Student Alumni Council Members

Derek Cole Hammock - Class of 2015


Major: Accounting with a Business Professionalism Certificate and Personal & Organizational Leadership Certificate

Each day I am reminded of how blessed I am to be a student at the University of Georgia; a lifelong dream that came true in fall of 2011. The best years of my life so far have been here in Athens, mostly due to my involvement on the Student Alumni Council. I have the honor and privilege of serving as President of the Student Alumni Council for the 2013-2014 academic year. Prior to election, I received the 2012-2013 SAC Member of the Year Award. Within SAC, I am also one of five G Book Coordinators for the Class of 2017 edition of the official traditions handbook of UGA. My involvement outside of SAC includes the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program in the Institute for Leadership Advancement within the Terry College of Business. I am very passionate about UGA and the impact that SAC makes on campus, in the community, and among alumni. I look forward to working with my fellow council members to reach new heights by further stimulating campus involvement in, and instilling a culture of giving through, the Student Alumni Association. Go Dawgs!

Mica David - Class of 2015

Vice President

Major: Biology/Nutrition Science, Pre-Med

Never would I have thought as a first year that I would be granted with so many opportunities and resources that I have available to me as a third-year. Some of these opportunities have been made possible through the Student Alumni Council. I served as a member of the Programs Committee and as a G Book Editor last year, and this year I am honored to serve as the Vice President of SAC. Aside from my strong commitment to SAC, I am also the Co-Fundraising Chair of Georgia Daze and Secretary of the Association for Women in Science. When I am not busying myself with academics and organization involvement, I am somewhere drinking coffee or volunteering with local elementary school’s science endeavors or nutrition gardens.           

The Student Alumni Council has taught me so much about the traditions and spirit of UGA. We are truly creating history at the first state-chartered public university. What makes UGA even better is the continuous support of alumni. Having the opportunity to be a leader and serve in an organization that upholds the values of UGA make me proud to be a part of the Bulldawg family!

Nicole Dancz - Class of 2015


Major: International Affairs

Going into my second year on the Student Alumni Council, I am still so excited and passionate about this organization. I have also been involved with the UGA Service Ambassadors, the International Student Life organization, and UGA HEROs.  My freshman year I was chosen to be on the Freshman Council for UGA HEROs and was selected to be on the Campus Development Committee. As a Team Leader for the 2012-2013 school year, I was the top fundraiser for the spring semester.  During the summer of 2012, I interned for a non-profit organization in Brussels, Belgium. My sophomore year I participated in the SPIA at Oxford program for the spring semester and was a proud recipient of an Oxford scholarship. Following my time in the U.K. I worked in Holland for the JOHO foundation, an NGO in the education sector. I also had the privilege of interning with an amazing alumni start-up, Living for Monday, which I will continue to do my junior year.   I love being involved in the traditions of UGA, one of the many reasons I wanted to be a part of SAC.  By being a member of SAC I am able to share my passion and pride for the University, our history and traditions. I have already had the opportunity to connect with so many incredible people through UGA and SAC and I am looking forward to continuing that wonderful process.  I am honored to serve as the Secretary of the Student Alumni Council for the 2013-2014 school year. The Student Alumni Council has been an amazing experience, and I am thrilled to be taking on a leadership position within SAC.

John Terris Hagan - Class of 2014

Programs Chairperson

Major: Risk Management and Insurance with a Certificate in Legal Studies

I am currently a member of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity as well as a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota academic honors fraternity. Additionally, I have been an intern at UPS for the past three summers with the Sales Division at the UPS headquarters in Atlanta. I wanted to be on SAC to help bridge the gap between the alumni and the students.  As the Programs Chair, I hope to motivate and involve a larger number of students throughout the course of the 2013-2014 school year.  Also, I will work to inform students of the incredible opportunities associated with being an active member of the Student Alumni Association.  Being a Georgia Bulldog is an extraordinary achievement and I strive to promote the relationships between students and alumni by representing and promoting university traditions, instilling pride, bolstering spirit, and fostering a strong sense of community.

