USG e-clips for September 6, 2022

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WGAU Radio

Dooley, Morehead end trading day on Wall Street, usher in football weekend in Georgia

By Tim Bryant

Former Bulldog coach Vince Dooley and University of Georgia president Jere Morehead joined Georgia University System Chancellor Sonny Perdue and Chick Fil A CEO Dan Cathy in doing the honors at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday afternoon, ending the trading day, ringing the closing bell, and ushering in the first big college football weekend of the season. The Georgia Bulldogs host the Oregon Ducks in tomorrow afternoon’s Chick Fil A Kickoff Classic, a 3:30 kick in Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

From the AJC…

Football mascots from Georgia Tech and UGA and former Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley helped to ring in the college football season Thursday from an unexpected spot – a balcony above the New York Stock Exchange. The ceremonial event, which also included Dan T. Cathy, chairman of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, was planned ahead of the two-game Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Georgia Bulldogs play the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Tech will play Clemson on Monday.

The Union-Recorder

MILLIANS: Vince Dooley and the Hope-O-Meter

Rick Millians

Did you see it? Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, rang the New York Stock Exchange closing bell Thursday afternoon. His wife Barbara was there, as were the UGA president, athletic director and others with connections to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday in Atlanta, which will feature Georgia against Oregon. The Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiser reported that Georgia mascot Hairy Dawg was there, too. And somehow, Georgia Tech mascot Buzz was invited, but I didn’t see him in the photo. I guess University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue, who was there, wanted to toss Tech fans a bone. Pun intended. And to top it all off, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 145.99 points on Thursday.


College of Education at Augusta University renamed College of Education and Human Development

Effective immediately, the College of Education at Augusta University has been renamed the College of Education and Human Development. “The College of Education has been working for years to identify a new name that is more inclusive of our entire team,” said Dr. Judi Wilson, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “The previous name didn’t represent our largest major — kinesiology — or our mental health and school counseling program. Prospective students were understandably confused when, as a kinesiology major, they were sent to meet with the COE.” …College leadership proposed the new name in spring 2022, where it received unanimous approval from the COE Assembly faculty and staff. In July, the name was formally approved by Augusta University leadership and the University System of Georgia. Over the coming weeks, the college will update its branding and digital presence to reflect the new name.

Albany Herald

CAES leaders cut ribbon on new irrigation demonstration site at UGA-Griffin

By Ashley N Biles

The new irrigation demonstration site on the University of Georgia Griffin campus opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch the site, which will be used for training, research and education on the latest irrigation technologies for industry professionals, homeowners and researchers “We are very proud to have the irrigation demonstration site on the Griffin campus, and we appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into the project,” David Buntin, interim assistant provost and campus director for UGA-Griffin, said in his welcoming remarks for the recent ceremony.

Savannah CEO

Alan Amason of Georgia Southern University on Engaging More Business Partners

Alan Amason is the Dean of the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University. He talks about the initiative this year to reach out to businesses in the region on behalf of students and soon to be graduates of the business school.

The Times

Editorial: Hall’s partnership with UGA a big deal for the state’s top industry

The Times Editorial Board

With an ultra-successful business career and a legacy of community involvement and philanthropy, Doug Ivester knows a thing or two about being part of making important things happen. So, when he says something is “a really big deal,” it’s probably wise to pay attention.


Design Sprint challenges students to use creative thinking to solve problems

By Cal Powell

The Summer Design Sprint was sponsored by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Terry College of Business and the UGA Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with Cox Enterprises A design sprint encourages students to practice human-centered design methods to create an innovative solution to a complex problem with the help of industry partners, Dee Warmath, a faculty member in FACS, said. “It was wonderful to see these students engage with the human-centered design process to produce very thoughtful solutions to improving the workspace and classroom experiences,” Warmath said. “Every time we give our students the opportunity, they exceed our expectations.” Following a six-week program in which the teams worked closely with industry partners on designing the project, the students presented their ideas to a panel of judges on Aug. 15 at UGA’s Delta Innovation Hub. …The design sprint was funded by a gift from Cox Enterprises and facilitated by Camryn Cobb, a doctoral student in FACS.

