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02.19.2013

UGA Libraries Hosts Alumni Author Who Spent Two Winters in a Tipi

Mark Warren (BS ’69) considers himself a lifelong student of nature and primitive lore. Today, the UGA Library Presents program welcomes the alumnus to campus at 3 p.m. for a discussion of his book Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest. The special event will take place in the Sidney Samuel Thomas Reading Room in the Miller Learning Center.

After graduating from UGA, Warren served 12 years as a naturalist and environmental educator with The Georgia Conservancy. He also spent 17 years as a wilderness director for High Meadows Camp. This alumnus is a national champion in whitewater canoeing and a winner of the World Championship Longbow Tournament. Warren founded and still operates the Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the North Georgia Mountains, where he lives.

In 1980, Warren was named the Georgia Conservation Educator of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation. But, nine years later, Warren’s life drastically changed when his home burned down, taking with it his tools, the manuscript for a novel he’d been writing for seven years, and all of the music he’d composed during three-quarters of his life.

I am so impressed by Warren, though, who chose to look for the silver lining. With nothing to weigh him down, he took the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of making his home in a tipi. The book he will discuss today documents those two years of his life.

Congratulations to Mark on his “personal guide to all that is essential in a life well-lived.” I hope you will join others later today for this special event. Parking is available in the Tate Center parking deck.

Information for this post was sourced from the UGA Libraries

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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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