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02.21.2014

Sonny Seiler (BBA ‘56, JD ‘57) receives Erk Russell Award

The alumnus responsible for raising each of our University of Georgia mascots will be receiving a prestigious award from the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday, February 22.

Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler (BBA ’56, JD ’57) has successfully raised each of the university's bulldog mascots, beginning with Uga I in 1956 and continuing through the current Uga IX. Uga and Seiler have received great national recognition, including Uga being named “Nation’s Best College Mascot” by Sports Illustrated in 1997.  For his spirit and dedication to the UGA, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame will recognize Seiler with the Erk Russell Spirit Award.

This award recognizes individuals who have contributed the same level of sports enthusiasm as the spirited football coach Erk Russell. Seiler certainly fits this description and is deserving of this honor. The award will be presented on Saturday during the annual Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Macon, Ga.

When he is not being recognized as the owner of our legendary mascot, Seiler is a senior partner of Bouhan Falligant, specializing in trial law. He has served as chairman of the UGA Law School Board of Visitors, as well as past president of the State Bar of Georgia.

Thank you for your tireless dedication to UGA, Sonny. We are always appreciative of your service and support, and we can hardly wait until next football season to see our favorite mascot take the field once again!

This blog was sourced from the Sunday Morning News.

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018. 

Tomorrow, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, 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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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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04.10.2014

2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon

It’s Honors Week at UGA, a time to celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have given so much to the university. Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will take place this Friday, April 11, at noon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

At the luncheon, the Alumni Merit Award, the UGA Alumni Association's oldest honor, will be presented to Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63), known for her award-winning journalism and work as a foreign correspondent and M. Douglas Ivester (BBA '69), who spent over 20 years working with Coca-Cola.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Landrum (AB '72, MA '87) and Anne Sweaney, professor emerita in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be honored with the Faculty Service Award. The Alumni Family of the Year award will go to Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49) and his family, known for their commitment to the community, poultry industry and UGA.

Click here for more information about the honorees and the event.

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