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UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 2017-2018 EDITION G Book: 2017-2018 Edition


GREETINGS! Your copy of the G Book will serve as a guide for your journey at the University of Georgia. Appreciate and uphold the traditions: you are now a keeper of the UGA legacy! Carry your G Book with pride and 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. Use this G Book to commemorate your experiences along the way. Your future at the fairest university of the southland awaits!



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Introduction 9. 11. 12. 13.


Welcome from the Student Alumni Association Letter from the G Book Editors Meet the 2017-2018 Student Alumni Council Become an Official G Book Tradition Keeper

UGA’s Legacy 17. University Timeline 22. Hallowed Halls


Bulldog Pride 31. 32. 35. 36. 42.

UGA’s Motto Georgia Songs and Yells The Redcoats are Coming! Georgia Spirit Uga: How ‘Bout Those Dawgs

44 Traditions 45. 51. 52. 92. 94.


Lost Traditions Tradition Keeper Checklist Timeless Traditions Make Your Own Traditions Commencement

Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em! 97. Advice from the Big Dawgs 103. Special Thanks to Our Contributors

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University of Georgia G Book: 2017-2018 Edition 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 invites all UGA students to participate in the G Book experience. Members of SAA have crafted the 2017-2018 Edition of the G Book to incorporate the timeless essence of Bulldog traditions. By engaging in the traditions outlined in the G Book, you are continuing a rich Georgia custom. From 1915 through the late 1950s, the G Book maintained a measurable significance for the student body. Students were required to carry a personal copy in their front left pocket. The pages contained the rules and regulations by which all university students had to abide. Students also used the G Book as a reference for cheers and songs. More than 50 years later, the G Book returned! Revived in 2009, the G Book legacy continues thanks to the support of the UGA Alumni Association. The G Book aims to connect you with the University of Georgia’s traditions and sources of pride. As the late Larry Munson, UGA football announcer from 1966 to 2008, so aptly put it, “there is no tradition more worthy of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty as the University of Georgia.”

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This book will introduce you to the history, traditions, and spirit that graduates of UGA should understand and carry with them. As you embark on your collegiate journey, try to experience all aspects of campus and the surrounding community. Participating in the following traditions will teach you about yourself and help you grow as an individual. Use these pages to record your memories and create a living testament of your time at UGA.



Welcome from the Student Alumni Association

SAA’s Executive Team Celebrating the Recordbreaking 2017 Senior Signature Campaign

We are delighted to welcome you as the newest addition to the Bulldog family! The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a network committed to serving the university by supporting the UGA Alumni Association’s mission for student engagement. Throughout your years in the Classic City, you will have many opportunities to attend events and programs hosted by SAA. We are very excited to meet you and to be apart of your adventures at Georgia. You can always stop by to visit us at the Wray-Nicholson House or contact us on social media regarding upcoming events. As you embark on some of the most critical, exciting, and memorable years of your life, we hope that you will champion the Alumni Association’s core values: pride, loyalty, and tradition.

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Welcome from the Student Alumni Association PRIDE: Take pride because you are now attending one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country. The birthplace of public higher education in America is now your home. The achievements of Bulldog faculty, fellow students, and alumni are your achievements. LOYALTY: Once a Dawg, always a Dawg! UGA students and alumni cherish an unbreakable bond with our alma mater. Embrace the tightly knit network of spirited UGA alumni across the world. Take part in activities and groups that strengthen the university’s legacy. TRADITION: As a student at America’s oldest public university, you are now part of more than 232 years of rich history. Generations of alumni look to you to continue to uphold UGA’s respected reputation. As you immerse yourself in the university’s culture, remember that you are a reflection of the Bulldog spirit.

The Wray-Nicholson House, UGA Alumni Association Headquarters



Letter from the G Book Editors ET DOCERE ET RERUM EXQUIRERE CAUSAS. To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things. Upon first glance, our expansive and ever growing campus may appear somewhat overwhelming. Our students represent a multitude of backgrounds and interests. Each Bulldog has a unique perspective of the world which they offer our community. Here at Georgia, our quantity is matched by our quality. What makes Athens feel like home— rather than a sea of faces—is the pride that courses through and through. We are the Bulldog nation, a global community comprised of innovators, visionaries, and leaders. As a student of the University of Georgia, you are now contributing to a legacy that represents centuries of problem solving. During your time at Georgia, you will uphold the institution’s motto and develop a lifelong passion for learning. You will gain the exposure to world-renown teaching methods and resources, and throughout your studies, you will be presented with life-changing opportunities. The G Book is presented to you as an instrument to guide your adventures at UGA and also as a memento to store your beloved memories. We sincerely hope that you enjoy learning about your prestigious university as you become an official G Book Tradition Keeper of the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! Your G Book Co-Editors, Isabella Nixon ‘19 and Victoria Lauren Williams ‘19 G Book: 2017-2018 Edition


