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10.23.2012

Pamela Haight (BSEd ’08) named 2012 Fulton County Teacher of the Year

Alpharetta Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Pamela Haight (BSEd ’08) will be recognized as the Fulton County School System Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 at a gala in early November.

Haight, who was first named the system’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and then beat two other finalists for the overall honor. Haight will be recognized with her fellow Employees and Teachers of the Year.

Haight, who earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from UGA, knows that she doesn't have the quietest class on Alpharetta Elementary’s fifth grade hall, but it is a place where students are excited to be learning.

Haight believes that students can be intrinsically motivated if learning can be made fun. She found frustration in how students struggled to learn the material in her class, yet could learn all the words from a Justin Bieber song just a day after it was released. Then she began mixing popular music with her class material and student enthusiastically began learning about parts of speech through tunes such as "The Lazy Adjective Song," a tribute to a Bruno Mars song, or "Adjectives Modify Verbs," a parody of a Willow Smith song.

In her years of teaching, Haight also discovered that students are eager to learn if they know their teacher is invested in their learning. She attends their sports games and recitals, and keeps up with former students as they move on to middle and high school. Her excitement in their success helps inspire students to push themselves and apply themselves in class.

I am inspired, just as her students are, by Haight’s unique approach to motivating and sharing knowledge with her classes. Her commitment to her students in and out of the classroom makes her a praiseworthy recipient of this prestigious honor. It is an amazing moment when children discover the joy of learning, and it appears that she has found the perfect recipe. Go Dawgs!!

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01.29.2015

Alumna Spotlight: Amy Robach (ABJ '95) received Distinguished Achievement Award from UGA

Journalist Amy Robach received the Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication's national broadcast society, DiGamma Kappa.

The award was presented on January 23 at DiGamma Kappa's annual awards banquet at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

Robach, a 1995 graduate of the Grady College, currently serves as the news anchor for "Good Morning America" on ABC.

"Amy follows an American and Grady tradition of news anchors who are also great journalists, who care about what they report and how their stories influence audiences," said David Hazinski, an associate professor in the Grady College and one of Robach's instructors when she was in school. "They insist that information is factual and balanced. We're proud to have her as an influential graduate."

Since joining ABC News in 2012, Robach has travelled nationally and internationally to cover major news events ranging from the campaign to free captive school girls in Africa and reporting the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She has also anchored "ABC News" and "20/20" on multiple occasions.

  

Prior to ABC, Robach worked at NBC News from 2003 to 2012 as the co-anchor of Saturday TODAY and an NBC national news correspondent. She was an anchor for MSNBC from 2003 to 2007 following her start at local news stations WTTG in Washington, D.C. and WCBD in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated from the Grady College, with honors, with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Robach was last in Athens in October. She was the featured speaker for the Suits and Sneakers fundraiser, generating awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society, a cause of special significance since she fought her own battle with breast cancer in 2013.

The Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award is presented by DiGamma Kappa and co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Grady College. Previous winners include Steve Koonin (2013), Gale Anne Hurd (2013) and Monica Pearson (2012).

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01.28.2015

Student Alumni Association celebrates UGA’s birthday

UGA students, including members of the Student Alumni Association, have been wishing UGA a happy birthday throughout the week as the university community celebrates Founders Week and the 230th anniversary of the university's establishment as the first state-chartered institution of public higher education.

On Tuesday, students gathered in Tate Plaza to receive 2015 Founders Week T-shirts, enjoy a few birthday treats and learn more about the university's founding and what it means to be the first state-chartered institution. Even the guide dogs got into the Founders Week spirit!

That evening, students watched the men's basketball team defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores 70-62 at Stegeman Coliseum. Other Founders Week activities taking place this week include a Greek Life banner contest, the Spring Career Fair and a special Dawgs After Dark on Friday night.

 

 

Another exciting part of Founders Week is the annual 100 Days Until Graduation Celebration. This one-stop-shop provides seniors with an opportunity to meet with alumni representatives from their schools and colleges, learn more about the Young Alumni Football Ticket Program, order a UGA ring, make their mark on the Senior Signature plaque, and order caps and gowns for commencement. All members of the Class of 2015 are invited to attend this special event.

  

And if you haven't seen it, be sure to check out the video of UGA students wishing UGA a happy 230th birthday.

Thank you to the Student Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council for making Founders Week another exciting time for students on campus.

It's not too late to send UGA your own happy birthday message. Simply use #UGATurns230 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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01.25.2015

UGA to celebrate 230th anniversary on January 27

Each year, the UGA Alumni Association proudly celebrates the signing of the University of Georgia Charter that took place on January 27, 1785. In recognition of the university's 230th anniversary as the nation's first state-chartered institution of higher education, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Emeriti Scholars present the annual Founders Day Lecture. The lecture is held in the UGA Chapel and has become a Founders Day tradition, drawing alumni, students, faculty, esteemed guests and members of the community. This year's lecture will be held on Monday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The 2015 Founders Day Lecture will be presented by UGA School of Law J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law and Associate Dean Emeritus Paul M. Kurtz, and will be titled, A New York Yankee in Abraham Baldwin's Court: (Almost) Fifty Years Behind 'Enemy' Lines. 

Paul M. Kurtz

Student Bar Association President Carey Miller (AB '12, JD '16) will provide the student response.

Carey Miller (AB '12, JD '16)

Can't attend the lecture? It will be livestreamed, so you can join in the celebration from your home or office. 

And don't forget to wish UGA a happy birthday on social media using #UGATurns230. 

The UGA Student Alumni Association will sponsor a series of free events in advance of and following the lecture. For more information about these events, please email Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11) at eptighe@uge.edu.

  • Monday, January 26: Founders Day Lecture at 1:30 p.m. in The Chapel
  • Tuesday, January 27: Founders Week T-shirt Giveaway and Birthday Party in Tate Plaza; Men's Basketball Game vs. Vanderbilt at 7:00 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum
  • Wednesday, January 28: Career Fair from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Classic Center
  • Thursday, January 29: 100 Days Until Graduation Celebration; birthday cupcakes in the dining halls
  • Friday, January 30: 100 Days Until Graduation Celebration and Dawgs After Dark
  • All week: Greek Life Banner Contest
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