Meeting for new and returning students. Meet the department's faculty, staff, graduate students, and fellow undergrad majors. Election of undergraduate representatives to departmental committees. And free pizza!!
The 'Yankee' characterization seems to be one that will not die, and when it comes to UGA's founder Abraham Baldwin, also one that seems to be deserved. Both will be the focus of upcoming festivities to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the university's founding:
the UGA Alumni Association will celebrate the occasion by hosting a weeklong series of events, including the 13th annual Founders Day Lecture on Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
Paul M. Kurtz, associate dean and professor emeritus for the UGA School of Law, will present the lecture, titled "A New York Yankee in Abraham Baldwin's Court: (Almost) Fifty Years Behind 'Enemy' Lines."
"Like Abraham Baldwin, I am a Yankee who has experienced life on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line," said Kurtz. "On this Founders Day, as we commemorate his role in the establishment of the university which has been my home for most of my life, I look forward to sharing my reflections on the journey I have taken since my arrival in the South in 1964."
A student response will be given by Carey Miller, a 2012 alumnus and the current law school student body president. 2015 DMA candidate Jessica Pacheco will provide pre-lecture entertainment on the piano.
Image: Statue of our beloved Yankee founder Abraham Baldwin standing sentry out in front of Franklin HQ, Old College.
The University of Georgia Regents' Center for Learning Disorders (RCLD) is one of three centers across the state of Georgia established by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents to provide assessment, training, research, and resources related to students who have learning disorders (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury) that impact their functioning in the academic environment. Housed in the Franklin College, the UGA RCLD serves students attending USG institutions located in the northeastern part of the state.
Gerri Wolfe, is Liaison for the USG Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders and the Program Coordinator for BreakThru, a National Science Foundation project designed to provide online, avatar-based virtual mentoring to students in STEM courses. Wolfe, along with Summer Ienuso of Georgia Tech, earned the Best of State award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 4. Dr. Wolfe’s presentation, Connect, Learn, BreakThru: Virtual STEM eMentoring for Students with Disabilities, earned the highest evaluation marks and as the Best in State winner, she will receive an NACADA general membership for one year and the opportunity to present her program at the regional NACADA conference in Auburn, AL in April 2015. Dr. Wolfe’s presentation details the BreakThru program, an innovative learning/mentoring environment that combines social networking and virtual communities to encourage students with learning challenges to pursue STEM majors. BreakThru is a five year funded project from the National Science Foundation.
This is incredibly important work that, because it doesn't arise froma conventional academic department, might go overlooked yet has great impact on many students from across the state for decades. An outcome of good policymaking, RCLD is crucial to expanding learning opportunities for the people of Georgia and beyond. Congratulations to Dr. Wolfe. We are honored by her accomplishments and proud of this distinction for her work in STEM eMentoring.
To prove we're not [always] Franklin College centric, here is some other cool news from around UGA:
Treating animals for worms can be good, but also help spread infectious disease:
Parasitic worms, which infect millions of people and animals around the world, have been shown to influence how the immune system responds to diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. In a new study of African buffalo, University of Georgia ecologist Vanessa Ezenwa found that de-worming drastically improved an animal's chances of surviving bovine tuberculosis—but with the consequence of increasing the spread of tuberculosis in the population.
The findings, published in Science on Jan. 9, have implications for human health.
"If you think about humans in this context, this is what we'd like to do—to figure out how to help people who get infected by something to live longer and be less sick," Ezenwa said. "But here we found that doing exactly that can have unanticipated consequences."
And the Grady College will begin offering an MFA in screenwriting:
The University of Georgia will become the first major research institution to offer a low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree in Narrative Media Writing. Featuring concentrations in narrative nonfiction and screenwriting, the five-semester program is geared toward experienced writers who are interested in taking their careers to the next level.
Leading the program are award-winning author and journalist Valerie Boyd and award-winning producer Nate Kohn, both faculty members of UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Top-notch authors, screenwriters, literary agents and other industry professionals will work one-on-one with students to develop and hone essential career skills.
"Networking is so crucial in this business," said Kohn, screenwriting director. "To have this MFA program open the door to active, working professionals who are in the thick of all the monumental changes that are taking place within the industry today-it's of tremendous value."
Hmmm. I have questions - and I'm sure Kohn and Boyd have answers. A writing program about networking, or a networking program about writing, will no doubt be in the thick of all the monumental changes taking place within the industry today - and how. But all the same, we're glad to support this kind of programmatic ambition from the J-School.
As for Ezenwa's findings - wow. Great work - actually tremendously ambitious experimentation - that could really begin to shed more light on some long-standing treatment regimens, for humans as well as animals. No wonder it is published in Science.
Congratulations to English professor and novelist LeAnne Howe, who will receive the Modern Language Association of America Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages this weekend:
Howe will receive the honor for her book, "Choctalking on Other Realities," at a ceremony at the MLA annual convention Jan. 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
An international lecturer and scholar, Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma. She is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of English and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas, was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to Jordan and was named a United States Artists Ford Fellow. In addition to her scholarly output, she writes fiction, poetry, plays and creative non-fiction that deal with American Indian and Native American experiences.
"As a writer and scholar, the 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages is one of the most significant awards I've ever received," Howe said.
This is the first time this prize has ever been awarded the Franklin College is especially proud of Howe and this major career accomplishment. Further kudos to Howe for continuing to educate us on the Choctaw language and Native American cultural criticism. There is indeed so much to learn.
Renowned author, expert on narcissism, professor and head of the department of psychology Keith Campbell took the pages of the New York Times recently to discuss societal changes that might be impacting how young people enter, or don't enter, adulthood:
Certainly, many young people are working hard getting advanced degrees, or living with their parents to save money so they can successfully launch into adulthood. This is a rational response to the challenging economic climate. And it isn’t a radical new development. In some ways it is similar to young men in the 1890s putting off marriage until their late twenties so they could support a family.
More troubling, though, is the possibility that adulthood is simply being ignored by a good number of young people. Adulthood is increasingly seen as a lifestyle option – I can take up adult responsibilities and put away childish things, or I can just pick up an Xbox and decide not to start a career or have a committed adult relationship. Carl Jung talked about the psychology of the puer aeternus, or eternal youth, but the show "Portlandia" captured the cultural shift best with the phrase, “where young people go to retire.” It’s one thing to take a few years to find a career or put off marriage until one is mature; it’s quite another to just decide not to grow up at all.
Your humble blog host can and will speak to the unconventional entrance into adulthood. Quite a bit is made of getting jobs/married/settled in the usual ways, paths that are increasingly out of the question for many people. This is difficult enough to unpack from an economic standpoint, even without disparaging those who choose video games over other, more pressing concerns. They deserve some grief for sure, but these underlying cultural shifts need to be further unpacked, not conflated.
As for the unconventional route, there's a reason people choose the tried-and-true. But as these become less accessible to more people, look for more misshapen forms of adulthood to become the norm. Great job, Dr. Campbell, contributing to what should be an important national discussion.