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$2 million NSF grant to Mathematics

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Pure-mathformulæ-blackboard.jpgA major new grant to the department of mathematics to help in attracting students to this essential foundational discipline:

Behind every facet of digital communication is a well-trained mathematician, and the University of Georgia mathematics department is on the front lines of training for this ever-increasing field of employment.

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"Our objective is to provide an intellectually compelling, pedagogically well-planned and professionally nurturing environment in which undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs will thrive," said the department's Dino Lorenzini, a Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics.

Modern digital communication offers an array of job opportunities for students with mathematics training. This initiative is meant to help students with an interest in math explore their options, learn more about the field and cultivate the skills needed for employment in the future.

Fantastic news with real impact for our campus. Attracting the best students with comprehensive education opportunities - and not just training - remains the university's strongest calling card. This grant to mathematics will help the department utilize this strength as it provides the very best in preparation for fulfilling careers.

Image: mathemtical formula, via wikimedia commons.

Exploring UGA's global connections

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DiscoverUGA.jpgHaving spent some time recently with one of our terrific (and longest-running) study abroad programs, I can vouch for the impact they have on our students. The echo of these experiences reverberate back on campus, in our classrooms, in the lives of our students as they resume their studies back in Athens, and in the host countries and cities our programs call home (away from home).

To get an even better idea of this multiverse of scholarly engagement, our colleagues in UGA public affairs put together a terrific interactive map that documents what our students and faculty are doing around the globe. Take a look

Art Maymester in NYC

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NYCCOMBO.jpgMore on this soon, but 30 students (graduate and undergraduate) in the Lamar Dodd School of Art enjoyed a great experience on a new Maymester program in the spring - a field study in New York City. Students had the opportunity to visit all the big museums plus a number of galleries throughout the city, interact with many UGA alumni as well as incoming LDSOA director Chris Garvin. Now that's a fun way to learn.

Image collage courtesy of Marni Shindelman.

The Impact of Giving

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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:

 

 

 

Specialization in a tight job market

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Beginning a career after college is a constant topic of conversations on campus, and a Red & Black article today draws particular attention to the experience of several recent graduates and the seeming mis-match of aspirations and opportunities. More common than not and not a cause for alarm in and of itself, the chase for experience and urgency to begin a career after college present clues about some majors and areas of study that may be better suited to the flexibility needed in an uncertain job market. In the article, for example,

[UGA grad and GEICO employee]Hickman face[d] a difficulty undermining millions of recent college graduates after they receive their diplomas trying to match a highly specialized, niche degree in a labor market filled with generalized, unskilled jobs.

According to the Accenture study, 46 percent of workers who graduated in 2012 and 2013 are underemployed and have jobs that don’t utilize their college degrees, marking a five percent increase from the previous two years.

Getchell said past experience and general skills are usually more important to employers than a degree, especially in today’s market.

“Of course, some careers require a specific degree, but others may not,” she said. “In general, employers are often more focused on skills and experiences than majors. That’s why it’s so important for college students to gain experience and develop skills during college.”

There are many decisions university students need to make - about their present and their future - throughout the course of their studies. Erring on one side can compound difficulties on another, and no student of any age is expected to navigate their college years perfectly. Perfection is not what we're after, and in many ways that is the point of a liberal arts education: a melange of cultivating interests, learning and experiences to build the unique set of credentials that, yes, make graduates attractive to employers, but that also help students discover who they are and all they might do. It's easy to endorse broad majors versus niche fields, though not always the best thing for any particular individual. That being said, we can endorse without caveat the importance of learning as much as you can about as many things as interest you while you are on this or any campus.

A university degree has never been more important - neither has our committment to the classical, liberal arts education model: Communications and analytical skills, critical thinking and creative problem solving. The traits that are applicable to all fields often lay between the pages, the chapters, the tests and projects. They are a product of all of these, plus great professors that trigger curiosity and a campus that nurtures community thinking in a global setting. The degree will say University of Georgia but its emphasis will always be on you. 

Athfest 2014

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woman outside, with stageOne of the many great things about UGA is its symbiotic relationship with its hometown of Athens, Ga. The great intermingling between town and gown creates a constant fecund season for creative collaboration in arts, entertainment, education and all the related enterprises that group up around these activities. One of those is Athfest, and our students, staff and faculty will be well-represented this weekend as spectators, organizers, volunteers and performers.

The Athfest Educates program also does a great job of supporting music and arts education for Athens-Clarke County children. Another terrific initiative that, while not a direct UGA collaboration, is born of the ingenuity of our community-inspired thinking and talent that flows to and from our campus. See you this weekend.

Flutissimo 2014

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flute trill.jpgThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music will hold an intensive flute workshop that includes three recital concerts in Ramsey Concert Hall beginning Monday June 23 at 7:15 pm:

Each concert features members of the Flutissimo! faculty:

Carol Wincenc, Professor of Flute - The Juilliard School
Nicole Esposito, Professor of Flute - University of Iowa
Angela Jones-Reus, Professor of Flute - University of Georgia
Katherine Isbill, DMA - University of Washington, MM & BM - University of Georgia
Victor Asuncion, Professor of Piano - University of Memphis)
Akiko Aguchi, Pianist - Athens, GA

Sounds like great fun - and beautiful music. Jones-Reus is a wonderful performer and teacher who attracts some of the best flute students in the country to UGA. Come find out why. The recitals are free and open to the public

Record number of Gilman Scholarships for UGA students

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The Gilman Scholarship - worth up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad program costs and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - is a nationally competitive needs-based scholarship that aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. 2014 saw a record number of UGA students awarded the scholarships, with 10 of the 14 from the Franklin College:

Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies-making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

"UGA has a long history of students successfully winning this prestigious award, and this group of students is a great addition to that tradition," said Kasee Laster, director of education abroad at the UGA Office of International Education. "We are particularly proud of the range of subjects students will be studying."

The university worked to promote the Gilman Scholarship on campus and to help UGA students make their applications competitive, said William Smith, education abroad adviser. "This was a joint effort between the Office of International Education, Multicultural Services and Programs, the Office of Institutional Diversity and other units around campus to make this opportunity known to our underrepresented populations in study abroad," he said. "This is just the beginning and we look forward to doubling our numbers next year."

With as much emphasis as we use to highlight the utility of the study abroad experience, these scholarships from the State Department are very important. Aagin, for funding the learning experience as well as the prestige of winning the scholarship itself. Very well done. Congratulations to these students.

Hodgson Singers take First Prize in Ave Verum Choral Competition

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The great news keep rolling in from the UGA Hodgson Singers European tour, where they have won the Grand Prix Aveverum, 1st prize & best interpretation at the International Ave Verum Choral Competition, held in Baden Austria.

Here's the announcement:

 

And now some music:

 

Lots other great features on their travel blog, so check it out. Congratulations to choral director Dan Bara and all of our students.

International student associations

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signers GLobeDid you now there are 37 international student associations on campus? From the the Russian Student Association to the Caribbean Student Association, the Asian American Student Association, the Brazilian Student Association and the Japan Club, many on-campus efforts flow into the creation of global citizens: