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03.21.2014

2014 Senior Signature Campaign

The March 31st deadline for the Class of 2014 Senior Signature Campaign is approaching. Like many fundraising campaigns, the coordination of Senior Signature involves a flurry of events, correspondence, and promotion which makes it easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities. However, it is always a wonderful thing to be able to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. 

My students and colleagues will probably be quick to tell you that I’m a fan of history. At the Alumni Association, where "pride," "loyalty," and "tradition" are the cornerstones of our mission, knowing where we came from is always helpful when trying to figure out where we are going.

While reading the May 6, 1920 issue of the Red & Black, a front page headline regarding a capital campaign organized by the senior class caught my eye. Upon further reading, I discovered the following passage; part of the official resolution adopted by the students:

“…in order to make possible the launching of a campaign among the alumni for a million dollars for our Alma Mater, I hereby agree to contribute $10 as my share of a gift to be made by the senior class of 1920 to the University thru the Alumni Campaign Committee. We would like that an engraved metal tablet recording this gift and the names of its donors be permanently mounted in a prominent building of the University.”

I am not sure if this metal tablet was ever created for the Class of 1920, but in 1991 the first Senior Signature plaque was installed in the wall of Tate Plaza bearing the names of 236 student donors. Today, over 20,000 UGA alumni have “made their mark” on their respective classes’ plaque, a testament to the generous philanthropic spirit of the University’s graduates.

I am proud to serve as the director of Senior Signature, a campaign that has consistently raised more money each year for the University of Georgia than senior campaigns at Harvard and Yale. The Student Alumni Council takes a great deal of pride in it as well, working steadfastly to spread the message of giving around campus.

However, we know that the key to the Senior Signature Campaign is not about how much money is raised or the number of student donors who participate. The key is instilling a sense of pride and ownership in the young alumni of this great university so they will be forever inspired to give back in order to support the mission of enlightening the minds of future generations.

That’s what building bridges between the past, present, and future is all about. To make a donation to the 2014 Senior Signature Campaign, please click here.

Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11)
Assistant Director of Student Programs

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10.22.2014

Bulldogs in the Sunshine State

Southern California is known for its beaches, beautiful weather and the glamour of Hollywood, but the Sunshine State has a touch of Bulldog, topo. With more than 3,535 UGA alumni, Southern California is home to a host of alumni and alumni-owned businesses. 

A beer tap made from a Harley engine? Check. An annual Halloween party that includes a strait jacket escape contest and something called the Dead Marionette Theater? Check. A Johnny Cash shrine? Sure! All these elements and more come together to create the Gasser Lounge, a rock n’ roll bar located in Redondo Beach, California, the pride of owner Mike Bouchard (BBA ’03).

Serving as the Southern California Chapter’s game watching party venue, the Gasser Lounge hosts an energetic crew of football devotees every week for an indoor tailgating experience unlike any other, complete with a red leather interior and a special surprise after every Dawgs touchdown, served up by bartender Bouchard.

Bouchard and his bar aren’t the only ones keeping the Southern California Chapter entertained, however.

  

M. Ali Salimi (BBA ’03), president of the chapter, is an esteemed attorney who lived in Switzerland and London before beginning his own firm in Irvine.

Outside of work, Salimi opts for a hobby that’s a little less serious - gracing the stages of comedy clubs across the region. 

The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments, Mike and Ali! Continue keeping the Southern California Chapter interesting.

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10.21.2014

2014-2015 Signature Lecture Series

Guest Blogger: Meg Amstutz, Ph.D. 
Associate Provost for Academic Programs

UGA is now highlighting a number of premier lectures through its new Signature Lectures designation, designed to help focus attention on the variety of prominent thinkers visiting campus.

When I first came to UGA in 1997, one thing I missed from my prior institution was the twice-yearly notice of its endowed lecture series. At the beginning of each semester, the arrival of the list of upcoming lectures would prompt my fellow graduate students and me to mark our calendars and chat with friends and colleagues about the topics that interested us most. Faculty across campus encouraged students to attend these lectures, and they often incorporated the work of the speakers into the classes they were teaching.    

In 2013-2014, more than 50 individual lectures were listed on UGA’s Master Calendar, signaling the strong level of intellectual activity taking place. At the same time, this long list signaled an opportunity to reframe these offerings conceptually, so that students and faculty might more easily mark the dates, participate and engage in classroom discussion together.

To that end, we have launched the UGA Signature Lectures, featuring speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. This special designation recognizes a number of UGA’s endowed lectures, including the Gregory Lecture and the Mason Public Leadership Lecture, as well as lectures with historic significance on our campus, such as the Louise McBee Lecture, the Holmes-Hunter Lecture, and UGA’s Founders Day Lecture.

I am grateful to those who have chosen to endow lectures, because these Signature Lectures are one of the best ways for students to discover that they are truly part of a larger, international intellectual conversation.

For a full list of the 2014-2015 Signature Lecture, please click here.

The UGA Alumni Association will hold the 2015 Founders Day Lecture at the Chapel on Tuesday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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10.20.2014

Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)

Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 honoree Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) lives a busy life as owner and creative director of Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Hulsey’s work, inspired by her grandmother, is self-described as “timeless elegance that is ethereal and moody.” The majority of her designs feature unusual materials, such as pinecones and berries - something that caught the attention of both Pottery Barn and White House staff. Hulsey’s shop was selected to launch Pottery Barn's 2014 summer brand, and her floral designs were displayed at the White House in 2013.

A regular on Pottery Barn’s Have and Hold wedding blog, Hulsey informs brides-to-be on the art of creating flower girl halos, cake stand centerpieces and seashore-inspired tablescapes.

Hulsey enjoys opportunitues to work with fellow UGA alumni. She began her relationship with Pottery Barn after the floral arrangements she designed for friend and fellow Grady graduate Linsay Cheney Rudd’s (ABJ ’08) wedding were noticed by the blog. Hulsey also uses her friends in various photo shoots for Pottery Barn, including one for a driftwood lantern centerpiece tutorial that features Lea Lanier (BSED ’99).

  

In 2013, Colonial House of Flowers, generously donated flowers to UGA Day in Statesboro. She also gifted each 2014 40 Under 40 honorees with a red rose after the awards ceremony.

Congratulations on your success, Christy! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to many more years of your beautiful designs.

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