The Tifton Gazette

Students spend summer in UGA Young Scholars Program

By Ashley Biles UGA Griffin

For high school students interested in agriculture, food and environmental sciences, the University of Georgia offers the opportunity to have hands-on learning with world-renowned research scientists through the Young Scholars Program. YSP is a six-week-long paid summer internship organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences which hopes to broaden students interests in various fields of study. Students can apply to be part of the program at three UGA campuses: Athens, Griffin and Tifton. While in the program, students are assigned to work with a researcher and their staff on campus. They learn about the research that is ongoing in that department, how to use lab equipment and work in the field, as well as completing their own research project under the guidance of their mentor. On the UGA Griffin Campus, students spend Fridays with fellow young scholars where they attend site visits of many departments, participate in college and career-related workshops and play interactive games to give them a chance to know each other. This year, UGA Griffin selected 20 students to participate in the program which ran June 6 through July 15 on the Griffin campus.


Gathering to honor and remember military and first responders

by: Marlena C. Wilson, “The Means Report” Executive Producer

In a few days people across the country will commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As so many remember that tragic day, Tunnels 2 Towers is encouraging people to come together, learn the history of the monumental day, and help raise money for the organization to use to assist the military and first responders. Augusta University has partnered, once more, with the organization to host the 2022 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk Greater Augusta.

Brad Means: Let’s start with Tunnel To Towers. John Ryan is the co-volunteer director of that organization. You’re going to see some images in this interview from Cornelia Ryan and Sadie the sweet, sweet dog, who is the official mascot really of the Tunnel To Towers walk/run in Augusta, right? I mean Sadie’s the face of it.

John Ryan: Absolutely. She is. She’s the face of it.

…John Ryan: So there’s Tunnel To Towers affiliates all over the country. And it is a domestic nationwide program. And they’ve helped folks in Georgia, and they’ve helped folks in all 50 states. So really it’s all across the country.

Brad Means: Right, so we’ve pictured this beautiful Saturday September 10th morning hopefully, with tons of folks at AU taking this walk and then what happens, their registration fees, their donations go into a big pot and pay for everything you’re talking about?

John Ryan: Correct.

Brad Means: Yeah.

Augusta CEO

Augusta University Partners with Scotland Universities for Visiting Faculty Positions

Milledge Austin

During his address to faculty and staff gathered at the annual Fall Kick-Off, Augusta University Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, said he wants to work harder to build international partnerships on topics that are meaningful to Augusta University and the city of Augusta, the CSRA, the state of Georgia and beyond. To that end, last week MacKinnon headed up a delegation that traveled to Scotland as AU continues to establish international ties, with a focus on rural health with our Scottish partners. The delegation included David Hess, MD, dean of the Medical College of Georgia, and Tanya Sudia, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing, and Gia Johnson from AU’s Office of Protocol and Special Events. The two honorary appointments were based on their status as a faculty member and/or researcher at their home institution; record of research and scholarship in rural health matters and/or substantial clinical work in rural health settings; and interest in or experience with international research collaborations.

The Georgia Virtue

Power Chords: The Partnership Between Academics And Entertainment

The 20-year collaboration between Gretsch Guitars and Fender isn’t the only major affiliation Fred and Dinah Gretsch have to celebrate. In 2021, the Gretsches gave their support and name to the School of Music at Georgia Southern University. “The Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music has been boosted to a higher level thanks to the generosity of this wonderful family,” said Georgia Southern Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Carl Reiber. “But their gifts will impact Georgia Southern and the local community in a variety of ways, which is what today’s visit is about.” …“Since the announcement and naming of the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music, we have seen a measurable impact in the elevation of the reach, reputation and capabilities of our music program, and the university,” said Georgia Southern President Dr. Kyle Marrero. “We are grateful for this partnership and excited about our future plans and opportunities to come.”


ABAC pens partnership with University of Tennessee

Graduates of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College now have a new path to receive their master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Mark Kistler, dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at ABAC, said a new agreement allows ABAC graduates who have completed a bachelor of science degree in ABAC’s SANR and who meet the criteria will be accepted into UT Martin’s master of science in agriculture and natural resources online degree program. “We’re always looking for great opportunities for our graduates,” Kistler said. “I believe this is a way that we can partner with another institution to benefit students who graduate from ABAC’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.” For ABAC graduates who meet the requirements for admission to the graduate degree program and enroll in coursework at UT Martin, the UT Martin School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences can accept up to six graduate credit hours of prior learning toward the required 36 credit hours for a master of science degree, college officials said in a statement.