Meet the 2017-2018 Student Alumni Council The Student Alumni Council (SAC) serves as the governing body of SAA and the student ambassador group for the UGA Alumni Association. The council members look forward to meeting you at SAA events throughout the year! Ololade Akintunde ’20 Haidi Al-Shabrawey ’19 Saralee Amason ’19 Ja’Kyra Austin ’18 Braxton Ballard ’20 Noah Barnes ’19 Blaize Burley ’18 Jaszmin Carswell ’20 Matthew Couper ’20 Adam David ’19 Nash Davis ’19 Jennifer Gamble ’19 William Harper ’20 Brittany Helliar ’20 Sarah Howard ’18 Lyndsey Jackson ’19 Ummar Jamal ’18 Ty Jones ’19 Austin Joseph ’18 Caroline Kraczon ’20 Savannah Lockman ’18 Ansley Long ’18 Johanna Mercurio ’20 Isabella Nixon ’19 Hiral Patel ’18 Erik Petersen ’19 Imani Redd ’18 Reagan Rowlett ’18 Daniel Seeler ’18 Margaret Shin ’19 12

Andrew Shuford ’19 Landon Smith ’19 Sammy Smith ’18 Tia Smith ’18 Jasmine Somerset ’18


Arezou Taeed ’18 Megan Vaupell ’19 Alexis Vickers ’20 Victoria Williams ’19 Xayla Wilson ’19

Become an Official G book Tradition Keeper A G Book Tradition Keeper is someone who cares deeply about the history and traditions of the University of Georgia. A Tradition Keeper actively participates in checking off the traditions listed within these pages. Take every opportunity to live these experiences while you are here.

How to become an official G Book Tradition Keeper: When you have completed 5 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 10 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 15 traditions, you will receive an official G Book T-Shirt. Completing 15 traditions shows your dedication to UGA and your passion for continuing the legacy. When you have completed all 20 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 each Student Alumni Association event on campus. In addition, students can bring their G Book to the Alumni Association staff at the Wray-Nicholson House.

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UGA’s legacy



uga’s legacy Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class education for all. What began as a commitment to inspire the next generation grows stronger today through global research, hands-on experiential learning and extensive outreach. One of America’s “Public Ivies” and a top 10 best value in public higher education, the University of Georgia tackles some of the world’s grand challenges — from combating infectious disease and securing the world’s food supply to advancing economic growth and analyzing the environment. As Georgia’s flagship institution, the university is recognized for its commitment to student excellence, particularly through an emphasis on rigorous learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, hands-on research, and leadership opportunities. These experiences contribute to the university’s exceptional retention, graduation and career-placement rates. Our students have earned more than 50 Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and other prestigious national academic scholarships over just the past decade. Scholars at the University of Georgia are committed to improving the quality of life for all and lead discovery in pivotal fields such as vaccine development, biomedical research, cybersecurity, and plant sciences. One of the nation’s top universities for technology commercialization and licensing income, the University of Georgia has invented nearly 600 commercial products currently in the marketplace. The university is also home to the Peabody Awards, the most prestigious prize in electronic media.

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uga’s legacy With its comprehensive reach, the university’s 17 colleges and schools enroll 36,000 students and have produced 305,000 alumni living worldwide. The University of Georgia’s initiatives extend globally while touching every corner UGA President Jere W. Morehead celebrates the launch of the Commit to Georgia campaign with students.

of the state, realizing the university’s land-grant and sea-grant missions. The

university’s eight Public Service and Outreach units, which are among the strongest in the nation, help create jobs, develop leaders and address critical challenges. Research, outreach and extension serve as major drivers of economic and workforce development and spark successful partnerships that create new businesses and train the workforce of tomorrow. The university’s threefold teaching, research and service mission spans the globe with campuses in five Georgia locations, Washington, D.C., England, Costa Rica and Italy, as well as partnerships in more than 50 countries on six continents. Located in the Classic City of Athens, the university thrives in a community that promotes the benefits of a culture-rich college town with a strong economic center. The campus is home to more than 600 registered student and service organizations. The university’s athletic programs are among the most successful in NCAA Division I and the 21 varsity athletic teams compete as Georgia Bulldogs, with “Uga” consistently ranking as one of the nation’s most recognized mascots. In 2016, the university showcased a contingent of 37 current and former student-athletes and coaches who participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. At the University of Georgia, it’s more than a mission. It’s a commitment we make to our students, the state of Georgia and the world. 16


University timeline 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

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 are used to erect

the Arch and wrought iron fence surrounding North Campus. The

fence provides a barrier for livestock

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

1866: The university reopens in January; the first social fraternity is

organized (Sigma Alpha Epsilon)

