2012 UGA Alumni Association Awards
Robert Argo (BBA ’50), William P. Flatt and the family of Frank “Sonny” Seiler (BBA ’56, JD ’57) were honored by the alumni association in April for their commitment to the University of Georgia.
Alumni Merit Award
Robert E. Argo enrolled in UGA after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Argo represented Clarke County in the Georgia state legislature from 1976 to 1986, serving on the appropriations and higher education committees, and as chairman of the rules committee. He helped secure funding for many UGA projects including the Tate Student Center, the parking deck adjacent to the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Biological Sciences Building. He is an emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation and has served as UGA Alumni Association president.
Faculty Service Award
William P. Flatt is the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Foods and Nutrition. Flatt has been at UGA since 1969, when he was recruited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has received 10 national awards, including a presidential citation and the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award, one of the most significant recognitions the department can bestow. Flatt came to UGA as chairman of the Animal Sciences Division but within a year was named director of the Georgia Experiment Stations. In 1981 he became dean of the College of Agriculture, which was later named the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has been a major supporter of the university, having established multiple graduate and undergraduate scholarships and awards for outstanding seniors, including an endowment for the Bill and June Flatt Professorship of Foods and Nutrition.
Alumni Family of the Year Award
The family of Frank “Sonny” Seiler has been responsible for eight generations of Uga, UGA’s white English bulldog mascot. The first Uga was a gift to Seiler and his wife, Cecilia, in 1956. The Seilers, with children Swann (ABJ ’78), Charles (AB ’83), Sara and Bess, have been involved in community and statewide affairs and have received many honors and awards. In addition to serving on the Law School and Grady College Boards, respectively, Sonny and Swann Seiler each have served as president of the UGA Alumni Association. They are the only father and daughter to have held the position. Both also have been active with the UGA Foundation and Athletic Association boards.