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12.24.2012

Happy Holidays From the UGA Alumni Association

By now, most students have exchanged their Ramen noodles, late-night study sessions and blue books for a little R&R under the close watch of family members and home-cooked meals.

The UGA Alumni Association staff members and I will join them tomorrow by spending a few days away from the office with loved ones. We will return on Tuesday, January 2, ready to kick off what is sure to be an exciting year in 2013.

This is the time of year when a number of “Top 10” lists are released. Every newspaper, TV show and blog seems to have its own list documenting the previous year or preparing for the next one. Not to be outdone, here are ten of my favorite UGA Alumni Association memories from 2012 (in no specific order):

1.      Meeting Graduates

Nothing excites me more than meeting new alumni and interacting with old acquaintances. I look forward to seeing you at a 2013 UGA Alumni Association event if I haven’t already. All graduates of UGA are automatically members of the Alumni Association and therefore welcome to attend any of our special events in Athens, Atlanta, and across the country.

2.     Founders Week

Every year, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Emeriti Scholars sponsor the Founders’ Day Lecture to celebrate the University's birthday which is January 27. Dr. Betty Jean Craige presented the 10th Annual Founders Day Lecture this past year. Mark your calendars now for the 11th Annual Founders Week.

3.     Women of UGA

This program connects female UGA graduates for networking and socializing in their area. We held a number of these successful events in 2012 and will host many more in the coming year. Stay tuned to the Women of UGA webpage and Facebook page for upcoming events.

4.     Alumni Leadership Assembly

Each year, UGA Alumni Chapter volunteers gather for a fun-filled weekend in Athens. The 2012 attendees learned new things about UGA, toured new facilities on campus, and spent time with students and other chapter leaders.  I hope to see those chapter leaders return for the 2013 Alumni Leadership Assembly and a number of new leaders as well.

5.     DawgTrot

Hundreds of alumni and friends come together at Stegeman Coliseum each spring for Athens’ largest 5k. Here are last year’s winners. Register now for the 2013 DawgTrot on March 16. Not a runner? Volunteer instead!

6.     Bulldog 100

The Bulldog 100 recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA Alumni. jobTopia CEO Anthony Moore ’93 was honored with the No. 1 fastest growing Bulldog Business in 2012. Here is the complete list for 2013–who will be No. 1? Join us on Saturday, January 26, to find out.

7.     Chapter Gatherings

While UGA graduates are spread across the globe, they still enjoy connecting with other alumni for Bulldog Breakfast Clubs, Women of UGA luncheons, Dinners with a Dozen Dawgs, Bulldogs After Business Hours, game watching parties, and other networking events. Collectively, chapters hosted several hundred gatherings in 2012. Check out your local chapter’s webpage for updates on events near you.

8.    Student Alumni Council

I already shared my appreciation for the Student Alumni Council in a previous blog post, but these student leaders always bring a smile to my face. They do an amazing job acting as liaison between the UGA Alumni Association and the student body. I look forward to seeing them back on campus in 2013.

9.     UGA Days

During these events across the country, UGA alumni and friends get the inside scoop on the Georgia Bulldogs’ upcoming seasons, hear the latest news from the university, and learn more about alumni chapter activities. In 2012, we hosted UGA Days in cities such as Macon, Tampa, Charlotte, and Birmingham. Stay tuned for the cities we’ll be visiting in 2013!

10.    40 Under 40

The UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 recognizes UGA graduates who are leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2012. We look forward to celebrating next year’s class.

As you can tell, it was a busy year. I look forward to an even busier one in 2013! 

Until then, I wish you and your family the best. I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and rest. Go Dawgs!

Happy Holidays,

Deborah Dietzler

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10.31.2014

UGA College of Education honors five alumni for career achievements

Five UGA College of Education graduates were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership with 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards at the college’s second annual Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner held earlier this month at the UGA Center for Continuing Education.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Whitney Myers (EDD '91) was awarded the COE’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his success and significant impact in education.

A doctoral graduate from Sylvania, Myers spent his career teaching and working with children, starting in Effingham County and the Marvin Pittman Laboratory School at Georgia Southern University, and then in Griffin-Spalding County Schools. He spent his summers on staff at the state FFA-FHA camp in Covington and became assistant camp director in 1984.

Myers later returned to Griffin-Spalding schools as an assistant principal, then moved to Screven County as principal of the elementary school there.

Myers’ leadership experience has taken him to present at conferences and legislative hearings. After retiring from Screven County, Myers became the half-time executive director of Georgia’s First District Regional Education Service Agency, which helps schools share and enhance resources.

Crystal Apple Award

Double Dawg Ian Altman (AB '04, MED '06) was recognized for making a significant impact on student, school and school district performance with a 2014 Crystal Apple Award.

After enrolling at UGA to pursue a degree in philosophy, Altman delayed his graduation for several years in order to take extra classes in English, comparative literature and classics. After completing his master’s degree in education in 2006, he began teaching English at Clarke Central High School in Athens, where he remains today. Four years ago he moved from the freshman academy to teaching American literature and Advanced Placement English, where he incorporates philosophical perspectives on intellectual history and rhetoric into his lessons.

Professional Achievement Award

Kimber Shelton (PHD '09)

Two COE graduates—Kimber Shelton (PHD '09) and Tonya Harris Cornileus (MED '04, PHD '10)—were recognized for their significant achievements in the midpoint of their careers with 2014 Professional Achievement Awards.

Shelton focuses on empowering individuals and couples through private, one-on-one counseling and creating systemic change at large-scale university settings, where she trained hundreds of students, faculty and staff.

