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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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03.27.2015

Alumnae Work to Save our Hearing

Athens, a town where music flourishes, is packed with venues and sold-out shows. However, two of Athens’ biggest music-goers, alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10), realized that most people were unaware of the long-term, damaging effects concerts can have on hearing.

Inspired by their undergraduate studies in music business and communication sciences and disorders and by their passion for music, the two graduates started We’re hEAR for You, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for hearing conservation. We’re hEAR for You supplies free earbuds in music venues all over Athens as well as communities across the nation.

Earbuds provided by We're hEAR for You

In an interview with the Red & Black, Carmody and DeCelles shared their passion for hearing protection.

“We’re trying to break the stigma of hearing protection. People think that hearing protection will decrease the quality of a show, but it actually filters out damaging frequencies. We’re hEAR for You focuses on education. Once people understand the science on why they need to protect their hearing, they are so much more likely to use hearing protection,” said Carmody.

We’re hEAR for You has established chapters in Atlanta, Nashville, Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, but the group’s largest chapter is in the Classic City.

Locally, the organization’s major effort is to supply music venues, bars and other music related operations in the Athens area, such as Nuci's Space, with free ear buds and hearing protection resources. The public takes full advantage of the earbuds which have to be restocked quite frequently.

DeCelles and Carmody are in collaboration with the UGA Huge Hodges School of Music and strongly encourage students to get involved in advocating hearing protection. The organization takes part in the annual International Hearing Awareness Day on campus as well.

As the organization continues to grow, they work with musicians nationwide to promote hearing conservation. Currently, We’re hEAR for You has 25 bands that carry their earbuds on tour. Carmody operates as a liaison with these artists and makes sure the bands stay stocked. The organization even coordinates with music festivals to provide the earbuds to fellow music lovers.


 

Alumnae Katie Carmody (BSED ’08) and Caroline DeCelles (BSED ’08, MED ’10) at AthenFest 2014

 

Visit We’re hEAR for You at their website to partner with them or learn more about their cause.

This was originally published in the Red and Black

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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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