Early registration for the 2014 Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk ends tomorrow
Young alumnus Kyle Green (BS ’12) launches Young Hearted Apparel clothing line
2014 Return to the Arch Alumni Seminar: The Best of UGA
A Calling for this Bulldog
New Heights, New Horizons
UGA alumnae shed a light on “Atlanta’s Real Women”
UGA study abroad program inspires documentary
Creative jewelry designed by alumna Casey Melton (BBA '04, BFA '05)
Another successful UGA Alumni Leadership Assembly
Sonny Seiler (BBA ‘56, JD ‘57) receives Erk Russell Award
Georgia’s on my mind this weekend for Alumni Leadership Assembly!
Music of Steve Dancz (BMUS ’80) featured in Super Bowl XLVIII
Alumnus awarded President’s Fulfilling the Dreams Award
Alumna Elizabeth Sheain (MAED ‘11) opens horse rescue
David Ellis (AB ‘94) named vice president of marketing for O’Charley’s
UGA Alumnus appointed director of UGA Technology Commercialization Office
UGA graduate named to Texas A&M 12 Under 12 Young Alumni list
UGA celebrates 229th anniversary as first state-chartered institution of higher education
Social Empowerment Center named top Bulldog 100 business
Diabetes advocate Phil Southerland (BSA ‘05) launches Team Type 1 Foundation
UGA alumnus Tom Okie (PHD ‘12) explains the history behind “The Peach State”
UGA alumnus launches Dinner Lab
Paul Byron Downs (AB '93) is a rising star in luxury furnishings market
Alumnus Patrick Millsaps (JD '00) rubbing elbows in Hollywood
Jamie Fine (ABJ '89) takes the cake!
Focus on Faculty: John Maltese
Richard Riley (BBA ‘84) serves as U.S. Consul General
Former UGA Alumni Association president passes away
Happy New Year!
Traveling to the Gator Bowl?
Happy Holidays from the UGA Alumni Association!
Alumni-owned companies collaborate to provide ultimate Southern experience
Alumna is force behind Amalia Designs
Anne Byrn (BSHE ‘78) lands her cake mixes in Publix Super Markets
UGA alumnus Daniel Streicker (PHD ‘11) named first winner of international science prize
UGA Alumni Association holiday parties are in full swing
Alumni open Athens’s only vegan restaurant
Alumna offers reusable wrapping
Mike Proctor (BBA ‘96) sells collegiate kettle corn
Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Alumna’s gift to Ellen DeGeneres featured on The Ellen Show
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
Admittedly, I did not grow up dreaming of being an alumni director, but when I discovered the field in August 1992, I knew I had found the job for me. As I settled into this career, it became my dream to do this work at one of the nation's premier universities, and I have been blessed to have had that opportunity for the last 17 years, 10 of which I have served as executive director.
Leading the Office of Alumni Relations and the UGA Alumni Association has been tremendously rewarding, and I am grateful for the many wonderful relationships that have resulted from meeting UGA's alumni in my travels around the Bulldog Nation. There are simply no words to eloquently convey my gratitude.
This is by no means goodbye. I am excited about my new role as Executive Director of Campaign Engagement and look forward to working with you, our treasured graduates, as we take UGA to new heights. To continue our university's upward trajectory and cement our place among the world's best, we must involve more alumni in support of our mission.
You and your fellow graduates are making a difference around the world every day. Your success is crucial evidence of the value of a UGA education. I know we can count on you to answer your alma mater's call and help us enhance the UGA experience for future generations.
Four of our graduates have been hard at work writing a book! Elisabeth Butler (‘14), LuAnn Cooley (PHD ‘07), Linda Hughes (EDD ‘07) and Kathryn Gray White (ABJ ’87, MA ’90, PHD ‘10) along with other women from the metro-Atlanta area have penned Atlanta’s Real Women which chronicles stories from these women’s lives. These stories serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to women through all walks of life.
Butler’s section focuses on beauty and how women learn to value themselves and others based on appearance from childhood. She is currently the Regional Director of Development for Georgia Gwinnett College, which is the newest member of the University System of Georgia. Butler said her favorite memory from creating the book was, “[The] first get-together at Linda’s house; meeting these incredible women and learning their stories was amazing. It has changed my life.”
“Hopeful Habits” was penned by Cooley and focuses on hope and how necessary it is to choose to be helpful today. Cooley currently lives in rural Georgia with her husband and their three dogs. When she is not administering the Little Suzie Homesteader website and developing her skills as an Indie author Cooley enjoys tending to her organic garden and photographing nature.
Hughes’s chapter is called “Lessons from the Loony Bin” and is about her fond memories of visiting the psychiatric ward where her father was a patient after WWII; she uses things she observed there as a child as analogies for grown-ups today. She said that she wanted to be a part of this book because she “thought it would be fun and interesting, and it is!” Hughes spent 20 years as a public speaker and seminar leader all over the world, but ten years ago she began college teaching and now teaches at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Triple dawg, White, dedicated her chapter to tell the story of her Georgia childhood and how simple things and larger than life people who enter our world mold our disposition. She hopes that “[her] friends, old and new, and those [she has] yet to meet will gain some comfort from the stories of other women who faced the unknown with that old southern ‘gumption’ which [her] mom and other women talked about.” White is currently a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College where she specializes in early colonial history, Georgia history and educational history.
I encourage you to pick up Atlanta's Real Women the next time you're in need of a good story!