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The Ray Davis ’38 Legacy Symposium

The Korean War had a huge part in shaping the national security landscape during the Cold War, but it is often largely forgotten as a significant conflict.

Sponsored by: The General Ray Davis Fund, The Callahan Fund for Global Technology and National Security, The Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy and the School of History and Sociology

Location: The Gordy Room, Wardlaw Building

Please RSVP to Chris McDermott – chris.mcdermott@gatech.edu

Last HSOC Speaker of the Semester

Posted by Admin On 11/30/2015 0 comments
Join the School of History and Sociology for a talk on Monday, November 30th in the Old CE Building 104. Dr. Todd Michney, a Visiting Assistant Professor of History, will speak on "African American Access to New Deal Housing Programs and Early Civil Rights Activism."

On December 1st, Scheller College of Business will host a networking event from 6.00 - 7.00 PM (room 300) with professionals working in the retail industry.  Interested in management and logistics?  Come out to the event and hear from professionals at the Home Depot, which employs a few HTS alums!

Dr. Lu at Forum on China Studies

Posted by Admin On 11/30/2015 0 comments
Hanchao Lu was invited to give a presentation at the Sixth World Forum on China Studies, which was held in Shanghai on November 20-21, 2015.  

Professor Lu’s presentation was titled “The Pursuit of Happiness in Maoist China: What Can We Learn from It?”. The first three decades of the PRC period is often described as an era of constant political revolution and economic deprivation.  Yet Lu contends that pursuit of happiness in everyday life still took place at the time of Mao’s “proletarian dictatorship” and such perseverance formed a type of grassroots resistance to tyranny and ultimately served as the dynamics for the post-Mao reform that brought China’s remarkable resurgence in recent years. 

The forum was attended by about 500 scholars from all over the world and featured a dinner with China’s minister of the State Council and the mayor of Shanghai, as well as a visit to the China Art Museum. 

Below is a photo of Dr. Lu with a scholar from Nepal at the banquet.


American Sociological Association (ASA) presents a webinar on applying your degree to a fulfilling career.  It features recently employed sociology graduates giving firsthand accounts of utilizing their degrees to land fulfilling jobs.

Part of the job search is marketing yourself and you will learn how to employ tools such as social media to enhance your employability. The presenters will also speak to what present- day employers are looking for and how you can convince them your college experience and degree answers their call. Researching and networking into the job you want, best practices in resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing techniques will also be covered.

While the focus is on sociology, the information is pertinent for all undergraduate liberal arts majors!

Thursday, November 19th
2.00 - 3.00 PM
Old Civil Engineering Building, room G10

HSOC Speaker: Jennifer Van Vleck 11/23

Posted by Admin On 11/23/2015 0 comments
Join the School of History and Sociology for a talk on Monday, November 23 in the Old CE Building 104.  Dr. Van Vleck joins us from Yale University to speak on "Corporate Globalism in the American Century: The Privatized Infrastructure of Modernization and Development, 1930s-1970s."

Registration Changes to Summer & Fall

Posted by Admin On 11/23/2015 0 comments
The Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 registration processes are changing in small but important ways.

To summarize the key changes:

1. Summer 2016 registration will now consist of one phase, which will remain open through the first week of Summer classes.

2. For Fall 2016, Phase One will now remain open through May 20th, allowing student to adjust their schedules after receiving their Spring grades.

For answers to any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Deloitte Consulting Recruiting Events:

Summer Scholar Internship Program Information Session – If you are a current sophomore or junior interested in helping clients in their efforts to address some of their most complex business problems and want to do this in an exciting environment, then joining one of Deloitte’s Summer Scholar Internship programs can be the start of an exciting career for you. As a member of an entrepreneurial client project team, your internship will help you build your consulting skills and enhance your teaming and networking sills. We are deeply committed to developing our consulting profession through thoughtful mentoring, counseling, and professional training, and would like to share the details of one of our premier internships programs with you! Please note that we will have representatives from our three consulting practices: Strategy & Operations, Technology, and Human Capital.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST

Location: Klaus 1443

Donate to Project Healthy Grandparents

Posted by Admin On 11/23/2015 0 comments
Project Healthy Grandparents - WRC Holiday Project

Each year, during the holidays, the Women’s Resource Center adopts a family headed by a grandparent raising her grandchildren. This is the fifteenth year of participation. There are many reasons grandparents become caregivers and second-time parents. The issues cross socioeconomic and racial lines, but many of the grandparents are on a fixed income and the holidays are difficult for them to manage.

We have been matched with our Grandparent family! Please let us know ASAP if you would like to participate! We have a sweet grandmother, and her grandson (16 months old) to provide a beautiful holiday season for! We can accept cash, check, gift cards, or specific gifts (see Colleen or Melanie for those NEW items).