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

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university timeline 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: Female students are admitted to junior and senior classes at UGA 1919: Enrollment level reaches 1,000 students 1920: The Bulldog becomes UGA’s mascot 1922: The first Homecoming game is played against Vanderbilt 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)


university timeline 1937: Establishment of the Art Department, later named the Lamar Dodd

School of Art

1941: Koji Ariyoshi (ABJ ’41) becomes the first Asian-American student to

graduate from UGA; the first George Foster Peabody Awards are

presented by the Grady School, which was later renamed to Grady

College of Journalism and Mass Communication

1946: Establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine; two electric

lights are added to the top of the Arch

1956: Uga I makes his first appearance as the UGA mascot 1961: Charlayne Hunter (ABJ ’63) and Hamilton Holmes (BS ’63) enroll as

the first African-American students, thus ending segregation; UGA

establishes the Honors Program

1963: Enrollment level reaches 10,000 students 1964: 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 1968: Dr. Richard M. Graham becomes the first African-American faculty

member at UGA when he joins the School of Music

1969: Establishment of the School of Environmental Design, later

renamed the College of Environment and Design; the first African

American social fraternity is organized (Alpha Phi Alpha)

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university timeline 1977: The Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society, the first and only honor society

dedicated to black students is established

1980: UGA is awarded sea-grant status; the football team wins the

National Championship led by freshman Herschel Walker (M ‘85)

1981: Harold Wright (BBA ’90) becomes the first African-American drum

major for the Redcoat Marching Band

1982: Establishment of the School of Music, later named the Hugh

Hodgson School of Music

1983: The Tate Student Center opens 1984: The number of female students enrolled at UGA exceeds the

number of male students

1985: UGA celebrates the 200th anniversary of the signing of its charter 1989: Minority Services and Programs is established 1991: The Hispanic Student Association is founded 1992: Premal Amin (BS ’96) and five other students create the Indian

Culture Exchange

1994: Telvis M. Rich (BSW ’94, MSW ’95) and Ronald G. Jones II (BS ’95,

BSFCS ’95, MBA ’03) serve as the first African-American SGA

President and Vice President

1996: UGA hosts athletic events for the 1996 Olympic Games 1998: Enrollment level reaches 30,000 students



university timeline 2001: Establishment of the School of Public and International Affairs 2002: The Office of Institutional Diversity opens 2003: Sarah Chen charters the Asian-American Student Association 2003: Opening of the Miller Learning Center 2005: Establishment of the College of Public Health; LGBT Resource

Center established

2007: Establishment of the Odum School of Ecology 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; Christina Swoope

(BS ’11) and Darryl Tricksey (BSEH ’10) become the first African

American homecoming king and queen

2012: Establishment of the College of Engineering 2013: Provost Jere W. Morehead (JD ‘80) invested as new president of UGA;

the Student Veterans Resource Center is founded

2016: Public phase of Commit to Georgia campaign launched seeking 1.2

billion dollar goal; Experiential Learning requirement established

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hallowed halls With a campus that spans 762 acres, the University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens supports more than 460 buildings. These buildings serve as the hub of our educational, extracurricular, and recreational pursuits in college. The classrooms where we learn, the libraries where we study, and the places where our best friendships are made are the bookmarks of our time at Georgia. These facilities enable our leadership and character development. As a Bulldog, the places across campus comprise our home – even after graduation. If these walls could talk, they would provide a testament to our university’s history. These hallowed halls have contributed to over two centuries of Georgia’s growth and prosperity, and they continue to inspire the future of the Bulldog Nation. The following pages showcase some of the buildings that will enrich your beginnings at Georgia.

Creswell Hall, Built in 1963 Creswell Hall is a nine-story residence hall that is home to approximately 965 first year students. As the first high-rise dormitory on campus, students of the day were amazed at this structural masterpiece. This building was named after Mary Ethel Creswell who was the first woman to earn an undergraduate B.S. degree from UGA. In 1918, Creswell was appointed head of the newly created Division of Home Economics for the university. In 1933, UGA established the College of Home Economics and Creswell served as the first dean until her retirement in 1945. Creswell was also the first female recipient of the Georgia Alumni Award for outstanding service to the university in 1949. Students residing in the Creswell Community should reflect kindly on the residence hall’s honoree.



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Miller Learning Center, Built in 2003 Located in the heart of the University of Georgia campus, the $43.6 million Miller Learning Center has been the largest academic building on campus since its opening. Originally dedicated as the Student Learning Center, the building became the Zell B. Miller Learning Center in 2008 to honor and recognize Miller’s 60 years of public service, including two terms as Governor of Georgia and experience in the U.S. Senate. During the academic year, students enjoy 24/7 access to the facility. For students who prefer to study in absolute silence, the Sidney Samuel Thomas reading room provides a quiet space with a varied leisure book collection. Whether it is during late night study sessions, extracurricular meetings, enriching lectures, or mid-afternoon coffee breaks: the MLC is an invaluable resource for UGA students.

