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CSU Program’s Success Inspires School Safety Legislation

Congressional legislation introduced yesterday by Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA03) to address school safety nationwide was largely inspired by the success of a program at Columbus State University and the expertise of CSU Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Chip Reese. “Schools like Columbus State University are leading the way and building a national model to keep our schools safe and our students successful,” wrote Ferguson in an editorial today regarding his Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act (BIG Act). The idea for the legislation began when Ferguson reached out to CSU for input on how to keep schools safer. Reese, who helped create a behavioral intervention program at CSU in 2008, shared his expertise with Ferguson, as well as the success CSU has had using behavioral intervention.


Albany Herald

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital welcome new residents

UGA College of Pharmacy Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus began accepting third-year students in August 2012

From Staff Reports

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus in Albany, along with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, recently welcomed incoming first-year postgraduate pharmacy residents. The new residents are Dr. Phong Ly from Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy in Jordan, Utah; Dr. Tia Stitt from UGA College of Pharmacy in Athens; Dr. Jiayuan Zhang, from the UGA College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Elizabeth Nguyen from Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta. Beginning its 12th year, the program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Goals of the program include preparation of pharmacy clinicians for patient care positions, training in a specialty area of choice, adjunct faculty positions and leadership positions in the practice of pharmacy. Residents participate in a number of experiences, including emergency medicine, internal medicine, critical care, ambulatory care, infectious disease, informatics, oncology and research.


Desert News

Fraternity pledges $20 million to Huntsman Cancer Institute for research and treatment

By Gretel Kauffman

…More than 600 members of the Sigma Chi fraternity gathered at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on the University of Utah campus Friday night to announce a pledge of $20 million. The funds will go toward women’s cancer research and treatment at the Institute and its new Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. …The University of Utah chapter was one of three that were recognized Friday for raising at least $100,000 for the institute, the other two being chapters from Oregon State University and Georgia Southern University.



Hall, Habersham students among those to benefit from $25K grant to University of North Georgia

A grant from AT&T to the University of North Georgia will be used to help more than 115 area high school students for whom English is not their primary language. According to a UNG news release, the $25,000 grant will help ensure that first generation non-English native speaking students receive academic enrichment support that will help them to succeed in high school and beyond. Now entering its 20th year, Steps to College is a summer for-credit program designed to meet the needs of bilingual or multilingual area high school students who are also English learners. “Every child has the potential to succeed and is a vital part of Georgia’s future,” said state Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega. “I am so proud of UNG and the administrators, teachers and volunteers who are doing so much to ensure that these students are not left behind but are prepared to pursue and accomplish their dreams.”


Savannah Morning News

College students donate usable items to Goodwill

As area college students moved off campus this year, they have donated a combined 101,770 pounds of items to Goodwill Southeast Georgia, according to Goodwill. A record number of students participated in the program this year, increasing donations by more than 25% compared to 2018. Students giving this year were from East Georgia College, Coastal Georgia College, Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus, Savannah State University, and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Goodwill organizations around the country team up with local colleges and universities each year to eliminate waste on campuses and divert usable items from landfills, according to Goodwill. The sale of these donated items fund critical job training and employment service programs for people in our community.


WGAU Radio


By: Mike Wooten

The University of Georgia College of Engineering has been honored for its commitment to diversity and inclusion by the American Society of Engineering Education and its Engineering Deans Council. The college was named a bronze-level institution in ASEE’s national Diversity Recognition Program, the highest level currently possible. Launched this year, the recognition program is designed to encourage institutional transformation in engineering schools and colleges around the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is the first national effort to publicly recognize engineering institutions for their success in building a diverse workforce.


Gainesville Times

How UNG-Gainesville plans to utilize former Lanier Tech site

Josh Silavent

After years of anticipation, the University of North Georgia will officially acquire the former Lanier Technical College property adjoining the university’s Gainesville campus on Monday, July 1. And that sets the stage for UNG to begin renovating the decades-old buildings, a $19 million project with work likely to begin this fall and completed over 14 months. “Acquiring this property is going to be transformative for this campus,” said Dr. Richard Oates, vice president of UNG’s Gainesville campus. Oates said he expects the former Lanier Tech property to be seamlessly integrated into the university’s burgeoning campus.


Middle Georgia CEO

Central Georgia Technical College Signs First Articulation Agreement with Gordon State College

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Central Georgia Technical College signed an articulation agreement with Gordon State College (GSC) this week for the transfer of credit from the College’s newest General Studies associate degree into four-year bachelor degree programs at GSC, on campus or online. “Central Georgia Technical College has always been a higher education beacon in this part of the state,” said Gordon State College President Dr. Kirk A. Nooks. “This articulation demonstrates that students can complete their academic journey locally and maintain their commitment to developing the talent base within the region.” Leadership from each institution’s Academic Affairs divisions actively pursued this agreement, the first between the two institutions. Each institution is calling the agreement an active educational partnership in providing educational opportunities for students of both institutions.