For more information, email Colleen, colleen@gatech.edu

City Internships in London, LA, NYC

Posted by Admin On 11/23/2015 0 comments
Spring / Summer 2016 City Internship Programs: London, Los Angeles, New York

Read more about the program on city-internships.com

City Internships runs immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They're designed to expand participants' horizons and get them job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, participants undertake an internship placement at a partner company. Students and graduates develop real-world skills, build their professional network and fast-track their career. Mentors will be assigned to help you develop your work-based learning and steer you through the program before, during, and after enrollment. Placements are available in banking and financial services, art, fashion and design, marketing, advertising and PR, consulting and professional services, entertainment, media and journalism, law and politics and, technology and engineering. Students can apply here.

This year, for the first time, Georgia Tech is organizing an event, Freshman First, to be held before final exams to encourage our first-year students who are ending their first semester at Tech. It will be hosted on December 3, 2015, from 3:30-4:30pm, along Brittain Drive (AKA: Yellow Jacket Alley) and leading up to Callaway Plaza (i.e. between Peters parking deck and the football stadium).

The idea is that freshmen prior to taking their first exams will get to walk down Yellow Jacket Alley and be encouraged/high fived by staff, faculty, and upperclassmen.

Once they cross Bobby Dodd, they'll come into Callaway Plaza where they will hear a speech from SGA President Jen Abrams, see a video produced by Wreckless, and hear from President Peterson. The Ramblin’ Wreck, GT Band, and Buzz will lead the walk. This event is intended to be a phenomenal show of community support to our new students. But that will require a good turnout by faculty, staff and upperclassmen.
Share on Social Media:

Use the hashtag #freshmanfirst on Twitter or Instagram as well as #gt19

You can find more details here: http://admission.gatech.edu/content/freshman-first

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, offers an incredible internship opportunity.

The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development provides meaningful, hands-on training in numerous professional careers including research, photo archives, technical services, curatorial, membership, education, archives and collections management, recorded media, development, special events, programs and events, multi-media, publications, and public relations. In addition, interns learn and work in the company of baseball's best-known personalities during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend and Induction Ceremony, held in Cooperstown each summer.

To be considered for the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, students must have completed at least their sophomore year and be enrolled in a bachelor's or master's degree program at a college or university during the internship, or have just graduated in May of 2015. All Steele interns receive a bi-weekly stipend during the ten weeks of the program and access to affordable student housing. If fulfilling an academic requirement, college credit may also be awarded.

The Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program welcomes applicants for the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarship. Students of ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds pursuing a four year bachelor's or master's degree are eligible for a scholarship. Complete scholarships are awarded following acceptance into Frank & Peggy Steele Internship Program. If interested, please attach a one-page statement of interest with your cover letter and resume.

Please contact education@baseballhall.org with any questions. If you are interested in applying please let me. I am happy to serve as a reference. Applications are due January 31, 2016.

Course Instructor Opinion Surveys (CIOS) are now open! Please fill them out carefully and thoughtfully so professors can improve their instruction. 

To begin, login with your GT Account and password:


Please note that your responses are completely anonymous, and instructors will not be able to view your responses until five days after grades are due at the end of the term. 

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama is hosting its second annual Leadership Diversity Competition on January 28-30, 2016.

This is an outstanding opportunity for junior and seniors from all majors to form a team of four and experience graduate school. A majority of the team must be from under-represented populations in business, but we want to attract all majors not just business majors.

Are you interested in learning more about graduate school?

Do you enjoy working on an interactive team to solve challenges?

Are you a student advisor or faculty member that would like to be a team advisor and for a student team?

If yes, then start recruiting a team for the Culverhouse Leadership Diversity Case Competition.

The competition is open to a select number of undergraduate institutions, this is a great opportunity to show off your talent for creating business solutions. Teams will enhance their academic experience by analyzing a business case and then presenting their recommendations to corporate executives who serve as a panel of judges.

The top three teams receive cash awards.

James Madison Fellowships- Apply Now!

Posted by Admin On 11/17/2015 0 comments
The deadline is in March, and only FIVE STUDENTS from the state of Georgia applied last year!

Interested in teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level? Consider the James Madison Fellowship Program, which funds both current teachers and college students interested in teaching. Fellows receive $24,000 for pursuing graduate education to assist with their teaching.

In addition to the financial assistance for a master's degree program, Fellows have the unique opportunity to attend a summer institute to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government.

The application for the 2016 awards is open. Go to jamesmadison.gov to learn more! Questions? Email madison@ScholarshipAmerica.org or call 800.525.6928.


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School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Old Civil Engineering Building
221 Bobby Dodd Way
Atlanta, GA 30332-0225