Meet the Admissions Officers

Adam Brimanson

Admissions Officer

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Recruitment Territories: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee

Hometown: Sunrise, FL

Degrees: B.A. in English and B.A. in Political Science, Georgia State University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Heirloom Café

Something interesting about me: I taught high school English and Advanced Placement Literature for ten years.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Rooftop at the Georgia Theatre

Favorite spot on campus: The Georgia Museum of Art and looking at Leonard Delonga

Favorite college class: Any and every English course that included James Baldwin in the curriculum.

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: Athens is one of the most culturally inspiring and accessible towns I’ve experienced and wish for my kids to equally enjoy. Good people are everywhere.

What is your notable first at UGA: When I first realized I was standing on campus while at the State Botanical Gardens…UGA came into clearer view.

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E-mail Adam Brimanson at ambrimanson@uga.edu
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Alton Standifer

Director of New Student Orientation, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

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Hometown: Monticello, GA

Degrees: B.S. in Middle Grades Education and M.Ed in Higher Education Administration, Georgia Southern University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Last Resort Grill

Something interesting about me: I love photography. I enjoy taking pictures for various events and activities. I also know that the best photographers shoot with a Canon!

Favorite UGA tradition: Ringing the Chapel Bell in honor of athletic victories or other special events.

Favorite spot on campus: Tate Student Center

Favorite college class: It's a tie between The Presidency and Higher Education Law. Public Speaking gets an honorable mention.

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E-mail Alton Standifer at alton@uga.edu
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Amanda R. Dale

Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Marketing and Recruitment

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia County: Portions of Gwinnett

Hometown: Midland, TX

Degrees: B.A. in Public Relations and M.Ed. in Higher Education, Texas Tech University; Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Place--they have an excellent BLT with fried green tomatoes and avocado--you should try it!

Favorite UGA tradition: Ringing the Chapel Bell with good news. I think every victory is worth a celebration, BIG or small, and I love that we come together as a community to celebrate.

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Favorite college class: Beginning SCUBA

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: The University of Georgia felt "just right" from the first time I visited campus. Everyone is welcoming and kind, Athens is funky and fun, and it's a great place to call home.

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E-mail Amanda R. Dale at ryan197@uga.edu
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Anthony Johnson

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions - Metro-Atlanta Office

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Dekalb and Fulton

Hometown: Lithonia, GA

Degrees: B.A. in History, Kansas State University; M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education, Syracuse University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Shokitini

Favorite spot on campus: Myers Quad

Favorite college class: History of the South

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I enjoy how hospitable students are on campus when you need to find your way around.

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E-mail Anthony Johnson at acjohnso@uga.edu
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Ashley O'Cain

Admissions Recruiter

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Bibb, Chattahoochee, Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Houston, Lanier, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Meriwether, Muscogee, Peach, Pike, Pulaski, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Troup, Upson, Webster, Wilcox; Out of State Territory: Flor

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Degrees: B.S. in Biology, Wofford College

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Last Resort Grill

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Highwire Lounge

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Favorite college class: Latin American Caribbean Studies

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: The people and the sense of community. From the moment I stepped foot on campus, it was evident that UGA is a place where people matter. Great things happen where emphasis is on the people!

What is your notable first at UGA: I am the first in my family to work at UGA and to call Georgia home.

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E-mail Ashley O'Cain at ashley.ocain@uga.edu
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Ben Lanier '16

Admissions Recruiter

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Recruitment Territories: Central and southeast Georgia; Out of State Territories: Alabama and Mississippi

Hometown: Dublin, GA

Degrees: B.A. in Political Science, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Chick-Fil-A Beechwood or Shokitini

Something interesting about me: I was lucky enough to serve as a University of Georgia Orientation Leader for the summer of 2015 and help welcome the Class of 2019 to Athens!

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theater

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden. It’s the one spot on campus I would always go to decompress. So peaceful!

Favorite college class: Southern Politics taught by the one and only Dr. Charles Bullock.

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I came to UGA because it was the only choice for me. I enjoy it because it has become my home. I have learned, grown, and blossomed here. Athens will always hold a special place in my heart for blessing me with the best people in my life. My love for UGA

What is your notable first at UGA: I am the first person in my family to graduate from the University of Georgia. We are all huge Georgia Bulldog fans, and it is an honor that I take very seriously. I’m waiting for the next Lanier to follow in my footsteps!

