USG e-clips for August 25, 2022

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Emanuel County Live

EGSC brings back Vision Series: University System of Georgia

Chancellor Sonny Perdue to headline

East Georgia State College (EGSC) is excited to announce the return of the Vision Series in September. University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue will be the speaker for the event. EGSC faculty, staff, students, and the community are invited to attend Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Building on the campus of EGSC in Swainsboro. The Vision Series at EGSC is an initiative that brings programs of intellectual and cultural enrichment to the College and its broader constituency. Since its inception, the Vision Series has hosted outstanding personalities, authors, newsmakers, musical performances, dance companies, and theatrical productions. Through sponsored field trips, students and community members have opportunities to attend exhibitions and dramatic productions, not only in Georgia, but in neighboring states, as well.


WGAU Radio

UGA dedicates second phase of STEM facilities

By Tim Bryant

There was a Wednesday ribbon cutting at the University of Georgia, marking the completion of the second phase of work on UGA’s massive new STEM building. It’s more than 100 thousand square feet with a price tag of $64 million. The I-STEM Research Building 2, which was funded by a combination of University and state funds, will support collaborative research in chemistry, engineering, and other scientific disciplines.

From UGA Media Relations…

The University of Georgia held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the second phase of the Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Research Complex on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The 101,000 square foot, $64 million I-STEM Research Building 2, which was funded by a combination of university and state funds, will support collaborative research in chemistry, engineering and other scientific disciplines. Paired with Building 1, which opened last fall, the completed I-STEM Research Complex adds more than 200,000 square feet of new space for research and instruction.


Savannah Business Journal

Georgia Southern receives STARS Bronze rating for sustainability achievements

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

For the first time, Georgia Southern has earned a STARS rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Sustainability Programs at Georgia Southern University, known as Sustain Southern, spearheaded the initiative to report accomplishments for the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement showcasing the many initiatives for students to get involved in sustainability on campus.



Lovers of Shakespearean works will love this event at UWG


William Shakespeare: Poet. Playwright. Actor. Entrepreneur? If you think about it, the 16th century Bard of Avon was a shrewd businessman for his time. As part owner of London’s Globe Theatre and a member of acting company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, he was arguably one of the first people to make a sustainable profit off of popular entertainment, which he then invested in other ventures. Dr. David Weiss will delve further into the topic in “Why Shakespeare?”, hosted by the University of West Georgia’s College of Arts, Culture and Scientific Inquiry (CACSI) and Richards College of Business in a presentation planned for Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Carrollton Center for the Arts. …The community lecture is part of a two-day executive-in-residence program that includes campus lectures to and business majors on how one can learn leadership skills from Shakespeare.



Ag museum plans Destination Ag Day

From a petting zoo to milking a fiberglass cow, Destination Ag Day on Sept. 17 promises lifetime memories for all visitors to the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on that day at the museum, guests can explore how agriculture impacts them in their daily lives through a variety of hands-on activities. This family-fun filled day includes crafts, a petting zoo, tractor displays, and interactive activities allowing guests of all ages to discover the importance of agriculture. Guests can milk Buttercup, the fiberglass milking cow, experience the challenges birds face during a migration game, and create their own monarch caterpillar-themed bracelet. “Destination Ag Day is not only just learning about agriculture, but also a celebration of how important it is to each of us every day,” Kelly Scott, the museum’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Supervisor, said.


Rome News-Tribune

New UGA study: Much of rural Georgia lacks nearby access to essential addiction treatment

Rebecca Grapevine

Many rural Georgia counties lack easy access to methadone clinics, according to a new study by a University of Georgia (UGA) team. Methadone is a “gold standard of opioid addiction treatments,” according to study author and UGA health economist Jayani Jayawardhana. Methadone helps people quit addictions to drugs like heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl. But there’s a logistical challenge: For the first three months of treatment, patients must report daily to a clinic to get methadone. After that, many patients can take the drug at home. Even though methadone is effective at helping people with addictions quit other drugs, it also can be addictive and should be closely supervised at first, said Jayawardhana, an associate professor.


WGAU Radio

UNG names new director for Cumming campus

By Tim Bryant

Dr. Ken Crowe has a new assignment: he’s been named the executive director of the University of North Georgia campus in Forsyth County. Crowe has served for the past five years as UNG’s assistant vice president for Facilities.

From Clarke Leonard, UNG…

Dr. Crowe has served at UNG as assistant vice president for Facilities since April 2017. As the chief administrator for the Cumming Campus, Crowe will work with Dr. Steven Smith, UNG’s new vice president for regional campuses, as well as colleagues across the university to advance educational opportunities and community partnerships.


