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G BOOK CLASS OF 2018
The University of Georgia
Place your UGA ID here
upon graduation.
Name:
Major:
Hometown:
Date Received:
Where I Have Lived:
GREETINGS TO YOU!
As your future full of great pride and tradition awaits,
use this book as a guide through the next few years
to capture the moments you’ll hold near and dear
here at the University of Georgia. Appreciate and
uphold the traditions, both present and past, for you
are the keeper of a tradition that lasts. Carry your G
Book with pride and then heed the call to keep our
traditions alive – each one and all. The Bulldog Nation
is now counting on you to remember its story and
create one of your own!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction to The G Book 9
Greetings from the UGA Alumni Association 10
How to be an official UGA Tradition Keeper 11
Letter from the Editors 12
UGA History 13
The Fairest of the Southland 17
The UGA Motto 22
UGA Multicultural Firsts 23
Did You Know? 25
Lost Traditions 26
The UGA of Our Generation 32
The Redcoats are Coming! 34
Know Your Georgia Spirit 36
Ugas Through Time 40
Traditions 42
Traditions of All Time 44
Traditions of Our Time 59
Make Your Own Traditions 94
Commencement 96
If I Only Knew Then: Advice from Alumni and Students 98
G Book Contributors & Special Thanks 106
2014-2015 Student Alumni Council 107
George Cooke, View of Athens from Carr’s Hill, 1845
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INTRODUCTION TO THE G BOOK
Glory, Glory, to Old Georgia!
The G Book is the official traditions handbook for
University of Georgia students. Your Student Alumni
Association (SAA) has the motto —“Where Wisdom, Justice,
and Moderation meet Pride, Loyalty, and Tradition.” SAA is
the gatekeeper for UGA traditions, and it invites all UGA
students to participate in the G Book experience. To make it
applicable to the student experience today, students wrote
and crafted your Class of 2018 edition of the G Book.
From 1915 through the late 1950s, the G Book existed as a
guide to students about all things Georgia. Men were actually
required to carry the book in their front left pocket. Much
smaller then, the pages were filled with rules and regulations
by which all university students had to abide. It also served as the main book for cheers
and songs that established Georgia pride.
More than 50 years later, the G Book is back! Revived by the Student Alumni Council
(SAC) in 2009, this is the fifth edition of the new G Book. The G Book aims to connect you
with the traditions and points of pride of the University of Georgia. These pages are
designed to capture your memories as a Dawg. Take pictures, fill the pages, and create a
living testament of your time spent at UGA.
This book will introduce you to the history, traditions, and spirit that graduates of UGA
should understand and carry with them. As the late Larry Munson so aptly put it, “There is
no tradition more worthy of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty as the University
of Georgia.” As you embark on your collegiate journey, try to experience all aspects of the
campus and the community. Learn as much as you can about yourself by stepping outside
your comfort zone and trying something different.
As our university continues to grow, new traditions are created all the time. From not
walking under the Arch until graduation, to taking your picture on the Arch logo tile in the
Tate Student Center—each tradition is unique and special to the Bulldog Nation. It’s up
to the students to create them and keep them alive.
Georgia
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How to be an official UGA Tradition Keeper

A UGA Tradition Keeper is someone who cares deeply about the history and tradition
of the University of Georgia. You do not just read the G Book, you live it. A Tradition
Keeper actively participates in checking off the traditions listed within these pages.
As you flip through your book, take every opportunity to live these experiences while
you are here.
When you have completed 10 traditions, you will receive a Tradition Keeper button that
reads “Future Tradition Keeper.” This signifies that you are a passionate, distinguished
Bulldog who is experiencing UGA to the fullest.
When you have completed 20 traditions, you will receive a Tradition Keeper lapel pin.
Wearing the Tradition Keeper lapel pin is even more distinguished and puts you halfway
to becoming an official Tradition Keeper!
When you have completed 30 traditions, you will receive an official G Book t-shirt.
Completing 30 traditions shows your dedication to UGA and your passion for continuing
the legacy.
When you have completed 40 traditions, you will receive the official Tradition Keeper
personalized plaque. Make it your keepsake showing that you have helped preserve our
“Alma Mater fair, beyond compare.” It is the ultimate symbol of pride, loyalty, and tradition.
Tradition Keeper check-ins are held at any Student Alumni Association (SAA) table on
campus throughout the year. Be sure to check the SAA facebook page, UGA Alumni
Association calendar and SAA on twitter for tabling dates. Any member of the Student
Alumni Council (SAC) can verify Tradition Keeper status.
TRADITION KEEPER
The Wray-Nicholson House:
Headquarters of the UGA Alumni Association
GREETINGS FROM THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Welcome to UGA! As you embark on some of the most critical, exciting, and
memorable years of your life, we hope that you will remember three important facets
of being a Georgia Bulldog.
PRIDE: You are now a student at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher
education in the country. The nation’s most beautiful campus and America’s favorite
college town are now your home. The successes of your faculty, fellow students, athletic
teams, and alumni are your successes.
LOYALTY: Once a Dawg, always a Dawg! How sweet it is! UGA students and alumni
share a strong bond with each other and with our alma mater. Learn to appreciate
and utilize the tightly knit and spirited network of UGA alumni spread across the world.
Take part in the activities and groups that strengthen and improve the university.
TRADITION: As a student at America’s oldest public university, you are now a part of
more than 229 years of rich history. Generations of alumni now look to you to continue
to uphold UGA’s legacy. As you immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of UGA,
remember that more than 357,000 graduates have come before you. Generations of
alumni look to you to uphold UGA’s legacy.
GO DAWGS!
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UGA HISTORY
What you are holding is the G Book. The G Book is the official traditions handbook for
students of the University of Georgia. It is now yours and meant to teach you.
From the Arch to the Creamery and everywhere in between, every inch of this campus
is drenched in over 228 years of history and tradition. Mapped out by the thousands of
students that have come before you, this book will teach you where the coolest places
at UGA and in Athens are. Let it teach you the legacy of the Bulldawg Nation. Let it
teach you how to create your own legacy.
While a student here, let the G Book serve you as a guide, a map, and a bucket list of all
the places and things to do while a member of the oldest and proudest public institution
in the nation. Let it serve as your beacon of UGA knowledge while you discover traditions
long forgotten, traditions of all time, and traditions of our time. Of your time.
Go out and inquire into the nature of things. Create your own new traditions, conquer old
traditions, and let the G Book document it. Explore all the food options the dining halls
have to offer, meet as many people as you can, take pride in knowing your peers are some
of the greatest, most distinguished students in the world. Inquire into the unknown and let
these four years be your adventure.
You are a Bulldawg. Your UGA experience is yours for the taking and whether you are
cheering on the Dawgs and singing ‘Glory Glory’ until your throat hurts or spending a
beautiful day on Herty Field, the G Book is here to teach you, to serve you, and to
document your adventures as you inquire into the nature of things.
In the words of the late Larry Munson, “now a new breed of Bulldog stands ready to take
the field of battle to assume the reigns of their Georgia forbearers and continue that
tradition, understanding that there is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution
worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia.”
Go Dawgs!
ET DOCERE ET RERUM EXQUIRERE CAUSAS.
To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.
Dowdy White
‘16
Emilie Clarke
‘16
Loni Gibson
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Nicole Dancz
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Alex Carruth
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Kimberly Caldwell
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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
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1785: Abraham Baldwin, founder of the University of Georgia, drafts legislation that
becomes the university’s charter.
1803: The Demosthenian Literary Society, UGA’s oldest student-run organization, is founded.
1804: President of UGA, Josiah Meigs, presides over the first commencement ceremony.
1806: Franklin College, now Old College, opens as the first permanent building on campus.
UGA becomes known as Franklin College, a designation that lasted for more than 50 years.
1820: Phi Kappa is founded as a rival literary society to Demosthenian.
1833: UGA’s first Botanical Garden is founded.
1834: The Alumni Society is formed and its first meeting is held in the Chapel.
1858: The original Botanical Garden is sold and proceeds used to erect the Arch and wrought iron
fence surrounding North Campus. The fence is needed to keep livestock off campus.
1859: UGA is organized into five schools: law, medicine, agriculture, engineering, and commerce.
1863: The university closes in October because of the Civil War when enrollment drops to 78
students. The university does not reopen until January 1866.
1866: The first social fraternity is organized (Sigma Alpha Epsilon.)
1872: UGA is designated a land-grant institution under the Morrill Act.
1886: UGA competes in its first intercollegiate athletic event, defeating Emory in baseball.
The feat is commemorated in the first edition of the Pandora Yearbook.
1892: Chemistry Professor and alumnus Charles Herty (BPh, 1886) organizes and coaches
UGA’s first intercollegiate football team.
1903: Establishment of the School of Pharmacy. UGA’s first summer sessions are held.
1905: The Redcoat Marching Band is formed as a section of the UGA Military Department.
1906: Establishment of the School of Forest Resources later named the Warnell School
of Forestry and Natural Resources.
1908: Establishment of the College of Education. The A&M College is divided into the College
of Science and Engineering and the College of Agriculture.
1910: Establishment of the Graduate School.
1912: Re-establishment of the School of Commerce later named the Terry College of Business.
1915: Establishment of the School of Journalism later named the Grady College of Journalism
and Mass Communication.
1918: First undergraduate woman is admitted to UGA.
1919: Enrollment level reaches 1,000 students.
1920: Bulldog becomes UGA’s mascot.
1928: Hugh Hodgson becomes the first music professor.
1933: Establishment of the School of Home Economics later to
be called the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS.)
1937: Establishment of the Art Department later named the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
1940: The first George Foster Peabody Award is presented to recipients recognizing
excellence in radio and television broadcasting administered by the Grady College of
Journalism and Mass Communication.
1942: The Georgia football team wins the National Championship for the first time.
However, the title is disputed between UGA and Ohio State.
1946: Establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Two electric lights are
added to the top of the Arch.
1948: Establishment of UGA Athletic Association.
1953: Establishment of The Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Rock Eagle
4-H Center.
1956: Uga I makes his first appearance as the UGA mascot.