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E-mail Ben Lanier at jblanier@uga.edu
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Blanca Rahman '13

Admissions Officer

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Coweta, Dade, Douglas, Floyd, Forsyth, Gordon, Haralson, Heard, Murrary, Paulding, Polk, Walker and Whitfield; Out of State Territories: Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming

Hometown: Watkinsville, GA

Degrees: B.S. in Psychology and minor in Public Health, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Mama's Boy for brunch and Cali N Tito's for dinner.

Something interesting about me: I am a first generation immigrant and also a first generation college graduate.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: 40 Watt Club

Favorite UGA tradition: Having your picture taken at the Arch upon graduation.

Favorite spot on campus: Lake Herrick Pavilion

Favorite college class: Abnormal Psychology

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I knew UGA would have the opportunities and resources necessary to become a well-rounded and successful individual.

What is your notable first at UGA: Meeting my husband and going on my first date after we met at UGA.

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E-mail Blanca Rahman at blanca13@uga.edu
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Charles Carabello '09

Associate Director of Enrollment Management

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Hometown: Reading, PA

Degrees: B.A. in Journalism, Washington and Lee University; M.Ed. in Education Administration and Policy, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The National

Something interesting about me: If it's not a bow tie, it's not a real tie!

Favorite musical spot in Athens: 40 Watt Club

Favorite UGA tradition: Ringing the Chapel Bell.

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Favorite college class: The Films of Martin Scorsese

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: Athens just has so many authentic people and places.

What is your notable first at UGA: First Fulbright Seminar Grant for Undergraduate Admissions personnel.

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E-mail Charles Carabello at ccarabel@uga.edu
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Chenelle Goyen '16

Assistant Director of Admissions - International Admissions and Residency Officer

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Recruitment Territories: International

Hometown: Meyerton, Gauteng, South Africa

Degrees: B.B.A in Management and International Affairs, Georgia College and State University; M.Ed. in Educational Psychology: Applied Cognition and Development, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Place

Something interesting about me: I am South African and love to play tennis and golf!

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite UGA tradition: Georgia Football Saturdays in Athens and Calling the Dawgs!

Favorite spot on campus: North Campus

Favorite college class: Multicultural Educational Psychology: I researched the way that culture influences the motivation to become academically successful.

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I love the incredible sense of community at UGA and in Athens. This is truly the "Classic City of the South" where rich tradition is at the heart of a hip college town and creates distinct culture!

What is your notable first at UGA: I am the first South African to work in the Office of Admissions! I was also the first one in my family to get a tennis scholarship and degree abroad.

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E-mail Chenelle Goyen at chenelle@uga.edu
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Cindy Boyles Crawford '03 '15

Associate Director of Admissions, Scholarship Coordinator

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Hometown: Americus, GA

Degrees: A.B.J. Telecommunications Arts and M.P.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Clocked!

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite spot on campus: North Campus--the bench next to Phi Kappa Hall

Favorite college class: History of Rock and Roll

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I chose to attend UGA in the fall of '99 to study at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I also joined the Redcoat Marching Band as a student and enjoyed participating for four years.

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E-mail Cindy Boyles Crawford at cboyles@uga.edu
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Cindy Ganas '93

Admissions Officer

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Recruitment Territories: Indiana, Michigan, Minnestota, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin

Hometown: Valdosta, GA

Degrees: B.B.A in Real Estate, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: DePalma's

Favorite spot on campus: In the fall, Sanford Stadium. The rest of the year, Founders Memorial Garden.

Favorite college class: Real Estate Development

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I loved my time in Athens as a student, so I am thrilled to help bring students to UGA. The opportunities here are amazing and the town is like no other.

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E-mail Cindy Ganas at csganas@uga.edu
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David Graves

Senior Associate Director of Admissions Operations and Evaluation

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Hometown: Weston, CT

Degrees: B.A. in History and M.A. in English, Clemson University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: DePalma's

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I enjoy the amazing and creative students.

What is your notable first at UGA: First in my family to work at UGA.

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E-mail David Graves at drgraves@uga.edu
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Heather Elisabeth '93

Transfer Admissions Officer

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Hometown: Old Greenwich, CT

Degrees: B.F.A in Fabric Design with emphasis in Latin, Sculpture, and Cultural Anthropology, University of Georgia; M.A. in History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons The New School NY, NY

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Grit

Something interesting about me: I have traveled to every state in the USA except for North Dakota and have lived abroad for a total of seven years in London, UK, and Zurich, Switzerland.

