Business & Economy Georgia Impact

New faculty learning of UGA’s impact on state’s economy

Photo of faculty members.
A group of new UGA faculty members departed Monday morning from the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel for a five-day trip around the state to gain a better understanding of UGA’s impact on Georgia. (Shannah Cahoe Montgomery)

From peaches to cars to ships to movies and everything in between, faculty members are getting a firsthand look at UGA's statewide influence.

This week, about 40 new University­­­­ of Georgia faculty members kicked off a five-day tour of the state that will showcase agriculture and agritourism, industry, innovation, the Georgia coast and its rural communities.

From Aug. 6-10, the tour will visit 15 cities and pass through 48 counties, introducing faculty who have been at UGA for two or fewer years to the geography, culture, history and economic engines of the state. Along the way, faculty will begin to understand how UGA, Georgia’s land- and sea-grant institution, has an impact throughout the state.

The tour began with a welcome from UGA President Jere W. Morehead at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. From there, the bus headed to Jaemor Farms near Gainesville, a working family farm that now draws hundreds of visitors a year for events and activities and offers fresh produce and other food including tomatoes, peaches and strawberries, boiled peanuts and fried pies.

“Many of our faculty come from other parts of the country and the world and this trip really opens their eyes to the diversity we enjoy here in the state of Georgia,” said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach. “In addition they get to meet one another and discover common interests, which often leads to great interdisciplinary partnerships when they get back to campus.”

Diverse destinations

During the trip, participants will visit:

The last stop will be in Washington County, a UGA Archway Partnership community, where faculty will enjoy ice cream from the The Dairy Lane restaurant and learn about the kaolin industry, Archway and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.

The New Faculty Tour is coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and is made possible by major support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. Additional sponsors include the UGA Alumni Association, UGA Foundation, and a multitude of other units and supporters of the University of Georgia.