USG e-clips for September 30, 2022

University System News 



John Lewis Student Center opens at Georgia Tech

By Gabriella Nunez

Students at Georgia Tech will have a daily reminder of the legacy and impact of the late Congressman John Lewis. The university unveiled its John Lewis Student Center Thursday, named in honor of the civil rights icon and long-time Georgia lawmaker. Lewis died in July of 2020.



City of Moultrie welcomes ABAC president

By Kasmira Smith

The City of Moultrie held a reception for the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President Dr. Tracy L. Brundage at the Downtown Welcome Center Tuesday afternoon. City of Moultrie department heads, city council members and community representatives attended the reception and introduced themselves to Brundage.

Statesboro Herald

Georgia Southern names 40 under 40 class

The Georgia Southern University Alumni Association “40 Under 40” Class of 2022 was recognized at a ceremony Saturday at the Eugene M. Bishop Alumni Center in Statesboro. The annual honor recognizes young alumni who have made significant strides in business, leadership, community, educational or philanthropic endeavors.



UGA study sheds new light on 2008 housing market collapse

By J. Merritt Melancon

It’s been 15 years since the 2008 housing bubble burst and sent the American economy into a tailspin, but pundits and academics are still trying to get a full picture of what caused the housing crash. With housing prices at new record highs, researchers at the University of Georgia are still debunking common misconceptions about the 2008 boom and bust.

Other News 


Albany Herald 

Georgia No. 1 for business for ninth straight year

Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that Georgia has been named by Area Development magazine as the No. 1 state for business for the ninth consecutive year. No other state has earned this distinction for so many years.

Georgia Recorder

Kia plant CEO tells state lawmakers affordable housing shortage hurting worker recruitment

By Stanley Dunlap

Kia’s assembly plant in West Point opened in 2008 with more than enough workers available to produce the first cars. Now, it’s become much harder to fill the 500 new jobs needed to get a new compact SUV off the assembly line.


The Brunswick News

Sidney Lanier Bridge reopened as Ian heads toward Carolina coast

By Taylor Cooper

The Sidney Lanier Bridge is open now that Hurricane Ian has passed the Golden Isles.

“Bridge Inspectors were on the Sidney Lanier Bridge at first light this morning and have now completed the bridge inspection.,” according to a statement from the GDOT. “Crews have removed all barricades and reopened the bridge to all traffic.”


Higher Education News 

Inside Higher Ed

Biden won’t forgive privately held federal loans

By Katherine Knott

In a move that could affect millions of people, federal student loans not held by the U.S. Department of Education will no longer be eligible for debt relief, the department quietly announced Thursday. When President Biden last month announced plans to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loans for eligible Americans, the department didn’t definitively say whether privately held federal student loans would be included in the plan but said that it was discussing the issue with private lenders. Now, those borrowers have an answer: their loans will not be forgiven.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Report identifies community college student needs and issues

By Arrman Kyaw

A recent report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) prioritizes the student experience, highlighting what students have to say about what helps or hinders them while enrolled in community college. The report, “Listen to Me: Community College Students Tell Us What Helps Them Persist,” gives readers a glimpse into the student experiences of community college students, from orientation to academic advising to ongoing needs, and provides some recommended actions schools can take to improve.

Higher Ed Dive

Public flagship universities are still chasing out-of-state students. Can anything be done about it?

By Lilah Burke

Public flagship universities are often spoken of as affordable and prestigious options for students to attend in their home states. But that assumes state residents can get into their flagships. A recent report from the Brookings Institution describes out-of-state students crowding out in-state students from public flagships. Aaron Klein, a senior fellow in economic studies at the think tank who wrote the report, discussed the findings and possible ways to address them.

Inside Higher Ed

Pioneers discuss challenges facing computer science

By Susan D’Agostino

HEIDELBERG, Germany—Every September, a critical mass of the world’s most decorated computer scientists and mathematicians gathers in the warm microclimate here. They discuss the states of their fields and mentor 200 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students from around the world selected in a highly competitive process.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Investigation finds former Cal State chancellor had a ‘blind spot’ for an abusive colleague

By Katherine Mangan

As president of California State University at Fresno, Joseph I. Castro failed to rigorously address complaints that a vice president he had personally recruited was sexually harassing, bullying, and retaliating against people who worked under him, according to an investigative report released on Thursday by a Los Angeles employment lawyer, Mary Lee Wegner. The report, commissioned by the California State University Board of Trustees, is the first of three that will investigate how complaints about sexual misconduct have been handled across the 23-campus system. This one focuses squarely on the Fresno campus, and how its former president, who went on to become the system’s chancellor, responded to complaints about a close colleague and subordinate.