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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

Fanning assessment of a summer youth program informs leadership decision-making

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.
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Tribble: Southern Garden Series to benefit local gardens, arts

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

UGA’s Fanning Institute gets a new name, announces new director

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

UGA Small Business Development Center to host proposal writing seminar

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

Archway Partnership announces Habersham County as newest location

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.
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Eleven UGA undergraduate students named Public Service and Outreach Scholars

Eleven UGA undergraduate students have been selected as Public Service and Outreach Scholars for 2012-2013.
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Georgia Small Business Development Center makes a big impact on Georgia’s economy

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 faculty members named PSO Fellows for fall semester

Four UGA faculty members have been named Public Service and Outreach Fellows for the fall semester.
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Nine University of Georgia faculty members named 2012-2013 Service-Learning Fellows

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

Vinson Institute Coordinates Georgia Leadership Delegation to China, South Korea

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
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State Botanical Garden hosts Cultures and Cuisines fundraiser

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will feature six local restaurants at the Around the World Cultures and Cuisines fundraiser Aug. 23 from 7-9 p.m. The event is being held to celebrate the Spanish-American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sections of the International Garden. Full story

State Botanical Garden accepting donations for Friends of the Garden Flea Market

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia is accepting donations from the public for its annual Friends of the Garden Flea Market. Acceptable items, including furniture, books, toys, garden supplies, linens, jewelry, can be dropped off Aug. 13-17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at the botanical garden, which is located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue. Pickup is available for large items. Clothing items will not be accepted.
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UGA Archway Partnership announces Habersham County as newest location

The University of Georgia Archway Partnership recently announced
Habersham County as the newest community to partner with UGA and the
University System of Georgia, which will enhance local community
economic development. Full story

State Botanical Garden of Georgia exhibiting work by Madison Artists Guild

Works by members of the Madison Artists Guild of Morgan County will be
on display through July 29 in the Visitor Center Gallery of the State
Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia. A reception to meet the
artists will be held July 15 from 2-4 p.m. The free event is open to the
public. Full story