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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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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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