President's Cookout. Photo by Phil Jones.

A. Fall 2017 Through the Lens


On June 22, Gov. Nathan Deal presided over the groundbreaking for the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center. The 168,000-square-foot facility, which will be home to the newly created School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, is set for completion in July 2018.

President’s Cookout

Set on the grounds of historic Twin Gables, the President’s Cookout, part of the Alumni Weekend activities, proved fun for alumni, families and children alike.


Just a few miles from the path of totality, the university community fully embraced the Great American Eclipse, hosting a community symposium the Friday before and a campus-wide watch party on the day of the eclipse. The sold-out symposium (the professors added a second show because of the demand) gave students, staff and community members a chance to learn about the eclipse from experts, check out the sun with special telescopes, and leave with a free pair of eclipse glasses provided by the College of Science and Mathematics. On Eclipse Day, students and staff spilled outside to don their glasses and experience the once-in-a-lifetime event.


One of the high points of Alumni Weekend is the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the year’s Jag20 honorees — 20 alumni under 40 who are making a difference in their professions and in their communities. For a list of recipients, see From the Wire.

Costa Layman Health Fair

Hosted by the College of Nursing and the inspiration of Distinguished Alumna Debbie Layman (BSB ’78), the Costa Layman Health Fair continues to provide health assessments and screenings to farmworkers in rural South Carolina.

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