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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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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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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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2010: the year the Graduate School turns 100, the University turns 225 and … the year of the 2010 U.S. Census.

We love the Graduate School because it recruits a diverse group of students who contribute great things to the Athens community. And if you’re a student, one of your contributions could be your count in the Athens Census. According to the Athens Census Web site, the city loses $1,697.00 for every uncounted person in the city. This is money that could go towards better roads, parks, downtown scene and, hey, a better learning environment!

You don’t have to even permanently reside in Athens to fill out a form! As long as you are living in Athens as of April 1, 2010, you are counted in the Athens, Ga. Census – not your hometown’s.

So do your part. Make sure to fill out a Census form and be counted.

For more information, visit the Athens Census Web site, view their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter at @AthensCensusor check out this article about the 2010 Census in the Red & Black.

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