The Tifton Gazette

ABAC students finish in Top 10 in photo contest

Two Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students recently earned Top 10 finishes in a national agricultural communication competition. Bryce Roland, a senior from Perry, and Emma Richwine, a junior from Bishop, received recognition in the Critique and Contest event held by the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, college officials said in a statement. The contest featured 528 entries representing 17 schools and included competitions in writing, photography, advertising, broadcasting and publication skills areas.


Georgia Southern grad paralyzed after chiropractor visit moves to Shepard Center for rehab

Caitlin Jensen dissected four arteries leading to cardiac arrest, multiple strokes and loss of pulse

Andy Cole, Reporter

Recent Georgia Southern University graduate Caitlin Jensen, who had four arteries dissected after a visit to a chiropractor, has now moved to the Shepard Center in Atlanta to begin rehab. “I try not to look too far ahead, because that can be very overwhelming. Every morning, we get up, we pick an outfit, we get dressed for the day, we get to work, we do the therapy. And it go by quite quickly. The days kinda fly by,” Darlene Jensen told WJCL. Since the incident on June 16, Darlene and her daughter Caitlin have been living day by day. …After spending weeks at Memorial Health, in early August Caitlin was accepted into the Shepard Center in Atlanta.

Augusta CEO

Augusta University Welcomes New Men’s Golf Coach

Aaron Smith

There is enthusiasm surrounding Augusta University’s new director of golf and men’s golf coach, Steven Paine. Following the departure of Jack O’Keefe, Paine brings his professional background in golfing to AU. Much like the Augusta area, AU has a rich history of golfing, winning two national championships in 2010 and 2011 as well as Broc Everett winning the individual NCAA championship in 2018. For Paine, that legacy and history are two of the biggest reasons that he chose to come here. …Before beginning at Columbus State University as a grad assistant, coaching golf wasn’t initially in the plans for Paine.

The West Georgian


By Anna Roberts

On Aug. 24, University of West Georgia students gathered together at West Commons on campus to honor the tradition of “Fried Chicken Wednesdays” (FCW), a celebration UWG is renaming “Deep Fried Wednesdays” (DFW). “Fried Chicken Wednesdays” is an age-old tradition dating back over 20 years at UWG. Each Wednesday, West Commons serves a selection of their famous fried chicken with all of the fixings: macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes and even waffles! Students look forward to this every week and flood to West Commons to enjoy food that feels like home. “Deep Fried Wednesdays” was created to celebrate this great tradition. Along with the traditional FCW food, the University also had a DJ, a caricature artist and free t-shirts with the DFW logo. …The celebration of “Deep Fried Wednesdays” was the perfect way to introduce the incoming freshmen class to this long-standing UWG tradition and all students to celebrate a small part of their college experience.


Carter Arts series opens with Redneck Tenors

The Albany Herald, Ga.

Side-splitting comedy routines combine with magnificent voices when the Carter Arts and Lecture Series begins its eighth season on Sept. 29 with the presentation of 3 Redneck Tenors in “Broadway Bound” at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College-Bainbridge. The Carter Arts & Lecture Series is committed to enhancing the educational experience by bringing compelling speakers, distinguished authors, and performing arts to the ABAC-Bainbridge campus. All events are designed to bring the campus and community together to educate, inspire and spark imagination, officials with the college said.


FDA approves COVID booster shots targeting Omicron subvariants

by: Deirnesa Jefferson

The CDC and FDA approved new Pfizer and Moderna booster shots will target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. “It’s easier for these new sub variants BA. 4 and BA. 5 to escape our immune surveillance,” Medical College of Georgia infectious disease expert Dr. Rodger MacArthur said. The booster shots target the highly contagious BA.5 sub variant which the CDC said has been responsible for the majority of new COVID cases. …The Pfizer shot is for those 12 and up and Moderna is for people age 18 and older. Health officials hope the new vaccines will help prevent another surge of cases this fall. …People could start getting the vaccine as early as this week.

