40 Under 40: Matt Koperniak

Posted 7 months 1 week ago

The University of Georgia Alumni Association 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, celebrating the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40, includes Riverwatch Middle School director of bands Matt Koperniak (BMUS ’02, MMED ’04):

Under his direction since 2008, he has expanded the band program from 130 students to over 600. Prior to his arrival at Riverwatch, he taught at Norcross High School and Jefferson High School. Dr. Koperniak is currently the State Band Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. He serves Phi Mu Alpha...

Staff Awards, Staff Appreciation

Posted 9 months 1 week ago

The Franklin College celebrated staff and presented Staff Excellence in Service Awards at a reception in the Miller Learning Center on May 9:

Franklin College Staff Excellence in Service Awards are designed to honor staff members for their excellent performance outstanding contributions to units in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Nominees are evaluated and selected based on five criteria: their excellence in fulfilling job requirements, their ability to deomnstrate initiative and creativity toward improving the operation of their unit; their motivation to promote a...

Author and professor Barbara McCaskill

Posted 11 months 1 week ago

One of the great scholars as well as one of our most important campus leaders, Professor of English Barbara McCaskill attributes her parents' experience in the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement with her success, drive and interests:

They knew the value of an education and wanted their children to take advantage of the opportunities they were afforded as a result of the civil rights movement, so they instilled the value of history, literature and education in their children, something McCaskill credits for her 25-year career at UGA.

"I wanted to pursue a career...

Memoirs of a Southern Liberal

Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Robert H. Ayers, 98-year-old former chaplain and head of the department of religion in the Franklin College, recently published Memoirs of a Southern Liberal:

Dr. Robert Ayers' life has been that of a “radical preacher” for decades, never afraid to ruffle feathers, when true Christian change has been necessary.  As an early proponent for racial integration in the South, he angered the power establishment.  As an advocate for the rights and dignity of sharecroppers, he upset the land owners.  As a believer in applying the actual lessons of Jesus in every day life, combined with his...

Southeast Model African Union: broadening horizons

Posted 1 year 2 months ago
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For a snapshot of some of brightest, most engaged university students in the state of Georgia, look no further than the recent Southeast Model African Union conference and competition:

Tifara Brown has learned several lessons participating in three Southeast Model African Union conferences, from learning parliamentary procedures to honing her public speaking and writing skills to gaining an appreciation for world issues.

"We're so much more connected than I think we realize. One thing that I've learned from this model is that a problem on a continent halfway across the world...