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Davison Life Sciences Complex, Built in 1991 In 2004, the Life Sciences Building was formally named the Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Complex to honor Fred C. Davison, UGA’s 17th president. While president, Davison promoted the idea of a single building for the university’s expanding genetics and biochemistry programs. University affiliates credit Davison with UGA’s rise to international stature as a research institution. The 257,000 square-foot facility cost $32 million, which was recorded as the largest construction to date in the 1990s. Most notably, funding from research contracts and grants experienced over $20 million in growth thanks to Davison’s commitment. The building now provides space for lectures and a multitude of research labs. Aspiring students may find themselves taking part in research opportunities in this very building.



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Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, Built in 1905 The desegregation of the University of Georgia by Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter in 1961 is regarded as a defining moment in civil rights history as well as the institution of higher education for other state schools. When the two students arrived on January 9, they were met by protesting, which followed long into the evening when Holmes retired to his dorm at Myers Hall. Though there remained concern for their physical well-being and several public conflicts, Holmes and Hunter continued their education and achieved highly-distinguished careers over the course of their lifetimes. In 2001, UGA marked the 40th anniversary of desegregation by renaming the Academic Building as the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building. The Holmes-Hunter Academic Building is one of the first buildings incoming students encounter on their tours, and the third floor balcony provides a radiant view of the Arch. This gorgeous building on North Campus pays tribute to the strides made toward higher education at UGA.

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Lamar Dodd School of Art, Built in 2008 The Lamar Dodd School of Art occupies a $39 million structure on the University of Georgia’s East Campus. The Lamar Dodd School of Art is one of the largest, highly ranked university art programs in the nation and boasts a multitude of majors. In 1996—nearly 60 years since the school’s founding—the School of Art was named after Lamar Dodd, who served as head of the Art Department from 1939 until 1972. The school continues Dodd’s legacy of developing the creative and scholarly potential of its students. At the present, students enjoy visiting 216,000 square-foot facility along with the neighboring Georgia Museum of Art Hugh Hodgson School of Music.



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Ramsey Student Center, Built in 1995 The university’s Bernard B. Ramsey Student Physical Activities Center is named after one of the university’s most influential donors. Ramsey, who graduated from the Terry College of Business in 1937, offered more than $38 million to the university to fund programs including the 440,000 square-foot facility. Before 1995, students would work out in Memorial Hall which boasted a pool and a basketball gym. Over the past decade, the physical activity complex has undergone several renovations to meet the changing interests of the student population. Today, Ramsey Student Center offers a myriad of activities for students, faculty, and staff.

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hallowed halls Tate Student Center, Built in 1983 Dean William Tate (‘24, ‘24) served as the Dean of Students from 1946-1971. During his 25 years as Dean, Tate repeatedly expressed the need for a new student center – one with a larger capacity for student activities – to his colleagues. Known as “UGA’s living room,” the Tate Student Center was built for the benefit of the entire university community and has become the heart of student activities on campus. The mark that Dean Tate left on the University of Georgia is evident. Students begin their time at Georgia at orientation programs in Tate and all complete their collegiate journey lining up for commencement in Tate Grand Hall.



Hallowed halls Here you can include your memories of the hallowed halls across campus!

Residence Hall and Room #:

Favorite Study Space on Campus:

Favorite Entertainment Space:

Favorite Dining Hall:

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Bulldog pride



UGA’s 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 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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Georgia Songs and Yells

Alma Mater From the hills of Georgia’s northland

Side by side into the future,

Beams thy noble brow,

Equal dreams embrace.

And the sons of Georgia rising Pledge with sacred vow.

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

‘Neath the pine trees’ stately shadow

Thou the fairest of the Southland,

Spread thy riches rare.

Georgia’s Varsity.

And thy sons, dear Alma Mater, Will thy treasures share.

(Chorus) Alma Mater, thee we’ll honor,

And thy daughters proudly join thee,

True and loyal be,

Take their rightful place,

Ever crowned with praise and glory, Georgia, hail to thee.



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

Fun Fact: The lyrics are by J.B. Wright, Jr. Class of 1912. In response to a request by University Council for more inclusionary language in the Alma Mater, the third verse was added in 1990. The lyrics to that verse were written by Gail Carter Dendy (BA ’74, MA ’81).

Glory, Glory (Played after a score) Glory. glory to old Georgia! Glory, glory to old Georgia! Glory, glory to old Georgia! G-E-O-R-G-I-A Glory, glory to old Georgia! Glory, glory to old Georgia! Glory, glory to old Georgia! G-E-O-R-G-I-A Your Role: Commonly played by the

Fun Fact: “Glory, Glory” is sung to a

Redcoat Band after a score, students

19th century melody commonly

and fans yell “Glory, glory to old

known as “John Brown’s Body” or

Georgia!” three times and usually

“Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

replace G-E-O-R-G-I-A with “And

Though it appears in mid-century

to hell with…” our opponent.

hymnals as “Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us,” its true origin is unknown; some scholars believe it may have been composed in Georgia.

