University of Georgia

3:36 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Ga. Representative Gives $500,000 To UGA Law School

The University of Georgia's law school says it has received a $500,000 gift from a state legislator to create a scholarship.

The UGA School of Law said in a news release Friday that alumna Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans, a Democrat from Smyrna, made the gift to help first-generation college graduates attending the school.

The first Evans Scholar is set to be named in the fall.

11:21 am
Wed July 29, 2015

UGA Makes Plans To Boost Faculty Numbers Over The Next Year

The University of Georgia is increasing its staff over the next year, by adding 56 new faculty members.
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Bulldog Nation will boost its staff, and officials say this will result in a better overall experience for students. The University of Georgia plans to hire 56 new faculty members by 2016. This will increase the school's faculty size by nearly 3 percent. And having more staff will trim the student-to-teacher ratio in many classes to below 20. “I think overall it will help students have more success at UGA, beyond UGA and just leave UGA having a better experience,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president of instruction at UGA. These faculty additions will cost the school nearly $4.5 million. 

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10:49 am
Mon July 13, 2015

University Of Georgia Gets Ready For New Mascot

UGA IX, the University of Georgia mascot shown on the field before a game in 2013, will retire soon. The English bulldog has been the school’s mascot since September 2012.
Credit John Bazemore / AP Photo

Russ, otherwise known as UGA IX, is getting ready to retire.

The English bulldog has been the University of Georgia’s mascot since September 2012.

The Athens Banner Herald reports Russ’ grandson, Que, will likely be the successor.

Que is solid white, unlike Russ who has spots on his back.

He’s about 18 months old and made an appearance at the 10th annual Countdown to Kickoff this weekend in Athens.

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9:46 am
Thu July 9, 2015

UGA Sets A New Fundraising Record At $144.2 Million

Gifts and new pledges to the University of Georgia added up to $144.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Credit Brenna Beech / WABE

The University of Georgia has broken its record for gifts and pledges to the school.

University officials announced this week that gifts and new pledges added up to $144.2 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that UGA President Jere Morehead had predicted that the university would set a new fundraising record in his second year in office.

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A Closer Look
5:13 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

No Decline In Decatur: It’s Abuzz With Busy Honey Beekeepers

Honet bees are in peril. Their numbers have been declining for years now.
Courtesy of Cindy Hodges, President of Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association

Honeybees are struggling to survive and scientists believe several factors could be to blame, including pesticides and degradation of habitat.

But in Decatur, Georgia honeybees seem to be thriving in local colonies.

Decatur actually has a lot of beekeepers and these beekeepers treat their bees like pets, making sure the insects are well cared for.

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1:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

This Day in History: UGA Students Meet The Iron Horse

The Iron Horse sculpture surveys the scene near Watkinsville, Georgia.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is May 27.  

If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.  

As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."  

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6:04 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Athens Residents Want Street Declared As Historic District

West Rutherford Street in Athens, where a demolition permit has been issued, is looking to gain historical district designation. In this file photo, Caterpillar shows off one of the construction vehicles it will make at its new Athens facility.
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

There’s a street in Athens, Georgia, some residents want to make sure doesn't change.  

West Rutherford Street was once part of a streetcar suburb in Clarke County with homes dating back to the early 1900s.

Athens-Clarke County commissioners are now asking for a moratorium on building and demolition permits in that neighborhood.

A few years ago, homeowners on West Rutherford Street said no thanks when they were asked to be part of a historic district. 

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A Closer Look
6:45 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

UGA Stem Cell Work Aims To Save Southeast Asia’s Big Cats

Sumatran tiger Jalal lives at Zoo Atlanta. He is one of the tigers that contributed cells to the UGA stem cell research project.
Credit Mary Jo DiLonardo

The Sumatran tiger once roamed vast stretches of the jungle on the Southeast Asian island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Now the big cat is classified as critically endangered – on the brink of extinction.

The clouded leopard is in a similar battle for its life. The smallest of South Asia’s big cats, it once claimed a vast territory that stretched from the Himalayan foothills to the forests of the mainland into China.

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6:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

UGA Helping Farmers Be More Delicate With Their Blueberries

Freshly picked blueberries sit in baskets at the University of Georgia horticulture farm in Athens, Georgia.
Credit Stephanie Schupska / UGA

Blueberries are now the state’s No. 1 fruit crop. They even beat out Georgia’s peaches.

As farmers try to meet growing demand they’re also looking for ways to cut losses.

Researchers at the University of Georgia won a $2.37 million grant from the USDA to develop technology to help small to mid-size blueberry growers. 

During the harvesting process, a lot of blueberries get squashed. Machines do their best, but a lot of the time, they leave something to be desired.

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Higher Education
3:54 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Georgia University System Approves Tuition Hikes

The Board of Regents approved an increase in tuition again for the state’s public colleges and universities. Georgia Southern University, shown here, is one of the system's colleges that will increase tuition by 2.5 percent.
Credit Georgia Southern University, Jeremy Wilburn / Associated Press

Tuition will go up again for Georgia’s public colleges and universities starting this fall.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the increases Tuesday.

Students at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia will pay 9 percent more in tuition, or about $400 per semester.

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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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Health & Science
6:00 am
Sat March 14, 2015

It's Pi Day, Honoring The Never-Ending Number!

Some schools celebrate Pi Day by eating and throwing pies and discussing the significance of the never-ending number.
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March 14, 2015 – or 3/14/15 in month/day/year format – may sound kind of familiar to you math geeks out there. Those are the first five numbers of the mathematical constant pi.

“It’s not defined relative to anything that humans have created, like feet or meters or inches.  It’s just a ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter of a circle,” says Dr. Bill Graham, math professor at the University of Georgia.

