Dan Levy’s advice to graduates, Biden’s Pell grant push

The petitioners may face an uphill battle. University System administrators have thus far recommended, but are not requiring, vaccinations. Gov. Brian Kemp last week signed an executive order Tuesday that bans the state government from requiring proof of vaccination against the coronavirus, which his office said means that no local school board or public university can require vaccinations for students or staffers.

Several of Georgia’s largest private colleges and universities are mandating vaccinations for the fall semester.

Chancellor suggestion

The state’s Board of Regents recently paused its search to replace University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who is retiring at the end of June, amid what we’ve heard was an impasse over some board support to put former Gov. Sonny Perdue in the job.

Cecil Staton, R-Macon, left, shares a laugh during Legislative Day 13 in the Senate Chambers Thursday morning in Atlanta, Ga., February 2, 2012.

Credit: AJC

Credit: AJC

One name we learned last week was suggested is former state senator Cecil Staton. State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, recommended Staton for the board. Staton has served as a vice-chancellor for the system and was interim president of Valdosta State University. Here’s a little more about it in Friday’s AJC Political Insider blog.

Dan Levy to SCAD grads: “Always follow through”

Actor, director, producer and writer Dan Levy, best known for his work on the hit television sitcom “Schitt’s Creek,” offered some advice Friday for Savannah College of Art & Design graduates during its commencement ceremony.

Work hard, use your success to help others and “always follow through.”

“That’s the greatest advice I could give because so few people actually do it. So if you have an idea for something, in whatever form of the arts it is, if you have that painting that you have in mind, and it gets tricky and you are given that crossroads ‘Do I give up on it or do I keep going?’ Always keep going,” Levy said via a virtual chat. “If you are a writer and want to write a book or a book of poetry, or a television show or a movie, and it gets a little bit daunting or intimidating, and you get that writer’s block, don’t give up on it because you will have something. And even if that something is not the greatest thing in your life, you have gone through the experience of knowing what it is to make something from beginning to end, and that is such a useful thing to take with you.”

TCSG student and instructor of the year

Elizabeth Rodriguez, a Registered Nursing student from West Georgia Technical College, was named the Technical College System of Georgia's 2021 Student of the Year. PHOTO CREDIT: TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA.

Elizabeth Rodriguez, a Registered Nursing student from West Georgia Technical College, was named the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2021 Student of the Year. PHOTO CREDIT: TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM OF GEORGIA.

The Technical College System of Georgia last week named its student and instructor of the year.

The student is Elizabeth Rodriguez, a Registered Nursing student from West Georgia Technical College. The instructor is Casey Corbett, a Fish and Wildlife Management instructor from Ogeechee Technical College.

Rodriguez received a new, made-in-Georgia, 2021 KIA K5, delivered by Ed Voyles KIA of Chamblee. Elizabeth is the first West Georgia Technical College student to win the statewide GOAL award.

Racial and gender diversity slightly up among Georgia faculty

There’s been a lot of talk in recent days about the push and pushback on making Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones a tenured faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A subplot of the debate is whether Black people and women are getting a fair shake in the faculty hiring process on campuses nationwide. Last year, we reported on the low percentage of Black administrators at some of Georgia’s top research universities.

We took a look at University System of Georgia data online detailing racial and gender demographics of its faculty. The faculty is not as diverse as its students, but the numbers have improved slightly in recent years.

The percentage of Asian faculty members has risen from 12% in 2015 to 14% last fall. The percentage of Black faculty members is up from 9.3% in 2015 to 9.8% last fall. In 2015, 3% of faculty were Hispanic. Last fall, it was 3.6%. Whites make up nearly 69% of University System faculty, about four percentage points lower than in 2015.

The University System numbers also show the percentage of women faculty members has increased from 45.4% in 2015 to 46.5% last fall. The percentage of women at the four research institutions (Augusta University, Georgia State, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia) is lower, about 41%

About 53% of the system’s students are non-white and 57% are women, the data show.

