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08.26.2013

Renaissance Man: Claude McBride (ABJ ’55)

The Rev. Claude McBride (ABJ ’55) held a number of roles during his 81 years – husband, father, grandfather, pastor, journalist, musician, singer, cheerleader, chaplain, officiant, leader, counselor and associate director. To all who met him, though, he was always a dear friend.

Last Friday, Claude passed away in his Athens home. He touched the lives of so many – with caring words and a friendly sense of humor. He was the consummate alumnus and we are so blessed to have had him in our lives.

Claude, a native of Columbus, Ga., graduated from UGA in 1955. He was a member of the Redcoat Marching Band, and Men’s Glee club, and a varsity cheerleader. After graduating, he began a successful career as a journalist, helping the Columbus Ledger earn a Pulitzer Prize for Community Service – the only Georgia newspaper, to this day, to have earned that coveted award. His date to the celebration dinner happened to be Gayle Gordy, his future wife.

Claude returned to Athens in 1964 to become the pastor at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church. During his time there, Claude advised the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Former football coach Vince Dooley took notice and asked him to serve as chaplain for the UGA football team, a role Claude would fill for 40 years.

In 1983, Claude was asked to become associate director of Alumni Relations for UGA, assisting in laying the foundation for today’s Alumni Association. Many alumni have fond memories of UGA alumni tours, during which Claude led Bulldogs on fascinating excursions across the globe.

Marcus Jennings, one of the Alumni Association’s longest-tenured staffers, has known Claude for years, saying, “Claude was truly, one-of-a-kind. His impact reached every part of my life whether it was personal, professional or spiritual. He was incredibly relatable and kind beyond measure. I will never know another individual like him and am forever grateful to have been a part of his life.”

Claude brought joy with him every day. We called him our “Renaissance Man” because he had so many talents and gifts. His knowledge of UGA was comprehensive. In recent years, the contributions he made chronicling UGA legacy families, Bulldog members of the “Greatest Generation” and campus stories will be a valued part of this institution’s history.  He will be deeply missed, but our fond memories of him will live in our hearts forever.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, September 22 at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church in Athens. His family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church Foundation, UGA Baptist Student Ministries, Habitat for Humanity or the UGA Foundation.

To read Claude McBride’s obituary in the Athens Banner-Herald, please click here.

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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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