Blue Coats of 2023 group photo

The UWG Blue Coats is a select group of student leaders from across campus involved in a diverse range of activities and pursuing various educational disciplines. We are students that love the University of West Georgia and have a story to tell about our experiences at this unmatched institution.

The Blue Coats contribute to the Division of University Advancement through ambassadorship and stewardship, serving as hosts at advancement events and meetings and hosting the university’s alumni, donors, and friends on campus visits. Blue Coats attend special events and serve needed tasks for the Division of University Advancement and the President’s Division.

While serving the university, the Blue Coats have the unique opportunity to be mentored by the university President and First Lady, as well as University Advancement leadership. The program helps students build their professional network and develop leadership skills.

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Dr. Tressa Kelly, First Lady and Blue Coats Advisor

Karsten Friske, Blue Coats Advisor 



2023-2024 Blue Coats

General Duties:

Blue Coats are invited to many special events across the university, but time is also dedicated to building relationships with UWG’s alumni, donors, and friends. As ambassadors, the Blue Coats serve the Division of University Advancement. Alumni, donors, and friends desire to see the impact of their gifts and service to the University of West Georgia; the Blue Coats are an exemplary group to demonstrate this impact. 


  • Attend Blue Coat Welcome Back Retreat
  • Attend regular biweekly meetings Blue Coat Meetings – held every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 30 hours per academic year 
  • Respectfully represent the Blue Coats, the Division of University Advancement, and the university in all areas of involvement on and off campus.

Annual University Events Served by Blue Coats:

  1. A-Day Events
  2. Home Football Games
  3. Homecoming Events
  4. Scholarship Gala
  5. Alumni Weekend/Alumni Awards
  6. Board Receptions

Other Volunteer Opportunities for Blue Coats: These events may occur occasionally, and invitations will be extended to one or many Blue Coats to assist, including board meetings and retreats, private dinners, and other events, greeting guests upon arrival on campus, etc.

Applicants should want to serve the Division of University Advancement and the University of West Georgia.  Students who embody what the Blue Coats represent are encouraged to apply.