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40 Under 40 Spotlight: Shunta Jordan (BSFCS ‘98, MED ‘03)

Shunta Jordan (BSFCS ’98, MED ’03) is not just any teacher. The alumna is the J.B. Fuqua Chair of Speech & Debate at Pace Academy in Atlanta.

According to Brenton Culpepper, a friend of Jordan’s, she “consistently fields some of the best high school debate teams in the country.” He has witnessed her unique ability to communicate her passion for debate to her students – something she learned while attending UGA.

“My experience as a student and debater at UGA gave me the background and knowledge to pursue my dream of being a teacher and coach,” says Jordan.  “I learned how to balance various workloads and to embrace something that I loved because of the coaches who supported me.”

And pursue her dream, she has. The alumna, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and a Master of Education in Adult Education from UGA, dedicates herself to developing young people’s debate skills.

Upon graduation, Jordan served as the debate coach and a girls’ basketball coach at D.M. Therrell High School in Atlanta until 2003. During that time, she was also an elementary paraprofessional at A.D. Williams Elementary School and a math teacher at West Fulton Middle School. In 2003, she joined Atlanta’s Pace Academy as a math teacher and assistant debate coach. By 2005, she’d been named the J.B. Fuqua Chair of Speech & Debate at Pace.

Since joining the school, Jordan has coached six state championship debate teams and one national championship team.

In her free time, Jordan volunteers with the Urban Debate League, which brings debate to underprivileged schools and students that otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in the activity. She has served as an instructor at debate institutes at Emory University, Bates College, Stanford University and University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Shunta on this great honor! She is doing great work educating the next generation of debate students who will follow in her footsteps.

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3rd Annual TEDxUGA is Friday, March 27

UGA is hosting its 3rd Annual TEDxUGA event in Tate Grand Hall on Friday, March 27 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. What is TEDx? TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUGA, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxUGA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Several UGA alumni will present at this year's TEDxUGA event:

  • Lemuel LaRoche (BSW '02, MSW '03)
  • Michelle Blue (BBA '13)
  • Julie Rushmore (PHD '13, DVM '17)
  • Chris Dixon (ABJ '89, MMC '95)
  • Lisa Taylor (JD '01)

Won't be in Athens or missed out on tickets for the event? TEDxUGA will be livestreamed begining at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. This will be a great opportunity for alumni and friends to participate and engage from across the country. You can also interact with the event on Twitter.

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2015 Alumni Seminar: Food for Thought

The University of Georgia will host its second annual Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar, a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends, from May 1-3, 2015. This year's theme is "Food for Thought" and will feature lectures, tours and interactive seminars that showcase the best that UGA has to offer. Come prepared with open minds and empty stomachs as you experience a fun, food-filled weekend on campus.

Seminar highlights include:

  • A reception and dinner with Food Network star and alumnus Alton Brown (AB '04)
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of campus
  • Presentations from leading UGA faculty members
  • Address by Peter Dale (ABJ '99), owner/chef of The National in Athens, 2012 Food & Wine's "People's Best New Chef-Southeast"
  • A farm-to-table dinner under the stars on Herty Field

View the complete seminar schedule

The registration fee for this three-day seminar is $290 per person, which includes all meals, beverages, transportation, seminars and special activities. It does not include hotel accommodations.

A supplemental dining package for non-attendee spouses/guests may be purchased for $115. This includes the Friday reception and dinner with Alton Brown, the Saturday reception and Ffarm-to-table dinner on Herty Field, and a local lunch market on Sunday.

Register today!

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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships

Registration for the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships has been extended to Monday, March 16. 

Join hundreds of UGA alumni and friends for one of Athens' largest 5K races on Saturday, March 21! This year, the UGA Alumni Association is proud to announce the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships will raise awareness and funds for student scholarships at UGA. Your participation ensures a bright future for students! 

  • Individual: $25 (without T-shirt)
  • Individual: $40 (with T-shirt)
  • Family of Four: $65
  • Team of Ten: $155
  • UGA Student Organization Team of Ten: $110
  • UGA Student: $15

Register today!

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