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05.22.2014

Young Alumni Profile - Mel Baxter (AB '12)

As a former UGA Orientation Leader and 2011 Homecoming Queen, Mel Baxter (AB '12) has been an integral part of UGA’s legacy of successful students. The UGA Alumni Association was able to catch up with Mel for a look into her favorite campus memories and how they have shaped her experience as an alumna.

How were you involved in UGA as a student?

During my four years at UGA, I worked as a Visitors Center tour guide, a Dawg Camp counselor and an orientation leader. I was on the UGA Miracle executive board for two years and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. I also spent time volunteering as a middle school mentor through the Forever Young mentoring program, and I worked to recruit prospective students through Georgia Recruitment Team.

What was your favorite experience at UGA?

I was lucky to have some incredible experiences throughout college, but my favorite experience was the opportunity to work as an orientation leader in the summer of 2011. I enjoyed welcoming thousands of students and families to campus, while falling even more in love with Georgia at the same time. I also had the chance to work with an incredible team of 11 students and three supervisors, which made the summer even more enjoyable. Looking back, it was a once in a lifetime experience that helped shape who I am today.

What advice would you give to recent graduates about staying connected to their alma mater?

It's important to always be proud of being a Dawg. Get connected with the alumni chapter in your area, go back to Athens when you have the chance and give back to the university and the organizations you were involved with as a student. Be proud of the incredible school you graduated from and help others to be just as enthusiastic!

What do you miss most about campus?

Gosh, I miss everything. Besides, of course, the food, I would have to say that I miss the people. From the friends I made at Dawg Camp to the friendliest parking deck attendants I have ever encountered, I miss the constant excitement that everyone has for being a part of the Bulldog Nation.

What have you been up to since graduating?

After graduating in the spring of 2012, I spent my summer in Berea, Ohio interning with the orientation staff at Baldwin Wallace University. Once my internship was over, I moved to Clemson, South Carolina to begin graduate school. Next week I will be graduating with a degree in higher education/student affairs from Clemson University (but I will always bleed red and black).

What are your future plans?

I am excited to say that next month I will be moving to San Francisco to start working as the Visitor Center Coordinator at Stanford University. My passion for working with prospective students developed during my time as a tour guide at UGA, and I am looking forward to bringing that passion to the West Coast!

The UGA Alumni Association wishes you the best at Stanford, Mel. Don't forget to keep in touch!

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09.29.2014

Clear the Air at UGA

Uga needs your help to clear the air at UGA! 

UGA recently launched a "Let's Clear the Air" campaign to promote the University System of Georgia's ban on tobacco products on all system campuses.

The campaign, which began September 22, advises faculty, staff, students and campus visitors that "UGA is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus," in accordance with a policy adopted in March by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The policy, which is effective starting October 1, reinforces the USG's commitment to provide a safe and amicable workplace for all employees as outlined in the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005 and to preserve and improve the health, comfort and environment of students, employees and visitors on all system campuses.

New signage around campus and messaging on the UGA website and via social media will promote the tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy, which applies to persons in indoor or outdoor areas, including all buildings, recreational areas, lawns, university sidewalks, university vehicles and parking lots.

Banned products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any smoking device that uses tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes.

For more information on the policy and resources to promote the policy as well as resources available for tobacco cessation, see uga.edu/tobacco-free or contact UGA Human Resources at 706-542-2621.

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09.26.2014

Good Eats: Alton in ATH

Notable UGA alumni Alton Brown (AB ‘04) is coming home to the Classic City on October 21 to kick off the third leg of his “Edible Inevitable Tour.”

You might recognize Alton from his Food Network shows “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Brown began producing his own show in the late nineties when he was dissatisfied with the quality of cooking shows in America. His dream came true in 2011 when he won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best TV Food Personality.

He brings his charm and charisma to his culinary variety show. The two-hour stage show centers around food, includes food songs, a mini lecture/stand-up segment titled “10 Things I’m Pretty Sure I’m Sure About Food” and two very large food demonstrations. One of which creates such a big mess that he gives the first five rows ponchos.

The UGA Alumni Associations wants to give YOU the chance to go see Alton Brown live when he comes to the Classic Center! Check out the UGA Alumni Association’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for more information on how to enter. Good luck and Go Dawgs!

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09.25.2014

Sic ‘Em City: Homecoming 2014

Beginning September 28, the University of Georgia will welcome alumni, friends and fans to campus for UGA Homecoming Week. This year’s theme, “Sic ‘Em City,” features several Las Vegas-inspired events for students and visitors alike, including a comedy show, game night and carnival.

The homecoming parade, with UGA Basketball Coach Mark Fox acting as grand marshal, will begin at 6:00 p.m on Friday, October 3. The parade will travel through downtown Athens and will include floats, appearances by UGA cheerleaders and a performance by the Redcoat Marching Band.

Directly following the parade, the UGA Alumni Association will host a Homecoming BBQ for its board of directors, campus administrators and Student Alumni Council members and alumni. The BBQ will also serve as a 50th reunion for the Class of 1964. It is not too late to register to attend, so please visit the Alumni Association’s homecoming page for more information and to RSVP.

Many of the colleges and schools will also host celebrations to welcome their alumni back to the Classic City on Saturday, October 4.

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will have a Game Day BBQ beginning at 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

The School of Law will hold its annual Law Dawg BBQ on Herty Field beginning at 1:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required to attend.

The Terry College of Business will host a tailgate on the Brooks Hall Lawn at 1:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

The College of Pharmacy will host class reunions for 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994 and 1989 graduates. It will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the R.C. Wilson Building at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit the College of Pharmacy’s web page.

For more information about Homecoming Week events, click here.

The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to welcoming alumni and friends back to campus for the 2014 Homecoming Week! Sic 'em!

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