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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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07.25.2014

UGA alumna is on fire

In 2006, Disney produced a huge hit with Cars. It was a family-friendly, fun-filled animated adventure that led to a sequel and the successful spin-off Planes. This summer, a related film will grace the silver screen, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and in it, a successful UGA alumna.

Corri English (ABJ ’00) is well-known in her field as the star of numerous films, guest on iconic television shows, and lead singer for country band Brokedown Cadillac. Though her career began when she was quite young, hosting children’s shows on TBS in the 1980s, it really took off after graduating from UGA.

English has made a name for herself in horror films, winning Best Actress at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival for her role in Unrest. She also generated quite a following for her voice-over work in popular video games such as Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins and  Star Wars: The Old Republic. These character voicing skills were brought to life during Planes: Fire and Rescue

Her character, Pinecone, along with four other smokejumpers, bravely leaps from planes to put out fires. "Working alongside actors like Dane Cook, Ed Harris, and Regina King was a great experience," said English. 

The alumna is excited about the release of the film and hopes it leads to further voice acting opportunities in the future. 

Truly, for this star Bulldog, the sky is the limit.

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07.23.2014

Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves

As an Emmy-winning reporter for CBS, Adam Murphy (ABJ ’97) spends a large amount of time in the spotlight. He works as a consumer investigative reporter, cracking down on scam artists and tracking dollars involved in large projects. Recently, the alumnus has been focusing his off-screen efforts on helping people.

In 2013, Murphy decided to use his influence to launch the nonprofit ‘Miracle for Mom’. The organization is dedicated to his own mother, Janice Murphy, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a progressive neurological disorder that causes complications with controlling balance, complex eye movements and upper-level thinking. Discovered in 1964, this relatively new disease has had little attention placed upon it by the scientific community due to its rarity. With no known cause, cure, or treatment procedure, the outlook for those suffering with PSP has looked bleak for the 1 in 100,000 Americans that will develop this neurological disorder. Miracle for Mom hopes to change that.

Miracle for Mom strives to find a cure for PSP and helps those living with the disease. In its four years, the charity has raised more than $10,000. This year alone, Miracle for Mom joined forces with the Atlanta Hawks to raise more than $4,000 in one night. Tonight (July 23), the charity is partnering with the Gwinnett Braves to hopefully raise even more to support the fight against PSP. 

Miracle for Mom Night with the Gwinnett Braves is being held tonight, July 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be given to the organization. Attendees who purchase a "First Pitch Ticket," will be given and especially good seat in the stadium. And for $15, attendees can enjoy a delicious pre-game tailgate catered by Williamson Bros. BBQ.

Tonight's event is sure to be fun, but also important in the fight against PSP. 

Learn more about Miracle for Mom and/or purchase tickets for tonight's game at www.miracleformom.org

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07.22.2014

2014 is “Going to the Dawgs”

The 2014 fiscal year was an incredible year for the University of Georgia for a variety of reasons. For students, each semester marks one step closer to graduation. For faculty, 2014 has brought national awards, advances in research and the promise of more excitement to come.

For instance, three of the Brazilian stadiums that were used during the World Cup were outfitted with TifGrand, a shade-tolerant, wear-tolerant bermudagrass hypbrid developed by UGA and the U.S. Departement of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Despite this (and many other) amazing accomplishments that have taken place since last July, one record-breaking event has created the possibility of an even more produtive upcoming year.

The 2014 fiscal year saw the largest number of gifts and donations in the history of the university. Between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, UGA received a staggering $126.4 million from 56,897 different contributors. This amount reflects a 4 percent increase over 2013 and the second time in the university’s history that it received more than $120 million.

"This record year is a tribute to the faith our alumni and friends have in the future of our great university," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80).

That faith has certainly not been poorly placed. These donations will help fund the projects and plans that UGA has for the coming years. From a renovated Veterinary Medical Learning Center to updating multiple residence halls across campus, these generous gifts are making it possible for UGA undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff to thrive in a well-designed and constantly improving environment.

Beyond these larger projects, donations to the university work daily for students and alumni through the UGA Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association, two organizations that connect students and alumni to each other, to the university and to the traditions and history that make UGA special.

This year has been record-breaking, but also record-setting. The bar has been raised to $126.4 million in donations. Now it’s time for the Bulldog Nation to make sure that 2015 is an even more incredible year for the University of Georgia. Make a pledge today for a better UGA tomorrow!

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