We are thrilled to have you back. It is a delight to see the faces and hear the voices of students, faculty and staff.
As some of you return for an exciting new year and others step foot in our building for the first time, we are here to assist. Below is a list of resources and information that will help you not only survive, but thrive at Grady College. Our doors are open. Here’s to a great year!
A Message from Dean Davis
Dear Grady Students:
Each year, all of us at Grady College celebrate with graduates in May, then watch as Athens slows down.
We revel in the newfound ability to park anywhere, walk into any restaurant with no wait, and commute to campus in minutes.
After a few weeks, though, that break from “normal” grows stale. We miss you all, and we begin counting the days until you’re back. It’s the cycle of life on a college campus, the biorhythm of the university, and it’s not just about counting down the days until our defending national champions kick off the season (but I’d be lying if I said I am not…). It’s more about you and your classmates than anything else. You see, we love being around you, teaching you, mentoring you and watching you grow as professional communicators.
So, “normal” approaches. We’re all regaining that sense of the way things used to be, before, well, you know…
This is where we need to work together. We need to dig deeper this year and really double down on participating in the life of the college. We’re going to offer more, different events, celebrations and assorted opportunities to get together than ever before. Our new lawn awaits! So, simple rule: show up. Attend an event you were on the fence about. Go to that student organization meeting. Don’t be ambivalent.
Last May, at graduation, I heard student after student say the same thing. In fact, I hear it year after year after year.
“It goes by too fast. I wish I would have done more, been more involved…”
So let’s all get back to “normal” together.
Welcome Back Events
Whether it’s your first day or you’re happy to be returning to the building, spend some time connecting with your peers!
Stop by the Peyton Anderson Forum (PAF), room 238, to grab a snack and say hello on your way to class! On Wednesday, we will be set up outside the PAF. Wednesday, August 17 – Friday, August 19, 9:30a.m. – 3p.m.
Craving a donut? Have one with Dean Davis on the third floor! Monday, August 22, 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Stop by the PAF for your afternoon iced coffee! Tuesday, August 30, 1p.m. – 4p.m.
We have an active and vibrant social media presence on a variety of platforms:
Our students are involved with a variety of industry-related clubs offering networking opportunities, alumni speakers and client projects to practice important skills. Watch your email for updates on the meeting schedules of all these groups.
Opening night of the inaugural Backlight Student Film Festival at the Tate Student Center at the University of Georgia Friday, April 22, 2022. (Photo: Kyser Lough)
Meet Your Advisors
Talking with your advisor is key to staying on track and informed on your class schedule. We have had changes on our advising team since last year, so make sure you know with whom to connect. Our advisors and their departments are (from left to right): Maria Cooper (Journalism), Michelle McFalls (Advertising), Krysten Lewis (Public Relations), Marcella Genut (Prospective Students), Ashton Hedrick (EMST), Jennifer Thompson Smith (Journalism and EMST), Helen Mahany (Double Dawgs) and Kajal Patel (ADPR). Not pictured: Brittney Minor (director of undergraduate services).
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Stay Updated on COVID
Stay updated on the UGA and Grady College’s response to COVID in the following places:
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