He says even though pi has been around for thousands and thousands of years, there are still mysteries surrounding it.

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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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11:49 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Names 2015 Inductees

Vereen Bell (left) and Taylor Branch are two of the authors inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia this year.
Credit Vereen Bell photo by unknown; Taylor Branch photo by J. Brough Schamp / Images courtesy the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Since 2000, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame has been honoring and promoting homegrown literature throughout the state. The institution recently announced their four inductees for 2015.

Toby Graham is the University Librarian and Associate Provost at the University of Georgia, where the Hall of Fame resides, and he spoke with WABE’s Myke Johns about this year’s awards.

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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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University of Georgia
9:17 am
Thu February 26, 2015

UGA Opens Washington, D.C. Housing, Study Space For Students

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff.
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The University of Georgia is holding a ribbon cutting Thursday for a building that will provide living, classroom and study space for students and faculty in the nation's capital.

The three-story Capitol Hill building, named Delta Hall, was formerly an office building. Since being purchased by the university it has undergone renovations that make it capable of housing 32 students who are interning and studying in the District of Columbia as well as faculty and staff. The inaugural class of students moved into the building on Massachusetts Avenue in January.

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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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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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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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1:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

UGA Pushing to Demolish 155 Aging Structures

This is one of the structures the University of Georgia wants to tear down.
Credit Pete Konenkamp / University of Georgia

The University of Georgia says destroying parts of the past will improve the future, financially.

Officials with the school want to tear down 155 of its outdated buildings across the state, calling them old and dangerous.

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12:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Falls 0.1% in March

The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta has fallen in fits and starts for the last 18 months. In March it dropped to 6.8% from February's rate of 6.9%.
Credit Robert Aaron / WABE News

The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta in March was 6.8%, according to the state Department of Labor.

That's down more than a full point from March 2013.

"We're only 100,000 jobs short of where we were prior to the Great Recession.  We're 71% of the way back and the rate of job growth is accelerating," says Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economist with the University of Georgia.

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7:03 am
Tue February 25, 2014

UGA Looks to Raise $1B by 2020

Tom Landrum is the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia.
Credit University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is hoping a two-step approach will lead to $1 billion dollars in pledges and gifts by the year 2020.

Officials at the school admit that's a grand sum, but it's a gradual process.

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5:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Deal Highlights State's Economic Bright Spots

Gov. Nathan Deal spoke at the University of Georgia's Terry Business School's Economic Outlook luncheon in Atlanta Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE

The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business held its annual Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon in Atlanta Wednesday. Gov. Nathan Deal opened the event and highlighted the state’s economic accomplishments.

The governor touted the state’s improvements such as increasing revenue, a declining unemployment rate, and maintaining a triple-A bond rating during the recession. On top of all of that, the governor cited the Tax Foundation, which says Georgia has the lowest taxes per capita of any state.

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1:33 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

LGBT Attitudes Vary Throughout Georgia

Athens is among the cities included in a national LGBT survey.
Credit University of Georgia

Georgia scored  a 39 out of a possible 100 in the second annual Municipal Equality Index report from the Human Rights Campaign.

That ranking comes despite a perfect 100 score from Atlanta.

Decatur is among the six other Georgia cities involved in the national survey.

It scored a 27.

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7:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Flavor of Georgia Seeking Applicants for 2014 Event

Amy Stankus with her 2013 Grand Prize winning Georgia Peach Tea Bon Bons.
Amy Stankus Chocolate South

Culinary entrepreneurs are invited to have their products tested out by state experts, local foodies….and people looking for a bite to eat.  

Applications for the 2014 Flavor of Georgia are now being accepted.

Amy Stankus, the owner of the Atlanta-based Chocolate South, is among those who will be competing in this annual event.

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7:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

UGA To Host Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is taking part in an upcoming legal conference at UGA.
Credit The U.S. Supreme Court

One of the former "Supremes" is coming to the University of Georgia.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a one-day conference at UGA's law school called "The Press and the Constitution: 50 Years after New York Times vs. Sullivan."

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6:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

UGA Forms Committee to Focus on Partial Shutdown

The University of Georgia is forming a committee to keep a close eye on the ongoing government shutdown.

The University of Georgia doesn't want to get caught flat-footed.

That's why the school has formed a university-wide committee to focus on the financial problems that could emerge if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for an extended period of time.

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7:19 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Georgia Farmers Planting More Tobacco

Dr. J. Michael Moore is with the UGA's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Credit The University of Georgia

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences reports nearly 15,000 acres of tobacco was planted in 2013.

That's a high not seen in nearly five years.

Reliance on tobacco production in Georgia has grown since 2011, after Hurricane Irene did significant damage to North Carolina, the country's top tobacco producer.

That's the main reason why tobacco production is up in South Georgia.

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12:54 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

USPS Honors Georgia's Ray Charles with Forever Stamp

Ray Charles, from Albany, is being honored by the USPS with a stamp bearing his likeness.
Credit USPS

If you want to send a letter that says "I Can't Stop Loving You".....or "Hit the Road, Jack," there's a stamp for that.

Ray Charles is the latest musician to have a stamp of his likeness released by the U.S. Post Office.

"It's a beautiful photograph of Ray and his trademark glasses, of course, with his wide smile appearing as if he's there at the piano and that trademark look that everyone will immediately recognize," says USPS spokesman Michael Miles.

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1:10 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Mock Drills Help Colleges Prepare for Threats

On Monday, the University of West GA held an active shooter drill.
Credit The University of West Georgia

Tragic incidents at Kent State, Virginia Tech and other colleges make campus shootings an unfortunate reality. [Ed. Note: while this story addresses colleges, the point was also reinforced by the elementary school shooting at the McNair Discover Learning Academy today.]

That’s why schools are finding ways to prepare.

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