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11.02.2012

Dr. J. Dana Clark, ’75 ’81, receives award at North Carolina leadership conference

Dr. J. Dana Clark was awarded the Charles Parker Award for Tourism Excellence at the fall 2012 meeting of the North Carolina Tourism Leadership Conference in Raleigh, N.C.  This annual industry award is conferred “For Outstanding Contributions to the Development of the Travel Industry of North Carolina.”  Past recipients have included Andy Griffith, William Cecil of the Biltmore House, and Hugh Morton, Sr. of Grandfather Mountain.

Clark is a Professor and Program Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  Previously, Clark was Vice President of Convention Development for the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau and Assistant Innkeeper of the Holiday Inn in Athens, Georgia (the longest continuously operated Holiday Inn in North America). 

He holds an ABJ (1975) and MBA (1981) from the University of Georgia and a PhD from Virginia Tech.  Clark has consulted with a wide range of organizations, published articles in a number of publications including the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, and serves on a variety of boards.  He is the current chair of the Lenoir, N.C. Tourism Development Authority.  Clark and his wife Candie reside in Lenoir, N.C. 

Clark is a 1971 Graduate of Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia.  He is the son of the late Dr. Jeff Clark who taught at the Grady College of Journalism at UGA for twenty years.  He has performed an assortment of consulting projects with the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau. I want thank Clark for his continued commitment to the University and congratulate him on receiving this award of excellence. The Bulldog community is proud of his success! 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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08.04.2014

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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