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2015-2016 Student Alumni Council

Lyddy O'Brien - Class of 2016


Major: Anthropology and International Affairs

Never in my life have I been surrounded by the energy, passion, and love I see every day at the University of Georgia. It has been my sincere honor to walk this campus and call myself a Bulldog for the past two years, and I cannot think of a better place to spend the remainder of my college years than Athens. Not only is this town filled with beautiful places and people, but it is also home to the finest institution in the South; the university I have had the pleasure of serving as a member of The Arch Society, Student Government Association, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and of course, the Student Alumni Council. I could not be happier to be returning for my second year on SAC and I am overwhelmingly proud of my SAC family and our past and future accomplishments. Not only is SAC an incredible opportunity for students to learn professionalism and networking through their service, but it is also a family of students, alumni, and others in the Bulldog Nation who want to make the most out of their interactions with UGA so that it can continue its legacy of excellence. I love my school and I am incredibly excited to dig in and continue to serve on the Student Alumni Council and to keep sharing that UGA love!


Jasmine Johnson - Class of 2016

Vice President

Major: Public Relations/Communication Studies

It truly is great to be a Georgia Bulldawg. Each day I walk through my campus, I cannot help but to be overcome with awe for this flagship institution. Serving as a member of the Student Alumni Council is a dream, privilege, and honor. It provides me with another platform to convey my love for this institution to others. I met amazing people and had great experiences through this illustrious organization. I am entering my four and final undergraduate year at the University of Georgia with a Public Relations major, Communication Studies minor, and certificate in New Media. I feel that it is my duty to serve and be involved at the University of Georgia and within the Athens-Clarke County community. Currently, I serve my campus and the community through serving on the executive board of the UGA chapter of the NAACP, acting as a team leader and host for the Recruiting Operations and Special Events Society, and taking part in the planning of the 2015 National PRSSA Conference as the Logistics Co-Director. Upholding the traditions of this school and bridging the gap between alumni and current students is a task I greet with a million dollar smile.


Briana Clark - Class of 2017


Major: Criminal Justice and Political Science

Being the daughter of a former Bulldawg, red and black has run through my veins from a very young age. I have always heard that UGA was the best school in the Nation, but because of SAC I have been able to experience it first-hand. SAC has given me the opportunity to not only be a student at UGA, but to be a part of its rich history. It has also given me the opportunity to bridge the gap between students and alumni. In addition to being a member of SAC, I am also a member of UGA Heroes as well as the UGA Mock Trial Team. When I am not working on my Criminal Justice and Political Science degrees, I am mentoring young students at a local elementary school, and interning at the Solicitor General's Office. I also enjoy playing volleyball, reading, and watching Batman.

When asked “why UGA?”, I cannot decide between the rich culture, fascinating history, academic enrichment, lively football games, Hairy Dawg, or the diverse student body. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, the culture of Athens completely consumed me. Although I only have two more years at the University of Georgia, I will continue to give back to this great university. The most important lesson that I have learned from SAC is once a Bulldawg, always a Bulldawg.


Kevin Steele - Class of 2017

Programs Chair

Major: International Affairs and Arabic

In just two years at UGA I felt like I've had a lifetime worth of memories, experiences, and friendships made from Dawg Camp, SGA involvement, Georgia Daze, and especially my involvement in the Student Alumni Council. As a member of SAC I have had the pleasure of meeting the top University officials who are even more passionate about the University than the loudest Bulldog fans on Saturday. These interactions along with knowing that my efforts are helping fund other students' incredible, unique experiences are the primary reasons I love being a part of The Student Alumni Council. Through this organization I've even been blessed to share my own UGA experience to students, alumni and other UGA donors across the country. As the 2015-2016 Programs Chairperson I hope to continue to promote student giving and traditions. Go Dawgs!


Callie Dailey - Class of 2016

Events Chair

Major: Human Development and Family Science

Since I was a little girl, I knew the University of Georgia was where I wanted to spend my college experience.  Upon arrival to the Classic City from a small town in southeast Georgia, I immediately realized I needed to find my new “roots.”  Over the past three years, I believe the Student Alumni Council has continuously given me amazing opportunities to become more than a student and become embedded in the passion and traditions that uphold this great university.  This past year, I served as a Class of 2019 G-Book Editor, and in the coming year will serve on the Student Alumni Council Executive Board as the Events Committee Chair. 

