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11.14.2013

Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens

Dr. Jerry Neill, minister at Campus View Church in Athens, emailed me this week to let me know that Dr. Chi Ekwenye-Hendricks, a UGA alumna, would be speaking at his church on Sunday morning. Chi is the founding director of Right Steps Inc. and is committed to saving children and homeless women who do not have the resources or opportunities that so many others enjoy.

Chi grew up in southern Nigeria during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970), observing firsthand what starvation and homelessness can do to the lives of children.

“I am what I am today because somebody cared enough to give me a second chance in life,” Chi said.

It is Chi’s goal to reciprocate that blessing, giving back to those who are less fortunate and cannot take care of themselves. After growing up and being educated in Nigeria, Chi came to the U.S. to work and continue her studies. As a female in a male-dominated society, she was not granted the same level of credibility that an educated man would typically receive; therefore, when she came to America, she was able to earn a Ph.D. from UGA.

While in America, Chi has gained valuable experience working with families and underpriveledged children through Georgia AGAPE. This organization offered her valuable training and education to help her continue to work with families in need.

Upon completing school and work in the U.S., Chi returned to Nigeria and launched Right Steps, a human rescue mission focused on providing relief services for orphaned children. The organization’s first project was Susana Homes, which serves orphaned children and homeless women. Susana Home remains the primary initiative managed by Right Steps, in addition to numerous other projects that have developed as the organization has grown.

Dr. Neill, thank you for sharing this update on Chi's efforts in Nigeria. It is comforting to know that the hard work of a UGA alumna will help many orphaned children and homeless women find hope and comfort. Chi, congratulations on establishing Right Steps, and thank you for serving as a shining example of Bulldog compassion in your native Nigeria.

For more information on Right Steps, please click here.

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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