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12.05.2012

Former UGA Football Player and Drama Graduate Entertains the Masses on “The Walking Dead”

Robert “IronE” Singleton, a 1998 drama graduate of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, may have shared the UGA football field with legend Hines Ward, but these days, he’s a star in his own right.

Best known as the notorious thug Alton in the 2010 Academy Award-nominated film The Blind Side, Singleton now stars as the tough T-Dog on the AMC drama The Walking Dead. The show’s third midseason finale recently garnered more than 10.5 million viewers.

Singleton’s nickname, IronE, represents his life story and his ability to play strong, multidimensional characters in both TV and film. He has appeared on the big screen alongside Bow Wow and Ice Cube in Lottery Ticket, and with Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce in the 2011 action thriller Seeking Justice. Singleton’s TV credits include CW’s One Tree Hill and BET’s Somebodies.

Success wasn’t always knocking on this Bulldog’s door, though. Born and raised in low-income housing in Atlanta, he lost his mother to HIV/AIDs when he was a senior in high school, and watched his brother spend most of his life in and out of prison. Singleton battled to improve his lot in life and attended UGA on academic and football scholarships. While in Athens, he studied drama and speech communications, and was the president of the Black Theatre Ensemble.

Singleton divides his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles with his wife and children. In his free time, the actor is a motivational speaker and youth sports referee.

It’s always exciting to turn on the TV and watch a successful Georgia graduate sharing his or her talents with the world. Singleton is certainly a shining example of the creativity that is fostered here at UGA.

Follow Singleton on Twitter and be sure to catch him on “The Walking Dead” every Sunday beginning February 10 at 9 (EST). Much of this information was sourced from Singleton’s official bio at www.ironesingleton.com.

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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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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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