Morning AgClips

Armyworms are marching across Georgia turfgrass

–William Tyson, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Effingham County

Fall armyworms will eat many kinds of grass, but their favorite is bermudagrass

Over the past couple of weeks, I have received numerous calls from curious homeowners and frustrated farmers regarding the dreaded fall armyworm. Damage to established turf is most often aesthetic. However, newly planted sod or sprigs can be severely damaged or even killed by fall armyworm feeding. This pest has the ability to devour a lawn, pasture or hayfield in a very short period of time. It often goes unnoticed as the caterpillars feed and cause most of the damage at night. If you see brown patches of bermudagrass which rapidly spreads and enlarges, inspect for armyworms. One of the first signs of a fall armyworm infestation will be several birds clustered on the turf. Fall armyworms will eat many kinds of grass, but their favorite is bermudagrass that is well fertilized and watered. Homeowners frequently notice them after their grass starts to thin. Armyworms are susceptible to cold and are unable to survive even the mildest winters in Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opinion: Helping the many Georgians with student debt load helps state

Get Schooled with Maureen Downey

The decision by President Joe Biden to forgive some college loan debt has led to many folks proclaiming that they managed to pay their way through school. Why does anyone else deserve a government handout? When I attended graduate school, my total tuition and fees came to less than $6,000, which I raised by waitressing in the summers and working two jobs during my final year of college. Today, the cost of that same graduate program is $81,460, which I only could have afforded if my summer job were embezzlement. Critics of Biden’s plan regard higher education as a private benefit rather than a public good. But the payoff from a college degree transcends the individual earning it. Educated residents strengthen state economies and bolster local communities. The forgiveness program encompasses Americans who used federally backed loans to attend community colleges, vo-tech programs or professional schools. A 2019 report by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor found that for every dollar states invest in higher education, they receive up to $4.50 back in increased tax revenue and lower reliance on government assistance. An American Community Life Survey shows college graduates are more socially connected, civically engaged, and active in their communities than people without a degree.

Higher Education News:

Higher Ed Dive

8 big questions as colleges start fall 2022

Will higher ed’s financial picture clear? Can campuses innovate? Is a new generation of presidents ready to rise to the moment?

Rick Seltzer, Senior Editor

As fall 2022 picks up in earnest for most colleges, mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t dominate conversations the way it did in January or last year at this time. But the coronavirus is still here, and another pathogen has arrived on campuses, monkeypox. Meanwhile, the politics and policy landscape looks very different than it used to, as President Joe Biden last month announced a long-awaited student debt forgiveness plan that’s now reshaping conversations about the value of higher ed. Higher education’s financial picture is changing, too — pandemic relief dollars have all been awarded, while concerns about staffing turnover and high inflation linger. All summer, we’ve been monitoring developments affecting the sector and asking higher ed leaders what’s on their minds. We condensed their thoughts into eight big questions for the fall.

Higher Ed Dive

Student debt relief ‘modestly credit positive’ for colleges, Moody’s says

Rick Seltzer, Senior Editor

Dive Brief:

President Joe Biden’s plans to forgive some federal student loan debt and revamp income-driven repayment are “modestly credit positive” developments for the higher education sector, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Plans to forgive large portions of student debt allow borrowers more flexibility to reenroll in college in order to finish degrees or seek additional education, Moody’s said in a Thursday commentary. Biden’s plans for income-driven repayment will have a greater effect on the sector because they could boost higher education’s long-term affordability, supporting demand for college and students’ ability to access it, Moody’s said.

Inside Higher Ed

The Legal Dilemma on Student Debt Relief

Republicans say Biden’s student debt-relief plan is illegal, but they are struggling to find a plaintiff with standing to make a case against the president’s use of executive authority.

By Meghan Brink

Conservative groups and Republican state attorneys general are exploring legal options that could throw a wrench in President Biden’s plan to cancel a third of the $1.7 trillion in federal student loan debt. They say the plan is an illegal use of executive authority, but proving that in court could be tricky, as groups scramble to search for a plaintiff with the legal standing to sue. Biden announced Aug. 24 that he would cancel up to $10,000 in student debt for borrowers making under $125,000 a year, with up to $20,000 in relief for Pell Grant recipients. The announcement has come as a relief to many individuals who have been burdened by outstanding debt. However, others, especially those who have paid off their debt or did not go to college, view it as a handout at the expense of taxpayers. Various lawmakers, including some Democrats, have said that Congress holds the authority to cancel student loan debt, as opposed to the president. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last year that “the president can only postpone, delay but not forgive student loans. It would take an act of Congress, not an executive order, to cancel student loan debt.” However, Pelosi has since changed her view, stating in August, “Now, clearly, it seems he has the authority to do this.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Campuses Are Going Back to Normal. This Group Has One Message: Stop.

