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07.23.2013

Brandon Stanton (AB ’08) presents TEDx Talk

Brandon Stanton (AB ’08) graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2008. The young alumnus moved to Chicago, where he was a bonds tradesman for three years.

After losing his job, he relocated to New York City, where (to the dismay of his mother, he says) he began taking portraits of strangers on the street. He is now the photographer and writer behind the wildly popular blog, Humans of New York, that chronicles people Stanton meets.

Last October, Stanton presented a spectacular TEDx Talk at Columbia University. His talk focused on how Americans’ worldview is negatively affected by the media. Stanton describes how the media finds the most extreme people or opinions in a crowd or population and focuses on them. He doesn’t believe that media outlets are monsters, but are simply in the business of selling stories – thus creating a highly dramatized worldview. Stanton’s mission is to create a more complete picture New York City than what is generally portrayed.

Congratulations to Brandon on pursuing his passion and for providing blog readers and TEDx viewers with a different perspective on the people they pass each day. Maybe we’ll see him snapping photos around Athens next time he's in town!

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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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