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.
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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.
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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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4:31 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

UGA Increasing Security Measures at Graduation

UGA's police chief says up to 40,000 people will attend this springs's graduation ceremonies.
Credit Rick O'Quinn/University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is beefing up security measures for its graduation ceremonies in light of the Boston bombings.

The university will ban book bags and limit all bags to 12-by-12 inches for the May 10th graduation ceremonies at Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum.

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9:01 am
Wed February 27, 2013

UGA Hosts Musical Conference

If you want to get to Carnegie Hall.....practice, practice, practice.  

But if you want to learn how to get to Carnegie Hall, you may want to head out to Athens, GA on Wednesday.

The University of Georgia is hosting its Third Annual "Protect Athens Music" Conference.  The event includes tips on copyrights, licensing, touring and a number of legal matters for musicians to ponder.

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6:31 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New University of Georgia President Named

Credit University System of Georgia

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously approved hiring Jere Morehead as the 22nd president of the University of Georgia today. Morehead has spent most of his career at the university and has served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UGA since 2010.

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This Day in History Series
8:39 am
Wed December 5, 2012

This Day in History: Georgia Colleges Lose Their Accreditation

Walter D. Cocking

Today is December 5, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 71 years to this date in 1941, we'd find the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announcing that it was withdrawing its accreditation for ten Georgia colleges.   

 Georgia State University associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn joins WABE's Steve Goss to talk about the so-called "Cocking Affair".

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5:57 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

UGA Economic Outlook: Ga Recovery Will Slightly Outpace Natl. Average

Terry College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast says a restructuring of the state's private sector, coupled with new industry coming to Georgia, will help spur economic growth in 2013.
Credit University of Georgia

Looking out a year from now, Georgia’s GDP growth will have risen by 2.1%, slightly outpacing the national average.

That’s according to the University of Georgia’s 2013 Economic Outlook, released Thursday at a luncheon in Atlanta.

Georgia's recovery looks good for a few reasons.

“There was a tremendous amount of restructuring that needed to go on in our private sector.  And that’s complete,” says UGA Terry College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast.  

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8:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

16 Georgia Sites Now Ready to Shelter Humans and Pets in Emergencies

Thanks to the federal PETS Act, if you have to go to an emergency shelter, you won't have to leave your pet behind.

In case of a natural disaster, there are now several locations in Georgia that will ready to shelter you and your pet. The newest location will be on the University of Georgia campus.

The shelter will have room for 250 people and, a few miles away, there will be a facility for 250 dogs and 150 cats.

The plan is a result of the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act passed after Hurricane Katrina.

Pet owners will be required to stay at the human shelter if they want the animal shelter to house their pets.

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6:13 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Georgia Bulldogs In Missouri for Tigers First SEC Game

Georgia will be without several key defensive players.

There’s a newcomer to Southeastern Conference football and the Georgia Bulldogs will play them first.

The 7th ranked “dawgs” are in Columbia, Missouri to take on the Tigers.

The last time Missouri and Georgia played, Fran Tarkenton was called Francis.

The future hall of fame quarterback led UGA over the Tigers 14 to 0 in 1960.

So, technically a new rivalry could be born especially if the bulldogs lose…

Stephen Black is managing editor for SCORE Atlanta sports magazine.

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"The 5:44" with Denis O'Hayer
7:33 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Some Thoughts on the New Football Season, from AJC Columnist and Blogger Jeff Schultz

With the first day of autumn 3 weeks away, college football teams have already started their seasons, and the pros are not far behind.  After a tumultuous off-season in the college game, Atlanta Journal-Constitution sports columnist and blogger Jeff Schultz shared his thoughts about the upcoming season for the major local teams.  Also in the mix:  the prospects for real change in the college football culture; the chances for a college football hall of fame in Atlanta; and the Atlanta Falcons' drive for an NFL title.  Schultz spoke with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.

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3:58 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

University of Georgia President Michael Adams Leaving Post

University of Georgia President Michael Adams will step down at the end of his 16 years in office on June 30, 2013.
UGA Office of Communications

University of Georgia president Michael Adams will leave his post next year.

Adams made the official announcement today in Athens.

When he leaves at the end of June, 2013, Michael Adams will have served 16 years as UGA’s 21st president.

 “I believe that there comes a time when it’s appropriate to step aside, to let others continue the work.”

According to UGA, significant strides have been made under Adams.

Student enrollment increased from 29,000 to nearly 35,000.

UGA’s endowment has nearly tripled from the time Adams took office to 2011.

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5:14 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

UGA Officials Approve Engineering College

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia will soon open a college of engineering after gaining unanimous approval from school officials this week.

The college will officially open its doors in July and classes in the school will start in August.  Pete Konenkamp is a spokesman for the university.

“The most important thing is that it will give more an opportunity to remain in the state of Georgia rather than seek a degree elsewhere.”

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