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11.05.2012

Georgia Law names foyer for Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos ’82

The University of Georgia School of Law recently dedicated one of its newly renovated spaces in honor of Kathelen V. Amos, a graduate of the law school. The ceremony included a portrait unveiling of Amos, whose likeness now hangs in the space that bears her name—the Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos Foyer. Amos and her husband, Dan, made a leadership gift to the law school to assist in its renovations and have been longtime supporters of the school.

Amos has been a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors since 2005 and has served as chair of the BOV for the last three years. In addition to her support of the law school’s renovation, significant gifts made by Amos include the establishment of the Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos Law School Scholarship in 2010.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Amos joined Aflac as a staff attorney in its legal department in 1985 and was promoted to deputy counsel seven years later. In addition to duties in the legal arena, she was made responsible for the company’s public and media relations, corporate philanthropy and its shareholder services department. Then, in 1995, her role was further expanded to include corporate advertising.

Two of Amos’ most visible contributions during her career at Aflac were the introduction of the very successful Aflac Duck advertising campaign and the company becoming the named sponsor of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Notably, she was also Aflac’s first female executive vice president, receiving that promotion in 2001. Since officially retiring from the company in 2005, she has remained the senior relationship adviser with the Aflac Cancer Center and serves as president of the Aflac Foundation.

The Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos Foyer is yet another mark of the Amos family’s legacy at the University. I am proud to have alumni, such as Amos, who stay so dedicated to UGA long after their time in Athens. Her generous contributions of both her time and money help to ensure that the University of Georgia School of Law will continue to grow as one of the premiere law schools and help students succeed for generations to come. 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
@govidaflo
@jlthebrand

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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 create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the 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, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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