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Why support Franklin College?


Privately funded scholarships have a direct and personal impact on UGA students and provide opportunities for them to achieve their dreams. Often the impact is life changing and can best be understood in the words of the students themselves. Below are the words of one of our students, junior psychology major Toni McKoy, whose life has been changed through the generosity of a scholarship donor.


This has been a critical past year for me, I've had to juggle classes, work, and club activities in order to stay on top of classes and financially support myself. After a rough first semester and unfortunate events following, I decided to pursue what I thought would make me a happier person in life. I continued my studies in Japanese and I made a critical decision to switch my major from Animal Science to Psychology. I even decided to become more active in the Japan Club at UGA. I ran and was elected as the advertiser, historian, and dance coordinator for the club. After all of these changes and accomplishments, I decided to further challenge myself. This school year I hope to begin my music minor and join even more clubs and organizations around campus. Next summer I wish to be able to study abroad in Japan to strengthen my language skills.

Now that I have more goals I'll have to try even harder to keep my grades up, stay active in activities and work throughout the year. Last school year I worked at the Georgia Museum of Art as a security guard. While it would be nice to get that position again, I would like to expand my work experience which, at the moment, includes my work as a security guard and as a youth coordinator at a local Atlanta organization called Project South. I've been working for Project South for the last three summers as a coordinator and a team leader of a youth summer program in the Atlanta area. This experience made me realize that I enjoy working in the field, doing research based work, and helping others. This was important to realize, because by pursuing my degree in Psychology, I can work in all three areas. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I plan to find a job and begin my Master's degree. After that, I want to be able to do research based work and maybe travel around the country or even the world. At the same time, I still want to be able to enjoy things I love like studying music and the Japanese language and culture.

It is crucial that we continue to offer the opportunity of the UGA experience to the widest possible array of students. Read more stories about what scholarships mean to our students here.

Bulldogs Excel at GW's Lafayette Debates


LafayetteAmyEilidh.JPGLast week, we reported that UGA sent two students to the 2014 Lafayette Debates hosted by George Washington University and the French government in Washington, D.C. How'd they do? Pretty well, of course:

The team of Amy Feinberg and Eilidh Geddes had a wondefully successful tournament at the recent Lafayette Debates held at George Washington University and sponsored by the French Embassy.  The team defeated teams from Georgetown, Ecole de Guerre, and the University of Houston (featuring a former NDT champion) in the preliminary rounds and defeated the U.S. Military Academy in the octofinal round.  They ultimately lost a close debate to the University of Houston in the quarterfinals, barely missing out on a all-expenses-paid trip to France.

In addition to their team success, Amy Feinberg was named the 8th speaker at the tournament.  The Lafayette Debates featured teams from all across the nation and the world.  The list of participants can be found here:

We are proud of their accomplishment and look forward to returning to DC next year.  Go Dawgs! 

Thanks to the Georgia Debate Union for keeping us updated. Great job representing UGA, Amy and Eilidh.

2014 Lafayette Debates


Debate-Amy-EilidhOur students continue to succeed at the highest levels of debate in the United States, and distinguish themselves internationally:

Two University of Georgia students will attend the 2014 Lafayette Debates hosted by George Washington University and the French government April 11-13 in Washington, D.C.

Eilidh Geddes, a junior majoring in economics and math from Dunwoody, and Amy Feinberg, a junior studying public relations and international affairs from Canton, will represent UGA at the competition. Georgia Debate Union director and UGA professor Edward Panetta will join the students as coach.

"This is an opportunity for UGA students to debate important international political issues with a number of strong national and international debate programs," Panetta said.


The Lafayette Debates aspire to promote international civil society by engaging future leaders on timely topics of mutual interest to the U.S. and France. The topic selected for this year's debate addresses the impact of the ongoing process of globalization on culture and cultural industries. In exploration of this topic, students will research and debate the goals and objectives of the seminal international agreement on cultural preservation, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Emphasis added. This is an important topic, and not just for debate purposes. But the discussion needs to begin somewhere, so kudos to UNESCO for their efforts as an international cultural force. And when we get very intelligent people like Geddes and Feinberg thinking about these issues, good things can happen.