Mark Rush - Class of 2015

Events Chairperson

Major: Political Science and Public Relations

I am currently a third year who continues to find new ways to serve this university and the community as a whole.  Through my two years at UGA I have been one hundred percent infatuated with this amazing campus and all the experiences and opportunities that come with it.  I applied to be on the Student Alumni Council at the end of my freshman year because I wanted to become even closer to UGA.  My service in this organization has truly been one of the best things I have done in college and I have benefitted greatly from it.  This year I am excited to be able to serve as Events Chair to help make SAC even better.  Aside from my involvement with the Student Alumni Council, I serve as an ambassador for the School of Public and International Affairs, am a founding member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and work in the Office of the President on campus.  Through this involvement, I have been able to see how unique of a place UGA is inside and out.  In my free time I enjoy exploring all that there is to do in Athens, randomly ringing the chapel bell, and, most importantly, I enjoy cheering on the Dawgs between the hedges on those unbelievable Saturdays in Athens.  I continue to be amazed at how much UGA has given me and I cannot wait to see what else is in store! How 'bout them Dawgs!

Marcus Wilson - Class of 2015

Membership Chairperson

Major: Middle School Education

My experience here at UGA has been nothing short of amazing. It has surely exceeded all expectations of what the "college experience" is like. Each day my love for UGA grows deeper and deeper. There are so many opportunities present, that we are fortunate enough to take advantage of. Whether it is screaming at the top of your lungs in Sanford Stadium on a Saturday afternoon, spending hours in the MLC studying, or simply lounging at Tate or walking the streets of Downtown Athens, the Bulldog pride that embodies students here at UGA is fully shown. The best way to fully enjoy your time here at UGA is to become as involved as possible. I have committed myself to many campus organizations. I am extremely excited to enjoy the honor of having served as a 2013 Orientation Leader. This past year I returned for a second year to be a Shop With a Bulldawg Mentor and also became a personal advisor for SGA's Freshman Forum which is a leadership organization for first-year students. This year I will serve as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America, in hopes of recruiting the best, brightest, and most influential leaders to become part of the movement.  I am tremendously excited to be a part of SAC, from the moment I was notified of my acceptance Spring 2012; I was welcomed with open and caring arms by current members. Now I have the opportunity to share that same warmth with the next generation of SACers. These next two years, should be filled with more and more excitement, opportunities, and most importantly, BULLDOG PRIDE. GO DAWGS!

Emily Joseph - Class of 2015

Marketing Chairperson

Major: Finance and International Business

I am so excited to serve as the Student Alumni Council's Marketing Chair this year. Along with taking on this responsibility, I am a Terry Ambassador, Leonard Leadership Scholar, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega. I joined SAC as a freshman to become more involved with campus and meet people aside from my high school friends and sorority sisters. What I later found was that SAC plays a crucial role in connecting students with Alumni as well as raising necessary funds for the University of Georgia. I am honored to serve on such a prestigious council with some of the greatest students at UGA.

Joseph Arnold - Class of 2014

Major: Marketing and Public Relations

I'm honored and excited to a part of SAC where I will get to serve this awesome University in such an important way. Aside from SAC, I serve as a Grady College ambassador where I help host events and give college tours. I'm also very involved in the Terry College of Business through attending events, providing input, networking and generally making myself present. Over my college career I've also served in several other roles including as a Georgia Daze Fundraising Co-chair and as a Student Government Association senator on behalf of the Terry College. I try to stay busy, but enjoy listening to music, hanging with friends, and trying new restaurants in my spare time.  Although my involvement has been all over the map, I'm extremely proud to serve in the Student Alumni Council!

Kevin "Femi" Brinson - Class of 2014

Major: Management and International Business with a Personal and Organizational Leadership Certificate

I am a fourth year studying Management & International Business pursuing a career in  the management consulting or non-profit industry. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at UGA and stay active in my college through the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program, Deer Run Fellows, and Terry Ambassadors. Although I grew up in a house full of Gators, GA Daze, a minority recruitment student organization helped me see the light and I haven't looked back since!

This will be my third and final year on the Student Alumni Council, and I am excited to continue on the great work of the Alumni Association. My biggest passion on campus is my family's non-profit organization Seeds of Knowledge (SOW). SOW has donated over 300 books with over 300 students at the University of Georgia and has provided educational materials to over 4,000 children in West Africa. As my time at UGA comes to a close, I am excited about what's to come and eternally grateful for the memories. GO DAWGS!

