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It is great to be a Georgia Bulldog! As we head into 2013, the excellence of UGA alumni makes all of us very proud. Evidence of the quality of our graduates will be on display on Jan. 26, when we celebrate the fourth annual Bulldog 100 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.

The successes of the Bulldog 100 honorees continue to impress. It is amazing to behold the leadership, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of our graduates. As we look forward to a growing and strengthening economy, I am extremely pleased to see UGA graduates leading the way. Other UGA students and graduates leading the way are our 2012 London Olympics participants. I want to congratulate and commend you all on outstanding performances. You made us very proud!

It is important to note that in January 2013, we will celebrate the 228th anniversary of UGA’s founding as the nation’s first state-chartered university, highlighted by the 11th Annual Founders Day Lecture at the UGA Chapel on Jan. 30. Our Student Alumni Council members will also host several events during the month that will focus on wishing UGA a happy birthday. We as alumni stand on centuries of storied tradition. I look forward to joining with you to ensure UGA’s continued success for centuries to come.

The UGA Alumni Association will welcome valued alumni chapter volunteers back to campus on Feb. 22-24 for the Alumni Leadership Assembly. This fun and informative weekend is a wonderful opportunity for chapter leaders to connect with each other and with the University. Chapters will learn how they can best reach more than 275,000 alumni and friends around the globe. The Office of Alumni Relations will present chapter of the year and volunteer of the year awards to hard-working chapter leaders at the awards dinner. Regional chapters are the backbone of our programming and we are very grateful to the volunteers, who work tirelessly to bring UGA back to their communities.

Remember that your local alumni chapter offers a multitude of ways to plug in to UGA. For example, you can assist current students through admissions and Freshmen Send Off events and network with fellow graduates at Bulldogs After Business Hours and lunch gatherings.

Lastly, I want to congratulate the new fall semester 2012 graduates and welcome them as the newest members of the Alumni Association. I encourage you to become involved with your local chapter.

Your Alumni Association wishes you a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for all you do for the University of Georgia and for making 2012 another great year. Your relationship with the University is very important to us, and we look forward to growing it with you in 2013. Go Dogs!

—Steve Jones (BBA ’78, JD ’87), president               UGA Alumni Association