UGA Alumni Association holiday parties are in full swing
Alumni open Athens’s only vegan restaurant
Alumna offers reusable wrapping
Mike Proctor (BBA ‘96) sells collegiate kettle corn
Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Alumna’s gift to Ellen DeGeneres featured on The Ellen Show
Stephen Walker (BBA ‘04) launches gourmet popcorn business
Eleven UGA alumni named to Georgia Trend 40 Under 40
Sixteen alumni honored by UGA Graduate School
Dewdrop Designs offers handmade paper and leather products
Robert Jones (MS ‘75) named president of University at Albany
Former UGA golfer Erik Compton earns PGA Tour Courage Award
Tom Shanahan (JD '98) named top lawyer for UNC system
UGA Alumni Night at the Bookstore
This UGA grad is betting you’ll eat bugs ...
Linnea West’s art blog endorsed by The Huffington Post
UGA grad and Southern Grace Farms earn 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award
UGA alumnus receives highest honors for contribution to landscape architecture
UGA alumnus selected to serve as Colonial Williamsburg Foundation trustee
Three UGA grads return home to premiere film
Bradley Taylor (BS ‘95) featured in Garden & Gun
UGA grad partners with high school friend to offer athletic training services to young athletes
Four alumni honored with Blue Key Service Awards
Chad Eikhoff (BFA ‘97) is animating his way into the future
Comedy Central animated series co-creator is a UGA graduate
Seven alumni recognized by UGA College of Education
UGA graduate is voice of Boise State Broncos
UGA alumna breaks ground on new marketing firm
2013 40 Under 40 Awards Lunch a Success!
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Padgett “Pat” Wilson (AB ’96)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Mark Anthony Thomas (BA ’01)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Irving Steel (AB ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Logan Smalley (BS ’06)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Richard Scott (BFA ’05)
UGA Opens Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kevin Scott (BA ’07)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Emily Hanson Scofield (MS ’92)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Robyn Painter (AB ’98)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kim Nogi (ABJ ’09, BMUS ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Timothy Murphy (BBA ’96)
This past Saturday, the UGA Alumni Association and more than 700 alumni and friends celebrated the fourth annual Bulldog 100 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. This signature event recognizes the 100 fastest growing alumni-owned or -operated businesses around the globe. This year’s class once again set the bar extremely high with more than 50 industries represented.
Several notable alumni graced the crowd with their presence at the event. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jere Morehead (JD ’80) provided attendees with an update on the University. There were quite a few “wows” from the crowd when he shared that the current freshman class had an average GPA higher than 3.8 when they applied to UGA. Provost Morehead was followed by Brunswick native A.D. “Pete” Correll (BBA ’63), the chairman of Atlanta Equity Investors and chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Correll’s keynote address was filled with humorous stories from his time in Athens and memories of Georgia-Pacific’s challenges throughout the years.
Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) coordinated the ranking of the businesses this year. Before the final rankings were announced, GH&I representative John Shurley (BBA ‘77) educated the crowd about the incredible growth these businesses have seen over the past few years. The average compound annual growth rate for the class was 39 percent while the top 10 saw an astounding 111 percent. Those are staggering figures, especially considering the sluggish economy in which the the Bulldog 100 have been operating.
The Student Alumni Council then took the stage and began counting down the final rankings. The top 10 honorees for 2013 were:
- Hitson Land and Timber Management, Inc. – Greg Hitson (BSFR '94)
- Mom Corps – Allison O'Kelly (BBA ’94)
- Sovereign Systems – George Barkley (BBA '94), Matt Cadogan (BBA '96), Michael Hunsucker (BBA '91)
- The Leaders Lyceum – Keith Eigel (MS '95, PHD '98)
- jobTopia – Anthony Moore (BBA '93)
- EvoShield – Bob Pinckney (BBA '82)
- Athens Fitness & MMA – Rory Singer (BSBE '99), Adam Singer (BSBE '98, MS '07)
- Stadion Money Management, Inc. – Tim Chapman (matriculate '82)
- Social and Dish Boutiques – Laura Lanier (BA '00)
- Needle Solutions – Joshua Needle (BBA '99)
To view the complete list, please click here.
The Bulldog 100 is one of the UGA Alumni Association’s largest events of the year. I want to thank all of the individuals who made this event a success – everyone from our Alumni Association staff members, to the administration, the Student Alumni Council, and of course, the alumni who run these companies. The night was an amazing display of the caliber of UGA graduates working around the world. I am already looking forward to next year’s event. Nominations have opened online, so go ahead and start thinking about who should be considered for next year’s Bulldog 100!
Last night, UGA Alumni Association staff members were treated to a special dinner hosted by Alumni Association President Tim Keadle (BBA '78) and his wife, Kitty (BBA '78), at their beautiful home in Statham, Ga. While holiday gatherings are certainly about delicious food and festive attire, I find that such gatherings are more important as a reminder of a year spent in the presence of good friends, family members and co-workers. Although I was unable to attend last night's festivities, I understand it was a lovely affair, filled with fond memories from the year's alumni activities. In this holiday season, I hope that you take a moment to stop and think back on the people and events in your life that have made 2013 (hopefully) a spectacular year.
In the spirit of celebrating Bulldog camaraderie, a number of UGA Alumni Association chapters across the country are hosting holiday parties for local UGA alumni, friends and fans. Please click on the event names below for more information.
To locate your local alumni chapter and learn about activities taking place in your area, please click here.
I have a number of vegan and vegetarian acquaintances and have heard the struggle they endure when it comes to eating out with their dietary restrictions. A member of our board recently emailed me about a new restaurant in Athens that caters to vegans - and it's owned by UGA alumni!
Vanessa Molina (M ‘84) and her husband, Juan Molina (AB ’82), are the owners of Athens’s only vegan restaurant, Echo. Echo was originally called Broad Street Coffee, but when the business moved to Washington Street in downtown Athens in August, it was renamed.
Although the location has changed, the Molinas dedication to veganism has not. Echo only uses organic food in its dishes. If high-quality produce is unavailable, the menu is simply updated to reflect that.
Echo offers late-night live music on the weekends. Since it opened in August, Echo has hosted bands such as Of Montreal’s Calvin Love to Brooklyn-based Air Waves.
On behalf of Athens-area vegans (and non-vegans), thank you for adding Echo to the Athens food scene. I look forward to hearing more about your restaurant and its success!
I imagine many of you are planning to give a few gifts this year. While gift giving is a fun holiday task that brings a smile to the face of a friend or family member, gift wrapping is another story.
Ashley Edmonds (AB '05, ABJ '05, MBA '11) understands this frustration - the roll of tape runs out, boxes can be hard to come by and, of course, wrapping is a time-intensive process. The alumna thus decided to develop a cure for our “wrapping blues.”
Edmonds is the founder of Lilywrap, an eco-friendly (and easy-to-use) gift wrap alternative. She says her “ah-ha moment” came after the holidays when she and her family filled three large garbage bags with wrapping paper. She later learned that 4 million tons of gift wrapping paper is wasted each year. On top of that, the average American spends three hours wrapping holiday gifts alone.
Her answer was simple: reusable gift wrap. Lilywrap offers a patent-pending stretchy fabric wrap that is durable and simple for even novice wrappers to use. Plus - it’s cute!
For her savvy business idea, SPANX recently named Edmonds the November 2013 Leg Up Winner. According to SPANX, the Leg Up awards provide female business owners with great exposure and a well-deserved "leg up."
On behalf of stressed holiday wrappers everywhere, thank you, Ashley, and best of luck as your business continues to grow.
You can learn more about Ashley Edmonds's Leg Up Award here.