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Rob Gordon named director of the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Rob Gordon, who now heads the UGA Archway Partnership, will become director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Gordon succeeds Laura Meadows, who is retiring after more than 30 years in state government, 11 of… Full story

Georgia Blue Key recognizes UGA graduate student for commitment to public service

UGA graduate student Nipuna Ambanpola has engaged in public service since he was a child in Sri Lanka. In 2017, he created an online nonprofit organization to link volunteers around the world to projects in their local communities. Here in… Full story

“Trailblazer in online learning” recognized with PSO Employee Spotlight Award

A routine Zoom meeting was anything but when Dave Lakly, a public service associate at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, was surprised with a Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award. PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum announced the award… Full story

Marine educator awarded PSO Spotlight Award for developing virtual programming during the pandemic

Kayla Clark, a public program coordinator and educator at UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, is the most recent Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight awardee. “We are so proud of your work and its impact. Both really embody… Full story

Regions Bank pledges $500,000 to UGA for service-learning, small business aid

Staying true to its vision to be an institution “deeply embedded in its communities,” Regions Bank has pledged $500,000 to the University of Georgia to impact communities around the state of Georgia. “The educational and economic impacts of the University… Full story

Veteran UGA Public Service and Outreach faculty member tapped to head Georgia Center

Stacy Jones has been named director of the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, effective immediately. Jones, formerly the associate director for governmental training, education and development at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has served as interim director of the Georgia Center since… Full story

Vinson Institute faculty member awarded PSO Employee Spotlight

A routine Zoom meeting turned into a surprise celebration for John Hulsey, a faculty member in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, who was selected for the most recent Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight award. PSO Vice President Jennifer… Full story

UGA offers COVID-19 resources throughout Georgia

From helping local governments navigate their changing financials to providing online assistance to small businesses in applying for federal loans to providing meals for food insecure Georgians, University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach is working throughout the state to… Full story

Christina Allen-Wise wins PSO Employee Spotlight Award for work with Fanning Institute

Christina Allen-Wise, a program operations coordinator with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, was surprised with the Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on February 5 during the Community Leadership Conference luncheon. Allen-Wise, who helps coordinate the CLC… Full story

UGA receives $50,000 grant from AT&T to address flooding in Athens-Clarke County

A grant from AT&T will help an interdisciplinary team of UGA faculty assess long-term flood frequency and severity for Athens-Clarke County in order to better plan for future development and infrastructure investments. Paul Chambers Jr., regional director of external affairs… Full story

State Botanical Garden development reaches new heights with topping-out ceremony

The Center for Art and Nature at the State Botanical Garden moved a step closer to reality as donors and University of Georgia staff held a ceremonial “topping out” of the facility last week. Deen Day Sanders, who gave her… Full story

Carnegie Foundation reaffirms UGA as community engaged university

The University of Georgia has been recognized for excellence in public service and outreach, being designated as a community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for a second time. The classification was first awarded to… Full story

SBDC employee receives PSO Employee Spotlight Award

Carolina Ramon, director of the Office of Minority Business Development for the UGA Small Business Development Center, was presented with the second Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award on Dec. 6. Ramon was surprised with the award by PSO… Full story

AT&T Foundation contribution to support Embark Georgia network

A $25,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation will help the University of Georgia increase college access and retention for youth who have experienced foster care or homelessness. Embark Georgia, founded and run by UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development,… Full story

First PSO Employee Spotlight Award goes to Vinson Institute event planner

Melanie Kearns, a senior event coordinator, in governmental training, education and development, at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government is the first recipient of the UGA Public Service and Outreach Employee Spotlight Award. PSO Vice President Jennifer Frum and Vinson… Full story

Partnerships help Georgia businesses find trained employees and students find good jobs

What happens when there are more jobs than qualified people to fill them? That is a critical issue for many Georgia communities and one that the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government is working to address. Recent one-day… Full story

New Faculty Tour provides education and impact

The trip ended where it began, with a large coach bus parked outside the Georgia Center in the August heat, a group of about 50 faculty, administrators and staff milling about with their luggage and backpacks. Except, with the UGA… Full story

UGA President-elect Morehead announces increased emphasis on economic development

President-elect Jere Morehead has announced that he will reorganize the University of Georgia’s economic development activities and programs to make economic development a key priority under his administration. Full story