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Bulldog Monthly August 2018

dates and deadlines

September 1: Men's Basketball Priority Season Ticket Deadline

Week of September 3: Georgia Baseball Fund Renewals Mailed

September 15: Gymnastics Endowment Fund Deadline

October 1: Gymnastics Season Ticket Applications Available Online

GEORGIA OPENS SEASON AGAINST AUSTIN PEAY

Saturday's Matchup

Third-ranked Georgia plays host to Austin Peay in the first-ever meeting between the two schools to open the 2018 season. The Bulldogs are coming off one of their most successful seasons in school history, posting a 13-2 record, claiming the SEC title and The Rose Bowl Game before falling in overtime to Alabama in the CFP National Championship. In 2017, the Govs snapped a 29-game losing streak and went on to tie the program record for wins in a season by going 8-4.

The Bulldogs are 94-27-3 in season openers including winning 18 of their past 21. Georgia is 2-0 in season openers under Kirby Smart. In 2016, Georgia defeated No. 22 North Carolina 33-24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. Last year, the Bulldogs cruised to a 31-10 victory in Athens over Appalachian State. The 2018 season marks the 125th year of Georgia football. The Bulldogs have an all-time record of 808-420-54. Georgia's 808 wins ranks 11th nationally. In fact, UGA's 800th all-time win came in 2017 in the 41-0 rout of Tennessee who ranks 10th with 833 victories.

Game Notes

  • Start Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Dawg Walk: 1:15 p.m.

Bag Policy

WEST END ZONE RENOVATIONS COMPLETED

After 17 months of construction, the West End Zone renovations have been completed. The project covers 120,000 total square feet of new and improved space. These enhancements include a new home locker room for the Bulldogs, a space to host and entertain prospects on game day, improvements to restroom and concession areas below the bridge, and a new scoreboard and upper plaza.

In total the project was completed at a cost of $63 million, $53 million of which was fully funded by members of the Magill Society. This transformative effort to improve Sanford Stadium's West End Zone would not have been possible without the support of these generous individuals. On behalf of the University of Georgia Athletic Association and Bulldog fans everywhere, we thank them for their incredible support.

New, expanded locker room
View from the new recruiting lounge where recruits will be hosted on gameday
New scoreboard and tunnel where the team will enter the stadium

UGA STUDENT-ATHLETE FEATURE

This August, UGA welcomed thousands of new freshmen to campus as another year of classes began in Athens. Of the 28,848 students at UGA, 559 of them are student-athletes in one of UGA's 21 varsity sports. All donations to The Georgia Bulldog Club have a direct impact on their lives through scholarship support, academic expenses, medical support, and more. Below is a breakdown of the costs associated with each scholarship student-athlete here at UGA.

Every dollar donated provides UGA student-athletes with the support necessary to compete at an elite level in all sports while excelling in the classroom and in the community. These student-athletes have the opportunity to obtain an education from one of the top public universities in the country. They have a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, and fields of study, broken down below.

Where are UGA student-athletes from?

34 states, 17 countries

  • Alabama: 8
  • Arizona: 4
  • California: 21
  • Colorado: 4
  • Connecticut: 2
  • Florida: 30
  • Georgia: 328
  • Illinois: 4
  • Indiana: 6
  • Iowa: 1
  • Kansas: 2
  • Kentucky: 3
  • Louisiana: 2
  • Maryland: 1
  • Massachusetts: 2
  • Michigan: 8
  • Minnesota: 2
  • Mississippi: 3
  • Missouri: 2
  • Nebraska: 1
  • New Jersey: 9
  • New York: 8
  • North Carolina: 17
  • Ohio: 3
  • Oklahoma: 2
  • Oregon: 2
  • Pennsylvania: 10
  • South Carolina: 7
  • Tennessee: 8
  • Texas: 16
  • Utah: 1
  • Vermont: 1
  • Virginia: 10
  • Washington: 3
  • International: 28

What do UGA student-athletes study?

  • College of Agriculture and Environmental Science: 16
  • College of Arts and Sciences: 176
  • College of Business: 171
  • College of Education: 77
  • College of Engineering: 26
  • College of Environment and Design: 3
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences: 40
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications: 30
  • College of Pharmacy: 1
  • College of Public Health: 3
  • School of Ecology: 1
  • School of Forestry and Natural Resources: 1
  • School of Public and International Affairs: 13
  • School of Social Work: 1

On behalf of all 559 student-athletes here at UGA, thank you for your incredible support and for making a difference in their lives each and every day.

