The Twelve Oaks named top luxury inn
UGA alumnus receives 2013 Honorary State Degree from Florida FFA
Forrest Griffin (AB ’03) retires from UFC
UGA young alumni to gather at SweetWater Brewing Company tonight
William “Bill” Jenkins Stembler (JD ’71) + Georgia Theatre Company open new movie theatre in Athens
Georgia Museum of Art director receives American Alliance of Museums Award
UGA alumnus on New York Times Bestsellers List
UGA alumnus protects California’s natural resources as director of the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
UGA alumna reaches unique milestone
Shyam Reddy (JD ’00) Joins Euramax as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
UGA alumna named to Forbes 2013 list of the most powerful black women in the world
Melissa Boone (BBA ’97) named Charlotte Business Journal Woman in Business
UGA alumnus and veterinarian to bulldog mascot passes away
Alumnus named grand prize winner of 2013 Iron Age Designs’ Challenge
Bulldog 100 Deadline is TOMORROW
Recap: 2013 UGA Alumni Employee Breakfast
Last week to nominate for Bulldog 100!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
UGA graduate wins Bearings Specialists Association Lifetime Achievement Award
UGA graduate now a golf curator at St. Andrews
UGA alumna wins Teach for America award to enrich students’ technological skills
Betsy Crossley (BS ’77, MS ’80) elected mayor of Nashville suburb
Spotlight on the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities & Arts
Alumnus leads Columbus, Ohio, arts council
Grady College creates Carolyn Caudell Tieger Chair in Public Affairs Communications
Alumna Katarina Burin wins $25,000 ICA award
Is it May already?
On the road again with UGA Days
The Georgia Review to host readings in NYC
Seniors, we’re hosting the first ever Commencement Celebration!
Bulldog serves as world-renowned authority on French novelist
UGA students receive Udall, Truman and Goldwater scholarships
UGA mourns cherished members of the Bulldog family
Ben Stowers (AB ’08) leads foundation to protect Georgia’s natural resources
UGA alumna leads Phoenix nonprofit for at-risk youth
UGA alumnus receives Pulitzer Prize for local reporting
Genetics graduate to spearhead new nonprofit initiative to open a bioscience complex in Portland
Orlando based non-profit seeks to fulfill dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses
UGA graduate leads “dream team” in initiative to map the human brain
UGA unveils new license plate design
Sending our best to Boston
Grady announces new dean and recognizes outstanding alumni
UGA seeking images for TV public service announcement
Sixth UGA School of Law grad selected to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court
UGA app designed by students launches today
Mowery Consulting Group wins four 2013 Pollie Awards
WE LOVE OUR DONORS!
UGA Days Kick Off in Columbus, Georgia
Leadership lessons from the Cherokee Nation
UGA residence hall named for former Governor George D. Busbee
Two UGA Centenarians Still Going Strong
Alumna Named to Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Services Board
UGA Graduate Aims to Catapult Students into Fulfilling Careers
Mark Your Calendars!
UGA Mourns Two Bulldog Greats
UGA Alumni Corporate Chapters Form Connections in the Workplace
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell selected to the 2013 class of Henry Crown Fellows
Bulldog-Owned Company Wins Small Business of the Year Award
Alumni Bring New Brewery to Athens
UGA Alumna Wins Inaugural “Breakthrough Prize” Worth $3 Million
UGA Alumni Association + 2013 UGA Entrepreneurial Week
State Names Executive Director of Revived Charter Schools Commission
Virginia Tech Math Professor Earns Early Career Award
Two UGA Faculty Members Named Meigs Professors
Happy (Belated) St. Patrick’s Day!
UGA Alumni Staff Members Help With Card-Writing Campaign
Alumna Featured in New York Times
Legendary Journalist Eugene Patterson (ABJ ’43) To Be Buried at Arlington Today
Alumni Chapters Host IMPACT Students on Spring Break
President of Costa Rica Visits UGA Campus
By now, most students have exchanged their Ramen noodles, late-night study sessions and blue books for a little R&R under the close watch of family members and home-cooked meals.
The UGA Alumni Association staff members and I will join them tomorrow by spending a few days away from the office with loved ones. We will return on Tuesday, January 2, ready to kick off what is sure to be an exciting year in 2013.
This is the time of year when a number of “Top 10” lists are released. Every newspaper, TV show and blog seems to have its own list documenting the previous year or preparing for the next one. Not to be outdone, here are ten of my favorite UGA Alumni Association memories from 2012 (in no specific order):
1. Meeting Graduates
Nothing excites me more than meeting new alumni and interacting with old acquaintances. I look forward to seeing you at a 2013 UGA Alumni Association event if I haven’t already. All graduates of UGA are automatically members of the Alumni Association and therefore welcome to attend any of our special events in Athens, Atlanta, and across the country.
2. Founders Week
Every year, the UGA Alumni Association and the UGA Emeriti Scholars sponsor the Founders’ Day Lecture to celebrate the University's birthday which is January 27. Dr. Betty Jean Craige presented the 10th Annual Founders Day Lecture this past year. Mark your calendars now for the 11th Annual Founders Week.
3. Women of UGA
This program connects female UGA graduates for networking and socializing in their area. We held a number of these successful events in 2012 and will host many more in the coming year. Stay tuned to the Women of UGA webpage and Facebook page for upcoming events.
