2:14 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

UGA Gets Grant To Investigate Rural Communities

Rural communities in Georgia are getting placed under the microscope.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Rural communities in Georgia are getting some attention from the University of Georgia.

Researchers will be taking a look at more than 300 small towns throughout the state. Many of them are in rough shape.

“Dilapidated housing, a lack of affordable housing, you know, access to home ownership can be an issue,” Kim Skobba, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, says.

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4:14 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Georgia State Upsets Baylor In Last-Second Comeback

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter (22) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court after he made the game-winning shot against Baylor in the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
Credit Rick Wilson / Associated Press


R.J. Hunter's 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

With Ron Hunter, his father and coach, working the sideline in a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles tendon celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference championship, R.J. shrugged off a poor shooting performance to come through when his team needed him most.

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11:07 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Home Depot Co-Founder, Atlanta Falcons Owner To Speak At UGA

Arthur Blank is set to speak March 27 at 10:10 a.m. at UGA as part of a Terry College of Business speaker series.
Credit Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

The Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta is set to speak in the University of Georgia Chapel.

The university says Arthur Blank is set to speak March 27 at 10:10 a.m. as part of a Terry College of Business speaker series. His portfolio also includes PGA TOUR Superstore, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana and AMB Group.

The Terry Leadership Speaker Series aims to bring well-known leaders to the university to discuss their leadership styles and experiences.

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Hoop Skirts
11:42 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UGA Bans Hoop Skirts In Response To Racist Oklahoma Video

Hoop skirts are now banned at University of Georgia social events.
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The latest fallout from a racist video involving Oklahoma fraternity members is a ban on hoop skirts at University of Georgia social events.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the ban came after university student affairs administrators met with some fraternity and sorority leaders to discuss fraternity events such as "Old South Week" and the "Magnolia Ball."

Victor Wilson, the university's vice president for student affairs, said part of Monday's discussion included costumes worn during special events and messages conveyed by the clothing.

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6:51 am
Tue March 17, 2015

UGA Graduate School Dean Finalists To Visit Athens

The University of Georgia is close to picking its new dean of UGA's Graduate School.
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And then there were four.

The University of Georgia has trimmed its list of candidates for the dean of UGA's Graduate School.

The four finalists will visit the Athens campus over the next few weeks.

Here is a list of the candidates, along with the dates in which they will give their public presentations:

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12:18 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

March Madness Makes Millions For Some, Excitement For Others

Kentucky and UGA are among the schools taking part in March Madness this year.
Credit James Crisp / Associated Press

Brackets, beer and bragging rights. 

Those are a few of the things linked to March Madness, which leads to big business for universities.

“March Madness is huge.  It has just grown phenomenally over the past 10 to 20 years,” says sports analyst Tim Darnell.

About 140 million people across the country are expected to be tuning in to see student-athletes represent their universities.

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6:26 am
Wed March 11, 2015

UGA Could Break Annual Fundraising Record This Fiscal Year

UGA has already collected more than $100 million in fundraising this fiscal year.
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It looks like this will be another record-breaking year for Bulldog Nation.

The University of Georgia is on-pace to break its annual fundraising record.

“It’s a good problem to have isn’t it?,” UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says. 

UGA has already passed the $100 million mark this fiscal year. There are four months left to go and 2014’s fundraising total of nearly $126.5 million could be surpassed.

Konenkamp says a stronger economy has helped, but there are other factors to explain this boost in fundraising.

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7:21 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UGA Hosts Top-Ranked Kentucky Tuesday

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (5) shoots between Georgia's Yante Maten (1) and Kenny Gaines (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 3, 2015, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 69-58.
Credit James Crisp / Associated Press

The University of Georgia's basketball team winds down the regular season with its last home game Tuesday night against Kentucky.

While the Bulldogs are looking for their 20th win of the season, the Wildcats are undefeated after 29 games.

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Tree Damage
5:17 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Oh Snap! When Georgia Trees Freeze

Unlike trees used to blizzards in other parts of the U.S., Georgia’s trees don’t get much practice with ice.
Credit Amel Emric / Associated Press

Broken branches are taking out power lines and blocking roads across Northeast Georgia. Trees in other parts of the country face much more extreme weather all the time. What is it about the combination of ice and Georgia’s trees that doesn’t mix? 

Icy branches are stiff and the extra weight can make them up to 30 times heavier than normal. Unlike trees used to blizzards in other parts of the U.S., Georgia’s trees don’t get much practice with ice.

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12:21 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

University Of Georgia To Sell 865-Acre Wilkins Farm

The University of Georgia wants to sell the Wilkins Farm.
Credit John Amis / UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

The University of Georgia wants to get rid of some of its real estate.

The school has owned the Wilkins Farm for about half a century.

The 865-acre plot of land is in Wilkes and Oglethorpe counties and has an extensive frontage on Highway 78.