By Sylvia Goodman

When the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s law school resumed instruction online, along with many other American colleges, in the fall of 2020, Courtney A. Bergan had a momentous realization. It was the first time in their academic career that they had experienced meaningful inclusion. Bergan, a law student who uses they/them pronouns, has a visual impairment and a service dog. But over Zoom, others can’t tell they are disabled. They noticed a shift in how people treated them in an online classroom. “It made me realize how much bias I was experiencing based on people’s perceptions about my disability rather than about me,” Bergan said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being disabled, and it’s a really important part of my identity. But it was really startling to me how much people treated me differently.” A year later, in 2021, the college returned to in-person learning. When they asked for an accommodation, Bergan was told to watch class recordings with no option to participate. They said they had received pushback from some professors and attended classes in person during the fall-2021 semester. …Bergan’s experience is not unique. Disabled students at colleges across the country are lamenting the loss of Covid-era hybrid learning and safety measures, like masking, that created a level of accessibility that some disabled students have been requesting for years. But over the past year, many colleges have been fighting to get “back to normal,” shelving mandatory masks and testing and virtual-learning options. A few colleges are even rolling back vaccination mandates.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Derailed by Diversity

The Supreme Court has watered down affirmative action’s core justification: justice.

By Richard Thompson Ford

Most observers of the Supreme Court expect that it will declare affirmative action unconstitutional next year in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. The plaintiff’s case isn’t strong. Asian American students are admitted in lower numbers than their grades and standardized-test scores alone would predict, but most of the statistical disparity is attributable not to affirmative action but to admissions considerations such as regional diversity, athletic talent, alumni and donor preferences, and subjective evaluation — all of which favor white applicants at the expense of Asian Americans. None of that is likely to change the outcome: It’s enough to count the justices nominated by Republican presidents to predict the court’s decision. Legal analysis is beside the point. Still, legal analysis matters, even when it’s a fig leaf for politics. Americans look to the courts not only to resolve specific disputes, but also for more broadly applicable ideas about justice.

The Washington Post

The most-regretted (and lowest-paying) college majors

Almost half of humanities and arts majors regret their choice — and enrollment in those disciplines is shrinking rapidly

Analysis by Andrew Van Dam, Staff writer

Nearly 2 in 5 American adults have major regrets. That is, they regret their college major. The regretters include a healthy population of liberal arts majors, who may be responding to pervasive social cues. When he delivered his 2011 State of the Union address in the shadow of the Great Recession, former president Barack Obama plugged math and science education and called on Americans to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” Since then, the number of new graduates in the arts and humanities has plunged. Meanwhile, nearly half of humanities and arts majors have studier’s remorse as of 2021. Engineering majors have the fewest regrets: Just 24 percent wish they’d chosen something different, according to a Federal Reserve survey.

Higher Ed Dive

OPINION – Skills-based learning is the key to improving ROI in education

Colleges must make sure students leave with hands-on experience, not just theoretical understanding, argues the executive director of Turing School.

By Jeff Casimir

Jeff Casimir is the executive director and founder of Turing School, which offers instructor-led and community-based learning through full-time front- and back-end engineering programs, both accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken Americans’ already-waning confidence in the value of higher education. Two-thirds of students now say college is no longer worth the cost, according to a survey from think tank Third Way. A study released in May by ECMC Group found that just half of Generation Z teenagers are interested in pursuing a four-year degree. More troublingly, these views are not wholly unique to the COVID era. Even prior to the pandemic, less than half of Americans believed that earning a four-year degree would lead to good jobs and higher lifetime earnings. While the act of obtaining a college degree remains a safe bet for a significant subset of students, for many learners — especially those from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds — the return on pursuing a credential too often fails to merit such a risky and costly investment. Learning providers must get serious about the return on investment of postsecondary education. It’s time for a more transparent, outcomes-driven system that ensures learners see a real return from one of the most important investments of their lives.

Inside Higher Ed

Compilation on Measuring the Value of Higher Education

By Scott Jaschik

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today our latest print-on-demand compilation, “Measuring the Value of Higher Education.” You may download a copy here, free. And you may sign up here for a free webcast on the themes of the booklet on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern.