February 17, 2021 Newsletter
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A Message from Bill McDonald, Dean of Students

AfterDean of Student Logo years of outstanding leadership, Ted Barco has announced his resignation effective February 26, 2021. During his time here, Ted facilitated standing up a nationally recognized and award-winning Student Veteran Resource Center.

UGA’s student veterans know that the SVRC, along with its campus-wide partnerships, helped ease their transition into school, improve their overall experience and facilitated their career readiness for life after Commencement. Ted has personally impacted thousands of student veterans which will help them make a positive difference in the world. Please join me in recognizing and thanking Ted for always having our student veterans’ collective “six.” We wish Ted the very best in the years to come.   

Dr. Jan Barham, Associate Dean of Students and an SVRC Distinguished Fellow, is the Chair of the Screening Committee for identifying and presenting prospective candidates for further consideration. In coordination with Vice President Wilson, my intent is to have the new director for the SVRC identified as soon as possible.   

During this transition time, Mrs. Mandy Levi will serve as Interim Director of the SVRC. Please feel free to contact her or me if either of us may assist you.

– Bill McDonald

Invitation to Sign Ted's Going Away Card

Please join the Student Veterans Association (SVA) in wishing Ted a fond farewell. The SVA will have a card in our Student Veteran’s Lounge for you to sign anytime February 24 through February 25 from 8:00 a.m. through 9 p.m.

$150K+ Scholarships Awarded This Semester

This semester, the SVRC distributed 159 awards and scholarships to roughly half of all active duty, guard, reserve and veterans enrolled at UGA. 
For those of you who have received awards, please allow up to three weeks from the time we receive your picture and/or video for payment to show up in your student account. The next award cycle will kick-off in Fall 2021.

NOTE: The SVRC and the Office of the Student Financial Aid recommend all military-connected students at all levels (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, professional) complete a FAFSA. It takes less than 30 minutes to do so (see link below). Once submitted, the FAFSA will broaden the availability of awards and scholarships for which you can compete while also allowing you potential access to emergency funds, should they ever be required.

View and Complete FAFSA Form
2021 Graduates: Spring Honor Cord Photo Opp

As a result of the pandemic, we are not able to host the large reception we generally conduct in the Spring for our graduates and award recipients. Instead, for calendar year 2021 we are inviting our upcoming graduates (May and December) to have their individual photos taken with Dr. Bill McDonald, Dean of Students, while receiving their unique red, white and blue UGA Honor Cord. We will compile all these photos into a video with a foreword by President Morehead and share a link to the video with all participants.
  • If you are an intended CY 2021 graduate, please confirm by using the link below and also let us know if you would like to participate in this photo opportunity.
Register to Receive an Honor Cord
Free Tax Services through UGA's VITA Program

Whether you are an Athens local or a resident of Georgia elsewhere, UGA’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is here to serve you by filing your tax return for free.

Since 2006, the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences has been collaborating with Georgia United Credit Union and the Internal Revenue Service to provide the VITA program to the Athens community. The program has evolved, partnering with UGA Cooperative Extension offices throughout the state to expand free tax filing services to communities throughout Georgia.
  • Click below for more information and to schedule an appointment.
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Jump Start Your Career at Truist

Truist Financial Corporation is accepting applications for their Diversity Insights Summit where they are targeting freshmen and sophomores who may be interested in future opportunities at Truist.  

You can participate in panel discussions, gain insider knowledge and connect with Truist executives and teammates. Applications are due by February 22 and available here. The virtual summit will be held throughout the morning of Thursday, March 11.
  • Click below to view more information.
Learn More About Careers with Truist
BlackRock Development Opportunity for Second-Year Student Veterans

BlackRock, Inc., a global investment firm, is sponsoring a virtual skill-building program for college sophomores interested in FinTech to include strategic/corporate functions, investments, and technology. Details below:
  • When: Virtual class is offered on either March 24 or March 25.
  • What: Learn about BlackRock’s business at the intersection of finance and technology while exploring opportunities in sales, strategic and corporate functions, investments, and technology.
  • How: Meet with professionals in the FinTech industry to see how you can leverage your experience and background to kick-start a career with BlackRock. 
Submit your application in Handshake by Monday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m. in order to be considered.
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Send feedback, questions, concerns, or ideas to:
SVRC Newsletter Editor Steve Miller.

Other POCs:
Assistant Director: Mandy Brooks Levi
Graduate Liaison: Steve Miller
SVA President: Caleb Ray

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