Last Fall, I was selected to participate in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Legislative Internship Program and served this past Spring as a Legislative Aide to Senator Frank Ginn at the State Capitol.  I was also selected by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to attend the Leadership Honors Boot-camp that was held in Washington D.C. one week this past May. In addition to the Student Alumni Council, I have served as the Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit Committee Lead within UGA Miracle, which is a student organization that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network directly benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  I am also a member of Collegiate 4-H which allows me to participate in many volunteer opportunities within the Athens community.    Through Georgia 4-H, I also had the opportunity of a lifetime this summer to travel to a camp for military youth in Colorado and serve as an adult leader for a week. My experiences on and off of campus has further deepened my roots to the university and has made me more than just a number.


Asher Orr - Class of 2016

Membership Chair

Major: Public Relations

As a senior at the University of Georgia, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to be part of such an incredible institution. Joining the Bulldog family truly places you in a community that fosters personal growth for life, and I couldn’t be more excited to promote that message amongst students by serving on the Student Alumni Council. In addition to SAC, I am the treasurer for The Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication, a student ambassador for Grady College, and work for Apple as the Campus Representative to UGA.

I have seen first-hand the effects that SAC has on this campus and am overjoyed to work with fellow council members to stimulate campus involvement in the Student Alumni Association. Through strengthening this culture of giving, generations of Bulldogs can be ensured of the culture, community, and tradition that make UGA the “fairest of the Southland.” GO DAWGS!


Reed Turry - Class of 2017

Marketing Chair

Major: Marketing and International Business/Spanish

Throughout my first two years at the University of Georgia, I have been reminded every day why this university is the “Fairest of the Southland”. As a fourth generation UGA student, it has always been my dream to attend this great institution. Athens is a truly magical place, and it is extremely important to take advantage of all that it has to offer.  My experience on the Student Alumni Council so far has been remarkable, and it is truly an honor to serve on the Executive Board this year as the Marketing Chair. In addition to SAC, I am involved in a number of other organizations on campus. I recruit future Bulldogs with the Office of Admissions as a member of the Georgia Recruitment Team, I serve as an Ambassador for the Honors Program and as the Social Chair of my fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. Lastly, I am a member of the American Marketing Association. This past summer I studied abroad and finished my Spanish minor in Valencia, Spain as part of the UGA in Spain program. I know this year is going to be amazing and I cannot wait! Hail to Georgia & Go Dawgs!


Ola Ayeni - Class of 2017

Major: Marketing and Public Relations

People say college is an investment that pays off later in life, but for me the University of Georgia has already provided immediate benefits. My first year at UGA has been abundant with professional and academic opportunities, incredible friends and plenty of entertainment. The people, alone, make the university what it is, which is more than awesome! At my job at the Visitors Center on campus, we are encouraged to simply be great and I have found that each bulldawg in this nation does exactly that. My involvement with organizations has allowed me to really take advantage of the opportunities at UGA. Additionally, I grew as a leader by being part of Georgia Daze which focuses on recruiting minority students to the university. I was able to host a potential student which gave me the chance to express my love of UGA to someone else. I also volunteer as a learning coach for an Athens Clarke-County student and help them have a deeper understanding of mathematics. Now that I have the chance to be part of the Student Alumni Council and continue to spread my love of UGA to both current students and alumni, I cannot help but be excited to wake up every morning in the best city around!


Erin Burnett - Class of 2017

Major: Agricultural Communications

There are many words that I could use to describe my UGA journey thus far, but the best one is blessed. A junior in Agricultural Communication with a certificate in International Agriculture, I am so thankful to have been a participant on three study abroad in Uruguay, South Africa, and Costa Rica and the recipient of a few scholarships due to generous donations both to my college and the Georgia Fund. I am also a member of Sigma Alpha Professional Sorority, Collegiate 4-H, and Block and Bridle.

