Bulldog Monthly

Message from the Executive Director:

Mark Slonaker

Dear Georgia Bulldog Club members,

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and the new year is off to a great start! Thank you to each of you who traveled to Charlotte for the impressive win by the Dawgs in the Belk Bowl! Bulldog Nation was loud & proud! Your support means the world to our players and coaches.

The 2015 Hartman Fund campaign's deadline to submit your donation is February 15, 2015. Please make your donation online through your personal account, mail in your donation, or call our office to make your gift over the phone. Our staff is available and eager to help you renew your seats or establish a new account. Please go to: thegeorgiabulldogclub.com for contact information.

Our Basketball, Swimming and Gymnastics teams have already experienced capacity crowds for home games this season. Go to: georgiadogs.com for upcoming schedules of all our teams so you can cheer on the Dawgs to victories! We are especially excited for Opening Day at Foley Field on Friday, February 13th. First pitch is at 5pm. Please come early for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:45. The Foley Field Revival project will have an impact on your game day experience, our baseball players quality of life and will be the finest neighborhood college baseball facility in the nation. We are forever grateful to the donors who supported and believed in this project!


Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club

Student Athlete of the Month

Nic Fink, Men’s Swimming and Diving

  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in the fall of 2012
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member for men’s swimming and diving for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Division of Student Affairs Student Advisory Board member 2014-15
  • Inducted into the Sphinx Society 2014
  • Collected cans and donated money for the Hunger Bowl to benefit the Northeast Georgia Food Bank
  • Participated in UGA’s Learn, Play, Excel Program in May 2013 at the Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA
  • Participated in UGA’s Learn, Play, Excel Program in May 2014 at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School in LaGrange, GA
  • Participated in the 2013 and 2014 Special Olympics Homeruns for Hometown Rivals Baseball game
  • Participated Relay for Life 2014-15

Marjorie Butler, Women’s Basketball

  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in the fall of 2014
  • Participated in the Annual Georgia Women’s Basketball Bike Build 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Volunteered with Angel Tree
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honors Society
  • Volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Athens

Donor Highlight:

In this month’s newsletter, we look to highlight a member of The Georgia Bulldog Club who has gone above and beyond for the Athletic Association by giving back through the Legacy Endowment Scholarship program. Robert Reynolds graduated with a BA in History from UGA in 1994. Robert went on to earn his MBA from the University of Richmond. He currently serves as Principal with Reynolds Development, a commercial real estate development and investment company in Richmond, Virginia. Robert is married and has one son.

Robert’s multi-year gift to the tennis Legacy Endowment allows him to leave a lasting impact on a program that is dear to him. Not only is Robert a big fan of our football and tennis programs, he genuinely believes in the mission of Georgia athletics and says ‘Coach Richt and Coach Diaz are great mentors and coaches.’ Robert’s inspiration to give comes from his first-hand experience of the tennis program. “One of my roommates [while] at Georgia was Wade McGuire, an All-American tennis player at UGA, and through Wade I got to know many current and past tennis players and coaches. I respect and admire what Coach Dan Magill and Manuel Diaz have done with the tennis program at Georgia.” says Robert. The contribution given to the tennis Legacy Endowment empowers current student-athletes to build on the legacy our former student-athletes set in motion during their tenure at Georgia. “My favorite memories of my time at Georgia are going to the NCAA Tennis Championship here in Athens, home football games, ultimate Frisbee with friends and the music scene downtown.”

Are you an alumnus, friend or former letterwinner of Georgia looking to leave a lasting legacy and give back in a meaningful way? The Georgia Bulldog Club introduces the Legacy Endowment Scholarship program. This program will enable you to support the scholarship needs of any of our 21 varsity sports, while also leaving a lasting legacy at UGA. Legacy endowment gifts can be made as a one-time gift or pledged over a multi-year commitment. For more information regarding our Legacy Endowment program, please contact The Georgia Bulldog Club at 1-877-423-2947 or via email at gadawgs@sports.uga.edu.

Staff Feature – Debbie Daniel

Athletic News:

Establishing a Lifelong Bond with the Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldog Club and the William C. Hartman, Jr. Fund are steeped in tradition. Over 6,000 current donors have been contributing to the Hartman Fund since 1990. In some cases, multiple members of the same family are financially supporting the Bulldogs. In many other cases, families have a long tradition of support dating back several generations.

What happens if you live in another part of the country? What happens if you've never had a previous tie to UGA or UGA Athletics? Both of these questions were answered by one family with a recent gift to the 2015 Hartman Fund.

"I'm a big believer in `giving back'," Ken said. "The Hartman Fund represents a great opportunity to support UGA and its traditions."

