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11.27.2012

Engineering graduate Ty Frix named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team

James Tyler “Ty” Frix, a recent graduate of UGA’s biological engineering program and a starting snapper on the Georgia football team, has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

This marks the second consecutive year that Frix has garnered the honor. Along with his teammate, quarterback Aaron Murray, who also was selected for the Capital One Team, he ranks among the nation’s top student-athletes recognized for combined performance athletically and in the classroom. District winners will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration, which will be announced December 6.

A native of Calhoun, Frix graduated magna cum laude in May and is now pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. He has been accepted to medical school for fall 2013.

Scholastic recognition is not new for Frix. During his collegiate career as an engineering student, Frix received numerous recognitions, including the Peach of an Athlete Award from the State of Georgia, which honors those who excel in academics, athletics and community service. In addition, he earned football’s overall Scholar-Athlete Award and the 2012 Dick Copas Leadership Award. He has been listed on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll numerous semesters.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 grade point average or higher and have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s games.  UGA and Auburn led the way on the Capital One Team in the Southeastern Conference, with two selections each on the 22-member All-District squad.

Congratulations to Frix on receiving this prestigious honor. UGA Alumni and friends proud of your excellence on and off the gridiron! We wish you the best in consideration for Academic All-American and in your future after football. Go Dawgs!

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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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12.10.2014

Former UGA football player gives back to the community

In recent years, the Lumpkin Street School in Hawkinsville, Georgia, one of 500 Georgia equalization schools built for African-American students during segregation, has fallen into disrepair. The town’s Deacons and Stewards Association wants to turn the space into a community center and museum, and a former Georgia football player is helping to make that happen.

Charles Johnson (M ’08), through the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF), has issued a $25,000 challenge grant to renovate the school. The challenge, which states that CFJ will donate $25,000 to match the $25,000 that the Deacons and Stewards Association raises, has been instrumental in gaining donations for the project from other organizations.

Charles Johnson teaches a basketball clinic in his hometown of Hawkinsville, Georgia, during the Charles Johnson Foundation’s annual Community Weekend.

This isn’t the first time Charles Johnson has helped out his hometown. The captain for the Carolina Panthers has donated funds to support Parent Cafes for single mothers, sponsored women to attend the Pulaski Tomorrow program, donated to other middle Georgia foundations, and has provided scholarships to Pulaski County students during his organization’s annual Community Weekend in Hawkinsville.

For more information about the Lumpkin Street School project and how you can help, please email Greg Brown

Thank you for helping preserve the history of Georgia, Charles! The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments on and off the field.

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12.08.2014

Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN

Class of 2014 40 Under 40 honoree Sly Barisic (MBA ’04) and his brother, James Gates (AB ’01, MPA ’04), founded FotoIN in 2012, an automated mobile and management solution for capturing, documenting and filing site photos to a customer's storage repositories. 

The startup is located in Atlanta and Zagreb, Croatia, Sly’s native country. It serves an array of industries, including construction, real estate and property management.

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The company has seen growth in the construction industry,  managing projects for Brasfield and Gorrie, the lead company in the development of the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium. Barisic was also invited to speak at tech conferences in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco last year.

The UGA Alumni Association is proud to showcase the success of hardworking alumni! For more information about startups founded by UGA alumni, click here. If you have an alumni-owned or -operated startup that you would like featured on this blog, please email Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lewis (AB '12, AB '12) at jelewis@uga.edu.

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