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Boxes filled with canned food

University Housing and Recreational Sports Win Divisions for 2018 Hunger Bowl

UGA departments and organizations contributed to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia’s 2018 Hunger Bowl. University Housing and Recreational Sports’ Club Sports took the lead for their divisions.

“Food has a huge impact on the community we serve, due to the vast rate of food insecurity here in the Athens-Clarke area,” said Jenna Vaisvil, external relations assistant for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

She said there are more than 26,000 food insecure people in Clarke County, which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.

“Without food drives, and participation from great groups like UGA, we would not be able to come close to meeting the needs of the community, which is larger than ever around the holiday season,” she said.

This hunger drive is the latest example of the impressive culture of philanthropy built by UGA students, faculty and staff. In the 2017-2018 academic year, students raised several million dollars to support charities and causes, and 17,641 students completed 265,598 hours serving the community.

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86% of UGA students finished within six years - graduating students with fireworks at Commencement

UGA students graduate in record time

An expanded slate of programs at the University of Georgia tailored to the needs and ambitions of students is helping them earn their degrees in record time.

The university’s four-year completion rate has moved up 2 percentage points to reach a record 68 percent, and 75 percent of UGA students earn their degrees in four years plus one semester. For comparison, the average four-year graduation rate at UGA’s highly selective aspirational institutions is 69 percent, while the average four-year graduation rates for peer and SEC institutions are 53 percent and 49 percent, respectively.

The university’s six-year completion rate moved up 1 percentage point to reach a record 86 percent, which is just 1 percentage point shy of the 87 percent six-year completion rate for the university’s aspirational institutions. UGA’s 86 percent six-year completion rate exceeds the 76 percent average for UGA’s peer institutions as well as the 72 percent average for Southeastern Conference institutions.

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Native American Heritage Month

From the tragic Trail of Tears to local river names like the Oconee, the state of Georgia carries a vast amount of Native American history.

You may have visited the Etowah Indian Mounds in North Georgia on a school field trip, but learning about Native American identity and culture can move beyond sightseeing and into the way you view the world around you.

The Native American Student Association (NASA) stands ready to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with you, Native and non-Native alike.

“Native American Heritage Month serves as a springboard for the rest of the year,” said Isabelle Riddle, a leader within NASA.

Tiffany R. Smith, senior coordinator for Multicultural Services and Programs, explained how Native American Heritage Month and every heritage month is an experience to learn and grow.

“The UGA community is invited to attend, learn, and participate in the celebration of Native American Heritage Month,” said Smith.

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