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06.26.2013

Alumna shows that hard work can get you anywhere – even the mayor’s office

Over the years, I have heard a number of motivational stories about UGA graduates. Recently, I came across a profile online of Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon (MSW ’95). Wynn-Dixon is the current mayor of the City of Riverdale in Georgia’s Clayton County, but this alumna didn’t follow the typical path to political office.

Wynn-Dixon graduated with honors from high school and was set to begin her college career at Fort Valley State University when she became pregnant. She was forced to drop out of school and relinquish her scholarship. Shortly after Wynn-Dixon returned home, her mother passed away. Wynn-Dixon was left to care for a six-month-old baby on her own.

To avoid the social stigma of being a single mother, Wynn-Dixon married the father of her child. After having three more children together, the man walked out on the family. Once again, Wynn-Dixon was left to raise her children alone.

Wynn-Dixon spiraled down a path of despair and couldn’t snap herself out of it. A vision of her mother helped bring her out of the haze and she realized she was being selfish. She knew she needed to recover, and to do that, she needed an education.

The alumna approached her education in steps, first earning an associate degree, later a Bachelor of Science, and finally her Masters of Social Work from UGA in 1995. She was 46 at the time. Wynn-Dixon later completed a doctorate in public health.

After receiving her doctorate, she built a successful career as a Grady Hospital case worker and eventually became a hospice director. In 2007, Wynn-Dixon ran to be mayor of the City of Riverdale – and won. Through her first and second terms, her focus has been on rebuilding and rebranding the community. Known as the “Mama of the City,” Wynn-Dixon has been instrumental in establishing many important organizations and youth programs in the area.

Thank you, Evelyn, for sharing your story with the world. Your path to success is remarkable and I wish you the very best in the future. You are a fine example of a Bulldog and we are proud to call you a University of Georgia graduate!

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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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