THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Class of 2020

GREETINGS!
Use this book as a guide 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 the UGA legacy.

Carry your G Book with pride and then heed the call
to keep our traditions alive. The Bulldog Nation is
counting on you to remember its story and create
one of your own! Your future at the fairest
university of the southland awaits.

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Place your UGA ID here
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table of contents
Introduction to The G Book

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Greetings from the UGA Alumni Association

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How to become an official UGA Tradition Keeper

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Letter from the Editors

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UGA History

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Welcome to the Classic City

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The UGA Motto

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UGA Multicultural Firsts

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Did You Know?

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Lost Traditions

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The UGA of Our Generation

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Georgia Songs and Yells

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The Redcoats are Coming!

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Know Your Georgia Spirit

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Ugas Through Time

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Traditions 42
Timeless Traditions

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Traditions of Our Time

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Make Your Own Traditions

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Commencement 97
If I Only Knew Then: Advice from Alumni and Students

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G Book Contributors & Special Thanks

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2016-2017 Student Alumni Council

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introduction to the g book
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, students wrote and
crafted your current Class of 2020 edition of the G Book.
From 1915 through the late 1950s, the G Book was a guide
for students about all things UGA. Men were 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 UGA pride.
More than 50 years later, the G Book is back! Revived by the Student Alumni Council
(SAC) in 2009, this is the eighth 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 Bulldog. Take pictures, fill the pages, and create a
living testament of your time 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. Each tradition
is unique and special to the Bulldog Nation. It’s up to the students to create them and keep
them alive.

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greetings from the
UGA 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 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 part of
more than 231 years of rich history. Generations of alumni 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.

GO DAWGS!

The Wray-Nicholson House:
Headquarters of the UGA Alumni Association
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tradition keeper
How to become an official UGA Tradition Keeper:
A UGA Tradition Keeper is someone who cares deeply about the history and tradition
of the University of Georgia. 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 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 or students can come by the Wray-Nicholson House (298
South Hull Street). 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.

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Letter from the editors
ET DOCERE ET RERUM EXQUIRERE CAUSAS.

To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.
Over one hundred years ago, members of the University of Georgia Y.M.C.A. wanted to create
a handbook of all things UGA to guide the college experience of every student. It was filled
with class directories, faculty information, and the university’s history and traditions. That
little handbook was called the G Book, and it was once mandatory to carry it at all times.
What those Y.M.C.A. students realized in 1915 is that, while we may enter the university from
various places, UGA’s rich tradition combined with the cultural diversity of Athens is what
binds us all into one community. While both UGA and Athens have certainly changed a great
deal over the decades, the relationship between the two has never been stronger.
As the newest Bulldogs, you arrive to a campus and city that has been shaped by the
thousands of students who have come before you. Whether you’re a ninth-generation
Bulldog or a first, this G Book can connect you to the UGA legacy developed in the heart
of Athens over the past two centuries. Let it teach you the campus history, inspire you to
serve the community, and make you inquire about how 231 years of stories have helped
create the UGA we know and love today.
Your years at UGA will be a source of joy and pride forever. You’ll meet your best friends,
favorite professors, and make memories to last a lifetime while on this campus. As you
experience UGA, let your G Book assist you in getting the most out of your time in Athens.
Use it as a guide when you are curious about your new home, and let it record your
memories as you complete our hallowed traditions.
Most importantly, though, you now have the ability to shape the future of UGA and even
the greater Athens area. Your time in the Classic City will go by faster than you can
imagine. With your G Book by your side, go out and always take advantage of everything
that your time in Athens has to offer.
Go Dawgs!

Callie Dailey ‘16

Reed Turry ‘17

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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: The Bulldog becomes UGA’s mascot
1922: The first Homecoming game is played against Vanderbilt

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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 the 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-Gault (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

1980: UGA is awarded sea-grant status and the football team wins the National Championship

led by freshman Herschel Walker (M ‘85)

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

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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
2003: Opening of the Miller Learning Center
2005: Establishment of the College of Public Health
2007: Establishment of the Odum School of Ecology
2007: Completion of the Coverdell Building, home of the College of Public Health’s Biomedical

and Health Sciences Institute

2008: UGA partners with Augusta 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 Bulldogs

2012: Establishment of the College of Engineering.
2012: UGA opens the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
2012: The College of Public Health moves to the Health Sciences Campus
2013: Provost Jere W. Morehead (JD ‘80) invested as new president of UGA
2013: UGA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Tate Student Center
2015: Opening of the College of Veterinary Sciences Veterinary Learning Center
2015: Completion of Correll Hall, first of three new buildings in the Terry College of Business

“Business Learning Center”

2016: Completion of the Science Learning Center

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welcome to the classic city
Over the years, Athens has developed a reputation for being one of the best college towns in
America. As you lay down your roots here in the Classic City, it is important to take
advantage of all that Athens has to offer. Hundreds of thousands of UGA students before
you have helped to shape this community’s vibrant and unique culture. Athens is an inclusive
place, and has something for everyone to enjoy. Ranked as one of America’s Prettiest Towns
by Forbes, one of the Coolest Cities in America by GQ, and the No. 1 College Music Scene by
Rolling Stone, it is truly a special time to live in Athens, Georgia.

