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12.06.2012

UGA Graduate Receives Award from PGA of America for Contributions to Golf Industry

Listen up, golfers – we have a links legend in our midst.

B.F. “Bev” Dolan ’52, often considered the father of the modern golf cart, introduced the world to the E-Z-GO golf car in 1954, sparking a revolution in the game of golf. Dolan was recently named the 2012 recipient of the PGA Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

The PGA of America’s Ernie Sabayrac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry was first awarded in 1994 and recognizes the mutually beneficial relationship between golf industry manufacturers and distributors, and the PGA of America.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from UGA in 1952 with a degree in physics. Two years later, Dolan and his brother spotted an “Autoette” model golf car at Bobby Jones’ clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters.

Dolan’s brother commented, “You know, somebody is going to make a lot of money out of those things one of these days.”

When Dolan left the U.S. Army in 1954, he and his brother began building golf cars in a one-room machine shop. When E-Z-GO was born, there were a small number of golf facilities using golf cars. By 1967, approximately 92 percent of all U.S. golf courses offered rentable golf cars.

In 1961, Rhode Island-based Textron purchased the company and Dolan became CEO until he retired in 1992. E-Z-GO evolved into a global leader in golf cars and utility vehicles, and is the oldest continuous manufacturer of golf cars in the country.

Dolan, 85, will be honored on Jan. 24, 2013, at the 60th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. He and his wife, Ada Alice ’52, reside in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Next time you are enjoying a day on the green with your friends, family or business partners, remember that your comfort on the course is due in great part to Bev Dolan, a true pro among Georgia graduates.

This information was sourced from a PGA of America news release.

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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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