"We've been using it for beef cattle research and the [UGA] Police Department has been utilizing about 35 acres of that as a shooting range," UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp says.

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3:51 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

UGA Library To Host Free Exhibit Of Classic 1900s Radios

The collection of tube radios, external speakers and other items dating from 1913 to 1933 was restored by Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon.
Credit UGA

An exhibit of classic radios is set to open next week at a University of Georgia library.

The school says the exhibit of radios from the early 1900s will open Feb. 20 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

The collection of tube radios, external speakers and other items dating from 1913 to 1933 was restored by Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon. Pennington was a doctor who specialized in microsurgery of the inner ear and was fascinated by the tube radio.

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5:30 am
Fri February 6, 2015

UGA Ecologist: Feral Hogs Cause About $1.5B In Damages In US

Feral hogs live in most of the United States.
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Feral hogs are a problem around the country; they’re like the kudzu of the animal kingdom. They can live pretty much anywhere in Georgia, from the barrier islands to the mountains. And they’ll eat anything they can fit in their mouths, according to UGA ecologist Mike Mengak.

“They’re responsible for upwards of $1.5 billion in [damages] across the United States, according to some estimates,” Mengak says. “And probably in the neighborhood of a few hundred million in Georgia.”

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1:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

UGA Wants To Boost Diversity Campus-Wide

The University of Georgia is working to improve diversity on campus and boost its minority population.
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The University of Georgia is adding a $250,000 endowment to help fund its Office of Institutional Diversity.

“To expand diversity training opportunities on campus and to expand initiatives focused on the recruitment and success of under-represented faculty and students,” University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said in the "State of the University" speech this week.

The university will also conduct a campus-wide climate survey about diversity-related issues.

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6:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

UGA Gives Mark Richt Raise, Contract Extension

Georgia head coach Mark Richt received contract extension through 2019 and an $800,000 raise.
Credit Chuck Burton / Associated Press

Mark Richt is staying put.

The head coach for the University of Georgia’s football team was given a contract extension through the 2019 season.

Richt also received an $800,000 raise, which boosts his salary to $4 million per year.

The Bulldogs ended the 2014 campaign with a 10-and-3 record and a victory in the Belk Bowl.

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12:49 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Ga. Study On Coyotes Aims To Help Deer Fawns Survive

Georgia researchers are taking part in a two-year study on coyotes in the Southeast.
Credit John Kilgo / USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station

White-tailed deer fawns, by their youth and size, are an easy target for most coyotes.

Researchers in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina hope to figure out how to protect the fawn, to some extent, by studying coyote behavior.

“We would potentially try to see if we could make alterations to the environment to change how coyotes are behaving thereby influencing the probability that they will prey on fawns,” says Dr. Michael Chamberlain, a professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Georgia.

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4:10 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

UGA Library Puts Videotaped Nixon Interviews Online

In this Feb. 16, 1969, file photo, President Richard M. Nixon, is shown at his desk in the White House.
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The University of Georgia libraries have improved access to more than 30 hours of videotaped interviews with former President Richard Nixon.

The university says the videotapes had been largely unseen outside of the group that produced them in 1983.

The videos were donated to the UGA libraries nearly 15 years ago by Jesse Raiford, president of Raiford Communications, who said he wanted them to be housed at an educational institution that would make them accessible to the public.

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11:39 am
Wed December 31, 2014

UGA Overcomes Quarterback Injury To Win Belk Bowl

Georgia's Nick Chubb runs into the end for a touchdown against Louisville late in the second half of the Belk Bowl.
Credit Nell Redmond / Associated Press

Freshman Nick Chubb ran for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Georgia overcame an injury to starting quarterback Hutson Mason to beat 20th-ranked Louisville 37-14 in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night.

Chubb averaged 8 yards per carry and the Bulldogs (10-3) piled up 301 yards rushing against the nation's second-best run defense.

Mason threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving with blurred vision in the second quarter with the Bulldogs ahead 20-7. He was replaced by Brice Ramsey, whose primary duty was to hand the ball off to Chubb.

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4:52 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

UGA Is Close To Phasing Out Coal

This week’s coal train is delivering about 600 tons to UGA. The university plans to use it up this winter, and switch to the new boiler next fall.
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Sometime this week, UGA will receive its last coal train, as the university prepares to phase out its coal-powered boiler.

“The boiler was 50 years old,” said UGA spokesman Pete Konenkamp. “It was getting harder to maintain it and find parts for it.”

The boiler is a back-up, part of the system that generates steam to heat buildings on campus.

Konenkamp said replacing it with an electric boiler will save the school several million dollars over time, plus it will cut down on emissions.

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12:23 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UGA Turning More Trash Into Cash

The University of Georgia has a composting program that benefits the area on various levels.
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Garbage... the University of Georgia isn't just throwing it away.