Morning AgClips

Protect Georgia’s water quality with responsible land use

World Water Week held August 23 through September 1

Natural water supplies in Georgia are valuable resources affected by weather, such as drought or flood, and land use activities, like landscape maintenance and urban growth. (photo by UGA CAES/Extension, creative commons/

Natural water supplies in Georgia are valuable resources affected by weather, such as drought or flood, and land use activities, like landscape maintenance and urban growth. While we have little control over the effects of weather, we can tailor our land management practices to better protect water quality in Georgia. Land use activity in every watershed affects local waterways on the surface and could impact groundwater below. During World Water Week, held Aug. 23 through Sept. 1 this year, residents can use the following information to adopt practices that respect the importance of water quality for recreation and drinking water. These recommendations from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will protect water resources and could reduce costs of lawn maintenance and drinking water treatment.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reaction to Biden’s student debt relief falls along familiar partisan divide

By Tia Mitchell and Shannon McCaffrey

President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. government will forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for millions of Americans was met with reaction that fell across familiar partisan lines, creating yet another battlefront for the midterm elections. Democrats and left-leaning organizations applauded the decision, even if many also said they want the White House to do even more to address ballooning educational debt. U.S. …Jeffrey Lazarus, a professor of political science at Georgia State University, said he thought the impact of the plan on the upcoming elections would be negligible. “We get caught up in the news cycle du jour, but policy decisions like this tend not to play a huge role in the midterms, or elections generally,” Lazarus said. He noted that polls show public opinion on student debt relief is mixed. Republicans oppose the move as too costly and irresponsible while young liberal voters, who have been pushing for the debt cancellation, don’t think it goes far enough, Lazarus said.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC Get Schooled: Mixed reactions to Biden’s student loan decision

By Eric Stirgus

There was plenty of reaction from education leaders and other experts to President Joe Biden’s announcement Wednesday that he plans to forgive a portion of student loan debt for many borrowers. His plan would eliminate up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers with an annual income of less than $125,000; and would cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell Grant recipients whose loans are held by the federal government. Many of the responses were thought provoking. We decided we’d share some of the comments. Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President:



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Inside Higher Ed

Biden Cancels Student Loan Debt for Millions

President forgives $10,000 for everyone whose income doesn’t exceed $125,000, and $20,000 for Pell

By Meghan Brink

President Joe Biden, an older man with white hair wearing a suit and tie. President Biden

President Biden announced today that he will cancel up to $10,000 in student debt for Americans earning less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 for couples filing taxes jointly) with additional relief for borrowers from low-income backgrounds who received Pell Grants. He will also extend the current pause on student loan payments, slated to end Sept. 1, for an additional four months, through Dec. 31. “In keeping with my campaign promise, my administration is announcing a plan to give working and middle-class families breathing room as they prepare to resume federal student loan payments in January 2023,” Biden said on Twitter.


Inside Higher Ed

Inside Biden’s Debt Relief Plan

The president announced a plan expected to impact 95 percent of the 43 million federal student loan borrowers. The Democrats call the announcement a win for low- and middle-income Americans. Republicans call the move legally questionable.

By Meghan Brink

President Biden announced today that he will cancel up to $10,000 in student debt for Americans earning less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 for couples filing jointly) with additional relief for low-income Pell Grant recipients. He will also extend the current pause on student loan payments for an additional four months, through Dec. 31. “The cost of education beyond higher school has gone up significantly,” said Biden. “An entire generation is now saddled with unsustainable debt in exchange for an attempt, at least, at a college degree. The burden is so heavy that even if you graduate, you may not have access to the middle-class life that the college degree once provided.” The announcement marks an unprecedented act of executive authority and will be the first broad-based debt cancellation effort in American history.


Higher Ed Dive

Higher ed leaders praised the White House’s debt forgiveness plan — as a good start

Many viewed the up-to $20K in student loan forgiveness as a much-need tourniquet, not as the complete solution to college’s affordability crisis.

Laura Spitalniak, Associate Editor

Higher education leaders largely supported the Biden administration’s Wednesday announcement that it would cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 annually or couples filing taxes jointly making under $250,000.  In the same breath, many leaders qualified the move as a good starting point — but not a long-term solution to the ballooning cost of college and high-balance loans. The forgiveness — which eliminates an additional $10,000 of debt for borrowers who received Pell grants in college, for a total of $20,000 of relief — fulfills one of President Joe Biden’s campaign trail proposals. Biden also extended the pause on federal student loan payments for a final time through the end of 2022.


