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08.30.2012

UGA Health Sciences Campus Open House

The public was invited to attend an open house at the new University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus, located at the corner of Prince and Oglethorpe avenues, on Wednesday, Aug. 22. UGA President Michael F. Adams hosted the event.

The program began at 10 a.m. in George Hall with remarks from Adams, Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz, Barbara Schuster, dean for the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership and Phillip L. Williams, dean of the College of Public Health. A reception and self-guided tours followed the program.

The health sciences campus opened on Monday, Aug. 6 for fall classes The UGA Health Sciences Campus will accommodate two primary occupants: the College of Public Health and the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership. 

The 56-acre site, formerly the home of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, was deeded to the university by the U.S. Department of Education in spring 2011. After a $20 million investment to renovate buildings for classrooms and administrative office space, the campus is ready to host students.

Students enrolled in public health have opportunities to study environmental health, global health, health promotion and behavior, health policy and management, epidemiology and biostatistics, gerontology, disaster management and toxicology.

Faculty, staff and students from public health will transition from the six buildings on UGA’s main campus and rented offices downtown to their permanent home on the new campus over the next two to three years, as renovated spaces are competed.

Medical students at UGA, as part of the medical partnership, also will be housed at the new campus. The partnership began in 2009 and enabled the Georgia Health Sciences University to expand its class size from 190 to 230, adding 40 students who are educated by GHSU and UGA faculty in Athens.

The first class of students will graduate in 2014. 

The University Childcare Center, which opened in January, is also located on the new campus. The center currently enrolls 130 children from infant through four years of age but expects to accommodate its full capacity of 146 children by the end of 2012. The childcare center is located in the former Navy Exchange building and is operated by a third-party provider Prodigies Child Care Management.

After the renovations are complete in fall 2015, approximately 1,400 faculty, staff and students will be based at the Health Sciences Campus. That number will grow to 1,650 once a new facility can be built for the department of environmental health science as no present buildings could be modified to accommodate the group. Additional UGA students housed in residence facilities on the campus will bring the total closer to 1,800.

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10.30.2014

Former Bulldog Advocates for Arts Education

A former Bulldog is working hard to provide arts education to students in underserved public schools and communities in the Southern California area.

Amy Shapiro (BSED ’00) is the executive director of advancement and operations for the nonprofit organization, P.S. ARTS, where she leads a team of passionate individuals in their efforts to keep arts in the schools. P.S. ARTS “provides yearlong arts education in dance, the visual arts, music, and theater to every child in a school during the regular school day.”

Through her role, Shapiro leads fundraising initiatives that keep P.S. ARTS running. She plays a large role in running the administrative side of the organization, while staying involved with the activities that are at the heart of the organization’s mission. 

The organization is heavily funded by individuals in Hollywood that share P.S. ARTS' passion for fostering a love of the arts. With a board of trustees made up of educators, television producers, artists, and other committed individuals, P.S. ARTS continues to expand its services, reaching nearly 20,000 students that need art education in their schools.

To learn more about the program, visit www.psarts.org.  

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10.29.2014

Georgia agricultural leadership program graduates inaugural class

After spending two years learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the inaugural class of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry has graduated from the program.

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry, or AGL, in 2012. The program is designed to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia—the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.

Thirteen industry leaders, including six UGA graduates and one current student, spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, traveling throughout the state and across the nation. They also spent two weeks in India learning about Georgia agriculture’s role in the global economy.

“This class has shared in a journey that has covered many counties in Georgia, multiple states and a foreign country,” said Elliot Marsh, a precision agriculture coordinator at Southern States Cooperative and the AGL advisory board chairman. “These graduates are already making an impact in our communities and the state of Georgia. I believe that their experiences will play a tremendous role in Georgia’s agriculture community for many years to come.”

AGL program participants are from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.

“My experience with AGL made me a better leader and citizen,” said AGL graduate Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89), the UGA Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources and director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. “I met hundreds of leaders across Georgia, and my interactions with them taught me that leadership comes in many forms. The experiences that I had, the people that I met and what I learned about myself put me in a better position to accomplish my goals as well as to advocate for those things that I think are important.”

The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the college’s department of agricultural leadership, education and communication.

“Adult non-formal educational opportunities sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences like AGL are helping Georgia become a top agricultural state in the nation and world,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication. “It’s an experience that will be a game changer for participants.”

    

The inaugural class of UGA’s Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry program, are, front row from left to right, Jutt Howard, Sarah M. Cook '15, Amanda Tedrow (BSA '03, MPPPM '10), Derick Wooten, Jenni Harris and Steve Gibson (MPA '97); middle row, AGL assistant director Kristi Farner, Brandon Ashley (BSA '07), Jesse Johnson (BSFR '00) and Rebecca Thomas and, back row, Duane Myers, AGL director Rochelle Strickland, Tate Izlar O’Rouke (ABJ '05, AB '05), Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89) and Brent Allen. (Credit: Paul Efland/UGA)

The second AGL class will begin in early 2015. For more information, see http://www.agl.caes.uga.edu/.

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10.27.2014

Former Diamond Dawg makes a difference for individuals with disabilities

After a collision with a teammate during a 2011 UGA baseball game left him paralyzed from the waist down, three-year letterman Johnathan Taylor (BSFCS ’13) didn’t lose his fighting spirit.

Following extensive rehabilitation, Taylor returned to UGA to finish his degree in consumer economics and passed his exam to become a qualified life insurance agent. Despite his injury, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2011 and, most recently, was appointed to the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services (GVRS) Board by Governor Nathan Deal.

L-R: Chairman of the GVRS Board James DeFoor (BSED '69, MED '73), Johnathan Taylor (BSFCS '13), Governor Nathan Deal

“I hope to be a big support for the disability community and all the citizens of Georgia who look to us for help,” Taylor said of his new role with the board.

The board is part of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, an entity made up of six rehabilitation programs that collaborate with other state agencies to assist individuals with disabilities achieve employment and independence.

Taylor has also received the Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Foundation and the 2013 UGA Inspiration Award.

Congratulations on your new position, Johnathan! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to hearing about your positive impact on the state.

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