Getting Started at the Terry College of Business

The State’s Flagship Business School

Founded in 1912 as the first business school in the South, the Terry College of Business has a long legacy of educating the nation’s next generation of business leaders. To graduate from or to work at Terry is to join a community dedicated to excellence and innovation, as witnessed by the school’s top 15 public business school ranking.

Our students can pursue our residential undergraduate program, a wide range of specialized master’s degrees, multiple MBA program formats in Athens and Atlanta, and eight different areas of study in our PhD programs. Classes are taught at UGA’s campuses in Athens, Griffin, and at the Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta.

We also take pride in the college’s role supporting economic growth throughout the state of Georgia and its role within the university itself, serving as the second largest college.

Your Role in Our Success

Whether you’re advising students, building relationships with our alumni, or serving in another capacity at Terry, you play a pivotal part in building the reputation of the Terry College of Business and our collective success. We want to help you start your employment here on sure footing, and that’s the purpose of this page.

This page will outline what to expect during your first 30 days as a Terry employee, and it will provide information to help you make the most of your employment. We want you to feel welcome, valued and comfortable in your role.

Your First Month at Terry

Below is a list of required and encouraged activities to ensure a smooth transition. Please complete all items during the timeframes that are listed.

First Day of Employment

  • Begin the UGA Human Resources First 30 Days Orientation Process using the New Employee Checklist as a guide
  • Complete Section 1 of your I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification document on your first day. Present your original and unexpired identification documents to UGA HR (215 S. Jackson St.) within three business days of your start date
  • Order your UGA OneCard (employee ID) online for pickup at Tate Student Center (Note: if a UGA OneCard is required for you to enter Terry facilities or classrooms, your department can purchase your first card on your behalf using departmental support budget. Contact your hiring manager to see if you’re eligible and complete this form to pay using a University Account.)
  • Review parking and transportation options; you can either purchase a parking permit or opt-in to alternative commuter options
  • Register for UGA Alert, the university’s emergency notification system
  • Enroll in ArchPass two-factor authentication system to secure and protect your UGA accounts

First Week of Employment

  • Complete required tax forms and direct deposit information using OneUSG Connect Self-Service
  • Set up your office voicemail; press the voicemail button () on your office unit and follow the prompts (more information on UGA’s voicemail service)
  • Confirm your technology is suitable; submit a request with Terry Office of Information Technology for assistance
  • Join UGA wi-fi network (PAWS-Secure is the preferred network) on your work devices
  • Setup your email signature using the signature builder (visit the Resources page and scroll down)
  • Update your Outlook calendar settings; share visibility with appropriate team members (more information on calendar sharing)
  • Discuss six-month and annual review expectations with your supervisor
  • Request your business cards and name badge from your supervisor
  • Request support to schedule a photo portrait with the Office of Marketing and Communications for the online directory (Under “type of project” select “photography”)
  • Ensure your home address is accurate in the OneUSG Connect system, using the Self-Service Login
  • Download Cisco AnyConnect VPN client, which allows you to access the UGA campus network securely from locations off-campus. Follow the Remote Access VPN instructions and contact UGA EITS for additional support
  • Discuss “V:” or “S:” drive use with your supervisor and confirm access; you’ll store important departmental information on your department’s respective drives (Note: important personal business files can be stored on OneDrive, which is especially handy if your primary device is a laptop
  • Discuss time tracking and timesheet submission with your supervisor
  • Upon receiving your UGA OneCard, ask your supervisor to email to provision the necessary building access (Note: this cannot be completed until you have your UGA OneCard)

First Month of Employment

Getting Around Campus

Avoiding Parking Violations

If you are a parking permit holder, remember your permit only grants you access to your assigned lot. Plan ahead if you need to visit other areas of campus. Walking, catching a UGA bus or borrowing your department’s DP parking pass are viable options.

Using UGA and Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Buses

UGA offers free bus service on the main campus and to UGA facilities located in neighboring areas of Athens. UGA and the Athens Transit System have an agreement in place for riders who can show a valid UGA ID to ride city buses for free, and the university pays ATS a bulk rate based on ridership. Learn more about UGA transit and ACC transit.

Plan for High-Traffic Periods

Class changes are the peak times for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on campus. You’ll need more time to get where you are going, both for your commute and on-campus errands. Plan around busy periods by bookmarking the campus’s peak times.

Download the UGA App

Whether you’re looking for campus information, bus routes or the nearest coffee shop, the UGA Mobile App can come in handy. Find it by searching “UGA” in your phone’s app store.

Inside The Business Learning Community (BLC)

Terry’s Home in Athens

Comprising six buildings and 300,000 square feet, the Business Learning Community serves as home base of the Terry College of Business. The facility was designed to provide our students a highly collaborative learning environment, with convenient access to advisors and student support staff. Faculty and staff have access to state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, and meeting space. Take a deeper look at the BLC or keep reading below for highlights.

Map of the BLC

Save this image to your phone’s camera roll or bookmark it on your desktop to help you get your bearings around the Business Learning Community.

Birds eye view of the BLC

About the Buildings

Correll Hall

Correll Hall features the Dean’s Office and the Associate Deans’ Offices. It also houses the Full-Time MBA program and Office of Development and Alumni Relations. It was the first building constructed as part of the Business Learning Community.

Amos Hall

In Amos Hall, you will find the Finance and Economics departments on the top two floors. On the first floor, Casey Commons is the hub for students to study and meet each other. Next to Casey Commons is the Rothenberger Cafe, featuring a bakery and coffee shop open during the academic year.