1961: Charlayne Hunter (ABJ ’63) and Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63) enroll as the first
African American students, thus ending segregation.
1963: Enrollment level reaches 10,000 students.
1964: The Georgia Coliseum is opened, seating 10,523, later re-named to honor Herman
Stegeman who coached basketball, football, baseball, and track at UGA. Establishment of
the School of Social Work.
1965: UGA is designated as the state’s flagship institution of higher education.
1966: Campus Transit is established running only one route, North-South, costing 5 cents
per ride.
1967: Enrollment level reaches 20,000 students.
1969: Establishment of the School of Environmental Design later to be named the
College of Environment and Design.
1970: Establishment of the Study Abroad Program.
1974: A world record for largest group streak is established in March when 1,543 people
simultaneously streak throughout campus.
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1980: UGA is awarded sea-grant status and the football team wins
the National Championship led by freshman Herschel Walker.
1981: Enrollment level reaches 25,000 students.
1982: Establishment of the School of Music, later named the
Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
1983: The Tate Student Center opens.
1984: The number of women enrolled at UGA exceeds the number of male students.
1985: UGA celebrates the 200th anniversary of the signing of its charter.
1996: UGA hosts the medal rounds of Women’s Olympic soccer in a hedge-less Sanford
Stadium and rhythmic gymnastics and volleyball at Stegeman Coliseum.
1998: Enrollment level reaches 30,000 students.
1999: UGA recognizes President Jimmy Carter as the first recipient of the Delta Prize
for Global Understanding.
2001: Establishment of the School of Public and International Affairs.
2005: Establishment of the College of Public Health.
2007: Establishment of the Odum School of Ecology.
2008: UGA partners with Georgia Health Sciences University to establish a
medical campus in Athens.
2009: Winning their fifth-straight national title, the Gym Dogs are the first UGA athletic
team, and the first gymnastics team nationally, to reach double digits, making it a perfect ten!
2010: UGA celebrates the 225th anniversary of its charter.
2011: UGA celebrates the 50th anniversaries of desegregation and the Honors Program.
2011: Larry Munson, legendary radio play-by-play football broadcaster,
dies at age 89 after 42 years of calling games for the Dawgs.
2012: Establishment of the College of Engineering.
2012: UGA opens the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries.
2012: College of Public Health moves to the Health Sciences Campus.
2013: Provost Jere W. Morehead invested as new President of UGA.
2013: UGA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Tate Center.
The Honors Program:
The Honors Program not only
provides honors education
through smaller courses taught
by UGA’s finest professors,
but also a wide range of
opportunities for learning
and growth that extend far
beyond the classroom. These
extracurricular opportunities include a variety of programs that connect great students
with great faculty, such as Book Discussions, held in faculty members’ homes, and
Lunchbox Lectures, in which students can learn about the latest work being done by
faculty members. The Honors Program’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities
(CURO) makes it possible for Honors students to conduct frontline research alongside
faculty mentors.
The Redcoat Band:
In 2000, the Redcoats
became the first band in the
Southeastern Conference to
receive the Sudler Trophy
which recognizes bands who
have “demonstrated the
highest musical standards and
innovative marching routines
and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the
performance standards of college marching bands over a period of years.” This placed the
Redcoat Band in the company of previous recipients of the award which included Michigan,
Ohio State, Texas, and Illinois.
Since gaining its charter in 1785, the University of Georgia has
continuously grown in prestige.
Photo Credit: Kyle Krafka
Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services
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UGA Food Services:
University Food Services has
received a gold Loyal E. Horton
Dining Award for residential dining
concepts and honorable mention
for catering–online menu from the
National Association of College and
University Food Services. Colleges
and universities across the nation
compete for Horton awards. The category of residential dining concepts evaluates all-you-
care-to-eat facilities and a food service program’s ability to bring creativity, atmosphere,
nutritional quality, and variety into their menu, presentation, marketing, nutrition and
wellness. By entering the residential dining concepts category, UGA’s entire meal plan
program was judged on a national level. University Food Services has participated in the
Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards program for 25 years, receiving a national record of 68
Horton awards since 1987.
International Education:
Over 2,000 University of Georgia
students, nearly 6 percent of
the student body, study abroad
each year, selecting from over
one hundred programs led by
UGA faculty. The university has
three year-round residential sites
for study abroad in Costa Rica,
Oxford, England, and Cortona, Italy. One in four graduating seniors has studied abroad for
academic credit during their time at UGA. In 2009-2010, the University of Georgia ranked
15th nationally in the number of students studying abroad. The University of Georgia is
also home to international students, scholars, and faculty from over one hundred
countries. The Office of International Education facilitates their stay at UGA by providing
centralized immigration and visa sponsorship services. Their goal is to contribute to UGA’s
dynamic and intercultural learning environment and to ensure that UGA attracts the top
talent for its worldwide research endeavors.
Photo Credit: UGA Food Services Photo Credit: UGA Food Services
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Student Scholars:
With all of the programming
opportunities UGA provides, it is
no surprise that its students are
competitive with the very best
in the nation for coveted slots in
highly selective graduate and
professional schools, as well as
exciting careers. Clear evidence
of this is the great success UGA’s students have enjoyed in the past decade in external
major scholarship competitions such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge,
Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright, and Merage fellowships. Over the past decade, UGA
Honors students have won more than 50 such awards. In 2003, UGA was joined only by
Brown, Harvard, and Yale in having recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and
Goldwater scholarships that year. In 2008, only Columbia, Stanford, Yale, and UGA had
recipients of the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholarships. In that same year,
UGA had two students honored as Rhodes Scholars, making it the only public institution
in the country with more than one recipient of the prestigious award.
The Peabody Awards:
First presented in 1941, the
George Foster Peabody Awards
recognize distinguished
achievement and meritorious
service by broadcasters, cable
and webcasters, producing
organizations, and individuals.
The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass
Communication at the University of Georgia. Selection is made each spring by the
Peabody Board, a 16-member panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry
practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Personal Peabody Award winners
over the years have included Rod Serling, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Moyers,
Christiane Amanpour, Bob Geldof, Dean John Drewry, Ed Sullivan, and Bob Hope. Today,
the George Foster Peabody Awards are often cited as the most selective and prestigious
in electronic media. Each year, from more than one thousand entries, the Peabody Board
selects the most outstanding works by unanimous vote.
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Terry College of Business:
The mission of the University
of Georgia’s Terry College of
Business is the pursuit and
dissemination of knowledge
for the effective and ethical
practice of business. The
educational and research
programs prepare, challenge,
and inspire students, alumni,
and business practitioners to improve their futures, as well as the future of Georgia
and the global community. In 2013, 80% of Terry College graduates reported accepting
positions within three months of graduation. Terry is notably ranked as 1st in the
nation for the Risk Management and Insurance degree, 3rd in Real Estate, and 8th as
a Management Information Systems degree.
The Willson Center:
The Willson Center is a showcase for faculty innovation and achievement. It facilitates
intellectual exchange with the University and the public by the encouragement of
interdisciplinary activity, which extends to the sciences and other orders of knowledge. It
has the capacity to offer programs in support of faculty and graduate research, and in
partnership with alumni. Research Clusters have been organized around interdisciplinary
research initiatives that can serve as bridges between the university and off-campus
communities. Some of them have been established for years while others are in the
planning stages, but all have been selected for their potential to communicate innovative
academic research in the humanities and arts at UGA to the public. For 2013-2014, the
cluster included: Athens Music Project, Digital Humanities Lab, EcoFocus Film Initiative,
Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), International Modernism, Neuroimaging, Movie
Trailers, and Spectator Cognition.
The Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries:
These libraries are a political archive and center for the research and study of politics and
public policy with an emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U.S. Congress. It currently
maintains over 150 collections and is one of three special collections at the University
of Georgia dedicated to preserving and providing access to a variety of archival
materials in all formats that document a wide array of subject matter. Students have
the opportunity to excel in specific historical research due to the unique documents
accessible in special collections.
Sanford Stadium:
With a $25 million expansion completed in 2003 and another $8 million expansion in
2004, Sanford Stadium added a second upper deck on the north side and 27 new north
side SkySuites bringing the new stadium capacity to 92,746, the fifth largest on-campus
stadium in the country.
Named for the late Dr. S. V. Sanford, former president of the University and Chancellor of
the University system, Georgia’s Sanford Stadium celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2004.
An overflow crowd of 30,000 saw the stadium’s first game on October 12, 1929, when Yale
University made its only trip south. Legendary Sanford Stadium added yet another chapter
to its history by hosting the medal round of the 1996 Olympic men’s and women’s soccer
competition watched via television by over three billion people around the world. Sanford
Stadium has long been one of the country’s most beautiful and electrifying arenas for col-
lege football. Georgia’s average home attendance has ranked among the nation’s top 10 for
23 consecutive seasons and among the top seven for 21 of the past 24 years.
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UGA MULTICULTURAL FIRSTS
No history of UGA could be successfully written without acknowledging the vital contributions
minority students have made from desegregation to today. The university owes much to the
brave trailblazing of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hamilton Holmes, and Mary Frances Early.
From that pivotal day in 1961 through today, students of all races and creeds have been
strengthening UGA’s academic excellence and role as a leader in higher education.
1941: Koji Ariyoshi (ABJ ’41) becomes the first Asian-American student to graduate from UGA.
1961: Charlayne Hunter (ABJ ’63) and Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63) become the first African
American students to enroll at the University of Georgia. They were later joined by Mary Frances
Early, a graduate student, who became the first African American to earn a degree from UGA
when she received her master’s degree in music education in 1962. Hunter and Holmes received
their undergraduate degrees in 1963.
1968: Dr. Richard M. Graham becomes the first African American faculty member at UGA when
he joins the School of Music. He later becomes the director of the school in 1994.
1969: The Zeta Pi chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity becomes the first African American
fraternity at UGA on May 10, 1969. The first members are Eddie Cheeks (BS ’72), Alan Jackson
(BCA ’79), Richard Morgan (BSPH ’73), Bennie Roberson, Michael Stover, Russell William, and
Alonzo Wilson (BSPH ’73).
