For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.
Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018.
Tomorrow, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition! Click here for more information about each stop on the tour.
The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.
Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.
That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.
In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.
Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.
It’s Honors Week at UGA, a time to celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have given so much to the university. Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will take place this Friday, April 11, at noon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.
At the luncheon, the Alumni Merit Award, the UGA Alumni Association's oldest honor, will be presented to Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63), known for her award-winning journalism and work as a foreign correspondent and M. Douglas Ivester (BBA '69), who spent over 20 years working with Coca-Cola.
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Landrum (AB '72, MA '87) and Anne Sweaney, professor emerita in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be honored with the Faculty Service Award. The Alumni Family of the Year award will go to Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49) and his family, known for their commitment to the community, poultry industry and UGA.
Click here for more information about the honorees and the event.
Have you ever wondered how to get connected after moving to a new city or starting a new job? Jon Jay Banks (BBA '96) had the same question and decided to solve the problem by co-founding an activities group for young professionals in Atlanta.
Banks partnered with a friend to launch Alaina in Atlanta. He says, “The company offers great social, recreational, and travel opportunities for people that want to get out, have fun and make new friends.” The official launch on March 8 included a dinner and comedy show, which brought together professionals from all walks of life for a fun night out on the town.
Alaina in Atlanta is unique in its company premise, which doesn’t require you to sign a contract—instead, members pay $20 per month to access the exclusive company calendar of events. Then, you only pay the registration fees for the events you want to attend. Young professionals can choose to start and stop their memberships at any time.
UGA alumni new to Atlanta or who want to expand their network of friends and contacts should check out Alaina in Atlanta!
Jonathan (BBA '07, AB '07) and Alex (BBA '09) Torrey are brothers who share a passion for fashion and philanthropy. The UGA graduates launched their social entrepreneurial venture, umano, after graduation - right here in Athens, Ga.. The pair believe that a sound business idea can also help solve a global problem.
Through umano, which means ‘human; mankind; to show humanity and act humanely towards others’, Jonathan and Alex are dedicated to elevating everyday fashion essentials to create fashion with a purpose. Their passion for fashion is equaled only by their drive to advocate for education by equipping children in impoverished communities with basic school supplies needed to succeed.
The brothers' shirt designs are crafted from high-quality fabrics and are used as a canvas to showcase the inspiring creativity of childrens' artwork. The umano Giving Promise states that “Kids draw the PocketArt and with every pocket you purchase, umano will give a backpack full of school supplies to empower a kid.” Jonathan and Alex, along with a small team, have already been on several giving trips to Peru and Mexico, giving away nearly 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies.
Jonathan and Alex believe that, “The idea that you have to choose between making money and making a difference is nuts. We want to do well and do good. We’re not here to give handouts, we’re here to help kids help themselves succeed.”
By Amanda Bennett (BSED '02, MA '12)