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11.15.2013

UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

The UGA Alumni Association is proud to support the UGA Obesity Initiative through our Dawgs on the Move program. Throughout the year, our staff and alumni chapters host events that encourage UGA alumni and friends to get active, eat better and generally lead healthier lives. Group activities such as kickball games, 5k races and Atlanta Beltline cleanups are encouraging individuals to spend time outdoors, socializing in active environments.

The Obesity Initiative addresses Georgia's growing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity as well as overweight infants. As Georgia’s land-grant university, UGA is able to harness diverse and extensive instruction, research activities and public service and outreach components to address this multifaceted problem. The initiative will develop obesity prevention and treatment programs that Georgia communities, employers and health care providers can implement. To learn more about The Obesity Initative, visit http://obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.

As a marathon runner, I consider Dawgs on the Move to be an extremely important initiative for our organization and for our state. Therefore, I was especially pleased to hear that the UGA Obesity Initiative and UGA Extension are offering a "Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge" this holidy season. This free program will help Georgians avoid the overeating that is so common during this time of year. Starting this Monday, November 18, participants will receive twice-weekly emails with advice and encouragement on how to avoid gaining additional pounds. The challenge will wrap up on January 3. According to Connie Crawley, an Extension nutrition and health specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 57 percent of participants last year reported zero weight gain in a post-program survey.

I encourage all UGA alumni and their friends and family members to participate in the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge this year - or at least make plans to include physical activity in-between those delicious holiday meals. Send us pictures of your family being active! Consider playing touch football on Thanksgiving, gathering some friends to speed-walk through the mall on Saturday mornings or coordinate a family bike ride before it gets too cold.

Keep up the great work, Dawgs on the Move!

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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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