September 2009

From the President
President Michael F. Adams on student life
Cover Story
Bridging a divide
Feature Stories
Hula Hoops, bubbles and plate tectonics
Leading by example
Closeups
Clicking into UGA
The expanded Tate Center
Around the Arch
Best in show
Homicidal poisonings on the rise
Students spend a year on world’s longest book
Historic past unearthed
Med ed
Full bloom
No fish tales here
Autism education program expands
Putting the heat on high school sports
Kudos to Kupets
Nationwide Tour comes to UGA golf course
Arch news
UGA presence in the high court
Stimulus money funds curator
The day the music died
New Dawgs get taste of service learning
Former alumni relations director dies
Accreditation for Public Health
Fundraising record set
Researching PTSD and drug abuse
Lab rats and episodic memory
Can’t see the campus….for the trees
Going green with steam
Dormant fountains flow again
Picture this!
Stay connected with UGA
A decade old and going strong
Grass that thrives in sun and shade
Arch Partnership wins award
Tiny salamander makes a big splash
Alumni News & Events
Alumni Association Calendar
Alumni Profiles
Legal beagle?
All in the family
She rules the schools
Class Notes
Class Notes
Grad Notes
Obituaries
Class Notes Extras
In memory of Cayle Bywater
Ex-pat expert
Sweet Lantana
Arch trustee oversees public health interns in New York
Full of beans
Victor Profis
UGA law grad appointed to 11th Circuit Court
Atlanta alumni get new digs
Letter from Alumni Association President Vic Sullivan
Why I give
Back Page
Paige Carmichael

Around the Arch

Full bloom

What began as a vacant lot of land and one man’s dream has blossomed into world-renowned research gardens, where materials from plant breeders across the world are tested and displayed each year. The UGA Trial Gardens, created in 1982 by horticulture …

Can’t see the campus….for the trees

UGA will receive a $1 million tree donation from the Select Sustainable Tree Trust to “re-green” the campus with shade trees. The donation, which will take place over a 10-year period, will provide more than 300 sustainable shade trees a year …

Tiny salamander makes a big splash

A tiny salamander is making a big splash at UGA where researchers are studying the new species discovered in northeast Georgia. A team of researchers, including John Maerz, an assistant wildlife professor at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, …

No fish tales here

A new Georgia Museum of Natural History Web site offers a comprehensive look at Georgia fishes and where to find them. Fishes of Georgia was created by Brett Albanese, a senior aquatic zoologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Museum …

Picture this!

Taking photos at the UGA Arch is commonplace, but passersby got a different view one morning this summer as students in the Family and Consumer Sciences fashion merchandising program set up mannequins on North Campus to model styles they had designed. …

Kudos to Kupets

The honors poured in this summer for UGA gymnast Courtney Kupets as the May graduate was awarded the 2009 Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the nation’s top collegiate female athlete. She also was chosen as the Southeastern Conference female athlete of the …

Nationwide Tour comes to UGA golf course

The UGA Golf Course will be the new site for a Nationwide Tour event, which has been held in the Athens community for the past four years. The Athens Classic at UGA will be operated by the University’s Auxiliary Services Department. …

The day the music died

The Georgia Theater, an Athens institution as much beloved by many alumni as the university itself, was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of June 19. As of early August, investigators had not determined the cause of the fire, …

Dormant fountains flow again

Two fountains on UGA’s North Campus that have been turned off for more than a year began running again May 1, this time using recirculated water to conserve the fresh water supply. The water now circulating in the fountains beside Old …

Autism education program expands

An innovative UGA graduate program in special education that prepares Georgia teachers to work with elementary-age students with autism will continue, thanks to a new four-year, $793,000 federal grant that will take the work into the secondary schools. Autism is a …

Putting the heat on high school sports

UGA kinesiology researchers have launched a study of 2,500 football players at 25 high schools across the state to collect scientific data that will help schools set effective heat-related policies and hopefully save lives. Since 1995, there have been 39 football …

