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11.14.2012

UGA Grady College alumni to explore the art of storytelling during symposium

Four prominent writers, all alumni of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will share the stage as well as their thoughts and perspectives on the craft of storytelling as part of All Fellows Day November 15 at noon in the UGA Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion, which also includes a complimentary lunch hosted by the Grady College, will feature Chris Dixon ’89,’92, Glen Finland ’74, Mark Schlabach ’96, and Steve Sears ’90. Two Grady College faculty members—Valerie Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, and Vicki Michaelis, the Carmical Distinguished Professor of Sports Journalism—will moderate the panel.

Dixon is the author of Ghost Wave: The Story of the Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth. The founding online editor of Surfer, Dixon has written for various publications, including The New York Times, Outside and Men’s Journal. He also serves as a consultant and contractor for Jimmy Buffett on green fuel and environmental projects, and he worked as a project manager for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

Finland, a 2012 inductee into the Grady Fellowship, is the author of the acclaimed family memoir Next Stop and a prominent autism advocate. A former TV news reporter, she is a freelance writer for multiple publications, including The Washington Post and Family Circle. In 2004 and 2011, she earned the Best Fiction award from the Southeastern Writers Association, and she was designated as a Noted Writer for the 2005 and 2006 Boston Fiction Festivals.

Schlabach is the lead college football reporter with ESPN.com, as well as an accomplished sports biographical author. He spent nine years covering UGA athletics, the National Football League and NASCAR at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before covering college athletics at The Washington Post. His most recent books include The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty and Heisman, The Man Behind the Trophy, both of which were published in October.

Sears is a senior editor and columnist with Barron’s and Barrons.com, as well as the author of The Indomitable Investor: Why a Few Succeed in the Stock Market When Everyone Else Fails. He pens the “Striking Price” column, which focuses on options trading and investment trends. A member of the Economic Club of New York, Sears is a recipient of a Dow Jones Newswire Award for distinguished real-time journalism for his reporting on the impact of mutual fund inflows on the stock market.

This event will highlight the effects of perspective and approach on the art of storytelling. The UGA Alumni Association congratulates these successful graduates on their selection for the symposium. We are looking forward to hearing their stories during the All Fellow Day celebration! Go Dawgs!

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04.22.2014

Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign

William “Dink” H. NeSmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70) is one of the most passionate Bulldogs you will meet. A 1970 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, NeSmith is co-owner and publisher of Athens-based Community Newspaper, Inc., which publishes dozens of newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. As if his professional responsibilities didn’t keep him busy enough, NeSmith, a self-admitted “joiner,” has dedicated as much (if not more) of his free time to higher education.The list of his past university volunteer roles is unparalleled:

  -  chairman of Grady's advisory board and president of its alumni board;

  -  chairman of the board of directors of the Fanning Leadership Institute;

  -  chairman of the Richard B. Russell Foundation;

  -  member of the Athletic Association Board of Directors; and

  -  trustee of the UGA Foundation

In addition, NeSmith is a past president of the UGA Alumni Association and served from 2003 to 2005. He could always be counted on to support his alma mater, and his leadership was surely a factor in UGA’s rise to a top 20 public institution of higher education.

In 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue asked NeSmith to join the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. Five years later, he was serving as chairman of the 18-person governing board for USG. Only the third Athenian to fill this position, NeSmith recently concluded his term as chairman.

Reflecting on a lifetime of professional and philanthropic endeavors, NeSmith recently penned a short piece about his readiness to enjoy his greatest accomplishment: his family. The alumnus is surrounded by an ever-growing swath of Bulldog Faithful: his wife, Pam (BSHE ’71); three children, Alan (BSA ’04), Emily (AB ’99) and Eric (ABJ ’02); and seven grandsons. Upon the birth of each grandchild, NeSmith proudly gave them each a lifetime membership with the UGA Alumni Association. Although the Alumni Association is no longer dues-based, the NeSmith family boasts an impressive 15 lifetime members!

Read more about NeSmith’s transition to “grandpa time” here. This is one alumnus who has certainly earned the right to hang his “Gone Fishing” sign on the door. Thank you for your continued support, Dink, and your fine leadership in many areas across campus and the state.

Dink NeSmith is a regular contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald; read more of his pieces here.

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04.21.2014

McCall Wilder Designs offers timeless clothing options for children

McCall Wilder (ABJ '92) was having trouble locating the perfect outfit for her first baby's Christening. After an usuccessful search, the alumna decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own elegant and timeless clothing pieces for children. And so, in 2001, McCall Wilder Designs was established.

Wilder grew up in Athens with dreams of designing and pursuing journalism. She attended Hollins College in Virginia before transferring to UGA to study broadcast news in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating, Wilder interned and worked for CNN in Atlanta, taking part in the launch of CNN.com, the Internet’s first news site. She remained at CNN as a writer and producer until 1999.

Wilder’s “Baby McCall line” of heirloom gowns and special occasion outfits was only available by appointment until May 2008, when the first McCall Wilder Couture for Children Boutique & Atelier opened in the heart of Atlanta. The Baby McCall and McCall Wilder Designs lines now include more than 50 different styles, from crib bedding to dresses for teens and women.

Congratulations on your successful business venture, McCall. Your clothes and other products are simply beautiful.

Stay up-to-date on news and design ideas through the McCall Wilder Designs Facebook page.

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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