At a Glance:

Population: 121,265

Founded: Clarke County: December 5, 1801

Location: 65 miles NE of Atlanta

City of Athens: December 8, 1806

Largest Employer: The University of Georgia

Athens-Clarke County Unification:

Restaurants: 250+

January 14, 1991

Nickname: The Classic City

Athens: Then & Now
Photo Credit: Jerry Crawley

The area that is now Athens-Clarke County was
originally inhabited by members of the Cherokee
and Creek Native American nations. The first
settlers arrived following the Revolutionary War
and began a small settlement of land called Cedar
Shoals, just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains and near the confluence of the North
and Middle Oconee Rivers. When the Georgia State

Aerial view of Athens mills, early 1900s

Assembly chartered the first state university in
the nation in 1785, a site was not decided. In 1801,
Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

a five person committee led by future Georgia
Governor John Milledge chose the settlement of
Cedar Shoals as the home of what would become
the University of Georgia. Clarke County’s
boundaries were set and the county was named
after Elijah Clarke, a general in the Revolutionary
War. Milledge purchased 633 acres of land in the
new county for $4,000 and donated this land to
the trustees of the university.
Students enjoying a Spring Day on College Avenue

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Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

As the future home of the flagship
University of Georgia, Athens got its
name from the center of education
and culture in Ancient Greece. At the
time of incorporation in 1806, Athens
had about seventeen families, and a
total of four stores, which would grow
on land adjacent to the new college.
The cultured social life of the college
Downtown Athens

would soon attract prominent families
of wealth to the new city, allowing

Athens to become a thriving community. Industry in the early 1800s was predominantly
centered around textile mills that were powered by the Oconee River; however, many
aristocrats and planters came to Athens to educate their sons and enjoy the culture that
the university had fostered. Many houses built in the Antebellum period still remain in
Athens including the Wray-Nicholson House, which is still located on campus as home to the
UGA Alumni Association.

Photo Credit: Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library

While Athens had become a
center of culture in the early
1800s, it would soon become an
important arena in the Civil War.
During this time, the university
was forced to close because
students and faculty were
needed to serve in the war. The
historic UGA Chapel served as an
army hospital and even as a
prison for Union soldiers in 1864.
During Reconstruction, Athens
established itself as a center for
Map of Athens circa 1930

secondary black education in

Georgia with several prominent African-American schools. Education allowed AfricanAmericans to establish their own businesses and communities in Clarke County, greatly
contributing to the diverse culture we see today. UGA reopened in 1866 with its largest
enrollment at the time of 299 men. As UGA grew, the town grew as well, as Athens
became the county seat in 1872.

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Soon after, Athens started to
become the city we know and
love with rapid growth in the
1900s as the population grew
exponentially. The skyline of
downtown surfaced as new
businesses opened up from
1908-1913. By 1980, many new
suburban neighborhoods had
appeared, substantially
increasing Athens’ land area.

Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

However, as these suburban
neighborhoods grew, downtown Athens suffered, losing many of its prime businesses.
This led to special efforts to revitalize downtown in the 1980s. In 2006, downtown
Athens was named an official historic district, cementing its place as the center of
Athens’ culture.
In 1991, Athens and Clarke
County were consolidated into a
single government. In 1996, UGA
hosted women’s soccer, rhythmic
Photo Credit: Reed Turry

gymnastics and volleyball during
the Centennial Olympic Games.
Today, Athens has cemented
itself as one of the cultural hubs
of the South with its own
symphony, the annual Human
Rights Festival, the Twilight

View of Broad Street from North Campus

Criterium (one of the largest
cycling events in the nation), Athfest Music Festival and of course Georgia Bulldogs
football in the fall. Bands such as the B-52s, REM, Widespread Panic and Lady
Antebellum trace their roots to the legendary Athens music scene. Famous venues such
as the Georgia Theatre, the 40 Watt Club and the Classic Center remain great ways to
experience music that continues to shape Athens’ culture. In more recent years, Athens’
culinary scene has also garnered attention for its unique mix of authentic Southern
cuisine with a variety of different ethnic traditions.

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Athens: A Cultural
Center of the South
Athens’ culture was originally
put on the map due to its
outstanding music scene, where
it has launched the careers of
many renowned artists. Two of
the most famous bands to
emerge from the Classic City
Photo Credit: Athens Banner Herald

are R.E.M. and the B-52s, whose
careers started in the 70s and
80s. The members of R.E.M met
at the downtown Wuxtry
Records store, while the B-52s
met at a local Chinese
restaurant. The two bands
began playing at venues across
Widespread Panic performing on Washington Street in 1998

Athens and grew to travel the
world playing hit after hit.
Another famous rock band that
got its roots in Athens is the
popular jam band, Widespread

Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

Panic. The band was founded
after a chance meeting at a
UGA residence hall and quickly
garnered local attention.
Widespread Panic has come
back to play in Athens often.
They filmed a live concert at
the Georgia Theatre in 1991 and
performed a concert on
Washington Street in 1998.
The Famous 40 Watt Club

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Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

Other musical acts with ties
to Athens include Lady
Antebellum and popular
singer-songwriter John
Mayer, who filmed his music
video for “No Such Thing” in
the famous Georgia Theater.
Today, emerging artists
around the country travel to
Athens in hope of getting
The Grill, open 24/7, is a staple of Athens cuisine

projected into stardom by
playing in local bars and

nightclubs; if they’re lucky, they may even get to play in major venues such as the
Georgia Theater, the 40 Watt Club and the Classic Center.
In recent years, Athens has
garnered attention for its
diverse dining options.
Whether you’re a vegetarian,
avid meat-lover, or just a
little picky, there is
something for everyone
Photo Credit: Reed Turry

when it comes to food in the
Classic City. A few student
favorites include The Grill,
The Place, Shokitini and the
Last Resort downtown; the
Grit and Marti’s at Midday in
Authentic Southern style Breakfast at Mama’s Boy

Normaltown; DePalma’s and
Taqueria La Parilla on the

Eastside and Cali ‘n’ Titos near Five Points. For an authentic southern breakfast, many
students flock to Mama’s Boy on Oconee Street. However, these are only a few of the
many options Athens has to offer as there are over 250 restaurants that keep the college
student budget in mind when creating their menus.

