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07.16.2013

Andrea Seagraves (BSED ’97) wins national agriculture education award

Andrea Seagraves (BSED ’97) is an innovative educator who does a fantastic job incorporating agriculture into her lesson plans. The alumna was recently recognized for her methods when she received the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium. Seagraves is the first Georgian to receive this award.

Seagraves, who works in Crawford County, Ga., saw a need to further educate her kindergarten students about Georgia’s oldest and largest industry since many of them have direct ties to agribusiness. She incorporated agriculture into her lessons by first establishing “Farm Fridays.” In addition, she helped start a greenhouse and garden on the school’s campus, organized field trips to organic farms and cattle ranches, and created an “agricultural alphabet.” To help bring the alphabet to life, Seagraves invited community members to speak to her students. Each speaker represented a different letter of the alphabet. For instance, a veterinarian joined the class to represent the letter “V,” a beekeeper volunteered as the letter “B” representative, and a dairy farmer arrived to represent “D.”

Seagraves has extended her innovative approach outside the classroom and established a summer camp called “Seedgraves Scholars.” The camp educates children between ages 4 and 6 about local fruit grown in Georgia.

Congratulations to Andrea on this recognition – it is certainly deserved! Thank you for representing the Bulldog family so well. We look forward to what the rest of your career has in store!

Information for this blog post was sourced from The Macon Telegraph.

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our university. To celebrate private donations such as these, the University of Georgia 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, students will have the opportunity to say thanks in a variety of ways.

Students will be able to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be shared with donors through a video of highlights from the event. UGA campus student celebrities will be part of the event with appearances by "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

The purpose of Thank a Donor Day is to educate the UGA community about the importance of private giving as well as give students the opportunity to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow this event through the Thank a Donor Day Facebook page and Twitter handle. Students should be sure to stop by to express their gratitude, as well as receive some free giveaways!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018. 

Tomorrow, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, 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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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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