Ángel Cabrera, the incoming president of Georgia Tech, was announced as the sole finalist for the job in early June.
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AJC On Campus: Hashtag thanking new Tech prez goes horribly wrong 

The fall semester is near. It’s the time of year when students wonder why their financial aid hasn’t been processed and faculty make last-minute changes to their course lesson plans.

Here’s a few items that happened around the Atlanta area in recent days in this week’s AJC On Campus:

Hashtag gone haywire

George Mason University thought it’d be a good idea for people to tell Angel Cabrera, who’s leaving the school to become Georgia Tech’s president, what they appreciated about his time there on social media by including the hashtag #thankyoucabrera. Several of these social media campaigns have gone astray and this one, which began with a July 24 post, was no exception.

Many there complained about the university’s decision to hire U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to teach at George Mason. Other posts said Cabrera failed the school in other ways. Perhaps, a thank you card signed by staff would have worked better.

UGA’s law school gift

University of Georgia alumnus Brian P. Cain and his wife, Kim McLemore Cain, recently created a $1 million scholarship for students who’ve excelled amid hardships on their journey to law school. “We hope this scholarship will help the School of Law in its mission to provide an affordable legal education to its students and to continue being recognized as the best value in legal education in the country,” Brian Cain said in a statement. Brian Cain has been with the law firm Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP, since his graduation from law school. Kim Cain earned her degree in broadcast journalism from UGA. The couple lives in Marietta.

This course may not be so Ludacris

Georgia State University has what could be an interesting course this fall. The school will have a course in its College of Law this fall called “The Legal Life of Ludacris.”

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The star rapper/actor will appear at a launch party for the class and a certificate program that are part of its Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Initiative. For students hoping to get in that class, sorry. It’s already full.

Spelman’s president wins book award

Mary Schmidt Campbell became acquainted with the legendary artist Romare Bearden in the 1970s when she was a graduate student and he took an interest in her career, which has included roles at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner, dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and now, president of Spelman College. Last year, Campbell wrote a book on Bearden titled “An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden.” Her work was recently honored by the University of Memphis. Its Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change gave Campbell the 2018 Hooks National Book Award. 

“An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden” by Mary Schmidt Campbell. Contributed by Oxford University Press
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“The book is deeply researched, beautifully written and crisply paced,” said Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, Hooks Institute National Book Award chair and professor of History. 

Campbell will present a lecture at the university this fall, Spelman said in a news release. 

Morehouse does the right thing for Spike Lee

Spike Lee, shown at Spelman College last September to promote his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” promises he’ll be at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 19 for the 30th anniversary screening of his film “School Daze.” RODNEY HO / RHO@AJC.COM
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Morehouse College announced last week plans for its first Human Rights Film Festival, which is scheduled from Oct. 10-12, on campus. The Atlanta school will honor one of its most famous graduates, filmmaker Spike Lee, with an award for his career in the industry. Lee, a 1979 Morehouse man, began his film career in the 1980s and won an Oscar earlier this year for best adaptive screenplay for his movie “BlacKKKlansman.”

Study ranks Georgia 17th in providing help to students with financial need

Georgia has been criticized in recent years for not doing enough for students with financial need. A report last week ranked Georgia 17th nationally in providing needs-based scholarships and grants. To read more, click here.

Education Notebook ... coming Sunday

Some school district, Atlanta is one of them, have employed a method called “social, emotional learning” in recent years to help students excel in the classroom. AJC Education Columnist Maureen Downey reported on it, particularly whether teachers are equipped to provide such learning, in Sunday’s AJC Peek Inside Your Schools.

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