On behalf of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, I invite you to join me on a tour of the gardens, orchards, and farms of Southern Italy from May 30 to June 6, 2014. We will start in Rome, drive the Amalfi Coast and finish our tour in Sicily. A local guide will share the complex history and culture of the region which has been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Moors, Normans, French, and Spanish.
I am excited to share Sicily with you. “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything,’’ according to Goethe. A special treat will be a private tour by the Countess of Villa San Marco of her home and gardens. Catania in eastern Sicily, with its Baroque architecture, relaxed pace, friendly people, and exquisite piazzas, is one of my favorite cities in all of Europe. During our visit, you will understand why it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our tour participants range from seasoned garden travelers to novices who have not yet tapped into their latent interest in gardens and farms. Tour group numbers are kept low and all the details are taken care of for you. We have five years of satisfied travelers on our trips. A past tour participant said, "I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your good company and erudition. It was a trip far better than anything I could have imagined - thank you so much for making it an adventure memories are made of."
You will be forever changed by this trip - I guarantee it! Reserve your spot as soon as possible by sending in your deposit. A complete itinerary can be found here.
I hope you will join us on our amazing educational journey!
Dr. Tim Smalley (MS '86, PHD '88)
Congratulations to Amanda Anderson (BSFCS ’97) on being named wellness director at Blackberry Farm's Wellhouse.
Wellhouse will promote and execute Blackberry Farm's wellness philosophy that emphasizes a balanced, sustainable lifestyle with room to embrace and enjoy the pleasures of fine living, the exhilaration of physical activity and the necessity for restoration of both the mind and body.
Anderson's experiences at Red Door Spas, The Ritz-Carlton in Miami, and Golden Door at the Boulders Resort make Blackberry Farm a perfect fit for her. She will oversee all Wellhouse operations including programming, products, retail, fitness programs, events and conceptual development.
Wellhouse is expected to open in June. Congratulations Amands - we are excited to see you succeed in Tennessee!
To learn more about Anderson and Wellhouse, please click here.
The UGA College of Education (COE) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
These awards honor the achievements of COE alumni, undergraduate or graduate, who have gone above and beyond in their professional accomplishments, and service and contributions to the education community.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 21. To nominate a deserving individual, please submit the completed nomination form electronically.
The UGA Alumni Association encourages you to provide input as COE seeks to recognize those individuals who bring distinction and honor to both UGA and the College of Education around the world!
If you have any questions, simply email Elizabeth Gaughf at email@example.com.
Get nominating, Bulldogs! (And don't forget about the UGA Alumni Association 40 Under 40 nominations, too!)
The UGA College of Engineering continues to flourish since it was established in 2012. Helping lead this dramatic growth is Stephan Durham, an associate professor in the college.
Professor Durham earned his bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees from the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He first arrived at UGA in January 2012 to assist with the development of the new undergraduate degree program in civil engineering.
Durham, whose teaching and research interests center on concrete materials, structural engineering and sustainability, enjoys engaging students with “hands-on” engineering through his Civil Engineering Materials class. He describes the course as one in which students “mix and test sustainable concrete mixtures and examine the behavior of steel and wood when subjected to loads.” He also notes that he enjoys the part of the semester during which students construct concrete Frisbees for a class competition.
In addition to teaching, Durham helped build the civil engineering program from the ground up, and now serves as its program coordinator. He has helped grow the program from 63 to 108 students in just two years. During its short existence, the college has already been awarded a 2012 Outstanding University Award by the American Concrete Award Institute, and has instituted a student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The UGA Alumni Association appreciates all that Durham has done for UGA’s engineering program!
To learn more about Stephan Durham and his work at UGA, please click here.
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of early registration prices for the 7th annual Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk on March 22.
Athens' largest 5K has become an annual tradition, providing an early-spring opportunity for UGA alumni and friends to gather together and enjoy UGA's beautiful campus. T-shirts will be given to participants who register by Thursday, March 13 and to walk-up registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be provided after the race. An official Run & See Georgia Grand Prix race, participants can use their Dawg Trot time as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race and other races across the country.
Dawg Trot is an official Dawgs on the Move event. Dawgs on the move is a UGA Alumni Association initiative to encourage UGA alumni and friends to get active. Dawgs on the Move supports the UGA Obesity Initiative, which addresses Georgia's obesity problem through treatment, prevention and research.
Start warming up for Dawg Trot and register today!