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10.03.2012

Natasha Trethewey ’89 to deliver University of Georgia Charter Lecture

Natasha Trethewey ’89, U.S. poet laureate for 2012-2013, will deliver the University of Georgia Charter Lecture as one of the signature events during UGA's Spotlight on the Arts festival scheduled for November 3-11. Trethewey will speak November 8 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel with a public reception immediately following in Demosthenian Hall.

Trethewey's UGA connections date back to her undergraduate days, when she earned a degree in English from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in 1989 before pursuing a master's degree in poetry from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In addition to the UGA Press publishing her 2010 memoir Beyond Katrina, Trethewey has been a contributor to The Georgia Review. This year, The Georgia Review is sponsoring her appearance and that of several other Georgia writers, including new Georgia Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham, at the Georgia Literary Festival at Jekyll Island, where Trethewey will deliver the keynote address on November 10.

In 2011, Trethewey was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, created by the UGA Libraries, and she is a two-time winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award, also administered by the UGA Libraries.

Trethewey will be the first-ever poet laureate to take up residence in Washington, D.C., and work directly in the Library of Congress's Poetry and Literature Center. Her term begins this month and coincides with the 75th anniversary of both the poet laureate position and the Poetry and Literature Center.

Thethewey has established herself as one of the premier poets and professors, not only in Georgia, but, in the nation. I am honored to have her back on campus to deliver the Charter Lecture. I am eager to see the product of her continued success and wish her well during her tenure in D.C. next year. The Bulldog Nation is proud of our accomplishments!

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08.22.2014

Reflecting on Freshman Welcome 2014

We recently sat down with the man behind Freshman Welcome, assistant director of student programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11). 

Last Sunday, I stood on the field of Sanford Stadium and witnessed something incredible.

After twenty minutes of instruction from members of the Redcoat Marching Band, thousands of incoming UGA freshman representing the Class of 2018 had formed a single entity on the soft green turf; they had formed the revered “Super G.”

Thousands of students, encompassing a multitude of backgrounds, hometowns, interests and intended majors gathered in one spot for the same purpose.

Thousands of students.

Thousands of futures.

Thousands of dreams.

One united display of UGA pride. 

After the official class photo was taken, I watched the students disperse and head in different directions. It was a perfect analogy, I realized. These students all have their own dreams. They will face their own challenges and realize their own successes. They will declare their own majors and they will decide their own path at UGA.

They will become our society’s new doctors, veterinarians, botanists and scientists.

They will be our new businessmen and women, executives, lawyers and political leaders.

They will serve us as our new teachers, counselors, coaches and social workers.

They will inspire us as our new poets, dancers, artists and musicians.

They will build for us as our new engineers, architects, mechanics and designers.

And then, once UGA has prepared them for their rest of their lives, they will reunite once again on the field of Sanford Stadium to throw their caps in the air. In a final display of solidarity, they will watch fireworks illuminate the stands of Sanford where they cheered on the Bulldogs and sang “Glory, Glory” countless times. They will then go on to do great things for our world.

I find that to be something I have no choice but to support. I am honored to advise a group of thirty-five students, the Student Alumni Council, who feel the same way. Even though they are not yet alumni, they have already made a monetary gift to UGA through the Georgia Fund.

Each freshman is just a tiny part of that “G.” It is only by coming together as an entire class that they can form the whole symbol. We may only be able to give a little. But together, our small gifts will become an incredible foundation which will vault the University of Georgia to even greater accomplishments.

UGA may just be one university, but it is our university.

Let’s support our students as fervently as we support our student-athletes on game day.

Let’s not allow our Georgia pride to cease at the gates of Sanford, Stegeman, or Foley.

Let’s show the world what the Red and Black is truly capable of.

Go Dawgs!

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08.18.2014

Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome

The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.

 

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08.07.2014

2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:

We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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