BULLDOGS' SEC SCHEDULE RELEASED

The Southeastern Conference announced its league schedule for the 2018-19 men's basketball season on Friday, including Georgia's 18-game slate. The Bulldogs, under first-year coach Tom Crean, will enjoy home outings on five-consecutive Saturdays from Jan. 19 through Feb. 16, four SEC games and a matchup with Texas as part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Game times and television networks assignments will be announced at a later date.

"All in all, when you have a league with this many formidable teams you are going to be challenged every day to have the mental and physical toughness needed to compete," Crean said. "Execution and staying connected on both ends will be tested, and we will need 'the Steg' to be at a fever pitch every time we step on the court."

The Bulldogs will face the 2018 league co-champions on the road on the first two Saturdays of SEC play, taking on Tennessee in Knoxville on Jan. 5 and then traveling to Auburn on Jan. 12.

"We are certainly walking into a daunting January with the beginning of our SEC schedule," Crean said. "Back to back road Saturdays with Tennessee and Auburn will make us get an understanding real quick of what it will take to succeed in this league."

Georgia's first two SEC home dates will be mid-week affairs against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Bulldogs will then entertain Florida on Saturday, Jan. 19, the first of five-straight weekends Georgia will play at Stegeman Coliseum. Additional contests in that stretch include the Longhorns on Jan. 26, South Carolina on Feb. 2, Ole Miss on Feb. 9 and LSU on Feb. 16.

Georgia will play mid-week road games between each, visiting LSU on Jan. 23, Arkansas on Jan. 29, Alabama on Feb. 6 and Texas A&M on Feb. 12.

Following a home outing versus Mississippi State on Feb. 20, the Bulldogs will travel to Ole Miss on Feb. 23, host a rematch with Auburn on Feb. 27, venture to Florida on March 2, entertain Missouri on March 6 and wrap up the regular-season at South Carolina on March 9.

The SEC Tournament is slated for March 13-17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Men's Basketball Priority Season Ticket Deadline Reminder

The deadline to renew and request renewable season tickets is September 1st. Renewable seats are available with a minimum donation to the BEF of $150 per seat. Benefits include possibility for game day parking and hospitality, postseason ticket request opportunities and invitations to watch a team practice and to attend the postseason banquet. Fans who are renewing or interested in making new contributions in support of Georgia Basketball can visit here on georgiadogs.com or contact The Georgia Bulldog Club by phone at 877-423-2947.

Non-renewable tickets are filled following the placement of all seat locations for renewable season tickets. Fans interested in purchasing these season tickets can do so online or by calling the UGA ticket office at 877-542-1231.

To date, the current BEF campaign has shattered its previous highs for total contribution amount and number of donating members. Much of that can be credited to the excitement created by Crean, who averaged 20 wins over 18 combined seasons as head coach at Marquette and Indiana. Crean, who was named National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2012, has led 13 teams to postseason play, including nine NCAA Tournament bids and an appearance in the 2003 Final Four.

2019 GYMNASTICS ENDOWMENT FUND CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

Georgia gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets Carter, who was deemed the best-ever collegiate gymnast, led the GymDogs to a seventh place overall ranking in her first year at the helm of the program. Four GymDogs earned NCAA All-America honors as the Georgia gymnastics team closed out its season with a fourth place finish in the first semifinal session of the NCAA National Championship after posting a 196.6875, only .325 points away from advancing to the Super Six. Over the course of the regular season, the GymDogs brought in an average of 10,102 fans per meet, the highest number in program history. This broke the attendance record of 10,055 set a season ago and ranks fourth-best in the nation.

The 2019 Gymnastics Endowment Fund is currently underway, and the deadline for donations is September 15th. All GEF donors are eligible to receive season tickets as well as exclusive benefits, listed in the chart below. GEF donations provide essential scholarship support to gymnastics student-athletes while allowing them to train and develop in the best facilities in the country. Help support the GymDogs as they prepare for the 2019 season by joining the GEF today!

CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME TO OPEN 2022 WITH OREGON AND GEORGIA

Oregon and Georgia are set to face off for the first time in 45 years in the 2022 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The game will be played Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. An exact kick time and television network will be finalized at a later date.

"We're thrilled to be able to bring together two historic programs for the first time in more than four decades," said Bob Somers, Peach Bowl, Inc. chairman. "The Ducks and Bulldogs will be the focal point of unrivaled opening weekend celebration in the capital of college football."

This will mark only the second time the two football programs have met. The one previous meeting resulted in a 27-16 home win for the Bulldogs in 1977.

"When you think about major season-opening kickoff games with the opportunity for huge College Football Playoff implications, this is the type of matchup you dream about," Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan said. "Both Kirby Smart and Mario Cristobal should be recognized for their willingness to have their teams compete at the highest level in a game like this."

"We'd also like to thank athletic directors Greg McGarity and Rob Mullens for their aggressive stance on scheduling," Stokan added. "Both Georgia and Oregon will play 10 Power Five conference games that year on top of their already rigorous SEC and Pac-12 schedules that will surely serve to elevate their programs in the minds of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee."

Oregon will be making its first-ever appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, and will be the second Pac-12 team to play in the game. Washington is set to meet Auburn in this year's matchup on Sept. 1.

"It's a great honor for our program to open the 2022 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game and to play a great program like Georgia," said Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal. "As we continue to grow this program we want to challenge ourselves against the best competition. I'm also extremely excited for our fans to make the trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium and put their passion for the Ducks on full display."

"We are excited at the opportunity to play a high-quality opponent such as Georgia as well as to open the season in an incredible venue in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta," said Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens. "This invitation is reflective of the brand and reputation of the Oregon football program, and we look forward to the chance for our student-athletes to participate in this prestigious event to open the 2022 season."

The 2022 Oregon-Georgia matchup will mark Georgia's fourth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Georgia previously fell 35-21 to Boise State in 2011 and defeated North Carolina 33-24 in the 2016 contest. The Bulldogs are also scheduled to face off against Virginia to open the 2020 season in Atlanta.

It will represent the SEC's 20th appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, with the conference currently boasting an 11-2 record in the game.

"Thanks to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game staff for their efforts in putting this game together," said UGA Head Coach Kirby Smart. "Opening the season in Atlanta against a Power 5 opponent is a tremendous opportunity for our team and provides a great start to the season for our fans. The first game of the season is always important and this matchup on a national stage will be a test for both teams."

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to play a top quality Pac-12 team in Atlanta," said UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "We have only played Oregon once in our history and the opportunity to play a team of national stature in this game will be exciting for our fans, our team, and a national television audience. It's an illustration of Kirby's desire to schedule an additional non-conference Power 5 opponent whenever possible."

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: WELLS ELLENBERG AND ANTHONY MONICO

This month, our donor spotlight features Wells Ellenberg and Anthony Monico. Wells and Anthony are the two youngest members of the Magill Society. Wells graduated from UGA in 2013 with a degree in political science, while Anthony graduated in 2015 with a BBA from the Terry College of Business in Risk Management and Insurance. Both were members of the Sigma Nu fraternity at UGA and made their pledges to the Magill Society over the summer.

Q: Why do you feel it is important to support UGA Athletics?

Wells: Many of my most memorable UGA experiences have revolved around athletics, from serving on the Athletic Association Board of Directors as a student to watching our double-overtime victory in the 2018 Rose Bowl Game as an alumnus. I support UGA Athletics to ensure similar experiences are available to current and future generations of Bulldogs.

Anthony: There are two main reasons I feel like it is important to support UGA Athletics. The first reason is the ability to support student-athletes with the unique opportunity to compete at the highest level athletically in the SEC as well as earn a first class education from the University of Georgia. The second reason is much more personal. As a 3rd generation Dawg, I have spent countless weekends with friends and family in the Fall on UGA's campus and Between the Hedges. I feel that through my contribution, that I can help perpetuate that experience for others for years to come.

Q: How would you like to see your gifts impact today's generation of UGA student-athletes?

Wells: If we want to recruit and develop the best student-athletes, they deserve the best facilities in which to train and showcase their talents. I hope my gifts will help UGA Athletics construct and enhance first-class facilities worthy of the “tradition of unbridled excellence” that our student-athletes continue to uphold, both in the classroom and on the field.

