Things got “happy” in Palo Alto

Writer: Elizabeth Elmore

It was an enjoyable evening – cool temperatures, great conversation and plenty of introductions between Bulldog Faithful in the Golden State.

On October 17, the University of Georgia hosted a networking happy hour for UGA alumni and friends in the Palo Alto, California, area. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner and Director of Alumni Relations Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS ’00, MED ’16) joined the spirited crowd for an evening filled with Bulldog fun and fellowship.

The event was held at The Patio, a lively pub setting for a lively group of more than 75 alumni who were eager to connect with each other and with Kelly and Meredith.

Shari Andrea Hope (ABJ ’13) attended the networking event. It was well-timed for the senior analyst in communication and change management at Willis Towers Watson – she and her husband recently relocated to the West Coast from Atlanta.

Shari Hope, Meredith Johnsona and Kelly Kerner are all smiles at happy hour in Palo Alto!

“As a newcomer to the West Coast, it was a pleasant surprise to see the prevalence of alums in this part of the country,” Shari said. “So many of us are doing amazing work in one of the most competitive markets in the world. It made me proud to go home to my husband, a Georgia Tech alum, and express how much I appreciated being a Bulldog. Knowing that UGA makes efforts such as this to connect with grads in different parts of the country only makes me want to continue that spirit of giving back and building a sustainable network of alumni support.”

We’re glad that Shari and so many other alumni and friends were able to join us for this special gathering. We look forward to meeting up with you again, California Bulldogs!

Are you missing the Bulldog spirit in your life? Visit the Alumni Event Calendar to see what happenings are taking place in the coming month – it just might be in your neck of the woods!