Middle Georgia State partners with Bibb County to make Macon campus more visible

Facilities Director Trey Crisp said the county was in need of fill dirt, and they had plenty blocking the view of their campus to spare

Author: Pepper Baker

Middle Georgia State University worked with Macon-Bibb County on a recent project that helped make their Macon campus more visible. “It’s kind of an eyesore, you know driving down. It’s like a bunch of trees,” Middle Georgia State senior Rojean Sanders said. She thinks the Middle Georgia State campus is beautiful, and she’s happy others can now see what it looks like from the interstate. …The east side of MGSU’s campus used to be covered by dirt piles and trees, which blocked the view from Interstate 475. By clearing it, Facilities Director Trey Crisp wanted to make the campus more visible to those passing by. “The interstate on any given day of the week sees about 8,000 vehicles a day. That is just good availability to bring people onto campus,” Crisp said.


Moultrie Observer

Moon landing exhibit to open at ABAC’s Museum Gallery July 20

Staff Reports

Visitors to the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village can take “one small step” on July 20 when a new exhibit opens in the Museum Gallery focusing on the historic moon landing 50 years ago. ABAC Curator Polly Huff said a letter to ABAC students from ABAC President Clyde Driggers in 1969 prompted the exhibit. “My two student interns and I found a letter from President Driggers when we were cataloging the ABAC archives last year,” Huff said.  “In the letter, he said that ABAC wanted to celebrate the milestone by giving the student body and staff an unexpected day off on the Monday after the landing to celebrate and absorb the enormity of what was accomplished on the Apollo 11 mission.”


Albany Herald

Local college professors’ work displayed at Albany Museum of Art

By Rachel Lord

While balancing teaching and one’s own artistic practice may be hard, 15 educators from nearby colleges and universities proved that it is not impossible in the Albany Museum of Art’s “Educators as Artists” exhibition. The show was juried by Hannah Israel, a professor of art and gallery director at Columbus State University. “As an educator myself and curator and as an artist, it’s always very difficult to balance our artistic practice,” Israel said. “I commend all these artists that continue to do so because I think as a faculty (member) and also as a practicing artist, it is important that we continue the intensity and the passion that we have as artists because it passes through into how we teach our students. When I was looking through the group of submissions for this exhibition I was really looking at artists who still had that intense rigor in their work.” Accepted works were submitted by: …♦ Donna May Hatcher from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; …♦ Scott Marini from Albany State University; ♦ Selena Nawrocki from Valdosta State University; ♦ Richard Peterman from Valdosta State University; …♦ Charles Wells from Georgia Southwestern State University; and


Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier: A Heart for Savannah State’s Students

By LaMont Jones

Growth and graduation are two main themes that characterized Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier’s eight-year tenure as president of Savannah State University. From academics and co-curriculars to finances and capital improvements, every enhancement at the historically Black university (HBCU) ultimately was about helping more students attend and complete college. “Students are first in everything I have accomplished in my years in higher education,” says Dozier, whose final day is June 30. “Helping students enter and leave with a degree has really been the highlight of my career at Savannah State.” The vision of “matriculation to graduation” had buy-in from every constituency in the campus community, says Dozier, which fueled its success in achieving record enrollment and increasing graduation rates.


Daily Report

UGA Law Names ‘First Start’ Leader

“As a first-generation college graduate myself, this position is deeply meaningful to me,” said Amanda Shaw, the UGA law school’s inaugural first-start coordinator.

By Katheryn Tucker

The University of Georgia School of Law has hired its inaugural first-start coordinator to help students who are the first in their families to attend college.


Daily Report

GSU’s International Arbitration Center Expands Scope

The Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation has added domestic arbitrations and mediations to its purview and has changed its name.

By Meredith Hobbs

The international arbitration center housed at Georgia State University’s law school has expanded its scope to handle domestic arbitrations and mediations for business disputes.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Women in technology

By Adrianne Murchison, For the AJC

Angel Vanellison grew up navigating technology with ease. She played video games and built computers with her father, and attended Georgia Tech’s technology camp for kids at the Center for Education, Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing. Even so, when the Savannah native enrolled in Georgia Southern University with a major in computer science, she was unsure about her direction. In her sophomore year, representatives with the nonprofit Women in Technology (WIT) visited campus and everything changed. Vanellison gained clarity on her major – switching to Information Technology. She graduated in May. …Women in Technology started in 1992 with the goal of empowering girls in STEAM – science, technology, engineering arts and math. Part of its program includes inviting students to visit women executives at their offices to see firsthand the variety of work they do.


