Graduate Student Spotlight

Josh Cagliani has a passion for helping children with Type I diabetes and spending time in the outdoors. He is able to blend these two interests as a master’s student in the recreation and leisure studies department at the University of Georgia’s Graduate School.

Cagliani decided to immediately pursue his master’s degree after  earning his undergraduate degree in magazines from UGA’s own  Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. For him, the decision to attend graduate school was easy.

“As much as I loved writing, I became really involved with a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, and I realized I wanted to be involved with that full time,” says Cagliani, “So I came back to school to get my master’s in recreation and leisure studies to go into camp administration.”

Cagliani always wanted to attend UGA for his undergraduate studies, since he is a Georgia native. Attending UGA’s Graduate School was a perfect option, since he could continue living in Athens. Even more importantly, the UGA recreation and leisure studies department is highly regarded across the nation for its programs.

As an undergraduate student, Cagliani says some of his favorite memories are the fall football games, where he could interact with other students and faculty while cheering on the bulldogs.

As a graduate student, Cagliani still roots for the bullogs, but says the best part of graduate school is the high level of involvement with activities and community partners through of class assignments. To Cagliani, being involved in the community has led to many great opportunities outside of class that would not have happened without graduate school.

The enthusiasm that Cagliani has for the UGA Graduate School is obvious. “Attending grad school at UGA was one of the best decisions of my life.  I have been able to really make connections with people that will last a lifetime.  Getting my master’s is much more than receiving a piece of paper.  It’s about using what I have learned in grad school and applying that knowledge to help others who may not have the same opportunities I have been given.  If I can go out and help someone reach their goals, then my experience with grad school was well worth the time and energy.”

Students like Josh Cagliani shine brightly in the UGA Graduate School community. The Graduate School is proud of their hard work and dedication.


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Andrew Young to Deliver Mary Frances Early Lecture

Don’t miss your chance to hear from an accomplished civil rights activist at this year’s Mary Frances Early Lecture! As the first African-American to earn a degree from UGA, Mary Frances Early was a key contributor to the Civil Rights Movement. Recognizing her as a avid activist in fighting discrimination, the university honors her impact on the institution and the nation at large by holding an annual lecture in her name.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young will deliver the tenth annual Mary Frances Early Lecture for the Spring of 2010. Having been a former ambassador to the United Nations and Civil Rights leader, no individual seems better fit for this year’s guest lecturer than Andrew Young. To name a few of what seems to be an endless array of accomplishments, Young acted as top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement in the South,  served on the House of Representatives and Member of Congress for the 5th District. More recently, Young has been traveling around the world to help developing nations rebuild their economies.

The lecture will be given on April 6 at 4 p.m. and will be held at the UGA Chapel.

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MFA Thesis Exhibition

The Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, takes place March 15 – April 7, 2010, in Gallery 307, Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Georgia Strange, Director of Lamar Dodd School of Art said of the students and the works “The 2010 class is rightfully beginning a new decade in the 21st century. This class is full of explorers who have journeyed to Italy, Costa Rica, Ghana, and Haiti to study and make art. They barely need us to visit their studios one more time or show them yet another artist to consider. THEY are showing US how to use social media and how to network in the yawning sea of immediate discourse. Looking back to 2007, the year they joined the community of artists and scholars in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, I wonder if I have grown as much in these three quick years.”

The student- generated art exhibition opened with a gala reception on Friday, March 19.

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Graduate Student Association Elections 2010

Current President of GSA- Robert Shostak

Get involved in campus life and support fellow grad students by attending the GSA candidate forum tonight! The meeting will take place this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in room 213 of the Miller Learning Center. At the forum you will hear from 8 graduate students running for the President and Vice President positions of GSA. Each candidate will give a short speech highlighting their platform, focusing on key issues facing graduate student, and offering possible solutions to the issues addressed. At the end of each speech, the current president of GSA as well as the audience will have the opportunity to ask each individual up for candidacy questions pertaining to his or her platform. In addition to learning more about the candidates for GSA, the forum will be followed by a short presentation by GSA’s current president on UGA’s current budget cut and its possible implications on graduate students. Please note, voting for GSA will open Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. on Oasis, and will close Thursday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the candidates or want to RSVP to the facebook event, please click here.

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Don’t forget…

The Graduate School Association’s Interdisciplinary Conference is this weekend! Let us know if you attend and your thoughts.

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Great Housing for Graduate Students

Another reason to celebrate the UGA Grad School is because of the excellent options for graduate housing. It is not easy to move to a new town and find a safe, affordable place to live. However, the graduate school makes it easy for students to find the optimal living situation.

Graduate housing offers three different complexes: University Village, Rogers Road, and Brandon Oaks. These complexes contain one and two bedroom apartments located on the UGA campus. Prices range from $337-$583 per month. These prices include basic appliances, water, trash, cable and internet.

The options available to graduate students tailor to the need for convenient, cost-effective living. Check out the Graduate Housing Web Site for more information.

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Home Sweet Home

There can’t be a blog about loving the UGA Grad school without talking about Athens! The best college town, it has a ton to offer, a deep history, and makes for a beautiful home.

With a population of just over 100,000 and also known as “the Classic City,” Athens is as much UGA as UGA is Athens. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town, theater, art, shopping, or just a bite to eat, Athens has it.

A few notable places are:

  • The Butts-Mehre Heritage Museum with memorabilia from UGA’s athletic history
  • The State Botanical Garden, with over 300 acres of forested trails and specialized gardens
  • The restored Morton Theatre, which was America’s first African-American built, owned and operated vaudeville theatre
  • The Double Barreled Cannon, a one of a kind Civil War relic
  • The Tree That Owns Itself, a tree that legally owns itself and all the land within 8 feet around it
  • AthFest, a nonproft annual music and arts festival downtown
  • The Twilight Series, a professional bike race downtown
  • The 40-Watt
  • The Globe, one of Athens’ most reputable bars (ranked on Esquire‘s “Best Bars in America” list)

Far from the only fun things you find in Athens, if you have favorites feel free to share with us!

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MPA Visitation Day

For both newly admitted and prospective students to the UGA Masters and Doctoral programs of Public Administration, there are information sessions Friday, March 19, from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in 204 Baldwin Hall.

Vicky Wilkins, director of the MPA Program, will discuss the curriculum and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students as well as learn more about the eight specialization tracks offered.

Registration ended Feb. 26. Contact: 706-542-9583, for more information.

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Tree Planting for Future Academic Growth

On Feb. 19, Georgia’s Arbor Day, the UGA Graduate School planted a Nuttall Oak by Terrell Hall (the home of the first Graduate School of UGA)  to mark the beginning of the next 100 years of graduate school education.

“Planting a tree is very symbolic to me.  It signifies how small actions can grow into beautiful and productive endeavors,” Dean Maureen Grasso said about the planting.

From seven students in 1910 to over 7,100 today, the Graduate School has indeed grown in 100 years; this tree will witness the future growth the Graduate School strives for.

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The GSA Marketplace

Whether you’re graduating this May and moving across the country or just looking to be rewarded for cleaning out the house this spring, GSA can help you in such endeavors. Published weekly, the GSA Marketplace is an online forum where students can post listings and advertisements for goods and services. Using this resource, students have the opportunity to advertise goods including products, cars, as well as amenities, stimulating a buyer/ seller relationship among the graduate community. The market is also a valuable portal for students to request or provide services such as recruiting participants for a research study. To take part in such an afforded win-win situation, please click here.

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