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03.12.2013

Alumni Chapters Host IMPACT Students on Spring Break

Each year, a number of UGA students dedicate their Spring Break vacations to improving the world around them. Formerly known as “Alternative Spring Break,” IMPACT places teams of college students in different parts of the country to engage in community service and experiential learning during school breaks. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as poverty, racism, homelessness, health care, disaster relief, social justice and the environment.

This year, students are traveling to a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Miami and Mobile, Ala. While they are traveling, our alumni chapters in those areas have graciously agreed to host the students for a meal and some Bulldog fellowship.

In Philadelphia, students will be working with The Arc of Philadelphia to help promote better living for individuals with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities through legislation, advocacy, and awareness. Local alumni will be joining the students for some delicious food at Deke’s Bar-B-Que tomorrow evening.

IMPACT students arrived in South Florida on Sunday to volunteer in the Homestead area. That evening, UGA alumni hosted a potluck meal at Killian Pines United Methodist Church – yum!

The IMPACT group heading to Alabama consists of 18 students and two site leaders who will be working in the Gulf Shores/Foley area. They will also be in Mobile for two days working at the Refugee Resettlement Center, so our Mobile Chapter will join them for a meal at Baumhower’s Wings. Is your mouth watering yet?

I hope you will join me in congratulating these students on sacrificing their vacations to help others. I also hope you will join me in thanking the alumni who are taking time out of their demanding schedules to host the students for a meal and welcome them to town.

This illustrates the true spirit of our Bulldog family. Can’t wait to see photos from these alumni-student gatherings! Go Dawgs!

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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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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