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Patrick Reed makes his mark in Ryder Cup

The most-watched international golf competition is filled with nerves, tension, nonstop competition, and the best from the United States and Europe battling it out.

And in the most recent edition, Jaguar alumnus Patrick Reed made his Ryder Cup debut – and established himself as someone looking to stay awhile.

The former All-American and two-time winner on the PGA Tour compiled a 3-0-1 record to lead the United States in points earned and stood as the only American without a loss on his record once the competition was over. He earned plenty of praise for his efforts, such as a story from ESPN’s Bob Harig and more accolades from Sports Illustrated’s Micahel Bamberger.

Reed opened his play teamed with fellow Ryder Cup rookie Jordan Spieth in fourball matches, and the pair destroyed their opposition 5&4. More impressive was in their opening match where they faced Europe’s Ian Poulter – the man known as “The Postman” because he always delivers for the Europeans.

Reed continued delivering the next day, winning 5&3 alongside Spieth over Tomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer. The two struggled in the evening session, halving their match after leading 2-up with six holes to play, but Reed bounced back in the singles round on Sunday with a 1-up victory over current world No. 5 Henrik Stenson.

He finished the 2014 PGA Tour season ranked 27th in the Official World Golf Ranking, with two victories and eight other top-20 finishes.

Slice of Life brings variety to JSAC Cafeteria

It’s pizza-meets-hot-subs-meets-pasta, and it’s one of the first in the area.

Welcome to Slice of Life, Sodexo’s latest offering in the JSAC Food Court.

“We’re excited about the variety,” Earl Evans said. Evans is the Senior Area General Manager, with over 20 on-campus restaurants under his influence.

“When you eat something, if you have the same options available every day, it gets old. We wanted to give students more choices.”

Those options include different pizzas, but also choices such as Hot Spicy Italian Sandwich, Meatball Sandwich, Baked Chicken Penne, and more. And the food is put through the pizza oven, à la the Quiznos’ method.

In addition, the Stacks menu has been slightly altered, ensuring different sandwich options on the two menus.

“It’s fast, so I don’t have to wait in line,” student Iryn Lebedyeva said after munching on her slice of pizza. “There are tons of options.”

Slice of Life has been open since the beginning of the fall semester, but initiated a soft launch to work out the kinks. Now, it’s deemed ready for full service – complete with free samples that were offered Tuesday.

Free samples? An easy choice among the ever-expanding dining options.

100 of world’s best science photos on display at GRU in “Images for Science” exhibit

Have you ever seen a photo in TIME or Discovery that made you pause and think “WOW!” to yourself?

There are plenty more where those came from – and you can see them in person.

Beginning Oct. 22, the GRU Arts Council hosts the Royal Photographic Society’s “Images for Science” exhibition, with 100 of the world’s best photographs in the science realm. The gallery will be split between Reese Library and Greenblatt Library.

In addition, the man behind the photo above – titled “20/20” – will host a Master Class on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.

Mark_Maio_Portrait_AugustaMark Maio is President of InVision Inc. and the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to Ophthalmic Photography award winner by the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society and will speak on his 35+ years experience in digital imaging with a time for question-and-answer as well.

Following the Master Class from 4:30-6:30 p.m. is the exhibit reception, slated to take place in Reese Library.

For more information, contact Bill Andrews, Chair of the Exhibit Planning Group, at 706-721-3266.

Memory, aging, and the creative process

What was the last thing you forgot? (Your homework, or something on your grocery list?)

Now flip the script: Are you afraid of aging – or death?

Your creative abilities might have been impacted, and so have  three distinct authors with autobiographies detailing such.

With Dr. E. Nicole Meyer’s talk Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the JSAC Coffeehouse, all three will be explored in a talk titled “Aging, Memories, Aging Memories: Considerations on Colette, Sarraute, and Ernaux Facing the Blank Page.”

“Memory and aging affect us all,” Meyer said. “Whether we deal with Alzheimer’s patients, aged parents, or simply with forgetting where we’ve placed our keys, this talk should interest [everyone].”

Meyer has spent considerable time in the works of Nathalie Sarraute, Colette, and Annie Ernaux, seeing how their fears impacted their work, especially each writer’s autobiography. Seeing an author’s unique perspective on his/herself provides insight into family issues or view of oneself – and its impact on the entire process of putting pen to paper to convey the author’s life to the world.

In addition, the new Chair of English and Foreign Languages’ in-progress book “Fractured Families in Contemporary French and Francophone Women’s Autobiographies” and teaching experience all relate to the topic at hand.

