Chris (BSA ’02, MPPPM ’04) and Marilynn Hopkins (BSA ’05) have a deep connection to UGA. For Marilynn, she always knew she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her family’s Bulldog legacy. For Chris, after being involved with UGA Extension, he knew the opportunities at UGA were too great to pass up. They met at UGA, through mutual friends, and started their journey together. As active members on campus and avid football fans, the Hopkinses did everything they could to enjoy Athens and student life at UGA.
“There is a point of pride being a UGA grad,” Chris said. “We’re proud to be connected. You do a lot of great things in life, but UGA ranks at the top!” The Bulldog Nation is a strong influence in the Hopkins’ life. “Our daily circle is tied to UGA,” they said, as their lifelong friends and professional network stem from connections made as students. They continue to benefit from the reputation and support of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). It is this continued support and community that inspires Chris and Marilynn to give back to UGA and pass on their experience to other students and families.