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10.24.2012

Robert Heaberlin ’00 receives national award

University of Georgia College of Education alumnus Robert (Bob) Heaberlin ’00 principal of Lee Middle School in Coweta County, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Distinguished Educator Award. His wife, Jane ’73, also earned her B.S.Ed. in elementary education from UGA.

Heaberlin, who earned his doctorate in educational leadership at UGA, has served as president of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) and president of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP). He serves on both the GAEL Board of Directors and the GAMSP Board of Directors and is a member of the Georgia Middle School Association. From 2004-07, he served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals No Child Left Behind Task Force, for which he met with the United States House and Senate Education Committees and members of the U.S. Department of Education. He has advocated for additional funding in Georgia for schools that adhere to the middle school concept.

Heaberlin’s vision for Lee Middle School is to ensure the academic success and positive social growth of each student, and he encourages students to strive to exceed as scholars and citizens. 

In 2012, Lee Middle School was named a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch and a National School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

Heaberlin was named the 2011-12 National Association of Elementary School Principals’  (NAESP) National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year,  and received the 2008 Dr. John Lounsbury Award—the highest award given by GAMSP. He was also named the 2006 Outstanding Middle Level Georgia Educator.  In February 2012, he was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives with a resolution honoring his accomplishments in education. 

Currently, he represents Georgia as the Federal Relations Director and State Leaders Representative for NAESP and travels to Washington, D.C. twice a year to meet with Congressional representatives to advocate for education.

The award, sponsored by Pearson, will be presented to Heaberlin on November 9, 2012, by the AMLE Foundation at the 39th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Oregon.

I am extremely proud of Heaberlin’s representation of UGA. Since leaving the University, his list of accomplishments and awards seems never-ending. It is incredible to think of the positive impact his work has had on students at Lee Middle School, the state of Georgia, and the nation. I commend Heaberlin on his unbridled service to students, and I wish him the best. Go Dawgs!

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Bulldog 100 business owner Frank Raiford's (BBA '15) story is a bit unique. Originally a student in the late 1970s, Frank left UGA to start his business career - just three credits shy of graduating. He intended to return and finish his degree, but months turned into years and the family (Frank's wife, Melanie, is a member of UGA's Class of 1984) and business continued to grow. 

Flash forward to the fall of 2011. Frank's youngest daughter, Meredith (BFA '15), is a freshman at UGA and tells her father how much it would mean to her if they could graduate together. 

"I had promised Meredith that I would "finish" the last class that I needed to graduate and walk with her during her graduation. I will always remember this brief and unique time spent with "my" graduating class. I could feel the energy of youth and sense their expectations as they moved across the field and transitioned from being students to graduates."

After graduation, Meredith said "I was so proud and honored to graduate with my dad. It's because of his hard work and dedication over the past 30 years that I have been able to succeed today. It was only fitting that we got to celebrate our accomplishments together Between the Hedges. We both enjoyed every minute of it."

  

Earlier this year, Frank's company, Police & Sheriff's Press, Inc. was recognized by the UGA Alumni Association as a member of the Bulldog 100 Class of 2015. The business was also recognized in 2014. 

Frank had this to say about this unorthodox path to a degree, "Graduation was a long time in coming. My peers from '76-'82 are ordering senior coffee, receiving letters from AARP and showing off pictures of grandchildren. My new peers have the world before them and are ready to begin their journey. My hope for each of them is to dream big, work hard, cherish the friends they have made at UGA and enjoy the journey." 

Whether you consider him a member of the Class of 1982 or 2015, we know that Frank, as well as Meredith, will represent the Bulldog family with pride wherever they go. Congratulations on graduating! 

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05.18.2015

UGA Executive MBA ranks in top 10 in the U.S., according to The Economist

The Executive MBA Program at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business was ranked No. 14 worldwide by The Economist in its latest assessment.

The new ranking is a step up for Terry's EMBA program, which was No. 22 worldwide in the previous scoring by The Economist.

"I am certainly proud that the excellence of this degree is being recognized in Georgia and around the world," said Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of the Terry College. "This ranking is a reflection of the investment and quality that our faculty put into our EMBA program, and a good indication that it truly enhances the careers of our students."

The Economist's rankings reflect each EMBA program's performance in two broad categories: personal development/education experience and career development, with each category weighted equally. Terry's EMBA program received the highest ranking among schools in Georgia and was eighth among programs based solely in the U.S.

"We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the very best Executive MBA programs in the world," said Rich Daniels, director of Executive and Professional MBA Programs at the Terry College. "Our focus on leadership development, international experience and harnessing the Terry College network has proven to be particularly effective in ensuring that our graduates are successful."

The Terry College's Executive MBA degree is an 18-month program geared toward mid- to senior-level managers. The format combines weekend class sessions with asynchronous interaction using distance learning technologies. The program also offers individual leadership coaching, valuable opportunities to network and an international residency.

For more information about Terry's Executive MBA, Professional MBA (offered in Buckhead and Gwinnett County) and Full-Time MBA (in Athens), see terry.uga.edu/mba.

Source: UGA Today

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05.12.2015

For a taste of UGA, why not go with ...

Honey, caviar or BBQ sauce?

Did you know that UGA has its own honey bee farm in Watkinsville, Georgia, and that honey is a $75 million industry in the state?

Since 1975, honey bees have been the official insect of Georgia. UGA’s honey bees produce up to 200 pounds of honey a year. Honey bee research taking place at the university includes studying bee health management issues, bee pollination, and foraging ecology. UGA honey is a golden color with fruity accents that stem from the blackberry, blueberry, and bramble blooms in the area surrounding the farm. The honey is available for purchase at Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden in Watkinsville, Cofer’s Home and Garden in Athens, and through the UGA Entomology Department. Learn more about the UGA Honey Bee Farm

Q Sauce from Jennifer (BBA ’92) and Chris (BBA ’88, JD ’92) Adams

While the university produces tasty treats (UGA Caviar, anyone?), its alumni are also taking the food industry by storm. Attendees at the 2015 Alumni Awards Luncheon took home a complimentary bottle of Q Sauce, generously donated by Jennifer (BBA ’92) and Chris (BBA ’88, JD ’92) Adams.

Based in Dacula, Georgia, the Adamses began making their sauce after it became popular with friends and family. In 2013, it was a Flavor of Georgia finalist and in 2014, it was a winner in the sauces and marinades category. Their daughters called the sauce “Q” for short and the name stuck. All of their sauces are all natural and contain no preservatives. For more information about Q Sauce, visit www.qsaucestore.com

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