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12.19.2012

Student Alumni Council Wraps Up Successful Fall Semester

Last week marked the end to another successful semester for the UGA Alumni Association Student Alumni Council (SAC), the student leadership group for the Student Alumni Association (SAA).

Since August, our amazing SAC members, led by President Shari McIntosh, have assisted with and planned many important student programs, including:

·         In partnership with SGA, welcoming more than 4,000 new freshmen with GBooks at the Class of 2016 Freshman Welcome event in Sanford Stadium

·         Hosting two North Campus ghost tours for more than 600 total attendees, and collecting 400 pounds of donated food items for the Northeast Georgia Food Bank.

·         Increasing Senior Signature donations by 400 percent compared to this time last year

·         Planning the inaugural SAC Alumni Tailgate on Nov. 3

·         Visiting 27 campus student organizations to encourage student giving to The University of Georgia

·         Distributing more than 600 Beat T-shirts before the Florida and SEC Championship football games

Let me also commend Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe ’08, ’11 and Student Programs Graduate Assistant Veronica Roman ’14 for their tireless leadership of this impressive group of students. They have helped guide SAC through an action-packed semester and the UGA Alumni Association could not have done it without them. Thanks, Evan and Veronica!

SAC members will return in the spring for another semester supporting the UGA Alumni Association, beginning with a spring retreat on Jan. 5. I wish all of them a relaxing, safe, and happy holiday break, and look forward to seeing their smiling faces around the Wray-Nicholson House in 2013.

The SAC and the UGA Alumni Association strive to enhance the relationships between students and alumni by representing and promoting university traditions, instilling pride, bolstering spirit, fostering community, and educating leaders. To learn more about the Student Alumni Council, CLICK HERE.

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of business opportunities at both the local and global levels, and to start "something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a nonprofit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of participating UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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