC On Campus leads off with those changes and some of the other news that took place on various campuses in recent days. Tuition increases The state’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition by 2.5% at all 26 schools in the University System of Georgia and some fees at 11 schools. Housing costs will also rise at some dorms. There was some good news for students. Online tuition will drop by 33%. Here’s more about the changes. New tool to find out about Georgia’s public colleges Do want to know what percentage of Georgia State University students stay in school after their first year? How about the cost for Georgia residents to attend Kennesaw State University? Maybe, you’re curious about the average amount of money students borrow to attend Clayton State University? The University System of Georgia has a weblink for that. The system recently created a link on its website called “student outcomes”… Medical marijuana on campus Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a bill to grow and sell medical marijuana in Georgia. So what does this have to do with colleges? The bill calls for the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University to seek licenses to produce and manufacture the oil. …Mystery lingers around HBCU bill Several community leaders, alumni and lawmakers are still scratching their heads about a last-minute piece of legislation that would have combined Georgia’s three public black colleges – Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities – into a new “Georgia A&M University System.” The legislation, Senate Bill 273, was introduced near the end of the recent legislative session and quickly withdrawn. However, some folks still want answers about how this came about. A town hall meeting on the topic was scheduled Thursday evening in Albany, the Albany Herald reported. …Welcome Mr. President Georgia Southern University’s new president, Kyle Marrero, is off to an interesting start. He co-hosted this week’s Board of Regents meeting in Savannah and was thanked by the board for his hospitality. However, there’s questions about some operations there. …Ladies first Some Georgia students recently won two big competitions. …We learned Thursday that two Georgia State University students won the top prize and $75,000 at the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge last weekend in Minneapolis. The students, Chanté Knox and Dia Davis, founded DelivHer, a proprietary absorbent product and monthly subscription service for women’s hygiene needs. … Helping students with disabilities Georgia Tech has an interesting program that helps students with intellectual disabilities “mainstream” instead of segregating, isolating or giving up on them.


Gainesville Times

This app created by UNG students could change the way you purchase — and give — products

Layne Saliba

Caleb Hearn was sitting at the table with his father, Mike, who was drinking a glass of 19 Crimes wine, the bottle sitting nearby. The characters depicted on the wine bottle’s label come to life when customers open an app on their phone and point their camera toward it. It was in that moment the life of Hearn’s app, Opus Affinity, began. The University of North Georgia’s Caleb Hearn,  and Sam Herrera placed in the top-5 of the InVenture competition recently. The two business management majors developed an app for breweries and wineries to display messages by scanning labels.


Marietta Daily Journal

Henssler donates Cap & Gown for KSU graduating seniors

MDJ Staff

Kennesaw-based Henssler Financial is helping four graduating seniors at Kennesaw State University with the cost of their cap and gown for the Spring Commencement ceremony. The financial burden of walking during the commencement ceremony was brought to Henssler’s attention through their work with the KSU Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services, which offers support to KSU students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity and/or the foster care system. “We first learned of their [KSU CARE’s] pantry where students can come once a month for food and toiletries,” said Pat Henssler, principal at Henssler Financial. “Walking across that stage for a diploma is an accomplishment to be celebrated. But to do that, they have to buy a gown that they’ll never wear again. These are students who are struggling to eat.”


Middle Georgia CEO

Dr. Kirk A. Nooks to be Invested as the Fourth President of Gordon State College

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

In a ceremony to be attended by local and state officials representing government and education, friends, family, students, faculty and staff, Dr. Kirk A. Nooks will be Invested as the Fourth President of Gordon State College. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26th in the Student Activities and Recreation Center on the east side of the Gordon State College campus. The public is invited to attend. The campus will be closed and classes cancelled through noon, and all offices will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon to allow students and the campus community to attend the Investiture. “It is with the highest honor that I will be formally invested as the President of this historic institution,” said Nooks. “I am deeply moved that members of our 14-county primary service region, Gordon students, members of the campus community and friends and family from near and far will be present and a part of this event.”


The Spectator

Celebrating 47 years: Odum Library’s past, present and future

It rises from the palm trees like a colonial fortress, two-toned against the blue sky. Overlooking the clay-tiled roofs of every other building on campus, Odum Library guards over 550,000 bound volumes and is one of VSU’s largest buildings. Last week was National Library Week, and the stars aligned so that Odum Library also celebrated its 47th birthday on April 11. Free cupcakes, pins and party hats brought in the celebration of the library’s construction in 1972. The library wasn’t christened Odum Library until 1990, when the Board of Regents honored retired English professor Gertrude Gilmer Odum, who amassed a considerable sum of money throughout 44 years of teaching. “She was not a wealthy woman, but she was thrifty,” said Deborah Davis, director of Archives and Special Collections at VSU. “She saved up a whole lot of money and wound up giving one or two million dollars to the university.”



