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02.29.2012

Caterpillar Comes to Athens!

Thousands of jobs will soon be coming to the Classic City. Caterpillar Inc., primarily known for manufacturing and selling heavy machinery around the world, is building a $200 million dollar manufacturing plant on the Orkin land tract between Clarke and Oconee counties. The mega-sized facility will occupy over a million square-feet of land. Caterpillar’s plant will employ around 1,500 residents by 2020, and the overall project will bring 4,200 jobs to Athens. The region is expected to gain $2.4 billion dollars in revenue. Wages for employment in the plant will be at or above the median incomes for both Clarke and Oconee counties. Workers will be trained at Athens Tech, and most jobs will require either a high school diploma or a college degree.

The Caterpillar plant will likely be a game changer in the region.  Many local leaders, according to a recent article in Flagpole, had previously deemed Athens-Clarke County “business-unfriendly.” Senior executives within Caterpillar Inc., however, have stated that Athens is an inviting environment with a high quality of life. I think all of my fellow Bulldogs would certainly agree with that! When Caterpillar Inc. opens its facility in 2013, the new plant will be a welcome addition to our city. I can’t wait to see the positive impact it will surely have on our community!

You can read the full Athens Banner-Herald article here.

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08.18.2014

Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome

The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.

 

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08.07.2014

2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:

We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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08.04.2014

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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