Message from Executive Director

Mark Slonaker

Dear Georgia Bulldog Club members,

As we enter into the month of November, we are reminded to give thanks to each of you for supporting the Dawgs! I was fortunate to travel to the last two road games the Football team played in Missouri and Arkansas. I am always amazed and delighted at the loyal following Bulldog Nation displays when we travel far from Athens. The support and passion you show for the team means so much to the players and our coaches. Witnessing our fans flood the end zone stands over the player’s tunnel at each road victory to show their appreciation is inspiring to all that love the Dawgs! We can only achieve greatness with your Commitment to the G! The Georgia Bulldog Club staff will toast on Thanksgiving Day an appreciation of gratitude to every Georgia Bulldog Club member!

Our fall sport teams are continuing their quests to be SEC Champions and the winter sport teams are ready to begin their journey’s to success also. Please be sure to make plans to see all of our teams compete this season. Our student-athletes are truly Committed to the G!

Go to and for the latest news on our teams and happenings in the Georgia Bulldog Club. The Hartman Fund brochure will be published at the end of the month and will also be accessible online. The 2015 home football schedule will be another great one with Alabama, South Carolina and Missouri headlining the 7-game home slate.

Please click on the link below to get in the mood for the upcoming Florida and Auburn football games!


Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club

Student Athlete of the Month

Marcus Thornton, Men’s Basketball

  • Recipient of the Leon Farmer Athletic Scholarship (Men’s Basketball)
  • Inducted into the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy in October 2013
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member for men’s basketball for 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Collected cans 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 in Nike Focus Groups

To read more about Marcus and his achievements, click here.

Jill Maloney, Soccer

  • Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2014-15
  • 2014-15 Representative on the UGA Division of Student Affairs Student Advisory Board
  • Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Scholar: The Security Leadership Program is a year-long fellowship that teachers National Security and Nonproliferation through research-oriented CITS staff lectures.
  • Helped raise money for Relay for Life as a Team Leader and Event Planner
  • Volunteered at Athens Splash Fest for Athens CC Mentors
  • Visited UGA McPhaul Center to talk to children about athletics during their soccer themed week
  • Volunteered at the Atlanta Play Day with Dragon Goal USA to coach children soccer
  • Volunteered at the Greek Multicultural Council Superhero 5k
  • Volunteers at Barrow Elementary for Walk to School Day teaching children the importance of walking, biking, and scooting to school safely

To read more about Jill’s achievements click here.

Staff Feature – Brad Bell

Recent Athletic News

Georgia's Nick Chubb Named Athlon Sports' Freshman Of The Week Again

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia tailback Nick Chubb was named the Athlon Sports’ National Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive time following the Bulldogs’ 45-32 win over Arkansas.

Chubb also earned the honor after his performance at #23 Missouri.

The true freshman from Cedartown, Ga., started his second game in place of Todd Gurley and ran 30 times for a career-high 202 yards (6.7 avg.) and a career-high two touchdowns.

Chubb jumpstarted the Bulldog offense after running 12 times for 127 yards (10.6 avg.) and two scores in the opening half, allowing Georgia to go up 38-6. He is the first true freshman to reach 200 yards rushing for the Bulldogs since Rodney Hampton in 1987.

Chubb has accumulated 345 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia’s two consecutive road wins with Gurley sidelined.

The No. 9 Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) return to action against Florida (3-3, 2-3) in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 1. CBS will televise the game at 3:30 p.m.

Austin Smith Wins USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Title

ATHENS --- For the second year in a row, a member of the Georgia men's tennis team won the singles crown of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships as junior Austin Smith claimed the title Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

No. 1 seeded Smith faced off against teammate and No. 2 seed Nathan Pasha in the final, and Smith led 4-2 in the first set when Pasha retired. Smith is the 12th Georgia player to win the ITA Regional crown, and in doing so he clinched an automatic berth to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York Nov. 6-9. Pasha earned a spot in the tournament by reaching the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships earlier this fall.

Smith did not lose a set throughout the tournament, and his opponents won more than three games in a set just once.

In the doubles final, Smith and Eric Diaz fell to South Florida's No. 2 seeded and 12th-ranked team of Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(3).

"It was a phenomenal effort this week by all our guys, especially having two in the finals," said head coach Manuel Diaz. "The level of play by all our guys has gotten better. I was really proud to have an all-Georgia final. It's such a deep field and it's hard to accomplish that. Having Austin and Nathan in the final is tremendous for our program this year and shows that we are going to be very competitive. Also, having Eric and Austin in the doubles final with the match going down to a tiebreaker - it was a tremendous tournament for them. We are excited about the future."

The Bulldogs will conclude the fall portion of their schedule Nov. 6-9. In addition to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in New York, the Bulldog Scramble will be held in Athens Nov. 7-9.

Main Draw Singles Final
#12 [1] Austin Smith (Georgia) def. #17 [2] Nathan Pasha (Georgia), 4-2, ret.

Consolation Singles Final
Chris Barrus (UCF) def. Michael Kay (Georgia Tech), 6-2, 6-4

Doubles Final
#12 [2] Roberto Cid/Sasha Gozun (South Florida) def. [5-8] Eric Diaz/Austin Smith (Georgia), 6-3, 3-6,1-0(3)

Mark Slonaker Honored for His Outstanding Service to the Community

ATHENS, GA. --- Mark Slonaker, Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Service Award from the UGA College of Education.

The Service Award is given annually to a distinguished alumnus that demonstrates service to the community and a commitment to education. Slonaker, a 1980 graduate of the College of Education, serves as a mentor for several sports management students. He is also a frequent guest lecturer in sports management classes, sharing his knowledge and experience in the field.