1977: Dr. Leroy Ervin and Dr. Ron Radden establish the Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society, the first
and only honor society dedicated to black students. Abeneefoo Kuo means “circle of honor”
in Swahili.
1981: Harold Wright becomes the first African American drum major for the Redcoat
Marching Band.
1989: The Office of Minority Service and Programs opens. The first director is Dr. Leslie K.
Bates, who joins the office in April 1990.
1989: Minority Services and Programs (MSP) opens its doors in September.
1991: The Hispanic Student Association is founded.
1992: Premal Amin (’96) and five other students create the Indian Culture Exchange.
1994: The African American Cultural Center is founded by the UGA Division of Student Affairs,
African American studies, and members of the black faculty and staff. The first coordinator for
the center is Kimberly Thomas.
THE UGA MOTTO
Et docere et rerum exquirere causas
To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things
The Pillars of the Arch
As members of the University of Georgia community, we aspire to uphold
the principles manifested by the three pillars of the Arch:
Wisdom, Justice & Moderation
WISDOM challenges us to apply lessons received inside and outside the
classroom to our everyday lives. Wisdom transcends knowledge, embracing curiosity,
discovery, and expression throughout our community.
JUSTICE leads us to be fair in our dealings, accountable for our actions, responsible
for ourselves, and empathetic for others. Justice requires honesty and celebrates
diversity, establishing credibility and integrity for our community and ourselves.
MODERATION compels us to act with civility, bolstering our faith in others and
the faith others have in us. Moderation accentuates our self-respect, promotes
responsible citizenship, and enhances pride in our university.
Without each of these pillars, the Arch would lose its strength and balance.
Likewise, all three qualities are necessary for us to be strong and complete citizens.
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1994: Telvis M. Rich (BSW ’94, MSW ’95) and Ronald G. Jones II (BS ’95, BSFCS ’95, MBA ’03)
run on the first African American ticket for SGA President and Vice President.
1995: Alumnus Robert Benham (JD ‘70) becomes the Georgia’s Supreme Court first black
Chief Justice.
1995: The African American Cultural Center (AACC) opens in January.
1999: Hilton Young (BSED ’79) becomes first African-American president of UGA’s National
Alumni Association and Mark Anthony Thomas (BBA ’01) becomes the first African-American
editor-in-chief of The Red & Black.
2002: Office of Institutional Diversity opens.
2003: Sarah Chen charters the Asian-American Student Association.
2005: The Minority Services & Programs and the African American Cultural Center decide to
split and become standalone offices. This separation allows both offices to provide more
comprehensive services to multicultural students and students of the African Diaspora.
2009: The Multicultural Services and Programs office reunites with the African American
Cultural Center to provide more inclusive and collaborative programming for all students.
2009: Multicultural Services and Programs celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a
“Continuing Our Legacy” weekend event.
2009: Christina Swoope (BS ’11) and Darryl Tricksey (BSEH ’10) become the first African
American homecoming king and queen.
DID YOU KNOW?
• The first Garden Club in America was
organized in Athens, Georgia in 1891.
• Old College (1806), UGA’s first
permanent building, was modeled after
Connecticut Hall at Yale. The building
was originally named Franklin College
after Benjamin Franklin. UGA was called
Franklin College throughout the
antebellum period.
• Joseph E. Brown Hall is the home of
Germanic and Slavic Studies, but also
houses a unique oddity. While standing
in the court yard, there is a stairwell
that can be seen through one of the
glass walls of the building. These stairs
seem to lead to nowhere.
• The Arch once had a gate which
mysteriously disappeared around 1885.
To this day, no one knows what
happened to the Arch gate, but the
notches where it once stood still remain
on the iron structure.
• Memorial Hall memorializes the 47
UGA men who served and died in World
War I and bears the names of the battles
in which they died. In the northeast
corner of the Miller Learning Center
at the Memorial Gardens, UGA now
memorializes all veterans who have
died in battle.
• The Tree That Owns Itself was willed
eight feet of land surrounding its base.
It was also recognized by Ripley’s
Believe It or Not!
• The bulldog statue outside of memorial
hall has led an interesting life. The long
existing rivalry between UGA and
Georgia Tech subjected our beloved
UGA sculpture to kidnapping. Now
pranks are still played when the rivals
come to town. Additionally, the bronze
beauty is always greased. Touch it next
time you go by!
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LOST TRADITIONS
1. Rat Caps
Beginning at registration, freshmen were required to wear red and black caps with a “G”
every day. The caps could be removed if Georgia beat Georgia Tech in football. However, if
not, they were to be worn until the winter break. If for any reason a freshman was caught
without his rat cap, his head would have been shaved.
2. Rat Court
The rat court existed to monitor and sanction freshmen. Each residence hall had a court
and demerits were assigned when a freshman did something out of line. As punishment,
freshmen had to go to the Varsity on the corner of Broad and College Streets to take
orders for upperclassmen.
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3. The Goat
The goat served as the first mascot during the football game against Auburn in 1892.
According to old pictures, the goat wore a ribboned hat and a black coat with red letters
on each side. This mascot was short lived and was replaced with a female Bull Terrier in
1894.
4. Shirttail Parade
At what is now known as the UGA Health Sciences campus, freshmen would partake in a
tradition called the Shirttail Parade during the fall and spring semesters. Starting where
the MLC stands today, men would gather, drop their pants, then run toward Coordinate
Campus. Upon arriving, the students held a huge pep rally and bonfire. The tradition
continued until the community complained and the university grew too large for such a
tradition.
LOST TRADITIONS
6. Little Commencement
Beginning in the early 1920s, Little Commencement was the social event of the year.
Sponsored by fraternities, dances with big-name bands were held on Friday and Saturday
nights. Breakfasts and afternoon teas were also held both days. Prior to women being
admitted to the university in 1918, fraternity houses would be cleaned, brothers moved out,
chaperones brought in, members’ dates—mostly from out of town—would move in, and the
fun would begin. It was originally held when the Bulldogs played Georgia Tech in a baseball
game, and began with the senior parade. It later moved to the homecoming football game
and was held well into the early 1960s.
5. Senior Parade
Originally held before the Little Commencement dance and the Georgia Tech baseball
game at home, male seniors would walk around Sanford Field in wild and crazy costumes.
This continued until the 1930s when it became a more formal event held during the
homecoming football game. Later, seniors would don their best outfits and parade around
Sanford Stadium. The tradition lasted until the 1960s when the number of seniors made it
impossible to continue the tradition.
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7. The Toombs Oak
A sundial stands in front of the UGA Chapel where once a mighty oak tree stood—Toombs
Oak—named for the famous Senator and Confederate General Robert Toombs, who was
expelled from the university in 1825. As the story goes, Toombs returned and attended his
class’ commencement at the Chapel where he began an eloquent speech under the limbs
of the giant oak. The speech was so powerful that people opted to listen to Toombs speak
rather than watch the commencement ceremony. Despite his expulsion, Toombs never
stopped loving UGA. He eventually served on the board of trustees from 1859–1885.
8. Tradition of Saying “Hello”
An early tradition required that students greet one another as they passed. A 1921 G Book
states, “The first thing that you will notice after reaching the Georgia campus is the
democratic spirit among the Georgia boys. It is the custom to speak to each other whether
they have been introduced or not. A man cannot afford to be snobbish at Georgia.”
LOST TRADITIONS
9. Mandatory Chapel
The Chapel that stands on North Campus was constructed in 1832. It was built to replace
the first chapel that had proved to be inadequate in size for the quickly growing university.
Through the end of the 19th century, the Chapel remained large enough to house the
entire student body at mandatory services. The Chapel Bell, which once sat atop the
structure, instead of behind it as it does now, was used to summon students
to mandatory prayers and to signal change of classes.
10. Sitting on the Railroad Tracks for a Game
Before the east end zone was enclosed in 1981, fans who could not get tickets to the home
games would line the railroad tracks to watch the Bulldogs take on their next opponent.
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Alma Mater
From the hills of Georgia’s northland
Beams thy noble brow,
And the sons of Georgia rising
Pledge with sacred vow.

‘Neath the pine trees’ stately shadow
Spread thy riches rare.
And thy sons, dear Alma Mater,
Will thy treasures share.

And thy daughters proudly join thee,
Take their rightful place,
Side by side into the future,
Equal dreams embrace.

Through the ages, Alma Mater,
Men will look to thee;
Thou the fairest of the Southland,
Georgia’s Varsity.

(Chorus)
Alma Mater, thee we’ll honor,
True and loyal be,
Ever crowned with praise and glory,
Georgia, hail to thee.

Your Role: Learn the words and sing! The
Alma Mater is played at various occasions
on campus. Prior to kickoff at football games,
fans are encouraged to sing the first verse
and the chorus.

Fun Fact: The lyrics are by J.B. Wright, Jr.
Class of 1912. In response to a request by
University Council for more inclusionary
language in the Alma Mater, the third verse
was added in 1990. The lyrics to that verse
were written by Gail Carter Dendy (BA ’74,
MA ’81).
Glory, Glory
(Played after a score)
Glory. glory to old Georgia!
Glory, glory to old Georgia!
Glory, glory to old Georgia!
G-E-O-R-G-I-A
Glory, glory to old Georgia!
Glory, glory to old Georgia!
Glory, glory to old Georgia!
G-E-O-R-G-I-A

Your Role: Commonly played by the Redcoat
Band after a score, students and fans yell
“Glory, glory to old Georgia!” three times and
usually replace G-E-O-R-G-I-A with “And
to hell with…” our opponent.

Fun Fact: “Glory, Glory” is sung to a 19th
century melody commonly known as “John
Brown’s Body” or “Battle Hymn of the
Republic.” Though it appears in mid-century
hymnals as “Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us,”
its true origin is unknown; some scholars
believe it may have been composed in Georgia.