Spring Awakening


Spring-Awakening-Ware-Brockmeier.jpgUniversity Theatre winds up its season with the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening':

[T]he sexually charged rock musical "Spring Awakening," composed by Duncan Sheik with book and lyrics by Steven Sater, on April 10-12 and 15-18 at 8 p.m. with matinees April 13 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The production is directed by Richard Garner, co-founder and artistic director of Georgia Shakespeare.

A recent hit on Broadway, "Spring Awakening" adapts German playwright Frank Wedekind's "1891 Spring Awakening: A Children's Tragedy," which was a commentary on the era's climate of sexual repression.

Garner calls Wedekind's work "a landmark play in the history of modern drama that gave us a pained look into the confused youth who had to make their way through a claustrophobic world that denied them a satisfactory understanding of the storm that was raging within their own adolescent bodies."

University Theatre and the department of theatre and film studies announced that the Grammy and Tony award-winning composer Duncan Sheik will be present for the performances and host a Q & A on Friday April 11 after the 8 pm show. A great opportunity to interact with and hear directly from one of the artistic forces behind the musical - a strong way to end up the season, and one that sums up University Theatre's commitment to audience, our students and the community.

Image: Senior theatre major Ashley Ware of Dacula plays the part of Wendla in the University Theatre performance of "Spring Awakening" along with senior theatre and English major Connor Brockmeier of Woodstock as Melchior. (Credit: Kristyn Nucci/UGA)

University Theatre: The Bakkhai


Bakkhai with studentsUniversity Theatre is in session throughout this weekend with a contemporary take on the ancient Greek classic tragedy "The Bakkhai" by Euripides, translated by Robert Bagg:

Performances will be in the Cellar Theatre March 25-30 at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinee March 30.

Tickets are $12, or $7 for students, and can be purchased at, by phone at 706-542-4400, in-person at the Performing Arts Center or Tate Center box office, or at the door before the show.

The original production of "The Bakkhai" in the fifth century B.C. combined drama, dance and music to honor the god Dionysos. The UGA production is directed by Marla Carlson, associate professor in the department of theatre and film studies.

New Orleans-born percussionist and composer Louis Romanos has created an original score for this production, and Carlson has taken on the role of choreographer in addition to that of director.

"Movement structures are developed through rehearsal, with considerable room left for improvisation even within the performance," Carlson said. "Like Dionysos, their rhythms move us as embodied individuals and draw us into a collective response regardless of our rational thought processes."

The ancient is modern this weekend in the Fine Arts Building. Make your plans to attend a performance.

Goldwater Scholars, Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship


Yuliya_BilaFranklin College students continue to distinguish the University of Georgia by winning elite scholarships and fellowships. Earlier this week, Honors students Tuan Nguyen and Amy Webster were named 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars:

The UGA Goldwater Scholars are among a group of 283 recipients of the one- and two-year scholarships that recognize exceptional sophomores and juniors in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. UGA students have received the Goldwater Scholarship almost every year since the mid-1990s, and the 2014 recipients bring the university's total of Goldwater Scholars to 46.


Nguyen is a junior from Douglasville majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as mathematics in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He plans to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree with the ultimate goal of improving cancer diagnostics and treatment.

Webster is a  junior from Kennesaw majoring in genetics and mathematics in the Franklin College. She plans to pursue a doctorate in genetics with the goal of studying the processes that regulate gene expression while also teaching at the university level and promoting scientific literacy.

And just today, Yuliya Bila, a fourth-year Honors student was awarded a Carnegie Junior Research Fellowship:

As a junior fellow, Bila will have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to Congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Bila is majoring in international affairs in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs as well as Russian and Spanish in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to these students, as well as the dedicated faculty who have taught, mentored, encouraged and advised them along the way. These high honors are a collective accomplishment in the students' name and to their individual credit. Their achievements reflect an atmosphere at the institution that we can revel in and promote in ways that will continue to attract such outstanding people to our campus.

Image: Yuliya Bila, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services.

2014 CURO Symposium


Once again the best in UGA undergraduate research, heavy with Franklin College students, will be presented at the annual symposium by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities March 31 and April 1 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens:

Since its inception in 1999, the CURO Symposium has provided a public space for students from all academic disciplines to share their research with their peers, the UGA research community and others.


Among the more than 150 student research projects to be presented at the CURO Symposium are:

• "Perceptions about Global Development," a poster by Alexa DeAntonio, a third-year biological sciences major. DeAntonio has been examining the public's awareness, attitude and knowledge of the developing world and the role the media plays in shaping those perceptions.