Bloomberg Law

DACA Rule Release Aims to Bolster Program for ‘Dreamers’ (1)

The Biden administration on Wednesday released the final version of regulations intended to fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program against legal challenges. The program, launched in a 2012 memo by the Obama administration, offers protection from deportation and the ability to work legally to some 600,000 undocumented young people who came to the US as children. The regulation replaces the Obama-era memo and takes effect Oct. 31. The Biden administration crafted the regulation in response to legal challenges that have plagued DACA since its inception. The rule doesn’t make the program bulletproof, however, as some litigants and judges question whether the Department of Homeland Security has authority to issue broad deportation protections at all.


The Hechinger Report

STUDENT VOICE: If you want students like me to succeed, there’s a policy decision that works: Doubling Pell Grants

It’s difficult to focus on school when you are worried about where your next meal is coming from

by Darleny Suriel

I eventually earned my associate degree, and I am now a student at the City College of New York, currently working on my bachelor’s. I am just four electives away from graduating. But due to my nontraditional college path, I ran out of Pell this year. There are many important changes higher education leaders and policymakers can make to ensure that first-generation learners and students from low-income families have the support they need to complete their college journeys. Chief among them is simply making sure we can actually pay to do so. There is one specific step policymakers can take that would have a considerable and immediate impact: doubling the federal Pell Grant.


Fox5 News

University students in big cities with surging crime afraid to leave campus: ‘I wouldn’t go there’

One University of Chicago student said that the area outside of campus is ‘pretty dangerous’

By Adam Sabes

As violent crime surges in urban areas across the country, many college campuses in these cities are left in the crosshairs and some students say they now avoid going off campus when possible. Across cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C., violent crime as of May had increased as much as 40% when compared to the same time in 2021. At the University of Chicago, in a city where overall violent crime is up by 36% compared to the same timeframe in 2021, some students simply chose not to go to areas off campus.


Wall Street Journal

OPINION COMMENTARY – Censorship at a Top College for Free Speech

Claremont McKenna threatened to bar me from teaching required classes for quoting ‘Huck Finn.’

By Christopher Nadon

I teach at Claremont McKenna College, the No. 1-ranked liberal-arts college for free speech by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. FIRE may need to consider its ratings. On Oct. 4, 2021, my class discussed Plato’s “Republic” and his views about censorship. A student objected that Plato was mistaken about its necessity. Here in the U.S., she said, there is none. Someone brought up “Huckleberry Finn.” She replied, correctly, that removing a book from curriculums doesn’t constitute censorship. I pointed out that the case was more complicated. The book had also been removed from libraries and published in expurgated editions. An international student asked me why. I told her, quoting Mark Twain’s precise language, which meant speaking the N-word. This caused the first student to change her mind and acknowledge the existence of censorship in America. Far from being harmed by hearing the word, she now saw that Plato’s views couldn’t be dismissed as outdated and merited more serious consideration. This liberation from her initial prejudice bore fruit. Later in the semester she raised a very thoughtful question about Socrates’ criticisms of the poets: “But isn’t Plato a poet?” A rare success.


Inside Higher Ed

The 4 Stages of a Presidential Life Cycle

No one leader can be all things to all people, but there are smart ways to look at a presidency and organize yourself to succeed.

By Karen M. Whitney

While there are many ways to become, and succeed as, a college president, I believe that every chief executive generally goes through the same presidential life cycle. Based on my own experience as a former university president, I see this cycle as having four stages: aspiring, acquiring, attending, and adjourning. What follows is a leadership model based on those stages. I offer it in the hope that it will help you — either as a would-be or a current president — to evaluate your own career path and create a plan of action.


Inside Higher Ed

OPINION – The Trailing Spouse

If colleges are interested in real diversity work, their spousal accommodation policies for dual-career academic couples should be much clearer and more supportive, argues Mireille Rebeiz.

By Mireille Rebeiz

My husband quit academe after almost two decades of teaching. The same week, I was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor at Dickinson College. Our journey is common in higher education when it comes to scholars and their spouses both trying to land full-time positions at the same higher education institutions. And it raises important questions about bias, gender and equity for dual-career academics that many institutions have yet to answer adequately. …In negotiating my contract, I asked for a full-time spousal accommodation and, once again, the answer was no. However, the college offered my husband an adjunct position in English and American studies. We agreed and moved to Carlisle, Pa., in 2018.