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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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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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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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Open Forum with President Adams

Undergraduate and Graduate students have the opportunity to discuss university- related topics with President Adams Tues., Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Myers Hall.

Attend the forum and let your opinions, suggestions and comments be heard!

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GRE Test Prep Sessions

Are you thinking about attending graduate school to continue your education? If you are, be sure to score in the top percent of test takers with help from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test prep sessions.

These eight sessions, sponsored by the Georgia Center for Continuing Education provide 24 hours of guidance and teaching for the GRE. The total cost is $699, and $669 if you register by Jan. 28.

The sessions will take place Mondays and Wednesdays through March 3, from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at the UGA Gwinnett Campus, 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The GRE is a standardized test that measures a student’s ability to study at the graduate level. It tests students on their analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. It is a requirement for application to more than 3,000 graduate schools.

For more information, contact: 706-542-3537,

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Graduate School Teaching Portfolio Submission Deadline

Graduate teaching students at the University of Georgia have the opportunity to submit their teaching portfolios for certification through the Teaching Portfolio Program.

These portfolios all graduate students to compile and look back upon their teaching experiences. When applying for jobs, these portfolios are beneficial to landing the students’ dream jobs.

Students who submit their portfolios receive faculty feedback, as well as personal recognition for their hard work.

The deadline for submitting Graduate School Teaching Portfolios is March 17. Online submissions are available at

For more information, contact: 706-425-3215, or 706-542-0534,

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Breakthrough Research

While on a research trip to Puerto Rico, ecologist James Porter made an unexpected yet groundbreaking find. Porter had been taking samples from the USS Killen, an underwater nuclear bomb target, expecting to find evidence of radioactive matter. But what he found proved to be much more than he had originally anticipated as the samples provided  an unexpected link to cancer. Data revealed that the closer corals and marine life were to unexploded bombs from the World War II vessel and the surrounding target range, the higher the rates of carcinogenic materials.

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“Unexploded bombs are in the ocean for a variety of reasons – some were duds that did not explode, others were dumped in the ocean as a means of disposal,” said Porter.  “And we now know that these munitions are leaking cancer-causing materials and endangering sea life.”

To learn more about this exciting discovery, please visit UGA’s Odum School of Ecology’s website at:

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