“The premise [for this talk] came about from decades of reflection, discoveries, and insights about the authors,” Meyer said. “I have a feeling this talk might become a significant part of [my book’s] conclusion.”

She notes her talk came fairly quickly and naturally, building her enthusiasm to discuss these topics with others.

The event marks Alpha Mu Gamma’s first event of the year.

Athletics roundup: Positives abound

What happens when hope meets success?

So far, the intersection is a traffic jam of GRU athletic squads.

Start with the volleyball squad, off to a 7-1 start and a seven-game win streak heading into Friday night’s Peach Belt Conference (PBC) showdown with Armstrong before hosting Flagler on Saturday. They’ve dropped just four sets during the streak and have posted clean sweeps in their last three.

Three players – Kristen Koch, Katie Beresford, and Catherine DeSilvester – rank in the PBC’s upper statistical ranks for kills, blocks, and digs, respectively.

Men’s golf kicked their season off on a strong note, firing a combined even par to finish T-4 in the 18-team field. Maverick Antcliff’s year began with a tie for second, two off the lead, and Jake Marriott’s T-14 gives him confidence moving forward. The squad moves to the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Ohio State beginning Sept. 28.

The women’s golf team began the year expecting even more after an NCAA Regional appearance last spring – marking the third trip to the postseason in the last four years. The trio of Josefine Nyqvist (T-11), Jessica Haigwood (T-19), and Eunice Yi (T-21) all nabbed their first top-25 finishes on the season, picking up where all three left off in their freshmen seasons. They play next at Vanderbilt, in the Mason Rudolph Championship.

The team also received good news from a recent alumna, as Natalie Wille continued showing why she sits No. 1 on the Nordea Tour – winning her second professional tournament to go along with four other top-11 finishes. With continued strong play, she may be able to move onto a higher-ranking tour and move a step closer to the highest-level tours such as the LPGA Tour.

Patrick Reed finished his 2014 FedEx Cup debut strong, placing 19th in the TOUR Championship – the final tournament in golf’s version of a postseason – and ending up 21st on the points list.

Meanwhile, Vaughn Taylor, the most decorated men’s golf player in Jaguar history, sits No. 49 on the Web.com Tour as he attempts to re-gain his PGA Tour card. Taylor will compete in the Web.com Tour Championship. If Taylor succeeds, he’ll gear up for his 11th season on golf’s highest level. Henrik Norlander is also in the field, which is the penultimate test for those hoping to graduate to the top tours.

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ECT Center more than Macs

Walking up to the desk at the front of the room, a student pauses before asking a question: “How can I get better at Photoshop? Can you help?”

Absolutely.

The Education and Technology Collaboration (ECT) Center sits on University Hall’s first floor across from the computer labs, but many students, faculty, and staff walk right by without realizing how much potential sits so close by. From equipment available for checkout to in-the-moment assistance, the ECT Center is the place to go for any sort of multimedia project.

With validated JagCard, any student, faculty, or staff can use one of the laptops, audio recorders, or cameras (for video or photography). And if the technology seems out of your comfort zone, the staff can show you how to use it effectively.

The same concept applies when editing a project. From Final Cut Pro to the entire Adobe Master Suite, on-hand assistance is available should things go awry.

“We’re the only lab that has people here in case something goes wrong. Students can come here and actually get help the entire time,” ECT Manager Robbie Smith said.

Smith and Instructional Multimedia Specialists Timothy Williams and Kristopher Wells bring a broad range of experience and expertise.

“Once, a student needed help with designing a publication layout. With my background in graphic design, I helped her learn a few Adobe InDesign concepts to assist with what she was trying to accomplish,” Smith said.

“At the end of the semester, she had three pieces to use in a portfolio with a great grade.”

The most common requests are for equipment and video editing, something both Williams and Wells know. Between faculty presentations and illustrations for class – not to mention assigned video projects for students across a wide range of majors – the two can be in high demand.

“Many students have video projects; if the student doesn’t have any prior knowledge of video editing, we’ll help them import their files and show them some basics to get started,” Wells said. “If it’s someone with more advanced knowledge, we can help with more technical areas such as aspect ratio and codecs.”

Even when new technology comes out, the ECT Center staff are the ones most likely to have encountered it. Williams recounts a time when Prezi, a presentation software with the capability to spice up what would normally be a PowerPoint, first came out.

“We had some students trying to use it, so I went into the program, made some Prezis, learned as much as I could, and helped the students with their own.”

Students who earned an A, it’s worth noting.