Walter "Tripp" Brooks - Class of 2015

Major: Exercise and Sport Science

SAC is an opportunity for me to be involved more around campus, while also experiencing the unique and diverse aspect that UGA has to offer.  The events and activities that SAC organizes are what drew me to this great organization. Seeing alumni every year around campus, back at home, and at these events, and hearing their stories is very exciting to me.  In addition to being a part of the Student Alumni Council, I am a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, where I served on the Honor Board last year. I am also on the Community Service Committee of the Interfraternity Council. I plan to continue my association with Greek Life, and I look forward to the upcoming year with the SAC!

Kimberly Caldwell - Class of 2015

Major: Marketing

I come from a long line of bulldawgs and serving the University of Georgia has been instilled in me since a young age. My Grandfather was Dean of the Law School (1933-1935), President of the University of Georgia (1935-1948) and Chancellor for the Board of Regents (1948-1964). My father and my oldest brother have also graduated from UGA. I’ve been attending football games between the hedges since I was six months old and UGA has always been my dream school. I am proud to say this will be my second year on the Student Alumni Council and it’s an honor to represent the university I love so dearly. I served as an editor for the 2013-2014 edition of the G Book and I’m also involved in Greek Life as a member of Alpha Chi Omega. After studying abroad in Australia this past summer, I’m looking forward to starting my junior year here at UGA. GO DAWGS!

Alexander Carruth - Class of 2015

Major: Public Relations

My mission at the University is simple; to take full advantage of all the 'fairest of the Southland' has to offer. By following that mantra, I have had the pleasure of participating on both the Executive Boards and general bodies of organizations across campus. Organizations such as SGA, RHA, Freshman Connection, Habitat for Humanity, Georgia Recruitment Team, the Chapel Bell, Relay for Life, LeaderShape, and UGA HEROs have helped me to experience the best years of my life. I joined SAC to give back to an institution that has given me so much, and inspire others to do the same. I also joined SAC to further understand the rich traditions the Bulldawg Nation is overflowing with, as well as to understand how the Red and Black pride flourishes in life beyond the Arch. 

Maggie Carter - Class of 2014

Major: Communication Studies

I am second generation Georgia Bulldog and a senior Communication Studies major from Athens, Georgia. In my time at UGA, I have been very involved in Greek life and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, serving as an officer for three consecutive years as the Assistant Panhellenic Delegate, Vice President of Campus Relations, and currently the Delta Experience Coordinator. I have previously been involved in the Panhellenic Council as a member of the Junior Panhellenic executive board and as a co-chair for Panhellenic's Programming Committee. I am a graduate of LeaderShape. I also attend and volunteer at Athens Church. I am currently a student worker at the Alumni Association. This is my first year on SAC, and I joined because as an employee of the Alumni Association, I have gotten to see the great work that SAC does on campus, fostering a relationship between current students and the Alumni Association to encourage donations to the Georgia Fund long after a student has left the University.

Emilie Clarke - Class of 2016

Major: Communication Studies

I am honored to be a member of the Student Alumni Council. Born and raised a Bulldawg, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization that gives so much back to my beloved school. From the first time I stepped on campus as an enrolled student, upholding traditions and preserving the great education UGA offers for future generations was important to me. Apart from SAC, I wanted to be involved with other organizations that focus on serving others. I am proud to represent the UGA Housing Association as an upcoming Resident's Assistant, helping to usher in UGA’s next generation. I am also a Freshman Small Group Leader for the Wesley Foundation’s “Freshley”. As a member of the Habitat for Humanity, International Justice Missions, and any other service I can find to fill my time with I am truly blessed to be at the greatest university in the nation. GO DAWGS!

Callie Dailey - Class of 2016

Major: Human Development and Family Science

Since I was a little girl, I knew the University of Georgia was where I wanted to spend my college experience.  Upon arrival to the Classic City from a small town in southeast Georgia, I immediately realized I needed to find my new “roots.”  I believe the Student Alumni Council is giving me the amazing opportunity to become more than a student and become embedded in the passion and traditions that uphold this great university.  In addition to the Student Alumni Council, I am also involved in other organizations on campus.  I am a member of UGA Miracle which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network directly benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; as a member of the Hospital Relations committee within UGA Miracle, I am able to visit and interact with children during their stay in the hospital who have severe illnesses or injuries.  I am also a member of Collegiate 4-H in which I participate in many volunteer opportunities within the Athens community.  By being active in these organizations as well as the Student Alumni Association, I believe I am further deepening my roots into the university and becoming more than just a student. 