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Jittery Joe’s Coffee Shop

In addition to great food, Athens is home to a thriving beverage industry, from classic
ice cream floats to locally brewed coffee. The Athens Soda Fountain located inside ADD
Drug Store on S. Lumpkin Street in Five Points serves up classic 1950s style milkshakes
and root beer floats as well as burgers and sandwiches. If you’re looking for a hot cup
of coffee, look no further than Jittery Joes or Thousand Faces Coffee. Jittery Joes has
multiple locations across Athens as well as a small location on the second floor of the
Miller Learning Center. Thousand Faces Coffee, located in Normaltown, has a great
selection of coffee as well. It is also served at the Athens Farmers Market where nearly
every weekend, people will line up outside the gate just to get a taste on crisp Saturday
mornings.

UGA and Athens: One Community
Take a look at any student organization on campus and more often than not, you will find
that its members freely donate time and resources back to the Athens community. UGA
students and community members constantly collaborate and work together in order to
improve the lives of Athens citizens as well as the city as a whole. Many students serve as
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District Mentorship Program.
Additionally, student
organizations host
beautification projects
around the city to help keep
Photo Credit: UGA Photographic Services

the local environment
healthy.
Many classes at UGA are
classified as service-learning
courses. These classes
require students to interact
with people in the community
and reflect on their
UGA students volunteering at the Athens Humane Society

experiences. For example,
Advocacy Practices for Social

Change through the Institute on Human Development and Disability department allows
for students to implement advocacy practices within the community through a local
organization called Citizen Advocacy.
Inversely, the citizens of Athens make an important contribution to the lives of UGA
students as well. Athens gives students a rich cultural experience which can be
contributed to the people who live their daily lives here. This diversity is encountered at
every turn; each individual, both student and citizen, has a story to share that is unique
and meaningful.
It is clear that the university and the city of Athens are not two very different or separate
entities but two interdependent populations, allowing for the formation of one incredible
community and college town: The Classic City.
In Athens, there truly is something for everyone, and the students of the University of
Georgia are very fortunate to be able to spend their years in a town that is so special.
Whether simply volunteering as part of the Dawg Day of Service or simply exploring all
the Classic City has to offer, you are sure to find a new experience around every corner
that is sure to have you saying, “Athens, I love you!”

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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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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 (ABJ ’63), Hamilton
Holmes (BS ’63), and Mary Frances Early (MMED ’62, EDS ’71). 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-Gault (ABJ ’63) and Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63) become the first AfricanAmerican students to enroll at the University of Georgia. They were later joined by Mary Frances
Early (MMED ’62, EDS ’71), 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 (BBA ’90) 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 opens its doors in September.
1991: The Hispanic Student Association is founded.
1992: Premal Amin (BS ’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.
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Photo Credit: Sam Janjua

Students performing India Night 2013

Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63) and Charlayne
Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63)

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 Georgia’s first African-American Chief
Justice.

1995: The African-American Cultural Center (AACC) opens in January.
1999: Hilton Young (BSED ’79) becomes the 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: The 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 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 AfricanAmerican homecoming king and queen.

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did you know?

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 First Garden Club

eight feet of land surrounding its base.

UGA is America’s first state-chartered

It was also recognized by Ripley’s

university, receiving its charter in 1785.

The first Garden Club in America was
organized in Athens, Georgia in 1891.

The Tree That Owns Itself was willed

Believe It or Not!

The Bulldog statue outside of Memorial
Hall has led an interesting life. The long

Old College (1806), UGA’s first

existing rivalry between UGA and

permanent building, was modeled after

Georgia Tech subjected our beloved

Connecticut Hall at Yale. The building

UGA sculpture to kidnapping. Now

was originally named Franklin College

pranks are still played when the rivals

after Benjamin Franklin. UGA was called

come to town. Additionally, the bronze

Franklin College throughout the

beauty is always greased. Touch it next

antebellum period.

time you go by!

Joseph E. Brown Hall is the home of

The Grady College annually hosts the

Germanic and Slavic Studies, but also

prestigious George Foster Peabody

houses a unique oddity. While standing

Awards that recognize excellence in

in the courtyard, there is a stairwell that

quality by American radio and television

can be seen through one of the glass

stations, networks, online media,

walls of the building. These stairs seem

producing organizations, and individuals.

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.

Peabody Award exhibit at the Special Collections
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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. 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 be 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 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 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 arrival, 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.

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5. Senior Parade
Originally held before the Little Commencement dance and the home Georgia Tech
baseball game, male seniors would walk around Sanford Field in wild and crazy costumes.
This continued until the 1930s when it became a more formal event 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.

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.
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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. 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.
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9. 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.”

