Georgia State, GPC Consolidation
Implementation Committee Appointed
University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Hank Huckaby has appointed the Georgia State University-Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Consolidation Implementation Committee. The committee will have its first meeting at the USG System Office on Friday, Jan. 30.
The committee includes 42 members, made up of administration, faculty, staff and students from each institution. To view the committee members, click here.
“We look forward to working with our colleagues at Georgia Perimeter College over the next year,” said Peter Lyons, a professor and associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Georgia State. “While there is much work to be done, we are all excited about the opportunity to help shape the new Georgia State University.”
The committee will provide regular updates to the campus communities. Information about the proposed consolidation is available at consolidation.gsu.edu.
Gov. Nathan Deal Releases Budget Recommendations
Governor Nathan Deal released his 2016 budget recommendations on Jan. 16. The House of Representatives and the Senate will review the spending proposal and reach an agreement before the end of the legislative session. The recommendations include several items related to the University System formula funding. This includes, $11.3 million to fund merit pay, and employee recruitment and retention salary adjustments. The increase will provide the basis for a salary increase pool with awards based on merit. The Georgia State Government Affairs team will seek $4.9 million during the budget process for the addition of Phase II of the Classroom South Building.
Below is a sample of legislation of interest to Georgia State and the University System of Georgia:
SB 2 would allow local boards of education to award a high school diploma to a student who completes coursework at an accredited postsecondary institution. The student must meet several requirements through course work and test scores to be eligible to receive this diploma.
SB 13 would provide that the amount of a HOPE scholarship and grant would be accepted as full payment of tuition by the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia. SR 12, a Constitutional Amendment that accompanies SB 13, authorizes that the General Assembly may provide limitations on the amount of tuition that may be charged to students receiving Lottery-funded scholarships and grants and attending colleges and universities operated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia or those operated by the Technical College System of Georgia.
SB 14 provides for a grant program to pay tuition and fees of certain students who enroll in a University System of Georgia school. In exchange for the grant, students agree to pay a certain percentage of their annual adjusted gross income to the Georgia Student Finance Authority for up to a certain number of years after completion of studies.
SR 13 encourages the Board of Regents to create policies or programs to award academic credit to students for college-level learning acquired prior to their admission into the university system. Assigned to the Senate Higher Education Committee.
SR 14 is a constitutional amendment that requires the General Assembly to pass an education appropriations act before passing any general appropriations bill.
HB 54 provides for undergraduate full tuition grants to children of individuals and highway emergency response operators of the Department of Transportation who were killed in the line of duty who attend institutions of the University System of Georgia. A provision would permit taxpayers the opportunity to donate all or a part of their tax refund to help pay for this education funding. Individuals will also have the opportunity to donate when purchasing a driver’s license.
Special Enrollment Period Opens For Voluntary Plans
A special enrollment period will be held for the 1-800MD telemedicine program and Epic Hearing Service Plan from Monday, Jan. 26 to Tuesday, Feb. 3. A vendor representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 10 Park Place, basement level, room LLB, to answer questions about the programs and to assist with completing enrollment forms. The 1-800MD telemedicine program and Epic Hearing Service Plan are GSU Voluntary Plans and an enrollment form must be completed and returned to the Benefits Office via scan, fax or in person in order to enroll. Enrollment for these plans cannot be completed on the ADP portal.
Tobacco Cessation Program Begins Feb. 3
The “Live Healthy GSU” Tobacco Cessation Program will begin at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the 1 Park Place basement-level training room. Employees who are ready to quit smoking and stop paying the $75 monthly tobacco surcharge will have a chance to get help through the cessation program, which will offer a $25 refund and $50 reward incentive to the first 50 faculty or staff who complete the 12-week class. For more information and to register, call 404-413-3342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist II
Gov. Nathan Deal recognized the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Talent Development’s 2014 Employee Learning Week “Champions of Learning” on Dec. 17. Georgia State was recognized among the champions for the university’s innovative programming during Employee Learning Week. The National Association for Talent Development (ATD) also recognized Georgia State as a “Champion of Learning.” The university will appear on the ATD website in March.
The Digital Champion Fellowship program supports faculty in implementing innovative models of instruction, such as creating online or partially online courses, implementing flipped classroom models or incorporating active learning into courses using technology. The following faculty were selected as Digital Champions by the Center for Instructional Innovation: Michael Evans, John Bunting, Joan Mutanyatta-Comar, María Elena Bermúdez, Jyotsna Thota, Raúl Llorente, Richard Fendler, Kevin Hsieh,Tisha Lewis Ellison, Abbas Barzegar, Tamara Melton, DaShaunda Patterson, Nick Wilding, Sandra L.Dwyer, Jeannie Grussendorf and Michael Jordan.
The Georgia State baseball program honored the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by giving back to the community with its annual youth clinic. The Georgia State players and coaching staff conducted a free youth baseball clinic at McKoy Park in Decatur. Baseball players in the eighth grade and below were invited to attend.
The Geosciences Department was awarded $75,000 from the Verizon Foundation to fund its Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy, a geospatial technology summer training program for local high school students. The academy will be the first of its kind in the Southeast and a component of National Geographic’s Georgia Geographic Alliance.
Margaret Moloney, associate professor emeritus of nursing, has received a Fulbright Specialist grant award to Linkӧping University in Sweden. Later this winter/early spring, she will travel there to work with nurse practitioner students, focusing on assessment skills, adjustment to practice and other issues. She will discuss theoretical and research differences and commonalities with doctoral students and meet with medical students and faculty. Moloney recently led a three-year
Attorney and Peru native Magaly Cobian has joined the College of Law’s Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation as managing director.