Meredith Dean - Class of 2014

Major: Digital & Broadcast Journalism and French

As I am entering my fourth year at the University of Georgia, I can easily say that Athens has given me some of the best years of my life. Being a Georgia Bulldawg has given me more opportunities in life than I could have ever imagined.  To give back to this incredible place, I have served the University and have been involved in  several capacities including The Arch Society, GA Recruitment Team, Kappa Alpha Theta, Student Government Association, Grady Ambassadors, Order of Omega, and of course, the Student Alumni Council. UGA has also allowed me to expand my professional network while being a reporter/anchor/producer for our student-run newscast, Grady Newsource. The skillset I have taken from my education at UGA has led me to do internships at Fox 5, CNN in Atlanta, and Terre des Langues in Tours, France. I am so honored to be a student at this institution and I am proud to call Athens my home.

Loni Gibson - Class of 2015

Major: Digital & Broadcast Journalism

Each day I realize how blessed I am to attend the University of Georgia, and being a part of Student Alumni Council puts the icing on the cake. As a true Bulldog, it was important to me to become involved as a freshman. I quickly became involved in SGA's Freshman Forum. Through Freshman Forum, I was able to realize where some of my passions really lie. I am extremely passionate about increasing diversity at the University. I wanted to help high school students realize how special our University really is, so I decided to join Georgia Daze and the Georgia Recruitment Team. I serve as the Public Relations Chair for both of these organizations.  I also tutor young children at Oasis Catolico, where the children never fail to brighten my day. I am also heavily involved in University Union, National Association of Black Journalists, and Shop with a Bulldawg.  I also enjoy baking, traveling, catching a Saints game, and obviously cheering on the Dawgs! I am extremely excited to be a part of SAC to help bridge the gap between students and alumni and preserve the rich traditions of our wonderful University.

Raven Gibson - Class of 2015

Major: Cognitive Science

As a first year member of the Student Alumni Council, I am absolutely humbled by the opportunity to serve our collegiate community in a way that so incredibly impacts the University. I am excited to work with such driven, kind, and passionate students in an effort to maintain the rich traditions of UGA's past, while advancing our great school as a beacon of innovation well into its radiant future. In addition to being a member of SAC, I am a Resident Assistant in the Brumby Community, a Teach for America Rising Leaders Fellow, and spoken word artist, and educator. I have previously served in organizations such as UGA for Teach for America, Volunteer UGA, and the Dean of Students Advisory Board. I sought after involvement with the Student Alumni Council because of the vitality in its approach to the student body and its ability to cultivate endearments to our university that can last generations.

I am looking forward to assisting students in building their personal legacies, while simultaneously fortifying even more the legacy of the University of Georgia. The tools and the guidance that I am sure I will acquire as a member of SAC will further develop me as not only a leader, but an exemplary Georgia Bulldawg. It is my sincerest hope to inspire in the student body great fervor, commitment, and Bulldawg excellence alongside my fellow SAC members - as SAC once did, and I am quite sure will continue to do, for me. GO DAWGS.

Evan Graham - Class of 2015

Major: Biology and Psychology, Pre-Med

I am a third year psychology and biology double major with Pre-Med intent. After college I plan to attend medical school to one day become a pediatric physician. I really enjoy being involved with SAC and other campus organizations. It is very important for me to give back to the community and I enjoy volunteering at Rocksprings Community Center, located right in the heart of Athens. Additionally, I am an Athens-Clarke County mentor for elementary-aged children.  I love children so most of my volunteer activities involve tutoring and mentoring Athens-Clarke County students. I am committed to increasing diversity at UGA, and because of this strong passion I currently serve as the Vice President of a student organization called Georgia Daze. This organization helps to increase African-American enrollment and retention at the university. I also am a Resident Assistant in the Creswell Community. Freshman year was such a positive life changing experience for me, and so it was important for me to get involved with the incoming freshman class, in hopes that they will have the same experience as myself. This is my second year on SAC and I can really say that I have enjoyed the experience and all of the people that I've met thus far. The relationships that I've gained through SAC will be life long connections. SAC has such a rich heritage from continuing university traditions to the various networking events that we host. 

