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Welcome to the Class of 2018


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The 5,285 freshmen who entered UGA this week, assembled into a Super G on Sunday in Sanford Stadium as part of the Freshman Welcome to the Class of 2018 sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Student Alumni Council. 

That's a lot of people - normally, you would have to be crossing 42nd Street and 7th Ave to see that many people in one place.

Welcome to everyone and do not worry: you will get lost, and then lost again. The bus will come. You will find your class. Snelling will still be open when you get there. You will get used to all of this - and may so many other wonderful things happen to you as you do.


Image: Official Class of 2018 Photo, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services. 

The Impact of Giving


Scholarship and research support from private giving to the Franklin College avails our students and faculty of broad opportunities across every aspect of society. This short video, featuring a student and one of our donors, elaborates on the impact of giving:




Discover UGA Abroad - Austraila


man jumping on rocksIt is the time of year when so many of our students are expanding their academic horizons around the globe. From Costa Rica to Zanzibar, our classrooms are taking the shape of the world. Just yesterday, I ran into a colleague who had just returned from teaching in one of our programs and he was excited about maymester in Australia:

The program begins with several days in Sydney, considered one of the world’s best cities to live and play, taking classes and local field trips with UGA faculty and Australian experts. In Sydney, we visit iconic places including the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Darling Harbor, head to Bondi or Manly beach to explore heritage and tourism conservation, as well as take a free day for independent exploration. We then head north to Queensland for our field trips: We stay on an isolated island eco-resort on the Great Barrier Reef, travel to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast to explore sustainable development and ecotourism issues, visit the Outback at Carnarvon Gorge, and travel to the Gondwanaland rainforest at Lamington National Park. We finish the program in Brisbane, one of Australia’s most vibrant and modern cities. One of the unique features of the program is the activities we have along the way: Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, experience Aboriginal bush life, discover koalas and kangaroos, and hike tropical rainforests, as well as receive guided tours of Sydney and Brisbane.

This sounds like a great experience blending travel with learning - one open to all students, with opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and honors students in Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Foods and Nutrition, Geography, International Affairs, and Recreation and Leisure Studies. Discover UGA in Australia. 

Franklin alumnus, former POW gives perspective on Bergdahl’s release


Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 3.36.43 PM.pngA Franklin College alumnus is at the forefront of national news this week, offering a unique perspective on the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity.  Col. Lee Ellis, a UGA history graduate (A.B. ‘65) and retired Air Force Colonel, was a POW during the Vietnam War for five-and-a-half years. In interviews with CBS News and CNN, Ellis recounts his own experience and offers his take on what challenges may lie ahead for Bergdahl.

Ellis, who was held captive alongside others including Senator John McCain during his service in the military, offers sound advice for Bergdahl’s family and friends: 

What helped for Ellis was never giving up hope.

"I think you always survive everything one day at a time. You keep walking forward until you come out the other side. Hope is so important."

He said Bergdahl will also have to find people who understand and can relate to what he's been through.

"Life is not easy for any of us, and he's going to have to work through those experiences also. And that's where he's going to need help, and I would say he's probably going to need some counseling. That would be good for him and helping him because he's probably going to have some degree of PTSD also."

While Ellis was held captive in Vietnam with others, Bergdahl was a lone prisoner, and this could factor into his recovery, Ellis said.

"We had a couple of guys that were in China, held for more than five years and several were in solitary confinement for several years, but they did know there was some support around. I think for Bowe, it's going to be much more difficult because he was so alone, and knowing who to trust, who not to trust and just feeling safe and letting his hair down a little bit - I do think it will complicate it significantly."

Ellis is stepping forward to help the public understand and provide context at a critical moment in history. Another great example of a Franklin College graduate’s contribution to the world. Bravo! You can read more about Ellis here or visit his blog here.

Staff profile: Jerry Daniel


daniel_jerryFranklin College faculty and staff are the backbone of the college and its successes, continually building and shaping the learning environment that is the University of Georgia. Many staff also devote their time to self-governance on the UGA staff council, an important part of supporting theuniversity mission. One of our outstanding Franklin College staff members, and outgoing chair of the staff council, IT professional Jerry Daniel:

While a bachelor's degree in history-something he earned using the Tuition Assistance Program while working at UGA-may not be a direct path to a career in technology, the skills Daniel learned have helped tremendously. 

"A lot of times you're doing something you've never done before so you have to research and learn about it," he said. "My history degree helps since I can do research work in a library like nobody's business."

As an IT professional associate, Daniel ensures that networks, servers, computers and software are running smoothly. He helps with upkeep for the math department's computer labs that 5,000 students use to take their tests. To do that, he takes a proactive approach to prevent breakdowns at inopportune times.

"My job is to do all the computer upkeep so that faculty can do cutting-edge research and students can learn and get their degrees," Daniel said. "I've always liked helping other people, and this lets me do that."

Another way Daniel helps a lot of people is through his role as chair of the executive committee of the Staff Council. Daniel was elected to that role almost four years ago, and his term will end June 30. 

"It's been very rewarding; I've grown a lot personally and professionally," Daniel said. "I've also met a lot of great people in private businesses and at UGA."

Thanks to a great colleague, one of the many people who make the university such a great place to work and to learn.

Image: Jerry Daniel, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services.

