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10.22.2012

UGA alumni play major roles in upcoming Alliance Theatre production

UGA graduate Daniel Guyton (MFA, 2004) has written a play that will be produced at the Alliance Theatre this November. The play will be produced by fellow UGA alum Kara Cantrell (MFA, 2005), and it stars Michael Stille (BA, 2008) and Antonia LaChe McCain (BA, 2011).

Daniel Guyton’s play "The Darker Places Trilogy" has been produced once before, in Athens, Georgia, and will be produced again at the Alliance Theatre on November 1st through the 3rd. There will be a sneak preview on Halloween night - October 31st.

The play is a dark and poetic drama about one man's descent into madness. Broken into three acts, respectively titled "Attic", "Basement", and "Crawlspace", each act takes place in a separate room in the same man's home, and symbolically, his mind. The first act, "Attic", won the Kennedy Center/ACTF Short Play award back in 2004. Guyton later added "Basement" and "Crawlspace", at a producer’s request. Together, they make up "The Darker Places Trilogy", a reference to the character’s mind and his home.

It is incredible, although not surprising, to see the University so well represented in this production. I wish the best for Daniel, Kara, Michael, and Antonia on the show and look forward to their success and wonderful reviews. Break a leg, and Go Dawgs!

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12.19.2014

Brothers make business a family affair

How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet. 

This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks. 

Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season! 

With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene. 

Keep up with the Shirah's businesses on social media: 

@theivybuckhead
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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

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12.11.2014

UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or inspire you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant (TA) that pushed you to do your best and discover your passion for a subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher or TA know how grateful you are for their support. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites UGA students and alumni to participate in the university's Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, TA) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note using the form linked below. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to that note. 

When participating, you will be asked to fill out a simple form to acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work. Share a brief thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about his or her class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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