Forrest Griffin (AB ’03) retires from UFC
UGA young alumni to gather at SweetWater Brewing Company tonight
William “Bill” Jenkins Stembler (JD ’71) + Georgia Theatre Company open new movie theatre in Athens
Georgia Museum of Art director receives American Alliance of Museums Award
UGA alumnus on New York Times Bestsellers List
UGA alumnus protects California’s natural resources as director of the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
UGA alumna reaches unique milestone
Shyam Reddy (JD ’00) Joins Euramax as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
UGA alumna named to Forbes 2013 list of the most powerful black women in the world
Melissa Boone (BBA ’97) named Charlotte Business Journal Woman in Business
UGA alumnus and veterinarian to bulldog mascot passes away
Alumnus named grand prize winner of 2013 Iron Age Designs’ Challenge
Bulldog 100 Deadline is TOMORROW
Recap: 2013 UGA Alumni Employee Breakfast
Last week to nominate for Bulldog 100!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
UGA graduate wins Bearings Specialists Association Lifetime Achievement Award
UGA graduate now a golf curator at St. Andrews
UGA alumna wins Teach for America award to enrich students’ technological skills
Betsy Crossley (BS ’77, MS ’80) elected mayor of Nashville suburb
Spotlight on the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
Alumnus leads Columbus, Ohio, arts council
Grady College creates Carolyn Caudell Tieger Chair in Public Affairs Communications
Alumna Katarina Burin wins $25,000 ICA award
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Seniors, we’re hosting the first ever Commencement Celebration!
Bulldog serves as world-renowned authority on French novelist
UGA students receive Udall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships
UGA mourns cherished members of the Bulldog family
Ben Stowers (AB ’08) leads foundation to protect Georgia’s natural resources
UGA alumna leads Phoenix nonprofit for at-risk youth
UGA alumnus receives Pulitzer Prize for local reporting
Genetics graduate to spearhead new nonprofit initiative to open a bioscience complex in Portland
Orlando based non-profit seeks to fulfill dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses
UGA graduate leads “dream team” in initiative to map the human brain
UGA unveils new license plate design
Sending our best to Boston
Grady announces new dean and recognizes outstanding alumni
UGA seeking images for TV public service announcement
Sixth UGA School of Law grad selected to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court
UGA app designed by students launches today
Mowery Consulting Group wins four 2013 Pollie Awards
WE LOVE OUR DONORS!
UGA Days Kick Off in Columbus, Georgia
Leadership lessons from the Cherokee Nation
UGA residence hall named for former Governor George D. Busbee
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Alumna Named to Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Services Board
UGA Graduate Aims to Catapult Students into Fulfilling Careers
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UGA Mourns Two Bulldog Greats
UGA Alumni Corporate Chapters Form Connections in the Workplace
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell selected to the 2013 class of Henry Crown Fellows
Bulldog-Owned Company Wins Small Business of the Year Award
Alumni Bring New Brewery to Athens
UGA Alumna Wins Inaugural “Breakthrough Prize” Worth $3 Million
UGA Alumni Association + 2013 UGA Entrepreneurial Week
State Names Executive Director of Revived Charter Schools Commission
Virginia Tech Math Professor Earns Early Career Award
Two UGA Faculty Members Named Meigs Professors
Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day!
UGA Alumni Staff Members Help With Card-Writing Campaign
Alumna Featured in New York Times
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Alumni Chapters Host IMPACT Students on Spring Break
President of Costa Rica Visits UGA Campus
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UGA Alumna Brings Innovation to Science and Technology Education
The University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences honored six of its alumni, who work in fields as diverse as evolutionary genetics, film, and design and space exploration, at its inaugural Alumni Awards Ceremony October 18th.
The winners of the 2012 Franklin College Outstanding Alumni Award are:
Jennifer Holloway ’00 of Athens, a mezzo-soprano vocalist, earned her bachelor’s degree in music from UGA and a specialist degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She has performed significant leading roles in major opera houses in North America, South America and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy.
Roger Hunter ’78 of San Jose, California, is a project manager for NASA’s Kepler Project. Hunter, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, is leading NASA’s mission to determine the frequency of planets that have the potential to harbor life. The mission began in 2009 and already has led to the identification of hundreds of Earth-size planet candidates.
