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University Judiciary Alumni Newsletter Fall 2014

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Greetings from the University Judiciary! We hope to find all of our alumni in good spirits and health. This newsletter will update you on all of this past semester's events and successes, as well as looking ahead to the future of our organization.

Over this past fall semester, our organization has worked on three distinct objectives to improve the well-being of this prestigious organization. First, we increased campus awareness of the Code of Conduct and the University Judiciary. Second, we have made strides in forming a stronger alumni base. Finally, we have continued to improve the conduct process through the recruitment and development of our new UJ provisional members.  

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New Efforts at Outreach

In line with our mission of community outreach, this past semester Director of Public Affairs, Josh Grizzle, created and implemented a new outreach campaign to educate the student body on the Code of Conduct. The Puzzle Piece Campaign featured 14 human-sized puzzle pieces that were dispersed around high-traffic areas on campus. Each puzzle piece represented one of the 14 conduct regulations and had a brief riddle or clue on what regulation it represented. The puzzle pieces also featured a Twitter feed that tweeted educational information daily about the various conduct regulations. The overall purpose of the Puzzle Piece Campaign was to showcase that all students are puzzle pieces within the greater community of the University of Georgia. If a student were to break one of the conduct regulations, they would become a missing piece of the puzzle that would negatively affect the greater community as whole.
 
The mystery of the campaign captured the interest of the student body as they tried to determine what the puzzle pieces actually meant and what organization was behind them. At the end of October, the Director of Public Affairs held a week of tabling events in various places around campus. During tabling, University Judiciary set up tables with the puzzle pieces in populated areas to attract further attention and interest. Members then spoke with students as they walked by on the purpose of the educational campaign, as well as the purpose of University Judiciary as a whole.
 
As a result of the campaign, University Judiciary hopes that students became more aware of their rights and responsibilities within the Code of Conduct. The pilot of this campaign was successful in reaching the student population and also served as one of the first campaigns Judiciary has implemented to educate the entire student body on the Code of Conduct. We look forward to using this campaign as a stepping-stone for increased outreach and awareness efforts in years to come. 

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Service Project

In early November, nearly a dozen members of Judiciary and Office of Student Conduct staff volunteered their Saturday morning and continued the Judiciary tradition of giving back to the community during one of the biannual Service Projects. For over two hours, members worked hard on an environmental sustainability project at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School. Using teamwork, they tore apart 12 gardening beds that were no longer usable. After weeding the beds out, they refilled them with compost and topsoil so that new plant life could flourish in the future. Because of the efforts of Judiciary, students at the middle school will be able to enjoy growing their own plants in order to supplement their science education. The members of University Judiciary and the Office of Student Conduct staff are eagerly awaiting to serve their community in the upcoming Spring Service Project in partnership with Athens-Clarke County Keep Athens Beautiful Program.

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Alumni Tailgate

The University Judiciary held its first annual alumni tailgate on October 4, 2014, as the Bulldogs squared off with the Vanderbilt Commodores for Homecoming. There was success both on and off the field. Before the Bulldogs beat the Commodores 44-17 on the gridiron, current Judiciary members were able to connect with alumni at a tailgate on Reed Quad. Contributions from Office of Student Conduct staff, the Judiciary Council, and General Body Members made the tailgate a great success. Everyone enjoyed homemade snacks and friendly tailgate games, like corn hole, while sharing stories about their University Judiciary experience. We look forward to making this a Judiciary tradition as well as continuing to host events for the amazing alumni of this organization.
 
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New Member Update

Judiciary is excited to inform our alumni that we will continue providing our provisional members the opportunity to earn academic course credit for the semester-long training class through the College of Education. This is the second year Judiciary has been provided this opportunity, and the we hope that this class will remain as course credit in the future.
 
During fall recruitment, the Directors of Recruitment and Development, Emily Burke and Ellen Roberts, worked hard to promote the University Judiciary application. By soliciting over 20 organizations' listservs, vigorous tabling efforts, and tirelessly hanging posters around campus, Judiciary was able to garner 105 applications. Based on an initial review of applications, 50 qualified students were asked to partake in group and individual interviews. Judiciary then selected 23 students from these highly competitive interviews to become provisional members and participate in the training class.

The Recruitment and Development Team is excited to start molding these students into members of our prestigious organization both within the classroom and the organization. We are looking forward to their induction that will take place at the annual Jenny Penney Oliver Recognition and Induction Ceremony in April.

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Looking Ahead

We have many events scheduled this spring that will continue to develop our members and the university community.

In January, all current and provisional members will participate in a council-led retreat at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, Georgia. They will listen to guest speakers, spend time with senior OSC staff, and forge strong bonds of friendship with fellow members.

In March, we will host an alumni panel where former members from metro Atlanta will come together with our current members to participate in an open forum on the University Judiciary experience. This will be a great opportunity where the students and the alumni can have a fun and comfortable environment to interact together.

In April, the second annual Jenny Penney Oliver Recognition and Induction Ceremony will be held to induct the provisional members who successfully complete the training requirements as well as recognize the achievements of members in the organization. All friends and family are welcome at this banquet which will celebrate their remarkable achievement.

Throughout the semester University Judiciary will be revamping its public affairs effort to focus on conduct violations in university housing, particularly the freshmen dorms. We are also re-instituting our award-winning "101 Things to do in Athens without Drugs or Alcohol" campaign to try and make a difference in the lives of all students who call the University of Georgia home.

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Contact Us

As always, if you would like to reach out to our organization about any matter or volunteer your time to speak to our general body members, feel free to contact us at ugajudiciary@gmail.com. Suggestions on how to improve alumni relations is always encouraged! 

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