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Georgia Songs and Yells Hail to Georgia

Calling the Dawgs

Hail to Georgia down in Dixie!

GOOOOOOOOOO Dawgs! Sic’em!

A college honored fair and true,

Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!

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

Your Role: At football games, the

and the ages through,

crowd starts yelling “Go” while

She’s the fairest of the Southland,

holding a low “o” sound until the

We’ll pledge our love to her for aye,

ball is kicked when “Dawgs” is

To that college dear we’ll ring a

yelled. Afterwards, the crowd

cheer, All hail to dear old UGA!

chants “Sic’em! Woof!...”

Fun Fact: “Hail to Georgia” is the

Fun Fact: During orientation, all

official fight song of the Bulldogs

participants line up on the stairs in

and is played after field goals and

Tate Plaza and are led in their first

extra points.

Calling of the Dawgs.

Going Back

Fun Fact: “Going Back” is used at the beginning of the “Georgia

Going back, going back

Bulldog Medley.” It is also used in

Going back to Athens town.

the “Georgia Medley” which the

Going back, going back

Men’s Glee Club sings at the end

To the best old place around.

of every concert. Men’s Glee Club

Going back, going back

is the oldest musical organization

To hear that grand old sound Of a chapel bell and a Georgia yell,

on campus.

Going back to Athens town.



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 during 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. 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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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 year was 1980, and indeed, those Silver Britches saw victory. 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. 36


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“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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georgia spirit 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.



georgia spirit 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 111 times according to Georgia Tech and only 109 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, 39 Georgia Tech wins, and five ties. This clean, oldfashioned hate goes well beyond football and has a storied history of stolen mascots and pranks played between Georgia students and the students at the North Avenue Trade School.

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georgia spirit Origins of Red and Black True Georgia fans bleed red and black: this saying has long lasted as a common truism within the Bulldog community. 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. And early on, the original “crimson” had become the good ole’ Georgia “red.” Thus the University of Georgia established its official school colors as red and black.



georgia spirit How We Became the “Bulldogs” Many assume that Georgia acquired the nickname, Bulldogs, because of the strong ties with Yale whose nickname is Bulldogs. It was not until November 3, 1920 when Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal wrote about school nicknames and said “The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.” Just three days later, on November 6, 1920, Atlanta Constitution writer Cliff Wheatley used the nickname “Bulldogs” five times in his story to describe a 0-0 tie against Virginia. Hairy Dawg UGA has not always had the lovable Hairy Dawg on the sidelines at athletic events. It was not until the 1981 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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Uga: How ‘Bout Those Dawgs Frank “Sonny” Seiler ( BBA ‘56, JD ‘57) and his family introduced Uga to the University of Georgia on September 29, 1956, when Sonny brought his bulldog dressed in a sweater to the game in Sanford Stadium. After a photo of the bulldog appeared in a newspaper, the Athletic Association suggested that Uga be the official mascot of Georgia. Uga makes appearances at major university events and is one of the most well known mascots across the country.

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Uga: How ‘Bout Those Dawgs

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)

“The Dog of the Decade” “Defender of his Turf”

Uga VI (1999–2008) “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”


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lost traditions 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. 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.

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.

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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.

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. 46


lost traditions 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.

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.

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lost traditions 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.

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.



lost traditions 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.”

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. G Book: 2017-2018 Edition




TRADITION KEEPER CHECKLIST Use this checklist to keep track of each timeless tradition you complete:

1. The Arch

2. The Abraham Baldwin Statue

3. Athletic Events

4. Between the Hedges

5. The Chapel Bell 6. The Creamery

7. Experiential Learning

11. Georgia-Florida Rivalry

12. Greek Events

13. Herty Field

14. Homecoming

15. Snellibrate

16. Student Alumni Association 17. Student Organizations

8. Explore Athens

18. UGA Mascots

9. Explore Campus

19. UGA Ring

10. Gameday

20. University Union Event

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#1: The arch Serving as the official symbol of the University of Georgia, the Arch was built in the 1850s. The Arch initially stood along a fence separating North Campus from Broad Street and was referenced by students as the “Gate” until the twentieth century. 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 revere the Arch as its three pillars represent the virtues of wisdom, justice, and moderation. Upon graduation, a Bulldog should embody these qualities. Until then, you can take a photo of yourself by the Arch to mark tradition No. 1!