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In 1955, the modern era of the band was marked by the arrival of director Roger Dancz
and his wife Phyllis who was to become the Director of the Auxiliaries. Before Roger’s
arrival, the band was known simply as the Georgia Marching Band. Thanks to the arrival of
the Danczes, the band began to grow in size and perform more elaborate halftime shows
during the 1960s and 70s. In 1959, Phyllis Dancz formed the “Georgettes,” a dance line
that performs alongside the band during the pre-game and halftime shows. Later, the
Bulldog Banners, now known as the UGA Flagline, was formed to add color and motion to
halftime shows.
UGA Battle Hymn
The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation is a song held close to the hearts of many Bulldog
fans. Over 20 students audition each year to be selected to perform the Battle Hymn solo;
normally no more than four are chosen. On game day it is initially played at the Dawg Walk
after the team enters the stadium. Many Georgia fans cherish when the Battle Hymn is
played during the Larry Munson football highlight clips shown during the pre-game show.
A trumpet soloist begins the Battle Hymn from the southwest upper deck of the stadium.
Shortly after, the entire Redcoat Band joins in the hymn. It is tradition for the students to
rise, remove their hats and point towards the trumpet soloist in honor of this hymn.

Georgia “G”
After football coach Vince Dooley arrived in Athens in 1963, he worked to re-design
the uniforms and create a logo to become synonymous with the University of Georgia.
After deciding on a forward facing “G,” Dooley received design assistance from Anne
Donaldson, the wife of a coach, to bring his vision to life. Since the design was similar
to the Green Bay Packers’ “G” that debuted in 1961, UGA had to get special permission
to use Green Bay’s marks. However, through the years Green Bay has redesigned its
oval “G” several times. Its current inception is very similar to the original 1964 Georgia
oval “G” which has stood the test of time.

Krypton
Krypton is actually called “Krypton” Fanfare. It’s from the original Superman movie. It is
usually played four times on a game day: 1) When the team has completed its warmups
before the game and join hands to walk together to the end zone. 2) Just before the team
runs onto the field for the game. 3) Between the 3rd and 4th quarters. 4) During the After
the Game Concert. If the game is close, the Redcoats will perform Krypton one more time
when the team needs the fans the most, often before the apparent final drive of the game.
KEEP YOUR SEATS, EVERYONE…
THE REDCOATS ARE COMING!
KEEP YOUR SEATS, EVERYONE…
THE REDCOATS ARE COMING!
Hail to Georgia
Hail to Georgia down in Dixie!
A college honored fair and true,
The Red and Black is her standard,
Proudly it waves!
Streaming today and the ages through,
She’s the fairest of the Southland,
We’ll pledge our love to her for aye,
To that college dear we’ll ring a cheer,
All hail to dear old UGA!

Fun Fact: “Hail Georgia” is the official fight
song of the Bulldogs, but “Glory, Glory” is
more commonly used.
Calling the Dawgs:
GOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs! Sic’em! Woof!
Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!
Your Role: At football games, the crowd
starts yelling “Go” while holding a low “o”
sound until the ball is kicked when “Dawgs” is
yelled. Afterwards, the crowd chants “Sic’em!
Woof!...”
Fun Fact: During orientation, all participants
line up on the stairs in Tate Plaza and are led
in their first Calling of the Dawgs.
Fun Fact: “Going Back” is used at the
beginning of the “Georgia Bulldog Medley.”
It is also used in the “Georgia Medley” which
the Men’s Glee Club sings at the end of every
concert. Men’s Glee Club is the oldest musical
organization on campus.
Going Back:
Going back, going back
Going back to Athens town.
Going back, going back
To the best old place around.
Going back, going back
To hear that grand old sound
Of a chapel bell and a Georgia yell,
Going back to Athens town.
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The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry
This is the name given to the football game in which the Georgia Bulldogs face the Auburn
Tigers. The first game was played on February 20th in 1892 in Atlanta at Piedmont Park.
Although the game has been played many places, and is now played alternately in Athens
and Auburn, for many decades it was a tradition for the game to be played in “neutral”
territory in Columbus, Georgia. In honor of the oldest and greatest rivalry in the Deep
South, student leaders at each university annually engage in Better Relations Day. In
alternating years, the student leaders travel to the rival university to learn about their
campus and sign a pact to keep the tradition and sportsmanship of the game alive.
Clean, Old-fashioned Hate
This is the name given to the football game in which the Georgia Bulldogs face the
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The game has been played 108 times according to Georgia
Tech and only 106 times according to Georgia record books. Georgia discredits two games
in 1943 and 1944 because many of their players went to fight in World War II. The record
between the two teams is 65 Georgia wins, 39 Georgia Tech wins, and five ties, the first
meeting was on November 4, 1893. This clean, old-fashioned hate goes well beyond
football and has a storied history of stolen mascots and pranks played between Georgia
students and the students at the North Avenue Trade School.
Football Game
“Between the Hedges”
The famous hedges that line the field of Sanford Stadium have been in place since the
dedication in 1929. It was not until the 1930s when legendary sportswriter Grantland
Rice coined the famous phrase that describes Sanford Stadium today. Rice said that Georgia
always had an advantage when playing their opponent “between the hedges.” Only once in
history has there been a game played in a hedge-less stadium. The hedges were removed in
1996 to accommodate the final rounds of Olympic Soccer, but were replaced with newer
hedges prior to the start of fall. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the hedges also
serve as a crowd control measure. Only once have fans rushed the field. It occurred after
Georgia upset Tennessee in 2000; ending that series’ longest losing streak dating to 1988.
Silver Britches
The legendary UGA Silver Britches began in 1939
when the new head coach, Wally Butts, decided to
create a strikingly original uniform for his football
team. The pants immediately became a symbol of
Bulldog pride among students and fans. In the 1950s,
they became one step away from legend when the
famous quote “Go, You Silver Britches” first began to
appear on banners, in cheers, and on clothing. In 1964,
Coach Vince Dooley decided to pair his red jerseys
with white pants and the tradition of the Silver
Britches disappeared. However, sixteen years later,
Dooley decided to bring the Silver Britches back for a
season he thought was marked with victory. The year
was 1980, and indeed, those Silver Britches saw
victory.
Silver Britches
Between the Hedges
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Mascots
How We Became the “Bulldogs”
Many assume that Georgia acquired the nickname, Bulldogs, because of the strong ties
with Yale whose nickname is Bulldogs. It was not until November 3, 1920 when Morgan Blake
of the Atlanta Journal wrote about school nicknames and said “The Georgia Bulldogs would
sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.” Just
three days later on November 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley
used the nickname “Bulldogs” five times in his story to describe a 0-0 tie against Virginia.
Hairy Dawg
UGA has not always had the loveable Hairy Dawg on the sidelines at athletic events.
It was not until the 1980 National Championship Sugar Bowl that Hairy Dawg made
his debut appearance. Hairy was designed and created by Tom Sapp, a 1969 graduate
of the university after the University of Florida introduced their new costumed mascot
at the Georgia – Florida game. The intimidating, yet captivating, Hairy Dawg has a large
wardrobe including: his football uniform, pompom pants, formal wear for Homecoming,
basketball gear, and suit and tie for gymnastics meets.
Spike
Originally introduced in 2003, this inflatable dog is the newest addition to the mascot
family. Spike proudly cheers on the Dawgs at basketball games and volleyball meets by
doing some cool tricks like jumping on top of his head!
Origins of Red and Black
True Georgia fans “bleed red and black.” In obvious reference to the university’s
official colors, this saying has become a common truism within the Bulldog Nation.
The university’s colors of red and black stem back to the 19th century “turf wars” between
Georgia and in-state rival Georgia Tech.
In a December 1891 issue of the university’s literary magazine, the student editors
had proclaimed Georgia’s colors to be “old gold, black, and crimson.” However, Dr. Charles
H. Herty, the first football coach and “the father of intercollegiate athletics”
at the university, saw the color “yellow,” not gold, when he examined the pages of the
Georgia University Magazine. In an effort to increase school spirit, Herty organized the
school’s first Athletic Association. He then saw to it that yellow was eliminated from
the colors because he saw the color yellow as weak and a symbol of cowardice. When
Georgia Tech later adopted the colors of gold and white, it only served to further Georgia
fans’ distaste for anything yellow. Thus the University of Georgia established its official
school colors as red and black. (Early on, the original “crimson” had become good ole’
Georgia “red”.)
Red & Black Sheet music
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UGAS THROUGH TIME
Uga IX (2011–current)
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Uga III (1972–1981)
“How ’Bout This Dog”
Uga II (1966–1972)
“Not Bad for a Dog”
Uga (1956–1967)
“Damn Good Dog”
Uga VII (2008–2009)
“Uga VI’s Loran’s Best”
Uga VIII (2009–2011)
“Big Bad Bruce”
Uga V (1990–1999)
“Defender of his Turf”
Uga IV (1981–1990)
“The Dog of the Decade”
Uga VI (1999–2008)
“A Big Dog for a Big Job
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TRADITIONS
 1. The Arch
 2. Founders Week
 3. Literary Societies
 4. The Tree That Owns Itself
 5. The Red & Black
 6. Attend an Event in the Chapel
 7. Student Organizations
Traditions of All Time:
Experiences that have been constant in student life at UGA for over 100 years
 14. The Student Alumni Association
 15. Picture with Uga or Hairy Dawg
 16. Watch a Game Between the Hedges
 17. Take a Picture on the Arch Logo Tile
 18. Tailgate on Gameday
 19. The Dawg Walk
 20. Center for Leadership and Service
 21. Georgia - Florida Game
 22. Sit with Bernard Ramsey ’37
 23. Late Night Snelling
 24. Athens Music Scene
 25. Attend a University Union Event
 26. Get Active
 27. Performing Arts Center
 28. Street Painting
 29. Attend an Intercultural Event
 30. The Tate Plaza
 31. Herty Field Activities
 32. The Abraham Baldwin Statue
 33. Richard B. Russell Building
Special Collections Libraries
 34. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
 35. See a Movie at the Tate Student Center
 36. Ghost Tour
 37. Visit the Georgia Museum of Art
 38. Education Abroad
 39. 100 Days Until Graduation
 40. State of the University Address
 41. Freshman Welcome
 42. Senior Signature
 43. Picture with Your School or College
 44. The Great Southland Stampede Rodeo
 45. Get Local
 46. Who Let the Dogs Out
 47. G Day and Tailgate
Traditions of Our Time:
Experiences for our generation
 8. Class Ring
 9. Participate in Homecoming Events
 10. The Chapel Bell
 11. Participate in a Greek Event
 12. Attend an Athletic Event
 13. The Creamery
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1. THE ARCH
Serving as the official symbol of the
University of Georgia, The Arch was built
in the 1850’s and originally served as
part of a larger iron fence securing the
campus. Daniel Redfearn (1910) is
credited with making the Arch the sacred
symbol of UGA. Recognized as one of the
school’s finest icons, students today hold
The Arch in high regard as its three
pillars represent the virtues of wisdom,
justice, and moderation. Upon graduating
from UGA, you should embody these
qualities representing your institution.
