UGA Black Alumni E-Newsletter - Winter 2023
Letter from Jacinta Smith (BS '01, MS '04)
President of the Black Alumni Leadership Council
The University of Georgia has named Richard Dunn (ABJ '93) and Xernona Thomas (ABJ '91, MSW '92, EDD '17) as the recipients of the 2023 Footsteps Award. This annual award, given this year on the 62nd anniversary of desegregation at UGA, recognizes UGA graduates who are following in the pioneering footsteps of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hamilton Holmes and Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American students.
Meyers Quad was filled with fellowship on October 15, thanks to dedicated alumni, family and friends. This year, donors contributed over $25,000 in support to the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund through homecoming T-shirt and box sales. Pictured above is Black Alumni Leadership Council President Jacinta Smith (BS ’01, MS ’04) with Black Alumni scholarship recipient Jordan Howard at this year's tailgate. Photos from the event are included below.
Join fellow alumni and fans at an official alumni chapter National Championship game-watching party tonight. This season, you have a chance to win a helmet signed by Kirby Smart. See you there in red and black, Bulldogs!
2022 Black Alumni Scholarship recipients, from left, Zoe Jordan, Zaria Hart, Christian Tubbs and Jordan Howard.
Embracing Diversity is an annual program that celebrates the value of diversity and inclusion at the University of Georgia. This year's ceremony included recognition of the first-year recipients of the Black Alumni Scholarship, which is supported by members of the 1961 Club and awarded annually to students "who exhibit dedication to racial equality through previous experiences, initiatives and creative endeavors in improving race relations in the community."
The University of Georgia dedicated its science library Friday for Shirley Mathis McBay (PHD '66), the first Black student to receive a Ph.D. from the university and the first woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics from UGA.
UGA Alumni Board President Yvette K. Daniels (AB '86, JD '89) was recognized as a recipient of the 2022 Blue Key Service Award at the annual Tucker Dorsey Blue Key Alumni Banquet.
Victor K. Wilson (BSW '82, MED '87), UGA's vice president for student affairs, has been named the latest recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. The award includes $100,000 to establish a scholarship in his name.
As leader of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, Tierra Jackson will execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational and social environment of minority communities.
UGA professors Naola Ferguson-Noel (MAM '01, PHD '03) and Geert-Jan Boons have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, becoming the 13th and 14th UGA faculty members to receive this honor.
Arthur Tripp (AB '09), executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Georgia, will deliver the keynote address at the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast on January 13.
The University of Georgia School of Law unveiled the portrait of its first Black graduate, the late Chester C. Davenport (LLB '66), and the painting will hang in the law school’s iconic rotunda that bears his name.
ValaRae Partee (BSENVE ’14) is an engineer at one of the top environmental consulting firms in the country. She designs and builds facilities that provide clean water to millions of Americans, and while the job is highly technical, her choice of career path wasn’t: she wants to help others.
UGA professor Juanita Johnson-Bailey (MED '93, EDD '94) was named as the first recipient of the Centennial Professorship, an endowed professorship for a women's studies faculty member.
Kirsten Allen (BS '18) is one of 100 students in the fellowship's inaugural cohort. The Quad Fellowship supports innovation in science and technology by connecting students from Australia, India, Japan and the United States
Two Georgia Bulldogs played a role in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “It’s a real honor to represent the United States. It’s a dream job,” says Ron Shinault (BSED '01) who works alongside Harris Patel (BSED '97) as an athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team.
Now an associate buyer for Stitch Fix, 2015 fashion merchandising grad Courtney Jemison (BBA '15, BSFCS '15) credits FACS faculty members for helping launch his career.
Three UGA students clinched a victory in the Capital One College Bowl, a multi-week trivia competition hosted by Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning. Each student will receive $125,000 in scholarship winnings.
Nicole McConnell and her team help make a student's transition to college as smooth as possible through Dawg Camp, Welcome UGA and more. "You should see that you belong here," says McConnell.
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