This year, the UGA added food waste from 28,000 daily meals to its large composting program.

That now adds up to 80 tons of waste per month, which is turned into mulch and fertilizer.

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11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Athens Makes "Best College Towns" List

Athens is among the 'Best College Towns' in the country, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.
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Athens is one of the Peach State’s bigger jewels. 

The “Classic City” is named one of “America’s Best College Towns” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  

Athens is the only Georgia town to get the nod.

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5:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

UGA's Gurley Suspended Indefinitely

UGA running back Todd Gurley is suspended for allegedly breaking NCAA rules.
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Bad news for Bulldog Nation.

Todd Gurley, a running back for the University of Georgia football team, is suspended indefinitely.

According to a statement on the school’s website the Heisman Trophy candidate is being benched due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

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8:55 am
Sun September 21, 2014

UGA to Hike Football Ticket Prices

  The price to attend a Univ. of Georgia football game is on the rise, as the school plans two ticket price hikes in the coming years.

The first is a $5 jump, which takes the price of a home game ticket from $40 to $45. The second increase comes in 2017, when the price grows to $50.

The annual Georgia/Florida game, held in Jacksonville, will increase by $10.

Student prices remain the same.

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8:34 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Tech, UGA Welcome Bright(est) Freshman Classes

Becoming a Georgia Bulldog is becoming an increasingly-difficult proposition.
Credit University of Georgia

(Note: Story updated with broader figures for Ga Tech's freshman admission rate, corrects UGA admission rate.)

Students entering Georgia’s two flagship public universities are among the best performers ever admitted.

Officials with The University of Georgia say this year’s incoming freshman class has the highest average GPA in the school’s history:  3.9 on a 4.0 scale.

SAT scores are also the highest in UGA history, with an average 1913 out of a possible 2400.  That’s a 16 point increase over last year’s entering class.

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3:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

UGA Faculty/Staff Recommend Change to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Faculty and staff members at the University of Georgia want to beef up the language in the school’s non-discrimination policy.

  The University Council has sent a recommendation to UGA president Jere Morehead to add the phrase “gender identity” to its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy.

Management Information Systems professor Janine Aronson has worked at UGA for more than 20 years. When she came out as transgender several years ago, she says she got support from the administration, but she believes it is time to add the language to university policy.

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12:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Gallup Obesity Survey Shows Georgia in Middle of the Pack

Obesity rates across the country are rising, but at a slightly slower pace according to a new study.
Credit USA Today

The obesity rate in Georgia is 28.2%, according to the latest Gallup Well-Being Index.

These findings are based on body mass index from self-reported data.

That's why some health officials believe the data should be taken with a grain of salt.

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6:28 am
Wed December 4, 2013

UGA Brain Research Sheds Insight on Dementia

Dr. Stephen Miller, of UGA, is part of a study investigating brain-related problems including dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Credit University of Georgia

Researchers at the University of Georgia appear to be close to unveiling some of the mysteries behind brain-related problems like dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

And they say, the sooner a concern is diagnosed, the better.

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7:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Georgia Makes Progress in Obesity Battle

New data shows Georgia is slimming down.
Credit Georgia Shape

Georgia is making progress in the battle against obesity.  

Just over two years ago Gov. Nathan Deal launched the Shape Initiative, which is aimed toward fighting childhood obesity.

The latest data shows the program is making a difference.

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12:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Metro Atlanta Ranks Low in Economic Poll

Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys, with the University of Georgia, believes metro Atlanta's economic future is looking brighter.
Credit Univ. of Georgia

  Of the 102 major areas in the U.S., metro Atlanta's economy came in 65th place in July, according to a monthly analysis by On Numbers, a business publication.

Among the factors used in the ranking, employment, weekly earnings for workers and retail expansion for cities with at least 500,000 residents.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Talk with Retiring UGA President Michael Adams, Part 2: Dooley; Sports Funding; Spurrier

With an framed, autographed Herschel Walker jersey behind him, retiring University of Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the president's office in Athens on June 11, 2013.

  On June 30, 2013, Dr. Michael Adams will retire as president of the University of Georgia.  

In his 16 years at the helm, Adams has often sparked controversy with some of his decisions in both academics and athletics.  

Part 2 of his conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer focused on athletics; with thoughts on Vince Dooley, the role of athletics at the university, and perennial Bulldog nemesis Steve Spurrier--among other things.

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1:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

UGA Offering Some Benefits for Domestic Partners

The University of Georgia is preparing to offer some benefits to employees with domestic partners.
Credit The University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is preparing to offer "soft benefits" to registered domestic partners of school employees.

This includes vision and dental insurance.

"If we want to stay competitive for recruiting top faculty, it's essential that we catch up in this regard.  This is not about leading the pack, it's about us catching up with what other universities are doing," says Dr. Janet Frick, with UGA's Human Resources Committee.  

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