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10.15.2012

The Holmes family of Monticello is part of a four generation UGA Alumni Legacy

The privilege to attend The University of Georgia has been a goal for students across Georgia and the nation for generations. As students become alumni and go on to create families of their own, it is a common dream to have their children one day become Bulldogs themselves. The Holmes family lives that dream in spades, with four generations of Georgia graduates.

The story began when William Benjamin (Sam) Dykes earned a BS in Agriculture in 1935 while his wife, the former Martha Blackwell, was completing her Master’s at the State Normal School. During his time at Georgia, Dykes was a football letterman.

Their daughter, Susan, attended The University of Georgia and received her BSEd in 1963. She married John Paul Holmes Jr., a member of the Bulldog football team who graduated from the Business School in 1963 with a BBA in Marketing.  Susan now represents District 125 in the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Holmes had three children who graduated from UGA. Sons John Paul III ’85 and Samuel Dykes ’87 received BBA degrees from the Terry College of Business, and daughter Cammie Holmes McCook graduated in 1990 with a BS in Education.

The family tradition and UGA lineage continue with grandsons John Paul IV ’12 BBA, and Sims who will graduate in 2015. Another grandson, Samuel, plans to enter UGA in the fall of 2013.

In addition, two daughters-in-law, Lou Sims Holmes ’84 BBA and Lara Horne Holmes ’88 BBA graduated from UGA. Two grandparents, two parents, three children, three grandchildren, and two daughters-in-law share an exceptional and strong UGA legacy.

The Holmes family legacy at UGA is one of the deepest you will find anywhere in Georgia’s storied history. Their commitment to UGA has stood the test of time and I am grateful for their contributions to the University community. I hope to see this legacy at UGA continue for many generations to come.

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Registration now open for 2015 UGA Day Tour

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From April to July, UGA coaches and administrators will travel to seven cities, sharing their insights into UGA’s upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news from campus. Attendees will also learn more about local UGA Alumni Association chapters and how to become involved.

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03.27.2015

Alumnae Work to Save our Hearing

Athens, a town where music flourishes, is packed with music venues and sold-out shows. However, two of Athens’ biggest fans , alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10), realized that most people were unaware of the long-term, damaging effects concerts can have on hearing.

Inspired by their undergraduate studies in music business and communication sciences and disorders and by their passion for music, the two graduates started We’re hEAR for You, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for hearing conservation. We’re hEAR for You supplies free earbuds to concert-goers in Athens and across the nation.

Earbuds provided by We're hEAR for You

In an interview with the Red & Black, Carmody and DeCelles shared their passion for hearing protection.

“We’re trying to break the stigma of hearing protection. People think that hearing protection will decrease the quality of a show, but it actually filters out damaging frequencies. We’re hEAR for You focuses on education. Once people understand the science on why they need to protect their hearing, they are so much more likely to use hearing protection,” said Carmody.

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DeCelles and Carmody are working in collaboration with the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music and to encourage students to get involved in advocating for hearing protection. The organization takes part in the annual International Hearing Awareness Day on campus, too.

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Visit We’re hEAR for You online to partner with them or learn more about their cause.

Source: This was originally published in the Red and Black

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