Lowery collection comes to Morehouse

Rev. Joseph Lowery walks arm-in-arm with his wife Evelyn down Ashby Street between Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Southwest Atlanta in 2001. Ashby Street was being changed to Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. (CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE/AJC staff)

Rev. Joseph Lowery walks arm-in-arm with his wife Evelyn down Ashby Street between Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Southwest Atlanta in 2001. Ashby Street was being changed to Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. (CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE/AJC staff)

Credit: CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE

Credit: CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE

Morehouse College announced Wednesday that the family of Rev. Joseph and Evelyn Lowery has donated their official and personal papers, photographs, documents, writings, speeches, notes, travel diaries and other mementos there. The Lowerys, who were married for 63 years, started several civil and human rights organizations and were each instrumental in several major initiatives. Read more here.

Morehouse scores with Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan holds the NBA Championship trophy aloft while talking with the media in the locker room after clinching the title with an 108-101 win against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, June 13, 1991, at Inglewood, Calif. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan holds the NBA Championship trophy aloft while talking with the media in the locker room after clinching the title with an 108-101 win against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, June 13, 1991, at Inglewood, Calif. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

Sports legend Michael Jordan announced Friday that he’s providing a $1 million grant to Morehouse for its Sports Journalism and Marketing academic program. Here’s more on why he’s making the contribution.

New digs for UNG faculty

A University of North Georgia facilities department employee moves medical equipment into the new nursing skills and simulation labs. The new labs are part of the renovated and repurposed spaces on UNG's Gainesville Campus that formerly housed Lanier Technical College. More departments will relocate into the buildings throughout the summer. PHOTO CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA.

A University of North Georgia facilities department employee moves medical equipment into the new nursing skills and simulation labs. The new labs are part of the renovated and repurposed spaces on UNG’s Gainesville Campus that formerly housed Lanier Technical College. More departments will relocate into the buildings throughout the summer. PHOTO CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA.

University of North Georgia faculty last week began moving in the renovated and repurposed Health Sciences Building on its Gainesville campus. The move is part of UNG’s project to relocate a handful of departments this summer into the buildings that formerly housed Lanier Technical College. The moves were meant to address the growing needs of the Gainesville Campus. The property’s seven buildings total 165,000 square feet of instruction and institutional space, university officials said on its website. The renovated spaces also feature a food court, outdoor seating and more study and lounge spaces.

Remembering Pete Correll

A.D. "Pete" Correll

A.D. “Pete” Correll

Credit: AJC

Credit: AJC

The University of Georgia lost one of its most prominent boosters last week when A.D. “Pete” Correll died at the age of 80.

Correll and his wife, Ada Lee, gave the university $5 million in 2018 for a program to help pay tuition for students struggling financially. The couple attended UGA.

Here’s more about Correll and his impact throughout Georgia.

