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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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03.31.2015

Provost Pamela Whitten fosters gender equity

In her blog, "Written by Whitten," Provost Pamela Whitten explains the Women's Leadership Initiative, which was recently launched by President Jere Morehead (JD '80) and the provost. 

The Women’s Leadership Initiative began earlier this month, and I am grateful for the support of the 10-member planning committee that includes administrators, faculty and staff from across campus. We have plenty of work to do as we address issues such as recruitment and hiring, career development, work-life balance and leadership development.

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In addition to being the right thing to do, creating a campus environment that enables everyone to achieve their full potential also makes good business sense. A growing body of research suggests that organizations whose leadership is more balanced between men and women outperform those who are less diverse. They also do a better job of recruiting and retaining talented workers and are more likely to make better business decisions because they consider a wider array of viewpoints.

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03.30.2015

Registration now open for 2015 UGA Day Tour

The University of Georgia is once again hitting the road to bring the Bulldog spirit to alumni, friends and fans around the Southeast.

From April to July, UGA coaches and administrators will travel to seven cities, sharing their insights into UGA’s upcoming athletic seasons and the latest news from campus. Attendees will also learn more about local UGA Alumni Association chapters and how to become involved.

Each stop on the UGA Day Tour will bring delight to UGA fans of all ages – you won’t want to miss out on the action.

Please click on the city nearest to you for more information and registration. 

The first 300 registrants in each city will have an opportunity to have a photo made with Coaches Mark Richt and Mark Fox. 

If you are interested in serving as a sponsor for UGA Day, please click here for more information.

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03.27.2015

Alumnae Work to Save our Hearing

Athens, a town where music flourishes, is packed with venues and sold-out shows. However, two of Athens’ biggest music-goers, alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10), realized that most people were unaware of the long-term, damaging effects concerts can have on hearing.

Inspired by their undergraduate studies in music business and communication sciences and disorders and by their passion for music, the two graduates started We’re hEAR for You, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for hearing conservation. We’re hEAR for You supplies free earbuds in music venues all over Athens as well as communities across the nation.

Earbuds provided by We're hEAR for You

In an interview with the Red & Black, Carmody and DeCelles shared their passion for hearing protection.

“We’re trying to break the stigma of hearing protection. People think that hearing protection will decrease the quality of a show, but it actually filters out damaging frequencies. We’re hEAR for You focuses on education. Once people understand the science on why they need to protect their hearing, they are so much more likely to use hearing protection,” said Carmody.

We’re hEAR for You has established chapters in Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, but the group’s largest chapter is in the Classic City.

Locally, the organization’s major effort is to supply music venues, bars and other music related operations in the Athens area, such as Nuci's Space, with free ear buds and hearing protection resources. The public takes full advantage of the earbuds which have to be restocked quite frequently.

DeCelles and Carmody are in collaboration with the UGA Huge Hodges School of Music and strongly encourage students to get involved in advocating hearing protection. The organization takes part in the annual International Hearing Awareness Day on campus as well.

As the organization continues to grow, they work with musicians nationwide to promote hearing conservation. Currently, We’re hEAR for You has 25 bands that carry their earbuds on tour. Carmody operates as a liaison with these artists and makes sure the bands stay stocked. The organization even coordinates with music festivals to provide the earbuds to fellow music lovers.


 

Alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10) at AthenFest 2014

 

Visit We’re hEAR for You at their website to partner with them or learn more about their cause.

This was originally published in the Red and Black

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