Arch news

Andrew M. “Jack” Head was elected chairman of the Arch Foundation Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Also elected were F. Sheffield Hale, vice chair; Keith W. Mason, treasurer; and Sarah Corn “Abby” Irby, secretary. Three new advisory trustees were selected …

UGA presence in the high court

Merritt McAlister Special photo UGA alumna Merritt McAlister this fall will become the fourth UGA law school graduate in five years to serve as a clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court justice. McAlister (JD ’07) will begin working for Justice …

Stimulus money funds curator

The Georgia Museum of Art will hire a curator of decorative arts using federal money designed to stimulate the economy. The $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a year of salary and benefits for the curator. …

New Dawgs get taste of service learning

Incoming freshman got a jump on their UGA experience this summer by participating in a community service project to provide school supplies to needy kids. The project, called PAWS for a CAUSE, took place in the summer and involved admitted students …

Former alumni relations director dies

Tyus Butler Special photo Tyus Butler (ABJ ’35), director of UGA alumni relations from 1956 until 1983, died on April 28. He was 94. Butler was known for his modernization of the alumni office, then called the UGA Alumni Society, …

Accreditation for Public Health

The College of Public Health, founded at UGA in 2005, has been awarded full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. With this announcement, the college becomes one of only 41 accredited colleges of public health in the nation …

Fundraising record set

  Despite the flagging economy UGA saw another record year in fundraising, recording $110.8 million in gifts and commitments for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous record of $108.3 million was set in fiscal year 2006 during …

Researching PTSD and drug abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded UGA $839,735 to research the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse treatment services. The grant was awarded to Brian Bride, the master’s of social work program director. Bride hopes to integrate …

Lab rats and episodic memory

Associate psychology Professor Jonathan Crystal with one of his subjects. Photo by Dot Paul A recent study by UGA researchers indicates that rats possess “episodic-like memory” and are able to recall the time, place and content of an event they …

Going green with steam

  The UGA Physical Plant modified the operation of its steam plant over the summer and shut down its coal-fired steam boiler, saving the university $100,000 and helping protect the local air quality at a time when ozone levels are …

Stay connected with UGA

Are you a UGA parent? A great way to get involved with the university is through the Parents & Families Association, which was founded in 2000 as a support system for parents with children at UGA. Parents, who make a tax-deductible …

A decade old and going strong

The Office of International Education celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, counting among its accomplishments a more than 100 percent increase in students who study abroad while at UGA. However, the history of international education at UGA dates back to 1835 …

Grass that thrives in sun and shade

TifGrand turf grass is keeping this Roswell lawn green in both sun and shade. Photo by Wayne Hanna Good news for Georgians who struggle to keep a green lawn in both summer and winter. A UGA researcher has developed a …

Arch Partnership wins award

Mel Garber and Art Dunning Photo by Nancy Evelyn UGA’s Archway Partnership was selected as the southeastern winner of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities outreach scholarship award and will compete for the national award this fall. The program, …

Best in show

Kirk Cureton …Kirk Cureton, professor and head of the department of kinesiology, who received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. …Shelly Hovick, a doctoral student in speech communication, who is one of 11 recipients nationwide to …

Homicidal poisonings on the rise

Special photo Infants and the elderly are most likely to be affected by homicidal poisonings, which are rare but on the rise, according to UGA researchers. Pharmacy professor Greene Shepherd and recent graduate Brian Ferslew examined seven years of recent …

Students spend a year on world’s longest book

  Two dozen students, under the guidance of English professor Andrew Zawacki, are believed to be the first class at UGA to study the full text of French writer Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time—at 4,211 pages the longest …

Historic past unearthed

UGA architect Danny Sniff stands on a pre-1830 brick floor which was discovered seven feet underneath New College. Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker Remnants of a former building and artifacts dating back more than 200 years have been uncovered beneath …

Med ed

  The MCG/UGA Medical Partnership is on track to enroll its first class of 40 students in Athens in August 2010. The initial class of medical students will be taught in the recently renovated Interim Medical Partnership Building on Williams …