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Brian Kemp called critical race theory a dangerous ideology as he urged the Georgia state Board of Education to adopt guidelines to prevent or discourage its teaching in Georgia.","_id":"SP55WQ6EEREIBLHA3LF7FCC6EY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237038,"type":"text","content":"Here are some helpful definitions and explanations of some of the issues that have come up in our coverage and in the statewide debates, reported and compiled by education reporters and editors at the AJC.","_id":"45CENVTRTFEHHGCBL2RHU72ADA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237039,"type":"text","content":"What is critical race theory?","_id":"JSJUIGYKC5HOZB7MC5HYNNMVUQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237040,"type":"text","content":"Critical race theory, also known as CRT, is an academic concept based on the idea that racism is a social construct that is embedded in all aspects of our lives, including in legal systems and policies.","_id":"CMXMY5HVPJE57GVFSQHTJ2EEVU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237041,"type":"text","content":"CRT emerged more than 40 years ago as part of the framework for legal analysis created by legal scholars.","_id":"BDQZPFGTJVGIDKYHOZ3HUZLPBQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237042,"type":"text","content":"Encyclopedia Britannica calls the theory a loosely organized framework based on the premise that U.S. legal institutions “are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites.”","_id":"6KIVXCTWJZH3BETGFM277HXHVU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237043,"type":"text","content":"The American Bar Association describes CRT as “not a diversity and inclusion ‘training’ but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.","_id":"OK5LMYYWRZF7XNQCQBIBNQ4EUM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237044,"type":"text","content":"Why is CRT controversial?","_id":"OLKM37C3VJCMFNWV6K3XDLQEXE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237045,"type":"text","content":"Critical race theory has become a flashpoint recently as it has been tied to schools’ efforts to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives and hire staff to oversee this work.","_id":"K7CDC3B7WJGN3HDL7VF374WRNA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237046,"type":"text","content":"Critics of CRT claim it discriminates against white people, can teach that they are oppressors while students of color, particular Black students, are victims.","_id":"WKCBHSFCKBEJ7AGHNOWOHCDIQA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237047,"type":"text","content":"Opposition to CRT and the New York Times’ 1619 Project, has grown across the country, with more than a dozen states having passed or considering legislation restricting how race and racism are taught in schools.","_id":"AY27LQPWZNHONB3GYGU4D3QLXI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237048,"type":"text","content":"What is The 1619 Project?","_id":"YQDGZ7676NBDZBZY5DTYJ7OGKA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237049,"type":"text","content":"The 1619 Project is a historical initiative launched by the New York Times in 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It includes a collection of stories, essays, poems and photos from more than a dozen contributors. The project centers the country’s history on the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans. It led to a Pulitzer for commentary Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of the project creators. A podcast and school curriculum were developed, and two books based on the project are set to publish in the fall.","_id":"TFP7LMKRYJAS3HNSUOZEQUES3Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237050,"type":"text","content":"The 1619 project has been criticised by former President Donald Trump and other conservatives who say the say the project and its premise are un-American. 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Others leave it to teachers to write their own. 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Among the guidelines was affirmation that the board will not support, any K-12 public education resources or standards which indoctrinate students in social, or political, ideology or theory, or promote one race or sex above another; and that the board “believes” that schools should not teach that “an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex...”","_id":"2TZKKDGES5CZDCGELGNRU266KY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237057,"type":"text","content":"The resolution also calls on the board to create formal rules around the stated education board beliefs.","_id":"O3XXXRD7G5CQHNNLFXDYP25JG4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622879237058,"type":"text","content":"Sources: The New York Times, Associated Press, Education Week, Georgia Board of Education","_id":"XYQEJVFGXZCYVLWRIJH22SLXIA","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"Z2SRFNEGEBFTDJDRXQVQK4Z25I","type":"interstitial_link","content":"AJC coverage: The debate over discussing race and racism in Georgia schools","url":"https://www.ajc.com/education/discussing-race-racism-schools/","_id":"HR2DSFR5NZCF5F3WVBQQ7T2SVQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1594729076640,"type":"text","content":"
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Hundreds showed up at the May 20 Cherokee County School Board meeting denouncing a theory they say has ties to Marxism.","_id":"NDZVEQZZXJB7DCRN7SQDI4V7VA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622742799565,"type":"text","content":"Dr. Jillian Ford, an associate professor of social studies education at Kennesaw State University, said one of the tenets of the theory recognizes that racism is not an aberration, but a common thing that happens to people of color every day.","_id":"BG36RNKATRCVVEHGFQ6V6QRAXI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622722793385,"type":"text","content":"Opponents have misrepresented critical race theory to say that it teaches white people to think they are bad or inherently racist, Ford said.","_id":"ZNG4BAYDCVD5ZPR2EBSFRQW27Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622722793386,"type":"text","content":"“Critical race theory is not about individual behavior,” she said. “Critical race theory is about systems and policies.”","_id":"EPYT5WSJANGTHL3DBZMDMLLRFQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622592948460,"type":"text","content":"Still, the response captured attention across the state and caught school leaders flat-footed as the issue popped up before school boards in Forsyth, Cobb and Gwinnett counties.","_id":"QHBCDOI5WFCIBKV2HAUV6FVOV4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622257803288,"type":"text","content":"“I do not want to be called an oppressor because I’m white,” home-schooled student Sydney Zavieh, 12, told the Cherokee school board, adding that if parents want their kids to learn about America’s history with race, they can teach it at home.","_id":"2USMBERYB5CMXDUPIKI2GGX53U","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622592948462,"type":"text","content":"National cultural war","_id":"KIZTEHHZR5DJFPPBIBHQWF6YYU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622756317509,"type":"text","content":"Proposals seeking to outlaw critical race theory or restrict how race is taught in schools are pending in at least 16 states, with Idaho, Oklahoma and Tennessee among those already enacting them. 