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UGA's Natalie Navarrete named a 2023 Rhodes Scholar

University of Georgia student Natalie Navarrete was named a 2023 Rhodes Scholar this weekend, joining recipients from 64 countries around the world.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. The 2023 Rhodes Scholars will begin their various courses of study as graduate students at the University of Oxford in October. Navarrete is a current Morehead Honors College student and Foundation Fellow at UGA.

“The University of Georgia is incredibly proud of Natalie for this extraordinary achievement,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “Her success in being selected for one of the most competitive scholarships in the world is a testament to her tremendous talent and drive and to the world-class educational opportunities that UGA provides our students. I am confident she will continue to make important contributions to our society through her program at Oxford University and throughout her career.”

Navarrete, a Stamps Scholar from Boca Raton, Florida, is a senior in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and International Affairs, majoring in international affairs, Russian and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Johnson-Bailey receives inaugural Centennial Professorship

University of Georgia professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey was named as the first recipient of the Centennial Professorship, an endowed professorship for a women’s studies faculty member in recognition of the centennial anniversary of women’s studies.

Founded in 1977, the Institute for Women’s Studies at UGA is one of the senior women’s studies programs in the United States. It also holds the distinction of being the first academic gender studies program among Georgia’s institutions of higher education.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of coeducation at the University of Georgia in 2018, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences proposed to establish the Centennial Professorship in Women’s Studies. The $250,000 professorship would recognize and support an outstanding faculty member whose work focuses on interdisciplinary issues of gender and women’s history.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Centennial Professorship in Women’s Studies. I am grateful to the Franklin College for this recognition. As a teenager, I was first able to put a name to my worldview and perspective—feminism—and later to my academic disciplines—women’s studies and education,” said Johnson-Bailey. “As a professor, I have been fortunate to research and teach in these fields that have sustained and invigorated me and given purpose to my life. Receiving this acknowledgment for working in areas that have given me so much is a blessing.”

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UGA TRIO programs receive more than $4 million to support students

The University of Georgia received three federal grants totaling more than $850,000 for a five-year period totaling $4.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the continuation of the TRIO Upward Bound Classic, TRIO Upward Bound Math & Science and TRIO McNair Scholars Program.

The Upward Bound Programs support 210 eligible students in eight counties: Clarke, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, Washington, Lincoln, and Greene. UGA’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program serves 25 UGA students in preparation for doctoral programs.

“The many benefits for thousands of students at UGA and in northeast Georgia through UGA TRIO is life-changing,” said Sherontae Maxwell, assistant director for access within the Division of Academic Enhancement. “We are honored and so excited to have the opportunity to continue serving students.”

All of UGA’s TRIO programs are administered within the Division of Academic Enhancement, which is a subunit of the Office of Instruction.

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UGA project helps veterans with mental health

Consistent findings reveal that veterans are passionate about helping other veterans and their families; however, these same veterans don’t always feel comfortable helping themselves, said University of Georgia researcher Brian Bauer, who has developed a platform that will enable vets to help each other.

Bauer was recently awarded $250,000 by Mission Daybreak, a part of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’10-year strategy to end veteran suicide through a comprehensive, public health approach.

Formerly known as the Suicide Prevention Grand Challenge, Mission Daybreak offers $20 million in non-dilutive funding, as well as non-monetary resources that include data, research, mentorship, educational webinars and partnership opportunities. Bauer’s submission is led by himself and his former mentor Alex Leow, professor of psychiatry and bioengineering at the University of Illinois Chicago.

“We started with the idea that if we’re only focusing on people who were going through a crisis and are currently at high risk, we’re going to lose the battle of suicide prevention,” said Bauer, assistant professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of psychology. “We also need to focus on assisting veterans and their family members build better lives to help prevent people from reaching high risk.”

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Celebration of Life Service set for Vince Dooley

The University of Georgia Athletic Association will hold a Celebration of Life Service for former head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley on Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Friday inside Stegeman Coliseum.

The service is open and free to the public. The clear bag policy will be in effect.

“Coach Dooley meant so much to this University and the Athens Community,” J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks said. “This will be a tremendous opportunity to honor a man who meant the world to so many of us. Georgia Athletics wanted to give Bulldog fans a chance to pay tribute to Coach Dooley, and this is a great way to do that.”

Coach Dooley died on Oct. 28, 2022 at the age of 90. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia and Alabama Sports Halls of Fame, Dooley is Georgia’s winningest football coach with 201 victories, six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship in his 25 years leading the Bulldogs (1964-88). He was also the recipient of numerous awards for his service as director of athletics over a 25 year tenure (1979-2004).

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UGA wins national outreach award

The University of Georgia won the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ highest award for public service for the Archway Partnership, an outreach program through which select rural communities have access to the resources and expertise of the university.

The C. Peter Magrath Award for Community Engagement, which provides national recognition for the outstanding community university engagement work of public universities, was announced Nov. 6, 2022, at the association’s annual meeting in Denver.

