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09.26.2012

Wind ensemble to give free concert on UGA’s North Campus

The University of Georgia wind ensemble will give its annual free Concert on the Lawn September 28 at 12:30 p.m. on the North Campus green.

The event hearkens back to the turn-of-the-century tradition of afternoon band performances in the park and will include patriotic selections including John Phillip Sousa marches. The wind ensemble, which has approximately 60 members, will perform “Summon the Heroes,” written by film composer John Williams for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics; a sing-along of “America the Beautiful;” and Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” famous for its use on the Lone Ranger radio and television programs.

One highlight of the performance will be Charles Ives’ “Variations On America.” Ives, the son of a U.S. Army bandleader, grew up hearing the park performances the Concert On the Lawn is based upon and frequently incorporated the experience into his compositions.

In its third year, the Concert on the Lawn is the brainchild of Lynch and George Foreman, director of the Performing Arts Center.

The passion of Foreman and Lynch has helped bring the Concert on the Lawn to campus.

“It’s such a wonderful way to engage the community,” Lynch said. “I love seeing so many people from so many walks of life—students, faculty, people from the town, alumni, those who just happen by—enjoying live music together on a crisp day in the fall.”

We look forward to seeing you on beautiful North Campus for some great music and fellowship!

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07.25.2014

UGA Alumna is on Fire

In 2006, Disney produced a huge hit with Cars. It was a family-friendly, fun-filled animated adventure that brought about a sequel and the successful spin-off Planes. This summer, a related film will grace the silver screen, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and in it, a very successful UGA alumna.

Corri English (ABJ ’00) is well known in her field as the star of numerous films, guest on some of the most iconic television shows, and lead singer for country band Brokedown Cadillac. Though her career began when she was quite young, hosting children’s shows on TBS in the 1980s, she really took off after graduating UGA.

English has made a name for herself in the realm of horror films, winning Best Actress at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival for her role in Unrest. She has also generated quite a following for her voice-over work in popular video games such as Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins and  Star Wars: The Old Republic. These character voicing skills were brought to life during production of the sure to be summer hit, Planes: Fire and Rescue

Her character, Pinecone, along with four other Smokejumpers, bravely leaps from planes to put out huge fires with her team. Alongside such celebrities as Dane Cook, Ed Harris, and Regina King, the creation of Planes: Fire and Rescue was an amazing experience for English.

She is incredibly excited about the release of the film, saying that it is such a blessing for both her and her family. She hopes that the film helps to expand her voice acting career and lead to further opportunities for her to act in family films.

Truly, for this star Bulldog, the sky is the limit.

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07.23.2014

Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves

As an Emmy-winning reporter for CBS, Adam Murphy (ABJ ’97) spends a large amount of time in the spotlight. He works as a consumer investigative reporter, cracking down on scam artists and tracking dollars involved in large projects. Recently, the alumnus has been focusing his off-screen efforts on helping people.

In 2013, Murphy decided to use his influence to launch the nonprofit ‘Miracle for Mom’. The organization is dedicated to his own mother, Janice Murphy, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a progressive neurological disorder that causes complications with controlling balance, complex eye movements and upper-level thinking. Discovered in 1964, this relatively new disease has had little attention placed upon it by the scientific community due to its rarity. With no known cause, cure, or treatment procedure, the outlook for those suffering with PSP has looked bleak for the 1 in 100,000 Americans that will develop this neurological disorder. Miracle for Mom hopes to change that.

Miracle for Mom strives to find a cure for PSP and helps those living with the disease. In its four years, the charity has raised more than $10,000. This year alone, Miracle for Mom joined forces with the Atlanta Hawks to raise more than $4,000 in one night. Tonight (July 23), the charity is partnering with the Gwinnett Braves to hopefully raise even more to support the fight against PSP. 

Miracle for Mom Night with the Gwinnett Braves is being held tonight, July 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be given to the organization. Attendees who purchase a "First Pitch Ticket," will be given and especially good seat in the stadium. And for $15, attendees can enjoy a delicious pre-game tailgate catered by Williamson Bros. BBQ.

Tonight's event is sure to be fun, but also important in the fight against PSP. 

Learn more about Miracle for Mom and/or purchase tickets for tonight's game at www.miracleformom.org

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07.22.2014

2014 is “Going to the Dawgs”

The 2014 fiscal year was an incredible year for the University of Georgia for a variety of reasons. For students, each semester marks one step closer to graduation. For faculty, 2014 has brought national awards, advances in research and the promise of more excitement to come.

For instance, three of the Brazilian stadiums that were used during the World Cup were outfitted with TifGrand, a shade-tolerant, wear-tolerant bermudagrass hypbrid developed by UGA and the U.S. Departement of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Despite this (and many other) amazing accomplishments that have taken place since last July, one record-breaking event has created the possibility of an even more produtive upcoming year.

The 2014 fiscal year saw the largest number of gifts and donations in the history of the university. Between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, UGA received a staggering $126.4 million from 56,897 different contributors. This amount reflects a 4 percent increase over 2013 and the second time in the university’s history that it received more than $120 million.

"This record year is a tribute to the faith our alumni and friends have in the future of our great university," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80).

That faith has certainly not been poorly placed. These donations will help fund the projects and plans that UGA has for the coming years. From a renovated Veterinary Medical Learning Center to updating multiple residence halls across campus, these generous gifts are making it possible for UGA undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff to thrive in a well-designed and constantly improving environment.

Beyond these larger projects, donations to the university work daily for students and alumni through the UGA Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association, two organizations that connect students and alumni to each other, to the university and to the traditions and history that make UGA special.

This year has been record-breaking, but also record-setting. The bar has been raised to $126.4 million in donations. Now it’s time for the Bulldog Nation to make sure that 2015 is an even more incredible year for the University of Georgia. Make a pledge today for a better UGA tomorrow!

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