Without the support of alumni, friends, and family, I would not be able to attend this institution, and this is why I love being a part of the Student Alumni Council. I seek to build the endowment so more students like me can afford a great UGA education and the opportunities it provides. An education this fantastic is expensive, and I want to help make sure that there will never be a deserving student who cannot afford to attend the University of Georgia. 


Zach Chatham - Class of 2018

Major: Public Relations and Sociology

Being a first generation college student has instilled within me a desire to make the most of my time at The University of Georgia. I am proud to call a place as remarkable as UGA my home, and I am here to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. To be able to serve this University on the Student Alumni Council – to give back to an institution that has given me so much – is an extraordinary opportunity.

Starting my college career as a member of the Student Government Association’s Freshman Forum was a great introduction to all UGA has to offer. I’ve also been fortunate enough to serve children affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia by being both a Team Leader and a member of the WOW Committee for UGA HEROs. This past summer I had the opportunity to serve as a World Leader, assisting international students in their transition to life at UGA. If you’re looking, you can likely find me eating Doritos by the fountain on Herty Field. Go Dawgs.


Emilie Clarke - Class of 2016

Major: Communication Studies and Nonprofit Management

I am honored to be a member of the Student Alumni Council. Born and raised a Bulldawg, I knew I wanted to be a part of this great organization that gives so much back to my beloved school. From the first time I stepped on campus as an enrolled student, upholding traditions and preserving the great education UGA offers for future generations was important to me. Apart from SAC, I wanted to be involved with other organizations that focus on serving others. I am proud to represent the UGA New Student Orientation Program as an Orientation Leader during the summer of 2014, helping to usher in UGA’s next generation. I am also a Freshman Small Group Leader for the Wesley Foundation’s “Freshley”. For the Fall of 2015, I am excited to begin a journey with the Make-A-Wish Foundation Georgia as a Community Events Intern. The more opportunities I experience at UGA, the more I realize how truly blessed I am to be at the greatest university in the nation. GO DAWGS!


Kenneth Cochran - Class of 2017

Major: Marketing and Finance

Being a student at the University of Georgia and a member of the Student Alumni Council is both an exciting and humbling honor. I am excited be a Georgia Bulldog and I am humbled to serve the cause of maintaining and driving the excellence and achievement established by our prestigious university. I enjoy and marvel at the life and community we are building here and want to continue to promote the convivial sentiment of family at our dear university. UGA thrives, in large part, because of its greatest assets, its people. The value of each of its individuals and the power of them all as a unified body (the student body and alumni base) becomes apparent through what we accomplish through our relationships. SAC is a manner in which I can offer myself as a vessel for cultivating positive relationships that will perpetuate not only the already existing legacy and impact of UGA, but the future impact of its students. This is and will be achieved via the tools and existing platform of the alumni association to up build  the name of the university by creating positive associations.  I am honored to be a part of an effort to create an environment that facilitates and maintains the excellence and reputation of our university. In addition to being a member of SAC, I am a Terry Student Consultant, a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity, a member of the Leadership Resources team and founder of a mentoring program for high school students. The love, pride and prestige of the University of Georgia touched me before I ever stepped foot on campus. My mother and father met in a dining hall here at UGA and since then Bulldawg has been in my blood for the past two generations, and I will continue to let it flow freely through my veins. I have seen first-hand the beautiful and lasting relationships the university has helped create. My family, friends and professional connections are good examples of these relationships. In return, I want to play my role in paying it forward to others. SAC is a chance for me to be a part of a group that helps the university build health relationships. For me, the SAC is a good avenue for achieving the goal of building a community because it uses individuals who possess a pride for and dedication to seeing this university thrive and progress through building a strong community bond. It took me a while to call The University of Georgia home, but when I say it now, I mean it in every sense. The family, love and camaraderie I have built here is priceless and will compare to no other. I believe it is the people and support within our university that is responsible for its growth, prestige and longevity. I would like to use my love and dedication to the university to continue to nourish the very relationships it is built upon.


Onyale Donloe - Class of 2016

Major: Biology and Anthropology, Minor in Spanish

During my time at the University of Georgia, I have learned why this university has been rightly referred to as “the fairest in the Southland”. To be a part of this amazing institution is an honor and privilege that is not to be taken lightly. I am instilled with nothing but pride and joy as I think of the past Bulldogs that have paved the way for current and future students to be successful innovators and powerful leaders.

