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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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03.25.2015

3rd Annual TEDxUGA is Friday, March 27

UGA is hosting its 3rd Annual TEDxUGA event in Tate Grand Hall on Friday, March 27 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. What is TEDx? TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUGA, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxUGA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Several UGA alumni will present at this year's TEDxUGA event:

  • Lemuel LaRoche (BSW '02, MSW '03)
  • Michelle Blue (BBA '13)
  • Julie Rushmore (PHD '13, DVM '17)
  • Chris Dixon (ABJ '89, MMC '95)
  • Lisa Taylor (JD '01)

Won't be in Athens or missed out on tickets for the event? TEDxUGA will be livestreamed begining at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. This will be a great opportunity for alumni and friends to participate and engage from across the country. You can also interact with the event on Twitter.

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03.19.2015

2015 Alumni Seminar: Food for Thought

The University of Georgia will host its second annual Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar, a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends, from May 1-3, 2015. This year's theme is "Food for Thought" and will feature lectures, tours and interactive seminars that showcase the best that UGA has to offer. Come prepared with open minds and empty stomachs as you experience a fun, food-filled weekend on campus.

Seminar highlights include:

  • A reception and dinner with Food Network star and alumnus Alton Brown (AB '04)
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of campus
  • Presentations from leading UGA faculty members
  • Address by Peter Dale (ABJ '99), owner/chef of The National in Athens, 2012 Food & Wine's "People's Best New Chef-Southeast"
  • A farm-to-table dinner under the stars on Herty Field

View the complete seminar schedule

The registration fee for this three-day seminar is $290 per person, which includes all meals, beverages, transportation, seminars and special activities. It does not include hotel accommodations.

A supplemental dining package for non-attendee spouses/guests may be purchased for $115. This includes the Friday reception and dinner with Alton Brown, the Saturday reception and Ffarm-to-table dinner on Herty Field, and a local lunch market on Sunday.

Register today!

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03.13.2015

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships

Registration for the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships has been extended to Monday, March 16. 

Join hundreds of UGA alumni and friends for one of Athens' largest 5K races on Saturday, March 21! This year, the UGA Alumni Association is proud to announce the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships will raise awareness and funds for student scholarships at UGA. Your participation ensures a bright future for students! 

  • Individual: $25 (without T-shirt)
  • Individual: $40 (with T-shirt)
  • Family of Four: $65
  • Team of Ten: $155
  • UGA Student Organization Team of Ten: $110
  • UGA Student: $15

Register today!

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