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02.13.2013

It’s a Small (UGA) World After All

I recently came across a story from a graduate that really brought to light just how small the world can be – and how connected UGA alumni are! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did …

Last year, Charles Carabello (MED ’06) received an email from his son’s student teacher asking if he was the “Charlie” Carabello that recruited students from Houston-area schools for UGA, and if he remembered a Lindsay Smith (AB ’07, MAT ’12) from Second Baptist School.

Charlie works in UGA’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and interacts with a lot of students each year. So, while he narrowed Lindsay down to the 2003 cycle, it was still difficult to know what she had done once she enrolled. As Charlie says, “Once students are in, they tend to forget about Admissions.”

Fast-forward to 2013 and here is the same Lindsay that he had recruited all those years ago. She is a “Double Dawg” and teaching his son!

It also turns out that Lindsay’s family has a strong UGA history. Her father, Randy Smith (BBA ’76), and his wife sent all three of their daughters to UGA. Therefore, Lindsay and her two sisters Kaitlyn (BA ’10) and Hayden (BS ’13) are also Bulldogs.

Last December, Charlie and his wife Joanna had the pleasure of attending Lindsay’s wedding in Athens. Now, Lindsay Smith Coffee is a teacher at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens!

I truly love hearing stories like this. It is wonderful to see the positive effect that Charlie’s work had on this once University recruit, and how it all comes full circle as she educates his son.

As the world continues to get smaller through technology and new communication tools, alumni will ultimately become closer together!

Thanks to Charlie for sharing this special story. If you have a story like this that you’d like to share, please email it to our Communications Department at eelmore@uga.edu.

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08.22.2014

Reflecting on Freshman Welcome 2014

We recently sat down with the man behind Freshman Welcome, Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11). The following recounts his experience this past Sunday when UGA welcomed thousands of members of the Class of 2018 into Sanford Stadium for this special event.

Last Sunday, I stood on the field of Sanford Stadium and witnessed something incredible.

After 20 minutes of direction from members of the Redcoat Marching Band, thousands of incoming freshmen from the UGA Class of 2018 formed a single entity on the soft green turf; they had formed the revered “Super G.”

Thousands of students, from a multitude of backgrounds, hometowns, interests and intended majors gathered in one spot for the same purpose.

Thousands of students.

Thousands of futures.

Thousands of dreams.

One united display of UGA pride. 

After the official class photo was taken, I watched the students disperse and head in different directions. It was a perfect analogy, I realized. These students all have their own dreams. They will face their own challenges and realize their own successes. They will declare their own majors and they will decide their own path at UGA.

They will become our society’s next generation of doctors, veterinarians, botanists and scientists.

They will be our new businessmen and women, executives, lawyers and political leaders.

They will serve us as teachers, counselors, coaches and social workers.

They will inspire us as poets, dancers, artists and musicians.

They will build for us as engineers, architects, mechanics and designers.

And then, once UGA has prepared them for their rest of their lives, they will reunite once again on the field of Sanford Stadium to throw their caps in the air during Commencement. In a final display of solidarity, they will watch fireworks illuminate the stands of Sanford Stadium, where they cheered on the Bulldogs and sang “Glory, Glory” countless times. They will then go on to do great things in the world.

I am honored to advise a group of 35 students, the Student Alumni Council, who feel the same way. Even though they are not yet alumni, they have already made a monetary gift to UGA through the Georgia Fund.

Each freshman is just a tiny part of that “G.” It is only by coming together as a class that they can form the whole symbol. Each individual may only be able to give a little to the university. But together, small gifts build an incredible foundation which will vault the University of Georgia to even greater accomplishments.

UGA may just be one university, but it is our university.

Let’s support our students as fervently as we support our student-athletes on game day.

Let’s not allow our Georgia pride to cease at the gates of Sanford, Stegeman, or Foley.

Let’s show the world what the Red and Black is truly capable of. Make your gift today.

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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