As a first generation college student that has received boundless opportunities for personal, professional, and academic growth during my time here, I see it as a duty and personal responsibility to serve, promote, and enhance this university with every opportunity that is afforded to me. During my time at the university, I have served as an ambassador for my college, an executive board member for student organizations, and a Resident Assistant for University Housing. I look forward to the opportunity to support and serve UGA and SAA as a member of Student Alumni Council. 


Chappell Foley - Class of 2017

Major: Finance

Upon coming to Athens, I had no idea how quickly and how powerfully UGA would capture my heart. After only my second year, I have fallen in love with the university for a variety of reasons. The air is electrifying on Saturdays in Athens. My peers and professors are some of the most talented and friendly people I've met. I joined SAC as a second year because I wanted to begin giving back to the university for all that it has done and will do for me in terms of personal and professional development. I have also been involved in SGA as a Government Relations committee member, served as a tutor at WIT UGA, and fund raised for UGA Miracle as the Director of the Business Relations committee. Through these opportunities and SAC, I look forward to contributing my part to the "fairest of the Southland!"


Derric Fray - Class of 2017

Major: Finance

As a rising Junior, I am ecstatic to be a part of such a prestigious organization as SAC. I have decided to join this family of great individuals because the love each of us shares for this university is unparalleled of anything you could possibly find elsewhere. I would do anything to help better and spread the word for this university, which is exactly what I plan to do this year as a member of the Student Alumni Council. Through various organizations I have been a part of in previous years at UGA, such as Student Government, Shop With a Bulldawg, and Georgia Daze, I have been able to impact the university and those in neighboring communities in effective fashions. Now, I want to continue to spread the LURVE from these individuals to also the alumni who have paved the paths for me and the 35,000+ students currently enrolled at the University of Georgia. It is great to call myself a Georgia Bulldawg, so I want to pay it forward for those who are to come to the university after me in years to come, and being a part of SAC is a huge step forward into doing so. GO DAWGS!


Sarah Howard - Class of 2018

Major: International Affairs and Public Relations

Ever since I was three years old I have been dreaming of one day becoming a Georgia Bulldawg.  As I grew up and learned more about the University of Georgia, the more I fell in love with the beautiful campus and amazing opportunities this school offers. Coming to Athens and cheering on the Dawgs at football games and walking through beautiful North Campus only reaffirmed that UGA was the school for me. In fact, the only college I applied to was the University of Georgia. When I got accepted in November 2013, I finally knew my dream was going to become a reality. Since coming to UGA, I can sincerely say it has not only lived up to all my childhood dreams but has also far exceeded anything I could have ever imagined. The rich traditions and atmosphere for success made my first year here unparalleled to anything I have ever experienced. Aside from being deeply involved in my classwork, I have joined many organizations where I have built lifelong friendships and learned valuable skills that will benefit me in the future. I wanted to join the Student Alumni Council as a way to help preserve the rich traditions and further enhance this amazing university. In addition to being on SAC, I am involved with UGA Miracle and UGA HEROs.





Brenae Jacobs - Class of 2016

Major: Political Science and Sociology

From the moment I stepped foot on this great campus, I believed that the University of Georgia was the place for me. As a fourth year senior at UGA, I can now say with confidence that my instincts were right. The University of Georgia is filled with endless opportunities and not to mention, exceptional individuals. During my time here at UGA, I have served as a Georgia Hospitality Football Ambassador, I was an intern for the UGA Athletics promotion team, a mentor for Shop with a Bulldawg, and on the public relations committee for the Fight Against Youth Obesity. These opportunities along with my perseverance and passion have allowed me to utilize my time here at UGA. Serving as a member of the Student Alumni Council is an honor because of the high values which this organization holds. Pride, loyalty, and tradition are near and dear to my heart and to be able to take part in an organization that holds these core values is very important to me. I’m looking forward to a great year with SAC and all of its great members that do everything they can to keep this institution on top, as the greatest college the world has to offer. I truly love being a Georgia Bulldawg and wouldn’t have it any other way. Go Dawgs! Sic Em!


