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
UGA Graduate to Perform at South by Southwest Music Festival
UGA Alumna Brings Innovation to Science and Technology Education
Past Editions of Pandora Yearbook Available to Alumni for FREE
UGA Mourns Loss of Three Treasured Bulldogs
Dan Thurmon (BBA ’90): Off Balance and On Purpose
UGA 40 Under 40 Honoree Named President/CEO of College Football Hall of Fame
Georgia Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke (JD ’50) Passes Away
Travis Williams: A True Believer in Justice
Backpacking Trip Leads UGA Alumna to Follow Her Passion
UGA Alumni Association Hosts Successful Alumni Leadership Assembly
Dawgs on the Move: Albany Marathon Pre-Race Carb Up Dinner
UGA Alumni Named Presidents of Lincoln and Kansas Wesleyan Universities
National Peanut Board Names UGA Alumnus Bob Parker President & CEO
UGA Libraries Hosts Alumni Author Who Spent Two Winters in a Tipi
AIDS Athens Hosts Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt
UGA President Michael F. Adams Honored by Georgia General Assembly
Vote for Coach Fox in Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge
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!
As you head into Memorial Day Weekend, we wish you safety in your travel and activities. This weekend is a time to remember those who lost their lives defending our freedom, as well as those who have been wounded or who have served or are still serving in any capacity. We are eternally grateful for our soldiers' sacrifices and service!
While reflecting on our military heroes this weekend, I invite you to peruse our Greatest Generation and Support Our Troops blogs. These blogs have been put together by UGA and Athens legend Claude McBride, and they are filled with wonderful stories of UGA graduates who have defended our country over the years.
CLICK HERE to visit the Greatest Generation blog.
CLICK HERE to visit the Support Our Troops blog.
Thank you, veterans and troops, and Go Dawgs!
My favorite thing about meeting with UGA graduates from across the country is hearing all of your wonderful stories and accomplishments. Recently, at UGA Day in Nashville, I was speaking with Josh Parker (BBA '00) when he told me about his father, Dr. Tony Parker (AB '90, MA '92). Last year, Dr. Parker was named curator of the "Lawrence Levy Photograph Golf Collection" at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
His assignment is to organize and catalogue the more than 240,000 images taken between 1978 and 1994 by Levy, who lost a battle to cancer in 1994. Of course, living and working in St. Andrews, we hear that Tony may be enjoying a little golf, as well!
Dr. Parker isthe first Curator of Golf History in the 600-year history of the University of St. Andrews. They are currently raising funds to build a purpose-built facility to house their Special Collections. Knowing how much we cherish our own Special Collections Libraries, I know how valuable that addition will be to St. Andrews.
An excerpt from an article by Loran Smith on Parker in the September 4, 2012 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald describes his path to this project:
After graduating with a masters degree in history from UGA in 1992, Parker enrolled at the University of St. Andrews, where he received a degree in Scottish history in 1996. He and his wife, Lisa, who grew up in Alpharetta and is also a UGA graduate, decided to stay in Scotland. Last year, they became Scottish citizens and now have dual passports.
Following the conferring of his doctorate, Parker became the administrative director of the Institute for Transatlantic, European and American Studies at the University of Dundee, where he taught for 12 years.
Leaving the University of Dundee in 2008, he formed the Parker Group Scotland, which specialized in Scottish and golf-related history, educational consultations and photography.
In 2007, Parker was introduced to the Queen and Prince Philip for his "contributions to the people of the United Kingdom."
Dr. Parker, I and the thousands of UGA graduates who are avid golfers or golf fans are so proud of your role at the home of golf. We know you miss fall afternoons 'Between the Hedges,' but we know that replacing them with fall afternoons on the Old Course is not too bad an alternative!
Well done, and Go Dawgs!
This post was sourced from an article by Loran Smith in the September 4, 2012 edition of the Athens Banner-Herald. CLICK HERE to read the full article.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Tony Parker