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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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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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