Created in 1996, the Regents' Awards program recognizes the finest among the University System of Georgia's full-time instructional faculty for their demonstrated educational excellence in teaching, and in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
In March, Dr. Mike Metzler received one of two FY2012 Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards. The award was presented to Metzler at the University System of Georgia Foundation's annual "Salute to Education," attended by more than 900 people, including Governor Nathan Deal, USG Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, members of the Board of Regents, and presidents of all 35 USG institutions. Metzler and his wife, Terry, were honored by being seated with GSU President Mark Becker during the dinner potion of the event. Metzler is the first recipient from GSU in the 15 years this award has been given by the Board of Regents.
Metzler has also been named Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year CDC/GSU Seed Grant Award, announced in late March. The award is for $97,000. The other Co-Principal Investigator is Seraphine Pitt Barnes from CDC. The grant funding will be used is to establish and evaluate a pilot Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program at Peachtree Charter Middle School in DeKalb County. The interdisciplinary team of researchers includes several GSU faculty: Dr. Shannon Williams (KH), Dr. Andy Doyle (KH), Dr. Becky Ellis (KH), and Dr. Rodney Lyn (Institute for Public Health).