Ken is not a UGA graduate. He's not from the state of Georgia. Living on the west coast, Ken had no prior connection to UGA until his son, Cal, enrolled at UGA this past fall.

"I chose Georgia for the competitive academics," said Cal. "The first semester was fantastic, and a big part of my experience was taking in those football games on fall Saturdays."

With Cal a full semester into his first year at UGA, Ken decided it was time to show support. As avid sports fans, Ken and Cal decided a gift to the Hartman Fund made the most sense, so Ken started an account in Cal's name.

While Cal will still enjoy his student section seats for the remainder of his time in Athens, he now has an established account with The Georgia Bulldog Club that will allow him to continue the tradition and enjoy those fall Saturday experiences for many years after graduation.

"With my son being a first-year student, having him become a contributor to the University now is a great way to establish a lifetime bond with Dawg Nation," said Ken.

The 2015 Hartman Fund donation deadline is February 15, 2015. To increase, strengthen or begin your bond with UGA Athletics, please visit thegeorgiabulldogclub.com or call 877 423-2947 for further information on the 2015 Hartman Fund.

UGA Student-Athletes Record Fall GPA of 3.0 or Better For Second-Year In A Row

ATHENS -- The 552 student-athletes enrolled at the University of Georgia earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2014 fall semester.

This is the second year in a row that Georgia student-athletes have combined for a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better during the fall semester. Achieving a 3.0 or higher has been accomplished previously during the spring semesters, but last year in 2013 was the first time this achievement occurred in the fall.

On the men's side, the cross country team claimed the honor for the highest GPA with a 3.19 average, while the women's teams were led by the swimming & diving squad that turned in a combined 3.36.

Among the men's teams, tennis finished second with a 3.04 mark while track & field posted a 2.98 cumulative GPA to finish third in the standings. Swimming & diving finished fourth with a 2.96, followed by golf in fifth with a 2.87.

Equestrian claimed second place honors on the women's side with a cumulative GPA of 3.33 while cross country was close behind in third with a 3.32. Track & field finished fourth posting a GPA of 3.24, followed by volleyball in fifth with a 3.22.

The GPA of cross country athletes was also counted in the final standings for track & field, but the mark is not counted twice in the total number of students or in the overall total GPA.

289 UGA Student-Athletes Named to J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll

ATHENS, Ga. --- A total of 289 University of Georgia student-athletes earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and were named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll for the 2014 fall semester.

Out of the 289 on the honor roll, 9 student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar honors for finishing the semester with a perfect 4.00 GPA while taking 14 or more hours. The student-athletes who were named Presidential Scholars are: swimmersJosh Kenway (London, England) and Chantal Van Landeghem (Winnipeg, Manitoba); track & field members Alexandra Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Morgan Green (Roswell, Ga.), Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, N.J.); and equestrian members Olivia Gaude (Conyers, Ga.) and Morgan Justiss (Alpharetta, Ga.); and gymnastics team members Chelsea Davis (Austin, Texas) and GiGi Marino (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

An additional 19 student-athletes finished the semester with a 4.00 GPA, including: football team membersJohn Courson (Athens, Ga.), Colter Creswell (Varnell, Ga.), Thomas Pritchard (Louisville, Ga.) and Glenn Welch (Jesup, Ga.); swimmers Tynan Stewart (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa.), Anna McKenzie (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Annie Zhu (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Rachel Zilinskas (Indiana, Pa.); track & field members Charles Grethen (Tuntange, Luxembourg), Kisean Smith(Snellville, Ga.), Nicholas Vena (Whippany, N.J.), Rachael Doverspike (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Lauren Hovis (Dacula, Ga.); equestrian Allie Harbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Rachel Kolb (Lebanon, Ohio); gymnast Demetria Hunte  (Alpharetta, Ga.); soccer player Liliana Rios (Duluth, Ga.); and women's tennis player Lauren Herring (Greenville, N.C.).

Fourty-three student-athletes on the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll also earned Dean's List honors, earning a 3.50 GPA or higher while taking 14 hours or more.

For the complete story and list of student-athletes, visit the following website: http://www.georgiadogs.com/genrel/011515aac.html

Both Bulldog Track & Field Teams Ranked In Nation's Preseason Top 11

ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men and women's track and field teams are boasting preseason rankings in the country's top 11, according to the first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll of the year.

The Lady Bulldogs are one of a nationally leading eight teams from the Southeastern Conference in the top 25 and one of three league teams in the top four. Georgia is ranked fourth behind Oregon, Texas A&M and Florida in that order.

The Bulldogs are holding down the No. 11 spot in the men's preseason rankings. All six ranked SEC teams are ranked 13th or better as the indoor season gets into gear.

