This fall, the University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning officially joined The Campus Kitchens Project and launched Campus Kitchen at UGA, a student organization that provides free, healthful meals to area senior citizens by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. Full story
A University of Georgia water resources professor has been named interim director of the school’s Marine Extension Service. UGA administrators have named Mark Risse (REE-see) to fill the position on an interim basis after current Marine Extension director Randy Walker retires Dec. 1. Walker has been with the university for more than 32 years. Full story
This spring, SBDC launched two new programs: GrowSmart, which is focused on established businesses looking to grow, and StartSmart, focused on new businesses that are looking to strengthen their chances for success. The multi-week peer-learning programs, sponsored by Georgia Power, Wells Fargo and the OneGeorgia Authority, have been held in Athens, Atlanta, Albany, Columbus, Decatur, Gainesville, Thomasville, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Rome and Albany. Full story
Endorsed by the College Board, an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Teachers was sponsored, managed, and held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education from June 18-22, 2012. Teachers earned a total of 30 hours in training that provided support, best practices and teaching strategies needed to successfully teach AP courses. Full story
The Office of Service-Learning has recently been awarded an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service. A national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, AmeriCorps VISTA is often thought of as the domestic Peace Corps. The three-year grant will provide funding for four full-time VISTA members who will work with OSL and community partners to develop service-learning opportunities in the Latino community and through addressing community food issues. Full story
State Botanical Garden of Georgia officially names the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia recently announced its latest addition has officially been named the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies. The new Center is located along the Middle Oconee River amidst some of the Garden’s most beautiful display gardens and nature trails. Full story
Mark Risse, Ph.D., Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and adjunct professor in the College of Engineering and at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has been named interim director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. Risse will replace Randy Walker, Ph.D., who is retiring Dec. 1 after more than 32 years of service at the University of Georgia. Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum announced Walker’s retirement on Nov. 12. Full story
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government has been called on to help with four statewide initiatives, including the Alliance for Education Agency Heads, the Georgia Council for the Arts strategic planning, the newly created OneGeorgia Rural Policy Center and the Georgia Competitiveness Initiative. Full story
The Fanning Institute for Leadership and Development recently completed an eight-month assessment of operations and practices for Camp Best Friends, a summer youth program run by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation.
Although Pablo Picasso praised my great-aunt Pamela for her artistic ability as a child, and during the 1920s she was recognized as one of the most famous artists in the world, today she is one of many obscure talents of the 20th century. Full story
The Fanning Institute has been renamed to better communicate its mission under new leadership. As of December 1, the Public Service and Outreach (PSO) unit’s name has been restored to the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Matt Bishop, Ph.D., currently with UGA’s Archway Partnership, is the Institute’s new director. Full story
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center will host a seminar on proposal writing techniques at 10 a.m. Nov. 15. The seminar focuses on existing small businesses that may encounter problems while seeking government contracts. Full story
The Archway Partnership recently announced Habersham County as the 10th community in Georgia to partner with UGA and the University System of Georgia to enhance local community economic development.
Eleven UGA undergraduate students have been selected as Public Service and Outreach Scholars for 2012-2013.
The annual economic impact study of the Georgia SBDC Network provides solid evidence that those entrepreneurs who utilize SBDC assistance experience sales and employment growth rates significantly greater than the state averages. The annual economic impact study of the Georgia SBDC Network, published in August 2012, provides solid evidence that those entrepreneurs who utilize SBDC assistance experience sales and employment growth rates significantly greater than the state averages. Full story
Four UGA faculty members have been named Public Service and Outreach Fellows for the fall semester.
Fellows meet regularly throughout the academic year and receive an award of up to $2,500 to develop a proposed service-learning project. Full story
A Georgia delegation composed of local government, business, and higher
education leaders traveled to four cities in China and South Korea July
7–19 on a trip coordinated by the Vinson Institute’s International
Center. The leadership delegation sought to strengthen existing
relationships with international partners and create new opportunities
for collaboration with other organizations. It also worked to reinforce
the growing economic relationships between Georgia and China and South
Korea and make connections that could facilitate greater investments in
the future. Full story