Favorite spot on campus: North Campus near the Arch is my absolute favorite area due to the gorgeous landscaping and architecture.

Favorite college class: I loved all my art, Latin, and anthropology classes.

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I returned to Athens, GA, to provide a beautiful town and community for my son to call home.

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E-mail Heather Elisabeth at heathere@uga.edu
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Jason Emond '91

Academic Evaluation Coordinator

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Hometown: Athens, GA

Degrees: A.B. in Psychology, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Hi-Lo

Something interesting about me: I am a musician.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite spot on campus: Georgia Quad

Favorite college class: Philosophy 1101

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I grew up here--it's great!

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E-mail Jason Emond at jemond@uga.edu
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Jay Menees

Admissions Recruiter

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Worth; Out of State Territories: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Degrees: B.A. in Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin, University of South Carolina

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Place

Something interesting about me: I compete in Professional Disc Golf Association tournaments---in the recreational division of course. Also, I once won a bike from General Mills for eating a box of cereal the fastest.

Favorite UGA tradition: The “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” in-state football rivalry with Georgia Tech that is played every year.

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Favorite college class: The Fall of the Roman Empire

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I came to UGA with my fiancé who is pursuing her Ph.D in the sciences. Personally, I love it here because it is unlike any other college town. There is unique mixture of Southern hospitality, academic excellence, college pride, and community that distinguishes UGA (and the Athens’ community) from other universities.

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E-mail Jay Menees at jcm14037@uga.edu
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Jonathan Brunson '12

Assistant Director of Admissions for Outreach

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Newton and Rockdale

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Degrees: B.A. in Spanish, Georgia Southern University; M.S.W., University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Marti's at Midday! The curry chicken salad will change your life.

Something interesting about me: I've studied abroad twice in Costa Rica and Northern Ireland. I really enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Favorite college class: Any Spanish class

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I love the abundance of study aboard opportunities UGA offers.

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E-mail Jonathan Brunson at jmaurice@uga.edu
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Katie Severens '05

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Fannin, Union, Towns, Rabun, Gilmer, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Pickens, Dawson, Hall, Banks, Franklin, Stephens, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Barrow, Clarke, Oglethorpe, Oconee, Walton, Morgan and Greene

Hometown: Covington, GA

Degrees: B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Secondary English Education, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Porterhouse Grill

Something interesting about me: My mother and I were delivered by the same doctor.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite UGA tradition: Taking pictures in front of the Arch after graduation.

Favorite spot on campus: Lake Herrick Bridge

Favorite college class: Confessional Literature with Susan Rosenbaum

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I love the culture and community of Athens. I'm so happy to be raising my family here.

What is your notable first at UGA: I was the first in my family to attend UGA--but my three siblings decided to attend school here, too!

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E-mail Katie Severens at katie209@uga.edu
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Kelly Bird

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Columbia, Richmond, Effingham, Chatham, and Glynn; Out of State Territories: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont

Hometown: Americus, GA

Degrees: B.S. in Education with emphasis in Recreation; B.B.A. in Accounting and M.B.A., Georgia Southwestern State University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Last Resort Grill

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite UGA tradition: Between the Hedges at Sanford Stadium.

Favorite spot on campus: The Trial Gardens

Favorite college class: Organizational Leadership

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I love the welcoming community and the rich traditions that UGA has to offer.

What is your notable first at UGA: My first UGA memory is driving down Milledge Avenue. The homes are so beautiful!

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E-mail Kelly Bird at kabird@uga.edu
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Kyle Regetz

Regional Admissions Officer - Texas

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Recruitment Territories: New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Degrees: B.S. in Kinesiology and M.A.T. in Education, James Madison University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Globe is like a blast from the past and with a great burger.

Something interesting about me: I am a pretty diverse guy. I am a crazy sock wearing, bowtie loving, wood-burning carpenter, fishing and hunting kind of guy. I have many interests in life and love to learn.

Favorite spot on campus: The new Vet School building. It's truly remarkable, and my wife will be doing her residency there.

Favorite college class: A Leadership Class I took at JMU. Professor Mark Warner focused on his book Inspiring Leadership: It’s Not About the Power.

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E-mail Kyle Regetz at regetzkr@uga.edu
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Maria Sandone

Regional Admissions Officer - California

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Recruitment Territories: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Degrees: B.A. in Communication, Buffalo State College; M.A. in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Shokitini for fresh sushi and super fresh karaoke.