• "Octopaminergic Gene Expression and Flexible Social Behavior in the Subsocial Burying Beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides," an oral presentation by Mary Douthit, a fourth-year biology major. The project looks at how genetics influences the social behavior of the burying beetle species Nicrophorus vespilloides.

Great work by many talented students. The opportunity to conduct research during the undergraduate years allows students to test out a variety of career paths within and outside of the laboratory. The symposium is open to the public, so be sure to check it out.

Thinc! Entrepreneurial Week, April 13-17


thinc-logo.jpgNext Month, UGA will celebrate many Franklin College students, faculty, staff and alumni during Thinc! week - an inititaive to shine the spotlight on entrepreneurs and the spirit that moves them:

UGA started the Thinc. initiative to make sure that the next generation of leaders and innovators learns how to take their ideas from concept to reality. The initiative promotes entrepreneurship and fosters economic development in the region by providing inspiration and advice to those contemplating a plunge into the competitive and exciting world of entrepreneurship.

Thinc. hosts a variety of new and ongoing programs and events to help UGA students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both locally and globally, and to start something in response.

"That ‘something' started might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture," Lee said. "It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world. The important thing is that you find your passion and act on it."

Thinc. at UGA culminates every year with Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, a weeklong celebration that includes lectures, workshops, panel discussions, competitions and networking events that promise to engage, inspire and build the confidence that will make participants strong competitors in the modern marketplace.

Each day of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, which begins April 13, will feature a signature "Start Something" event, including a hackathon, a Thinc. Prize for Innovation, a panel of top UGA alumni business owners, a business plan competition and events related to social entrepreneurship, the arts and networking. 

Should be very interesting. Great that OVPR and other university leaders are providing support for growing new initiatives like Thinc! and Spotlight on the Arts. The best way to support and inspire our community is to celebrate what supports and inspires us.

Kudos for March


FRC_CR14.jpgHappy March! And congratulations to faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves and honored the Franklin College with their awards and achievements. Some of these include:

Professor of plant biology and Franklin College associate dean Russell Malmberg has been named 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.

“Dr. Malmberg exhibits an exemplary level of dedication to students and to his colleagues here at the University of Georgia,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “In many ways, this university is a better place because of his contributions.”

Fausto O. Sarmiento, a professor of geography and director of the UGA Neotropical Montology Collaboratory, will chair the International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee of the Association of American Geographers through 2016.

For the 25th consecutive year, the University of Georgia Debate Team has qualified for the National Debate Tournament. Edward Panetta, director of the Georgia Debate Union said UGA is one of a handful of public institutions that competes on equal footing with traditional debate powers.

UGA graduate programs advance in U.S. News & World Report rankingsThe 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” has UGA’s School of Law moving up to 29th, the College of Education climbing to 33rd and the Terry College of Business rising to 48th. UGA was ranked 42nd for biological sciences, 56th for chemistry and 52nd in mathematics.

Image: Students from the Franklin Residential College, along with FRC dean Gene Wright, in Costa Rica during Spring Break 2014.

Ancient Medicine and the Modern Physician


Asclepius_Rhodes_wipad.jpgThe classics department in collaboration with the Georgia Regents University/UGA Medical Partnership, will host a two-day symposium designed to find relevant historical practices that are useful to modern-day physicians:

Events will be held March 23-24 on both the UGA main campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Experts in ancient medicine and modern medical practices will present workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address.

"Methods of diagnosis are undergoing fundamental changes within American medical communities," said Nancy Felson, professor emerita in the classics department and one of the event organizers. "Physicians and other health care professionals now recognize that successful diagnosis is not only a matter of identifying symptoms, but rather an interpretive process involving the narrative arc of a patient's life, activities, habits, gene profile as well as the exhibited symptoms. This new and fundamental aspect of modern health care is rooted in ancient medical methods of diagnosis and patient narratives."

The symposium will begin March 23 with a 7 p.m. lecture in George Hall on the Health Sciences Campus.

Dr. Richard Panico will discuss "The Art of Medicine: It's Always Been About the Dialogue." A reception will follow his talk.

For more information, visit the classics website. Great subject for discussion, and very important to engage the himanities with the study of medicine and vice versa.