Daniel Jones - Class of 2018

Major: Fisheries and Wildlife

Since birth, I’ve always been in love with The University of Georgia. The day I found out I was accepted I was thrilled to finally live my dream of being UGA Bulldog. My love for UGA continues to grow every day. UGA has exceeded my expectations of a college experience. There is never a gloomy day on campus. Everyone walks around with a big smile on his or her face enjoying the life of a Bulldog. UGA has provided me plenty of opportunities which I take advantage of every chance I get. Whether it’s enjoying the beautiful nature on North Campus, walking the streets of downtown Athens, cheering on the football team every Saturday in Sanford Stadium, or simply hanging out with the group of friends I’ve made here, UGA impacts every student positively.  I will also return to help Georgia Daze as one leader of the recruitment committee to help continue to recruit intelligent minority high school students to UGA.

 I am so honored and excited to be a part of SAC. SAC was there to welcome me since day one of my freshman year and I’m glad to have the opportunity to do the same with the next generation of Bulldogs to come. The next two years, should be filled with more great opportunities to come and way more excitement. I’m so anxious about the bright future ahead of the Bulldog Nation and I’m glad I can experience it with my fellow peers on campus. GO DAWGS!


Jesse Kerzner - Class of 2018

Major: International Affairs and Criminal Justice

It sure is great to be a Georgia Bulldog!  I am honored to be a new member of Student Alumni Council, and share my love of this University with fellow students, staff, and alumni. I am an out-of-state dawg, coming from Raleigh, North Carolina. In my first year at UGA, I had the privilege of becoming apart of many great organizations. Along with SAC, I am currently a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity where I serve on the executive board. I am also involved in Georgia Recruitment team, the Interfraternity Council, UGA Miracle, and Student Government Association.

In my free time, I enjoy working out, playing sports, being outdoors, and exploring our beautiful campus. This past summer I attended the LeaderShape Institution, and traveled to Brazil for seven weeks to teach students there through a program called AIESEC. I can't wait for what other amazing things UGA will bring me! Go Dawgs!    


Savannah Lockman - Class of 2017

Major: Human Development and Family Sciences

Growing up just outside of Athens, I have always been a Georgia Bulldog! Since I was little, I always knew I wanted to attend the University of Georgia because of not only its superior academics, but its rich traditions that connect all of the Bulldog Nation. Now as a junior Human Development and Family Sciences Major, I am blessed to be a part of the Student Alumni Council to work alongside the Alumni Association and the students to give back to the place that has given so much to me!

Along with SAC, I have been a camp counselor the past three summers at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, an active member of collegiate 4-H, staff member at the Perfectly Polished Etiquette School, and organized two Mom Proms to benefit the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support! I am very excited for my first year on Student Alumni Council and cannot wait to see what's in store!


Mallika Madhusuan - Class of 2018

Major: Economics/Spanish

As a rising freshman, I thought I knew everything there was to know about UGA. Though I’ve only been here a year, this school has exceeded all my expectations. Here at UGA, I’ve made incredible friends, become interested in issues I didn’t previously know existed, and grown as both a student and member of the community. This school has played a significant role in my personal development. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in Spanish. The Honors Program alone has offered me many opportunities. I am currently working in the Honors College. This summer, with the support of the Honors program, I will be studying abroad in Oxford and the London School of Economics. Apart from my involvement in the Honors College, I am involved with the Roosevelt Institute, University Judiciary, and my sorority, Delta Gamma. I joined the Student Alumni Council to say thank you for all that UGA has given me. I’m so excited to give back to the UGA community and spread the word on the amazing things happening on this campus every day. Go Dawgs!


Laura Pontari - Class of 2016

Major: Spanish, Political Science, and Economics with Master's in Public Administration

Deciding to travel over 500 miles and seven states away from home to attend UGA was a leap of faith, but was the best decision I have ever made. As a Philadelphia native UGA has given me a home away from home, and for that I will be forever grateful. I am honored to serve on this year's Student Alumni Council and I look forward to giving back to the University in my fullest capacity before graduation. I am currently pursuing a dual AB/MPA degree in Spanish, Political Science, and Economics with a Masters in Public Administration, and hope to one day attend law school.

