Lynn Agan, the Director of AEC Project Services, received the 2012 ‘Judy Wilder Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia last week at the Facilities Officers Conference in Savannah, GA. Lynn is retiring November 30th after 38+ years with UWG.
Dr. Stanley M. Caress has recently published a book with SUNY Press: Term Limits and Their Consequences: The Aftermath of Legislative Reform (September 2012).
Dr. Lisa Gezon’s insightful book Drug Effects: Khat in Biocultural and Socioeconomic Perspective explores the role of khat—a shrub native to East Africa and southern Arabia with leaves that are chewed for psychoactive effects—in Madagascar’s culture, politics, economy and environment. Reviews of Gezon’s work suggest her innovative cultural medical anthropological approach, which involves in-depth ethnographic research from policy-makers down and users and producers up, reveals gaps and contradictions between these groups. A review published in the American Library Association’s Choice called the book “ambitious” and “impressive,” and a New Books Network reviewer said “the book is almost encyclopedic in its synthesis of the literature, the findings of her studies as well as her excellent and insightful analysis.”
Dr. Ben Steere presented his research, “The Western North Carolina Mounds and Towns Project: Using Archaeology to Relocate Important Places on the Cherokee Landscape” at the second annual Cherokee Archaeology Day on Sept. 7, 2012 in Cherokee, N. Car. The event, hosted by the EBCI Tribal Historic Preservation Office, brought together researchers, professional archaeologists and the public to discuss Cherokee life, culture and history.
The Chalk Level planning project, led by Dr. Hee-Jung Jun, received an Outstanding Student Project Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. Undergraduate and graduate students in Jun’s Spring 2012 Housing Community Development course collaborated with the Newnan Urban Redevelopment Authority to develop a plan for the Chalk Level community near downtown Newnan. Students walked the neighborhood, analyzed its strengths and weaknesses, organized a community meeting, and presented final recommendations to Newnan’s URA and Chalk Level residents. An overview of the project was published in the Georgia Planning Association’s e-magazine.
Dr. Lisa Osbeck received the Theodore Sarbin Award from the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association in August 2012. The award recognizes individuals or bodies of work that demonstrates notable achievement in narrative psychology, contextualist theory, social psychological theories of hypnosis, or other innovative critical work.
John T. Mazzola, CFE: Coliseum Director for the University of West Georgia’s UWG COLISEUM recently earned recertification of the Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) award designation from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) through 2016.
Among sports and entertainment management professionals, the CFE designation is an indication of skill in leadership, a commitment to best practices in the industry and displays a demonstrated expertise in managing private and public assembly facilities.
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