Anthony:I would love to see our gifts continue to go to major projects that help University of Georgia excel within college athletics. The West End Zone Project and the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Practice Facility are shining examples of the efforts made thus far, so I am extremely excited to see what is next!

Q: You currently live in Washington D.C.; what inspired you to make your pledge to the Magill Society despite not holding season tickets and living so far from Athens?

Wells: I don’t hold season tickets now, but hopefully one day my professional life will bring me closer to Athens. Accumulating priority points through the Magill Society means I will be in a better position to apply for season tickets down the road. Additionally, the Magill Society offers exclusive member benefits, like the opportunity to attend open practices and the West End Zone dedication.

Q: You graduated from UGA just three years ago. What would you say to other young alumni about the importance of giving back so soon after graduation?

Anthony: I would say that the experiences afforded to you by the Magill Society and the ability to build up priority points through the program is second to none. For someone as passionate about the University of Georgia as I am, it made a lot of sense to get a more in-depth fan experience through the Magill Society.

Q: You graduated from UGA in 2013; why did you want to get involved with the Magill Society at such a young age?

Wells: Being the youngest member of the Magill Society certainly had its appeal, but that didn’t last long; Anthony undercut me after a short two months! In all seriousness, I had been looking for ways to continue my relationship with UGA Athletics, and the Magill Society was the best way for me to invest resources now and create exponentially greater value – both for myself, and more importantly, for UGA Athletics – in the future. Go Dawgs!

Q: You joined the Magill Society two months after Wells did. Would you say he was a big factor in your decision to make your pledge?

Anthony: Definitely. I had thought about joining for some time now, but Wells was a huge factor in joining at a young age. He has been one of my closest friends as well as mentor, so the ability to join around the same time was an easy decision!

G-CLUB SPOTLIGHT: JODY PATTON

This month, we are excited to introduce a new feature of our monthly newsletter highlighting a former UGA student-athlete who has gone on to great success after the conclusion of their athletic careers. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of supporting current UGA student-athletes as well as the impact their experiences at UGA have on the rest of their lives.

This month's G-Club spotlight recognizes Jody Patton, a guard for UGA men's basketball from 1987-1991. Jody still holds the UGA records for career 3-point field goal percentage (.444) and season 3-point field goal percentage and played a key role on the 1990 SEC Championship team. He graduated with a BBA in Finance from the Terry College of Business and currently lives in Augusta.

Q: You graduated from UGA in 1993; can you tell us about your career path after graduation and how you got to where you are now?

My first job after graduation was with Trust Company Bank (now SunTrust) in Athens in their management training program. Shortly after I moved to Augusta to work for a company called Prime Lending, which was a mortgage company. I was responsible for handling the construction loan portfolio, eventually overseeing the construction lending operations in several markets in Georgia. I was then recruited to Regions Bank as a commercial banker in Augusta. In 2005, myself and two other people left Regions to start a division of Synovus Bank in Augusta (known at the time as Augusta First Bank and Trust, which was a part of Athens First Bank and Trust in Athens). I was the Commercial Banking Manager, responsible for building and leading a commercial lending team. At the beginning of 2018, I was named the Market President for Synovus in the Augusta market.

I’ve always been in banking/lending in some form or fashion after graduating from UGA with a degree in Finance.

Q: How did your time as a student-athlete at UGA prepare you for your future?

My time as a student athlete helped prepare me for my career in a couple of ways. First, the time management aspect is very important. Having to manage your time between practice, meetings, workouts, class, study hall and travel is difficult, as any student athlete can attest. But time management is extremely important in most aspects in life, not just the business world. Eventually, becoming more efficient with your time and managing your daily tasks/events are key to being successful in the business world.

Another important thing I learned as a student athlete was how to work with other people as a team. Working with people who may have different priorities and also different ideas on how to accomplish something can be challenging. Finding a way to work together towards a common goal as part of a team was very helpful to me in my current career, where I am expected to lead and be a team builder. Those things I learned as a student athlete have been invaluable.

