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01.10.2013

Georgia’s Power List: 24 UGA Alumni Named Among 100 Most Influential Georgians

Georgia Trend magazine recently released its “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” list for 2013. These Georgians are exerting their influence in our state’s business dealings, philanthropic endeavors and politics. As Georgia Trend puts it, they “impact how we live, how we vote, how we buy and how we give.”

This year’s list includes 24 UGA alumni:

·         Dan Amos (BBA ’73) Chairman & CEO Aflac

·         John D. Barge (EDD ’04) State School Superintendent

·         Gary W. Black (BSA ’80) Commissioner: Georgia Department of Agriculture

·         Jason Carter (JD ’04) State Senator

·         Saxby Chambliss (BBA ’66) U.S. Senator

·         Chris Cummiskey (BBA ’96) Commissioner: Georgia Department of Economic Development

·         Rob Gibson (AB ’81) Executive & Artistic Director: Savannah Music Festival

·         Hank M. Huckaby (matriculate ’06) Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

·         Johnny Isakson (BBA ’66) U.S. Senator

·         Reynold Jennings (BSPH ’69) President & CEO WellStar Health Systems

·         Jan Jones (ABJ ’80) Speaker Pro Tempore: Georgia House of Representatives

·         Brian Kemp (BSA ’87) Georgia Secretary of State

·         Jack Kingston (AB ’78) U.S. Congressman

·         Timothy Mescon (PHD ’79) President: Columbus State University

·         Charlotte Nash (BBA ’75) Chairman: Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

·         Dink NeSmith (ABJ ’70) President/Co-owner, Community Newspapers, Inc.
Chairman, Board of Regents                                                    

·         Alec Poitevint (AB ’02) Chairman & President: Southeastern Minerals Inc.

·         David Ralston (JD ’80) Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

·         Lynn Smith (BSED ’68) State Representative

·         Kessel D. Stelling Jr. (BBA ’78) Chairman & CEOSynovus

·         Natasha Trethewey  (AB ’89) United States Poet Laureate

·         T. Rogers Wade (matriculate ’63) ChairmanGeorgia Public Policy Foundation

·         Yvonne D. Williams (ABJ ’78) President: Perimeter Community Improvement Districts

·         Sally Quillian Yates (ABJ ’82, JD 1986) U.S. Attorney: Northern District of Georgia

I am pleased to see so many alumni of UGA on this list, in addition to University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams, and the imprint they are leaving on our state. My congratulations to them all.

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Alumna Spotlight: Sara Alread (BFA ’09)

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Sara shares how Litter River Designs got its name, "On November 30, 2011, my nephew, River, was born. He became our inspiration and official mascot. We were already making signs, planning weddings and building furniture for ourselves when friends became interested in what we were creating. Soon after River was born, Little River Designs began."

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To learn more about Sara and Little River Designs, check out the website and Facebook page.

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02.23.2015

Sisters Rethink “Something Borrowed”

Sisters Ashley Steele (ABJ ’06), of Charlottesville, Virginia., and Cali Brutz (AB ’08), of Athens, Georgia., own and operate two businesses that are modernizing the wedding industry. Steele and Brutz began working together in 2008 at the ages of 24 and 22, respectively. At the time, Steele was planning her own wedding and Brutz was a photographer. During the wedding planning process, the pair identified a number of issues that arise for the soon-to-be brides. Looking to solve those issues sparked several entrepreneurial projects.

The duo's latest venture, Borrowing Magnolia, uses a concept similar to that of Rent the Runway and Warby Parker in that brides will be able to rent wedding dresses for their big day directly from Borrowing Magnolia. The dresses available for rental will be provided by former brides who are interested in earning extra cash by lending their gown to another individual. Borrowing Magnolia ensures that the dresses are in good quality by limiting each dress to three rentals annually and five total. Sizes range from 0 to 24 and alterations are available as long as the changes are reversible

Borrowing Magnolia lives to serve the bride. The sisters ensure the brides-to-be that, "Borrowing Magnolia is committed to helping you find your dream gown, the way the modern bride does the dress. We make it easy for you to buy or borrow a designer gorgeous gown at a fraction of the retail cost, while still having a white-glove personalized boutique experience from start-to-finish. Look fabulous in your dream dress, save some cash, go green, and focus on what really matters on your wedding day. That’s what we’re all about."

The sisters have obviously been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and show no signs of stopping. This year, Borrowing Magnolia is expected to have over 800 dresses in their collection by the end of the year; the business was featured in the New York Times’ Style Section; and reality show producers are in talks of covering their business endeavors.

Congratulation to Ashley and Cali on their stellar sucess and best wishes as they continue to help women live their dream weddings. 

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02.20.2015

Amazing Student: Sarah Huber '15

From the moment she stepped foot on the campus, Sarah Huber could tell that UGA was the perfect place for her. Nearly four years later, the future dentist calls the journey an “extraordinary experience.”

Throughout my four years at UGA, I have experienced significant development in my character and drastic change in my approach to life. I entered college with an outlook that was enthusiastic, yet full of uncertainty in my surroundings and in my hopes for the future. Today, my recent acceptance to dental school and each of the incredible relationships I have formed at UGA serve as reminders of the extraordinary experience that this university has provided me over these past four years.

Read more about Sarah's incredible four years at UGA.

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