As a staff psychologist and coordinator of diversity programming at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Counseling Center, Shelton, a 2009 doctoral graduate, helped improve the mood and functioning of students while also developing diversity programs that had effects throughout the campus. She developed and led monthly staff cultural competence trainings, created the counseling center’s diversity and inclusivity mission statement, created training materials for the school’s Office of Minority Education Peer Tutor program, created diversity-related outreach aimed at reducing mental health stigma and revamped Georgia Tech’s Safe Space training program, which involved training more than 200 staff, students and faculty on sexual and gender minority awareness issues.

While at Georgia Tech and also in private practice, Shelton stayed active in several professional organizations, including co-chairing the Early Career Psychologist Transition Project for the American Psychological Association Society of Counseling Psychology. Shelton co-authored a textbook on university counseling that will be published in December 2014 and has about 20 other publications focused on diversity and social justice. In her private practice, Shelton specializes in working with underserved populations including ethnic minorities and sexual/gender minority clients. She said her interest in working with underserved populations grew while she was a UGA student, where courses on diversity and gender, her work with women in a local homeless shelter, and experience leading a gender-issues group pushed her own self-exploration of culture and responsibility.

  

Tonya Harris Cornelius (MED '04, PHD '10)

Cornileus, a 2004 master’s graduate and 2010 doctoral graduate, is the vice president for learning and organizational development at ESPN, where she is part of the sports network’s human resources leadership team. She is responsible for the global learning, talent management and organizational development strategies for ESPN employees around the world.

Teaching was a passion for Cornileus when, armed with a degree in telecommunications, she spent eight years working in various school districts. She transitioned from teaching to the corporate setting when she became the manager of training and quality assurance for the telecommunications company Innotrac Corporation. After becoming vice president for training and organizational development for Aegis Communications Group, she earned her master’s degree and moved to Turner Broadcasting System as director of executive development and organizational effectiveness. She returned to UGA for a doctorate in adult education/human resources and organizational development before moving to her current job at ESPN.  

Service Award

For his service to the community and commitment to education, Mark Slonaker (BSED '80) was recognized with the 2014 Service Award.

Along with his role as head of the UGA Athletic Association’s fundraising arm, he shares his sports knowledge as a guest lecturer for sport management majors. This experience has led him to mentor several students and even take on a student as part of his practicum.

Slonaker, of Watkinsville, took over the Georgia Bulldog Club in 2011, and since then has started several programs, including a young alumni ticketing program, an endowment program, fundraising plans for Foley Field and the Equestrian Center facility, and a restructured scholarship program.

Click here to learn more about these honorees. 

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10.30.2014

Former Bulldog Advocates for Arts Education

A former Bulldog is working hard to provide arts education to students in underserved public schools and communities in the Southern California area.

Amy Shapiro (BSED ’00) is the executive director of advancement and operations for the nonprofit organization, P.S. ARTS, where she leads a team of passionate individuals in their efforts to keep arts in the schools. P.S. ARTS “provides yearlong arts education in dance, the visual arts, music, and theater to every child in a school during the regular school day.”

Through her role, Shapiro leads fundraising initiatives that keep P.S. ARTS running. She plays a large role in running the administrative side of the organization, while staying involved with the activities that are at the heart of the organization’s mission. 

The organization is heavily funded by individuals in Hollywood that share P.S. ARTS' passion for fostering a love of the arts. With a board of trustees made up of educators, television producers, artists, and other committed individuals, P.S. ARTS continues to expand its services, reaching nearly 20,000 students that need art education in their schools.

To learn more about the program, visit www.psarts.org.  

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10.29.2014

Georgia agricultural leadership program graduates inaugural class

After spending two years learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the inaugural class of Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry has graduated from the program.

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry, or AGL, in 2012. The program is designed to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia—the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.

Thirteen industry leaders, including six UGA graduates and one current student, spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, traveling throughout the state and across the nation. They also spent two weeks in India learning about Georgia agriculture’s role in the global economy.

“This class has shared in a journey that has covered many counties in Georgia, multiple states and a foreign country,” said Elliot Marsh, a precision agriculture coordinator at Southern States Cooperative and the AGL advisory board chairman. “These graduates are already making an impact in our communities and the state of Georgia. I believe that their experiences will play a tremendous role in Georgia’s agriculture community for many years to come.”

AGL program participants are from all segments of the state’s agriculture and forestry industries.

“My experience with AGL made me a better leader and citizen,” said AGL graduate Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89), the UGA Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources and director of the UGA Marine Extension Service. “I met hundreds of leaders across Georgia, and my interactions with them taught me that leadership comes in many forms. The experiences that I had, the people that I met and what I learned about myself put me in a better position to accomplish my goals as well as to advocate for those things that I think are important.”

The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the college’s department of agricultural leadership, education and communication.

“Adult non-formal educational opportunities sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences like AGL are helping Georgia become a top agricultural state in the nation and world,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication. “It’s an experience that will be a game changer for participants.”

    

The inaugural class of UGA’s Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry program, are, front row from left to right, Jutt Howard, Sarah M. Cook '15, Amanda Tedrow (BSA '03, MPPPM '10), Derick Wooten, Jenni Harris and Steve Gibson (MPA '97); middle row, AGL assistant director Kristi Farner, Brandon Ashley (BSA '07), Jesse Johnson (BSFR '00) and Rebecca Thomas and, back row, Duane Myers, AGL director Rochelle Strickland, Tate Izlar O’Rouke (ABJ '05, AB '05), Mark Risse (BSAE '87, MS '89) and Brent Allen. (Credit: Paul Efland/UGA)

The second AGL class will begin in early 2015. For more information, see http://www.agl.caes.uga.edu/.

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