The next time a project arises, stopping into the ECT Center might be a wise No. 1 on the to-do list. As Smith puts it: “If you tell us what your project is, we can point you in the right direction – and even offer suggestions on how to improve it.”

“Any student who has ever come back after we helped them has always said ‘Thanks, you were a big help,’ and we take pride in that,” Williams adds.

An A-grade effort, indeed.

We Went There: Summerville’s First Day

Smiles, hellos, and how-do-you-dos permeated the lively atmosphere as GRU apparel dominated the choice of dress across campus.

The first day of undergrad had begun.

Week of Welcome presents many opportunities to connect to campus, from ClubFest to a night at Adventure Crossing to a chance to Rock the Wellness Center. But on the first day, it’s about getting one’s feet moving the right direction.

Students donned their GRU gear to show their spirit, making it impossible to walk a few steps without seeing a blue, gray, or white shirt bearing the logo. Some took selfies and sent them to @GeorgiaRegents, hoping to win one of a few prizes awarded that day – or be selected for a prize to be awarded later in the week for showcasing their school pride.

Small tents had popped up near the Jaguar Student Activities Center, the Main Fountain, and Science Hall to offer anyone a refreshing lemonade or water and the chance to ask for directions – and a hug or wave if it happened to be a friend.

But if one walked anywhere outside, the voice of head men’s basketball coach Dip Metress could be heard permeating the buzz of students talking and birds chirping.
“C’mon, you want to shoot? Oh, don’t be shy, your friend just missed it twice.”

For hours, Metress offered students a chance: Shoot a ball into a basketball hoop, win a T-shirt. Sometimes he’d needle the shooter, asking what school he’d graduated from and then asking once an air ball flew over the hoop “Did they have P.E. at your school?” He encouraged others, especially those admitting they’d never shot a ball before.

One by one, students, faculty, and even some senior administrators stepped up and hoped Dip wouldn’t have a laugh at their expense (and perhaps win a free shirt or in some cases, a basketball).

But once afternoon hit, a backhoe standing forebodingly next to Metress and head women’s basketball coach Nate Teymer (who’d been looking on) was put to use. As both coaches stood beneath the backhoe’s outstretched arm, it turned … and dumped numbing ice and water on the pair, their part of the nationally known #ALSIceBucketChallenge complete.

Just another step of progress on a jam-packed first day at Summerville.

Retreat Week the first step for freshmen

With the moving, the newly-found freedom, the new friends, proud parents, and fears associated with a new challenge, starting college is a whirlwind of chaos.

Fortunately, University Connections (UVC) knows – and during the week before undergraduate classes begin, UVC’s Retreat Week ensures incoming freshmen have the best chance to begin with confidence.

After moving in Monday, freshmen began their week with dinner and competition in University Village, with a jam-packed Tuesday featuring a campus scavenger hunt, lunch with Athletic Director Clint Bryant, introductions to helpful resources, and a discussion of the digital portfolio they’ll build while at GRU starting the week off in style.

Top it off with a Welcome Home Carnival and dinner, and Tuesday’s in the books.

Wednesday focuses more on casting long-term vision; resume workshops, personal finance management, meeting with student organizations, and intramurals are all part of the day, with an evening movie to help unwind from the information influx.

Thursday presents a unique opportunity to plug into the community, as various community service projects dominate the day to reinforce GRU’s values students are introduced to at lunch.

Finally, Freshman Convocation marks the end on Friday – complete with a class photo (taken from a cherry picker) and giving way to the reality of class beginning just a few days later.

Of course, it’s also the beginning of applying everything they’ve learned on Retreat Week.

Where are they now? Jaguars in the Pros

Several former Jaguar athletes have heated up more than the summer heat as they’ve continued their professional careers, with some adding to already-impressive resumes while others continue to build strong foundations in their first tastes of the professional ranks.

Garret Siler, after spending two seasons with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, landed with Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico this season. He’s averaged over 10 points and seven rebounds a contest to help his squad to the Baloncesto Superior Nacional finals, a best-of-seven series that saw the big man notch eight points and six boards in Arecibo’s game one victory.

On the links, Patrick Reed and Henrik Norlander both qualified for the U.S. Open, and Reed made the cut to finish in a tie for 35th. Reed managed a tie for 11th in the Quicken Loans National recently as he looks to build on a season where he’s already won twice on the PGA Tour.

