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02.06.2014

Alumna Elizabeth Sheain (MAED ‘11) opens horse rescue

After working for several years as a teacher in Meriwether County, Ga., alumna Elizabeth Sheain (MAED ‘11) decided to pursue a new venture last year: a horse rescue.

Happy Hearts Horse and Pony Rescue is located in the Middle Georgia town of Molena. The nonprofit organization rescues, retrains and finds homes for horses that are unwanted, neglected or abandoned.

“Every year hundreds of horses are seized in Georgia due to neglect and abuse,” Sheain said. “Backyard breeders have led to an overpopulation of horses, untrained, and left to starve in pastures. These horses need our help.”

Sheain and her team focus their rehabilitation efforts on training, so horses are ready for a loving home.

“Not all horses are meant to be sport horses, but with time, patience, and training most horses can become reliable rides who enjoy their work,” Sheain said.

We are so proud to see an alumna striving to make the world a better place. Keep up the great work Elizabeth! To learn how you can help her cause, visit the Happy Hearts Facebook page.

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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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