Until then, snap a picture of yourself by
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Experiences that have been constant in student life
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3. LITERARY SOCIETIES
In 1803, UGA students formed the first
student organization on campus, the
Demosthenian Literary Society. This
society is a group designed to cultivate
public speaking and rhetoric. In 1820, the
rival Phi Kappa Literary Society formed
with similar goals in mind. More than 200
years later, both groups still exist and
meet in their respective halls on North
Campus. From politicians and statesmen
to business leaders and authors, many
notable UGA alumni refined their oration
skills in one of these two societies.
During the antebellum era, almost all
students joined either Demosthenian or
Phi Kappa. Drop by either hall on a
Thursday evening at 7 p.m. to enjoy an
evening of thought provoking debate
while engaging in one of the University
of Georgia’s longest standing traditions.
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January 27th is UGA’s birthday. Celebrate by taking part in a number of events during
Founders Week, especially the Founders Day Lecture held in the Chapel. The lecture is
always given by an esteemed professor or guest. It attracts students, alumni, faculty, and
others as they gather to celebrate the university’s founding and its motto, “to teach, to
serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” The Student Alumni Association sponsors
several events to celebrate UGA’s founding such as a student organization video contest,
Greek organization banner contest, downtown business involvement with promotions,
social media trivia, t-shirt giveaway, and a cupcake giveaway in partnership with UGA Food
Services. There are other events throughout the week sponsored by a variety of campus
organizations to celebrate UGA.
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Established in 1893, the paper was sponsored by the university until it established itself
as an independent print publication in 1895. The next year, the Athletic Association
oversaw the publication and turned it into its sports journal until 1928. The paper was then
transferred to the Journalism department on campus. After several disagreements with
the administration, the staff of the student-run paper chose to become independent once
more in 1980. Since then, the Red & Black has been supported solely through
advertisements from local area businesses. Visit: www.redandblack.com
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Itself. This is a tradition that has existed since 1832 when Colonel William H. Jackson, the
son of a Georgia governor and a professor at UGA, deeded a beloved white oak and the
eight feet of surrounding land to itself because of the great love he had for the tree. The
current tree is the offspring of the original which fell due to natural events in 1942. It later
grew from an acorn of the original tree and was transplanted to the location of the original
by the College of Agriculture’s Horticulture Department. Located on the corner of Dearing
and Finley Streets, the tree still stands on the ground it owns.
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7. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
With more than 34,000 students, there are a multitude of opportunities to find your niche
on campus. There are more than 650 registered student organizations that UGA
has to offer. By joining a club, greek life, or any other student organization, you have the
opportunity to serve your community, make a difference on campus, or just have fun with
a diverse group of students with similar interests. If you are interested in impacting the
lives of others, UGA has several great philanthropic organizations, including UGA Miracle,
UGA H.E.R.O.’s, and Relay for Life. Activity fairs are held during the fall and spring semes-
ters to inform students of the countless ways to get involved on campus. Looking to start a
new organization at UGA? Visit: www.uga.edu/stuorgs
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Known as one of the most conspicuous landmarks on campus, the University of Georgia
Chapel held daily mandatory religious services, student assemblies, and even commence-
ments. Erected in 1832 on North Campus to replace the original wooden structure, this
Greek revival construction is home to modern-day weddings, lectures, meetings, concerts,
and plays every semester. Don’t miss out on attending any of these great events while you
are still a student at UGA! Visit: chapel.myweb.uga.edu
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9. PARTICIPATE IN HOMECOMING EVENTS
Homecoming week provides a time for the whole Bulldog nation to come back together
in Athens to share in our love for the University of Georgia. Participate in the activities
hosted by the University Union throughout the week including street painting, attending
concerts, Pre-Tailgate, and much more. Friday night, grab your friends and fellow Bulldog
family members and head downtown to see the Redcoats, football team, and floats paint
the town red and black at the homecoming parade. On Saturday during halftime of the
Homecoming game, the King and Queen are announced. They are selected each year by
application, interview, and student voting during the week of Homecoming.
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8. CLASS RING
One of the greatest and most widely observed
traditions at UGA is the official class ring. The ring
is the everlasting symbol to represent the honor
and traditions of the university. It was created by
the UGA Alumni Association with input from both stu-
dents and alumni. The ring is a classic icon identifying
the wearer as a person of excellence, integrity, and
leadership. The official class ring is reserved for
junior and senior students in good academic
standing, as well as alumni of the university. Class
rings are presented each spring during the ring
ceremony. When worn as a student, the Arch design
should face you. During your commencement
ceremony, you are asked to turn your ring so the
Arch design faces away from you, signifying that you
are a proud graduate of the University of Georgia.
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11. PARTICIPATE IN A GREEK EVENT
One of the longest-running campus life traditions is participating in a Greek letter organiza-
tion. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was the first fraternity to be established at the university in 1866.
55 years later, Phi Mu became the first sorority on campus to integrate women into the
Greek system in 1921. The Greek Life community at the University of Georgia consists of 63
fraternities and sororities that belong to four different councils: Interfraternity Council,
National Pan-Hellenic Council, PanHellenic Council, and the Multicultural Greek Council.
They provide opportunities to all students through membership selection, brotherhood/
sisterhood, leadership, educational programs, philanthropies, and community involvement.
Greek organizations coordinate a variety of events such as date nights, formals, parent
events, and a variety of philanthropic fundraisers. Visit: www.uga.edu/greeklife
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10. THE CHAPEL BELL
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The bell tower, formerly located on top of the Chapel, served as a call to bring students to
class. Due to damage, the bell was transferred to the rear of the building for all to ring in 1913.
Whether it was a victory over a big football rivalry game or on your first official tour of
campus, you may have heard the ringing of the Chapel Bell from North Campus. Located
behind the Chapel, the tradition of ringing the bell dates back to 1892 when the Bulldogs
played their games on Herty Field. Freshmen used to ring the Chapel Bell continuously until
midnight after a victory. Following a Georgia victory over Florida in 2007, the bell fell from
its support platform due to the overwhelming excitement of Bulldog fans ringing the bell for
hours. Today alumni, students, and Georgia fans rejoice in ringing the bell. Take part in this
tradition following any athletic victory or even managing to pass that organic chemistry test.
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With nine men’s and 12 women’s varsity sports teams that have won 38 national
championships, there is no better place for college athletics than the University
of Georgia. Watch the 10-time National Championship Gym Dogs stick it to
their competition in Stegeman Coliseum, stop by Foley Field and enjoy a baseball
game, or show the tennis teams some love during a match at the Dan Magill
Tennis Complex. The University of Georgia is home to some of the finest athletic
events in the nation. Many events are free for students, so be sure to support all
of your Dawgs’ athletic teams. Visit: www.georgiadogs.com
12. ATTEND AN ATHLETIC EVENT
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13. THE CREAMERY
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Tucked away on South Campus, the UGA Creamery is one of the best-kept secrets on
campus. Enjoy amazing ice cream, fresh dairy products, snacks, and sandwiches from 8a.m.
to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. The Creamery was first opened in 1908, operating as a dairy
science teaching facility serving homemade ice cream. After the equipment became obsolete
in the 1990s, UGA Food Services took over operations in order to continue to serve students.
The Creamery is located at the end of the Environmental Health Sciences building on South
Campus. Stop by during class breaks and enjoy a treat!
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15. PICTURE WITH UGA OR HAIRY DAWG
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Named America’s number one college mascot by Sports Illustrated in 1997, Uga is a major
deal here at the University of Georgia. Since 1956, the Seiler family has graciously cared for
the lineage of Ugas to serve as one of the most notable mascots in the nation. Throughout
the year, there are various opportunities to get up close and personal with the dog that is
loved by millions. Whether it is at the team picture day or underneath Sanford Bridge prior
to kickoff, don’t miss an opportunity to take a picture with Uga. However, if a photo shoot
with our English Bulldog proves to be too challenging, our Hairy Dawg mascot in costume is
just as awesome. Find him at athletic events and special occasions on campus!
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Sure, it sounds ironic: Student Alumni Association—but you’re not
a graduate yet, right? The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a
way for you to connect to UGA and especially alumni while you are
in school. SAA donors receive invitations to events and programs
like Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, special t-shirt giveaways, the
Ghost Tour, and much more. Your lifelong connection with UGA
began when you received your admission to the university. Don’t
miss a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the UGA family.
Visit alumni.uga.edu/saa to become a part of SAA today!
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17. TAKE A PICTURE ON THE ARCH LOGO TILE
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the main entrance off the Alumni Plaza of the Tate Student Center. This new tradition was
established after the expansion of the building in 2009. While the UGA Arch logo tile is
roped off for much of the year to keep it clean and prevent wear, the stanchions are
removed during special events such as Homecoming and Graduation for students, alumni,
family, and friends to take photos. Next time the ropes are down, make sure to step by the
Arch and get your picture with the famous UGA symbol, which stands for Wisdom, Justice,
Moderation.
