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December 2014

UGA raises more than $29,000 on Giving Tuesday

On December 2, UGA encouraged Bulldogs around the world to consider UGA in their philanthropic efforts on Giving Tuesday. In 24 hours, the university raised more than $29,000, which almost tripled last year's Giving Tuesday totals. In addition to an increase in overall gifts, the university saw a marked increase in donors. Gifts will benefit university-wide initiatives, school or college support funds and other specific interests.

To support Giving Tuesday, UGA launched its new crowdfunding platform, GeorgiaFunder, which is modeled after other Web-based commercial services such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Thank you, Bulldogs, for supporting UGA on Giving Tuesday! Click here to learn more about Giving Tuesday or GeorgiaFunder. 

2015 Bulldog 100 Announced

The UGA Alumni Association has announced the sixth annual Bulldog 100. This year's list includes businesses of all sizes from industries such as landscape design, marketing and orthodontics.

Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as Chicago, and as far west as Houston. Make plans to join the UGA Alumni Association on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta as it celebrates the 100 companies during the 2015 Bulldog 100 Celebration. Click here to view the complete unranked list or to learn about becoming a Bulldog 100 event sponsor. 

Introducing Executive Director Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)

Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00), who has worked in higher education advancement for more than 13 years, has been named executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. Johnson has served as interim executive director since March and assumed the executive director position on Dec. 1. In this role, she oversees all alumni engagement activities and services, including student programs, young alumni outreach, regional programs, special events and collaborative projects on campus.

Since joining the UGA Alumni Association, she has helped launched various signature programs, including Bulldog 100 and UGA Days. In 2014, Meredith was awarded the Georgia Education Advancement Council’s Award for Excellence in Alumni Relations for her work at UGA. Click here to learn more. 

School of Law Welcomes New Dean

Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge, a leading scholar in the fields of international dispute resolution, arbitration and the U.S. Supreme Court, has been named dean of the UGA School of Law. 

"Bo Rutledge has a very strong and impressive record of legal scholarship and professional accomplishments," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80). "I am confident that he will continue to elevate the academic stature of our law school, which already is one of the very best in the nation." Click here to learn more about Dean Bo Rutledge. 

UGA Alumni Association Communications Survey

The UGA Alumni Association wants to hear from you! In an effort to better serve alumni and friends, the team has created a brief survey to learn more about your communications preferences, the type of content you enjoy reading and how you would best like to receive alumni-related communications. 

Please click here to take the survey. It will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. People who complete the survey by December 23 will be entered into a random drawing to win a UGA dish and matching coasters. 

“Give That Dawg a Bone” Campaign

The UGA Alumni Association is once again proud to sponsor the annual “Give That Dawg a Bone” card-writing campaign, in partnership with the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This campaign invites alumni to write notes to newly accepted students, sharing fond college memories and encouraging them to choose UGA as their home for the next four years. The Office of Admissions provides volunteers with cards, a list of names/addresses of students, and stamped envelopes, as well as a sample message. 

The card-writing campaign runs between January and April. If you would like to participate, please email the following information to Susan Byus, regional recruiter, at

Graduating Year(s)
Mailing Address
Number of cards you’d like to write (in multiples of 10)

Upcoming Chapter Events

Charlotte Holiday Party - December 11
New York City Holiday Party - December 11
Tampa Bay SEC Day with the Buccaneers - December 28 
Gym Dogs Meet with the Colorado Chapters - January 19 
Hilton Head Low Country Boil - January 20 

2015 Founders Day Lecture

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 
1:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel 

Part of UGA's Signature Lecture Series

On January 27, 2015, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Emeriti Scholars will present the 2015 Founders Day Lecture. UGA School of Law J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law and Associate Dean Emeritus Paul M. Kurtz will present the lecture. The title of Dr. Kurtz's lecture is "A New York Yankee in Abraham Baldwin's Court: (Almost) Fifty Years Behind 'Enemy' Lines." This annual lecture, which takes place during UGA's Founders Week, is open to the public. Come out and enjoy this historic occasion, which celebrates the anniversary of UGA becoming the first state-chartered institution in 1785. Click here to learn more about the lecture. 

UGA’s John Knox Honored as Georgia Professor of the Year

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching have selected UGA's John A. Knox as the Georgia Professor of the Year for 2014. Knox, an associate professor and undergraduate coordinator in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences geography department, is the first state winner of the award from UGA since 2004 and the first atmospheric scientist from any state to be selected since 1989. Knox and the other state winners were chosen from nearly 400 top professors nominated by colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Click here to learn more. 

Follow the UGA Alumni Association on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? Follow ugaalumniassoc for a sneak peek at campus life and news about chapter events and your fellow Bulldogs. 

November Featured Blog Post

A Bulldog Love Story
Posted on November 4

Ashley Gowder (BS ’07, AB ’07, JD ’10) never imagined she would meet the love of her life at a UGA Alumni Association event, but that’s exactly what happened at a Bulldogs After Business Hours networking event last year. Now engaged, Ashley and her fiancée, Jeff Mitchell (BBA ’06), are thankful for the Alumni Association event that brought them together, but they’re amazed it didn’t happen sooner.

“Alumni events are always a great opportunity to run into people that you have not seen in a while and catch up on our post-college lives, which can often lead to renewed friendships and business opportunities,” Jeff says. “In my case, I was able to meet someone new that became the love of my life.” 

Click here to continue reading about Ashley and Jeff's love story. 

International Education Week

Last month, the UGA Alumni Association joined the campus community in celebrating International Education Week. The UGA Alumni Association believes in the transformative power of international educational opportunities and is proud to support various study abroad scholarships across campus. Since 2006, it has provided more than $50,000 in study abroad scholarships. Such funding has allowed students to study abroad in a variety of places, including Cortona, Costa Rica and Oxford. Interested in helping students and supporting UGA study abroad programs? Click here.

In remembrance of Former Georgia Governor Carl E. Sanders (JD ‘48)

Former Georgia Governor and former UGA Alumni Association President Carl E. Sanders passed away in November. He was 89 years old. In 1942, Sanders (JD ’48) enrolled at UGA on a football scholarship. He left for a short time to fight in World War II, flying a bomber he named “Georgia Peach.” He later returned to UGA and played quarterback for the 1945 football team that won the Oil Bowl.

His time at UGA launched a relationship with the state's flagship institution of higher education that would span more than 70 years. Governor Sanders was a staunch supporter of UGA’s School of Law and was instrumental in gaining state funding to expand the law school building that included space for a law library. After leaving office, he personally donated $1 million to the law school to establish an endowed professorship. Click here to learn more about the life of this distinguised alumnus. 

Toys for Tots Drive

The UGA Alumni Association is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign. UGA alumni, donors and friends are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the UGA Alumni Association office (298 South Hull Street, Athens, GA, 30602) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call 706-542-2251. Toys will be collected until Tuesday, December 16. 

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

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Tampa Bay SEC Day
Colorado Gym Dogs Meet
Hilton Head Low Country Boil
2015 Founders Day Lecture
2015 Bulldog 100 Celebration
Alumni Leadership Assembly in L.A.
Alumni Leadership Assembly in L.A.
2015 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk
2015 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Return to the Arch: Alumni Seminar 2015
Return to the Arch: Alumni Seminar 2015
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