Introducing Interim Executive Director Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
A little more than 20 years ago, I was setting up my dorm room in Rutherford Hall and preparing for my first quarter at the University of Georgia. That year, and each one thereafter, I came to know wise professors, extraordinary students, and the satisfaction that I would one day represent the University of Georgia as a graduate … a Georgia Bulldog.
Since graduation, I have focused on engaging alumni and friends with the university. Colleagues, administrators and alumni have inspired me to lead, listen and create. Former UGA Alumni Association Executive Director, and my friend, Deborah Dietzler, has encouraged me since my first days working for the Alumni Association. I am thankful for her guidance, and will cheer for her as she embraces a new beginning in the UGA Office of Development as Executive Director for Campaign Engagement.
Today, I introduce myself to you as the interim executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia. I welcome your participation in all that we do. Regional chapter leaders are at the ready to involve you in your own corner of the Bulldog Nation. I encourage you to participate in key programs such as the Bulldog 100, 40 Under 40, Dawg Trot and UGA Days. Interact with the Alumni Association on social media and share your news with our team. When you are called upon to support the University of Georgia, do so to show your loyalty. After all, being an alumnus of UGA is not only an honor - it is a joy.
You - students, graduates, supporters, faculty, staff and friends - are celebrated with each ring of the Chapel bell and each toss of the cap during commencement. All of the traditions that we hold dear belong to us. I am calling you, as I have been called, to join in and be present at UGA. There is a place for you in all that we do on behalf of this institution. Join us in honoring our history and preparing for our future. Go Dawgs!
Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
Interim Executive Director, UGA Alumni Association
To read former Executive Director Deborah Dietzler's farewell message, please CLICK HERE.
2014 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk
Join hundreds of UGA alumni and friends for a scenic walk, jog or run across the university's beautiful campus.
Please CLICK HERE to register for the 2014 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk.
2014 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar
UGA will host the inaugural Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar, a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends, from March 20-22 at the Georgia Center’s UGA Hotel and Conference Center. This year’s theme is “The Best of UGA.”
The 2014 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar is open to the public. It's not too late to register; CLICK HERE for more information.
Save the Date for UGA Days
G-E-O-R-G-I-A! Get in the UGA spirit during the 2014 UGA Day Tour when UGA coaches and administrators travel to the following cities to share news from campus. Mark your calendar to join the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Athletic Association for this annual tour of all things red and black!
April 16 - Greenville, SC
April 22 - Gainesville, GA
April 24 - Dalton, GA
April 30 - Orlando, FL
May 1 - Savannah, GA
May 12 - Albany, GA
May 13 - Houston, TX
May 14 - Tifton, GA
May 19 - Augusta, GA
May 21 - Columbus, GA
May 22 - Macon, GA
July 15 - Gwinnett County, GA
Registration will open later this month at www.alumni.uga.edu/ugaday. For sponsorship information, please contact Frances Beusse (BS '06) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-814-8820.
2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon
The 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held Friday, April 11 at The Classic Center in downtown Athens. Please join the UGA Alumni Association as it expresses its deep appreciation and admiration to people who – through their service, contributions and accomplishments – bring distinction and honor to the University of Georgia. Registration will open soon. This year’s winners include:
Alumni Merit Award
Doug Ivester (BBA ’69)
Alumni Merit Award
Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63)
Faculty Service Award
Tom Landrum (AB ’72, MA ’87)
Faculty Service Award
Alumni Family of the Year
Francis “Abit” Massey (BBA ’49) and Family
UGA Alumni Association News
Bulldog 100 nominations are open until May 31, 2014. CLICK HERE to nominate a Bulldog business.
40 Under 40
Nominations for the Class of 2014 40 Under 40 are open until April 11, 2014. CLICK HERE to nominate a deserving UGA alum.
Multicultural Networking U (March 18)
Multicultural Programs and the UGA Career Center will present Networking U, an opportunity for minority students to learn the DO's and DON'Ts of networking and then practice what they have learn with alumni.
CLICK HERE for more information.
2014 Senior Signature Campaign (Deadline March 31)
The Senior Signature campaign is based on a student-led capital raising campaign in 1920. Today, thousands of graduating students still "make their mark" on campus by donating a minimum of $50 to the university. This ensures their names will be included on the class plaque in Tate Plaza for generations to come.
CLICK HERE to make a donation on behalf of the graduate in your life!
2014 Chapter Award Winners
This year's Alumni Leadership Assembly (ALA) was held February 21-22 in Athens. The annual Chapter Awards Reception and Dinner was held during this year's ALA. CLICK HERE to see a full listing of this year's honorees.
Card Writing Campaign
The Office of Admissions is seeking alumni volunteers to write short notes to welcome UGA's newest Bulldogs from the Class of 2018.
If you would like to participate, please send the following information to Alexis Petry at email@example.com: name, email, class year(s), major(s) and mailing address.
G Book Advice
Do you have words of wisdom to impart to the next generation of UGA students? CLICK HERE to submit your advice today for the Class of 2018 G Book!
Chapter Events: March 2014
UGA Alumni Association chapters are hosting a number of events for UGA alumni and friends this month. See you there!
Tampa Leadership Interest Meeting - March 11
St. Louis Dinner with UGA Student Volunteers - March 11
Philadelphia Dinner with UGA Student Volunteers - March 12
Atlanta Wine Tasting at Vino Venue - March 12
St. Louis Bulldogs After Business Hours - March 14
Miami Bulldogs After Business Hours - March 25
Hilton Head Bulldogs After Business Hours - March 25
Hall County Chamber Chase 5K - March 27
Birmingham Bulldogs After Business Hours - March 27
Jacksonville Day at San Sebastian Winery - March 29
Raleigh Painting Party - March 29
Dallas-Fort Worth Mavericks Basketball Game - March 29
Boston Women of UGA Bulldog Brunch Club - March 30
Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Match - April 3
If you are interested in helping plan an event for UGA alumni and friends in your area, please email Danielle Alexander (MSW ’11) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Guglietta at email@example.com.
Charlotte Reception with UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Quail Hollow Club
Please join fellow Charlotte alumni and friends for a reception to meet President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and hear his vision for the University of Georgia. For more information, please contact the UGA Alumni Association at 404-814-8820. Please CLICK HERE to register.
Get Your Official UGA Car Tag!
Last year, UGA released a new version of its specialty state of Georgia license tag featuring the university's iconic "power G."
The UGA tag raises money for need-based scholarships at UGA. For each UGA specialty tag on the road—new or old— $10 annually goes to scholarships through the UGA Foundation. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Upcoming School and College Events
College of Veterinary Medicine Conference & Alumni Weekend
Grady College Digital News Bluejeans Workshop
School of Social Work Donald L. Hollowell Lecture
College of Engineering E-Day on G-Day
CAES Great Southland Stampede Rodeo
CAES G-Day Tailgate April 12
The G-Day Tailgate will begin three hours prior to kickoff on the front lawn of Conner Hall. This event is free and open to all CAES alumni and friends. Lunch, drinks, entertainment, activities for kids and door prizes are all included! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Blog: February 2014
This blog post ran on the UGA Alumni Association Blog on February 26.
UGA study abroad program inspires documentary
I'm sure you are aware that UGA’s study abroad programs are shining stars on campus, offering students opportunities to study in more than 100 countries. One of UGA’s most popular offerings is located in the Monteverde Cloud Forest in San Luis, Costa Rica.
WUGA-TV, UGA’s on-campus public TV station, recently worked with student videographers and post-production editors to produce a documentary about the Costa Rica program, which is titled "UGA Costa Rica: Changing Lives." CLICK HERE to read more.