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November 30, 2015Vol. 43, No. 18 www.columns.uga.edu
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By Camie Williamscamiew@uga.edu
Nine UGA faculty members will hone their leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting research universities as members of the inaugural class of the universitys Womens Lead-ership Fellows Program.
The cohort includes repre-sentatives from seven schools and colleges as well as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
As Womens Leadership Fellows, the faculty members will attend a monthly meeting where they will learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields. The program also will feature a concluding weekend retreat in June for more in-depth learning.
The inaugural class of Wom-ens Leadership Fellows have already accomplished so much in their careers, and they are poised to make an even greater impact on the University of Georgia, said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
The 2015-2016 Womens Leadership Fellows are: Valerie Babb, director of the
Institute for African American Studies and Franklin Professor of English. Her research focuses on African-American literature and culture, trans-Atlantic stud-ies, and constructions of race and gender. Her honors include serv-ing as a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, receiving the W. M. Keck Foundation Fellow-ship in American Studies and de-livering the Distinguished W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Humboldt University in Germany. Marsha Davis, associate dean of outreach and engagement for the College of Public Health and professor of health promotion and behavior. She works with UGA faculty, public service and outreach units, state and district public health offices and com-munities throughout Georgia to improve the publics health. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of community-based health promo-tion programs. Davis was UGAs 2014 recipient of the Engaged Scholar Award. Ellen Evans, director of the Cen-ter for Physical Activity and Health and professor of exercise science in the College of Education. Her
By Chip Stewartchips@uga.edu
UGA recently honored The Coca-Cola Foundation for its legacy of supporting academics at the states flagship institution of higher education.
In an on-field presentation before the Nov. 21 football game, Coca-Cola representativesKirk Glaze, director of community part-nerships; Gene Rackley, director of federal government relations; and Scott Williamson, vice president of public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola North Americawere recognized by UGA officials for The Coca-Cola Foundations most recent gift of $1 million.
The money will provide ad-ditional funding for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars
Program. UGA President Jere W. Morehead, Vice President for De-velopment and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner and Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholars Angel Hogg and Michael Williams joined the representatives from Coca-Cola to accept the gift on behalf of the university.
We are immensely grateful for the continued support of one of our states pre-eminent corporate partners, Morehead said. Coca-Colas generosity is providing vital support for deserving students from Georgia who are seeking to become the first in their families to earn a college degree.
The scholarship, which pro-vides $5,000 per yearin comple-ment to the HOPE Scholarshipis renewable for an additional three years for students who maintain
a 2.8 GPA during their first year of enrollment and a 3.0 GPA in subsequent years.
The First Generation Scholars Program is but one of many UGA initiatives supported by Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Foundation has funded scholarships for more than 100 students since the programs inception at UGA. With this new award, 48 additional scholarships will be fully funded.
The program at UGA is housed in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. Scholarship recipi-ents are selected by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Office of Undergraduate Admissions from applicants who already have been accepted to UGA. Students do not apply for the awards.
One goal of the scholarship
By Sam Fahmysfahmy@uga.edu
Five finalists for the position of dean and director of UGAs College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will visit campus in De-cember to meet with members of the university community.
A committee chaired by Sheila Allen, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, conducted a national search to identify the finalists. The committee was as-sisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.
Each finalist will make a public
presentation in Masters Hall of the UGA Hotel and Conference Center. The finalists and the dates and times of their presentations are: Kendall Lamkey, a professor and chair of the agronomy department at Iowa State University, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Gary Pierzynski, university distinguished professor and head of the agronomy department at Kansas State University, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Samuel Pardue, alumni distin-guished undergraduate professor of poultry science and associate dean and director of academic
programs in the College of Agri-culture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. David Gerrard, a professor and head of the animal and poultry sciences department at Virginia Tech, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Michael Vayda, a professor of plant pathology and dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agri-cultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m.
The CVs of the finalists and candidate feedback forms are avail-able at http://t.uga.edu/1WY .
Vital supportThe Coca-Cola Foundations most recent
$1M gift expands First Generation Scholars Program
Nine named to first class of Womens Leadership Fellows
Five finalists named for deanship of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
See SCHOLARSHIP on page 8
See FELLOWS on page 8
Attending an on-field presentation before the Nov. 21 football game were, from left, Kelly Kerner, UGA vice president for development and alumni relations, Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholars Angel Hogg and Michael Williams, UGA President Jere W. Morehead, and Coca-Cola representatives Kirk Glaze, director of community partnerships, Gene Rackley, director of federal government relations, and Scott Williamson, vice president of public affairs and communications.
By Sara Pauffspauff@uga.edu
UGA continues to work to meet the demand for increased wireless connec-tivity on campus, according to Timothy Chester, vice president for information technology.
In his annual State of Technology at UGA address Nov. 12, Chester said the university has increased its total band-width capacity 20-fold over the past four years, as well as doubled the number of wireless Internet access points, bringing the maximum number of possible con-nections to 75,000 across campus.
Internet usage at UGA also has in-creased rapidly over the past four years, rising from 1.36 gigabytes consumed in September 2011 to 5.1 gigabytes con-sumed in September 2015. The number of registered wireless devices on campus also continues to grow. In September 2011, only 6,000 wireless devices were registered on campus. This year, that number has grown to 53,296.
The increased demand for wireless presents some challenges, particularly in the residence halls, Chester said. Students living in the residence halls use about 50 percent of the universitys total bandwidth.
Students have positive perceptions about technology at the university in all areas, except wireless networking, he said of the annual survey results from students, faculty and staff on technology services at UGA.
Chester said the universitys central
IT department, Enterprise Information Technology Services, soon will launch a new survey for residents in University Housing to better gauge perceptions of the PAWS-Secure wireless network and find problem areas for technicians to address in residence halls.
The university is in the beginning stages of launching eduroam, an addi-tional secure roaming wireless network on campus that also would allow UGA students, faculty and staff traveling to other participating eduroam institutions to sign on to the wireless network on those campuses using their UGA MyID and password.
Internet usage continues to grow exponentially, and Internet connectivity is one of those foundational things on campus that has to work well in order for everything else to work well, Chester said. One of the great things about the leadership team we have at the University of Georgia is that we have a president and a provost who understand that and have been supportive of the types of financial investments we need to make to stay ahead of this curve.
Increasing Internet bandwidth also has an impact on the universitys mis-sion to support research. The university recently invested in expanded 1 gigabyte connections to its campuses in Griffin, Buckhead and Tifton, and there are plans to expand the bandwidth capacity at the Skid