UGA Engineering

I’m all for doing things better than the nerds from Atlanta. I don’t like them or their stupid car. Thus, I’m happy that UGA is going to offer your slightly more socially literate engineers a place to study and learn. Well, I’m not happy at all actually. But I guess I’m glad that aspiring engineers have somewhere to go besides Tech and Southern.

HOWEVER…..it seems like an odd time to be starting a brand new, and very expensive, degree program, especially during a time of massive budget cuts across the University system. State Rep. Earl Erhart sums up my feelings pretty well, and I hope others feel the same way, when he says:

“They obviously are flush with cash. If they do put something up for cuts, this better be the first thing. I better not hear of anything about cutting 4-H or any other program.”

Again, I’m all for having a prosperous engineering program at UGA outside of your traditional Ag Engineering. It just seems like an odd time to push it through. That Michael Adams is a card, ain’t he?

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p.s. To be honest, I’m actually pretty furious about this. In the article, you’ll read where President Adams says they will run the programs using existing money. This after we’ve been told time and time again that we have no money, that the most expansive school in the state of Georgia has been cut to the bare bones, and programs that affect every single county are run dry. But we’ve got several million to sink into something that somebody else already does pretty well, regardless of how bad we hate them. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. Just stay away from Cooperative Extension next time you look for cuts, prez.

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7 Responses to “UGA Engineering”


  1. 1 Corbindawg November 9, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    PG-13 comment follows:

    I hate Georgia Tech athletics. BUT come on, you have to respect the school. They are a top class engineering school (their “jumbo” tron at the football games says so).

    When the damn University can barely pay its light bill, and the College of Agriculture has its balls cut off by budget cuts, the geniuses in Terrell Hall decide this is a good idea. This is a sunny day project, not a rainy day one. Hello, where were you in the 1990s and 2000s?

    Crooks like Don Leeburn run everything. I guess there is some big money donor that wants his trust fund baby boy to spend his time taking Engineering classes in Athens. Or Michael Adams was seen making love to a goat. Probably the former.

    There are things UGA does exceptionally well. These things are getting cut and marginalized due to the tough economic times. Ok, everyone is hurting. But if there is extra $$ already available, why not focus on keeping what you are already good at intact before you start adding other things?

    I guess it takes a genius like Michael Adams to think of something that smart.

  2. 2 barndawg November 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    PREACH IT!!

  3. 3 Corndawg November 10, 2010 at 2:12 am

    How short are the memories of the UGA officials, i.e. Michael Adams? Last winter, when the word came out of the Board of Regents’ request for cuts, President Adams put a lot of programs onto the cutting block: Extension services, 4-H clubs and centers, Botanical Gardens, TV station, and a lot more.

    Now, not even a year later, there’s talk about adding a new program? Come on. How about we work to preserve and ensure what we’ve got before we add something new. It’s like building a house of cards — you don’t put on a few more cards up top when there are diamonds and spades shaking at the bottom.

  4. 4 Granite November 10, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Adams has never let common sense and sound financial decision making stand in his way. He’s making his last stand and in twenty years he will be remembered as the President who brought the University it’s engineering program, led us through the dark days of the Damon Evans scandal and delivered McGarity. History is written by the victors.

  5. 6 MT November 11, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Adams threw 4-H, the Botanical Gardens, etc. up for the cutting block because he knew the public outcry would be swift and furious. He was playing the politics game so the funding cuts wouldn’t be as swift and deep.

    I’m no Adams fan; in fact, I’m about as far as one can be when it comes to one. I do think tho the Med School push is one of the best things UGA could do for the school and Athens (GA is one of a very small number of states w/ only 1 public med school; at some point the med branch in Athens will develop into a full med school on its own).

    As for the engineering endeavor, I’m on the fence. I’m not as familiar with that side of campus (Business major) and how everything fits together. Maybe his push is a legacy sort of thing (which maybe means he’s counting down the days until retirement?).

    He at least has had some sort of vision for where UGA is going from the beginning (see editorial:http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/111010/opi_733578954.shtml), however much all of us have disagreed with some (or most of his actions). Hopefully his tenure will turn out to be like making hotdogs, you don’t want to watch what goes in but you like the end product. As long as that end product includes N Campus tailgating again.

  6. 7 LCE November 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Well put Ucheedawg…well put!


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