16. WATCH A GAME BETWEEN THE HEDGES
Since 1929, a tradition that is near and dear to Bulldog fans is to enjoy a game between the
hedges in Sanford Stadium. On Saturdays in the fall, 92,746 Georgia fans dress in their best
red and black to cheer on the Dawgs. As the fifth largest college stadium in the country,
Sanford has gone through multiple renovations in its 85-year history, with the last seats being
added in 2004 and the addition of Reed Plaza in 2010. There isn’t quite a way to describe the
electricity that fills Sanford Stadium’s sea of red and black on gameday and there is no way to
describe the feeling of cheering on the Dawgs to victory.
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19. THE DAWG WALK
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The football team has entered Sanford Stadium in a number of different ways over the
years. At times they have entered quietly through the East Campus Road entrance. At
other times they have entered from Lumpkin Street with varying degrees of fanfare.
Coach Richt began today’s version of the Dawg Walk in 2001 after he appointed a Spirit
Committee to find new ways to build fan enthusiasm. That committee created the Dawg
Walk from the existing Redcoat Band pregame warm-up, which had taken place in the Tate
Center Parking Lot for several years. Football players exit the buses from Lumpkin Street
and walk into the stadium through Gate 1 amidst a cheering crowd. The Dawg Walk begins
approximately two hours before home football kickoffs at the Tate Student Center parking
lot. Grab a spot and listen to the band play as the flag bearers, cheerleaders, and Hairy
Dawg lead our team into Sanford Stadium.
18. TAILGATE ON GAMEDAY
Saturdays in Athens would not be complete without the fun and fellowship of a tailgate
before the game. Thousands of alumni, students and fans come together on gameday to
celebrate the Dawgs with delicious food, music and games. Can’t sleep in on gameday;
Bulldog fans rise early to grab a prime spot. Remember to be a responsible tailgater and
leave your spot as clean as you found it!
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21. GEORGIA-FLORIDA GAME
Georgia-Florida is one of the greatest and rowdiest rivalries in the history of college
football. Since 1933, the city of Jacksonville has hosted the game as a neutral site. The
exceptions are 1994 and 1995 when it was hosted in Athens and Gainesville respectively
due to renovations at Jacksonville Memorial Stadium. In person or in the comfort of your
home, the game is always an electrifying experience. So gather your friends, wear your
finest red and black, and cheer on the Dawgs wherever you may be! Don’t forget: UGA
currently leads the series 48 - 40 - 2 as well as boasting the record for the largest victory
with a score of 75 - 0!
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20. CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
The Center for Leadership and Service is the hub for student involvelment and enrichment,
especially for first-year students. The CLS sponsors Dawg Camp, which includes four different
camps: Adventure, Classic City, Discovery, and Fusion. You are guaranteed to
make new friends, have a great time, and learn how to thrive at UGA. The CLS also offers
many other programs like Arch Society, LeaderShape, Impact, Leadership Resource Team,
Volunteer UGA, and Leadership UGA. You can even apply for scholarships and take courses
through CLS. The Center for Leadership and Service offers something for everyone, so don’t
miss out! Looking for other ways to get involved on campus? Attend the fall activities fair!
Visit: www.cls.uga.edu
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23. LATE NIGHT SNELLING
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In the mood for a fourth meal? Sounds like it’s time for a Snellebration! Join your friends
anytime after regular dining hall hours at the centrally-located Snelling Dining Commons
on campus. Whether you’re studying for an exam or hanging out with friends in between
classes, you can enjoy Snelling 24 hours a day from Monday at 7 a.m. through Friday at
2:30 p.m. The early morning menu starts at midnight and is filled with delicious breakfast
staples like homemade waffles, eggs, biscuits, grits, donuts, and made-to-order omelets.
Also, be on the lookout for holiday and special occasion celebrations in all four dining halls.
UGA Food Services truly spoils students, especially with pancakes and beignets during
finals week. Students can also submit homemade recipes during “A Taste of Home.” No
one celebrates like UGA Food Services. It is no surprise that they have won more than 70
national awrds. Visit: www.uga.edu/foodservice
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22. SIT WITH BERNARD RAMSEY ’ 37
Bernard B. Ramsey (BSC ’37) was one of UGA’s most charitable benefactors. A native of
Macon, Georgia, Ramsey’s generosity was evident with his gift of $38 million from his estate
to UGA. Portions of this donation were allocated for the Bernard B. Ramsey Foundation
Fellowship. His passing in 1996 executed the gift, funding the Honors Program, the Foundation
Fellows scholarships, and the Ramsey Scholarship. Ramsey’s gifts have also endowed
professorships and construction projects including the new Performing Arts Center and the
Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall. His dedication to the university is honored by the Ramsey
Student Center for Physical Activities. Sit and snap a photo with his statue in front of Moore
College on North Campus.
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25. ATTEND A UNIVERSITY UNION EVENT
Everything from movie sneak-peeks and premiers to concerts, guest lectures and UGA
Night at Six Flags Over Georgia, University Union knows how to throw a great event!
Venues at UGA have recently hosted performers such as Gym Class Heroes, Hoodie Allen,
John Legend, and even the legendary Maya Angelou! And who could forget about Dawgs
after Dark? These night-long, themed events are free for students and offer food, fun
activities, and other great entertainment! Visit: www.uga.edu/union/divisions/dad.html
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One of the greatest features that Athens offers students is its amazing and diverse
music scene. No matter what day of the week it is, you can see a great concert. Athens
is famous for being the home of music groups like the B-52’s, Widespread Panic, and R.E.M.
Whether you are into classical, rock, alternative, pop, hip hop, indie, new wave, or country
music, Athens will have a concert for you. Popular venues include the 40 Watt Club,
Morton Theatre, Melting Point, Classic Center, Caledonia Lounge, New Earth Music Hall,
Legion Field, and the historic Georgia Theatre. A UGA college experience would not be
complete without seeing a concert.
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27. PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The world’s best come to Athens! The 2012 season boasted a variety of performers such as
Yo-Yo Ma, the State Ballet Theater of Russia, Canadian Brass, celtic group The Chieftains,
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, improv comedy troupe Second City, and Garrison Keillor
of “A Prairie Home Companion.” The Performing Arts Center is part of the Performing and
Visual Arts Complex. It houses the acclaimed performance spaces of Hugh Hodgson
Concert Hall and Ramsey Concert Hall. The Performing Arts Center is also home to School
of Music performances. Hugh Hodgson Hall accommodates 1,100 persons in festival style
seating and is used for solo artists, chamber ensembles, and symphony, band, and choral
performances. The 360-seat Ramsey Concert Hall is a traditional hall designed for solo
recitals, chamber music concerts, and small choral concerts. Visit: www.uga.edu/pac
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26. GET ACTIVE
Not quite ready to be on a UGA intercollegiate athletic team, but still have the competitive
drive? Join an intramural team through the Ramsey Student Center! With more than 24
sports offered year-round, start a team or register as a “free agent.” Have the urge for to
go exploring? Go on a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program trip! GORP is designed to
provide fun, hands-on opportunities for beginner to advanced participants. Supervised by a
trained and experienced staff, you’ll learn the skills needed for a wide variety of outdoor
activities. These trips are a great way to meet people with similar interests and escape your
daily routine! Want to play a pick-up game of football, Ultimate Frisbee, or Quidditch? Take a
trip to Myers Quad and you’re bound to see students playing! Whether it’s a team, a trip, or
a friendly Quidditch match, get out there and get active! Visit: www.recsports.uga.edu
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29. ATTEND AN INTERCULTURAL EVENT
With such a vibrant student community, don’t miss out on the chance to engage in
many of the enriching programs that celebrate diversity. From dancing the night away
at the Unity Ball, participating in Safe Space Training, attending an international coffee
hour, to a performance by the Pamoja Dance Company, there are numerous unique
activities to celebrate the cultures and diversity of all Bulldogs. The International
Street Festival is an annual event that promotes cultural awareness within the Athens
community. Each spring, various student groups and community organizations have
cultural displays and performances. Come out, get ready to learn, and support your
fellow bulldawgs. Visit: www.uga.edu/ica
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No matter what organization you represent, there may be an opportunity for you to
partake in the fun tradition of street painting on Sanford Drive. The painting takes
place at midnight to publicize an event or special occasion within an organization of
the university as a whole. First, be sure to get your design approved by Campus Reserva-
tions, and then you are free to begin painting your graffiti art masterpiece for thousands
of fellow Dawgs to see on their way to class. Visit: www.reservations.uga.edu
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31. HERTY FIELD ACTIVITIES
Herty Field, located on North Campus, was the original on-campus playing venue for track,
football, and baseball at the University of Georgia. Before it was used for athletics, the field
was used as a marching ground. However, under the direction of Dr. Charles Herty, a
professor of Chemistry and the creator of the UGA varsity football team, the field was
landscaped to host games and practices for the university’s varsity and intramural
activities. In the Fall of 1892, with Dr. Herty serving as head coach, the field was opened for
the first UGA home football game against Mercer University. UGA defeated Mercer by a
final score of 50-0. Take part in this tradition by visiting Herty Field and throwing a football
on UGA’s original athletic field!
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30. TATE PLAZA
Tate Plaza named for former Dean, William Tate, is located at the center of campus.
