NORTH CAMPUS PARKING DECK ENABLES HERTY TO GO GREEN AGAIN
The new North Campus parking deck opened on May 20 with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony (see photo of Dr. Adams at left). It has 1,200 spaces, divided equally between faculty-staff and students. To make room for the structure, 200 surface parking spaces were eliminated. The deck will relieve parking shortages in the area framed by Broad, Jackson, Baldwin, and Lumpkin streets, and thus will free up more spaces downtown.
A companion project is the conversion of the Herty Drive surface lot to green space. The lot covers an area known early in this century as Herty Field, where UGA's football and baseball teams played until 1911.
The new Herty lawn will be encircled by a limited-access roadway for emergency vehicles. It will be an area for relaxation and outdoor gatherings. There will be no parking places at the new Herty Field. Employees who had been parking in that lot will use the North Campus parking deck. Football fans are welcome to use Herty Field for pre-game picnics, but they can't park there anymore. (Visit this page for more information on football parking.)
PARTNERS PROGRAM OFF TO A GOOD START
The new University of Georgia Partners Programwhich was established to increase the number of annual unrestricted giftsis well on the way to meeting its first-year goal of 400 participants. Charter members will be invited to a gala black-tie dinner planned for the Fox Theater in February.
President Michael F. Adams introduced the Partners Program in his 1999 State of the University address, calling it "the premier support vehicle to bring this institution to the next level of excellence."
Membership is open to alumni and friends whose annual gifts total $2,500 or more. At least $1,000 of that gift must be designated for the President's Venture Fund, which makes it possible to meet unbudgeted funding challenges. Last spring, the fund came to the aid of the women's lacrosse club team, which needed travel money to compete at nationals. Faculty and staff are eligible to participate with annual gifts of $1,500, with a minimum of $500 to the Venture Fund.
For more information, contact Jill Bateman at 706/542-8147 or by e-mail.
Holbrook's advice to parents: Don't just take your kids to college and drop them off; go with them to the Opening Convocation. It should convince you that you've left them in good hands.
Q: What inspired the University to create an Opening Convocation on the day before fall classes begin?
Holbrook: It was suggested by a studentGretchen D'Huyvetter, a junior from Mariettaand I think it's a wonderful idea because it's for freshmen, transfer students, and new faculty. It sort of bonds them to the institution. It may seem corny to have our faculty and administrators put on academic robes and make a ceremony out of welcoming people into the UGA community, but that's what I like about the Opening Convocation: the ritual.
What we're saying to these new students and faculty is, "Besides all the exciting rah-rah aspects of being a student at the University of Georgia, there's a strong academic culture here tooand you're part of it."
We're also trying to establish a sense of community, so we've invited parents, too. It's kind of like church; we're saying, "Don't just take your kids to college and drop them off; go with them." And we hope this brief one-hour program on the Sunday before fall classes begin will give parents something to take home with them, something to make them feel good that they've left their children in our hands.
Q: Isn't an Opening Convocation something you generally see only at smaller schools?
Holbrook: Yes, but that's why it's so important to do it herebecause we are so large and so diverse. This is a way for us all to come together. We do it at graduation, and I, for one, always get a lump in my throat. This will be similaronly a shorter program. By having it at 2 p.m., people who have driven a long way have time to get home. There's a reception afterward, and as the years go by we expect schools and colleges to schedule picnics, cookouts, and other get-acquainted functions to coincide with the Opening Convocation.
Q: What are some other initiatives designed to improve the undergraduate experience?
Holbrook: When the University studied the quality of the undergraduate experience a few years ago, one of the recommendations that came out of that report was to "take learning into living." That translates back into the residence halls, where, beginning this fall, rooms in the high-rise dorms have been equipped with high-speed cable modems. And students who aren't computer-literate can take classes in order to take full advantage of this new high-speed connectivity.
The "Language House" project will allow a group of students who are all studying French, for example, to live in a special section of the same dorm, which will enable them to immerse themselves in speaking that language. You'll also see artists-in-residence living in the dorms, where students can interact more frequently and naturally than they would if they had to walk across campus to meet and talk with them.
We also want to put pianos in the residence hall lobbies or lounges, art work on the walls, and ticket sales to campus events right there where they live, thus making it easier for them to get involved in campus life.
Mullendore is new vp for student affairs
Richard H. Mullendore, former vice chancellor for student life at the University of Mississippi, is UGA's new vice president for student affairs. He will also serve as an associate provost.
