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A Calling for this Bulldog

A little more than 20 years ago, I was setting up my dorm room in Rutherford Hall and preparing for my first quarter at the University of Georgia. That year, and each one thereafter, I came to know wise professors, extraordinary students, and the satisfaction that I would one day represent the University of Georgia as a graduate … a Georgia Bulldog.

Since graduation, I have focused on engaging alumni and friends with the university. Colleagues, administrators and alumni have inspired me to lead, listen and create. Former UGA Alumni Association Executive Director, and my friend, Deborah Dietzler, has encouraged me since my first days working for the Alumni Association. I am thankful for her guidance, and will cheer for her as she embraces a new beginning in the UGA Office of Development.

Today, I introduce myself to you as the interim executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia. I welcome your participation in all that we do. Regional chapter leaders are at the ready to involve you in your own corner of the Bulldog Nation. I encourage you to participate in key programs such as the Bulldog 100, 40 Under 40, Dawg Trot and UGA Days. Interact with the Alumni Association on social media and share your news with our team. When you are called upon to support the University of Georgia, do so to show your loyalty. After all, being an alumnus of UGA is not only an honor - it is a joy. 

You - students, graduates, supporters, faculty, staff and friends - are celebrated with each ring of the chapel bell and each toss of the cap during commencement. All of the traditions that we hold dear belong to us. I am calling you, as I have been called, to join in and be present at UGA. There is a place for you in all that we do on behalf of this institution. Join us in honoring our history - and preparing for our future. Go Dawgs!

Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
Interim Executive Director, UGA Alumni Association

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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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