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.
These fans were affectionately known as the “Track People” and were a staple at Georgia
football games for decades.

11. Bullpups vs. Baby Jackets
Up until the 1972 football season, NCAA rules dictated that freshmen were not allowed to
play on Varsity teams. This rule led to the rise of a great southern tradition that was the
Bullpups vs. Baby Jackets game. For 60 years on Thanksgiving Day, freshmen football
players from UGA played against the freshmen from Georgia Tech at Grant Field in Atlanta
as a charity game to raise money for Scottish Rite. The Governor’s Cup was presented to
the winner each year, until the tradition was ended in 1993 because of roster restrictions.
Since then, the Governor’s Cup has been awarded to the winner of the Varsity game.

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Georgia Songs and Yells
Alma Mater

Glory, Glory

From the hills of Georgia’s northland

(Played after a score)

Beams thy noble brow,

Glory. glory to old Georgia!

And the sons of Georgia rising

Glory, glory to old Georgia!

Pledge with sacred vow.

Glory, glory to old Georgia!

‘Neath the pine trees’ stately shadow

Glory, glory to old Georgia!

Spread thy riches rare.

Glory, glory to old Georgia!

And thy sons, dear Alma Mater,

Glory, glory to old Georgia!

Will thy treasures share.

G-E-O-R-G-I-A

And thy daughters proudly join thee,

Your Role: Commonly played by the Redcoat

Take their rightful place,

Band after a score, students and fans yell

Side by side into the future,

“Glory, glory to old Georgia!” three times and

Equal dreams embrace.

usually replace G-E-O-R-G-I-A with “And

G-E-O-R-G-I-A

to hell with…” our opponent.

Through the ages, Alma Mater,
Men will look to thee;

Fun Fact: “Glory, Glory” is sung to a 19th

Thou the fairest of the Southland,

century melody commonly known as “John
Brown’s Body” or “Battle Hymn of the

Georgia’s Varsity.

Republic.” Though it appears in mid-century
hymnals as “Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us,”

(Chorus)

its true origin is unknown; some scholars

Alma Mater, thee we’ll honor,

believe it may have been composed in Georgia.

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).

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The Redcoat Marching Band

Hail to Georgia

Calling the Dawgs:

Hail to Georgia down in Dixie!

GOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs! Sic’em! Woof!

A college honored fair and true,

Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!

The Red and Black is her standard,
Proudly it waves!

Your Role: At football games, the crowd

Streaming today and the ages through,

starts yelling “Go” while holding a low “o”

She’s the fairest of the Southland,

sound until the ball is kicked when “Dawgs” is

We’ll pledge our love to her for aye,

yelled. Afterwards, the crowd chants “Sic’em!

To that college dear we’ll ring a cheer,

Woof!...”

All hail to dear old UGA!
Fun Fact: During orientation, all participants
Fun Fact: “Hail to Georgia” is the official

line up on the stairs in Tate Plaza and are led

fight song of the Bulldogs and is played

in their first Calling of the Dawgs.

after field goals and extra points.

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

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.

Of a chapel bell and a Georgia yell,
Going back to Athens town.
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Georgia Songs and Yells

the redcoats are coming!
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 Danczs, 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. More than 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. The tradition started in 1987 when Redcoat
saxophone player Jeff Simmons slowed the melody of “Glory, Glory”. It was eventually
worked into the pregame show in 2000. 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 to the trumpet
soloist in honor of this hymn.

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

Krypton
The “Krypton Fanfare,” from the original Superman movie, is a song you will hear multiple
times each game day in Sanford Stadium. It is played twice before the start of the game:
once when the team has completed its pre-game warm-ups and walks hand in hand to the
endzone, and a second time just before the team runs onto the field for the game. It is also
played once during the game, between the 3rd and 4th quarters. If the game is close, the
Redcoats will often perform Krypton one more time to pump up the fans and give the team
support when it needs it the most.

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Know Your Georgia Spirit
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
Silver Britches

year was 1980, and indeed, those Silver Britches

Between the Hedges

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saw victory.

“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, which were offshoots of the original hedges. 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.
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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. The series is very tightly played and after the 2015 season Georgia holds a
tight 56-55-8 series lead.

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
This is the nickname given to the football game in which the Georgia Bulldogs face the
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The game has been played 110 times according to Georgia
Tech and only 108 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. Since the
first meeting on November 4, 1893, the record between the two teams is 65 Georgia wins,
38 Georgia Tech wins, and five ties. This clean, old-fashioned hate goes well beyond
football and has a storied history of stolen mascots and pranks played between Georgia

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students and the students at the North Avenue Trade School.

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Know Your Georgia Spirit
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.”)

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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

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used the nickname “Bulldogs” five times in his story to describe a 0-0 tie against Virginia.

Hairy Dawg

Hairy Dawg
UGA has not always had the lovable 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 its new costumed mascot at the
Georgia – Florida game. The intimidating Hairy Dawg has a large wardrobe including a
football uniform, pompom pants, formalwear for Homecoming, basketball gear, and a
suit and tie.

