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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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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). The following recounts his experience this past Sunday when UGA welcomed thousands of members of the Class of 2018 into Sanford Stadium for this special event.

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

After 20 minutes of direction from members of the Redcoat Marching Band, thousands of incoming freshmen from the UGA Class of 2018 formed a single entity on the soft green turf; they had formed the revered “Super G.”

Thousands of students, from 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 next generation of doctors, veterinarians, botanists and scientists.

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

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

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

They will build for us as 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 during Commencement. In a final display of solidarity, they will watch fireworks illuminate the stands of Sanford Stadium, where they cheered on the Bulldogs and sang “Glory, Glory” countless times. They will then go on to do great things in the world.

I am honored to advise a group of 35 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 a class that they can form the whole symbol. Each individual may only be able to give a little to the university. But together, small gifts build 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. Make your gift today.

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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