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UGA will celebrate faculty, student, staff and alumni successes

The University of Georgia will celebrate the achievements of its students, faculty, staff and alumni in a series of events during Honors Week, April 17-21.

Honors Week is an annual tradition at UGA that dates back to the 1930s, when then-Chancellor S.V. Sanford set aside a day to recognize exemplary students. In 2011, the event expanded to a week to include events recognizing faculty, staff and alumni.

“Honors Week underscores the fact that the University of Georgia’s growing reputation as a leader in public higher education is rooted in the extraordinary accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten.

Honors Week activities include the Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon and the 2017 UGA Alumni Awards Luncheon, which are open to the public, in addition to several invitation-only events. Numerous departments across the schools and colleges also will be holding special recognition ceremonies for ­honored students in their disciplines. For more information, go to

Honors Week will begin April 17 with the 26th annual Public Service and Outreach Meeting and Awards Luncheon. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Hotel and Conference Center. The meeting and luncheon are open to the public, but online registration is required at

During morning and afternoon sessions, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions. A luncheon at noon in the Magnolia Ballroom will honor the 2017 Public Service and Outreach award recipients. The 2016-17 Service-Learning Fellows’ poster presentations, highlighting the courses and projects they have developed during their yearlong fellowship with the Office of Service-Learning, will be on display.

The Faculty Recognition Banquet also will be held April 17 in Mahler Auditorium of the Georgia Center. The reception for the invitation-only event will begin at a 5:45 p.m. reception; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

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 and graduate students who will be honored for outstanding teaching.

The Presidential Honors Week Luncheon will be held April 19 with registration and photos at noon and the luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Office of the President, the invitation-only recognition luncheon at the President’s House will honor First Honor Graduates and Student Government Association leaders, as well as student recipients of the Presidential Award of Excellence and national scholarship winners.

At 5:30 p.m. that same day, the Honors Program Banquet will be held at the Classic Center. Dinner for the invitation-only event will be held at 6:30 p.m. During the banquet, Honors Program students who have graduated in the summer or fall of 2016 as well as the graduating class of May 2017 will be recognized. Recognitions presented at the banquet include the Jere W. Morehead Award, which is given to an exceptional alumna/alumnus or friend of the Honors Program.

On April 20, the Research Awards Banquet will be held in Mahler Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The reception for the invitation-only event will begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., the 38th annual Research Awards Banquet recognizes excellence in UGA research and scholarly creativity. Awards are given annually to honor outstanding faculty and graduate students.

The Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held April 21 at noon in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. The UGA Alumni Awards celebrate distinguished alumni, faculty members and friends of UGA. The Alumni Merit Award, Young Alumni Award, Faculty Service Award, Family of the Year Award and Friend of UGA Award recognize those who demonstrate dedication to the University of Georgia. Registration for the luncheon, which is required, can be completed online at