Featured: Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant launch program to educate children on marine debris issues

Plastic debris in the ocean is a growing water quality concern. Plastics are designed to last for centuries, yet the material is used for disposable items by the billions. As a result, much waste ends up in the ocean, harming… Full story

Katy Green hired as Whitfield County Archway Education Professional

UGA recently announced Katy Green as the new Archway Professional in Whitfield County, effective June 1. In her position, Green will focus on birth-to-five programs and activities. As a means to workforce development, community leaders in Dalton-Whitfield County have committed to the goal of getting every student reading at grade level by the third grade. Full story

US Former Ambassador to South Africa speaks at UGA

James A. Joseph is the only U.S. ambassador to South Africa to have served while Nelson Mandela was president. Full story

Featured: Paul H. Matthews, Assistant Director, UGA Office of Service-Learning, and Academic Professional

According to Paul Matthews, assistant director of the Office of Service-Learning, the best part of his job is getting to work across campus with a very diverse group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and community partners to help bring… Full story

UGA president-elect restructures senior administration

University of Georgia President-elect Jere Morehead announced plans Monday to restructure the senior administration. The reorganization, scheduled to take effect July 1, is intended to increase the amount of information that flows directly to and from his office, school officials said in a statement. Full story

Reichert proposes balanced budget for Macon

Mayor Robert Reichert presented a $71.2 million general fund balanced budget, which includes no change in tax rates, during a special meeting of Macon City Council on Tuesday. “While that is a lot of money, it is 2.6 percent less than last year,” he said. Full story

Vinson Fellows present results of spring semester 2013 research projects

Three University of Georgia undergraduate students in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Fellows Program concluded their spring semester projects by presenting their research results to Institute of Government faculty and staff at a gathering Friday morning. Vinson Fellows work with faculty mentors on hands-on projects that allow them to delve into the inner workings of government, both in Georgia and abroad. Full story

Bibb leaders to wrestle with half-year budget

If anyone is thinking that planning for a six-month budget rather than a full year’s budget would somehow be easier on Bibb County officials, that would be a mistake.y Full story

Athens Peer Court receives 2013 Liberty Bell Award

On May 7, the Western Circuit Bar Association presented the 2013 Liberty Bell Award to the Athens Peer Court — an innovation in juvenile justice developed by University of Georgia outreach and local juvenile justice units. Full story

Developing leaders, finding solutions

County leaders enhance skills in Vinson Institute-led training at the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia 2013 Annual Conference in Savannah. Full story

Connecting community and campus through service

The Archway Partnership announces Candler County as the newest community to partner with UGA to enhance local community economic development. Full story

Developing local leaders is a goal of Archway

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development is partnering with Archway in Grady County to develop a leadership tool that can be used locally. Full story

Revitalization plans aired during meeting

Conceptual plans to revitalize downtown Dawsonville were released during a town hall meeting last week. A project of the Dawsonville Downtown Development Authority, the plan focuses on revitalizing the historic district, enhancing the gateways that lead in and out of downtown and improving connectivity, the vision plan is based on data collected through one-on-one interviews, focus groups and surveys. Full story

UGA offers new online certificate course to help marketers learn about social media trends

The University of Georgia Center of Continuing Education is offering a new online certificate course entitled Using Social Media to Build Business. The course is designed to help businesses build loyalty and trust. Full story

Get Ready For Online Sales Tax

Members of the United States Senate voted Monday evening to pass the “Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.” Full story

Gardens of the World Ball celebrates Paris, raises funds for Botanical Garden missions

The rain did not dampen the spirits of those attending the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s 29th annual Gardens of the World Ball Saturday as men entered the conservatory dressed in tuxedos with women on their arms dressed in jazz-style flapper dresses and feather headpieces. Full story

Featured: Abigail Grace Lloyd, Graduate Student

For master’s student Abigail Lloyd, service has been a lifelong pursuit. At a young age, through her membership in the Georgia 4-H Club and UGA Cooperative Extension, Abigail realized she wanted to live her life serving others. Throughout her college… Full story

Business Briefs: Foundation selects 25 for leadership class

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 25 individuals from across the region to participate in the 2013 class of Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. The group of aspiring and veteran community leaders will take part in a comprehensive leadership-training program led by faculty from the University of Georgia’s nationally recognized J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Full story