James N. Ihle ’71 of Memphis, Tennessee, is the Edward F. Barry Endowed Chair in Biochemistry at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ihle, who earned his doctorate from the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, is a highly cited researcher who has published more than 350 scientific articles, including a landmark paper in Nature that revealed a key step in the process the body uses to rid itself of faulty or unneeded cells.
Melissa Kirkpatrick ’89 of Hidden Hills, California, is a noted fabric designer. Kirkpatrick, who received her bachelor’s degree in printmaking, launched her MK Collection line of fabrics, rugs and wall coverings in 2011. Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle Decoration, Interior Design and House Beautiful.
Judith Mank ’06 of London, England, is a professor who holds the chair of evolutionary and comparative biology at University College London. Mank, who earned her doctorate in genetics, is working to understand how evolutionary pressures differ between females and males and how this ultimately results in the differing observable characteristics that so many animals exhibit based on sex.
Christopher Todd Wells ’10 of Playa Del Rey, California, is a filmographer known for his visual effects work. Wells, who earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre and film studies in 2010, has created visual effects for more than 50 major movies, in many cases serving as visual effects supervisor. Among his credits are “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Toy Story 3,” “Avatar,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “300” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”
Please join me in congratulating these amazing graduates of the University. As the largest and oldest college on campus, Franklin’s far reach is illustrated by the breadth of the fields covered by the 2012 Franklin College Outstanding Alumni Award winners. Their impact can be seen everywhere from Athens to California to London. These are truly outstanding alumni and I wish them all the best. Go Dawgs!
Forrest Griffin (AB ‘03) is hanging up his gloves as an Ultimate Fighting Challenge competitor. The alumnus has been a UFC fighter for eight years and played a major role in the company’s success.
Griffin was cast in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, which he won after the live finale that has since been deemed one of UFC’s hallmark fights. During his career, Griffin went 19-7 in MMA fights and 10-5 in UFC fights. Adam (BSBE ’98, MS ’07) and Rory (BSBE ’99) Singer, owners of Bulldog 100 business Athens Fitness & MMA, played an integral role in launching Griffin’s career.
Griffin cites his health as the main reason for going into retirement. Despite his great MMA and UFC success, he has suffered a number of injuries during fights. He is expected to take on a position with UFC in the near future.
Congratulations on a successful career, Forrest – you are one tough Bulldog! I look forward to seeing what this next step on your UFC journey has in store for you.
This article was sourced from USA Today.
Each summer, hundreds of young alumni descend upon SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta for an evening of networking and socializing. This year’s gathering will be held tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight – and it’s not too late for you to join in the fun!
Online registration has closed, but the Alumni Association invites you to still attend – attendees can register at the door for $30 per person.
This admission price includes a SweetWater pint glass for each attendee, beer tastings, and appetizers from the new Barberitos locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. In addition, the UGA Music Business Certificate Program helped coordinate the band for tonight’s evening, Universal Sigh out of Athens.
I hope you are able to make it tonight – the Young Alumni SweetWater Gathering is one of our most spirited events of the year and you won’t want to miss it!
To register for tonight’s event, please click here.
Tomorrow marks the opening of a new movie theatre in the Athens area – and a successful University of Georgia graduate is behind the business development.
William “Bill” Jenkins Stembler (JD ’71), the chairman and CEO of Georgia Theatre Company, oversees the operation of 326 auditoriums in 32 cities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. He is the third generation to run the family-owned business headquartered on St. Simons Island.
The new University 16 Cinemas, a multi-million dollar complex with a full-service restaurant that serves beer and wine, is located in the new Epps Bridge Centre near the intersection of GA 316 and Loop 10. It also houses a party room for special events for up to 75 people. The grand opening will take place tomorrow, June 14.
However, locals can visit the new theatre tonight for just $2.50 per ticket. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Variety – The Children’s Charity of Georgia and the Oconee Food for Kids program.
Congratulations to Bill and Georgia Theatre Company on this new endeavor in Athens. Thank you for representing the University of Georgia so well!