UGA, Georgia Trend magazine recognizes Tybee’s preservation planning

The University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach division and Georgia Trend magazine are recognizing Tybee as one of four communities in the state with the Four for the Future award. The recipients are demonstrating collaboration, leadership and innovation in projects ranging from protection of the coast to literacy, from economic development to quality healthcare, according to a news release. Full story

UGA reaches into the community through VISTA

Four members of AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed to help fight poverty, recently began work on Athens-Clarke County community engagement initiatives established by the University of Georgia’s Office of Service-Learning, a public service and outreach unit. Full story

Gold Medal winners brighten landscapes

Since 1994, the Gold Medal Plant Program has helped Georgia gardeners improve their landscapes with beautiful, proven plants. The program is a compilation of effort by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, UGA Horticulture faculty, nurserymen, flower growers, garden retailers and landscape professionals from across the state. Full story

Nationally recognized programs

For the seventh consecutive year, UGA was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Full story

UGA’s Georgia Center and Office of Academic Special Programs host 65th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens

More than 800 middle-school and high-school finalists from throughout the state competed last weekend in the 65th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Full story

Alec Little Environmental Award Recipients Announced

The 2013 Alec Little Environmental Award will be presented to Gary Crider, a long-time local environmental volunteer, and to the Hill First Baptist Church Garden Team and UGA professor David Berle, who have been leaders in the burgeoning community garden movement in Athens. Full story

Featured: Alex Newell, Senior

For senior Alex Newell, service is a chance for him to give back to the community. His passion for service is driven by a desire to make the most of what he has been given and to do the best… Full story

Plantapalooza to be held April 6 at three locations around Athens

Plantapalooza, a plant sale at three University of Georgia locations, will be held April 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden, the Trial Gardens and the UGA Horticulture Club. Full story

Top U.S. Trade Official Visits Atlanta to Support ‘Global Cities Initiative’

The highest-ranking officer of the International Trade Administration visited Atlanta March 19 to underscore the U.S. Commerce Department’s support of the Global Cities Initiative to increase exports. Full story

UGA names interim student affairs VP

Veteran administrator Tom Burke was named on Tuesday the University of Georgia’s interim vice president for student affairs. As of April 1, Burke will take over for Rodney Bennett, who is leaving the vice presidential post to become president of the University of Southern Mississippi. Bennett has been in the job since 2005. Full story

Featured: School field trips extend Botanical Garden services to students across Georgia

Students gain an appreciation for the outdoors on State Botanical Garden of Georgia field trips, one of the outreach programs offered by educators at the garden. Hands-on field trips for school students of all ages take learning outdoors and allow… Full story

Featured: Summer Academy adds excitement to Center for Continuing Education’s outreach efforts

Students gain real-world experience in amazing topics at Summer Academy, a specialty education camp that’s one of the outreach programs offered at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The Georgia Center provides a number of academic enrichment and… Full story

Strategic plan to help inform Lilburn economic development efforts

Leaders for the city of Lilburn will get a new focus on economic development through a strategic business plan being developed with the assistance of Vinson Institute faculty. The strategic business plan developed in partnership with the city will help to inform municipal leaders’ efforts to attract jobs over the next decade. Full story

Athens SBDC to host four-part course for small business on QuickBooks

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is presenting a four-part training course on how to use QuickBooks to manage business. Full story

Featured: Laura Waters, Cooperative Extension 4-H Faculty

For Laura Waters of Cooperative Extension, service means understanding the needs of local clientele and using university expertise and resources to create programs to meet those needs. As a grant coordinator, Waters works to put resources in the hands of… Full story

UGA’s Amazing Students: Madison Lamar

Madison Lamar believes in a healthy way of life. From serving as a personal trainer at the Ramsey Student Center, to working on public health issues with UGA’s Archway Partnership, to researching with a gerontologist in the department of child and family development, Madison has chosen to dedicate herself to primary health care and education for all. Full story

Sharing science through film

Georgia Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension Service have partnered with the EcoFocus Film Festival to spread awareness of environmental issues affecting coastal Georgia to audiences throughout the state. Full story

UGA women’s studies assistant director speaks on environmental, social injustice

Food’s place in daily activities is more than a just a necessity to live. Discussing the problems of food waste and insecurity in one lecture is a big task, but Cecilia Herles, the assistant director of women’s studies at the University of Georgia, did so in her lecture “Environmental and Social Justice In the Dumpster: Dimensions of Food Waste and Food Insecurity.” Full story