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09.21.2012

UGA College of Education professor emerita receives DAR award

Claire Clements, associate professor emerita of the University of Georgia College of Education, recently received the Women in the Arts Recognition Award from the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Clements, of Athens, was recognized for her work in “…bringing the joy of creativity to individuals from infancy through old age in schools and communities.” A faculty member at UGA for almost 20 years, Clements coordinated creative arts experiences and outreach training for the college’s Institute on Human Development and Disability.  

Clements won several federal and state grants during her career at UGA, including the Art/Fitness Quality of Life Program: Art, Dance, Drama, Physical Fitness and Creativity for Seniors with and without Developmental Disabilities, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She went on to develop and direct the $250,000 project, which employed 15 graduate students and served 200 senior citizens in Northeast Georgia senior citizen centers. The project led to her publishing a manual on how to conduct arts activities for seniors.

“When I was director of the Athens Area Community Council on Aging in the 1990s, I saw first-hand how the arts enriched the lives of our senior citizens,” said Kathryn Fowler, director of the Georgia Department of Aging. “So I was pleased when Claire brought her U.S. Health and Human Services Quality of Life Program into our Senior Center. She and I and key community people, such as David Levine and Dev Weeks, planned how to execute and carry out the $250,000 training, research and service grant that she received. Her grant brought crafts, dancing, drama, wreath-making, weaving, painting, quilting, physical fitness and creativity to our members. The joy that these arts activities gave to the seniors was heart-warming.”

In retirement, Clements organizes and participates in the Plein Aire Painters group, which meets monthly at various local scenic locations to create art. Clements, who earned her doctoral degree in education from Pennsylvania State University, has resided in Athens since 1969.

Clements was presented the award by UGA Alumna Susan C. Power (B.F.A.’74, M.A.Ed. ’75, Ed.D. ’82) at the recent DAR meeting held in Athens.

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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

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UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

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Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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