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#2: The Abraham Baldwin Statue Abraham Baldwin, a native Georgian, became one of the most influential figures in UGA history. As an elected member of Georgia’s state legislature, Baldwin strongly believed that education was the key to the future prosperity of the state and its citizens. In January of 1785, Baldwin developed a comprehensive educational plan that included landgrants from the state to fund the establishment of the University of Georgia— the birthplace of public higher education in America! Baldwin served as UGA’s first President from 1785- 1801. To commemorate his legacy at UGA and his reputation as the father of public higher education in America, the Alumni Association erected the Baldwin statue adjacent to Old College. The university continues to celebrate Abraham Baldwin during annual Founders Week festivities. The next time you are on North Campus, stop by and rub Baldwin’s foot for good luck!



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#3: Athletic Events

With 9 men’s and 12 women’s varsity sports teams that have won 41 national championships and a number of club sports, there is no better place for college athletics than the University of Georgia! All year long, Dawgs show off their competitive nature and good sportsmanship both on campus and while away. Even the Spring football scrimmage known as “G-Day,” allows students and fans alike to show off their school spirit. You may choose to shred the stress of your courses by taking part in Club or Intramural Sports offered by the Recreation Department. No matter what activities interests you, athletic events are sure to bring you and your friends together across the Bulldog Nation!



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#4: Between the Hedges

Since 1929, Bulldog fans have enjoyed Sanford Stadium and its private hedges surrounding the football. On Saturdays in the Fall, the stadium can accommodate 92,746 Georgia fans. As the tenth largest college stadium in the country, Sanford has gone through multiple renovations in its 88-year history, with the most recent taking place in the summer of 2017 to add 10,575 square feet on top of the west end student section. With its breathtaking views of Georgia’s hilly campus, Sanford Stadium has developed a reputation for being the most beautiful on-campus college football stadium. As a Bulldog, some of your fondest memories will lie between the hedges: foremost beginning with your Georgia “G� at Freshman Welcome and concluding the fireworks of your commencement ceremony! Throughout the year, the stadium hosts several university social and philanthropic events. Take as many opportunities to enjoy the spirit of Sanford as you can in your collegiate years! 58


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#5: The Chapel Bell One of UGA’s most iconic traditions has resounded for well over 100 years— ringing the Chapel Bell! Originally housed in a small tower on top of the Chapel, the bell initially served as a marker for religious services, class changes, and emergency notices. However, the beloved tradition of ringing the bell dates back to 1892, the year of Georgia’s first football games on Herty Field. When the bell tower was found to be rotting in 1913, the bell was removed and replaced by the wooden tower currently at the rear of the Chapel, making it available for all to access. With so many reasons to attend events in the Chapel such as the State of the University Address and Ring Ceremony, Bulldogs are drawn to the Chapel bell for much celebration. Whatever your personal victory, head up to the Chapel to give it a ring!



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#6: The Creamery

Tucked away on South Campus, the UGA Creamery is one of the best-kept secrets on campus. 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. Today, students can enjoy amazing ice cream, fresh dairy products, snacks, and sandwiches from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Creamery is hidden by several shade trees at the end of the Environmental Health Sciences building. Meet a friend in between classes to share a sweet treat!



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#7: Experiential Learning

UGA’s Athens campus is one of the most astounding places to learn and grow as a young adult. However, your time at Georgia offers you many opportunities to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting. For those hoping to diversify their educational interests, UGA has more than 100 faculty-led study abroad programs in addition to a variety of exchange programs on every continent! Students will also find networks across campus committed to helping students land the internship or cooperative experience of their dreams. Dawgs are enabled to test drive their career interests and strengthen their skills to make them among the most competitive individuals in the workforce. No matter the experiential learning opportunities that you choose to take part in during your time here you will become more inspired than ever before!



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#8: Explore Athens

Boasting more than 100 unique eateries and stores along with a thriving music community, Athens is a city like no other. We encourage students to burst their campus bubble and explore all that the Classic City has to offer. Take a break from studying to visit the State Botanical Garden off of Milledge or adventure on foot to locate the Tree that Owns Itself. Frequent the local music scene to hear famous artists and experience legends in the making. Challenge your friends to see who can discover the most bulldog statues of the “We Let the Dawgs Out” project across Athens. Mark your calendar for the annual Twilight event that includes a weekend’s worth of bike races through the downtown streets. Volunteer your time and interest in local charity efforts. An abundance of culturally diverse events take place in Downtown Athens year round. Students enjoy getting their copy of The Red & Black newspaper on Fridays to see what is happening in the local area. You will be enriched by the sights, sounds, and splendor of the surrounding community.



