Homestead grad selected for marine education internship

A Homestead High School graduate has been selected as a Georgia Sea Grant Marine Education intern with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service for the 2012-13 year. Full story

Wishlists: Kennesaw’s legislative priorities would hurt at pump, tax time

Cobb residents would lose out on tax refunds and pay more at the pump if state lawmakers adopt items on Kennesaw legislative wishlist. The county legislative delegation will join the other 158 Georgia counties’ representatives and senators under the Gold Dome on Jan. 14 for a 40-day schedule, likely concluding in April. Before then, city and county governments are invited to share their legislative priorities with their local delegations. Full story

Fiscal fears, party politics take center stage in SPIA election conference

Puppies graced the front page of University of California at Riverside associate political science professor Ben Bishin’s slideshow. Four Labrador Retrievers stood above his major emphasis, “Latinos in Election 2012,” in hopes to liven up the day of panels in the “Effects of the 2012 Presidential Election Conference” held Friday at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Full story

UGA College of Education to host service-learning workshops Jan. 25, Feb. 22

“Why do we have to learn this?” It’s a question asked daily in countless Georgia classrooms by students who seek connections between classroom learning and the “real world.” The University of Georgia College of Education will host two workshops for area educators this winter that will offer ways to make curriculum more relevant to students, engage them in meaningful learning and help them make a difference in their community. Full story

Botanical Garden gives life to dead art

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia usually hosts live art, but this time it will welcome dead plants too. The flowers, bushes, trees and plants that inhabit the land reserved for the garden are known for their variety. Beginning this week, the Botanical Garden hosts an exhibition to broaden its variety of garden life. Except this time the plants will not be alive. They will be immortalized on paper. Full story

Sweet flag grass is a medal winner

Shhh! Can you keep a secret? One of next year’s Georgia Gold Medal winners is sweet flag (Acorus gramineus “Ogon” and Acorus gramineus “Minimus Aureus”). This little grass-like groundcover takes shade and wet soils very well, brightening the area with chartreuse foliage. Full story

UGA Fanning Institute gets new name, focus in reorganization

University of Georgia administrators have reorganized one of the university’s most visible public service units, the Fanning Institute. The Fanning Institute is also getting its old name back. It’s once again the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Full story

New class helps students commercialize research

With sources of research funding becoming increasingly scarce and pressure mounting for universities to drive economic growth, more and more scientists are exchanging their lab coats for business suits as they work to turn their most innovative discoveries into products that improve lives and create jobs. Full story

UGA Student Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Georgia Honors student Juliet Elizabeth Allan of Atlanta has been awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship to attend England’s Oxford University, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She is one of 32 Rhodes recipients in the United States. Allan, who is a UGA Foundation Fellow, plans to graduate from UGA in December with bachelor’s degrees in Arabic, economics, and international affairs as well as a master’s degree in international policy. Full story

In the Garden: State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Bryce visits the State Botanical Garden of Georgia located just a few miles from the University of Georgia in Athens. The State Botanical garden is a 313-acre preserve that is dedicated to the conservation of plants and the cultivation of a love for gardening. Full story

UGA students launch Campus Kitchen to combat senior hunger

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

Risse interim head of UGA Marine Extension Service

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

Georgia Small Business Development Center launches two new programs

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

Georgia Center hosts Advanced Placement Summer Institute for high school teachers

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

Office of Service-Learning awarded AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America grant

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

Risse named interim director of UGA’s Marine Extension Service

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

Carl Vinson Institute of Government to assist with four statewide initiatives

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