Before a speaker visited his art history class, Alex French had never heard of the small mountaintop town of Cortona, Italy. Alex also wasn’t aware of UGA’s Cortona Program that enables students of many different majors to study abroad in Italy for a semester.
I hope that you had a restful holiday and were able to spend quality time with your families and friends. We've made a lot of progress on various initiatives in the last several months. As we begin this spring semester, we are looking ahead to further improving our instructional infrastructure, support and services for students and faculty. I will be sharing more detailed information about many of these efforts over the next several months, but I wanted to highlight some here.
Following a national search, Stephen P. Balfour has been named director of the University of Georgia Office of Online Learning. Balfour will begin his new position on Feb. 1.
As previously announced, Jan Hathcote retired on Jan. 4th as University of Georgia Registrar. During the ongoing search for a new registrar, UGA Senior Associate Registrar Rosemary Segreti has been named interim registrar. Her appointment began on Jan. 5th and will continue until a permanent registrar is in place.
Beatriz Lima-Silve never would have never guessed where her academic career at University of Georgia would have led her. But from the moment she stepped foot on this campus as a freshman, she was encouraged to step outside of her comfort zone, reach for the stars and work harder than ever before. And it paid off.
It's been a[nother] great year in a long string of successes across campus. We have so many accomplishments to be proud of, and we could not have implemented them without you. Your passion for teaching, advising and supporting students has helped us implement a number of programs and initiatives, including:
n case you've not heard the news around campus, we have just launched the Commit to Georgia Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in UGA history. This campaign will allow us to open doors and remove barriers for students at levels we have never been able to before. We are committed to ensuring that financial needs do not limit opportunities for any of our students. We are committed to advancing success for every student at UGA, regardless of their background.
As president of the Insurance Society and one of the top 10% Army ROTC cadets in the nation, Andrew Fleischer, fourth-year risk-management and insurance student, goes above and beyond to serve his country and university
As we launch the Commit to Georgia Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in UGA history, we have the opportunity to impact students in ways we've never done before. Through this campaign, we make a commitment to ensure that financial needs do not come in the way of success for our students. We make a commitment that financial hardship does not limit students' abilities to avail educational opportunities critical for their success. We make a commitment to improving the learning environment and outcomes for our students. So why does this campaign matter so much? And what can each of you do to help?
We've talked in recent months about how to help our students succeed, offering them greater tools and resources to help them prepare for life after graduation. One such emerging tool is providing greater student access to textbooks and learning materials, and it's gaining momentum among faculty at UGA and other University System schools, while collectively saving students millions of dollars over the course of their college careers.