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03.04.2013

Dan Thurmon (BBA ’90): Off Balance and On Purpose

Did you know that UGA is the alma mater of world-renowned inspirational entertainer Dan Thurmon (BBA ’90)? Thurmon is based in Atlanta and is a great motivational speaker. This Georgia grad has a unique ability to engage audiences through a lifelong love of performing and high-energy productions.

Thurmon currently serves as president of Motivation Works Inc., where he works with hundreds of clients around the world. He has written two books: Off Balance On Purpose and Success in Action–The Direct Path to Your Higher Potential.

Thurmon’s past programs have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with numerous Fortune 500 companies, young audiences, and U.S. military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thurmon was recently inducted into the “Speakers Hall of Fame,” a select group that has welcomed fewer than 200 speakers since it began in 1977.

Thurmon’s philosophy can be summarized by the title of his latest book, Off Balance On Purpose. He believes that individuals will never achieve “perfect balance” and should instead learn to embrace uncertainty and initiate positive changes that lead to growth.

I am impressed with Dan Thurmon’s commitment to helping others reach their full potential and encourage you to check out his website if you or your company is interested in working with this talented alumnus. Keep up the great work, Dan!

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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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