StudentsMarch 2004: Vol. 83, No. 2

History/Russian major is headed to London for master of arts programs
Marshall Scholar

or the second consecutive year, a Marshall Scholar has been selected from the UGA student body. Joseph Wolpin, a 2003 Honors graduate with a double major in history and Russian, is one of 40 scholars from the United States to receive the elite Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. Through his Marshall Scholarship, Wolpin plans to attend the University College of London’s School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), one of the world’s leading Russian studies centers. During his two years at the SSEES, Wolpin will participate in two one-year master of arts programs: “Nationalism and Identity” and “Politics, Security and Integration.”

The Marshall Scholarship program was established to express the gratitude of the British people to the United States for its role in the Marshall Plan. Each year, the Marshall Scholarships enable up to 40 young Americans of high ability to earn a degree in the United Kingdom in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the program.

More than 1,000 students competed nationally for the 40 awards. Wolpin was one of five students awarded a scholarship from this region, which received 135 applications and interviewed 21 finalists.

While at UGA, Wolpin was the recipient of the Foundation Fellowship, the university’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. Wolpin was the head delegate of the UGA Model U.N. team and interned at UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security and the American Chamber of Commerce in St. Petersburg, Russia. He served as president of the UGA Russian Club and was a violinist in the University Symphony Orchestra. Already a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for this academic year, Wolpin currently is studying political science at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” says Wolpin, who returned to the U.S. briefly for the Marshall interviews. “Winning the Marshall Scholarship will offer me a unique chance to grow personally, while gaining additional tools to enrich my academic and professional potential.”

Wolpin hopes to serve in government, preferably on U.S. foreign policy matters.

According to Steve Elliott-Gower, associate director of the Honors and Foundation Fellows Programs, Wolpin has a deep interest in Russian culture. “Joe has developed a passion for Russian language, history and politics over the past four years to the point where the Marshall Scholarship committee could clearly see the makings of an expert in the field.”

— Don DeMaria

Students in Leadership UGA (left) were so enthusiastic about their career-day experiences at Chick-Fil-A headquarters in Atlanta that they did the Call-the-Dogs cheer for company founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy. Showing his appreciation for the Leadership program, Cathy presented Richard Mullendore, UGA’s vice president for student affairs, with a check for $150,000.

Scored writing assessment part of SAT, ACT beginning in 2006
Rewriting admissions

tudents applying for admission as freshmen to UGA for the summer and fall of 2006 will be required to submit a scored writing assessment as part of their standardized test scores. UGA President Michael F. Adams approved the recommendation of the faculty admissions committee to institute the requirement. The SAT will begin offering the writing assessment in spring 2005 for juniors who will begin their college career in 2006. The ACT also will offer a writing component, but it will be an optional test for the ACT. UGA will accept either the SAT or ACT exams, but students must sit for the entire exam and include the writing assessment as part of their score.

“The members of the Faculty Admissions Committee are confident that this additional information will help the university to assess students,” says Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management. “The writing assessment will provide a controlled writing sample, showing how students perform in a short time period without being able to revise their work. Since the ability to write well is an important measure of a student’s potential success at UGA, we want to emphasize this to prospective applicants.”

The new writing assessment requirement will not replace the essay and short answer questions that are currently part of UGA’s application for admissions.

UGA is among more than 115 schools that have announced they will require a writing assessment. Included in that group are UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Yale, and UT-Austin.

More information on the new SAT writing assessment can be found at

— Sharron Hannon

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Tate Student Center—which was dedicated in the fall of 1983—the main-floor gallery displayed photographs and articles about the center’s namesake, Dean William Tate (AB ’24, MA ’28). Dean Tate, whose memory still burns brightly, died on Sept. 21, 1980. To honor the anniversary of the Tate Center’s opening, a “Dean Tate Days” campaign encouraged UGA students to amass 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the Athens-Clarke County area.

New interdisciplinary degree will train the next generation of policy makers
M.S. in public health

GA will begin training the next generation of public health policy makers, practitioners and researchers in fall 2004 following the approval of a new UGA master’s degree program in public health by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The interdisciplinary degree program will initially be coordinated by UGA’s Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute (BHSI) and its division of public health. It will be a unique collaboration between many UGA academic units, including the departments of environmental health science and health promotion and behavior.

“Given the current budget limitations within the University System, we are pleased that this program provides a new and very important degree program with essentially no additional cost,” says BHSI Director Harry Dailey. “The majority of courses for the MPH already exist in various schools, colleges and departments across campus.”

The master’s of public health program will initially offer courses of study in environmental health science and health promotion and behavior. Specialty areas will eventually be expanded to include gerontology, health communication, nutrition and exercise science.

“We anticipate that the MPH at UGA will be a very popular graduate degree program and serve to strengthen interdisciplinary interactions across campus,” says Phil Williams, BHSI public health division chair and MPH program coordinator.

The University hopes to enroll 30 graduate students this August and expects the program to expand rapidly to about 200 students within the next three years.

For more information, contact the BHSI office at 706/542-5922.

— Rebecca Ayer

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