USG eclips for July 18, 2019

University System News:



Ga. Southern President talks enrollment while participating in annual university tradition

By Dal Cannady

Georgia Southern University’s new President, Dr. Kyle Marrero, participated in an annual tradition on Tuesday as he handed out slices of watermelon to faculty, staff, and students. The tradition started 71 years ago, kicking off the start of the summer term when only a handful of students took summer classes. The university now includes three seperate campuses, boasting 25,000 students. Calendars change and now the tradition is celebrated as everybody prepares for the beginning of the fall semester, when thoughts at the university shift to enrollment, budgets, and a new school year.



ABAC continues to break records in scholarships

By Darran Todd

Good news for students considering attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Last year, ABAC awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships from University Foundation funds to over 500 students. So far this year, they’ve awarded 515 students with scholarships, bringing the record to $715 thousand dollars. Chief Operating Officer of the ABAC Foundation, Jodie Snow says thanks to the donors, ABAC has been able to donate more scholarships at a larger amount.


Albany Herald

ASU, state University System team for nursing summit

From Staff Reports

Nursing professionals and health system representatives statewide gathered last week to discuss needs and work force demand within health care. The Nursing Workforce Summit, a collaboration between Albany State University, Augusta University and the University System of Georgia, served as an opportunity for colleges and universities to hear directly from health system representatives concerning work force needs. “Having a larger conversation among USG schools that offer health care degrees allows us to strengthen our collective ability to educate and graduate our students in health care fields,” ASU President Marion Fedrick said in a news release. “Summits like this one ensure that, collectively, we are providing the best education to all health care students in the University System of Georgia so that they are prepared to provide patient care.”


Douglas Now

SGSC students attend Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute in San Diego

California sunshine, Pacific Ocean views and West Coast adventures were not the only thing on the agenda at Phi Theta Kappa’s 2019 Honors Institute, but they were a nice bonus! South Georgia State College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members Ernest Wesley of Fitzgerald, Ga., Kristen Davis of West Green, Ga., and Cole Escher of Green Cove Springs, Fla., along with advisor Amy Hancock, recently attended the annual Honors Institute at San Diego State University in California. They joined approximately 500 members, advisors and alumni for an intensive week-long exploration of the 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic “Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change” with presentations by speakers from a variety of disciplines as well as small group discussions in seminar sessions.



Incoming Georgia Southern freshmen giving back to the community

There are only a few weeks of summer vacation remaining, but that’s not stopping incoming Georgia Southern freshmen from laboring in the Georgia heat to help their community.

Dave Williams

Incoming freshmen have a lot to think about before beginning their first year of college. But a group of Georgia Southern freshmen are making an impact even before stepping foot on campus. There are only a few weeks of summer vacation remaining for these college students, but that’s not stopping these incoming Georgia Southern freshmen from laboring in the hot Southeast Georgia heat to help their community. The freshmen are part of Georgia Southern’s build program that allows the Statesboro campus students to provide community service for their soon to be neighbors. “As a freshmen you don’t know anybody going into a school, a large school with several thousand students,” said Jacob Tinoco, GS Build Team Leader. “So having that backbone and that relationship with new people right off the bat is very encouraging, not only for the student but for the connections you make with it.”



Teachers learning about STEM at Georgia Southern University

By: Khalil Maycock

School is still in session for ten stem teachers from across the state. They are spending eight weeks at Georgia Southern University as part of the “Engaging Educators in Renewable Energy” program. They’re getting hands-on experience, researching and creating projects dealing with renewable and alternative forms of energy. This includes working with sensors and controls for energy applications along with wind turbines and solar collectors. The goal is for the ten educators to take this knowledge back and incorporate it into their lesson plans and share it with their students.


Textile World

Texprocess Americas Names The University Of Georgia First Official Academic Partner For 2020 Edition

The University of Georgia will serve as the Official Academic Partner for the upcoming edition of Texprocess Americas, returning to Atlanta May 12-14, 2020. The event is co-produced by SPESA, an industry association for suppliers to the sewn products industry that includes apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, and industrial textiles, and will once again be co-located with Techtextil North America. The University of Georgia (UGA), located just over an hour outside of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia, is one of the top public universities in the United States, ranked #13 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and #17 by Forbes. UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences houses the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, a partner in Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and supported by the Georgia Softgoods Education Foundation Board.


The Harvard Gazette

How African American culture bred business success

From the time he was young in Trinidad and Tobago, Leon Prieto understood how much community and cooperation were valued in his homeland. But it wasn’t until later that the Harvard Extension School (HES) master of liberal arts candidate appreciated the rich history behind these traditions and how they shaped the way black business leaders achieved success. Now, having dedicated his career to researching how African and African American culture have influenced business and management, the Clayton State University professor is fresh off the release of his first book and ready to take on a new challenge at HES. “My passion has always been history. When I came to this country, I was told to do something practical. But I never forgot my love of history, mainly black history and African history,” said Prieto, who currently lives in suburban Atlanta. Prieto, who has an M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in human resources and leadership development from Louisiana State University, was recently admitted to HES’ graduate program in history. He also plans to complete a graduate certificate in social justice this year.


