UGA Student Affairs inspires students to engage meaningfully, grow intellectually, and build character so they will create thriving communities.
Camp for a Cause, a student organization at the University of Georgia, donated more than $2,000 this summer to Camp Twin Lakes, which supports children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.
Donations like this help ensure the cost of camp remains free for campers, according to Dan Matthews, chief operations officer at Camp Twin Lakes and founding member of Camp for a Cause.
Camp for a Cause also connects students with volunteer opportunities at Camp Twin Lakes.
“About a quarter of our staff come from UGA students or alumni,” said Matthews.
Camp Twin Lakes hosts camps like Camp Sunshine and Camp Braveheart, which allow campers to continue receiving medical care while participating in modified camp activities.
“If you walk around camp it looks like a typical summer camp, but it offers adaptive activities and medical operations behind the scenes,” said Matthews. “The kids are able to get things like chemo, dialysis, and infusions.”
As another August arrives in Athens, campus is humming with events to gather incoming students together as part of the UGA community.
“You are in a new place, but you are a bulldog now,” said Taylor Cain, associate director of the Tate Student Center and director of the Center for Student Activities & Involvement.
The campus-wide initiative, titled “WelcomeUGA,” invites new and returning students to engage with campus and get involved in their areas of interest. More than 800 student organizations, offices, and departments stand ready to greet new students by hosting these events.
“These events allow students to meet others and build community on campus, as well as having the opportunity to just have fun,” said Cain.
Cain explained how this fun ultimately creates an environment where students can be successful academically because they feel supported and included.
As a full partner in UGA’s curricular learning, the Division of Student Affairs offers in-class learning opportunities, as well. 469 students enrolled in 18 credit-bearing courses hosted by Student Affairs departments this year. UGA Student Affairs has also made a direct entry into the research mission of the University. 237 faculty partnered on Student Affairs programs, and Student Affairs departments hosted or conducted 34 faculty research projects. The Division named three inaugural recipients of its Faculty Research Grants, supporting projects that will assess the social and financial impact of the UGA Food Scholarship, examine family relationships when students transition to college and investigate plans to improve water quality.
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