Taylor Kiley - Class of 2014

Major: Exercise & Sport Science

I've wanted to attend the University of Georgia since I was a little girl. My freshman year, I wanted to become connected on campus and in the community, as this would be my future home for the next four years. I pledged Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority in my first year, and I could not be happier. I met some of the most amazing people and became immersed in meaningful service nationally and locally. I've served as Financial Secretary in my sophomore year and am in my second year serving as the chapter President. I've been involved in many organizations on this campus, including UGA Relay, UGA Miracle, IMPACT, and Shop with a Bulldawg. I still felt that there was more I could give to the university that's given me a place to call home over the past three years and that's when I discovered SAC. SAC is truly the missing piece to the puzzle for me. I'm so happy to be a part of an organization that instills pride in its students and bridges the gap between alumni and the university we all love so much. 

Ally Laukhuf - Class of 2015

Major: Broadcast Journalism

It’s not hard to love the University of Georgia. This love for the Bulldog Nation was the inspiration behind my application for SAC. As a member of the Student Alumni Council I have the privilege to promote the University that has given me so much. From my summer abroad in Spain with UGA en Espana to my hands-on volunteer experience here in Athens at Grady Newsource, the possibilities are endless. Along with SAC, I am a Grady Ambassador, a member of the UGA HEROs New Media Committee, a mentor for the Clarke County Mentor Program, and in the Alumni Relations Committee for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. This University has so much to offer for each and every student. I’m thrilled to be a part of an institution whose opportunities are just as incredible as its graduates. Go Dawgs!

Kevin Lee - Class of 2015

Major: Economics and International Affairs

I served as a Freshman Board member in Student Government and as the committee chair of UNICEF at UGA. I am involved in the Roosevelt Institute at UGA and now I am a member of SAC. I have been selected to be the President of UGA at UNICEF for this year and I have huge plans on expanding the organization on campus and doing much more to help those in need. My hobbies are climbing and going to concerts, so you might see me at any of the awesome music venues in downtown Athens or at the climbing wall at Ramsey. I joined SAC because I have already met a lot of awesome people here at UGA and I wanted to meet other UGA Dawgs that have already graduated.

Jeremiah Lemons - Class of 2015

Major: Sports Management

This past year at the University of Georgia I had the pleasure to serve as the Freshman Advisory Board Committee Chair for The Black Affairs Council. I was also able to coach two 5th-6th grade basketball teams through the Upward Basketball program. This past spring, I gained membership and became the Social Chair of The Zeta Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Becoming a member of SAC was definitely one of the highlights of my second year at the institution as well. I joined SAC to be an integral part in increasing support of the university by the students, alumni, and faculty. There is a big need to bridge the gap between students and alumni of the institution and SAC gives me the perfect opportunity to do so. I’m very excited to serve on this years Events Committee and make that happen!

Lyddy O'Brien - Class of 2016

Major: Anthropology and International Affairs

Every day at the University of Georgia provides opportunities to discover more about myself and to get to know the people who are learning alongside me. When I first arrived in Athens, like all freshmen, I was trying to find my niche. I began by getting involved in the Student Government Association. Through Freshman Forum I was able to learn about the organizations of which I am a proud member, such as the Dean William Tate Society, Freshman Insider, and the Student Alumni Council. I have also been able to branch out and pursue my interests in people and social change through UGA's Anthropology Society and Chroma: Art + Social Change. The great thing about UGA and its organizations is that they do the work for you when it comes to finding an amazing group of friends. Never before have I been surrounded by so many people who genuinely care about me, about making the most of our time in college, and about using this time to grow into stronger, smarter, more capable and more compassionate human beings. The members of SAC caught my attention because of their profound love for UGA and their excitement at sharing their opportunities with others. Not only is SAC a tool for crafting a student into a professional individual, but it is also a family of students and alumni who want to make the most out of their interaction with the University to leave it a better place for those who will follow. I love my school, and I know it would be nothing without the people who dedicate their time and energy to its continued success. I am proud to be a part of a group of individuals working to foster this same love for the people and institutions that make our University so incredible, and I look forward to our future together.