Something interesting about me: I have a signature breakdancing move.

Favorite college class: Public Speaking and Intercultural Communication--both classes helped shape who I am today!

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I love UGA because the Southern hospitality is real, the grass is green, the weather is great, and Athens has an amazing vibe. I also love Uga the Bulldog!

What is your notable first at UGA: Coming to visit from California, seeing campus for the first time, and immediately feeling like this is my place.

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E-mail Maria Sandone at maria.s@uga.edu
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Matt Willcox '11

Regional Admissions Officer - DC, MD, VA

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Recruitment Territories: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Hometown: Kelleytown, GA

Degrees: B.A. in International Affairs and M.I.P in International Policy, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: The Royal Peasant

Something interesting about me: I’m on my way to becoming a triple-dog.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Hendershot's Coffee Bar

Favorite spot on campus: The hidden Jittery Joes

Favorite college class: Foundations of International Policy

What is your notable first at UGA: I was a member of the first class of the Masters of International Policy within UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs.

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E-mail Matt Willcox at malaikan@uga.edu
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Melinda DeMaria

Associate Director of Admissions for Marketing and Recruitment

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Portions of Fulton and DeKalb; Out of State Territories: Delaware and Pennsylvania

Hometown: Swainsboro, GA

Degrees: B.S. in Communication, Georgia Southern University; M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, Clemson University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Ted's Most Best

Favorite musical spot in Athens: 40 Watt Club

Favorite UGA tradition: The lone trumpeter who stands in the corner of the upper deck of Sanford Stadium prior to kickoff and plays the first few notes of the Battle Hymn of the Bulldawg Nation.

Favorite spot on campus: Discovering the Iron Horse (technically in Greene County).

Favorite college class: Introduction to Public Relations

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: It's got everything! It really is a quintessential college town!

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E-mail Melinda DeMaria at mdemaria@uga.edu
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Patrick Winter

Associate Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management

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Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Degrees: B.A. in Political Science, Auburn University; M.Ed. In Higher and Postsecondary Education, Arizona State University

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Mama's Boy

Something interesting about me: I shaved my head to raise money for a local charity, Project Safe. View the video.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Hendershot's Coffee Bar

Favorite UGA tradition: Graduation Fireworks

Favorite spot on campus: East Campus green space around the Georgia Museum of Art

Favorite college class: Constitutional Law

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: I get to see the students we first met when they were in high school come to UGA and achieve amazing things! How cool is that?

What is your notable first at UGA: My grandfather was a member of the UGA Class of 1914 that donated the first electric lights in Athens for the walkway between the Arch and Old College.

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Rosa Arroyo Driggers

Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity & Access

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia County: Gwinnett; Out of State Territory: Puerto Rico

Hometown: San Juan, PR

Degrees: B.A. in Spanish, Valdosta State University; M.B.A., University of Phoenix

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Clocked

Something interesting about me: From K thru 12, I attended six different schools in different cities spanning two continents.

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite UGA tradition: Calling the Dawgs!

Favorite spot on campus: Terrell Hall! Have you met Terrell "Archie" Jackson?

Favorite college class: Organizational Psychology

What is your notable first at UGA: Co-Founding Admissions' Goizueta Ambassador Program.

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E-mail Rosa Arroyo Driggers at rarroyo@uga.edu
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Susan Byus

Regional Recruiter

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Recruitment Territories: Georgia Counties: Cherokee, Cobb and North Fulton

Hometown: Clarkston, GA

Degrees: B.S. in Business Administration, Presbyterian College

Favorite restaurant in Athens: Five Bar

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre

Favorite UGA tradition: The lone trumpeter in the south corner of Sanford Stadium.

Favorite college class: Adolescent Psychology

Why you came to UGA/Why you enjoy it here: So many opportunities in one great college town; there's always something fun and interesting to do!

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E-mail Susan Byus at sbyus@uga.edu
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Wade LaFontaine '99

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Events Coordinator

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Hometown: Augusta, GA

Degrees: B.B.A. in Management Information Systems, University of Georgia

Favorite restaurant in Athens: DePalma's

Favorite musical spot in Athens: Graduate

Favorite spot on campus: Founders Memorial Garden

Favorite college class: Microeconomics

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E-mail Wade LaFontaine at wade1@uga.edu
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