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Kyle Tschepikow appointed assistant to the president at UGA

Dr. Tschepikow joined the President’s Office in September 2014. As assistant to the president, his work focuses primarily on presidential communications, athletics, strategic initiatives, targeted research, and regional accreditation. In addition, he helps to plan presidential events and serves as an adviser to the president and chief of staff.

Prior to joining the President’s Office, Dr. Tschepikow served for three years as director of assessment and staff development in the UGA Division of Student Affairs. In that role, he coordinated strategic planning, annual reporting, and learning outcomes assessment for the division. He also organized planning retreats and professional development opportunities.  Prior to joining UGA in 2008, he served as the director of residence life and chief judicial affairs officer at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia.

Dr. Tschepikow received his bachelor's degree in English literature from Henderson State University in Arkansas in 2003 and his master's degree in the same field from the University of Wales—where his dissertation was awarded distinction—in 2005. He earned his doctorate from UGA’s Institute of Higher Education in 2012.

His academic accomplishments include peer-reviewed journal articles, a chapter in a monograph, and papers and presentations at various international conferences. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on college student outcomes assessment and accreditation, the age of chivalry, medieval literature, and Shakespeare and has led study abroad courses in both Italy and England.

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Pulaski County students experience campus life at UGA

More than 40 minority students from middle Georgia spent a day at the University of Georgia touring the campus, talking with admissions advisers, eating in a dining hall, meeting athletes and playing basketball. The 2014 Hawkinsville/Pulaski County LIFE League championship game day at UGA was hosted by the UGA Archway Partnership and the Office of Institutional Diversity

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Parking Services employee receives international honor

The University of Georgia Parking Services recently celebrated a staff award at the annual International Parking Institute Conference and Expo. Wendy Glenn, senior parking services monitor in the South Campus parking deck, was honored with the institute's Staff Member of the Year Award. This award is given each year to a deserving member of the parking industry who exemplifies professionalism and outstanding customer service and who goes above and beyond the duties in his or her job description.

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Researchers receive $1.9 million NIH grant to study pneumonia persistence

Researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae, the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults. A fundamental goal of the new research project is to better understand how the bacterium eludes the immune system and common antibiotic treatment, which can often lead to persistent infection or life-altering conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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UGA posts record-breaking fundraising year

The University of Georgia concluded its best fundraising year in history on June 30, posting $126.4 million in new gifts and commitments for the 2014 fiscal year. This total reflects an 8 percent increase over last year's total of $117.3 million and marks only the second year that private giving to the university has exceeded $120 million. The total includes gifts and pledges from 56,897 contributors, representing a 4 percent increase over the previous year.

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Georgia Museum of Art wins two national book awards

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has received two national awards for publications, one from Foreword Reviews and one from the American Alliance of Museums. The museum's exhibition catalog for "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1792)" earned an honorable mention in the category of Art (Adult Nonfiction) at Foreword Reviews' 2013 IndieFab Book Awards. "Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art" earned an honorable mention in the Exhibition Catalogue category of AAM's 2014 Publications Design Competition.

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$2 million grant to help math department train more students

Behind every facet of digital communication is a well-trained mathematician, and the University of Georgia mathematics department is on the front lines of training for this ever-increasing field of employment. One recent grant award will ensure that mathematics education advances at the university. Thanks to a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UGA will continue its efforts to educate math majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The grant will be administered over five years.

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UNC administrator Russell Mumper named UGA vice provost

Russell Mumper, an administrator who has been nationally recognized for fostering innovative instruction and has a strong record of facilitating interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial research, has been named vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Georgia. Mumper is currently vice dean and McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His appointment as vice provost is effective Aug. 18.

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UGA Alumni Association announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2014

The University of Georgia Alumni Association recently announced the 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. The group of young alumni will be celebrated at an awards luncheon Sept. 18 at the Georgia Aquarium. This year's honorees were selected from a nominee pool of approximately 400 graduates. Selections were based on the graduates' commitment to a lifelong relationship with UGA and their impact in business, leadership, community, artistic, research, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.