May 2009

From the President
Take 5
Cover Story
Feature Stories
An ounce of prevention
Patent power
Butterfly dreams
Colley CAN
Paying it forward
Around the Arch
Best of show
UGA and CDC partner to fight disease
Musical treasure hunt leads to a gem
Grammy winner!
Ad research again at top of field
Landscape architecture leads the field
Blast from the past
More honors for Faust
UGA gets its first Howard Hughes award
Terry among top in licensing exams
Yoculan’s last bow
Age is just a number
Equestrian wins again
Athletics funding bolsters academics
Let it snow
UGA honors Dooley
Warnell School gets $6.7 million to study Appalachians
Students get Udall, Goldwater scholarships
“All Pro Dad” program extends to UGA
Watching history unfold
President Emeritus Henry King Stanford dies
Going Green—Sustainapalooza
Going Green—Recyclemainia
Going Green—Recycle to win
Going Green—Clean and green
Going Green—Sustainable recreation
Hold the phone!
UGA gets $8.3 million boost for stem cell research
Uga leaves his “papers” to UGA
Alumni News & Events
2009 Alumni Award Recipients
Letter from the UGA Alumni Association Board President
Alumni chapters
Alumni Profiles
On Broadway
Reviving the craft
Lights, camera, action!
Class Notes
Class Notes
Grad Notes
Class Notes Extras
A bulldog’s view of the inauguration
Alumnus, former GM editor, recovers from war injuries
Dancing with the (Athens) stars
Where are they now?
Why I give
Back Page
Arvin Scott

Alumni chapters

Alumni chapters

D.C. Dawgs sponsored dinner for the fall 2008 Washington Semester Students at Red Rocks Pizza in Columbia Heights, D.C. D.C. Dawgs works closely with the Washington Semester Program to enhance students’ D.C. experience and help build lasting professional connections.

Photo by: Special

Whether UGA graduates stay in Bulldog country or venture to the far corners of the states, they’re likely to find a community group sporting red and black and eager to socialize with a fellow Dawg.

“We strive to welcome new members, build lasting professional connections and friendships and keep the spirit of Athens alive,” says Valerie Elston, president of the D.C. Dawgs, one of the larger out-of-state alumni association chapters.

The UGA Alumni Association now has 39 alumni chapters, 53 clubs and 92 organizations established across the United States, with two international organizations in London and Germany. Chapters are formed in areas with at least 1,000 UGA grads, while clubs serve areas with at most 999 grads. Groups sponsor game-watching events, dinner clubs and holiday parties, among other things. Members of the D.C. Dawgs mentor UGA students participating In the Washington Semester Program.

Caroline Jones (AB ’05), membership coordinator; Christa Koubek (BBA ’01); Valerie Elston (AB ’04, ABJ ’04), president; and Robin Muthig (AB ’06), golf tournament coordinator, welcome D.C. Dawgs to Penn Quarter Sports Tavern for the UGA v. Central Michigan football game. Special photo

About three-fifths of the quarter-million UGA alumni live in Georgia, many served by the 22 in-state chapters and clubs. The Fulton County chapter is the association’s largest.

Outside of Georgia, the states with the most UGA alumni are Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to D.C., larger out-of-state chapters are in New York, Chattanooga, upstate South Carolina and Charlotte.

In addition to socializing and networking, the chapters perform community service and fundraising activities. Some of the organizations they’ve helped are Relay for Life, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army.

Alumni across the country participate in Paws Across America National Volunteer Day, in which association chapters and clubs take part in a local Habitat for Humanity project. Each fall, groups participate in the Dawgs Feeding Dogs Campaign, which collects and donates pet food to local no-kill animal shelters in honor of Uga. In 2008, more than 14,000 pounds of pet food were donated in honor of Uga VII. The Jacksonville, Fla., chapter has earned more than $6,300 through a local golf tournament, which they donated to the Alumni Association’s Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Younger alumni appreciate the community service activities because at the university it’s easier to plug into those kinds of events and activities,” says Debbie Dietzler, executive director of the UGA Alumni Association. “When you move away, it’s harder to get involved.”


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