4. Alumni Leadership Assembly
Each year, UGA Alumni Chapter volunteers gather for a fun-filled weekend in Athens. The 2012 attendees learned new things about UGA, toured new facilities on campus, and spent time with students and other chapter leaders. I hope to see those chapter leaders return for the 2013 Alumni Leadership Assembly and a number of new leaders as well.
Hundreds of alumni and friends come together at Stegeman Coliseum each spring for Athens’ largest 5k. Here are last year’s winners. Register now for the 2013 DawgTrot on March 16. Not a runner? Volunteer instead!
6. Bulldog 100
The Bulldog 100 recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA Alumni. jobTopia CEO Anthony Moore ’93 was honored with the No. 1 fastest growing Bulldog Business in 2012. Here is the complete list for 2013–who will be No. 1? Join us on Saturday, January 26, to find out.
7. Chapter Gatherings
While UGA graduates are spread across the globe, they still enjoy connecting with other alumni for Bulldog Breakfast Clubs, Women of UGA luncheons, Dinners with a Dozen Dawgs, Bulldogs After Business Hours, game watching parties, and other networking events. Collectively, chapters hosted several hundred gatherings in 2012. Check out your local chapter’s webpage for updates on events near you.
8. Student Alumni Council
I already shared my appreciation for the Student Alumni Council in a previous blog post, but these student leaders always bring a smile to my face. They do an amazing job acting as liaison between the UGA Alumni Association and the student body. I look forward to seeing them back on campus in 2013.
9. UGA Days
During these events across the country, UGA alumni and friends get the inside scoop on the Georgia Bulldogs’ upcoming seasons, hear the latest news from the university, and learn more about alumni chapter activities. In 2012, we hosted UGA Days in cities such as Macon, Tampa, Charlotte, and Birmingham. Stay tuned for the cities we’ll be visiting in 2013!
10. 40 Under 40
The UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 recognizes UGA graduates who are leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2012. We look forward to celebrating next year’s class.
As you can tell, it was a busy year. I look forward to an even busier one in 2013!
Until then, I wish you and your family the best. I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and rest. Go Dawgs!
Nicole Bagley Greer (AB ’97) is the owner of The Twelve Oaks in Covington, Ga. The inn opened just about a year ago and has already been recognized as a “Top 10 Luxury Inn in the World” by BedandBreakfast.com!
According to BedandBreakfast.com:
“Even when wearing clothes sewn from curtains, Scarlett O'Hara demanded the best in luxury. Channel her at Twelve Oaks, an Antebellum mansion that inspired the film Gone With The Wind. Lovingly redone, now reopened as an intimate hotel, the eight-guestroom, National Register-awarded, structure continues to enliven guests who stop and stay awhile. Located just 30 miles from Atlanta in a town rich with historic structures and oft used to film movies and television series, Twelve Oaks stands alone.”
As you can imagine, a mansion that inspired the home in a classic like “Gone With the Wind” is bound to attract additional interest from filmmakers. Actor Billy Bob Thornton has shown an interest in filming a movie there, Cindy Crawford starred in a commercial on the property, and a recent episode of “Vampire Diaries” was filmed on site. Elsewhere in Covington, scenes were filmed for “Dukes of Hazzard,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Remember the Titans.”
The Twelve Oaks is located just off the Covington town square. Guests are treated to breakfast each morning, a wine and cheese happy hour each evening, and can stay in suites such as the “Frankly Scarlett Suite” or “Suite Home Alabama.”
Congratulations on this recognition, Nicole! The Twelve Oaks sounds absolutely stunning. We wish you the very best as it continues to grow and flourish as a Georgia travel destination.
To view the complete list of Top Ten Luxury Inns from BedandBreakfast.com, click here.
Despite UGA’s longstanding rivalry with the University of Florida, UGA graduates are living south of the Georgia border and making great contributions to the Sunshine State.
This month, Ralph Garrison (BBA ‘75) was honored with the 2013 Honorary State Degree by Florida’s Future Farmers of America.
Deb Barry, a high school agriculture teacher in Florida, nominated Garrison because of his commitment to educating students in Florida’s Manatee County about agriculture.
According to the Bradenton Herald, the Honorary State Degree is the highest honorary award presented by the Florida FFA. It recognizes individuals who contribute to the advancement of agricultural education and provide outstanding service to the FFA program.
Garrison is a member of the Manatee County Farm Bureau board, where he has served as president for 12 years. He and his wife, Sandy, own and operate Suncoast Nursery in Bradenton, Fla., and take great pride in working with plants.
Congratulations on behalf of the UGA Alumni Association, Ralph. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
This blog post was sourced from the Bradenton Herald.
Forrest Griffin (AB ‘03) is hanging up his gloves as an Ultimate Fighting Challenge competitor. The alumnus has been a UFC fighter for eight years and played a major role in the company’s success.
Griffin was cast in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, which he won after the live finale that has since been deemed one of UFC’s hallmark fights. During his career, Griffin went 19-7 in MMA fights and 10-5 in UFC fights. Adam (BSBE ’98, MS ’07) and Rory (BSBE ’99) Singer, owners of Bulldog 100 business Athens Fitness & MMA, played an integral role in launching Griffin’s career.
Griffin cites his health as the main reason for going into retirement. Despite his great MMA and UFC success, he has suffered a number of injuries during fights. He is expected to take on a position with UFC in the near future.
Congratulations on a successful career, Forrest – you are one tough Bulldog! I look forward to seeing what this next step on your UFC journey has in store for you.
This article was sourced from USA Today.