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02.18.2014

Music of Steve Dancz (BMUS ’80) featured in Super Bowl XLVIII

The tribute to both the Declaration of Independence and our Armed Forces that aired before this year's Super Bowl was incredibly touching. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the beautiful score that accompanied the tribute was composed by UGA graduate Steve Dancz (BMUS ’80).

The film, “Tribute to the Declaration of Independence,” was viewed by 165 million viewers on Super Bowl Sunday. It featured military men and women, football stars and the First Lady reciting the Declaration of Independence. Click here to view the tribute.

Dancz was honored to be chosen to score such a patriotic film, saying “It was a privilege to create music to images and text pointing not only the power of our country's foundation, but offering profound gratitude to the ongoing role our servicemen and women and their families play in keeping us a free and independent nation.”

Dancz, who spent 20 years as the director of Jazz Studies at UGA’s Hodgson School of Music, co-founded UGA’s Music Business Program. He also developed and directs the Hodgson School of Music’s Jazz Study Abroad Program. He began his career at 15, performing across the globe. He was later a record producer for A&R, finally moving on to television and film scoring.

His score, “Heart of Independence,” was made with a “deep appreciation for America’s service men and women, veterans and their families.” For that reason, Dancz is offering the score on his website as a fundraiser for military members and their families.

I’m always proud to hear of an alumnus making beautiful music - especially for a good cause! Congratulations, Steve, it is impressive that you have once again had your music featured on a Super Bowl broadcast! 

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03.25.2015

3rd Annual TEDxUGA is Friday, March 27

UGA is hosting its 3rd Annual TEDxUGA event in Tate Grand Hall on Friday, March 27 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. What is TEDx? TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUGA, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxUGA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Several UGA alumni will present at this year's TEDxUGA event:

  • Lemuel LaRoche (BSW '02, MSW '03)
  • Michelle Blue (BBA '13)
  • Julie Rushmore (PHD '13, DVM '17)
  • Chris Dixon (ABJ '89, MMC '95)
  • Lisa Taylor (JD '01)

Won't be in Athens or missed out on tickets for the event? TEDxUGA will be livestreamed begining at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. This will be a great opportunity for alumni and friends to participate and engage from across the country. You can also interact with the event on Twitter.

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03.19.2015

2015 Alumni Seminar: Food for Thought

The University of Georgia will host its second annual Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar, a three-day educational gathering for UGA alumni and friends, from May 1-3, 2015. This year's theme is "Food for Thought" and will feature lectures, tours and interactive seminars that showcase the best that UGA has to offer. Come prepared with open minds and empty stomachs as you experience a fun, food-filled weekend on campus.

Seminar highlights include:

  • A reception and dinner with Food Network star and alumnus Alton Brown (AB '04)
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of campus
  • Presentations from leading UGA faculty members
  • Address by Peter Dale (ABJ '99), owner/chef of The National in Athens, 2012 Food & Wine's "People's Best New Chef-Southeast"
  • A farm-to-table dinner under the stars on Herty Field

View the complete seminar schedule

The registration fee for this three-day seminar is $290 per person, which includes all meals, beverages, transportation, seminars and special activities. It does not include hotel accommodations.

A supplemental dining package for non-attendee spouses/guests may be purchased for $115. This includes the Friday reception and dinner with Alton Brown, the Saturday reception and Ffarm-to-table dinner on Herty Field, and a local lunch market on Sunday.

Register today!

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03.13.2015

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships

Registration for the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships has been extended to Monday, March 16. 

Join hundreds of UGA alumni and friends for one of Athens' largest 5K races on Saturday, March 21! This year, the UGA Alumni Association is proud to announce the Dawg Trot 5K for Scholarships will raise awareness and funds for student scholarships at UGA. Your participation ensures a bright future for students! 

  • Individual: $25 (without T-shirt)
  • Individual: $40 (with T-shirt)
  • Family of Four: $65
  • Team of Ten: $155
  • UGA Student Organization Team of Ten: $110
  • UGA Student: $15

Register today!

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