Featured: Summer Academy adds excitement to Center for Continuing Education’s outreach efforts

Students gain real-world experience in amazing topics at Summer Academy, a specialty education camp that’s one of the outreach programs offered at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The Georgia Center provides a number of academic enrichment and… Full story

Strategic plan to help inform Lilburn economic development efforts

Leaders for the city of Lilburn will get a new focus on economic development through a strategic business plan being developed with the assistance of Vinson Institute faculty. The strategic business plan developed in partnership with the city will help to inform municipal leaders’ efforts to attract jobs over the next decade. Full story

Athens SBDC to host four-part course for small business on QuickBooks

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is presenting a four-part training course on how to use QuickBooks to manage business. Full story

Featured: Laura Waters, Cooperative Extension 4-H Faculty

For Laura Waters of Cooperative Extension, service means understanding the needs of local clientele and using university expertise and resources to create programs to meet those needs. As a grant coordinator, Waters works to put resources in the hands of… Full story

UGA’s Amazing Students: Madison Lamar

Madison Lamar believes in a healthy way of life. From serving as a personal trainer at the Ramsey Student Center, to working on public health issues with UGA’s Archway Partnership, to researching with a gerontologist in the department of child and family development, Madison has chosen to dedicate herself to primary health care and education for all. Full story

Sharing science through film

Georgia Sea Grant and UGA Marine Extension Service have partnered with the EcoFocus Film Festival to spread awareness of environmental issues affecting coastal Georgia to audiences throughout the state. Full story

UGA women’s studies assistant director speaks on environmental, social injustice

Food’s place in daily activities is more than a just a necessity to live. Discussing the problems of food waste and insecurity in one lecture is a big task, but Cecilia Herles, the assistant director of women’s studies at the University of Georgia, did so in her lecture “Environmental and Social Justice In the Dumpster: Dimensions of Food Waste and Food Insecurity.” Full story

Public Service and Outreach announces 2013 award winners

The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has announced that six faculty and three staff members will receive awards for outstanding service to the state and UGA at the 22nd Annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon in April. One faculty member will receive the Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award, five faculty will receive Walter Barnard Hill Awards and three staff members will receive Staff Awards for Excellence. Full story

Study on balancing bioenergy needs, wildlife habitat under way at Vinson Institute

An environmental policy expert at the Vinson Institute recently received a National Wildlife Federation grant to examine methods of sustaining biomass production without degrading wildlife habitat. Environmental sustainability analyst Jason Evans was awarded almost $100,000 to assess the effects of forest biomass harvesting in the Southeast. Working with Evans on the project are Daniel Geller, a public service assistant in the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and Alison Bramlet and Jon Calabria, assistant professors in the College of Environment and Design, as well as investigators from the University of Florida and Virginia Tech. Full story

Habersham Archway Partnership forges ahead

Over the past two-and-a-half months, the Habersham Archway Partnership has quickly moved forward, making great strides in finalizing a work plan for the year, and forming issue work groups to address specifically identified community initiatives. Full story

Archway Partnership moves into second year, expands role

Cairo and Grady County’s Archway Partnership with the University of Georgia has been working with many community volunteers to make a difference here, and is looking to expand its focus to include additional community issues in the coming months. Full story

UGA students to look into improving Barber Park

Archway volunteers concerned about the health and wellness of the Grady County community toured the county’s recreation department’s Barber Park complex Tuesday. Full story

The power of partnerships

2009 to 2012 will never be characterized as “easy” years. During this time period, difficult financial realities redefined thinking and planning in every sector. In many arenas, progress took a backseat as interest groups and political parties fought over a shrinking pot of money. “Keeping the doors open and the lights on” became commonplace indicators of “success.” Full story

Singles: Half-shell oysters make a splash on Georgia coast

It might take a wet sack of oysters roasting over a fire to prove it, as well as a shuck or two until briny liquor hits taste buds, but Georgia is home to some dang fine bivalves. Full story

Wonder woman: OASP director helps coordinate science, engineering fairs

Christine Burgoyne is a whiz at answering questions, and she’s heard some doozies during her time as director of state science and engineering fairs. Full story

‘Chasing Ice’ screening, discussion will open EcoFocus Film Festival

The documentary Chasing Ice officially will open the 2013 EcoFocus Film Festival March 21 at 6 p.m. at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave. Full story

DDA hosts launch of site to promote area to start-up businesses

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted the launch of Startupoint at Madison Chop House Grille last Tuesday. Full story

Seminar highlights concerns on sea level rise

Built in a low lying area and mostly surrounded by marsh, St. Marys is in a precarious position as the sea grows. Full story