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11.12.2013

Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Former UGA football player Peter Rajecki (M ’71) will host the Inaugural Estrol Invitational Golf Tournament next Friday, November 22 at the UGA Golf Course. The tournament will benefit the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. Vince Dooley and former Bulldog athletes will be on hand to support this special cause.

Rajecki earned the nickname "Bootin' Teuton" during his time Between the Hedges and is known for helping bring soccer-style kicking to American football in the 1960s. He went on to play professional football, kicking for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Charlotte Hornets of the World Football League. Today, Rajecki is president and CEO of Estrol Oil Company.

The former Bulldog understands that injured veterans have dreams as big as his own. “These warriors have an awesome level of tenacity and drive,” he says. “Many of them have suffered grievous injuries, but they want to be active—they want to hunt and fish and participate in other activities. Wounded Warriors in Action is devoted to making that happen.”

Something special to look forward to during the tournament is U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Adams’s $30,000 putt. Adams lost both of his legs while on patrol in Afghanistan after stepping on a roadside bomb in February 2012. He will have the chance to win $30,000 by successfully completing a 60-foot golf putt sponsored by Estrol Oil Company.

For tournament registration information, please visit http://estrolgolfinvitational.com/registration-1.html.

Congratulations on your success, Peter, and thank you for hosting this benefit tournament here on campus!

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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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