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Atlanta elementary school teacher Tracey Pendley said teachers unfamiliar with the concept, may be teaching some aspects of it, such as the history of inequality in America and the importance of respect for all individuals.","_id":"ZM33BZXIWNGYZHFVBNJ657W7ZI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622716867693,"type":"text","content":"For her, it means teaching history from multiple points of view — that Christopher Columbus was a successful explorer who also enslaved Native Americans, that George Washington was an American war hero who also enslaved people and acquired their teeth for dentures, that John Brown was both enslaved and a killer of enslavers.","owner":"sponsored":false,"id":"ajc","copyright":"2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution","address":"locality":"Atlanta","region":"GA","caption":"Tracey Pendley, APS teacher and 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year awardee, speaks as APS teachers and supporters gather outside the Atlanta Public Schools headquarters to push for APS to delay reopening school buildings in this January 2021 file photo. 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The entire system has about 340,000 students, nearly 48,000 employees and a total annual budget of about $10 billion.","_id":"MSB5XR7KTRCODI2KWPYRYZJNZA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622835735140,"type":"text","content":"Wrigley’s annual compensation is about $524,000, about three times as much as the salary of Gov. Brian Kemp, who makes roughly $175,000 a year. Wrigley was the system’s executive vice chancellor for administration when he was named interim chancellor in 2016. Then-Gov. Nathan Deal recommended Wrigley for the job, which he took on permanently in 2017.","_id":"RG5FHXFADRB3JCYKVFJYPYZGQ4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622676608317,"type":"text","content":"The Regents, who oversee the system’s operations, are appointed by the governor for staggered seven-year terms. 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In Georgia, the list includes former Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who was president of Young Harris College and is now dean of Mercer University’s law school. Former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens led Kennesaw State University for less than two years, leaving amid complaints of his handling of a police brutality and racial discrimination protest by a group of Black cheerleaders.","_id":"MFJ5NUBO5RCBZDYMN2QNFRQIBI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1622813694406,"type":"text","content":"Hartle, who’s been involved in higher education for about 40 years, said the search process for a chancellor often takes six months to a year. 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She studied at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center and was a student ambassador, worked as a library assistant and completed two internships.","_id":"Z2XLUW3JVRGMPKJ25KREGTIKDE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620987707205,"type":"text","content":"“I’m not the type of person who likes to sit around,” she said.","_id":"IVBRDXCSMVCVVE3PWM7X3ANPHY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620987707207,"type":"text","content":"What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenges at Mercer University were my critical thinking and my writing skills that I achieved in all my courses. We had to do a lot of writing. 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The computer systems engineering major started writing flight software as an electronics team member for UGA lab’s NASA-sponsored mission during her sophomore year. A year later, Lin became the lead flight software engineer and assisted with additional testing and preparing the assembled satellite for handoff to the launch provider.","_id":"YO62HT2GTRBTND3QU5LX4TSU4M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":["pos":190,"comment":"around"],"comments":[],"_id":1620660494083,"type":"text","content":"What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “For me, it was being able to find that right balance between school and extracurriculars (like the research lab!). When I was a freshman/sophomore, I was very into the work I was doing for the lab — more than I was into classwork — and would pour almost all of my time into my lab tasks. 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One parent referred to the theory as “educational terrorism,” while another said it teaches white students that they are bad because they are oppressors and that Black students can’t get ahead because they are oppressed.","_id":"BBY4UN77GZAT7F436PEAJCCR7Y","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621555228839,"type":"text","content":"“As long as I am Superintendent - I will commit to keeping any theory or curriculum, which is not part of Georgia’s standards, out of every Cobb County School District classroom,” Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said in a statement sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday evening.","_id":"3CX7NHBE5VCBTG4CGKCION2ZWE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621545157140,"type":"text","content":"Before Thursday’s school board meeting in Cherokee, the district was already on the defensive, after assigning an administrator to oversee “social and emotional learning” and “diversity, equity and inclusion,” or DEI.","_id":"DWHXL56S4NENBHDSCQMYPUFKEY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1621545157141,"type":"text","content":"“There are no plans to introduce “critical race theory” – this is a complete fabrication created through rumor mongering on social media. 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