Society & Culture

UGA to celebrate Honors Week April 7-12

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni at several events during Honors Week, April 7-12.

The tradition of Honors Week dates back to the 1930s, when UGA Chancellor S.V. Sanford set aside a day to recognize outstanding students. In 2011, Honors Day was expanded to a full week to accommodate the numerous events that occur in schools, colleges and other campus units.

“Honors Week is one of the many ways that we recognize that the strength of this institution lies in its people-the students, faculty, staff and alumni who excel in their academic pursuits,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Public events during Honors Week include the Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon and the 2014 UGA Alumni Awards Luncheon. Unless otherwise noted, other Honors Week events are by invitation only.

April 7
23rd annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., UGA Hotel and Conference Center
Open to the public, but online registration is required:
Gov. Nathan Deal will deliver the keynote address, “Georgia’s Economic Future and How UGA Can Help Make it Brighter,” at 3 p.m. in Mahler Hall.

Faculty Recognition Banquet
6 p.m., Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center
Sponsored by the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the event will recognize the winners of this year’s awards for teaching excellence, including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships and the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching as well as faculty, staff and graduate students who will be honored for outstanding teaching and advising.

April 9
Terry College of Business will hold its Honors Day Ceremony
9 a.m., Chapel
Graduate and undergraduate recipients of named scholarships and departmental awards will be honored as well as inductees to Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.


Presidential Honors Day Luncheon
Noon, Grand Hall, Tate Student Center
The event will honor recipients of national and international scholarships; first honor graduates; the UGA Award for Excellence; the Student Government Association president, vice president and treasurer; and outstanding students in their final year of study from each of the colleges and schools.

Honors Program Banquet
5:30 p.m., Athena Ballroom, Classic Center
The event will recognize Honors Program students who have graduated in the summer or fall of 2013 as well as the graduating class of May 2014. The Lothar Tresp and Hatten Howard Outstanding Professor Awards as well as the Jere W. Morehead Award to an exceptional friend of the Honors Program will be presented.

April 10
UGA Research Foundation 35th annual Research Awards Banquet
Mahler Hall, UGA Hotel and Conference Center
The event will recognize winners of Creative Research Awards and Medals, the Michael F. Adams Early Career Scholars, the Inventor’s Award, the Georgia BioBusiness Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as Distinguished Research Professors and postdoctoral and graduate student award recipients.

April 11
2014 UGA Alumni Awards Luncheon
11:30 a.m., and the luncheon follows at noon, Classic Center. Open to the public, but online registration is required at
The UGA Alumni Association will present the 2014 Faculty Service, Alumni Family of the Year, and Alumni Merit awards. M. Douglas Ivester and Charlayne Hunter-Gault will be honored with the Alumni Merit Award, Tom Landrum and Anne Sweaney will be honored with the Faculty Service Award, and Francis “Abit” Massey and his family will receive the Alumni Family of the Year award.

Circle of Honor Induction Ceremony
6 p.m., Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center
Former football All-American Pat Dye, former Honda Award tennis player Marissa Catlin and NCAA national champion gymnast Lori Strong will be inducted into the UGA Athletic Association Circle of Honor. Also being honored are Bill Hartman Award winner David Boyd and Circle of Distinction inductees John and Alice Sands.

April 12
College of Engineering’s Celebration of Excellence
6 p.m., Magnolia Ballroom of the UGA Hotel and Conference Center
The inaugural dinner and awards program will recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and students in the engineering college.

April 7-12
CURO Symposium Poster Display
Tate Student Center Atrium (third level)
The Division of Student Affairs will sponsor a public display of posters from the 2014 CURO Symposium. The featured posters will be displayed on the Tate Student Center Art Wall during Honors Week to recognize students’ research achievements.