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University of Georgia to mark Founders’ Day with annual lecture

Athens, Ga. – In observance of the University of Georgia’s 226th anniversary, Jeanne Barsanti, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita in thedepartment of small animal medicine and surgery, will present the annual Founders’ Day Lecture on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.
Barsanti’s talk, entitled “Animals, History and Humans,” is open free to the public.

“The talk will focus on the history of the founding of the university, the animal that was essential to that founding and the relationship of that animal to the history of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and at the University of Georgia,” Barsanti said. “The name of the animal I would like to reserve before the talk to allow a small measure of suspense.”

The annual Founders’ Day Lecture recognizes the date UGA was established in 1785, when the Georgia General Assembly adopted a charter creating the university as the country’s first state-chartered institution of higher education.

The event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association and the Emeriti Scholars, a group of retired faculty members known for their teaching abilities who continue to be involved in the university’s academic life through part-time teaching, research and service assignments.

Graduate student Kelly Cummings will deliver the student response to Barsanti’s address. From Marietta, Cummings is a first year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine and is planning to pursue a career in small animal medicine.

“We are honored to have Dr. Jeanne Barsanti deliver this lecture,” said Deborah Dietzler, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. “The Founders’ Day Lecture serves not only to remind us of our state’s long-held commitment to education but also inspires us to plan toward the future.”

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree at Auburn University, Barsanti completed her residency at UGA in 1977 and has been with the institution since. She is a diplomat in the Specialty of Internal Medicine, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and served on the Board of Regents of the ACVIM for 11 years, holding all elected offices, included chair and president of the Specialty of Internal Medicine. Her primary areas of interest are nephrology and urology.