Category: Franklin

Summer Commencement



The summer semester is winding down on campus and that can only mean one thing--summer commencement is quickly approaching.  This summer, commencement is being held on Friday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.  The 2014 summer commencement is a combined Graduate and Undergraduate event. Doors open at 8 a.m.  For those unable to attend,the ceremony will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System and Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System.  It will also be streamed live here.

Francis "Abit" Massey, a 1949 graduate of the University of Georgia and president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, will deliver the summer Commencement address at the ceremony. Massey led the Georgia Poultry Federation for 48 years, and in 2009 was named president emeritus.

For more information about the event, visiting Athens and other college and department convocations, be sure to check out the great resource page that UGA has put together for the event:

Congratulations to all of the Summer 2014 graduates! Have fun and enjoy the celebration of this momentous occasion.

Benjamin Franklin 'memoir'



There are so many reasons that Benjamin Franklin was chosen as the namesake for the Franklin College - and every one of them accrues to our benefit as well as feeds our ambitions for what the College should be. None of the noble epithets with which we connect Franklin demonstrates that more than the unfinished autobiography he worked on but purposefully left unfinished so as  'to immerse his reader in the formal and textual atmosphere of a deliberately "unfinished" life.'

new book by the Sterling-Goodman Professor of English at UGA Douglas Anderson on the Franklin autobiography explores and elucidates this and other points about the great man's life, work and ideas on both:

In presenting Franklin's autobiography as an exemplary formal experiment in an era that its author once called the Age of Experiments, The Unfinished Life of Benjamin Franklin veers away from the familiar practices of traditional biographers, viewing history through the lens of literary imagination rather than the other way around. Anderson's carefully considered work makes a persuasive case for revisiting this celebrated book with a keener appreciation for the subtlety and beauty of Franklin's performance.


Cook named associate provost for institutional diversity



Former Franklin associate dean Michelle Cook has been named as the new associate provost for institutional diversity at the University of Georgia:

Cook has been leading the university's Office of Institutional Diversity as interim associate provost since Cheryl Dozier stepped down to become interim president of Savannah State University. An internal search was conducted to fill the associate provost position.

"Dr. Cook has done an outstanding job during her service as the interim associate provost, and I am very pleased she has agreed to take on this key administrative post on a permanent basis," said Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Cook reports.

Franklin Dean Finalists Announced



When former dean Garnett Stokes stepped down this past August to become provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University, senior associate dean Hugh Ruppersburg was named interim dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. A longtime faculty member with vast institutional knowledge of Franklin College as well as a noted scholar of American film and literature, Ruppersburg has taken on the role of dean quite naturally. We are indebted to him for representing the College in such a forward-looking and effective manner. Meanwhile the University of Georgia is also moving forward to find a permanent dean for Franklin College; the finalists in the search have been announced and each will make presentations to the university community in February:

A search committee, chaired by Thomas Lauth, dean of UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, conducted a national search to identify the finalists.

The committee was assisted by UGA's Executive and Faculty Search Group.

New study shows surprise in Hormone levels in babies, toddlers


large_baby1.jpgThe Corisol Awakening Response, or CAR, an increase of 

about 50% in cortisol levels occurring 20–30 minutes after awakening in the morning in some people, is the focus of a new study from UGA researchers.

For the first time, psychology researchers from the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have shown that this response for infants is opposite of what it is for adults. The new information could have implications for how infants handle stress and why proper care from their mothers could affect how growing children react to cortisol in later life.