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Clear the Air at UGA

Uga needs your help to clear the air at UGA! 

UGA recently launched a "Let's Clear the Air" campaign to promote the University System of Georgia's ban on tobacco products on all system campuses.

The campaign, which began September 22, advises faculty, staff, students and campus visitors that "UGA is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus," in accordance with a policy adopted in March by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The policy, which is effective starting October 1, reinforces the USG's commitment to provide a safe and amicable workplace for all employees as outlined in the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005 and to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of students, employees and visitors on all system campuses.

New signage around campus and messaging on the UGA website and via social media will promote the tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy, which applies to persons in indoor or outdoor areas, including all buildings, recreational areas, lawns, university sidewalks, university vehicles and parking lots.

Banned products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any smoking device that uses tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes.

For more information on the policy and resources to promote the policy as well as resources available for tobacco cessation, see or contact UGA Human Resources at 706-542-2621.

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Good Eats: Alton in ATH

Notable UGA alumni Alton Brown (AB ‘04) is coming home to the Classic City on October 21 to kick off the third leg of his “Edible Inevitable Tour.”

You might recognize Alton from his Food Network shows “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Brown began producing his own show in the late nineties when he was dissatisfied with the quality of cooking shows in America. His dream came true in 2011 when he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best TV Food Personality.

He brings his charm and charisma to his culinary variety show. The two-hour stage show centers around food, includes food songs, a mini lecture/stand-up segment titled “10 Things I’m Pretty Sure I’m Sure About Food” and two very large food demonstrations. One of which creates such a big mess that he gives the first five rows ponchos.

The UGA Alumni Associations wants to give YOU the chance to go see Alton Brown live when he comes to the Classic Center! Check out the UGA Alumni Association’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information on how to enter. Good luck and Go Dawgs!

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Sic ‘Em City: Homecoming 2014

Beginning September 28, the University of Georgia will welcome alumni, friends and fans to campus for UGA Homecoming Week. This year’s theme, “Sic ‘Em City,” features several Las Vegas-inspired events for students and visitors alike, including a comedy show, game night and carnival.

The homecoming parade, with UGA Basketball Coach Mark Fox acting as grand marshal, will begin at 6:00 p.m on Friday, October 3. The parade will travel through downtown Athens and will include floats, appearances by UGA cheerleaders and a performance by the Redcoat Marching Band.

Directly following the parade, the UGA Alumni Association will host a Homecoming BBQ for its board of directors, campus administrators and Student Alumni Council members and alumni. The BBQ will also serve as a 50th reunion for the Class of 1964. It is not too late to register to attend, so please visit the Alumni Association’s homecoming page for more information and to RSVP.

Many of the colleges and schools will also host celebrations to welcome their alumni back to the Classic City on Saturday, October 4.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will have a Game Day BBQ beginning at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

The School of Law will hold its annual Law Dawg BBQ on Herty Field beginning at 1:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required to attend.

The Terry College of Business will host a tailgate on the Brooks Hall Lawn at 1:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

The College of Pharmacy will host class reunions for 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994 and 1989 graduates. It will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the R.C. Wilson Building at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit the College of Pharmacy’s web page.

For more information about Homecoming Week events, click here.

The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to welcoming alumni and friends back to campus for the 2014 Homecoming Week! Sic 'em!

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Georgia Fund receives generous gift from Lake Oconee Area Chapter

Members of the Lake Oconee Area Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association recently met with me to present a $2,500 donation to the Georgia Fund, the University of Georgia's annual giving program that supports academic and alumni initiatives. Although I knew that I was meeting the group to receive a gift, I was unaware of its amount. I was simply thankful for the care and time the group put into raising the money together.You can imagine my surprise when I realized the check was made out for $2,500! This is the largest gift to date donated by one of our alumni chapters. In partnership with the Lake Country Bulldog Club, the chapter hosted the Mark Richt Golf Tournament in June, which earmarked ten percent of its proceeds to support student scholarships at UGA. 

When I asked chapter president David Key (BBA '84) to discuss the chapter's motivation to fundraise, he responded, "The University of Georgia means so much to all of us. To be able to assist a student in attending the university is a worthwhile endeavor. To see the fruits of your labor always helps motivate us to do more. Giving back is a motto for our folks.”

Presenting the check is (left to right) David Owens (BS ’72, BSEH ’77); Mark Higgins (BBA ’73); Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS ’00), interim executive director of the UGA Alumni Association; David Key (BBA ’84), president of the Lake Oconee Area Chapter; Howard McMichael (BSA ’92); and Robert Copeland (BBA ’70).

By raising money for UGA, local chapters support not only students, but reinforce and strengthen the Bulldog family in their own communities. Kudos to the Lake Oconee Area Chapter for leading the way in raising money for scholarships. We all love UGA, and there is no greater way to demonstrate pride and loyalty than by giving and encouraging others to give.

On behalf of the UGA community and the UGA Alumni Association, thank you to everyone who participated in making this gift possible. You will inspire others to improve the lives of young people, and for that, we are most thankful.

To learn more about the Georgia Fund, its initiatives and how you can make a donation, please click here.

Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
Interim Executive Director
UGA Alumni Association

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Former Bulldog’s Studio Shines in Storytelling

Harold Hayes Jr. (ABJ ’01) specializes in a number of different fields, from editing, producing and directing to writing, graphic design and marketing. Each of these skills are used together for one true purpose: storytelling. Sunnyboy Entertainment, Hayes’ company, is a creative studio based in Pasadena, California. The studio uses its unique approach to production to capture some incredible moments and stories in the world of music, film and television.

Hayes has worked with movie studios on countless occasions to provide an interesting look into the production stages of incredibly popular films, including The Blind Side, P.S. I Love You, Book of Eli and countless others. This is nothing new for the studio, which has a history of making bonus feature pieces for DVD and Blu-Ray releases of motion pictures. 

Additionally, Hayes’ studio has worked with films like Pirates of the Caribbean to create interactive games featuring the movie's characters. These original projects add to the experience in a way that movies cannot achieve on their own.

The journey for Hayes and Sunnyboy continues through projects with musicians like Glitch Mob and Deadmau5 to create visuals for their tours, movie studios to make more video games and featurettes and with corporations, such as Microsoft, to make advertisements that speak to the storyteller in all of us. 

Check out Sunnyboy Entertainment's website for examples of Hayes' impressive work. 

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