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UGA to host Open Dialogue on Sexual Assault

The University of Georgia will host an Open Dialogue on Sexual Assault on Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 248 of the Miller Learning Center. 

UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office invites the entire university community to ask questions, share information and engage in dialogue about sexual assault issues in general and about UGA’s efforts to prevent sexual assault and address its effect within the UGA community.

Representatives from UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office, the UGA Health Center, the UGA Police Department, the Office of the Dean of Students, University Housing and others will be available to answer questions.

The event is part of the nationwide "It's On Us" campaign, a movement aimed at changing the way the public thinks about sexual assault, raising awareness that sexual assault is a societal problem, supporting survivors, and recognizing opportunities to intervene and prevent sexual assault.

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New $2.5 million NIH-funded study at UGA focuses on baby boomers

Baby boomers’ marital relationships and health during their transition to later adulthood are the focus of a new University of Georgia study funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The study will examine continuity and change within couples’ relationships over 30 years and how chronic stressful experiences—such as financial, work and marital difficulties—affect mental and physical health outcomes in elder years.

Kandauda “K.A.S.” Wickrama, a UGA Athletic Association professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of human development and family science, is the principal investigator on the project, which continues research with nearly 400 couples who have participated in the Iowa Youth and Families Project since 1989.

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Ambassador Andrew Young to speak at MLK Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23

Ambassador Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Jan. 23 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus.

Sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, the MLK Freedom Breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Dream: Justice for All.”

Along with Young’s address, recipients of the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award will be recognized at the event, which has averaged more than 600 attendees in recent years. The award highlights the work of local citizens who have made significant efforts to build bridges of unity and understanding as they strive to make King’s dream of equality and justice a reality. Nominations to recognize community members, UGA faculty, staff and students are available at http://t.uga.edu/Vv and are due Oct. 31.

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UGA’s Russell Library honored with state award

The University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is among the recipients of the third annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Director Sheryl B. Vogt accepted the award from Gov. Nathan Deal in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

The commendation recognizes the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies as “an invaluable resource for scholars all around the world. For 40 years this esteemed academic institution has chronicled Georgia’s political and social story, preserving our historical foundations for the next generation of government and educational leaders to learn from.”

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Georgia leads the nation in blueberry production

With the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, it’s official. Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production.

University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blue tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the nation this year. The state has been No. 1 in blueberry acreage for the last few years, but it was uncertain when all this new acreage would impact the state’s annual blueberry production.

“We’ve been gaining a lot of potential over the last five years, and I think we just reached that potential a little earlier than we thought,” said NeSmith, who helped launch UGA’s current blueberry breeding program in the late 1980s. “Other states have held onto their positions as far as production goes, but we’ve just gotten much higher numbers.”

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Three UGA faculty named SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Three University of Georgia faculty members—Melissa Harshman, L. Stephen Miller and Judith Wasserman—will gain a deeper perspective on modern academic leadership as 2014-2015 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

The Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows program at UGA is part of the broader Academic Leadership Development Program of the Southeastern Conference. The program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond.

Based on their areas of interest, the UGA ALDP Fellows will work with select senior administrators. The fellowship also includes two, three-day SEC-wide workshops that include lectures, panel discussions and opportunities for the fellows to interact with their counterparts from other SEC institutions. The fall workshop will be held Oct.13-15 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and the spring workshop will be held in February at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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University of Georgia receives national diversity award

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia has been named a 2014 recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, a national recognition for its efforts to foster an inclusive, diverse campus.

UGA was one of 83 institutions honored this year with the HEED Award, the only designation of its kind awarded to institutions that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.

"At the University of Georgia, we value inclusion as a fundamental element in a vibrant and connected academic community," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "I am pleased that UGA's success in creating a welcoming campus that promotes educational growth and understanding is being recognized through this national award."

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UGA develops plan to install new electrode boiler

Athens, Ga. - The Facilities Management Division at the University of Georgia has developed a plan to replace the aging coal-fired boiler on campus with a more efficient electrode boiler powered by electricity.

This proposal comes after the Facilities Management Division initiated a comprehensive examination to identify options to replace the university's single coal-fired boiler, which is nearing 50 years in age. The private consulting firm Jacobs Engineering was contracted to lead the study. The firm delivered results from its investigation this summer, concluding an electrode boiler was the most economical solution for UGA.

The electrode boiler is projected to save the university more than $19 million over a 30-year span compared with continued use of the coal-fired boiler.

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SEC Symposium shows the league is about more than sports

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Symposium, held Sept. 21-23 in Atlanta, included an SEC Presidents, Chancellors and Provosts Reception where all symposium participants had an opportunity to meet and visit with senior leaders from around the SEC.

Several SEC presidents and chancellors attended the event, including University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead, who was serving as the institution's provost when the SEC Symposium was first contemplated in 2010.

"I thought at that time and think even more so today as the president of the University of Georgia that it is very important for the Southeastern Conference to showcase the outstanding work that is going on at each of our institutions, not only in athletics, but also in the academic life of our institutions," Morehead said. "What you find at a symposium like this one is evidence that all of us clearly understand that the SEC has, among its members, some of the finest institutions in the country."

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‘Sic ‘Em City’ headlines UGA Homecoming Week

"Sic 'Em City" is the theme of this year's Homecoming Week festivities, which begin Sept. 28. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the football game Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. against Vanderbilt University, which includes the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.