Spike
Originally introduced in 2003, this inflatable dog is the newest addition to the mascot
family. Spike proudly cheers on the Bulldogs at basketball games and volleyball meets by
doing some cool tricks like jumping on top of his head!
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ugas through time

Uga (1956–1967)

Uga II (1966–1972)

Uga III (1972–1981)

“Damn Good Dog”

“Not Bad for a Dog”

“How ’Bout This Dog”

Uga IV (1981–1990)

Uga V (1990–1999)

Uga VI (1999–2008)

“The Dog of the Decade”

“Defender of his Turf”

“A Big Dog for a Big Job
and He Handled it Well”

Uga VII (2008–2009)

Uga VIII (2009–2011)

Uga IX (2011–2015)

“Gone Too Soon”

“Never Had a Chance”

“Russ”

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ugas through time

Uga X (2015–present)
“Que”

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traditions
Traditions of All Time:
Experiences that have been constant in student life at UGA for more than 100 years
 1. The Arch

 8. UGA Ring

 2. Founders Week

 9. Participate in Homecoming Events

 3. Literary Societies

 10. The Chapel Bell

 4. The Tree That Owns Itself

 11. Participate in a Greek Event

 5. The Red & Black

 12. Attend an Athletic Event

 6. Attend an Event in the Chapel

 13. The Creamery

 7. Student Organizations

Traditions of Our Time:
Experiences for our generation
 14. The Student Alumni Association

 32. The Abraham Baldwin Statue

 15. Picture with Uga or Hairy Dawg

 33. Richard B. Russell Building

 16. Watch a Game Between the Hedges

 17. Take a Picture on the Arch Logo Tile

 34. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

 18. Tailgate on Gameday

 35. See a Movie at the Tate Student Center

 19. The Dawg Walk

 36. Ghost Tour

 20. Center for Leadership and Service

 37. Visit the Georgia Museum of Art

 21. Georgia - Florida Game

 38. Education Abroad

 22. Sit with Bernard Ramsey ’37

 39. 100 Days Until Graduation

 23. Late Night Snelling

 40. State of the University Address

 24. Athens Music Scene

 41. Freshman Welcome

 25. Attend a University Union Event

 42. Senior Signature

 26. Get Active

 43. Picture with Your School or College

 27. Performing Arts Center

 44. The Great Southland Stampede Rodeo

 28. Street Painting

 45. Get Local

 29. Attend an Intercultural Event

 46. Who Let the Dogs Out

 30. The Tate Plaza

 47. G-Day

 31. Herty Field Activities

 48. Thank A Donor Day

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Experiences that have been constant in student life
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1. the arch
Serving as the official symbol of the
University of Georgia, the Arch was built
in the 1850s and originally served as part
of a larger iron fence securing the
campus. Daniel Redfearn (BL 1909, BS
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 the Arch
and get your G Book off to a quick start
with Tradition No. 1!

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2. founders week
The Student Alumni Council sponsors several events to celebrate UGA’s founding.
Historically, there have been activities throughout the week such as a student organization
video contest, Greek organization banner contest, downtown business involvement with
promotions, social media trivia, giveaways, and celebrations that feature a birthday cake,
food and music.

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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
exist and meet in their respective halls
on North Campus. The remnants of a
strong rivalry between the two societies
is seen when studying their halls’
designs. Demosthenian Hall is painted
yellow because Phi Kappa used to throw
eggs at them, and Phi Kappa Hall has no
windows because the Demosthenians
used to throw bricks at the building.
From politicians and statesmen to
business leaders and authors, many

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than 200 years later, both groups still

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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4. the tree that owns itself
Drive up Finley Street, the only remaining cobblestone street in Athens, and you will arrive
at the Tree That Owns Itself. In 1832, a UGA professor by the name of Colonel William H.
Jackson (son of the former Georgia Governor James Jackson) deeded a beloved white oak
and the eight feet of surrounding land to itself to ensure that it could never be cut down.
For over a hundred years, the tree was protected from lurking axes until it finally fell due
to natural events in 1942. The current tree was grown from an acorn of Jackson’s oak, and
was transplanted to the location of the original tree 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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5. the red & black
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 UGA 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

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6. attend an event
in the chapel
Known as one of the most conspicuous landmarks on campus, the University of Georgia
Chapel held daily mandatory religious services, student assemblies, and even
commencements. 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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7. student organizations
With more than 35,000 students, there are a multitude of opportunities to find your niche
on campus. There are more than 802 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 semesters to inform students of the countless ways to get involved on campus. Looking to start a

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One of the greatest and most widely
observed traditions at UGA is the official
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
students 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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9. participate in
homecoming events
Homecoming week provides a time for the Bulldog Nation to come together in Athens to
celebrate the University of Georgia. Students can participate in the activities hosted by
Student Activities and Involvement, including street painting, concerts, pre-game tailgates,
and more. Friday night, grab your friends and family members and head downtown to see
the Redcoats and hundreds of parade 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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10. the chapel bell
The Chapel Bell, one of UGA’s most iconic traditions, has been heard sounding in North
Campus for well over 100 years. Originally housed in a small tower on top of the Chapel, the
bell primarily existed to mark religious services, class changes, and (if necessary)
emergencies. However, the beloved tradition of ringing the bell dates back to 1892, the year of
Georgia’s first football game, when the Bulldogs played their games on Herty Field. Following
a victory, freshman used to be required to ring the bell continuously until midnight. When the
bell tower was found to be rotting in 1913, it was removed and replaced by the wooden tower
currently at the rear of the Chapel, making it available for all to access. Today, alumni,
students, and Georgia fans rejoice in ringing the bell. Whether it is a Bulldog athletic victory or
simply getting a passing grade on that tough accounting test, head over to the Chapel Bell
and take part in the tradition.