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#9: Explore campus

UGA’s main campus hosts over 460 buildings! Though it is easy to get submerged in your own realm of campus, you will find a greater love for the university by familiarizing yourself with its wonders. On one of those hot September afternoons, venture to find the Creamery and enjoy your favorite flavor of ice cream. Have your hallmates accompany you to the Georgia Museum of Art where you can enjoy visiting exhibits. Uncover the secrets of the university at the Special Collections library. Find out what artists are visiting the Performing Arts Center to expand your fine arts knowledge. Pass by Tate Plaza to see what is happening on campus, or visit the Arch Logo tile in Tate. You will make so many memories while engaging in the varied buildings, memorials, and entertainment halls at Georgia.



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#10: gameday It is impossible to describe the electricity that fills Sanford Stadium’s sea of red and black on gameday, nor can you capture the excitement of cheering the Dawgs to victory. Saturdays in Athens begin with fun and fellowship tailgating before the game. Georgia fans arrive early to enjoy food, music, and games beyond the bounds of campus. But make sure to head to the Dawg Walk approximately two hours before kickoff. Listen to the Redcoats play as the flag bearers, cheerleaders, and Hairy Dawg lead our team to Sanford Stadium. Head into the stadium early to get your spirit streamers and a good seat in the student section. You may need your G Book for the Georgia songs and yells. Go Dawgs!



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#11: Georgia-Florida rivalry Georgia-Florida is one the greatest and rowdiest rivalries in the history of college football. The game was first played in 1904 and has been played every season since 1926. This college football game is played in Jacksonville, Florida making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries. UGA currently leads the series 50-43-2 as well as boasting the record for the largest victory with a score of 75-0 back in 1942! Though the GeorgiaFlorida discord spans across all athletic events, Bulldogs continue to rally for the War for the Oar that’s hosted by the winner of the year’s football game. Whether you shout for the Dawgs on your television screen, attend a tailgate, or join the convoy down to Jacksonville Memorial stadium, join the Dawg nation in cheering on the most spirited game of the season!



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#12: Greek events

Greek organizations have been an aspect of student life since 1866. The Greek Life community at the University of Georgia consists of four councils: Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council. Each council fosters not only scholastic achievements and leadership, but philanthropic activities to benefit the Athens community and even national organizations. Every year various Greek organizations hold fundraising opportunities and social events where every student can get involved. Participate in Greek events throughout the year to experience cultural showcases and philanthropic efforts and create lasting Bulldog friendships!



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#13: Herty Field

Herty Field has served as a football field, a parking lot, and is now treasured as a public plaza with a green lawn and a cascading fountain. The field was opened for the first UGA home football game against Mercer. Also near Herty Field, Bernard Ramsey, one of UGA’s most charitable benefactors, sits on a bench in front of Moore College. Plenty of activities are held each year on the field. In the Spring, the field is frequented by students playing games, picnicking, and studying. At some point in college, make a point to experience the glowing fountain at night!



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#14: Homecoming

On November 18, 1922, the University of Georgia hosted the first formal Homecoming event in University history. The Homecoming season provides a time for the Bulldog Nation to come together in Athens to celebrate the University of Georgia. On Saturday, during halftime of the Homecoming game, the king and queen are announced. In the week preceding the game, you can participate in the university-wide competition which involves street painting, service events, concerts, and an inspiring lip-syncing contest. On Friday night, head downtown to experience the parade to see floats designed by campus organizations and departments. The day of the game, get out early to visit with friends and alumni. Celebrate your alma mater by painting the town red and black!



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#15: Snellibrate

Ever get those late night cravings? Sounds like it’s time for a Snellibration! Join your friends anytime after midnight at the Snelling Dining Commons on campus. Whether you are studying for an exam or wide-awake after a thriller film at the Tate Theater, you can enjoy late night Snellibrating on South Campus. The early morning menu starts at midnight and is filled with delicious breakfast staples like Georgia “G” waffles, eggs, biscuits, grits, donuts, and made-to-order omelets. Even treat yourself with pancakes and beignets during finals week.



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#16: Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a network which supports student and alumni engagement, UGA traditions, and student philanthropy. SAA donors receive invitations to events and programs like Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, special T-shirt giveaways, 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. All students can participate in SAA’s events and campaigns such as Ghost Tours, 100 Days, Freshman Welcome, Thank a Donor Day, and Senior Signature. 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?



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#17: Student Organizations

Student organizations enable each Bulldog to expand their unique talents and interest through involvement with the university community. There are more than 800 registered organizations that UGA has to offer. By joining a student organization you have the opportunity to serve the community, make a difference on campus, or just have fun with a diverse group of students. Stop by the Center for Leadership and Service to get information about major organizations and courses to develop professionally. Whichever way you choose to get involved, you will find that your passions and interest will guide you in the right way.