Not only is it at the heart of campus, but it is also at the heart of the majority of student
organizations. UGA pride and spirit are always in the air above Tate Plaza, as it is where
students engage others about their passion and happenings within their organization. It is
also the only place on campus open to free speech. Regardless of your year or major, you
cannot miss Tate Plaza. Whether you’re rushing to class or enjoying UGA’s beautiful
campus, don’t pass Tate Plaza without seeing what’s going on. Don’t forget to contact
campus reservations before setting up a tabling event! Visit: www.mlc.uga.edu
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33. RICHARD B. RUSSELL BUILDING
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES
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One of the university’s most valuable traditions is the Hargrett Library found in the newly
built Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries. A leading repository of Georgia
history and culture, it holds 200,000 volumes in its rare book and Georgiana collections,
six million pages of historical manuscripts and photographs, including maps and
broadsides, and UGA archives and records. The library even holds a book bound
completely with human skin! Other areas of emphasis include performing arts and natural
history. With the earliest entries dating back to the 15th century, the Hargrett Library also
holds the Confederate Constitution. Visit: www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett
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A native Georgian, Abraham Baldwin
was born the son of a blacksmith and
died as one of the most influential figures
in UGA’s history. As an elected member
of Georgia’s state legislature, Baldwin
strongly believed education was the key
to the future prosperity of Georgia and
advocated strongly for the education of
its citizens. Abraham Baldwin developed
a comprehensive educational plan that
ultimately included land grants from
the state to fund the establishment of
the University of Georgia. Through
Baldwin’s efforts, UGA became the first
state-chartered school in the nation in
January of 1785. Along with authoring
the UGA Charter, Baldwin also served as
the first president of UGA from 1785
to 1801. To commemorate the legacy of
Abraham Baldwin, UGA’s founder and
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35. SEE A MOVIE AT THE TATE STUDENT CENTER
With admissions for only $1 for students and $2 for non-students, Tate Movie Theater is
the perfect place for a night out! Showing movies every Thursday through Sunday, stop by
and see a show your wallet won’t regret later! You can even grab a bite to eat at one of
Tate Student Center’s award-winning campus eateries before the movie starts! Be sure to
keep up with the movie schedule for the semester so you’ll always know what movies are
showing next, as well as when the next movie premiere will be! Visit: www.uga.edu/
union/movies
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A great place to get away from campus
to study, get some fresh air, or go for a
run is at one of Georgia’s best-kept
secrets: the State Botanical Garden.
Enjoy more than five miles of nature
trails or take a moment to relax by the
Oconee River. The garden is a public
educational facility and covers more
than 300 acres. It features specialty
gardens and a tropical conservatory
with a broad array of native and exotic
plants. The Visitor Center, Day Chapel,
and Callaway Building are all used for
special events such as meetings,
weddings, receptions, and dances. This
garden offers a great venue for
relaxation and a little time to get away
from the hustle and bustle of campus
and the city.
Visit: www.uga.edu/botgarden
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37. VISIT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART
The Georgia Museum of Art, the official art museum of the state, has had a home on
campus since 1948. As a student, make sure to spend some time experiencing collections
from artists around the world and see the magic in American paintings or art from the
Italian Renaissance. The recent expansion of the museum added an outdoor sculpture
garden and additional galleries to display permanent collections. Best of all, admission
to the museum is free! Visit: www.uga.edu/gamuseum
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36. GHOST TOUR
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As the oldest public institution
in the country, the university’s
North Campus and it’s
centuries-old buildings are
crawling with historical events
and stories - some darker
than others. To find out what
eerie occurrences and ghost
tales thrive only feet from
the Arch, go on the Ghost
Tour in October! Complete
with elaborate narratives and
costumes, the Student Alumni
Council members lead historic
ghost tours around North
Campus and neighboring
buildings with a not-so-
pleasant past. This event
also doubles as a food drive
so come ready with canned
goods in hand and enjoy your
frightening night out! Visit:
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39. 100 DAYS UNTIL GRADUATION
Started by the UGA Alumni
Association in 2000, 100 Days
Until Graduation is the official
kickoff for seniors to begin
the countdown to Spring
Commencement day! The
event is held in either late
January or early February of
every year and is a one-stop-
shop for any and all possible
graduation needs! It features
giveaways, resources from
the university’s Career Center
and many colleges, as well as
UGA Graduate School
information. The kickoff even
includes how to get the
Graduation essentials; cap
and gown, class ring, senior
signature, and graduation
announcements!
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38. EDUCATION ABROAD
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Ever looked out of one of your classroom windows wishing you were in a tropical land-
scape or the rolling hills of a green countryside pasture? Luckily, UGA has more than 100
faculty-led study abroad programs in addition to a variety of exchange programs on every
continent, even Antarctica! Immerse yourself in a foreign country for a term and learn
about another culture. UGA has campuses in England, Costa Rica, and Italy. Credit
offerings are available for a large spectrum of concentrations. Visit the Office of Interna-
tional Education and plan your trip abroad! Visit: www.international.uga.edu
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41. FRESHMAN WELCOME
In the Fall of 2011, 3,500 first-year students filed into Sanford Stadium to participate
in UGA’s first Freshman Welcome. Freshman Welcome is designed by the Student Alumni
Council and the Student Government Association to bring in the class and introduce them
to the Bulldog Nation. The event entertains students with music and guest speakers. It is a
once in a lifetime chance to stand with all of your classmates on the football field in the
shape of the Georgia “G.” Freshman Welcome marks the beginning of your journey at the
University of Georgia.
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40. STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS
Held every January in the
Chapel on North Campus, the
State of the University Address
is a must see. The university
president is required to deliver
an address to be in accordance
with the University Council
by-laws and pertains to the
initiatives, outlook, and direction
of the university. This event is
free and open to the entire
university community, so come
learn about the current state of
the Fairest of the Southland and
all it hopes to accomplish!
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43. PICTURE WITH YOUR SCHOOL OR COLLEGE
The heartbeat of the University of Georgia lies in the classroom. As the state of Georgia’s
flagship institution, UGA is made up of 17 schools and colleges. These schools and
colleges instill a pride in their students and support them throughout their college career.
A picture of you in front of your school or college allows you to remember the days spent
studying for a test in the Journalism Building, the history professor who always made your
class enjoyable, or the friends you made within our major. Visit: www.bulletin.uga.edu
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42. SENIOR SIGNATURE
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Leaving a legacy at the University of
Georgia becomes something of the
utmost importance as senior year
rolls around. Make your mark with
Senior Signature by donating to the
many alumni events and academic
initiatives that have contributed to
shaping the person you have
become. In honor of your generosity,
your name will be forever engraved
on a plaque in Tate plaza for
generations past, present, and future
to see. Because of the continuous
support of alumni, friends, and
family, future generations of UGA
students will be able to experience
the even greater opportunities at
this top-tier university. For more
information on giving back to UGA
and Senior Signature visit: www.
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45. GET LOCAL
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With over 100 local eateries and stores in Athens, along with a thriving music community we
encourage students to get out of the UGA bubble and explore all that the Classic City has to
offer. With options to meet any taste, the Classic City has enough food to satisfy any appetite -
even vegetarians and night owls can find a place to eat in this thriving foodie community - and
enough venues to please any music enthusiast. Athens also offers great events throughout the
year including food tours, the International Street Festival, the Twilight Criterium in April, and
AthFest. So experience life beyond the Arch and get in touch with the Athens community.
44. THE GREAT SOUTHLAND STAMPEDE RODEO
For over 35 years, the Block and Bridle Club at UGA has hosted an event that gives the club
bragging rights as the only professionally-sanctioned rodeo organized by college students.
The Great Southland Stampede Rodeo hosts mechanical bull rides, livestock showings, rodeo
clowns, bareback riding, bull riding, and much more! This rodeo even includes its own
signature event, the pig-tote, in which contestants plop squealing piglets into wheelbarrows
and race across the dirt. Grab your cowboy hat and your boots and head down to the South
Milledge Arena for a good old-fashioned rodeo!
Visit: www.uga.edu/bandb/GSSRodeo.html
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Attend the biggest tailgate of the spring semester before the annual G-Day Game. Held in
Tate Plaza, the Student Alumni Council hosts a tailgate for all Bulldog fans. Come and enjoy
entertainment by the Redcoat Band, Dance Dawgs, UGA Cheerleaders, Hairy Dawg, UGA
Accidentals, and other campus performance groups. Student Alumni Association donors
receive a special G-Day shirt and catered food. In addition to all of the great entertainment,
there is a family section available to all, featuring freeze pops, face painting, and coloring
sheets. Don’t miss out on the most exciting tailgate of the season!
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46. WHO LET THE DOGS OUT
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More than 36 bulldog statues appear all over the Athens area, each with a different
personality and unique appearance. Athens-Oconee Junior Woman’s Club member Linda Ford
(BS ‘81 MS ‘83) and fellow club member Julie Walters established the “We Let the Dogs Out”
project. It has since placed bulldog statues all over Athens, including one in front of the UGA
Alumni Association designed by UGA graduate Chris Wyrick (MFA ‘00) in honor of Herschel
Walker. We encourage you to find as many as you can and take a moment to appreciate the
diversity and culture they represent in the heart of the Bulldawg Nation.
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All traditions at UGA had to start somewhere. What is your favorite aspect of life at
UGA? Use this space to start your own tradition that friends and family can enjoy for years
to come.
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COMMENCEMENT
Earlier commencement ceremonies could last three to four days, with each graduating
senior given the opportunity to speak for up to 10 minutes along with festivities and
dances lasting until the very wee hours of the morning. The commencement ceremony
that we know now took form after World War II due to increasing enrollment. It was not
until the 1950s that the Spring Commencement Ceremony moved to Sanford Stadium
because the graduating classes had grown too large for on-campus auditoriums.
However, one tradition does remain the same — the sheriff of Athens-Clarke County leads
the graduation processional armed with a sword. This was a safety measure because the
university was established near a turbulent frontier. Today, commencement ceremonies
are held in May, August and December with Sanford Stadium serving as the spring
undergraduate ceremony facility and Stegeman Coliseum hosting all other ceremonies.
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ADVICE FROM ALUMNI AND STUDENTS
Josh Paine (BSA ’12)
jpaine@uga.edu
Marketing Specialist
UGA CAES
Former Student Alumni Council Member
“You have made one of the best decisions
of your life enrolling in dear old UGA. The
“Fairest of the Southland” will not only be
your home for at least four years, but it will
live in your heart forever. Don’t stress if you
don’t know what you want to be when you
grow up. I promise it will work out. Develop a
solid network of friends, co-workers, profes-
sors, bosses and mentors that you stay in
touch with and can rely on for information
and advice. Teamwork and project manage-
ment are vital to success after college, so
start preparing now!”
Devin Fiegelist (BBA ’10)
dfiegelist@gmail.com
Fuel Pricing Analyst
RaceTrac Petroleum
“Explore Athens past downtown. You’ll find
some of the more unique restaurants,
volunteer opportunities, and study spots!”
