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09.16.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09)

When asked to define success, Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09) said, “Success means being significant-creating a legacy that changes lives, environments and cultures in ways that make positive and sustainable impacts that transcend my lifetime.”

Based on what I have learned about this outstanding alumna, she has built her career, community involvement, and literary contributions around this selfless definition of success.

Tuff graduated from Furman University with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2003. Three years later, she earned an interdisciplinary qualitative studies graduate certificate from UGA. In 2009, she proudly earned her Ph.D. in health promotions from UGA.

During her journey to earning her Ph.D., Tuff trained 150 undergraduate students in improved health and behavior practices at UGA; was as a research fellow at Westat; taught at Morehouse School of Medicine; and was an evaluation specialist with McKing Consulting Corporation in Atlanta.

In 2010, Tuff joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health analyst. In this role, the alumna manages agency-wide technology solutions that help track prevention and control activities in all 50 states and the Pacific Islands. One such project includes managing a 5-year, $2 million public health contract with a private sector organization. Tuff also develops and formulates public health programs for local and national public health programs.

Tuff’s manuscript was selected for inclusion in the African American Handbook of Health. She has been selected to serve on the Society for Public Health Education Board of Directors and is the youngest member and first student elected as a New Professional Trustee.

In her spare time, Tuff volunteers as the director of the Diadem Women’s Ministry and as a sponsor for Youth 4 Healthy Hearts, a foundation that provides heart screening and scholarships to young people in Georgia. She is the founder and CEO of the performing arts company, The Art of Living.

Thank you, Raegan, for setting a fine example of a UGA graduate by being a past, present and future model of success in every aspect of your life!

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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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