My time at UGA has endowed me with a passion for politics and policy: I currently served as a legislative research intern for Georgia State Representative Spencer Frye, and interned this summer in the office of Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter within the Department of Finance. I am proudly involved in the UGA Honors Program, WIT UGA, UGA HEROs, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Georgia Political Review, Roosevelt UGA, and serve as senior editor for "The Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication." Glory Glory to ole' Georgia, there is truly nothing finer in the land.


Kelsey Reddick - Class of 2018

Major: Health Promotion and Behavior and Communication Studies

No place has made me feel more at home than the University of Georgia. Ever since I stepped foot on the campus as a junior in high school, I have been in love with not only the bulldog spirit but the natural beauty of the campus and our friendly bulldog family. My first year at the University of Georgia has been a year ripe with personal growth and endless academic opportunities. I immediately got involved on campus as a first year with Georgia Daze, a minority recruitment program that allowed me to introduce another young student to life in the Classic City. When I’m not in class or creating connections with my peers, I love to give back to the community. As a member of Fighting Against Youth Obesity (FAYO), I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club and the Thomas Lay Center. Since my first UGA football game, I have become a passionate Georgia football fan, leading me to become a member of R.O.S.E society. One of my greatest accomplishments as a first-year was being accepted into Student Alumni Council. I am so excited to serve in an organization that represents professionalism and gives me an opportunity to network and create relationships with alumni and Student Alumni Council members. Go Dawgs!


Briana Rogers - Class of 2016

Major: Risk Management and Insurance

I can honestly say that I bleed black and red! Since I stepped foot on this campus in 2012, I knew it was home and I have loved (and will always love) everything about being a Georgia Bulldog. I am so grateful to attend an institution with such deep roots, culture and tradition. As a rising senior, I can proudly say that I have experienced what life is truly like as apart of Bulldog Nation. I am so grateful that I have been granted with the opportunity to finally serve as a member of the Student Alumni Council! For 3 years, I have witnessed SAC’S greatness, and the feeling to now be a part of it is indescribable. As a fourth year student, I feel that it is my duty to help instill the pride and passion for UGA in others as it was instilled in me, and I am confident that I will be able to do so through this amazing organization. Aside from SAC, I am currently a member of the Professional Entertainment and Sports Association and Pi Sigma Epsilon. I also serve as a Career Development Intern at the university’s Career Center. I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me. Go Dawgs! 


Christopher Sapp - Class of 2016

Major: Vocal Performance

I am in my fourth year of college majoring in Vocal Performance at the University of Georgia. This past summer, I worked for The College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I performed in 9 musicals over the course of 11 weeks. As a member of the Student Alumni Council, I am always working towards a stronger connection not only between Hugh Hodgson School of Music alumni and current students but also between alumni and students across the entire university. When I am not working diligently for the SAC, I am spending time with my fraternity Phi Mu Alpha, performing in various shows across campus, or locked in a practice room. 


Daniel Seeler - Class of 2018

Major: Food Science

I never thought that the college I attended would or could ever give me as much love, pride, and happiness that the University of Georgia provides me. Since becoming a bulldog, I’ve had an urge to help do my part in continuing the success of UGA, and to also help the university further its greatness. That is exactly what I hope to accomplish as a member of the Student Alumni Council. Along with Student Alumni Council, I am on the social and academic committees of my fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta, and am currently employed by Lighthouse Counsel. I’m ecstatic to begin my first year on the Student Alumni Council, and can’t wait to start giving back to this great institution. GO DAWGS!


Kennington Smith III - Class of 2017

Major: Mass Media Arts and Sports Management

As a rising third year, I can proudly say that my pride and passion for the Bulldog Nation grows by the day. The amazing opportunities that present themselves as a student of this university are priceless, and the best way to take advantage of them are to get involved on campus. I've participated in programs such as Georgia Daze, Black Male Leadership Society, UGA ELITE. However, my greatest accomplishment during my college career was my invitation to join SAC. From the day I was notified, I have been welcomed into the family with open arms from the current members. I am extremely excited to return to SAC so I can continue to give something back to the school that has already given so much to me. GO DAWGS!!