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11. participate in
a greek event
One of the longest-running campus life traditions is participating in a Greek letter
organization. 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
61 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, socials, formals,
parent events, and a variety of philanthropic fundraisers. Visit: www.uga.edu/greeklife

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With 9 men’s and 12 women’s varsity sports teams that have won 41 national
championships, there is no better place for college athletics than the University
of Georgia. Watch the 10-time National Champions, the 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 the Bulldogs’ athletic teams.
Visit: www.georgiadogs.com

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13. the creamery
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 8 a.m.
to 5 p.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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14. the student
alumni association
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 on North Campus,
and much more! Through the Student Alumni Association, you are also able to apply to be
on the Student Alumni Council which not only allows you to develop yourself professionally,
but also be a part of a group of student leaders who embody the values and traditions of
the University of Georgia. Your lifelong connection with UGA began when you received your
admission to the University of Georgia, so why not start a tradition of giving today?
Visit alumni.uga.edu/saa to become part of the Student Alumni Association (SAA)!

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15. picture with uga
or hairy dawg
Named America’s top college mascot by Sports Illustrated in 1997, Uga is a major deal at
the University of Georgia. Since 1956, the Seiler family has cared for the lineage of Ugas.
Throughout the year, there are opportunities to get up close and personal with the dog that
is loved by millions. Whether it is at the football 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

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in costume is just as awesome. Find him at athletic events and special occasions on campus!

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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 ninth largest college stadium in the country,
Sanford has gone through multiple renovations in its 87-year history, with the last seats being
added in 2004 and the addition of Reed Plaza in 2010. With its breathtaking views of
Georgia’s hilly campus, Sanford Stadium has developed a reputation of being the most
beautiful on-campus college football stadium. 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 Bulldogs to victory.

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17. take a picture on
the arch logo tile
Get your photo taken during special events on the 15-foot Arch logo tile located just inside
the main entrance 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 stop by the Arch and get your

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18. tailgate on gameday
Saturdays in Athens would not be complete without the fun and fellowship of a tailgate
before the football game. Thousands of alumni, students, and fans come together on
gameday to celebrate the Dawgs with delicious food, music, and games. Georgia fans
begin tailgating early so sleeping in on Saturdays is not an option. Get there early if you
want to grab a prime tailgating spot! Buses run to and from Sanford Stadium before and
after the game so no worries if you tailgate farther away. As always, good tailgate
etiquette is appreciated. Remember to be a responsible tailgater and leave your spot as
clean as you found it!

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19. the dawg walk
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.
Former UGA head coach Mark 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 10 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,

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cheerleaders, and Hairy Dawg lead our team into Sanford Stadium.

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20. center for leadership
and service
The Center for Leadership and Service is the hub for student involvement 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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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, Florida 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. Along with the
bragging rights comes the giant trophy, the Okefenokee Oar; the winner of the game is
able to display the Oar at their school until the next meeting down in Jacksonville. In
person or in the comfort of your home, the game is always an electrifying experience.
Gather your friends, your finest red and black, and cheer on the Dawgs wherever you may
be! Don’t forget UGA currently leads the series 50-42-2 as well as boasting the record for

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the largest victory with a score of 75-0! How ‘bout them Dawgs?

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22. sit with bernard ramsey
Bernard B. Ramsey (BSC ‘37) was one of UGA’s most charitable benefactors. A native of Macon,
Georgia, Ramsey’s generosity was evident with a gift of $34 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 Fellowship
scholarship, and the Ramsey scholarship. Ramsey’s gifts have also endowed professorships and
construction projects including the new Performing Arts Center (containing Ramsey Concert
Hall) and the Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall. His dedication to the University is honored by
the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities. Sit with his statue in front of Moore College
on North Campus and enjoy the great things on campus he helped to provide.

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23. late night snelling
In the mood for a fourth meal? Sounds like it’s time for a Snellebration! Join your friends
anytime after midnight 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 80 national awards.

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Visit: www.uga.edu/foodservice

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24. athens music scene
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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25. Attend A university
union event
For students and by students, the University Union Student Programming Board strives to
provide the UGA campus community with an array of entertaining, social, cultural, and
educational events. From concerts and comedy shows to lectures and film screenings,
University Union prides itself on planning events that are free and affordable for students
to attend. Past events have included concerts featuring Sam Hunt, Fetty Wap, and Kendrick
Lamar; lectures by Maya Angelou and John Legend; comedy shows with SNL regulars; and
a multitude of late-night events like bingo and trivia. Nearly all events are free for students
and are hosted on campus. More information about upcoming events and how to become a

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member of Union can be found at union.uga.edu.

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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.” Want to ride a bike
around campus? Bulldog Bikes are available to checkout at the Main Library at no charge to
students. Have the urge 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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27. performing arts center
The world’s best come to Athens! The Performing Arts Center, part of the Performing and
Visual Arts Complex on East Campus, always hosts an impressive bill of artists. Its 2013-14
season boasted a variety of performers such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra, violinist Joshua Bell, Second City Comedy Troupe, the Vienna Boys Choir,
the Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and STOMP. Not
all performances are by traveling artists, though. The School of Music also utilizes the PAC
for performances, and UGA ensembles put on dozens of incredible concerts throughout the
school year. Within the Performing Arts Center you’ll find two main stages. 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 Hall is a
traditional hall designed for more intimate solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and small
choral concerts. As a student, all shows are only $5, so head over to the PAC and see some

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amazing performances! Visit: www.uga.edu/pac

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28. street painting
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. First, be sure to get your design
approved by Campus Reservations, 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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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. Dance the night away at the Unity Ball,
participate in Safe Space Training, attend an international coffee hour, or attend 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 Bulldogs.