Richard O'Connell - Class of 2014

Major: Chemistry and Political Science

I was born in Boston, MA and moved to Woodstock, GA just before I turned two years old. I grew up in Woodstock and moved to Sandy Springs where I have lived since. I'm a fourth year Chemistry and Political Science dual major at UGA, hoping to go to law school and become a patent lawyer. I have been involved with Sigma Nu Fraternity, Shop with a Bulldawg, and Student Government Association during my undergraduate career, and I am a proud new member of the Student Alumni Council. My favorite activity in college is taking part in the grand old tradition of watching the Dawgs tee it up between the hedges. My experience at UGA has given me a passion for giving back to the University in any way I can so the next generation of Bulldawgs can enjoy everything that has made this place so special to me.

Oge Okoye - Class of 2014

Major: Biology, Pre-Pharmacy

The University of Georgia has given me so much since my arrival freshman year that I am forever grateful. I have met amazing people and been exposed to amazing opportunities that I never could have imagined happening. In the past I have served on the Multicultural committee of UGA HEROs, was a Georgia Daze host, and was a mentor for Collegiate Candidates. I am currently involved with the African Student Union as secretary, Pre-pharmacy Society, Thomas Lay After School program, LSAMP, and I also am a volunteer at St. Mary's hospital. I decided to join the Student Alumni Council in order to serve with other students who share the same love and passion for UGA as well as promote the importance of giving back to the school that has given us students so much. Our University is filled with so much pride, history, and tradition. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that works to uphold these things. I am looking forward to a great year with SAC and hope to leave with an even greater appreciation for UGA than I currently have.

Heath Robinson - Class of 2015

Major: Psychology and Biology

I am prideful of the opportunity I have to call myself a Georgia Bulldog. From the beauty that encompasses North Campus daily to the active pulse felt in Tate Plaza on a Georgia Saturday, I love everything that makes up the place I call home. I am very involved with Reformed University Fellowship, an on-campus Christian ministry. I served on leadership in RUF working with incoming freshmen my second year. This past summer I worked in an applied genetics lab working primarily with soybeans. I am excited to be serving as a Student Alumni Council member. I believe that the Student Alumni Association allows students to remain an integral part of the University of Georgia, even when they graduate from this institution. This relationship between student and university starts the moment students take their first steps on campus and continues many years after as they walk under the Arch as alumni. I am excited to spread the pride and tradition granted to us as a student body at UGA. 

Shelby Rudd - Class of 2014

Major: Advertising

From the moment I first heard the roar of the crowd at my first football game in Sanford Stadium, I've been proud to call myself a member of the Bulldog Nation. The Student Alumni Council has given me the opportunity to participate in some awesome campus events and interact with truly amazing students and alumni. In addition to SAC, I serve as the parliamentarian, historian and chaplain for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I have studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and this past summer I worked as an advisory intern at KPMG in Atlanta.  

Hillary Thornton - Class of 2014

Major: Avian Biology with a Leadership & Service certificate

Upon my arrival on campus I found that getting involved with campus organizations assisted me in becoming more acclimated to my new home that is a far cry from the small town I grew up in.  Through my endeavors in student organizations, I have truly fallen in love with the University and all that it has to offer each and every one of its students. I am currently a Senator in UGA’s Student Government Association and representative to University Council, a second year member of the Arch Society, a second year member of the Georgia Recruitment Team, a second year member of the Student Alumni Council, a 2012-2013 G Book Editor, and I was an Alumni Association summer student worker.  As a freshman in college, I couldn’t have possibly imagined that I would be able to experience or accomplish all of this, but UGA has opened doors that were once closed to me and has made real the things that were once only dreams.  The University of Georgia has given me more, in four short years, than I could ever give back to it.  I am so proud to call Athens and UGA my new home!

Noemie Tshinanga - Class of 2014

Major: Management & Information Systems

I’m currently involved with Freshman Forum and serve as a Director to an incredible group of 63 freshmen, as well as 10 Personal Advisors of the Forum Executive Board. So far it’s been an honor to be in this role as I find so much joy in being a part of the first-year’s lives. I find it rewarding that I am able to give to these freshmen what my previous Directors and PAs have given to me.  I’m also involved with the Chapel Bell publication as their current web design staffer. The Chapel Bell’s sole purpose is to spread the mentality of looking at the brighter side of things. It’s nothing short of a blessing to be surrounded by positive minded peers who are looking to emphasize the meaning of being in the present moment. Not only that, I also have the opportunity to use my passion for design, as a source of spreading a message I’m a strong advocate for.

