Honors Week, Regents Meetings, SOAR Awards and Mary Frances Early
Honors Week at UGA was a busy time, but the celebration was a great success. Taking one week to focus on excellence in our students, faculty and staff was both encouraging and invigorating.
Much of the activity that took place during Honors Week celebrated individual accomplishments. However there were other activities that took place during that week that also highlighted excellence in teamwork and camaraderie.
Among them was the annual SOAR awards in the student affairs division, a program which celebrates achievements of student organizations and group community service. I applaud all the award winners recognized during that event.
I also want to congratulate the UGA student-run Relay for Life event which, despite being impacted by the weekend weather, managed to raise a record $412,000. Our students are committed to philanthropic efforts in this community, and this is yet another outstanding example.
This week proves to be as busy as the one we experienced last week. On Tuesday afternoon the campus community will welcome civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, who will deliver this year’s Mary Frances Early lecture. We are always honored when Congressman Lewis visits with us, especially so for this occasion.
The Board of Regents is meeting this week and will set tuition and fees for next year now that the state legislature has completed its 2011 session. I will give a brief budget update at the start of Thursday’s University Council meeting scheduled at 3:30 p.m. in the Tate Theatre.
As we wind down yet another busy week, I want to wish everyone within our university community well during this Passover and Easter season.