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02.13.2013

It’s a Small (UGA) World After All

I recently came across a story from a graduate that really brought to light just how small the world can be – and how connected UGA alumni are! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did …

Last year, Charles Carabello (MED ’06) received an email from his son’s student teacher asking if he was the “Charlie” Carabello that recruited students from Houston-area schools for UGA, and if he remembered a Lindsay Smith (AB ’07, MAT ’12) from Second Baptist School.

Charlie works in UGA’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and interacts with a lot of students each year. So, while he narrowed Lindsay down to the 2003 cycle, it was still difficult to know what she had done once she enrolled. As Charlie says, “Once students are in, they tend to forget about Admissions.”

Fast-forward to 2013 and here is the same Lindsay that he had recruited all those years ago. She is a “Double Dawg” and teaching his son!

It also turns out that Lindsay’s family has a strong UGA history. Her father, Randy Smith (BBA ’76), and his wife sent all three of their daughters to UGA. Therefore, Lindsay and her two sisters Kaitlyn (BA ’10) and Hayden (BS ’13) are also Bulldogs.

Last December, Charlie and his wife Joanna had the pleasure of attending Lindsay’s wedding in Athens. Now, Lindsay Smith Coffee is a teacher at Chase Street Elementary School in Athens!

I truly love hearing stories like this. It is wonderful to see the positive effect that Charlie’s work had on this once University recruit, and how it all comes full circle as she educates his son.

As the world continues to get smaller through technology and new communication tools, alumni will ultimately become closer together!

Thanks to Charlie for sharing this special story. If you have a story like this that you’d like to share, please email it to our Communications Department at eelmore@uga.edu.

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, in the next few weeks, UGA will be coming to a city near you. It’s not too late to join the tradition; click here for more information about each stop on the tour.

The UGA Day program is a collaboration between the UGA Alumni Association and UGA Athletic Association.

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04.14.2014

Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week

Successful entrepreneurs, including UGA graduates, will share their success stories and lessons learned as part of Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week, now through April 17. The Thinc. initiative is designed to help students, faculty and staff see the world of business opportunities at both the local and global levels, and to start "something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a nonprofit social venture. It might change something in your own neighborhood or community, or it might change the world.

In addition to the “Starting Points” entrepreneur panel, this year’s Thinc. Entrepreneurial Week will feature a “give back” hackathon; a talk on breakthrough innovation by David Butler, Coca-Cola vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship; a collaborative innovation competition; an extreme networking session, events related to social entrepreneurship, and a local arts and culture business summit.  

Please visit thinc.uga.edu for a full calendar of events, profiles of participating UGA students, faculty, staff and alumni entrepreneurs and all the information you need to get the most out of Thinc.

Terry Hastings
Director of Research Communications
Office of the Vice President for Research

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