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Visit: www.uga.edu/ica

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30. Tate plaza
Tate Plaza, named after former Dean William Tate, is located at the center of campus.
Opened in 1983, the Tate Student Center was built for the benefit of the entire university
community and quickly became the “heart” of student activity on campus as well as the
home of the Department of Student Activities. For nearly three decades, the many
programs and services housed within Tate have been designed to meet the social, cultural
and recreational needs of UGA’s student body. UGA pride and spirit are always in the air
above Tate Plaza, as it is where students engage others about their passions and
happenings within their organization. It is also the only place on campus deemed as a
public forum. Regardless of your year or major, you cannot miss Tate Plaza. Whether you
are rushing to class or enjoying UGA’s beautiful campus, do not pass Tate Plaza without
seeing what is going on! Visit: www.tate.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 the pigskin on
UGA’s original athletic field!
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32. the abraham baldwin
statue
A native Georgian, Abraham Baldwin
became one of the most influential figures
in UGA history. As an elected member of
Georgia’s state legislature, Baldwin
strongly believed education was the key to
the future prosperity of Georgia and 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 in January of 1785,
the nation’s first ever public university.
Baldwin also served as UGA’s first president
from 1785-1801. To commemorate his
legacy at Georgia and his reputation as the
America, the Alumni Association erected
the Baldwin statue adjacent to Old College.
Next time you are on North Campus, honor
Mr. Baldwin and rub the statue’s right foot
for good luck on your endeavors at UGA!

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33. richard b. russell building
special collections libraries
One of the university’s most valuable traditions is the Hargrett Library found in the newly
built Richard B. Russell Building 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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34. the state botanical
garden of georgia
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

from the hustle and bustle of campus
and the city.
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35. see a movie at the
tate student center
Every Thursday through Sunday, catch a movie in the Tate Student Center Theatre hosted
by the University Union Student Programming Board. Admission is free for students and
only $3 for non-students, and most films are shown before they’re released on DVD.
Occasionally, University Union is able to show advanced screenings of films before they
comes out in theaters. You can even grab a bite to eat at one of the 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 films are showing next.

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36. ghost tour of north campus
As the oldest state-chartered
institution in the country, the
university’s North Campus and
its 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
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pleasant past. This event
also doubles as a food drive
so come ready with canned
goods in hand and enjoy your
frightening night out!
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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. Located on East Campus, make sure to spend some time experiencing
collections from artists around the world. Experience 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

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of all, admission to the museum is free! Visit: www.uga.edu/gamuseum

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38. education abroad
Ever looked out one of your classroom windows wishing you were in a tropical landscape
or the rolling hills of a green countryside pasture? Luckily for you, 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. Don’t think you have
enough funds to cover a trip abroad? UGA offers many travel scholarships that you may
be eligible to apply for. Visit the Office of International Education and plan your trip
abroad! Visit: www.international.uga.edu

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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
each year and is a one-stopshop for any and all possible
graduation needs! It features
giveaways, resources from
the university’s Career Center
and many colleges, as well as
the UGA Graduate School
information. The kickoff even
includes how to get the
Graduation essentials: cap
and gown, UGA ring, senior
signature, and graduation
announcements!
Visit: alumni.uga.edu

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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, in
accordance with the University
Council by-laws, to an address
that pertains to the initiatives,
outlook, and direction of the
University. This event is free and
open to the entire community,
so come learn about the “Fairest
of the Southland” and all it
hopes to accomplish in the
upcoming year!
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Jere W. Morehead (JD ’80), 22nd President of UGA

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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 coordinated by the Student
Alumni Council and the Student Government Association to welcome the class and
introduce them to the Bulldog Nation. The event entertains all first-year students,
transfer and freshmen, with music and guest speakers. It is a once in a lifetime chance to
join 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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42. senior signature
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 one of the
many 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

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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 18 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

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class enjoyable, or the friends you made within your major. Visit: www.bulletin.uga.edu

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44. the great southland
stampede rodeo
For more than 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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45. Get local
With more than 100 unique eateries and stores in Athens, along with a thriving music
community, we encourage students to get out of the campus bubble and explore all that the
Classic City has to offer. Local favorites include restaurants such as Weaver D’s, Ted’s Most Best,
The Grill, Clocked, and Trapeze. Looking for a nice place to have a cup of coffee or study? Head
over to Walker’s or Jittery Joe’s downtown and taste some locally-roasted (and affordable)
coffee. Athens also offers great events throughout the year including the International Street
Festival, the Twilight Criterium in April, and AthFest during the summer. Experience life beyond

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46. Who let the Dogs Out
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 (M ‘85). 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 Bulldog Nation.

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47. g-day
So it’s spring semester, and you are itching for some Georgia Football. What do you do?
Attend G-Day of course! The annual spring game brings Bulldog fans back to Athens
to get a preview of what’s to come for the upcoming football season. In addition to the
football game, the Redcoat Band, Dance Dawgs, UGA Cheerleaders and Hairy Dawg will
be entertaining in Tate Plaza before kickoff. It’s a great day to be full of Georgia pride
without having to worry about bumping into any of those Tiger, Jacket, or Gator fans (not
to mention admission is free). Whether you’re cheering for Red or Black, you know that the
Dawgs are always going to come out on top! In 2016, UGA set an SEC spring game record

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for having over 93,000 people in Sanford Stadium.

