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12.06.2012

UGA Graduate Receives Award from PGA of America for Contributions to Golf Industry

Listen up, golfers – we have a links legend in our midst.

B.F. “Bev” Dolan ’52, often considered the father of the modern golf cart, introduced the world to the E-Z-GO golf car in 1954, sparking a revolution in the game of golf. Dolan was recently named the 2012 recipient of the PGA Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.

The PGA of America’s Ernie Sabayrac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry was first awarded in 1994 and recognizes the mutually beneficial relationship between golf industry manufacturers and distributors, and the PGA of America.

The Augusta, Ga., native graduated from UGA in 1952 with a degree in physics. Two years later, Dolan and his brother spotted an “Autoette” model golf car at Bobby Jones’ clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters.

Dolan’s brother commented, “You know, somebody is going to make a lot of money out of those things one of these days.”

When Dolan left the U.S. Army in 1954, he and his brother began building golf cars in a one-room machine shop. When E-Z-GO was born, there were a small number of golf facilities using golf cars. By 1967, approximately 92 percent of all U.S. golf courses offered rentable golf cars.

In 1961, Rhode Island-based Textron purchased the company and Dolan became CEO until he retired in 1992. E-Z-GO evolved into a global leader in golf cars and utility vehicles, and is the oldest continuous manufacturer of golf cars in the country.

Dolan, 85, will be honored on Jan. 24, 2013, at the 60th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. He and his wife, Ada Alice ’52, reside in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Next time you are enjoying a day on the green with your friends, family or business partners, remember that your comfort on the course is due in great part to Bev Dolan, a true pro among Georgia graduates.

This information was sourced from a PGA of America news release.

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12.19.2014

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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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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