Tia Smith - Class of 2018

Major: Business Management

I’ve always been attracted to The University of Georgia. I loved everything about the culture and the distinct meaning the University brought to this state. When I received my acceptance, I knew this was the place for me. Everyday I am amazed at UGA and all it has to offer. The atmosphere of the Bulldog nation is unique. There are people around you that want to succeed and they even push you to succeed yourself. UGA has enabled me plenty of opportunities to take advantage of every opportunity I get. It can range from football between the hedges on Saturday, enjoying the beauty of North Campus, or either studying in the MLC; UGA offers a unique experience to every Bulldog. As a sophomore, I have taken advantage of numerous opportunities presented to be my joining organizations on campus. I will actively help Georgia Daze to recruit intelligent minority high school students to UGA. I am also extremely excited to participate in ROSE Society where we’re responsible for hosting & facilitating visits for University of Georgia prospective football players. Being in SAC gives me the opportunity to be a leader and serve in an organization that upholds the traditions and values of UGA. I’m so anxious to see what the future holds for the e Bulldog Nation. GO DAWGS!


Jasmine Somerset - Class of 2018

Major: Environmental Engineering

It is absolutely amazing to reflect on how after only a year as a college student, the University of Georgia has been able to offer a multitude of opportunities and incomparable experiences that have aided both my own and my peers' growth and successes in just a short amount of time. I am so incredibly grateful to attend a school that provides invaluable education, seeks to enhance every Bulldog's future, and understands the true meaning of community and tradition, of which are so boldly reflected through our school's culture.

Along with serving as a member of the Student Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 school year, I will also be spending my second year at UGA as a returning member of the Chi Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, as well the Society of Environmental Engineers. I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to play a role in SAC this year as UGA constantly keeps me anticipated on what is to come.


Julius Thomas - Class of 2018

Major: Marketing

Since having an unforgettable and prosperous first year here at the University of Georgia, I came to the decision that I should fully devote and commit myself to exemplifying Bulldog pride by becoming a part of Student Alumni Council.  The University of Georgia provides vast amounts of opportunities for students to succeed. The key to capturing this success is to get as involved as possible. As a freshman I became involved with Georgia Daze, Black Male Leadership Society, University of Georgia Athletics Promotions Team, R.O.S.E Society and University of Georgia Athletic Hospitality Team.

Ever since I step foot on campus the Bulldog love here has been overwhelming. From the administrative staff to the bus drivers, everyone on campus seems to be on your side to help you succeed. This is why I truly love the University of Georgia and thrilled to be on the Student Alumni Council to help expand University of Georgia excellence.


Jakira Trawick - Class of 2017

Major: Risk Management

The University of Georgia is the place I call home, so I am more than honored and excited to have been chosen to be a representative of UGA’s Student Alumni Council. Knowing that I have the opportunity to work alongside my fellow peers and the alumni of UGA, encourages me to continue to strive my best to promote the school that I have come to love and know. Growing up in the small town of Milledgeville, Ga, I have learned the definition of a true community. I instantly felt that same love and hometown feel when I began my college career at the University of Georgia. I learned that Bulldawg nation is a community of its own, and once you’re a part of it, you’re in it forever.

Along with being involved in SAC, I also have the pleasure of working at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center. My other campus involvement includes being a member of the Delta Iota Epsilon Honor Society, on campus bible study, and the Recruiting Operations and Special Events society for prospective football recruits. I can’t wait to begin this new year with my new SAC and alumni family as we help promote the University through spirit and tradition. Go Dawgs!


Lindsay Vandiver - Class of 2017

Major: Political Science

Growing up an Arkansas Razorbacks fan, I never imagined ending up at the University of Georgia. Upon my first visit to Athens, however, I knew this was the place I would end up spending the next 4 years. Every day I feel blessed beyond measure by this university. As a first year SAC, I am looking forward to giving back to the university that has already given so much to me. In addition to the Student Alumni Council, I am involved in Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Relay for Life. There are no words to describe how grateful I am to be a student at the greatest university in the world.