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48. Thank a Donor Day
In 2012, the University of Georgia initiated a new tradition — Thank a Donor Day! The purpose
of this day is to create a culture of philanthropy among UGA students by educating them
about the importance of private giving and demonstrating the impact it makes on their
educational experiences and, at the same time, emphasize the importance of thanking donors
for their generosity. The occasion is a perfect opportunity to collect student thank you notes,
photos, video messages and other expressions of gratitude in an effort to acknowledge the
generosity of our donors in a personal way. The Donor Relations Office partners with the UGA
Student Alumni Association and the entire UGA community to observe this day of gratitude!

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that friends and family can enjoy for years to come.

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commencement
Early 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 and December with Sanford Stadium serving as the spring undergraduate
ceremony facility and Stegeman Coliseum hosting fall and graduate commencements.

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Advice from Alumni & Students

advice from alumni
and students

Mural in the Tate Student Center

Mel Baxter (AB ’12)
mel.baxter08@gmail.com
Visitor Center Director
University of Texas at Austin
2011 Orientation Leader
“Do something at least once a month to get
outside of your comfort zone... This can range
from introducing yourself to the person
sitting behind you in class to taking that
out-of-town unpaid summer internship. You
will learn and grow, as well as appreciate your
college experience even more, by doing this.”
Laurie Barron (BSED ’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 collaboratively. Those who least deserve your respect
and help are often those who need it most.”

Jessica Abe (BBA ’14)
jmabe@uga.edu
Performance Improvement Consultant
Ernst and Young
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.”
Katherine Adams (BS ’05, MED ’07, PHD ’13)
ktswings@gmail.com
Program Coordinator
Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia
2015 40 Under 40 Nominee
“Remember that you are not just gaining a
degree. Get involved, participate in experiential learning, complete assignments with a
social justice lens, and consider how you can
make the world better now.”

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and students

Students picnicking on a South Campus lawn

Connie Braesch (MA ’09)
connie.l.braesch@usch.mil
Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection

Travis Canova (BBA ’05, MACC ’05)
ltcanova@gmail.com
Manager Advisory Services, KPMG

Liason
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.’”

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 recommend?”

Rodney Bullard (MBA ’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.”

Lindsey Groepper (ABJ ’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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and students

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Haley Jackson (ABJ ’09, BSFCS ’09)
haley.e.jackson@gmail.com
Informed Navigator, PinnacleHealth System
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 (ABJ ’96)
maramaddox1@gmail.com
Marketing Manager
The Creative Circle
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 academically. By making these connections, you’ll
create a sounding board for school and
relationships that can last beyond graduation. 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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and students

Advice From the Big Dawgs

Kyle Hatcher (BBA ’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 (AB ’00, JD ’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 (BSA ’00, MS ’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 (BBA ’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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and students

Hairy Dawg helping out with a kids golf clinic at the UGA Golf Course

Padgett Wilson (AB ’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 (AB ’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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advice from alumni
and students
Allison Ward (AB ’06)
award83@gmail.com
Account Executive
Global Employment Solutions
“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 (AB ’07)
mcconnellmj@gmail.com
Operations Manager
Commercial Casework Industries, LLC
Board Member - Athens Area Chapter of 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 (BSED ’06)
smalley@ted.com
Director of TED-Ed
TED Conferences
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 (BBA ’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 (BSFCS ’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.”

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Special Thanks
Alan Goodno (BBA ’11)
Christie Haynes (AB ’10)
Christina Swoope (BS ’11)
The UGA Alumni Association
The Student Alumni Council
New Georgia Encyclopedia
Department of Admissions and the UGA Orientation Leaders
Dr. F.B. Nash Boney
Mary Linnemann, The Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library
Edward Gilbert Head, UGA Archives
Amanda Ansell, The Adsmith
Kirk Smith, The Adsmith
The Donor Relations Office
Center for Student Activities and Involvement
Center for Leadership and Service

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student
alumni council

2016-2017

Vanessa Afful ‘17

Austin Joseph ‘18

Morgan Smith ‘17

Haidi Al-Shabrawey ‘19

Katherine Lidl ‘19

Samuel Smith ‘18

Noah Barnes ‘19

Savannah Lockman ‘18

Tia Smith ‘18

TJ Bentley ‘17

Mallika Madhusudan ‘18

Jasmine Somerset ‘18

Zackary Blanton ‘17

Michael Morgan ‘19

Kevin Steele ‘17

Betsy Bradfield ‘17

Isabella Nixon ‘19

Arezou Taeed ‘18

Briana Clark ‘17

Hiral Patel ‘18

Julius Thomas ‘18

Nash Davis ‘18

Imani Redd ‘18

Kira Trawick ‘17

Sarah Feyerick ‘18

Kelsey Reddick ‘18

Reed Turry ‘17

Chappell Foley ‘17

Reagan Rowlett ‘18

Lindsay Vandiver ‘17

Derric Fray ‘17

Kailyn Sanders ‘18

Megan Vaupell ‘19

Kunal Goel ‘18

Daniel Seeler ‘18

Victoria Lauren Williams ‘18

Sarah Howard ‘18

Margaret Shin ‘19

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