Mandela-era U.S. Ambassador to South Africa to speak at UGA Chapel

James A. Joseph, U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1995 to 1999, will speak at 4 p.m. May 16 in the UGA Chapel. The event is organized by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and co-sponsored by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts as part of the center’s Global Georgia Initiative. Joseph’s talk is entitled “Leadership as a Way of Being: Reflections on Nelson Mandela, Servant Leadership and Personal Renewal.” Full story

MCPS revives butterfly garden

Students at Morgan County Primary School (MCPS) have a revitalized butterfly garden, thanks to volunteer Wes Ryals, second grade teacher Ginny Kiepper, members of the MCPS Science/Butterfly Garden Committee, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Full story

Porterdale chosen for Renaissance Fellows program

The city of Porterdale is gearing up to have a busy summer and beyond as projects that have long been in the developmental stages are coming to fruition. Full story

Public Service and Outreach Annual Meeting recap

On April 15, the first day of UGA Honors Week, more than 300 people gathered at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center for the 22nd Public Service and Outreach Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Full story

Collaborative planning process helps coastal leaders address rising sea level issues

Researchers from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Georgia Sea Grant program and the UGA College of Environment and Design are partnering with Tybee Island community leaders, local and state government officials and others to assess methods of adapting to rising sea levels. The outreach partnership has been cited as a model for other threatened coastal communities. Full story

Clayton County Archway Partnership awarded Al Dohany Award for Community Service

The Georgia Public Health Association recently recognized the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership for the expansion of the Federally Qualified Health Center in Clayton County with the Al Dohany Award for Community Service. Full story

UGA President-elect Morehead announces increased emphasis on economic development

President-elect Jere Morehead has announced that he will reorganize the University of Georgia’s economic development activities and programs to make economic development a key priority under his administration. Full story

UGA opening Atlanta economic development office

The University of Georgia President-elect Jere Morehead plans to set up an Atlanta economic development office as part of a restructuring of the university’s economic development. Full story

Service-learning initiatives bring recognition to UGA horticulture professor

University of Georgia horticulture professor David Berle, a faculty member since 1999, recently won the 2013 Alec Little Environmental Award for his service-learning work planting community gardens in Athens. Berle received the community’s top environmental prize for efforts that engage students in helping local schools create gardens, as well as to recognize his work with the Athens Land Trust to obtain federal funding for a Community Garden Network to support neighborhood gardens. Full story

Cassity honored for excellence in service-learning

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture awarded Pratt Cassity, director of public service and outreach at the Center for Community Design and Preservation at the University of Georgia, with the senior level Award for Excellence in Service-Learning at the 2013 annual conference in Austin, Texas. Full story

Students make IMPACT during spring break

While many University of Georgia students headed to the beach or journeyed back to their hometowns for some rest during spring break this March, more than 350 students decided to make an IMPACT-on their lives and the lives of others. Full story

New economic development program announced at UGA

Provost and incoming President Jere Morehead has announced that he will make economic development a key priority for the University of Georgia (UGA) under his administration. A first step will be reorganizing and refocusing UGA’s economic development activities and programs for even greater impact. Full story

UGA students, faculty and staff receive sustainability awards

Four members of the University of Georgia community recently were recognized for their dedication to creating a more sustainable UGA. The UGA Office of Sustainability, as part of Athens-Clarke County GreenFest, presented the 2013 Sustainable UGA Awards to outstanding students, faculty and staff on April 19. Full story

TailsSpin owners win state SBA award

Los Angeles transplants Jeffrey Manley and Jusak Bernhard were no strangers to accolades even before they moved to Savannah and opened a retail pet store in 2007. Full story

Planning to help: Carl Vinson Institute expert aids communities in US, abroad

Malik R. Watkins, a planning and development expert with UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has built his career on a commitment to service both in the U.S. and in struggling countries around the globe. Full story

UGA named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the seventh consecutive year, UGA has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Full story

Trail builder, professor and garden team win environmental awards

A man who builds hiking trails, a University of Georgia professor who fosters community gardening and a church gardening team a homeless man helped start are this year’s winners of the Alec Little Environmental Award, a prize that honors people and organizations for environmental responsibility. Full story

FFA connecting students to landscaping industry

Recently, four members of the Colquitt County FFA competed in the State Nursery Landscape Competition held at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, Ga. Full story