Mullendore succeeds Dwight Douglas, who began his tenure as vice president for student affairs in 1980. Douglas will retire on June 30, 2000, after a 35-year career in higher education, the last 24 years at UGA.
"Richard Mullendore has a history of being a very student-centered leader who is visible on campus and personally involved with students," says Karen Holbrook, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
President Michael F. Adams applauded the choice: "In Richard Mullendore, we are getting a person who truly believes in making students part of his life."
At Mississippi, Mullendore was the spokesperson for student needs and services, enrollment management, and the quality of life and education outside the classroom, with responsibilities for policy, planning, assessment, budget, and personnel.
At UGA, Mullendore will head a multi-faceted division that includes student activities and the Tate Student Center, recreational sports and the Ramsey Center for Physical Activities, counseling and testing, financial aid, health services, housing, judicial programs, minority services, and student information systems. Other major programs in student affairs include disability services, student leadership, and the National Student Exchange program.
Mullendore previously served as dean of students and then associate vice chancellor for student affairs at UNC-Wilmington. He also served as director of student services and athletics at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
Morehead, Coker named associate provosts
Jere W. Morehead, a business college professor who has been serving as acting executive director for legal affairs, has been named associate provost and director of the Honors Program. One of four finalists for the position of vice president for student affairs, Morehead withdrew from that search in order to accept the Honors Program position. He succeeds Alex Rosenberg, who has returned to his faculty position in the philosophy department.
Morehead's responsibilities will include directing UGA's prestigious Foundation Fellows scholarship program.
David Coker, associate vice president for academic affairs and executive director for international education, has been promoted to an associate provost position with primary responsibility for coordinating international programs and activities at UGA. Coker came to the University in 1988 as executive assistant to President Charles Knapp, and assumed responsibilities for policies and procedures regarding international affairs in 1991. He also served as director of UGA's Olympic operations during the summer of 1996.
UC-SF researcher is new pharmacy dean
Svein Oie, a pharmacy professor at UC-San Francisco, has been named dean of the UGA School of Pharmacy. He succeeds Stuart Feldman, who is returning to the faculty.
Oie (pronounced "oo-yah") has been at the UCSF pharmacy school since 1976. Widely regarded as one of the nation's best, the school ranks first nationally in federal research funding. Oie has been a professor in the departments of biopharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical chemistry. He was co-director of the graduate program in pharmaceuticals, and he brings a strong research background to his new post.
He has conducted extensive studies on drug absorption and drug targeting, and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. He also has strong administrative credentials, having served as chair of the UCSF Academic Senate.
WUGA series wins two international awards
To the average person, international law is an esoteric topic far removed from their everyday sphere of existence. To bring it to life, WUGA producer David Bryant (MA '85) logged thousands of miles to record interviews for a four-part series for National Public Radio entitled "The Individual in a Global Society."
Bryant visited widely contrasting cultures such as Geneva, Switzerland, which is one of the richest and best-run cities in the world, and Juarez, Mexico, which has a shocking level of poverty.
"To go from Geneva to Juarezwhere problems are addressed in the real worldwas an eye-opener," says Bryant, who now works for the School of Marine Programs. "There's an enormous gap between intention and result in programs such as the United Nations High Commission on Refugees."
Bryant's efforts were rewarded when "Global Society" won a pair of international awards from the prestigious New York Festivals for Radio Programming & Promotion and Radio Advertising. The competition drew nearly 1,300 entries from 31 countries. Dorinda Dallmeyer (BS '73, MS '77, JD '84), research director for UGA's Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law, served as executive producer and co-writer for the series, which examined global governance, economic and trade is-sues, human rights, and environmental law.
More than two years in the making, "Global Society" was co-sponsored by the Rusk Center and the American Society of International Law, with funding from the Ford Foundation. It premiered on WUGA-FM in May 1998 and has been broadcast on NPR affiliates nationwide.
Music faculty member Steve Dancz (BMus '80) composed music for the series. The Web site was designed by Mark Nimkoff (ABJ '97). Freelance radio producer Mary Rees, daughter of law school professor John Rees, provided field interviews in Russia. And artwork by Lamar Wood (BFA '77, MFA '80) was used for the series logo.
"Global Society" can be heard via streaming audio at http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/~radio.
More glowing reviews for Food Services
The Princeton Review guidebook, The Best 311 Colleges, ranks UGA among the top 20 university dining experiences in the country. UGA was the only large, public research institution to make the top 20.
UGA was also honored by the National Association of College & University Food Services. In the residence hall/standard menu competition, UGA finished in a first-place tie with the University of Western Ontario.