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University of Georgia unveils 2017 Bulldog 100 rankings; Chicken Salad Chick tops list

The University of Georgia Alumni Association recognized the 100 fastest-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni during the eighth annual Bulldog 100 Celebration on Feb. 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The 2017 fastest-growing business was Chicken Salad Chick, helmed by president and CEO Scott Deviney, who received his degree in economics from UGA’s Terry College of Business in 1995. The company is based in Auburn, Alabama, and was started by a stay-at-home mom and her software salesman husband after selling chicken salad at PTA meetings.

To date, the company operates 62 restaurants and has sold 146 franchises in eight states, selling chicken salad in 15 flavor profiles. In 2016, Chicken Salad Chick landed at No. 37 on Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., raking in $9.8 million in 2015, with a growth rate of more than 6,000 percent in the past three years. The company has also been named one of FastCasual.com’s top Movers and Shakers and one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Breakout Brands.

The remainder of the Bulldog 100 top 10 was as follows:

  1.  Kabbage Inc., Atlanta
  2.  The Holly Purcell Group, Athens
  3.  Charlotte Lucas Interior Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
  4.  SMD LLC, Huntersville, North Carolina
  5.  Two Maids & A Mop, Birmingham, Alabama
  6.  Specialized Veterinary Services, Fort Myers, Florida
  7.  Lake Country Pharmacy & Compounding Center, Greensboro, Georgia
  8.  Cruise Planners, Decatur
  9.  Rev Coffee Roasters, Smyrna

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UGA outreach programs help Georgia communities grow and prosper

University of Georgia outreach programs had a $753 million impact on the state of Georgia last year, with communities benefiting from leadership training, downtown revitalization, workforce development and assistance to small businesses, among others.

Overall, UGA had a $5.25 billion economic impact on the state last year, according to a new study that analyzed how the three-part teaching, research and service mission of the university contributes to the economy.

"Citizens of this state can see and feel the work that the University of Georgia is doing in their communities, helping to create jobs, develop leaders and address critical issues," said Jennifer L. Frum, UGA vice president for public service and outreach. "As a land- and sea-grant institution we are committed to extending our resources to every corner of the state."

In the past year, the Small Business Development Center, a unit of UGA Public Service and Outreach, which has 17 offices around the state, helped create more than 3,300 jobs.

Over the past five years, business owners and entrepreneurs who have sought assistance from the SBDC have created more than 1,600 businesses and over 12,000 jobs.

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Matthew Auer named dean of UGA School of Public and International Affairs

Matthew Auer, a veteran administrator and policy scholar, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.

Auer is currently vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Bates College in Maine, where he is also a professor of environmental studies. His appointment at UGA is effective July 1.

"Dr. Auer is committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences for students while also advancing scholarship and service that has a national and international impact," said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. "He is an ideal choice to lead UGA's highly regarded School of Public and International Affairs into a new era of excellence."

As dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, a position he has held since 2013, Auer has helped shape the academic mission of Bates College. His responsibilities include faculty recruitment, review, tenure and promotion, as well as nurturing faculty career development. He co-chaired the campus-wide institutional planning process and is leading major campus initiatives, including the revision of general education requirements and the enhancement of academic support programs. He helped Bates garner a $1 million Mellon Foundation grant to build the college's long-term capacity for recruiting diverse faculty as well as a $270,000 grant to support up to 45 student research positions in science, technology, engineering and math over a four-year period.

Auer began his academic career in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. As director of undergraduate programs in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he oversaw eight majors and six certificate programs and increased the enrollment of students in the school by 25 percent. In 2008 he was named dean of the university's Hutton Honors College, where he oversaw a student body of approximately 4,200 and helped raise more than $1.6 million in private support.

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Student Affairs grants encourage innovative faculty research partnerships

Three University of Georgia research projects have been named as the inaugural recipients of the Student Affairs Faculty Research Grant. The grants encourage the use of Student Affairs programs and facilities as a principal laboratory for research, enhancing the role of the division in campus research.

The recipients include projects that will assess the social and financial impact of the UGA Food Scholarship, examine family relationships when students transition to college and investigate plans to improve water quality.

Erin Richman, director of Student Affairs academic partnerships and initiatives, explains that incentivizing partnerships between Student Affairs and faculty benefits both students and researchers.

"The grants encourage researchers to access the many campus resources using our robust facilities," said Richman. "Ultimately, we not only create innovative partnerships, but we maximize the impact of scarce research dollars."

Recipients of the 2017 Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants are:

An Exploration of How the UGA Food Scholarship Affects Students' Social and Financial Success in College
Georgianna L. Martin, assistant professor in the department of counseling and human development services, College of Education

Parent-Child Relationships across Students' Transitions to College
Katie Ehrlich, assistant professor in the department of psychology and the Center for Family Research, and Anne Shaffer, associate professor in the department of psychology, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Concept Plans to Improve Water Quality
Jon Calabria, associate professor in the College of Environment and Design, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability

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New UGA facility in Griffin will help launch new food products

University of Georgia scientists are now better equipped to help businesses launch new food products with the opening of the Food Technology Center, locally known as the FoodPIC building, on the UGA Griffin campus. The facility houses the university's Food Product Innovation and Commercialization, or FoodPIC, Center.

The $7.4 million project was funded by $3.5 million from the state of Georgia and additional funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority and the University of Georgia.