Georgia Southern University to open business incubator in Metter

By:  Khalil Maycock

A partnership between the city of Metter and Georgia Southern University could bring more opportunities for entrepreneurs to the area due to the university opening a business incubator there. In a couple of months, the Metter Public Works Department building will be transformed into a space for entrepreneurs looking to take their businesses to the next level. Once open it’ll be the university’s second incubator. The other is in Statesboro, and home to an array of businesses. However, Metter mayor Ed Boyd said the incubator in his city will be geared more towards agricultural businesses. “Metter is working closely with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and Georgia Grown program. …”Georgia Southern doesn’t have a footprint in Candler County so the ability to extend our reach as a regional institution is really really important. We’re here to serve the entire South Georgia area and Metter is a prime location for us to explore the opportunity to start launching businesses and start helping entrepreneurs,” Halaby added.


Athens CEO

UGA Building Renovations Win Awards from Georgia Trust

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Three University of Georgia building renovation projects have received statewide awards from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The Agricultural Research Building and H.H. Tift Building at the UGA Tifton campus received an Excellence in Rehabilitation award, and the Russell Hall renovation received an award for Excellence in Sustainable Preservation. “Each of these projects was a team effort and they reflect our shared commitment of preserving our heritage through state stewardship of our cultural resources while incorporating modern features and systems that support the University’s mission,” said University Architect Gwynne Darden.


Douglas Now


SGSC Phi Theta Kappa chapters receive national awards Spring semester has been an eventful time for the South Georgia State College chapters of Phi Theta Kappa. Chapter advisors Amy Hancock and Alexandra Cardiel, along with members Kristen Davis and Ernest Wesley, attended the 2019 Catalyst Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, April 4 – 7, 2019. …After receiving an award at the Georgia Region Spring Conference as the top distinguished chapter for the Georgia Region, SGSC chapter members and advisors were invited to the stage several times to receive national attention. The recognition for SGSC’s chapters began with Kappa Sigma’s chapter vice president, Ernest Wesley, proudly waving the Georgia flag during the traditional Parade of Flags ceremony to kick off the weekend. Also, Jason Quick, a representative from Phi Theta Kappa headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, attended the Georgia Region meeting at Catalyst to present a national Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award to the Kristen Davis, Kappa Sigma chapter president.


Savannah CEO

2019 Georgia Southern Alumni Association Awards Honor Service, Achievement

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

The 2019 Georgia Southern University Alumni Association Awards were presented Saturday, April 13, to eight distinguished alumni at the Nessmith-Lane Center on the Statesboro Campus. The 2019 recipients are:


Athens CEO

UGA’s Talking Dog Team Wins “Battle of the Brands” for Work on Behalf of Second Helpings Atlanta

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

On April 10, Talking Dog, the University of Georgia’s full-service student-run advertising and PR agency, hosted its annual “Battle of the Brands” where each of the agency’s student teams was invited to present its work on behalf of the client they have supported through the entire school year, and to compete for top recognition of its creative and strategic output. For the 2018-2019 school year, Second Helpings Atlanta, the nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta by rescuing surplus, perishable food and delivering it to those in need, was selected as one of Talking Dog’s clients. …At the 2019 “Battle of the Brands” at the Grady School of Journalism, this year’s Talking Dog teams showed work for clients as diverse as The Coca-Cola Company, Four Fat Cows, and Live Wire Athens. The SHA team won three of the top four prizes: “Fan Favorite” – voted on by the event’s 125+ attendees, “Best Campaign Strategy,” and “Unsung Hero,” recognizing Gina’s and Cara’s joint leadership throughout the year.


Inside Higher Ed

Censorship in a China Studies Journal

Scholars say they thought a journal was run on Western standards of free expression, but they found Chinese government control instead.