UGA Franklin-Morris International Scholars Program


university-of-liverpoolThe University of Georgia recently formalized an agreement with the University of Liverpool to further deepen ongoing collaborations between the two universities by specifying joint research activities, faculty and staff exchanges and graduate student exchanges:

"The UGA-Liverpool partnership has developed over the past several years into a high-bandwidth relationship spanning multiple departments and colleges, and the University of Liverpool has become a very trusted and valued partner," Gatewood said. "It is certainly a model for successful transatlantic cooperation."

The UGA Franklin-Morris International Scholars Program will host one scholar in residence during the summer 2014. Anna Bocking-Welch, a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, will teach a course on "Humanitarianism and the British Empire: A Complicated Relationship."

And in 2014, UGA and the University of Liverpool will develop the One Health symposium as part of the International Festival of Business in Liverpool.

Special thanks to Franklin College Associate Dean Noel Fallows, whose ongoing efforts are crucial to the partnership and exchanges between our universities.

Computer Health and Security Fair


PowerBook-165cComputer viruses and malware are no joke - today or any other day. Viruses routinely result in billions of dollars of lost productivity and lost network operation time.

Today and tomorrow, our own Office of Information Technology, partnering with EITS, will offer free laptop security check ups for the university community:

Two departments at the University of Georgia will host the spring Computer Health and Security Fair April 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Miller Learning Center.

UGA students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their personal laptops for free security checks during the two-day event.

Technical volunteers will provide free virus and malware removal, and offer security consultations and checkups to ensure that laptops are using the latest and most secure software and plug-ins.


"Partnering with EITS on the Computer Health and Security Fair creates an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff in Franklin College to have technical professionals perform security checkups on their personal laptops," said Christine Miller, assistant dean and IT executive director for Franklin College

Come on down, open of your laptop and say, "Ahhh."

Malmberg named University Professor


malmberg_russell head shotA singular, annual UGA honor announced for Franklin College associate dean Russell Malmberg:

University Professor, an honor bestowed on faculty who have had a significant impact on the University of Georgia in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities.

The honor was first awarded in 1974, and no more than one University Professor can be named in any year.


He has helped grow the university's Integrated Life Sciences program, which allows first-year graduate students to rotate among faculty in participating departments and defer their choice of a major professor until the end of their first year. The program has allowed the university to recruit talented graduate students in areas where it has significant strengths-such as developmental biology and vaccine research-but no formal departments. It also has fostered collaboration among faculty by connecting them through interdisciplinary groups. The program, which began in 2009, has grown to include 11 departments from four colleges and will recruit 50 students annually beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Malmberg helped develop the university's Intensive English Program, which helps international students improve their English skills prior to entering graduate school. The IEP began as a summer program in 2010 with funding from the Provost's Office and has since become a self-sustaining, profit-generating enterprise that attracts students from UGA and institutions worldwide. This year, it began operating as a year-round program. 

The IEP is really work beyond the call of duty, yet incredibly important for many of the top students UGA attracts. It is the duty of those in higher education leadership positions to identify the challenges facing students (and faculty) and to find solutions. That atmosphere creates the dynamic that is the higher ed learning environment itself. People are important. Problem-solving leaders are crucial. Congratulations Dr. Malmberg for the recognition of your work and thank you for making our campus the place that it is.


Stokes interim president of FSU


stokes headshotHuge congratulations to the former dean of the Franklin College, Garnett Stokes, who was tapped to be the interim president at Florida State University, effective April 1.

An alumna and former UGA faculty member in the department of psychology, Stokes became Franklin College dean in 2004. She accepted the position of Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at FSU in 2011.


Faculty in the Media, February 2014


Franklin College faculty continue to be quoted and to share their wide range of expertise across a variety of media of platforms. A sample from the past month:

Atlanta Council President Ceasar Mitchell joins American Meteorological Society President J. Marshall Shepherd during the 94th AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta

AMS conferece also covered by the Red & Black

Shepherd was also a featured guest on the CBS Sunday morning program Face the Nation on February 16

Atlanta Journal Constitution column on Atlanta's botched response to the January snow quoted Shepherd

Broad cross-section of research by Franklin faculty members featured in a special section feature in the Athens Banner Herald, from obesity to bioenergy to cancer to global diseases 

A project to map the human brain led by associate professor of computer science Tianming Liu, in partnership with Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, could help in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia

Grant to study a single-celled organism off the coast of Georgia, led by Distinguished Research Professor Tim Hollibaugh, in an article by the Associated Press

CBC Radio interviewed Chris Abin, a Ph.D. student in microbiology, about the discovery of a poison-breathing bacteria that may one day become a useful tool for industry and environmental protection

Washington Post blog quoted in full an open letter to President Obama from associate professor of Spanish Dana Bultman regarding K-12 education reform and its effect on classroom teachers, including her husband

Associate professor of history Stephen Mihm writes about embaattled hedge fund SAC Capital Avisors in his column

Mihm remembers the late folk musician Pete Seeger, an “accidental entrepreneur and unwitting capitalist” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Bloomberg)

Henry “Fritz” Schaefer is ranked 38th most influential scientist in the world by

The Red & Black covers the extensive record of statewdie digs in the department of archeology 

Associate professor of geography John Knox penned an Op-ed in the Athens Banner Herald, Open House an opportunity to see the Truth about Clarke County Schools