The state-of-the-art 14,500-square-foot facility was dedicated on Jan. 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Speakers at the ceremony included Board of Regents Chairman Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., state Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), Chairman of the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Board Charles Copeland, Dean and Director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Sam Pardue, and Pike County STEM Academy student Nikki Dodson, along with UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

"The Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center is an outstanding example of the University of Georgia using its resources to help strengthen our state's economy," Morehead said. "We are grateful for the support we have received for the new Food Technology Center, and we are excited to expand the reach of FoodPIC within the global food industry."

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UGA joins initiative to advance biotech manufacturing in the U.S.

The new public-private partnership, called the National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, or NIIMBL, will focus its efforts on driving down the cost and risks associated with manufacturing advanced cell and gene therapies for biopharmaceutical production.

Steven Stice, director of the UGA's Regenerative Bioscience Center, is the UGA lead in the partnership, which is coordinated by the University of Delaware.

NIIMBL represents a total investment of $250 million, including $129 million in private cost-share commitments from the NIIMBL consortium of 150 companies, nonprofits, educational institutions and state partners across the country, combined with at least $70 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

NIIMBL is the 11th institute under the Manufacturing USA National Network for Manufacturing Innovation initiative created to advance manufacturing leadership and restore jobs to the U.S. This recent success follows an announcement in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Defense that an MIT-led team involving UGA was selected for funding as the eighth NNMI institute.

"We are pleased to have UGA participate in these high-profile public-private partnerships that are aimed at advancing U.S. leadership in key manufacturing sectors," said UGA Vice President for Research David Lee. "We are eager to assist industry partners in meeting their goals through the development of new and existing intellectual property, and the training of an appropriate workforce."

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UGA president unveils need-based scholarship matching program during State of the University

To increase the number of need-based scholarships offered by the University of Georgia, President Jere W. Morehead unveiled the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program Wednesday during his annual State of the University address at the UGA Chapel.

Under the program, the UGA Foundation will match any gift to the university in the amount of $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 to establish an endowed need-based scholarship. This initiative is expected to create as many as 400 to 600 new annual scholarships.

"Scholarships are life-changing," Morehead said. "They remove barriers and open doors. They create for our students and their families pathways to futures that would otherwise be unreachable."

Morehead thanked the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation for its "transformative" gift of $30 million for need-based scholarships as the university announced its $1.2 billion Commit to Georgia campaign in November. He said he hopes this amazing gift inspires alumni and friends of the university to reach new levels of support for need-based aid.

Alumnus Pete Correll, former CEO of Georgia Pacific, UGA Foundation emeritus trustee and honorary co-chair-along with his wife Ada Lee-of the Commit to Georgia campaign, believes the new matching program will resonate with supporters of the institution. "The Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program is going to create opportunities for so many future students at our state's flagship university," Correll said. "Supporting this program is an incredible way for UGA alumni and supporters to make a real difference in the lives of students and families all across Georgia."

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Tate Student Center adds private room for nursing mothers

The University of Georgia's Tate Student Center has added a designated private room for nursing mothers.

The space is one of 14 lactation rooms on the main campus, with others located at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and on the Health Sciences Campus. A map of UGA lactation rooms is online at http://hrdocs.uga.edu/map-campus-lactation-rooms.pdf.

Tate's lactation room is located on the fourth level adjacent to the Student Veterans Resource Center. Access is available through a keypad lock; users may get the code by visiting or calling the Office of the Dean of Students.

"Previously, we would accommodate nursing mothers by making temporary space available on an as-needed basis," said Jan Barham, associate dean of students and director of the Tate Student Center. "We're pleased to join the university's efforts to enhance resources for women by designating a permanent lactation room."

The Tate Student Center is a department within UGA Student Affairs. For more information, call 706-542-7774 or see http://tate.uga.edu. For information about women's resources on the UGA campus, see http://women.uga.edu.

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UGA genetics faculty member honored with Presidential Early Career Award

University of Georgia assistant professor Andrea Sweigart is among 102 scientists announced as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

Established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. The recipients receive the awards in person each spring at the White House.

Sweigart is an assistant professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of genetics.

"A world-leading evolutionary biologist who has fully integrated her research into her teaching, exposing our students to cutting edge science that addresses evolution and the generation of biodiversity, Andrea exemplifies the outstanding scholarship conducted at UGA," said Allen J. Moore, Distinguished Research Professor and head of the department of genetics. "She is a passionate supporter of diversity at all levels. This is a fabulous recognition of her leadership in 21st century science, and we are all proud to have her as a colleague."

Sweigart joined the UGA faculty in 2011 following postdoctoral positions at the University of Rochester and the University of Montana after completing her Ph.D. at Duke University. Sweigart's research program is focused on understanding how natural populations evolve into reproductively isolated species.

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UGA presents 2017 Presidents Fulfilling the Dream Award

The University of Georgia presented awards to four Athens and university community members for exemplary community service Jan. 13 as part of the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District.

The breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. Held at the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center, the event had a capacity crowd with more than 600 people in attendance

Elizabeth Louis, a doctoral candidate in psychology; Barbara McCaskill, professor of English and co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative; and Fred O. Smith and Lee E. Zimmerman Smith, co-founders of the Creative Visions Foundation, received the President's Fulfilling the Dream Award for their efforts to make King's dream of equality and justice a reality.

In addition, Kerry Miller, Mary Diallo and Harold Black, the first African-Americans to enroll at UGA as freshmen, were present at the breakfast and were recognized on the 50th anniversary of their graduation as part of the Class of 1966.

The Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was the featured speaker at the event. He encouraged attendees to take on King's unfinished work.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast and the President's Fulfilling the Dream Awards are coordinated by the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity.