We recently sat down with the man behind Freshman Welcome, Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11). The following recounts his experience this past Sunday when UGA welcomed thousands of members of the Class of 2018 into Sanford Stadium for this special event.
Last Sunday, I stood on the field of Sanford Stadium and witnessed something incredible.
After 20 minutes of direction from members of the Redcoat Marching Band, thousands of incoming freshmen from the UGA Class of 2018 formed a single entity on the soft green turf; they had formed the revered “Super G.”
Thousands of students, from a multitude of backgrounds, hometowns, interests and intended majors gathered in one spot for the same purpose.
Thousands of students.
Thousands of futures.
Thousands of dreams.
One united display of UGA pride.
After the official class photo was taken, I watched the students disperse and head in different directions. It was a perfect analogy, I realized. These students all have their own dreams. They will face their own challenges and realize their own successes. They will declare their own majors and they will decide their own path at UGA.
They will become our society’s next generation of doctors, veterinarians, botanists and scientists.
They will be our new businessmen and women, executives, lawyers and political leaders.
They will serve us as teachers, counselors, coaches and social workers.
They will inspire us as poets, dancers, artists and musicians.
They will build for us as engineers, architects, mechanics and designers.
And then, once UGA has prepared them for their rest of their lives, they will reunite once again on the field of Sanford Stadium to throw their caps in the air during Commencement. In a final display of solidarity, they will watch fireworks illuminate the stands of Sanford Stadium, where they cheered on the Bulldogs and sang “Glory, Glory” countless times. They will then go on to do great things in the world.
I am honored to advise a group of 35 students, the Student Alumni Council, who feel the same way. Even though they are not yet alumni, they have already made a monetary gift to UGA through the Georgia Fund.
Each freshman is just a tiny part of that “G.” It is only by coming together as a class that they can form the whole symbol. Each individual may only be able to give a little to the university. But together, small gifts build an incredible foundation which will vault the University of Georgia to even greater accomplishments.
UGA may just be one university, but it is our university.
Let’s support our students as fervently as we support our student-athletes on game day.
Let’s not allow our Georgia pride to cease at the gates of Sanford, Stegeman, or Foley.
Let’s show the world what the Red and Black is truly capable of. Make your gift today.
The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.
Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18.
Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.
This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.
Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:
We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!
Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.
Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks).
Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’
Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.
During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.
WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”
Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."
For many UGA students, their proudest day as a Bulldog is when they receive their diploma. Graduation is a momentous time in a person’s life, a time when they are often on the brink of new and exciting changes in their personal and professional life.
Though many people conform to the standard eight semester plan, a large number of students participate in the summer and winter commencement ceremonies. This summer is no exception. The University of Georgia plans to graduate more than 1,300 students on Friday, August 1.
For every commencement ceremony, UGA seeks out inspirational and accomplished speakers to give departing students encouraging words and valuable pieces of advice. This summer, the commencement ceremony will feature alumnus Abit Massey (BBA ’49). Massey led the Georgia Poultry Federation for 48 years, paving the way for the current state of UGA’s Poultry Science research. Massey also created a similar program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and even headed the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Massey’s contributions to the University of Georgia go far beyond his interest in our curriculum. He served as the UGA Alumni Association’s President from 1991 to 1993 and has supported the school with incredible generosity, earning his family the 2014 UGA Alumni Association Family of the Year Award. Graduating students could not ask for a better member of the Bulldog Nation to lead them during their final moments at this great institution.
Scheduled to attend summer commencement are 802 undergraduates, 371 master’s and specialist students and 207 doctoral candidates. Among them is the familiar face of popular journalist and WSB-TV broadcaster Monica Kaufman. Kaufman will join the ranks of other incredibly successful graduates from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Master’s Program.
The ceremony will be an incredible experience for graduates and attendees. It marks a new batch of talented individuals that will proudly represent the Bulldog spirit throughout their careers. Congratulations and Go Dawgs!