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Class Notes: UNG puts focus on environment

POSTED: April 3, 2013 12:19 a.m.

A speaker series this month at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus will highlight environmental and social issues and how they are related.

As scientists learn more about the environment and how human behavior affects it, Dr. John O’Sullivan, professor of sociology and environmental studies at UNG, said today’s students must lead in that arena.

“This generation of students is in the midst of several revolutions, and one of them is the environmental movement,” O’Sullivan said. “With increasing speed we are learning about the intricacies of how the world’s ecosystems are connected and functioning, and the relationships between human society and the environment are also becoming clear. Today’s students realize that biology and chemistry are connected to economics and politics.”

The Institute for Environmental Spatial Analysis is putting on the series, and Tom Torres, a senior in UNG’s Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis program, is organizing it.

“So often, the mindset is that policy change and lobbying is the only way to effect social change, but that discounts a great deal of the grass-roots work being done in our communities,” Torres said. “The speakers will be bringing to the forefront issues such as immigration reform, veteran health, food justice, and alternative modes of economy. These issues can be difficult to discuss, so I’m happy to see them represented in our work.”

The series starts today and features different speakers each week.

Social Sustainability in North Georgia, presented by Kevin Arita and Kat Stratton: Noon today, Continuing Education and Performing Arts Building, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

Dig Your Roots! Local Food in North Georgia, presented by Ben Dockins and Jonathan Winskie: Noon Monday, Continuing Education and Performing Arts Building.

Film screening of “The Island President:” 6 p.m. April 17, Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building (3110-AB).

Climate Change in the 21st Century: A Clear and Present Danger, presented by Dr. Jamie Mitchem of UNG: Noon April 22, Continuing Education and Performing Arts Building.

A gRRReen Team Environmental Program also will be presented on the Dahlonega campus of the university 5-9 p.m. April 22 at the Hoag Student Center Auditorium 342, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega.

North Georgia Technical College names vice president for academic affairs

Kathie Ivester, current dean for academic affairs, has been named vice president of that department at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville.

Ivester has also served as an instructor, program director and Technical College System of Georgia curriculum program specialist. She has been dean since 2008, overseeing instructional programs.

She has played a role in a number of initiatives at the college, such as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation and Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia.

Ivester also has experience in management consulting and as a laboratory manager/clinical practice manager for Habersham Internal Medicine and quality assurance laboratory director/blood bank supervisor at Habersham County Medical Center. She taught as an adjunct instructor while working with health care providers.

Ivester has a master’s of public administration, a bachelor’s in business administration, and an associate of applied science in medical technology from Truett-McConnell College.

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