Featured: Sue Joe, Senior

For senior sociology major Sue Joe, service at the University of Georgia helps her build relationships and broaden her horizons while sharing her knowledge to improve the community. What is your major/minor? Sociology Hometown? I am originally from South Korea;… Full story

Readers to Leaders gets fresh funding

During its fall grant cycle, the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation awarded $6,000 to the University of Georgia Archway Partnership to help fund the Readers to Leaders (R2L) initiative in Dalton and Whitfield County. The foundation’s grant award will purchase supplies and materials for the initiative and provide part of the compensation funds for a United Way AmeriCorps VISTA worker who is assigned to help with R2L. Full story

COE faculty receive academic service-learning award

Corey W. Johnson, an associate professor in the College of Education, and Katherine F. Thompson, a clinical associate professor in the education college, received UGA’s 2013 Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award. Full story

Hooks, newest member BOR, addresses Kiwanis Club

Former state Senator George Hooks, a newly appointed member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, was featured speaker at the Americus Kiwanis Club Friday. Hooks, who served for 32 years in state government, retired on Jan. 14. Full story

PSO Fellowship Program proposal deadline set for March 29, 2013

The deadline for submission of proposals for the Fall semester Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Fellowship program is March 29, 2013. One of PSO’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan goals is to create outreach avenues for tenure-track and tenured faculty members. Full story

Georgia student selected for 2013 Sea Grant marine policy fellowship

A recent graduate of the University of Georgia marine science doctoral program will join 49 students from across the country in the prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship starting February 2013. UGA graduate Carrie Givens will spend one year working for the US Department of the Interior, US Fish & Wildlife Service, with funding by NOAA’s National Sea Grant Program. Full story

EcoFocus Film Festival expands to Jekyll Island

For five years, the EcoFocus Film Festival has brought premiere environmental films to Athens. This year, for the first time, the festival will debut a film on Jekyll Island. Full story

The bystander effect

Dr. Toni Miles, director of UGA’s Institute of Gerontology, is studying life after death-or, more precisely, health after death. No, the professor of epidemiology and biostatistics isn’t taking on the mysterious question of the afterlife. Instead, she’s looking at the health risks and problems that family members suffer after losing a loved one. Full story

Rehberg, Wind, Harris, Gilliard earn top honors

Women and men who work in a variety of ways to make their community a better place were recognized Monday night by the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce during its 87th annual membership meeting and awards banquet held at the Grady Cultural Center. Full story

UGA’s Bargeron appointed to national Invasive Species Advisory Committee

Chuck Bargeron, a public service assistant at the University of Georgia, has an extensive knowledge of invasive species, an expertise that is being tapped on a national level. Recently, the associate director for the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in Tifton was named to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee for the National Invasive Species Council. Full story

‘Dream’ builders: Students help with community improvement projects during King Day

For a few hours on Jan. 16, UGA student Olufeyisayo Bab-Oke took a pickaxe to a slab of asphalt outside the Athens Community Council on Aging. A few feet away, about 50 other students hauled mulch, installed raised garden beds and cleared brush. Full story

Juvenile justice

On Jan. 8, Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal observed hearings at the Athens Peer Court-a new innovation in juvenile justice in Athens. Peer Court is a collaborative effort of UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Street Law at UGA’s School of Law, Athens-Clarke County Juvenile Court and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Full story

Murray: Small businesses need to roll with the punches

Athens is an ever-growing hub for small businesses, with plenty becoming fixtures in the community. But many also can’t keep their doors open for even a year. Why do some businesses have staying power while others don’t? Full story

Georgia Pest Control Association comes home to UGA Center

More than 700 pest control company employees attended three days of workshops and presentations this week at the 2013 Georgia Pest Control Association’s Winter Conference at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. Full story

Wildlife Poster Contest Celebrates Citizen Science

Teachers and students can celebrate Georgia wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 2013 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Whether exploring their schoolyard or taking a field trip to a nearby park, students are encouraged to share their plant and animal discoveries through art in the 23rd annual conservation poster contest. Full story

Incubator could help start-up firms survive their infancy

Entrepreneurs and business innovation built Dalton, and it remains a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity, according to Georgia Tech researchers. But on Thursday those researchers conditionally recommended that Dalton create a business incubator, a program or facility that provides services to start-up businesses. Full story

From Here to There

Women on Paper, a group of Augusta artists, will open an exhibit Jan. 13 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. The artists – Nancy Schultz, Caroline Swanson, Lauren Kerbelis, Karen Banker, Ingrid Hofer, Gail Smith and Lillie Morris – have been meeting weekly since 1988 to paint en plein air using a variety of media on paper. Full story

The local economy in 2013: A look ahead

If you didn’t like 2012, chances are you won’t be crazy about 2013. The economy is expected to continue its moderate — but still subpar — pace of growth, as consumers, businesses and governments adjust to the new normal of fiscal constraint. Full story