Athens CEO

UGA Alumni Association Unveils 2019 Class of 40 Under 40

Danielle Bezila

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019. This program celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized during the ninth annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Sept. 13 in the Tate Student Center on campus. The 2019 class includes gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer Allison R. Schmitt; Super Bowl champion and children’s author Malcolm Mitchell; and alumni from a variety of industries including law, nonprofit, and food and beverage. Also among the honorees are Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s chief of staff Tim Fleming, ABC News correspondent Will Carr and Catherine Marti, a cardiologist in heart failure and transplant cardiology at Piedmont Heart Institute. …This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees, including their graduation years from UGA, city, title and employer, are: …Ling-Ling Nie, 2001, Peachtree City, general counsel and vice president, Georgia Institute of Technology


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fit to be tied: Free Fitbit offer backfires on University System of Georgia

Get Schooled with Maureen Downey

Offer made its way to Georgia Tech students who responded in droves and now must return or pay for devices

Somehow, an offer for free or near-free Fitbits intended for employees in a University System of Georgia health plan went far afield, leading to hundreds and perhaps even thousands of the step trackers being requested by and sent to students, including many at Georgia Tech. Now, the University System of Georgia wants students to either pay for the Fitbits or return them, setting off a social media backlash by parents and students. (Fitbits measure number of steps walked and heart rate, as well as other fitness metrics.)Complicating things further is that many students who got the “return-or-else” email are now saying the information isn’t correct, furthering the Fitbit fiasco.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia farmer turns to fashion in new partnership with Wrangler

By Nedra Rhone

Adam McLendon remembers the day he left the family farm and went off to college. He was 18 and he just knew he was leaving for good. “I’m gone, you guys will never see me again,” he said, waving to everyone who worked on the farm his entire life. But while he was off studying plant biology, he couldn’t resist the pull of the land. After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 2006, McLendon, now 36, headed home and began working with his father at McLendon Acres in Leary. For more than a decade, the 8,800-acre family-owned commercial farm about three hours south of Atlanta has been recognized for its commitment to conservation and innovation. Now the farm is making its mark in fashion. McLendon Acres is one of five cotton growers in the country to partner with North Carolina-based Wrangler on the Wrangler Rooted Collection — a locally sourced line of denim designed to honor land stewardship and bring a little more pride to cotton-producing states. The program, just one example of the growing farm-to-fashion trend, offers 100% sustainable cotton jeans and T-shirts to consumers who desire a traceable connection to the clothing they buy.


Athens Banner-Herald

Loran Smith Center takes patients on UGA tour, conducts panel discussion

By Staff Reports

Recently, the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support took a group on a tour of the University of Georgia’s new indoor practice facility and the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. Among their group touring the facilities were cancer survivors and their loved ones from the community. Piedmont Athens Regional’s Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support wanted to do something special for these survivors and their families with June being National Cancer Survivors Month. Members of the group were able to tour both Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and the UGA indoor facility and take pictures to commemorate the day. Throughout the year, the Loran Smith center offers different outlets for cancer survivors to continue their recovery such as yoga, tai chi, nutrition classes, expressive art classes, complementary therapies and counseling. The center is located within Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Panelists gathered for the discussion, each sharing his or her own survivor story with those attending the event. Panelists included John Davis, Rosemary Wood, Branwyn Bailey and Barbi Brown. Although each speaker had very different survivor stories, having battled different types of cancer and treatment, there was one common theme among their stories: The importance of support in the cancer journey.


Savannah Morning News

Editorial: Lottery, HOPE approach tipping point

“Twenty-six years ago Saturday, the first Georgia Lottery tickets went on sale, funding the brand-new HOPE Scholarship in Georgia. Twenty-six years ago, Gov. Zell Miller led the charge to use lottery funds to support scholarships to make college more affordable and to keep Georgia’s “best and brightest” students in the Peach State.”


The State

Warm winters may boost shrimp-killing black gill parasite

The Associated Press

Scientists say a warm winter may have given a head start to a shrimp-killing parasite. The Savannah Morning News reports researchers found a shrimp with black gills during a June 21 cruise. Shrimp with black gills are infected with a parasite that can weaken or kill them, especially as water grows warmer and holds less oxygen. Marc Frischer of the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography says it’s only the second time that shrimp with visible black gill have been observed in June. He says live shrimp collected are also dying at a high rate “suggesting that we are in the midst of a mortality event.”