Benson Hall

Benson Hall houses the Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems departments on the top three floors. The first floor and ground floor are dedicated to classrooms and student study rooms.

Moore-Rooker Hall

Moore-Rooker Hall houses the J.M. Tull School of Accounting and the Department of Insurance, Legal Studies and Real Estate on the top two floors. The Terry Solutions Center for technical support and the Facilities and Logistics Office for mail and other deliveries are located on the first floor. Many special events and meetings are held in Stelling Family Study on the building’s second floor.

Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall

The bottom two floors of Sanford and Barbara Orkin Hall are dedicated to classrooms. The top two floors include interview rooms, a behavioral research lab, advising offices, and Undergraduate Student Services.

Ivester Hall

Ivester Hall houses the college’s Business Office, Office of Information Technology, and Office of Marketing and Communications. The bottom two floors are dedicated to classrooms and study spaces.

Reserving a Room

Staff can reserve a meeting room, conference room, or other space as needed. Many meeting spaces can be reserved directly through your UGA Outlook Calendar. You can request other rooms through the Reserve A Space page.

Making the Most of Your Employment

Terry Staff Awards

Terry believes in recognizing those employees who go above and beyond. Twice a year, the college accepts nominations for Outstanding Staff Awards. Winners receive a special award, recognition at a college-wide reception and a cash prize added to their regular paycheck.

Newcomer Award

The Newcomer Award recognizes Terry staff members for outstanding performance during their first two years with the college. Nominees learn quickly and integrate well within their new team, swiftly becoming a valued colleague and/or making an immediate positive impact on a project, office, program, or department.

Achievement Award

The Achievement Award recognizes Terry staff members for outstanding performance in carrying out their assigned responsibilities. Nominations may focus on a specific task or project completed extraordinarily well; innovations that significantly enhance the work environment, increase productivity, or result in cost savings; or sustained performance of the highest caliber over an extended period of time.

Community Building Award

The Community Building Award recognizes Terry staff for outstanding performance in building the Terry College community. These nominees may exhibit an especially cooperative, inter-departmental team spirit; empower other staff to develop their skills and knowledge; maintain a strong, positive attitude over a sustained period of time; or effectively participate in staff governance.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The University System of Georgia allows benefits-eligible employees who have completed six-months of employment in their positions to enroll in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). This allows eligible employees to enroll in up to 9 eligible credit hours per semester with tuition remitted.

Professional Education Portal (PEP) + Linkedin Learning

The Professional Education Portal provides faculty and staff one-off classes and multi-session programs to further their careers. Classes cover a range of topics, from technical skills to leadership lessons, and take place both in-person and online. Speak with your supervisor for guidance on which options can best support your professional growth.

As a UGA employee, you also receive access to LinkedIn Learning, an online educational platform that can help you sharpen your business acumen, technological proficiency and skill set through expert-led course videos.

Supporting UGA Athletics

UGA employees enjoy access to faculty and staff packages for UGA Athletics sporting events. This includes football, men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, baseball and more.

Prioritizing Physical Health

UGA offers a number of convenient ways to get medical checkups and stay fit. Staff can take advantage of the vision clinic, dental clinic, massage therapy, pharmacy and more through the University Health Center.

Staff also have access to two fitness facilities on campus, which include exercise classes, as well as intramural sports. Memberships are required and managed by UGA Recreational Sports.

Stay Mindful of Your Well-Being

The University encourages a culture of mental, physical and financial well-being, with a number of well-being resources to help you maintain healthy and fulfilling lives at work and at home.

On-Campus Dining

Need an afternoon coffee fix? Looking to grab a sandwich on the go? UGA Dining Services operates a number of quick-service restaurants and coffee shops on campus. Staff can also eat at campus dining halls with the option to either pay per visit or purchase a meal plan at a discounted rate.

Giving Back to Terry

Many of us work for Terry, or higher education in general, to further the mission of higher education and provide learning and growth opportunities for the next generation of leaders. Your contributions as an employee help support the university’s mission. For those wishing to take their contributions a step further, you can contribute to the Terry Excellence Fund, which helps us provide scholarships and unique learning opportunities for our students. This fund also supplements day-to-day operating expenses and future planning.

A Legacy of Leading

The First Business School in the South

At the Terry College of Business, we take pride in knowing our efforts create new opportunities for our students; opportunities to learn, to grow and to shape the future of business. We were the first business school to be established and accredited in the Southeast, and with that comes generations of corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and public servants. We strive to make sure our alumni always have a path home while encouraging future classes to forge their own paths forward. To learn more about our history, keep reading here.

Hiring Manager Checklist

As the hiring manager, you set the tone for a new employee’s experience at Terry. The checklist below will help you ensure that experience starts smoothly, from arranging the appropriate equipment to organizing their first day on the job.

Two Weeks Out

One Week Out

  • Contact for a welcome letter from the dean and gift from Terry OMC (note: please include shirt size in your email); place items on new hire’s desk for arrival
  • Clean employee’s space; set up their workspace with requisite technology and equipment
  • Confirm employee has building access and their office key is available for day-one handoff
  • Ensure employee has necessary access to relevant systems (GAIL, financials, remote VPN, etc.)
  • Email employee an agenda for their first week of work; include first-day expectations such as parking, scheduled meetings, office location, dress policy, etc.
  • Consider: schedule a first-day meet-and-greet for your team and order coffee and bagels/muffins for your team (contact your Business Office representative in advance for possible reimbursement)

New Employee Survey

Human Resources is currently developing a new-employee survey, which will be distributed to new employees at the 30-day and 90-day marks. This will help Terry evaluate and improve the onboarding experience in the future.