Norlander, meanwhile, posted back-to-back top 10 finishes on the Web.com Tour, including a tie for fourth in the Nova Scotia Open to move up to 37th on the money list. The top players on the Web.com’s money list at season’s end earn a full year of exemptions onto the PGA Tour, while the other top 25 earn their way into a playoff with lower-ranking PGA Tour professionals with a chance to earn their way onto the Tour.

Scott Jamieson has competed on the European Tour for years and hit his stride in June with a T-18 finish in the Alstom Open de France. He followed with a tie for eighth in early July, marking his biggest payday of the year and rocketing him up to 86th on the European Tour rankings.

Mitchell Krywulycz has struggled to make his cuts on the eGolf Tour, but his third and fourth made cuts on the year counted big: After a T-8 finish in the Southern Open, he earned a top-five finish in the Cabarrus Classic to move into the Tour’s Top 60 on the money list. The eGolf Tour top 60 are invited to the year-end Million Dollar Championship Series.

Natalie Wille made her professional debut count, winning the Nordea Tour’s Frontwalker Ladies Open. She competed in the Ladies’ Amateur British Open Championship as well, missing advancing by three strokes in a large field of contenders.

On the diamond, Shannon Wilkerson, the 2005 eight-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox, earned a month-long promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket – one step below the Major Leagues. He hit .234 with eight runs scored before being sent back to Double-A Portland, where he is currently hitting .282 on the season but is on a hot streak with a .349 average in his last 10 games.

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Art + Science + Kids = Living Clay

“Look! It’s taking over right now!” “Ewwwwwwwwwww!”

The sounds of six kids looking up at a TV with a microscope connected to it fill the room at Tire City Potters, as owner Shishir Chokshi excitedly points to an image of two gray globs expanding in a hurry. The globs are yeast in a bowl with sugar, and it’s drying out in the microscope – the results of a previous science experiment done in the morning.

What’s odd about this picture is Chokshi, a GRU alumnus, is an artist – not a scientist. But as the kids are working with clay to create cells to form different microbes, the pieces begin coming together of a rare relationship between art and science in a program dubbed Living Clay.

“We’re using art to make science understandable,” Dr. Erhard Bieberich said. He is a professor in GRU’s Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia, and his friendship with Chokshi as a supporter of the studio birthed the idea of this camp.

He walks around the rectangular table and asks one girl, Skyler, if she’s showcasing cell division in her clay art (and receives a vigorous nod of approval).

“How many cells appear when they divide?” “I don’t know.” “You have it right there, you’re showing me!”

The morning session brings the science, as Bieberich talks about different subjects: The five kingdoms, how bodies fight diseases, what parts of cells do. Sometimes there’s time to finish the previous day’s art projects, but sometimes the kids have headed outside to put chalk to sidewalk and visually show what they just learned under Chokshi’s supervision alongside two GRU student volunteers. After lunch, it’s more art, ranging from building cells to making a paramecium in water out of different materials.

How does one come up with an idea to bring together two seemingly separate worlds in the first place? Middle school.

“I started going to middle schools to teach, and I would use soap bubbles as demonstrations,” Bieberich said. A test run was done at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival in May to help visualize the camp’s concepts, as kids and volunteer students sculpted microbes out of clay.

With an art studio as the environment, everyone is learning something.

“As a scientist used to speaking to my peers, learning how to speak to a younger audience has made me rethink how to speak and approach different topics,” Bieberich said.

“Try explaining the concept of a billion years or a micrometer to a six year old.”

The beauty of using art to apply science is the parallel in the process. With an art project, there’s a fair amount of trial and error – and if the artist hits a roadblock in the process, then a way to adapt must be found. The same is true in nature, as different genetic outcomes produce subjects that have to survive. Sometimes, things mess up.

Both men are using this camp as a trial run, figuring out space requirements and what works well both on the science and art fronts with the kids. They hope to have access to better technology and more space next summer so they can offer the camps to a wider age range – and to more students. While they could tailor specific experiences to individuals now, both agree they would prefer to have the time to enhance the program’s infrastructure before making it public again.

“One thing I’ve learned is to be flexible – a kid could say one thing and it’s a great idea, so we change the project to encompass where they are with their understanding. They retain so much information, I’m shocked. The physical activities are reinforcing what they learn,” Chokshi said before telling the kids he’s impressed with the structures they’re creating out of the clay cells they’ve made.

An undeniable fact sits on the table among the clay cells as part of the day’s project: These kids get it, between the audio, visual, and kinetic learning processes they’re experiencing.

“They understand cells actually have mouths and what a cell nucleus is,” Bieberich said. “They didn’t before.”