GEORGIA BULLDOG CLUB POSTS RECORD FUNDRAISING TOTALS IN FY 2018

Matching a banner year of on-field results, fundraising for the UGA Athletic Association reached record-setting levels during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The Georgia Bulldog Club raised over $80.4 million in total donations last year. That figure includes $40.5 million in major gifts, which include outright gifts and pledges to capital projects and scholarship endowments. Another $39.9 million were raised through annual giving campaigns.

The $80.4 million this past year was 43.5 percent above the total raised in FY 2017 ($56 million) and 41 percent higher than the previous fundraising high mark of $56.9 million in the 2016 fiscal year.

''This has everything to do with the passion that our donors have for the Georgia Bulldogs and the commitment they have shown to give us every opportunity to compete at the highest level,'' said Matt Borman, Executive Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club. ''Our focus now is to keep the momentum of this success going so that we can support UGA Athletics at the same rate that our football program is excelling.''

The majority of major gift funds raised in 2017-18 went towards the West End Zone project at Sanford Stadium. This multi-tiered construction project — taking nearly 17 months to complete at a cost of approximately $63 million — represents a major enhancement to the Bulldogs' home football venue, for players and fans. The football program will now enjoy a brand-new, much larger game-day locker room and recruiting hospitality lounge, while fans will notice a greatly expanded entry plaza and video board, as well as enhanced concession and restroom facilities when the Bulldogs kick off the 2018 season Sept. 1 vs. Austin Peay.

''I am humbled by the unbelievable support that our fans and donors have shown our program,'' said head football coach Kirby Smart. ''The commitment by our donors motivates our coaches and players every day to make Dawg Nation proud. Thank you to everyone that contributed. Go Dawgs!''

Athletically, Georgia enjoyed an outstanding year in 2017-18, with NCAA team championships in Women's Indoor Track and Men's Outdoor Track, runner-up finishes in Football and Women's Outdoor Track, and Top-10 showings in five other sports. The Bulldogs placed eighth in the Learfield Director's Cup — awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program — the program's best finish since 2005.

NEW STAFF FEATURE: BRIAN MURPHY

Brian Murphy joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in May 2018 replacing Dolores Hughes as the Assistant Director of Development & Internal Operations. In his role, Brian manages the processing of all athletic priority seating-related gifts, provides support in managing data integrity, priority points, and acknowledgements, and assists in all areas of annual giving including marketing and communication of the four annual funds and solicitation of donors.

Prior to arriving in Athens, Brian was the Athletics Development Graduate Assistant in the Ohio Bobcat Club while enrolled in Ohio University’s dual-degree MBA/Master of Sports Administration program. Brian assisted in all areas of Ohio Athletics development during a year that saw a 7% increase in annual giving and 19% increase in donor membership from the previous year. His main responsibilities were football premium seating, basketball donor hospitality, major gift donor event planning and stewardship, and oversight of the Bobcat Caravan, a series of alumni and fan events across Ohio.

Before returning to graduate school, Brian held positions in various sports marketing, ticketing, and technology startup ventures in New York City. Most notably, he was Senior Director of Sales at TicketIQ, where he partnered with teams and colleges on ticket marketing, sales, and data campaigns. His efforts helped generate over $750,000 in revenue from over 70 clients.

Brian earned his B.S. in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in 2011. He received his MBA in 2017 and MSA in 2018, both from Ohio University.

Brian is a native of Randolph, NJ and currently resides in Athens.

NEW STAFF FEATURE: CAT HIRES

Cat joined The Georgia Bulldog Club in May 2018, replacing Mylie Hill as the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Special Events. In this role, Cat orchestrates all stewardship initiatives for Magill Society members and coordinates all scholarship endowments.

Prior to joining The Georgia Bulldog Club, Cat worked as an Academic Counselor for the UGA men's and women's tennis and golf teams. Working in the Rankin M. Smith Sr. Academic Center, she organized class schedules for team members and provided tutoring services to assist team's toward their overall GPA goals.

Before her work as an Academic Counselor, Cat was the assistant to former Deputy AD Carla Williams, and also worked with IMG New Media in video productions.

Cat graduated from UGA in 2014 with her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and earned her Master's Degree in Kinesiology from UGA in 2016. She was also a 4-year member of the UGA gymnastics team. Cat is a native of Tampa, FL and currently resides in Athens.

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