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02.22.2013

Dawgs on the Move: Albany Marathon Pre-Race Carb Up Dinner

Watch out! Clear the roads and parks! Georgia Bulldogs around the world are on the move! This year marks the beginning of an Alumni Association partnership with the UGA Obesity Initiative called Dawgs on the Move.

UGA launched the Obesity Initiative in January 2012 to tackle Georgia’s multi-faceted obesity problem through treatment, prevention and research. The UGA Alumni Association decided to partner with the Initiative in its worthy endeavor by creating a special program to encourage UGA alumni and friends to participate in physical activities. This program, Dawgs on the Move, will hopefully inspire alumni and their friends and family to participate in organized run/walk/jog races, take a bike ride, play touch football (in their Bulldogs jerseys, of course), hike, join an athletic team or simply take a walk after a meal.

As an avid runner, I am looking forward to the Albany Marathon & Half Marathon, one of the top Boston Marathon qualifying races in the country. This year, I am excited to not only be running in the race, but also hosting the first Albany Pre-Race Carb Up Dinner on Friday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church on W. Edgewater Drive.

If you are going to be in the area for the race (or live nearby and just want a delicious meal), I hope you will join me for the first Dawgs on the Move event. The dinner is only $15 and you can register online. I promise you won’t leave hungry!

If you can’t make it to the dinner, there is the Dawg Trot 5K on March 16 in Athens and the Hobnail Boot Camp for Atlanta-area young alumni on Saturday, March 23, in Piedmont Park! Registration is open for both events.

If you and/or your family are “moving” on your own, why not send us a photo? We’d love to promote the Dawgs on the Move program to other alumni with pictures of actual alumni staying healthy. Please email those photos to Margaret Sullivan at gms89@uga.edu.

So, stay healthy and active, friends. I hope to see you at the Albany Pre-Race Carb Up Dinner next Friday!

On a side note: the 2013 Alumni Leadership Assembly begins today in Athens and will continue through Sunday. We are welcoming around 40 alumni chapter leaders back to campus for a fun-filled (and rainy) weekend. We’ll share some photos on our Twitter and Facebook pages this weekend!

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04.22.2014

Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign

William “Dink” H. NeSmith, Jr. (ABJ ’70) is one of the most passionate Bulldogs you will meet. A 1970 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, NeSmith is co-owner and publisher of Athens-based Community Newspaper, Inc., which publishes dozens of newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. As if his professional responsibilities didn’t keep him busy enough, NeSmith, a self-admitted “joiner,” has dedicated as much (if not more) of his free time to higher education.The list of his past university volunteer roles is unparalleled:

  -  chairman of Grady's advisory board and president of its alumni board;

  -  chairman of the board of directors of the Fanning Leadership Institute;

  -  chairman of the Richard B. Russell Foundation;

  -  member of the Athletic Association Board of Directors; and

  -  trustee of the UGA Foundation

In addition, NeSmith is a past president of the UGA Alumni Association and served from 2003 to 2005. He could always be counted on to support his alma mater, and his leadership was surely a factor in UGA’s rise to a top 20 public institution of higher education.

In 2008, Gov. Sonny Perdue asked NeSmith to join the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. Five years later, he was serving as chairman of the 18-person governing board for USG. Only the third Athenian to fill this position, NeSmith recently concluded his term as chairman.

Reflecting on a lifetime of professional and philanthropic endeavors, NeSmith recently penned a short piece about his readiness to enjoy his greatest accomplishment: his family. The alumnus is surrounded by an ever-growing swath of Bulldog Faithful: his wife, Pam (BSHE ’71); three children, Alan (BSA ’04), Emily (AB ’99) and Eric (ABJ ’02); and seven grandsons. Upon the birth of each grandchild, NeSmith proudly gave them each a lifetime membership with the UGA Alumni Association. Although the Alumni Association is no longer dues-based, the NeSmith family boasts an impressive 15 lifetime members!

Read more about NeSmith’s transition to “grandpa time” here. This is one alumnus who has certainly earned the right to hang his “Gone Fishing” sign on the door. Thank you for your continued support, Dink, and your fine leadership in many areas across campus and the state.

Dink NeSmith is a regular contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald; read more of his pieces here.

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04.21.2014

McCall Wilder Designs offers timeless clothing options for children

McCall Wilder (ABJ '92) was having trouble locating the perfect outfit for her first baby's Christening. After an usuccessful search, the alumna decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own elegant and timeless clothing pieces for children. And so, in 2001, McCall Wilder Designs was established.

Wilder grew up in Athens with dreams of designing and pursuing journalism. She attended Hollins College in Virginia before transferring to UGA to study broadcast news in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating, Wilder interned and worked for CNN in Atlanta, taking part in the launch of CNN.com, the Internet’s first news site. She remained at CNN as a writer and producer until 1999.

Wilder’s “Baby McCall line” of heirloom gowns and special occasion outfits was only available by appointment until May 2008, when the first McCall Wilder Couture for Children Boutique & Atelier opened in the heart of Atlanta. The Baby McCall and McCall Wilder Designs lines now include more than 50 different styles, from crib bedding to dresses for teens and women.

Congratulations on your successful business venture, McCall. Your clothes and other products are simply beautiful.

Stay up-to-date on news and design ideas through the McCall Wilder Designs Facebook page.

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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