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01.07.2013

NYC’s City Grit to Host UGA Alumnus and Award-Winning Chef Peter Dale

Warning: don’t read this post on an empty stomach!

Peter Dale (ABJ ’99), of acclaimed Athens restaurant The National, will serve a five-course menu at New York City’s City Grit on Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12. The menu, featuring Georgia-grown ingredients inspired by Dale’s travels to Latin America, will surely bring the South to the City.

Dale was named “People’s Best New Chef-Southeast” by Food and Wine magazine last year, and is executive chef/owner of The National, a farm-to-table restaurant serving Southern fare with a Mediterranean twist just a few blocks from campus.

The chef was raised by a Greek father and Ecuadorian mother in Georgia. He graduated from UGA in 1999 with a degree in public relations, and chose to pursue his lifelong passion: cooking. Dale began his career in Athens as an apprentice at Hugh Acheson’s Five and Ten. He then crossed the pond to intern at Madrid’s famed La Broche. This experience, combined with his family heritage, continue to inspire his innovative, globally-minded food.

In 2007, Dale joined Acheson in opening The National. Since then, the esteemed UGA graduate has received praise from Bon Appétit, Garden and Gun, Taste of the South, and New York Magazine. Last year, Dale was also named one of the UGA Alumni Association’s “40 Under 40.”  View his profile here.

I’m excited to hear how delicious these special culinary evenings are. If you live in the New York City area, I encourage you to check it out. If you do attend, please be sure to share photos with us from the event via Twitter, Facebook or email!

Much of this post was sourced from information provided by City Grit owner Sara McLeod Simmons. To learn more about these dinners or purchase tickets, please click here.

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07.22.2014

2014 is Going to the Dawgs

2014 has been an incredible year for the University of Georgia for a variety of reasons. For students, the year has marked another semester closer to graduation and the real world. For faculty, 2014 has brought national awards, unprecedented advances in research and the promise of more excitement to come.

Even Sanford Stadium has had a remarkable year, having its Tifway 419 UGA-developed grass used in the World Cup fields of Brazil. Despite all of these amazing accomplishments, one record-breaking event has created the possibility of an even greater upcoming year.

The 2014 fiscal year received the largest number of gifts and donations in the history of the university. Posted on June 30, UGA received a staggering $126.4 million from 56,897 different contributors. This amount reflects a 4 percent increase over 2013 and the second time in the university’s history that it received over $120 million.

"This record year is a tribute to the faith our alumni and friends have in the future of our great university," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead.

That faith has certainly not been poorly placed. These donations will work towards funding some of the incredible projects that UGA has for the upcoming years. From a renovated Veterinary Medical Learning Center to updating multiple residence halls across campus, these generous gifts are making it possible for UGA undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff to thrive in a well-designed and constantly improving university.

Beyond these larger projects, all donations work daily for students and alumni through the UGA Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association (SAA). Chapter events throughout the nation and the world are put on every week. Gifts, events and time-honored UGA traditions are happening every day with the help of the SAA.

This year has been record-breaking, but also record-setting. The bar has been raised to $126.4 million in donations. Now it’s time for the Bulldog Nation to make sure that 2015 is an even more incredible year for the University of Georgia. Beat 2014 and pledge today for a better UGA tomorrow!

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07.18.2014

A Bulldog reunion 30 years in the making

With so many University of Georgia alumni and even former professors scattered around the world, you never know where two former Dawgs might run into each other, even after decades.

John Shearer (AB ’83) recently hooked up with his old Myers Hall faculty resident friend, Dr. Joe Snow, while traveling through Madrid, Spain, in a reunion that in some respects had been more than 30 years in the making. 


Dr. Joe Snow (left) and John Shearer in Madrid

The story of their friendship began when Shearer moved into Myers in January 1982 after two years of living in the now-razed McWhorter Hall as a walk-on football player and then four quarters in University Gardens Apartments off Baxter Street. In Myers, which was two-thirds male at the time, Shearer said he finally found the closely knit, small-college-like community of male and female students for which he had been longing.

Among the many people he befriended was Snow, a Spanish and Portuguese language instructor, who had an arrangement with university housing to live there at a greatly reduced rent. Snow's only job was to circulate among the students and help break down the barriers between students and faculty. 

Through Snow, Shearer found out about a 1983 spring break trip being planned to Russia, then called the Soviet Union, by then-University of Georgia Russian language professor Dr. Harold Schefski. Shearer ended up going on the trip with his mother, Dr. Snow, Dr. Snow’s sister and several other students. Upon their return to the United States in those pre-Internet days, they learned that Georgia had qualified for the Final Four in men’s and women’s basketball for the first time.

Shearer, who majored in geography, ended up keeping a journal about his trip, and that inspired him to pursue a journalism and writing career that continues 30 years later on a freelance basis from his home in Knoxville, Tenn.  In 2013, Shearer wrote a column on the 30th anniversary of his trip and through Dr. Schefski, who now teaches at California State University, Long Beach, he reconnected with Snow via email.

Snow, who became interested in Spanish while a high school student in New Jersey, had left UGA in the early 1990s to begin teaching at Michigan State University. Today, he spends most of his time in retirement in Madrid in a residence he was able to pay for in part due to his reduced rent while at Myers Hall.


Laura Shearer (ABJ '69) and Dr. Joe Snow

After realizing he would be traveling to Madrid in June with his wife, Laura Anderson Shearer (ABJ ’69), on the way to visit her son in Portugal, Shearer made plans to reconnect with Snow. And since it would be Shearer’s first overseas trip since the Russian excursion, he could say he had been with Snow on every international trip he had taken.

“It was neat reconnecting with him,” said Shearer, who had not seen Snow since the first year or two after he graduated. “He took us to an out-of-the way restaurant with which he was familiar, and it ended up being one of the best meals on our nearly two-week trip. But the conversation was even better. His engaging and warm manner that had endeared him to students became familiar again. 

“And most of all, it was neat comparing our memories of both the Russia trip and our experiences in Myers Hall, because my time in Myers was one of the happiest of my life.”

Written by freelance journalist John Shearer (AB ’83)

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07.17.2014

UGA alumnus named chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association

University of Georgia alumni continue to accomplish great fetes as they work their way into top positions across Georgia, the United States and the world. A few weeks ago another UGA alumnus did just that.

Remer Brinson III (BBA '82) was recently named the 125th chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA). As the president and CEO of Augusta-based First Bank of Georgia, Brinson was well prepared to take on this new position.

During his time at UGA, Brinson was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and studied finance. He graduated in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Joe Brennen, president of the GBA, had this to say about Brinson's new position, "Our banks and our industry will be well-served by his experience and insightfulness about the critical issues facing our members, their customers and Georgia's communities."

Congratulations on this incredible achievement, Remer!

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