Russell Covey, professor of law, had an article published in the Wake Forest Law Review. The article, “Abolishing Jailhouse Snitch Testimony,” urges lawmakers and courts to ban the use of jailhouse informants.
Samuel A. Donaldson, professor of law, co-published the second edition of his casebook, “Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach,” with co-author Dean Donald Tobin of the University of Maryland. Donaldson also co-published the 2014 edition of the treatise “Price on Contemporary Estate Planning.”
Julie Hotchkiss, adjunct professor of economics, research economist and senior policy adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and executive director Atlanta Census Research Data Center, was installed as second vice president of the Southern Economic Association. The term is for two years.
Janelle A. Kerlin, associate professor of public management and policy, presented “Empowerment through Understanding the Social Enterprise Context” at the Global Social Business Summit Research Conference in Mexico City last Nov. 25-26.
Nancy Kropf, associate dean for research and strategic initiatives and professor of social work, presented “A Social Care Approach to Late Life Caregiving: A Multicultural Perspective” at the Putting Aging Research and Clinical Practice in a Cultural Context Conference, sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Gerontological Society of America in Hong Kong on Jan. 3.
Glenn Landers, associate project director in the Georgia Health Policy Center, presented the webinar, “Leading through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity,” to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 10. The webinar was the inaugural presentation for the CDC Policy Community of Practice.
Yaniv Heled, assistant professor of law, testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Committee for the Study of Autonomous Vehicles Technology.
Julian Juergensmeyer, the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law, began his 50th year of teaching law recently. He wrote the introduction of the book, “At the Cutting Edge 2014: Land Use Law from the Urban Lawyer,” which was published by the American Bar Association. With John T. Marshall, assistant professor of law, Juergensmeyer also helped to organize and present at the Inclusionary Housing Legal Status Convening hosted by the Atlanta Regional Commission and co-presented by the Atlanta Equitable TOD Collaborative and Georgia State College of Law.
John T. Marshall, assistant professor of law, published with Ryan Rowberry, assistant professor of law and associate director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, an article, “Urban Wreckage and Resiliency: Articulating a Practical Framework for Preserving, Reconstructing, and Building Cities” in the Idaho Law Review’s special edition on resilient cities.
Arun Rai, Regents Professor, the Harkins Chair in Information Systems and co-founder of the Center for Process Innovation, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.
The School of Public Health has received a five-year, $800,000 contract from the Georgia Department of Education to coordinate Youth Mental Health First Aid Training and other professional development efforts designed to improve services for Georgia’s youth. The school’s Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) will run the program. Dr. Andrew Roach, CLD associate director, is coordinator for the training contract.
Charity Scott, the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, published “Ethics Consultations and Conflict Engagement in Health Care” in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, and was invited to speak on the topic at the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop.
Bobby Sikri, information technology specialist, is the 2014 recipient of the Marjorie L. Girth Staff Achievement Award, given annually by the College of Law to a staff member who has rendered exceptional service.
Kirsten Soriano, assistant director of university events management since 2011, has been promoted to the position of director of university events management.
Paula Stephan, professor of economics, presented the seminar “How Economics Shapes Science” at the Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine on Jan. 22.
Dr. Monica Swahn, professor of public health, presented on “A Public Health Syndemic: Alcohol Use, Gender-Based Violence and HIV/AIDS” to the Department of Psychiatry, University of Limpopo, South Africa in December.
Dr. Kim Ramsey-White, research education and training core in the School of Public Health, collaborated last year with Dana Salter from the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence to re-design her “Perspectives 2002 Health Disparities and the Public’s Health” course around research and best practices in education course design. The goal was to promote student learning and engagement with complex topics such as minority health disparities. White also partnered last semester with the national Health Happens Here campaign and her students created video public service announcements for more than 10 Atlanta-based non-profit organizations to demonstrate how these organizations address minority health disparities in Atlanta.
Anne Tucker, associate professor of law, recently published several articles, including, “The Outside Investor: Citizen Shareholders & Corporate Law Alienation,” “Teaching LLCs by Design” and “The Short Road Home to Delaware: Boilermakers Local 154 Retirement Fund v. Chevron.” Her paper, “The Outside Investor,” was selected by peer review for inclusion in the George Washington Center for Law and Economics Finance Institute’s 4th annual Junior Faculty Workshop.
Tanya Washington, associate professor of law, delivered a presentation on the child welfare to prison pipeline to the National Bar Association’s panel with the Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. She recently presented a paper at Harvard Law School, addressing the Supreme Court’s affirmative action jurisprudence.
Yinying Wang, assistant professor of educational leadership, cowrote an article published in the International Journal of Educational Reform. The article is titled, “Examining Digital Inequities In Ohio’s K-12 Virtual Schools: Implications For Educational Leaders And Policymakers.”
Austin Martin Williams, coordinator of research instructional services, will serve on the Grants Committee for the Government Documents Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. In addition, he wrote the “Law” chapter in the 23rd edition of “Magazines for Libraries” and co-wrote the “Georgia Practice Materials: A Selective Annotated Bibliography” chapter in “State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies” with Deborah Schander, coordinator of digital projects and outreach in the College of Law.
Brendan Calandra, associate professor in the College of Education, and Anton Puvirajah, assistant professor of middle secondary education, had an article, “A new perspective on teachers’ video-aided reflection,” published in the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.
Pfizer Inc. granted nearly $850,000 to the School of Public Health to partner with Chinese health officials to expand tobacco control efforts to major cities in China. The project will be led by Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health; Pam Redmon, executive director of the China Tobacco Control Partnership and administrative director of the School of Public Health’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science; and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory University and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.