Slonaker has served in his current role with the UGA Athletic Association since 2011. Previously, he was the Regional Director for Principal and Major Gifts in the UGA Development Office. During his time as an undergraduate student at the university, Slonaker was a member of the men’s basketball team and served as co-captain of coach Hugh Durham’s first Georgia team in 1979.

Upon graduation, Slonaker began coaching basketball, first at the high school level and then at the collegiate level. Most notably, he was the head coach of Mercer University from 1998-2008, winning the school’s first Atlantic Sun Conference championship in 2003 and earning National Coach of the Year honors from

Slonaker was honored by the College of Education on Friday, Oct. 3 at the Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner.

Sixteen Student-Athletes To Be Inducted Into Leadership Academy

ATHENS, Ga.-----Sixteen University of Georgia student-athletes were inducted into UGA's Student-Athlete Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.) during a ceremony on Monday evening in the Richard B. Taylor Room in the Coliseum Training Facility.

This marks the fifth year of the L.E.A.D. program after 11 student-athletes were inducted in 2013, 17 in 2012, 20 in 2011, and 26 in the inaugural class in 2010. Among the prestigious group of past inductees are six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Allison Schmitt and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray.

Inductees are chosen based on academic and athletic success, leadership, campus and community service involvement, and recommendations of head coaches and academic counselors.

"The Leadership Academy provides an outstanding opportunity for a select group of our student-athletes to further their leadership journey," said J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity. "These students are highly motivated and engaged in the total collegiate experience, and we are proud to have them represent UGA and the Athletic Association."

"L.E.A.D. gives us an opportunity to recognize and foster development for those student-athletes who do what we ask them to do," said Executive Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Carla Williams, who was instrumental in the launch of the program in 2010. "We want them to have the opportunity to be leaders in the classroom, in the community, in their sport, and among their peers."

Along with encouraging leadership development and providing resources to compete for awards and scholarships, the student-athletes will have a chance to meet with local, state and industry leaders. It is one of the program's goals to have the student-athletes visit a company where superb leadership has had a visible impact on the organization and/or surrounding community.

Additionally, these student-athletes will be provided with resources to be competitive for conference and national awards and postgraduate scholarships, such as the NCAA Top VIII award, NCAA Woman of the Year award, and the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. L.E.A.D. participants will also have the opportunity to compete for a highly coveted graduate assistantship position within the UGA Athletic Association.

To see a glimpse of the event, visit L.E.A.D Ceremony for an insider video highlighting the ceremony.

2014-15 L.E.A.D. Inductees:

Michael Bennett, Football; Olivia Boggs, Swimming and Diving; Sylvie Brick, Golf; Marjorie Butler, Basketball; Reggie Carter, Football; Chelsea Davis, Gymnastics; Alina Jerjomina, Tennis; Morgan Justiss, Equestrian; Houston Kessler, Basketball; Jordan Mattern, Swimming and Diving; Sean McLaughlin, Baseball; Gaby Smiley, Volleyball; Kisean Smith, Track and Field; Ty Stewart, Swimming and Diving; Lauren Teknipp, Volleyball; Chantal Van Landeghem, Swimming and Diving

Donor trip to Arkansas

Close to 70 members of The Georgia Bulldog Club enjoyed the inaugural William C. Hartman, Jr., Fund charter trip to watch the Bulldogs defeat the Razorbacks in Little Rock, October 18th. The trip consisted of a charter flight to and from Little Rock, a Friday evening reception with Greg McGarity and strength coach Joe Tereshinski, a pre-game tailgate, post-game escort to the airport and several catered meals.

The Georgia Bulldog Club is working to identify the best option for next year’s charter trip. Please keep an eye on for further details.

Georgia's Own Credit Union invite you to the
2014 Alumni Night at the Bookstore with Uga IX

Join the UGA Alumni Association on Friday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m. for a unique shopping experience at the UGA Bookstore. Alumni will receive a 20 percent discount and have opportunities to take photos with America's favorite mascot, Uga IX.

This fun evening will also feature a visit from Hairy Dawg, free food and beverages, and music from DJ KingFish! The following UGA authors will be in attendance to take photos and sign their books:

  • Vince Dooley - former UGA football coach and athletic director
  • Sonny Seiler (BBA '56, JD '57) and Kent Hannon - Damn Good Dawgs
  • Loran Smith (ABJ '62) - Spread Formation
  • Rennie Curran - Free Agent: The Perspectives of a Young African American Athlete
  • Lakeshia Poole (AB '05, ABJ '05) - Don't Let Me Fall
  • Bridgette Burton (AB '11, ABJ '11) - The 365 Project: The Year of Getting Back to Me
  • Carrol Dadisman (ABJ '62) - Dear Old U-G-A
  • Josh and Wendy Torres - The Little Dawg
  • Francene Breakfield (BS '95) and L.D. "Neicy" Wells (AB '96) - An Anthology of Sisterhood: 22 Shades of Red
  • Shonte Press (BBA '03) - Timmy's Yummy Tummy and His Tin Tin Snacks
  • Charlene Thomas - A Dog Named Munson Finds the Missing Game Ball

Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 18. Walk-up registration will be offered beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

The Tate Student Center Parking Deck will be open for attendees on Friday evening. Cars must be removed by 9:00 p.m. on Friday evening due to game day parking policies.

Photos with Uga IX will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed.

The alumni discount excludes text books and electronics.

All alumni and donor statuses will be verified before the event.


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