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01.30.2014

UGA celebrates 229th anniversary as first state-chartered institution of higher education

When the Georgia General Assembly signed the University of Georgia Charter on January 27, 1785, it not only established the first state-chartered institution of higher learning, but also created a model of public higher education that the rest of the nation would soon follow.

Each year, in honor of this historic act, the UGA Alumni Association hosts a series of events and giveaways for students, and a lecture that is open to the public.

This year's Founders Week festivities proved to be especially challenging as winter weather hit Athens at noon on Tuesday and closed the university until midday today. My fearless team here at the UGA Alumni Association marched onward, executing another successful series of events.

On Monday, students were invited to a 229th birthday party for UGA hosted by the Student Alumni Association. On Tuesday, the 12th annual Founders Day Lecture was held in the UGA Chapel - concluding just in time for the university to close at 3:30 p.m. This year's lecture was presented by Dr. Loch K. Johnson, Regents and Meigs Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. His lecture was titled " Accountability in the Shadowy World of Intelligence." It was an honor and a pleasure to have Dr. Johnson serve as the Founder’s Day lecturer this year.

Just a few minutes prior to the lecture, the inaugural President's Medals were presented. The medal recognizes extraordinary contributions by former employees who have supported deserving students, advanced research and inspired community leaders to enhance Georgians' quality of life. The recipients of the 2014 President’s Medals were Dr. Louise McBee and the late Dr. Thomas Dyer (MA '72, PHD '75). McBee is a former state representative who served the university for 25 years as dean of women, dean of students and vice president for academic affairs. Dyer filled a number of important roles on campus throughout his time with UGA, including vice president for instruction and provost.

When classes resumed this morning, the Student Alumni Association didn't miss a beat and hosted the annual 100 Days Until Graduation event in the Tate Center Grand Hall until 3:00 p.m. This one-stop shop for commencement-related information and materials will be open again tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I encourage graduating seniors to stop by - did I mention there are giveaways?

As I look back on the impressive history of UGA, I can't help but get excited for all that is still to come. Here's to another 229 years, UGA - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Click here to learn more about Founders Day.                                                

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02.23.2015

Sisters Rethink “Something Borrowed”

Sisters Ashley Steele (ABJ ’06), of Charlottesville, Virginia., and Cali Brutz (AB ’08), of Athens, Georgia., own and operate two businesses that are modernizing the wedding industry. Steele and Brutz began working together in 2008 at the ages of 24 and 22, respectively. At the time, Steele was planning her own wedding and Brutz was a photographer. During the wedding planning process, the pair identified a number of issues that arise for the soon-to-be brides. Looking to solve those issues sparked several entrepreneurial projects.

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02.20.2015

Amazing Student: Sarah Huber '15

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