"Mine was the best seat in the house at the 2015 UGA graduation exercises last Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Not because I was a special speaker or honored guest but because I was sitting next to my youngest daughter as a member of the graduating class of 2015."
Bulldog 100 business owner Frank Raiford's (BBA '15) story is a bit unique. Originally a student in the late 1970s, Frank left UGA to start his business career - just three credits shy of graduating. He intended to return and finish his degree, but months turned into years and the family (Frank's wife, Melanie, is a member of UGA's Class of 1984) and business continued to grow.
Flash forward to the fall of 2011. Frank's youngest daughter, Meredith (BFA '15), is a freshman at UGA and tells her father how much it would mean to her if they could graduate together.
"I had promised Meredith that I would "finish" the last class that I needed to graduate and walk with her during her graduation. I will always remember this brief and unique time spent with "my" graduating class. I could feel the energy of youth and sense their expectations as they moved across the field and transitioned from being students to graduates."
After graduation, Meredith said "I was so proud and honored to graduate with my dad. It's because of his hard work and dedication over the past 30 years that I have been able to succeed today. It was only fitting that we got to celebrate our accomplishments together Between the Hedges. We both enjoyed every minute of it."
Earlier this year, Frank's company, Police & Sheriff's Press, Inc. was recognized by the UGA Alumni Association as a member of the Bulldog 100 Class of 2015. The business was also recognized in 2014.
Frank had this to say about this unorthodox path to a degree, "Graduation was a long time in coming. My peers from '76-'82 are ordering senior coffee, receiving letters from AARP and showing off pictures of grandchildren. My new peers have the world before them and are ready to begin their journey. My hope for each of them is to dream big, work hard, cherish the friends they have made at UGA and enjoy the journey."
Whether you consider him a member of the Class of 1982 or 2015, we know that Frank, as well as Meredith, will represent the Bulldog family with pride wherever they go. Congratulations on graduating!
The Executive MBA Program at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business was ranked No. 14 worldwide by The Economist in its latest assessment.
The new ranking is a step up for Terry's EMBA program, which was No. 22 worldwide in the previous scoring by The Economist.
"I am certainly proud that the excellence of this degree is being recognized in Georgia and around the world," said Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of the Terry College. "This ranking is a reflection of the investment and quality that our faculty put into our EMBA program, and a good indication that it truly enhances the careers of our students."
The Economist's rankings reflect each EMBA program's performance in two broad categories: personal development/education experience and career development, with each category weighted equally. Terry's EMBA program received the highest ranking among schools in Georgia and was eighth among programs based solely in the U.S.
"We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the very best Executive MBA programs in the world," said Rich Daniels, director of Executive and Professional MBA Programs at the Terry College. "Our focus on leadership development, international experience and harnessing the Terry College network has proven to be particularly effective in ensuring that our graduates are successful."
The Terry College's Executive MBA degree is an 18-month program geared toward mid- to senior-level managers. The format combines weekend class sessions with asynchronous interaction using distance learning technologies. The program also offers individual leadership coaching, valuable opportunities to network and an international residency.
For more information about Terry's Executive MBA, Professional MBA (offered in Buckhead and Gwinnett County) and Full-Time MBA (in Athens), see terry.uga.edu/mba.
Source: UGA Today
Honey, caviar or BBQ sauce?
Did you know that UGA has its own honey bee farm in Watkinsville, Georgia, and that honey is a $75 million industry in the state?
Since 1975, honey bees have been the official insect of Georgia. UGA’s honey bees produce up to 200 pounds of honey a year. Honey bee research taking place at the university includes studying bee health management issues, bee pollination, and foraging ecology. UGA honey is a golden color with fruity accents that stem from the blackberry, blueberry, and bramble blooms in the area surrounding the farm. The honey is available for purchase at Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden in Watkinsville, Cofer’s Home and Garden in Athens, and through the UGA Entomology Department. Learn more about the UGA Honey Bee Farm.