This marks head coach Wayne Norton's 16th year guiding Georgia's track and field program. The Howard graduate has led the Bulldog men and women to 11 top-10 and 25 top-20 team finishes at the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships since taking over the program's leadership in 2000.

The Bulldogs open their indoor season at the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, January 17. Georgia starts its outdoor campaign at home in Athens with the Georgia Relays/Combined Events on March 18-21.

Roundtree To Be Lady Bulldogs' 2015 SEC Legend

ATHENS, Ga. --- Saudia Roundtree, who claimed 1996 National Player of the Year honors while leading the Georgia Lady Bulldogs to an NCAA runner-up finish that season, has been chosen as a 2015 SEC Legend. Roundtree will represent the Lady Bulldogs at the 2015 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament in Little Rock, Ark. The league office announced the Legends for the seven traditional SEC East schools on Wednesday.

Roundtree was an electrifying guard who led Georgia to Final Four appearances in both of her seasons with the Lady Bulldogs. She was a consensus prep All-American at Westside High School in Anderson, S.C., and the 1994 National Junior College Player of the Year at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College before arriving in Athens in the fall of 1994.

As a junior, Roundtree broke Georgia's single-season record as a junior with 226 assists and led the SEC by averaging 6.8 assists per game. That season, she was named first-team All-SEC by league coaches and helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-5 finish and won the NCAA Midwest Regional.

As a senior, Roundtree enjoyed one of the most fruitful single-season hauls of accolades in SEC history. She became the first SEC player to win Naismith National Player of the Year honors since "Pistol" Pete Maravich in 1970 en route to securing consensus National Player of the Year honors. She was tabbed SEC Player of the Year and was later named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year for all sports for the 1995-96 academic year.

Roundtree averaged 16.7 ppg and paced the SEC for a second straight year in assists (5.9 apg) while leading Georgia to an SEC Championship and a runner-up showing in the NCAA Tournament. Many of her best outings came against Georgia's stiffest competition. In a five-game stretch in January, Roundtree led the Lady Bulldogs to wins over No. 4 Tennessee, at No. 24 Auburn, at No. 3 Connecticut, at No. 10 Penn State and at No. 20 Florida by averaging 26.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.4 apg and 3.0 spg in those contests.

The class will be honored at the 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 4-8 in Little Rock, Ark. Each legend will be honored during halftime of their teams first game of the tournament, all 14 individuals will also be honored as a group, as well as participate in an autograph session during the tournament. Complimentary posters of the Legends will be available at the session.

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Georgia Releases 2015 Softball Schedule

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia softball team will have 25 home dates during the 2015 season, including Southeastern Conference series against Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and Florida, it was announced by Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer.

The squad will travel to take on SEC foes Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Kentucky for a total of 24 SEC contests. The 2015 slate also features 31 non-conference games, 23 games against 2014 NCAA Regional teams, 13 games against teams that made it to the Super Regional Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and six teams that were ranked in the final poll of 2014. The Bulldogs will also host both participants of the 2014 Women’s College World Series Final.

Georgia kicks off its 2015 campaign on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., when it hosts Coppin State. Coppin State will also take part in the Red and Black Showcase the following weekend, Georgia’s first home tournament of the season that also features Illinois, Murray State and Winthrop. The tournament will begin on Feb. 6 and last through Feb. 8.

The SEC slate begins March 6-8 when Georgia heads to Starkville, Miss., to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia and Mississippi State have not faced one another since 2012 when Georgia took the series two games to one.

The Bulldogs will look to defend its 2014 SEC Tournament Championship May 6-9 in Baton Rouge, La.

The NCAA Regional weekend is May 17-19, with Super Regionals being held May 23-24. The Women's College World Series will be May 28-June 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Women’s Tennis – Bulldogs Prepare for Season Opener


ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 5 Georgia women's tennis team will face a battle right out of the gates as it travels to No. 15 Baylor for the start of the 2015 dual match season on Sunday.

The opening match will mark the start of head coach Jeff Wallace's 30th season in charge of the Georgia women's tennis program, with his 631-155 record allowing him to stand alone as the nation's winningest active women's tennis coach.

He returns four players from a season ago, including a pair of NCAA All-Americans in Lauren Herring and Silvia Garcia. The two are ranked No. 9 and No. 83 in singles, respectively.

Five freshmen have also arrived since last spring, with Dunwoody, Ga., native Hannah King entering the fray as the No. 91 ranked singles player in the country. Two of King's fellow freshmen, Mariana Gould and Ellen Perez, are the nation's No. 43 ranked doubles team.

Sunday's match against Baylor is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. ET in the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center. Live scoring can be accessed at http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/w-tennis/livestats.html.

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