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#18: UGA Mascots

Our beloved Uga is named the second best mascot in college football by Sports Illustrated. Since 1956, the Seiler family has cared for the lineage of Ugas. Throughout your time at UGA there are opportunities to get up close and personal with the dog that is loved by millions. Whether you are visiting an away game or underneath Sanford Bridge prior to kickoff, do not miss an opportunity to take a picture with Uga. If you ever miss out on Uga, the one and only Hairy Dawg is always picture ready and can be found on campus at various events. Show off your Georgia spirit with these awesome Dawgs!



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#19: UGA ring 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 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 toward 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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#20: 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 for students to attend. Past events have included concerts featuring Sam Hunt, Fetty Wap, and Kendrick Lamar and lectures by Maya Angelou and John Legend. In addition, there are comedy shows with SNL regulars and a multitude of late-night events like movies at Tate Theater, bingo and trivia. Grab some friends and have some fun at these University Union events!



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make your own traditions All traditions at UGA had to begin somewhere. Use this space to start your own tradition that friends and family can enjoy for years to come.

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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 AthensClarke 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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Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em! Advice from Alumni



Advice from the big dawgs Take advantages of the opportunities to go beyond the classroom. UGA offers an exceptional amount of programs, internships, study abroad, or research experiences that can truly take your education and skills to the next level. Find something you’re interested in and go for it! ~ Callie Dailey, Class of 2016

Learn to say no! There will be so many opportunities – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with classes, new friends, a new town, and living on your own, pace yourself! ~ Ben Lanier, Class of 2016

From the moment you walk onto campus, as Kid President says, “be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody”, and you will have a fulfilling college experience! ~ Mari Kasuya, Class of 2017

Cords and pins don’t affect the mark you leave through loving others. Your resume will expire sooner than you think, but people will never forget how you made them feel. My best advice is simple: relationships first. Always. ~ Avery Hudson, Class of 2017

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Advice from the big dawgs Create your own path of success at the University of Georgia--there is no pre-made track that anyone should follow. Forge your own journey of greatness and influence, rather than trying to re-do what someone else has already done.

~ Jake Carnes, Class of 2017

Take advantage of UGA’s many opportunities to develop yourself as a purpose-driven leader. Going out into the “real world” post-graduation with a strong understanding of your values wil ground you and provide a strong foundation to build your career. ~ Dumbi Ogbechie, Class of 2016

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! ~ Sharon Steingruber, Class of 1990

Be true to you. Don’t go against your gut feeling on something just because you think it will help you ‘fit in’. ~ Susie Hale, Class of 1989 98


Advice from the big dawgs 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.

~ Wesley Zwirn, Class of 2000, 2003

Force yourself to THINK...think for yourself about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, what you believe, what you want, and how you will achieve it. ~ Porter Hale, Class of 1990

1) Find balance in your life. Don’t spend too much time studying, or too much time enjoying yourself. 2) Realize that no matter how good you are, or you think you are, there is always someone who is better at what you’re doing than you are. 3) Realize that everyone has something to offer the world and the potential to succeed, regardless of how you might feel about their world view, religion, etc. 4) Be open minded. Seek out people from different backgrounds and cultures, engage them, learn about them, and become friends, even if you don’t agree on politics, philosophy, and religion. 5) Talk to your professors and get to know them. The key to success in life is making connections, and college is a great time to do that. ~ Brian Fahey, Class of 2004, 2007

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Advice from the big dawgs Dear UGA Bulldogs, Welcome to my beloved university. My advice to you would be to keep your eye on your goal of graduating and take the steps each day to meet that goal. There are many, many distractions that may keep you from this goal, and you need to establish guardrails to keep you on the right path much like guardrails on the road keep us from driving off a cliff. There is great pride in telling others that I graduated from UGA, and I want you to feel that same pride. As you start this year, it may seem like a goal so far in the distant that it is not necessary to focus on it now, but I would disagree with that. The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Stay focused and may God Bless you and your journey! Go Dawgs! ~ Nick Crowder, Class of 2012

I would tell any future Bulldawg to take full advantage of their college experience. Involvement in student organizations, study abroad programs, and any other experiential learning opportunities will have a huge impact on your professional and personal development. Maximize your experiences throughout your four years. It will make a world of difference when it is time for you to begin your professional career. ~ Johnelle Simpson, Class of 2016



Advice from the big dawgs 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.

~ Kyle Hatcher, Class of 1997

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. ~ Jessica McClellan, Class of 2000, 2003

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. ~ Haley Jackson, Class of 2009

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Advice from the big dawgs 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. ~ Gary Widby, Class of 1977

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. ~ Jessica Abe, Class of 2014

Don’t wish time away in such a special place. Enjoy the process and this time in your life. There’s no other point in your life where you’ll have a significant amount of freedom with a significantly low amount of responsibility! At the end of the day, ask yourself, did I do today how I want to remember it in 5, 10, or 50 years? If yes, then you’re doing it right. ~ Christian Walker, Class of 2016 102


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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 UGA Photographic Services 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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