I’m really excited to be serving as a new member of the Student Alumni Council. I’m looking forward to promoting the importance of giving back to The University of Georgia. I’m a huge supporter of having a strong, loving foundation. It is apparent that the Student Alumni Council encompasses that energy. Other than being a part of a loving group, I’m looking to gain a new perspective of what it means to be a Georgia Bulldawg.  I know this year will be nothing short of amazing!

Pranay Udutha - Class of 2014

Major: International Affairs and Biology

Over the past three years, I've been involved with several organizations across campus. As a senator for the Student Government organization, I've been able to take part in several University Council meetings- a unique opportunity that gave me a great deal of insight into how our school works behind the scenes. My interest in policy research led me to the Roosevelt Institute, through which I have had the opportunity to conduct and publish policy analyses across a broad spectrum of topics. More importantly, I was able to share my work by presenting these analyses at conferences on the local, national, and international levels. This past year, I helped start a new Academic Bowl mentoring program at several elementary and middle schools around UGA. The opportunities that I have had, both in Athens and across the globe, have truly been unparalleled for me. I am excited to have the privilege of serving on the Student Alumni Council this year. I look forward to the opportunities this experience will present!

Dowdy White - Class of 2016

Major: Agricultural Communication

With Bulldawg Pride and a “southern drawl,” I hail from the small, rural, South Georgia town of Cordele. I am a second year at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communication with a Pre-Law intent. I have been around agriculture and football all of my life and with the Student Alumni Council, I have the opportunity to represent an amazing school known for both of these traditions. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and I served as the Spring Rush Chairman.

With the University of Georgia being such a big place, it is very nice to have a group of people to turn to for help whenever I need it. It is nice to have a UGA family. The Student Alumni Council is my family here at UGA and I am proud to represent them and the UGA Alumni Association. Coming to UGA from such a small town was really an eye-opener for me because it opened my eyes to new opportunities that I never had at my small high school. Becoming involved on campus here at UGA has given me the courage and knowledge to figure out my place here at UGA and figure out how to balance my time and busy schedule. My goal at UGA is to learn every possible thing that my eyes are opened to because I’ll only have this college experience once, so I am looking forward to whatever life throws at me during my tenure here at Georgia. I am looking forward to an awesome year with SAC! 

Taryn Winston - Class of 2015

Major: Political Science and Public Affairs

When I first arrived at the University of Georgia , I honestly had no clue I would have so many meaningful and special opportunities. Whether it be a Saturday afternoon in Sanford Stadium or a Wednesday evening cramming in the MLC, my first two years in Athens have been filled with lasting memories and a vast array of experiences. Yet despite the many perks, my favorite thing about UGA would have to be various opportunities to get involved either on or off-campus. This past summer, I received the chance to intern in the Office of Rep. John Barrow in Washington D.C. via the Honors in Washington program. Since my freshman year, I have proudly served as an Advisor/Advocate in the University Judiciary, where I work with my peers and faculty to provide a fair judicial process for all students. Additionally, I am currently a staff writer for the Georgia Political Review as well as a committee member for Shop With a Bulldawg. This year, I look forward to serving my first year on the Student Alumni Council and the Student Conduct Review Board. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at the Thomas Lay After-School Program, reading, or even simply spending time with my friends. In short, I have absolutely fallen in love with this University; thus, I am proud and honored to give back to it any way I can. Go Dawgs! 

Teman Worku - Class of 2015

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Words cannot express what it means to wake up every morning and work hard towards my dream at a university where opportunities seem endless. Whether it is the beauty of north campus, or the tradition of what it means to be a Bulldawg, I know that I am in the right place in my life. I am currently a third year studying digital and broadcast journalism. Originally born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I moved to the U.S. at age three and call Snellville, GA home. Since being at UGA, I have been involved with Freshman Board and SGA, Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority, and The Red & Black. Currently, when I'm not running around from class to class, I am covering international news on-air at the college radio station, WUOG. I am also a regular volunteer at the campus TV station, NewSource15. This past summer I interned with The Ethiopian Times online paper and coeverd the annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament.

This fall, I am studying abroad in Meknes, Morocco studying Arabic and International Journalism. All of the things I have and hope to accomplish could not be possible without my UGA and SAC family. I was elated to be chosen to be a part of SAC last year and strive every day to make the organization and my school proud! GOOOO DAWGS!

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