Q Sauce from Jennifer (BBA ’92) and Chris (BBA ’88, JD ’92) Adams
While the university produces tasty treats (UGA Caviar, anyone?), its alumni are also taking the food industry by storm. Attendees at the 2015 Alumni Awards Luncheon took home a complimentary bottle of Q Sauce, generously donated by Jennifer (BBA ’92) and Chris (BBA ’88, JD ’92) Adams.
Based in Dacula, Georgia, the Adamses began making their sauce after it became popular with friends and family. In 2013, it was a Flavor of Georgia finalist and in 2014, it was a winner in the sauces and marinades category. Their daughters called the sauce “Q” for short and the name stuck. All of their sauces are all natural and contain no preservatives. For more information about Q Sauce, visit www.qsaucestore.com.
Wondering what to give to a friend or family member graduating from the University of Georgia next week? Look no further than UGA's very own Scottish tartan.
Tartan's pattern of interlocking stripes, often mistaken for plaid, dates back to the third or fourth century A.D. Tartan became so popular in Scottish Highlands culture that commercial weavers began naming the patterns instead of numbering them. Over time, those names began to represent a connection between the wearer and Scottish clans.
Today, tartans can identify individuals as members of certain groups, now including the University of Georgia.
For UGA's tartan (modeled above by Student Alumni Council member Jasmine Johnson '16), UGA graduate Walter Estes (AB '77, MED '98) developed and donated a tartan design using red and black. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences then secured official recognition by the Scottish Register of Tartans. After approval, a student committee chose the neck tie for men and a silk scarf for women as the ideal products to first be developed from the tartan design. Today, there are several products to choose from, including a pocket square, bow tie, tote bag and cummerbund.
Click here to shop for official UGA tartan products - when you do, the royalties support scholarships and programs for FACS students in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors!
Recently, several UGA faculty and students have been in the spotlight for receiving prestigious scholarships and awards. The UGA Alumni Association is proud of these outstanding individuals as they further the university's mission and enhance its reputation.
Torre Lavelle '16 has been named a 2015 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar which is awarded to an undergraduate pursuing a career focused on environmental or Native American policy. Lavelle is a third-year student majoring in ecology and plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental management as well as a Juris Doctor in hopes of becoming a conservation policymaker. Read more.
Juanita Johnson-Bailey (MED '93, EDD '94), director of the Institute for the Women’s Studies at UGA, is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award, an honor given by the American Association of University Women for outstanding contribution to equality and education for women and girls. Johnson-Bailey has authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles, book reviews, book chapters and monographic. She has also delivered nearly 120 conference presentations and chaired nearly 30 completed doctoral dissertations. Read more.
Kathleen Wilson '16 was named a 2015 Truman Scholar receiving a $30,000 scholarship to attend graduate school. Wilson is pursuing bachelors' degrees in economics and international affairs. She plans to earn a master’s in public policy and Middle Eastern studies after graduation in 2016. Read more.
Megan Ernst '15 was awarded the James Madison Graduate Fellowship which provides up to $24,000 for individuals who desire to become outstanding teachers at the secondary school level. Ernst will graduate in May with Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Bachelor of Arts in political science, and a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public and International Affairs. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in teaching from the UGA College of Education. Read more.
Lauren Dennison '15, Erin Hollander '15, and Karishma Sriram '15 received 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, exclusive undergraduate scholarships in the field of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. All three students are enrolled in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and plan to earn doctoral degrees related to biomedical research. Read more.
Ayan Hussein (BS ’12) is one of the recipients of the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. This fellowship supports the graduate education of students who were born abroad but have become permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the United States. Hussein, a 2012 UGA graduate, is now earning a Ph.D at Yale University studying biological and biomedical sciences. Selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants, she will receive tuition and stipend assistance up to $90,000 in support of her graduate education. Read more.
Sixteen UGA students have been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The highly competitive awards recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.These fellows were selected from more than 16,000 applicants nationwide for the 2015 competition. Read more.