Union Recorder

Georgia College to host public celebration of moon landing

Nathaniel Howard

The Science Education Center at Georgia College will celebrate of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with memorabilia on display at the Ina Dillard Russell Library. Those in attendance are encouraged to arrive at the library via the Clarke Street entrance (Heritage Hall) before branching out to the rest of the event, which includes hands-on rocketry activities, crater making, informational movies at the planetarium and a reception.  “We’re going to have planetarium shows running every hour, we’re gonna have the activities running every hour,” said Dr. Catrena Lisse, center director. “And, so the 9 to 1 is drop-in, but drop in first at the library and then we’ll give you information on everything else as you’re there. Start to finish, it will take probably two hours to do everything.” Georgia College astronomy lecturer and astrophysicist Dr. Laura Whitlock planned the event along with Lisse and will be at the library for the duration to answer questions related to the moon landing and space travel.


Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech to evaluate future of campus housing for next 10 years

By David Allison

Georgia Tech is launching a study to evaluate the future of campus housing for the next decade. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is now looking to hire a firm to create a comprehensive plan for student housing at Georgia Tech, including an analysis of current on-campus housing; an analysis of the current and future off-campus apartment market; obtaining feedback from faculty, staff, students and alumni; developing five-year housing projections; and creating recommendations for housing goals for the future, and potential development sites, including a priority list for new resident construction. The Board of Regents expects to spend $300,000 on the study. KWK Architects and Anderson Stricker LLC update Georgia Tech’s campus master plan in 2015, according to the Board of Regents.


Albany Herald

Elder named chief of ASU Police Department

From Staff Reports

Gregory L. Elder Sr. has been named Chief of Police for the Albany State University Police Department. He took over his new position Monday. Elder’s primary responsibility includes overseeing a team of officers and public safety professionals that provide 24/7 safety and protection on the ASU campus. With more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, Elder has comprehensive knowledge of current practices and methods, departmental policies and procedures and court practices and procedures. He previously served as Chief of Public Safety at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He has also served in various law enforcement roles in the Albany community, including as Assistant Police Chief for ASU; a law enforcement instructor at Albany Technical College; and as a police lieutenant, sergeant and corporal with the Albany Police Department.


Metro Atlanta CEO

New Leader Takes Temporary Reins at Georgia Tech Economic Development Arm

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

The Georgia Institute of Technology has named Karen Fite interim vice president of its economic development unit, the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). Fite, who is EI²’s associate vice president, will lead the 12-program organization while Georgia Tech conducts a national search for a permanent vice president to succeed Chris Downing, who retired in June after 31 years of service. EI2 is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and industry assistance, technology commercialization, and economic development.


Albany Herald

Albany State to cut golf, men’s cross country teams

By Joe Whitfield

The Albany State Golden Rams golf team has won the SIAC championship all three years the program has been in existence, but it wasn’t enough to save the program. Albany State announced Wednesday that the men’s golf team and the men’s cross country team would be discontinued after next year because of budget cuts. “This is a tough decision that will allow ASU to realign resources in support of our overall athletics program,” said ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick. “We will continue to focus on building champions in the classroom and on the fields and courts of competition. We appreciate the commitment of our coaches and all athletics personnel impacted and are grateful for their service to our students, institution and the Albany community.” The University has implemented a plan to strategically realign resources to build a sustainable athletics program, the news release said. Reductions across multiple sports included decreases in scholarships, operational expenses and personnel.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Tech faces tight budget, but increased revenues in future

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s finances will be for a second bumpy year in a row, one that has necessitated some significant budget measures. But in the following fiscal year, school and athletic-department officials expect a significant increase in revenues thanks to revenue streams such as the ACC Network and the football team’s five-game series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. While revenues have been projected for $83.7 million for fiscal year 2020, which began July 1, they are forecast to rise to $91 million next year and $101.3 million in fiscal year 2023. That’s a 21% jump from 2020. “I think we’ve got a good plan moving forward,” outgoing school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson said at a board meeting of the Tech athletic association June 27. “And, as (athletic director Todd Stansbury) said, we’re very conservative in our estimates, and I feel good about where we are.”



Higher Education News:



University Of Texas President Greg Fenves Discusses Free Tuition Plan

A Texas resident attending the University of Texas at Austin pays more than $10,000 a year in tuition. And keep in mind that doesn’t include room and board. That number alone is disqualifying for many prospective Longhorns. But that could be changing. This week, the university approved a sweeping tuition assistance program for in-state students. Starting in 2020, the university will cover the full tuition for students whose families make less than $65,000 a year


Inside Higher Ed

Tough New Law Against Hazing

Florida legislation gives prosecutors the ability to bring charges against fraternity and sorority members who weren’t present for hazing but helped plan it.

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Florida’s governor has signed one of the country’s most intricate antihazing laws, an attempt to stem the sometimes deadly rituals by expanding those who could be criminally liable and offering protections for those who help an ailing victim. Historians and experts say the law is among the “most cutting-edge” in the nation. That’s largely because of the unique provisions that ensure Good Samaritans can’t be prosecuted if they see a hazing victim needs medical attention and they’re the first to contact 911 or campus security. In order to escape criminal charges, the person making the phone call would need to remain on the scene until help arrived, according to the law. Such a measure may reduce hazing-related deaths if students don’t fear being punished for contacting authorities. Under the law, a person could also be immune from charges if he or she administered medical aid.