Valdosta Daily Times

‘This is my home’: DACA Dreamers living in fear

DACA Dreamers living in fear

By Charles Oliver and Thomas Lynn SunLight Project Team

…Jaime Rangel says Georgia is his home as well. Really, the only home he has ever known. He lives in Dalton, a community he loves; a community he wants to give back to. But his opportunities to give back were limited until 2012, when President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  DACA recipients are often referred to as Dreamers. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent citizenship, it does provide certain young people who came to the United States before the age of 16 temporary protection from deportation, as well as authorization to work in the United States and the ability to apply for a Social Security number. …There are an estimated 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States and about 25,000 in Georgia. But the program’s future is uncertain. President Donald Trump has vowed to end the program, but he has also called on Congress to make it permanent. Rangel is a student at Dalton State College, pursuing a degree in finance and economics. He must renew his DACA status every two years.



New law to extend availability for HOPE scholarship

By Zach Logan

A new law could help put more money in student’s pockets when it comes to college tuition as lawmakers expand the eligibility limit of the HOPE scholarship. Area universities believe that a law like this could help increase enrollment numbers. The law would extend the eligibility of the HOPE scholarship from seven years to 10. This means that all college students who receive HOPE would now have up to 10 years to use its benefits. Those at Georgia Southern University say this new law could definitely spark some future interest in people who may not wish to attend college at this time. If they plan to enroll later, it could definitely help boost enrollment numbers for state universities like GSU.



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Inside Higher Ed

Supreme Court to Take Up DACA

By Elizabeth Redden

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the question of whether the Trump administration acted legally in trying to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a program established by the Obama administration that shields certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and also provides an avenue through which they can legally work. Several courts have blocked the Trump administration from ending the program as planned on the grounds that the decision to end it was arbitrary and capricious. Trump has argued that the establishment of DACA constituted an illegal “end run around Congress.” If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump administration, it could strip hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers of their protections and work authorization. Colleges and higher education groups have been strongly in favor of keeping DACA in place.


Inside Higher Ed

State Funding for Students’ Basic Needs

Several states have begun to fund efforts to help students with their basic needs amid growing concern about homelessness and hunger on campus.

By Ashley A. Smith

An increasing number of governors and states are answering the call for more resources to help college students who are struggling with food and housing insecurity. Recently, lawmakers in California and New Jersey offered new money to help public colleges support students experiencing hunger and homelessness. …A U.S. Government Accountability Office report released in January analyzed 31 studies on food insecurity among college students. The GAO found that about two million at-risk students who were potentially eligible for food aid through the federal government did not receive the benefits. The report highlighted one national study that found 11 percent of households with a four-year college student experienced food insecurity, as did 17 percent of households with a community college student. …While it remains more common for colleges and university systems to address hunger and homelessness on their own, a growing number of state governments appear to be taking the problems more seriously.


The Chronicle of Higher Education

What’s Wrong With Higher Education? A Lack of Purpose

By Richard D. Legon

It seems that every op-ed piece written lately about higher education begins with the same litany of woes: diminishing public confidence driven by perceptions of out-of-control prices, soul-crushing debt, murky value, lack of integrity, favoritism for the wealthy and white, on-campus assaults, athletics scandals, “going out of business” signs, and a shockingly impractical preparation for a rapidly changing world of work. A reckoning is coming, say the pundits, and it’s not going to be good for the nation’s colleges and universities. From where I sit, at the culmination of nearly 40 years of advocacy for higher education and good governance, it’s both difficult to disagree with the list above and it’s hard to avoid the fact that there’s not much on that list that is new. The American public has been telling us for years that they are losing faith in what was once seen as the surest path to a good job and a good life. We cannot afford to waste any more time — we must address the longstanding challenges that we can all name and describe but have yet to solve. And we need to do so innovatively and nondefensively.


The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Happens When Women Run Colleges?

Democratic, communal, inclusive. That may be the future of college leadership.

By Lee Gardner

…Although academe has a progressive reputation and in the past couple of decades has seen more women assume leadership roles, they’re still in the clear minority at the top. Only 30 percent of all college presidents are women, a figure that is bolstered by the portion who are at two-year institutions, where female leaders make up 36 percent, according to the American Council on Education. Recent surveys show women are better represented in the C-suite than in the presidency, but still make up fewer than half the chief academic officers and an even lower proportion of deans.


Inside Higher Ed

Endowment Tax Picture Becomes Modestly Clearer

New IRS guidelines further define which institutions are subject to the tax and what should be included as taxable “investment income” (surprise: dorm rental income).

By Doug Lederman

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday released long-awaited guidance designed to clarify the impact of the so-called endowment tax that Congress approved as a part of a sweeping tax bill in late 2017. The tax, a 1.4 percent excise tax on net investment income at private colleges and universities with at least 500 tuition-paying students and assets of at least $500,000 per student, has generated intense pushback. College and university leaders — especially those at the wealthy private nonprofit institutions that are subject to the excise tax — generally oppose the new tax, but they have nonetheless been eager for information about its impact. The guidelines don’t break a ton of new ground, but they define some terms in ways that will help colleges’ lawyers, business officers and others gauge which institutions will be affected, and how.