“Archway has put the University of Georgia at the forefront of innovative community university collaborations, resulting in important scholarship, positive sustainable relationships and significant impact,” UGA President Jere Morehead said.

The Archway Partnership, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit, connects community partners to the vast student and faculty resources available within UGA’s 18 schools and colleges. Since it began in 2005, more than 200 faculty and over 1,500 students have participated in projects that help Georgia communities become more attractive to economic development opportunities.

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Georgia Museum of Art and Terra Foundation team up

On June 1, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia began a new partnership with the Terra Foundation for American Art when it received four oil paintings from the Terra’s renowned collection that will be on loan for the next four years. The collaboration also includes a grant for $25,000 each year of the loan to fund exhibitions and programming related to these works. The museum will work with the Terra Foundation to center marginalized and underrepresented perspectives in American art by pairing the foundation’s paintings with works from its own collection that resonate with these expanded narratives.

Founded by Daniel J. Terra in 1978, the Terra Foundation houses a collection of more than 750 paintings by 242 artists, which it generously loans to an international variety of organizations for the expansion of scholarship on and appreciation of American art. The four paintings on loan to the museum are “Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Dress” by John Singleton Copley (1763), “Old Time Letter Rack” by John F. Peto (1894), “Les Invalides, Paris” by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1896) and “Bucks County Barn” by Charles Sheeler (1940). A fifth painting, “Telegraph Poles with Buildings” by Joseph Stella (1917), will arrive in 2023.

The museum has incorporated these works into its permanent collection galleries. Copley’s portrait is fostering conversations between northern and southern colonial portraiture, and programming in spring 2023 will examine it in light of the links among colonial portraiture, whiteness, the economy of slavery and the ecology of commodities like indigo in the Americas. Sheeler’s painting hangs alongside the museum’s painting of a red barn by Georgia O’Keeffe, raising the question of how rural subjects served the cause of American modernism, which is often understood as an urban phenomenon.

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Pharmacy student soars to national presidency

A quick glance at her resumé and you may think that Tierra Jackson has been working professionally for years. Her achievements, leadership roles, recognitions, and strategic endeavors excel beyond what most people accomplish in an entire career. 

There is another entry this fourth-year 2023 PharmD candidate from Statesboro, Ga. just added to her resume – President of a major national student organization that boasts a membership of more than 5000, with 120-plus affiliated chapters.

Inaugurated at the annual convention of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) held this past August in Atlanta, Tierra already is hard at work with plans to move the organization forward. SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, healthcare issues and the poor minority representation in these areas.

“Tierra is a bright, ambitious, determined, articulate, and passionate student. Best of all, she has a huge heart for others,” said Dr. Vivia Hill-Silcott, Director of Diversity Programs and Academic Support and the College’s faculty advisor for SNPhA. “She is not just an aspiring leader; she is a leader.  I can’t wait to see where she will go next.”

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UGA students win Capital One College Bowl

On Friday, Oct. 28, three University of Georgia students clinched a victory in the Capital One College Bowl, a multi-week trivia competition hosted by Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning. Broadcast nationally on NBC, seniors Aidan Leahy, Elijah Odunade and Layla Parsa defeated reigning College Bowl champion Columbia University and will each receive $125,000 in scholarship winnings for their success.

This victory was not only an accomplishment for their group, but also a chance to highlight the university’s academic prowess.

Sixteen colleges from around the country competed in this year’s College Bowl, the show’s second season. Students auditioned individually, and while Leahy and Odunade are UGA Quiz Bowl members, Parsa joined the team with no formal quiz bowl experience.

Confidence and quick reflexes on the buzzer led the UGA team through several rounds of competition. The team took on Southeastern Conference rivals the University of Florida during the initial qualifying round, emerging victorious and advancing to defeat the University of Texas at Austin, Syracuse University, Penn State and then Columbia in the finals.

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UGA supporter, Terry namesake leaves lasting legacy

Mary Virginia Terry, a leading University of Georgia supporter and surviving benefactor of the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business at UGA, died Saturday, Oct. 29, in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Mary Virginia Terry made a transformational and lasting impact on the University of Georgia and the Terry College of Business,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “She and her late husband, Herman, will be remembered for their inspiring generosity and loyalty.  However, I will remember her as a dear friend who sat with me every year at the Georgia-Florida game, cheering on the Bulldogs to victory. She will be deeply missed.”

UGA’s business school was officially named the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business in 1991, in recognition of their generous support of faculty and academic programs that facilitated the college’s mission of educational excellence.

“Herman and Mary Virginia’s landmark gift to the business school in 1990 was the catalyst for us to become the nationally ranked college of business we are today,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “Her longstanding support has enabled us to make tremendous strides educating students and forging a better future for the college and university and the generations of students she benefited. We will miss her dearly and remember her always.”