Dowdy White - Class of 2016

Major: Agricultural Communication

With Bulldawg Pride and a “southern drawl,” I hail from the small, rural, South Georgia town of Cordele. I am a fourth year at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Agricultural Communication with a Pre-Law intent. I have been around agriculture and football all of my life and with the Student Alumni Council, I have the opportunity to represent an amazing school known for both of these traditions. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and I am a Student Ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

With the University of Georgia being such a big place, it is very nice to have a group of people to turn to for help whenever I need it. It is nice to have a UGA family. The Student Alumni Council is my family here at UGA and I am proud to represent them and the UGA Alumni Association. Coming to UGA from such a small town was really an eye-opener for me because it opened my eyes to new opportunities that I never had at my small high school. Becoming involved on campus here at UGA has given me the courage and knowledge to figure out my place here at UGA and figure out how to balance my time and busy schedule. My goal at UGA is to learn, grow, and support the Dawgs. 


Erica Williams - Class of 2016

Major: Marketing and Real Estate

I first visited the University of Georgia at the young age of 12 years old. My brother was preparing to enter college, and my entire family made a trip to Athens to see what the University had to offer. We were astonished by the campus size, the limitless resources and the open-armed welcome that we received. From that moment, I knew that I was destined to be a Georgia Bulldog.

I am a fourth year Marketing and Real Estate double major within Terry College of Business. Outside of the Student Alumni Council, I have been involved in organizations such as Collegiate Candidates, Service Ambassadors, Black Educational Support Team, GA DAZE, Gameday Host and Shop with a Bulldog. This past summer I interned with the American Cancer Society. In this position, I helped the Information Technology department develop systems that will enable the Society to save money and allocate more funds toward cancer research. This will be my second year as a member of the Student Alumni Council and I am elated to-once again- work with so many great people to foster a relationship between students and the Alumni Association. It is my goal to attempt to give back to the University of Georgia all that it has given to me, and I look forward to working with my new SAC family again to do just that. GOOOOO DAWGS!


Victoria Williams - Class of 2018

Major: Biochemical Engineering

What an honor it is to work with such a diverse group of UGA leaders and accomplished alumni through the Student Alumni Council. Growing up in Monroe, Georgia- just a stone's throw away from Athens- I  thought I knew what it meant to be a Georgia Bulldog. As a sophomore, I can say that this prestigious university has shaped my personal development in many more ways than I could have ever anticipated. Being a part of the sweeping Bulldog community affords you the opportunity to grow dynamically and to establish relationships with talented people from varied interests. I knew I wanted to join SAC because I wanted to give back to the university that has already enriched my life academically, socially, and professionally.

Apart from SAC, I serve my university community as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Society. I represent the Collegiate 4-H program as the President of the Georgia 4-H Counselor Association, which sponsors camp scholarships for 4-H'ers across the state. Through my involvement in these programs, I have recognized the expansive resources that UGA has to offer; I am compelled to serve the university for all that UGA has done for me. I am so thankful to be a representative of the Alumni Association's values of Pride, Loyalty, and Tradition. Go Dawgs!


Teman Worku - Class of 2016

Major: Digital and Broadcast Journalism

Words cannot express what it means to wake up every morning and work hard towards my dream at a university where opportunities seem endless. Whether it is the beauty of north campus, or the tradition of what it means to be a Bulldawg, I know that I am in the right place at UGA. I am currently a fifth-year studying digital and broadcast journalism. Originally born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I moved to the U.S. at age four and call Snellville, GA home. Since being at UGA, I have been involved with Freshman Board and the Student Government Association, Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority, The Red & Black and the college radio station WUOG. During fall of my junior year I spent a semester in Meknes, Morocco studying Arabic and International Journalism. Currently, when I'm not running around Grady working on a story for class, I am volunteering at the campus TV station, NewSource15. This past summer I interned with The Ethiopian Times online paper and covered the annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament.

All of the things I have and hope to accomplish could not be possible without my UGA and SAC family. I was elated to be chosen to be a part of SAC my freshaman year and strive every day to make the organization and my school proud! GOOOO DAWGS!


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