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UGA alumna named MacArthur 'genius'

UGA alumna named MacArthur 'genius'

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia grad and poet A. E. "Alicia" Stallings is one of 22 new MacArthur Fellows for 2011.

Stallings, 43, got $500,000 from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and was recognized for her work as a poet and translator.

Stallings, who lives in Athens, Greece, majored in Latin at UGA. She later received her master's at Oxford University in England.

Her debut collection of poetry, "Archaic Smile," received the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award and was a finalist for both the Yale Younger Poets Series and the Walt Whitman Award. Her second collection, "Hapax," was published in 2006 and won the 2008 Poets' Prize.

In 2007, Stallings published a verse translation of Lucretius' "De Rerum Natura" (The Nature of Things).

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Former Congo child soldier to speak at UGA

Former Congo child soldier to speak at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- A former Congolese child soldier will speak at the University of Georgia this week.

Michel Chikwanine will lecture Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tate Student Center theater.

Chikwanine grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Great War of Africa and was drafted into the military at age 11. He witnessed his father being tortured and his mother being raped before fleeing the country as a refugee.

Chikwanine graduated from high school in Ottawa, Canada and has since become a motivational speaker, traveling across the United States to talk about his experiences.

Admission is free for UGA students and $10 for the public.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

Obama campaign taps Ga. Democratic operative

Obama campaign taps Ga. Democratic operative

ATLANTA -- The man who orchestrated Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's campaign has been tapped to help President Barack Obama win the South in 2012.

A spokesman for Obama for America says Tharon Johnson has joined the campaign as the Southern regional director and will be "a key part to building the organization" in the area.

Obama did not win Georgia in 2008. The only Southern states he won were Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

Johnson, who ran Reed's 2009 campaign and later served as his senior adviser, also spearheaded campaigns for former Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond and U.S. Reps. John Barrow and John Lewis. He later worked for both congressmen.

Johnson was raised in Athens, Ga. and is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University.

Judge questions ex-UGA coach's settlement

Judge questions ex-UGA coach's settlement

MACON, Ga. -- A federal bankruptcy judge is raising doubts about a settlement agreement that a former University of Georgia head football coach brokered with a company that accused him of recruiting fellow college coaches to invest in a Ponzi scheme.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Smith said he was unlikely to accept the settlement Jim Donnan brokered with West Virginia-based liquidation company GLC Ltd.

Ceramic sculptor to speak at UGA

Ceramic sculptor to speak at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia native Kristen Morgin, a renowned ceramic sculptor, will deliver a lecture at the University of Georgia this week.

Morgin will lecture Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the UGA art school. She is serving a yearlong special appointment at UGA as part of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Faculty.

The Brunswick native's work has been shown across the U.S. and Korea, including UCLA's Hammer Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work will be included this year in the 12th Istanbul Biennial.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

UGA's first black business student to speak at school

UGA's first black business student to speak at school

ATHENS, Ga. -- The first black student admitted to the University of Georgia's business school will speak to faculty and staff from his alma mater.

Harold A. Black graduated from UGA's Terry College of Business in 1962 and was the first black male to live in a UGA residence hall. He has retired after 24 years as a professor of financial studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Black will speak Sept. 13 starting at noon at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization's annual scholarship luncheon. The event is at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. Tickets are $30.