Maureen Clayton (ABJ ’80, MA ’84)
mclayton@insight-communication.com
President
Insight Strategic Communications
Bulldog 100 Honoree
Member, UGA Alumni Association
Executive Committee
“Every phase of your life is a new beginning.
You don’t have to be who you were in high
school. Say yes to new things, learn and grow
into the person you want to be.”
Jenae Moxie (AB ’12)
jmoxie@jd16.law.harvard.edu
J.D. Candidate
Harvard Law School
Former Student Alumni Council Member
“Do not feel the need to do what everybody
else is doing. There are so many incredible
academic programs, extracurricular activities,
and amazing new experiences at this big,
beautiful school; this is your time to explore
them and find your passion in the process.
You are surrounded by amazing classmates,
professors, staff, and organizations - you will
do yourself a huge disservice if you limit
yourself to what you think you know.”
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ADVICE FROM ALUMNI AND STUDENTS
Jessica Abe, ’14
jmabe@uga.edu
UGA Student
Terry College of Business
“Have a plan in mind, but never fear a change
of heart or a change in direction. College is a
whirlwind of personal and professional
growth packed into one short time period.
Learn from your experiences and the people
you meet. Allow them to shape you for the
better. Most importantly, always keep an open
mind. You will soon find that college and life
after is almost impossible to predict.”
Rodney Bullard, ’12
rdbullard@gmail.com
Executive Director
Chick-fil-A Foundation
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Do not let anyone or anything limit the
height of your aspirations.”
Travis Canova, ’05
ltcanova@gmail.com
Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Seek counsel from leaders in your fields of
interest. Give them the opportunity to give
back. Ask thoughtful questions and listen.
How did they get where they are? What were
some mistakes they made? Opportunities
they seized? What would they have done
differently? What books would they recom-
mend?”
Lindsey Groepper, ’01
lindsey@blastmedia.com
President
BLASTmedia
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Stop talking and start doing. Don’t use
“time” – either the excess or lack of it – as an
excuse to delay the act of doing. Actions
trump intentions every time.”
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ADVICE FROM ALUMNI AND STUDENTS
Scott Hitch, ’96, ’99
shitch@burr.com
Attorney
Burr Forman, LLP
“Follow your passions, not your paycheck,
and take professional chances when you’re
young. Limit your debt as best you can and
save whatever money you earn. Building a
nest egg early will enable you to follow your
dreams throughout your life.”
Marc Garofalo, ’97
marcg@uga.edu
Regional Director, Terry Mentor
Terry College of Business
Athens Area Alumni Chapter Volunteer
“I would dedicate my summers to self-discov-
ery and get out of Athens. Travel for
adventure-type work, study abroad,
internships, externships, etc. These unique
experiences will set you apart from the pack
and help you build a diverse network. Travel
and take risks before you have a family, a
mortgage, or both!”
Connie Braesch, ’09
connie.l.braesch@usch.mil
Public Affairs Officer
United States Coast Guard
2013 40 Under 40 Nominee
“Control your attitude and drive your
ambition. Don’t weight others down with
negativity and frustration. My favorite quote
from one of my mentors is ‘the difference
between an adventure and an ordeal is
attitude.’”
Laurie Barron, ’96
laurie.barron@cowetaschools.org
Superintendent
Evergreen School District, Kalispell, Montana
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“No matter your path in life, always put
people first. The best leader serves others,
builds relationships, and works collabora-
tively. Those who least deserve your respect
and help are often those who need it most.”
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Kyle Hatcher, ’97
hatcherbk@state.gov
Diplomat
U.S. State Department
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“There are no born leaders. Leaders are
born of adversity, sacrifice, passion, trial,
and sweat. Leaders rarely take the
comfortable route. Don’t be afraid to take
chances in life in pursuit of what is right.”
Jessica McClellan, ’00, ’03
jclmcclellan@yahoo.com
Trial Attorney, Aviation and Admiralty
Litigation
U.S. Department of Justice
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation: I am a
fourth generation Bulldog and the pillars
of the Arch remain my guiding principles.
Don’t forget to dream big and have fun
along the way. Life is about using the
whole box of crayons.”
Wesley Zwirn, ’00, ’03
owner.littleprodigieschildcare@gmail.com
Owner/President
Prodigies Child Care Management, LLC; Little
Prodigies Child Development Center, LLC
2013 40 Under 40 Nominee
“Listen to your inner cheerleader and never
be negatively influenced by your own mind,
society, or negativity around you. It’s easy to
think you cannot do it, but you can. Put
blinders on and keep taking one step forward.
Over time, your consistency will put you
ahead of your competition.”
Nathan Hardeman, ’05
nhardeman@engadiministries.org
Executive Director
Engadi Ministries International
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Don’t study just to get a degree on paper.
Study to achieve the greatest possible
potential for what you love doing. Then
pursue your passion for the rest of your life.
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ADVICE FROM ALUMNI AND STUDENTS
Haley Jackson, ’12
haley.e.jackson@gmail.com
Service Coordinator
B’Nai B’Rith Apartments
Former Student Alumni Council Member,
Secretary
Past President, UGA Special Olympics
“Take that seemingly ‘random’ elective class!
Choose electives in various concentrations
and in subject areas that have little or
nothing to do with your major. Every ‘random’
elective class I took bestowed upon me
knowledge and experiences that have
subsequently proved invaluable in both my
professional and personal lives. You never
know what life challenge may be placed upon
you or what endeavor you may embark upon.
Each and every little tidbit of knowledge
makes you better apt to deal with the
situation and come out successful.”
Mara Maddox, ’96
maramaddox1@gmail.com
Public Relations Manager
Bloomingdale’s
2013 40 Under 40 Nominee
“UGA is a big place that is easy to get lost in.
I recommend finding small groups to
associate with- both socially and academi-
cally. By making these connections, you’ll
create a sounding board for school and
relationships that can last beyond gradua-
tion. Lean on your academic school for your
major too. I wish I utilized the administration
more and once you graduate you have to
chart the course on your own! Be your own
advocate for success.”
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Allison Ward, ’06
award83@gmail.com
Career Advisor
DeVry University
“Words of wisdom my dad told me before I
left for school were ‘Remember, not
everyone has a big test the next day!’
— meaning, try not to let all the fun
interrupt your focus!”
Michael McConnell, ’07
mcconnellmj@gmail.com
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Science &
Operations Flight Commander
United States Air Force – AFROTC
Detachment 160
Board Member - Athens Area Chapter for the
UGA Alumni Association
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Explore not only UGA, but Athens! Leave
no stone unturned, no corner of Athens
unexplored, and no event unattended.
Have no regrets when you leave so that
you can honestly say to yourself that you
took advantage of everything UGA and
Athens had to offer.”
Logan Smalley, ’06
smalley@ted.com
TED-ED Catalyst
TED
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“A poet named Muriel Rukeyser said ‘The
universe is made of stories, not of atoms.’
My advice would be to notice the verb in
that sentence. Participate in making the
world, by using every tool available to tell
your story, and to help tell the story of
others.”
Gary Widby, ’77
gwhidby@comcast.net
CPA
Gary D. Widby, CPA
“If I only had known then what a priceless
value my UGA experience would be
throughout the rest of my life in terms of
personal enrichment, I would have always
kept a positive attitude and savored every
moment on campus. When the blues of
college challenges hit you, and they will,
don’t fail to use your time wisely and
remember you are already a winner in life
just to have made the cut. There are
multitudes of potential UGA students out
there who didn’t make the cut, but you did.
Now is your time to excel. Now is your time
to seize this moment in your life’s history.
Make it count.”
Tierra Destiny Reid, ’04
inquiries@tierradestinyreid.com
President
TDR Brands
2013 40 Under 40 Nominee
“Follow your truth. Never forget to listen
to the voice inside that will guide you.
Trust that every hill and valley is molding
you into who you are meant to become.
Shine bright so that others will be
liberated to do the same.”
Padgett Wilson, ’96
pwilson@georgia.org
Chief Operating Officer
Georgia Department of Economic
Development
2013 40 Under 40 Honoree
“Enjoy every second of your time in
Athens. It is a wonderful place and you
will spend the rest of your life trying to
get back. But keep those memories in
your head and not recorded for the entire
world to see on Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram. Your career will thank you
later.”
Sharon Steingruber, ’90
ssteingruber@corus360.com
Account Manager
Corus 360
“I wish I had learned early on that you are
as smart and dedicated as the people you
hang out with. If your friends are working
hard, you will too. Surround yourself with
high achievers. But also be sure to take
advantage of every sporting event UGA
has! Gymnastics, basketball, softball,
baseball...do it all! The UGA spirit is like
none other!”
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2014-2015 STUDENT ALUMNI COUNCIL
Ola Ayeni ‘17
Tripp Brooks ’15
Khadijah Brown ‘16
Logan Brown ‘16
Erin Burnett ‘17
Kimberly Caldwell ’15
Alex Carruth ’15
Briana Clark ‘17
Emilie Clarke ’16
Callie Dailey ’16
Mica David ’15
William Ferrand ’15
Derric Fray ‘17
Loni Gibson ’15
Raven Gibson ’15
Derek Hammock ’15
Jasmine Johnson ‘16
Daniel Jones ‘17
Emily Joseph ’15
Michael Karsten ‘17
Ally Laukhuf ’15
Lyndon Lee ‘17
Cameryn Massey ‘15
Lyddy O’Brien ’16
Asher Orr ‘16
Heath Robinson ’15
Mark Rush ’15
Kennington Smith ‘17
Kevin Steele ‘17
BeAna Stone ‘15
Reed Tully’17
Chelsea Walker ‘15
Dowdy White ’16
Erica Williams ‘17
Taryn Winston ’15
Teman Worku ’15
G BOOK CONTRIBUTORS
Special Thanks
Alan Goodno (BBA ’11)
Christie Haynes (AB ’10)
Christina Swoope (BS ’11)
The UGA Alumni Association
The Student Alumni Council
Department of Admissions and the UGA Orientation Leaders
Dr. F.B. Nash Boney
Mary Linnemann, The Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library
Amanda Ansell, The Adsmith
Kirk Smith, The Adsmith
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