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UGA graduate named to Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni list

While I am unabashadly a proud Bulldog who bleeds red and black, you may know that I am also an Aggie. It never ceases to amaze me when my worlds collide and I run across other individuals who share the same love for both the Bulldogs and Aggies - and this is one of those instances.

Edward Tarlton (BLA '91), a 1991 graduate from UGA and a 2008 Texas A&M graduate, was named to Texas A&M's 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight list, an honor given to graduates within the past 12 years who exemplify excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. The 12 Under 12 program is similar to our 40 Under 40, so I can imagine the competition that Tarlton faced in earning this honor.

Tarlton is the founder of HELP Consulting (Higher Education and Learning Professional Consulting, Inc.). The idea for HELP was born during Tarlton's time as a recruiter for the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies. While traveling across the country to meet prospective students, he realized how many opportunities were being missed along the way. The HELP scholarship program now assists parents, students, administrators, faculty and academic organizations in navigating higher education concerns as they relate to undergraduate and graduate school. Since starting the organization, he has awarded more than 30 scholarships.

Tarlton’s passion for helping others started long before his role as a recruiter. Just a few years after graduating from UGA, Tarlton presented his first two scholarships to students from his hometown high school - with money he earned from his own landscape architecture business.

Tarlton is currently a doctoral student with an emphasis in housing and community development at Texas A&M, and a graduate assistant with The Association of Former Students. He has received the Buck Weirus Spirit, J. Malon Aggie Leader Scholarship and Distinguished Graduate Teacher awards.

I’m proud to see this young alumnus dedicating himself to the community in such a meaningful way. Keep up this important work, Edward - and best of luck! Go Dawgs (and Gig 'em Aggies)!

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True and loyal be.


Alma Mater, thee we'll honor,

True and loyal be,

Ever crowned with praise and glory,

Georgia, hail to thee.


So goes the chorus of the University of Georgia Alma Mater. Words we proudly sing before football games and commencement ceremonies. Do we ever stop to reflect on their meaning?

Today is #GivingTuesday, a national day of philanthropy. Many spent Friday filling shopping bags with gifts, shopping local on Saturday, and scouring the internet for deals yesterday. Today is the first day of December and a symbolic beginning to the season of giving. Let us not forget the individuals and organizations that depend on our generosity to thrive.

UGA can sometimes be forgotten as a nonprofit worthy of that generosity. Tuition and state dollars do not fully fund the research, service and teaching that takes at the university; private giving closes the gap. Those donations fund scholarships for students who cannot afford to attend UGA (even with the HOPE Scholarship), incredible facilities to house endless hours of studying and teaching, events to promote networking and career exploration, and much more!

Today, UGA reminds you to keep it in mind when making your end-of-year gifts – no matter their size. Because when it comes to our alma mater, we hail to thee.


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UGA honors The Coca-Cola Foundation for its support of academics

UGA recently honored The Coca-Cola Foundation for its legacy of supporting academics at the state's flagship institution of higher education.

In an on-field presentation before the Nov. 21 football game, Coca-Cola representatives-Kirk Glaze, director of community partnerships; Gene Rackley (BBA '90), director of federal government relations; and Scott Williamson (MMC '92), vice president of public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola North America-were recognized by UGA officials for The Coca-Cola Foundation's most recent gift of $1 million.

The money will provide additional funding for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program. UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80), Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner and Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholars Angel Hogg '18 and Michael Williams '18 joined the representatives from Coca-Cola to accept the gift on behalf of the university.

"We are immensely grateful for the continued support of one of our state's pre-eminent corporate partners," Morehead said. "Coca-Cola's generosity is providing vital support for deserving students from Georgia who are seeking to become the first in their families to earn a college degree." Continue reading.

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Alumna Spotlight: Emily Scofield (MS '99)

Emily Scofield (MS '99) published her first book, Coco & Dean: Explorers of the World, in April. The book is the first in a series of adventures Scofield is writing to educate children about environmental awareness. Scofield is the executive director for the U.S. Green Building Council's North Carolina Chapter. She leads members, volunteers and staff members across the state to promote sustainable construction practices under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. In the past few years, she has been named to the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and was a Charlotte Top Woman in Business in 2014.

Scofield lives in North Carolina with her husband, Tom, and their two children. She is an avid volunteer in the community working with organizations such as the American Heart Association, Providence United Methodist Church, Calvary Child Development Center, Communities in Schools and Habitat for Humanity.

Coco & Dean: Explorers of the World takes readers on three adventures with Coco and Dean. Readers learn how to conserve resources, the benefits of recycling and the importance of keeping oceans clean. Scofield exposes complex topics like ‘carbon footprints’ and ‘renewable resources' through each adventure. Not only is the reader engaged in learning about these topics in the story, there are study questions and links to environmental organizations in each chapter. 

The UGA Alumni Association is proud of this Bulldog and the work she is doing to improve the world around her! 

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