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11.11.2013

Happy Veterans Day!

A few Alumni Association staff members, Student Alumni Council members and alumni volunteers from the Athens Chapter stopped by the UGA Student Veterans Resource Center today to deliver some sweet treats and show our appreciation for these students' commitment to our country. The students we encountered lounging in the SVRC were enjoying desserts from a number of organizations and were happy to chat with us for a few minutes. We enjoyed discussing their plans for the future and what their roles had been in the military. It was a nice gathering and I commend the university for setting up a lounge for these nontraditional students to call "home" on campus.

A couple of weeks ago, a fellow UGA employee sent me an interesting article about former Gym Dawg Lt. Commander Leah Brown (BS '98). Brown recently received the Army Bronze Star for her humanitarian efforts from October 2012 to May 2013. During that time, Brown was assigned to a hospital in Tarin Kowt Forward Operating Base, located in the southeast Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. The area lacks proper medical care for residents and suffers from poverty and warfare.

While there, Brown, an orthopedic doctor, provided patient care to the local population. She and others were invited by the local hospital to lend helping hands to suffering citizens. She conducted surgeries and provided care that other doctors in the area who unable to offer.

The all-female medical team that helped Afghan women was able to establish relationships with the female patients. “Being able to treat Afghan women was a very big deal due to their rigid beliefs rooted in old ways. It was a huge turnaround and a big accomplishment. We eventually saw women on a regular basis, but at first we never saw any. We started seeing young girls, then older women and then mid-adult age women. This symbolized that we had advanced in our relationship and were trusted,” the alumna said.

I am honored to recognize Brown’s efforts on this Veterans Day. Thank you for your service and for representing the Bulldog Nation so well!

To read more about Lt. Commander Brown’s service, 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.

Gender inequities certainly aren’t unique to UGA or to higher education. A recent McKinsey and Company report found that in the private sector, women hold 52 percent of entry-level positions but only 22 percent of middle management positions and 14 percent of senior management positions.

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.

Continue reading on "Written by Whitten."

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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 music venues and sold-out shows. However, two of Athens’ biggest fans , 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 to concert-goers in Athens and 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.

In Athens, the organization’s major effort is to supply music venues, bars and other music-related operations, such as Nuci's Space, with free ear buds and hearing protection resources. The public is taking full advantage of the earbuds because they have to be restocked frequently.

DeCelles and Carmody are working in collaboration with the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music and to encourage students to get involved in advocating for hearing protection. The organization takes part in the annual International Hearing Awareness Day on campus, too.

As the organization continues to grow, it will work with musicians nationwide to promote hearing conservation. Currently, We’re hEAR for You has recruited 25 bands to carry its earbuds on tour. Carmody operates as a liaison with these artists and ensures the bands remain stocked. The organization even coordinates with music festivals to provide the earbuds to fellow music lovers.

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

Source: This was originally published in the Red and Black

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