By Elizabeth Redden

Yet another account of censorship involving a China studies journal has come to light. And the scholars involved say this case involves an insidious “blurring of boundaries” where they were misled into thinking Western publishing standards would apply when in fact the journal in question was subject to Chinese government censorship. Lorraine Wong and Jacob Edmond, both professors at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, have written an account of the censorship they encountered when they edited a planned special issue of the journal Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. Wong and Edmond encountered this censorship in editing the planned special issue on the topic of “how diverse understandings and uses of the Chinese script have shaped not only Chinese literature and culture but also representations of China in the wider world.” They oversaw a peer-review process and accepted four essays. But they wrote that when they received the proofs for the issue shortly before the publication date, one of the four essays, by Jin Liu, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, was entirely missing. Their introductory essay had also been “crudely edited” to remove references to Liu’s essay, which focused on an artist who uses invented characters to satirize the Chinese Communist Party.


Savannah Morning News

Editorial: Affordability at issue for state colleges

Four dollars doesn’t sound like much. Many of us spend that amount and more to get our morning caffeine fix. And on gas to get back and forth to work. And to order that on-demand movie when we can’t sleep at night. It’s only four bucks, right? The University System of Georgia tuition hike approved earlier this week — with no discussion from the Board of Regents and no objecting votes — is worthy of more than the usual $4 shrug. The 2.5 percent increase, the equivalent of $4 per credit hour at Savannah’s two public universities, is just the latest reminder of the escalating cost of educating our state’s residents. The board’s move to raise tuition for 2019-20 is not the issue. The budget warrants the increase, and the University System of Georgia has been proactive in adjusting to the rapid evolution of higher education by tweaking programs, consolidating schools and updating technology.



Delta expects to hire thousands of new aircraft mechanics in the next decade

Veteran airplane mechanics can make more than $100,000 per year.

Author: Lauren Padgett

Atlanta’s “hometown” Delta Air Lines is making a big push to hire new airplane mechanics as veteran workers prepare for retirement. Corporations and businesses are practically begging people to fill high-paying jobs across major industries – and Delta wants to make sure that future mechanics know that these jobs pay the bills. In fact, Delta Air Lines pays its veteran “aviation maintenance technicians” upwards of $100,000 per year – comparable to a typical University of Georgia grad who makes just over $100,000 per year on average after several years in the workforce, according to …The tuition at GNTC to earn Federal Aviation Administration certification costs about $11,000 for the two-year program. That’s a fraction of what the tuition costs for a four-year degree at UGA, about $38,000, according to the University System of Georgia.

Not sold quite yet?

Aircraft maintenance is considered one of the top 17 high-demand career fields in the country, which means that Georgia students in those programs can qualify for a HOPE Career Grant – which could mean free tuition. Right now, there are 39,000 students across Georgia attending two-year technical colleges for free, earning degrees in those high-demand career fields.  By comparison, there are more than 320,000 students paying to earn degrees from the State University System of Georgia, students who are likely to earn salaries comparable to their two-year technical college counterparts.


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Market Watch

Lessons to learn from the days before student loans

Before the 1960s, a degree wasn’t as necessary to compete

By Anna Helhoski

College tuition was less than what today’s students pay for textbooks when Caron and Jack Knopoff attended Chicago’s Wright Junior College in the mid-1960s. Tuition at what is now Wilbur Wright College was $24 per credit hour, Caron Knopoff says. To cover this cost, the couple, who were dating at the time, lived with their own parents and worked — Caron at an insurance agency and Jack at an accounting firm. Caron later transferred to Northeastern Illinois University to complete her bachelor’s degree in primary education. There, she says tuition was around $200 a year. Jack completed a degree in accounting at Roosevelt University, paying $40 per credit hour. Graduating from college debt-free is uncommon today: Two-thirds of the class of 2017 graduated with student loans averaging $28,650, according to The Institute for College Access and Success.



New college graduates enjoy the best job market in years with more offers and better salaries

Jessica Dickler

It’s a good time to be a graduate. Those armed with a newly minted diploma will enter a job market with unemployment near the lowest level in 50 years and job prospects up significantly from just last year. Employers plan to hire nearly 11% more graduates from the class of 2019 than they did from the class of 2018, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This also marks the first time since 2011 that hiring projections are in the double digits, NACE said. Improved job opportunities were spread across most industries, including accounting and professional services, NACE said, with wholesale trade as the only exception.


Black Enterprise


Sequoia Blodgett by Sequoia Blodgett

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy have partnered up to launch of the Hennessy Fellows Program, a $10 million graduate scholarship initiative designed to equip the next generation of African American leaders through financial assistance, access, and real-world skill application. The Hennessy Fellows program is designed to create a diverse pipeline of highly qualified talent over the next 10 years and flood the market with young leaders from historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who are fully prepared to take on leadership roles at major organizations.