Building a welcoming and supportive campus community
Alumnus Spotlight: Peter Conlon (BBA '75)
Alumna Spotlight: Devin Clower (BFA ’08)
UGA awards the President’s Medal
Happy Founders Day, UGA!
UGA alumnus featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
25 Alumni Named to Georgia Trend’s ‘100 Most Influential Georgians’
UGA alumnus featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list
Study shows UGA has a $4.4 billion economic impact on Georgia
Written by Whitten: Year-End Gratitude
End of the Year Reflection
Alumnus Spotlight: Drew Cronic (BSED '97)
UGA Alumni Association supports Black UGA Reunion
University of Georgia alumnus to lead USG Board
UGA receives $1.49 million grant for HIV, TB research training in Uganda
True and loyal be.
UGA honors The Coca-Cola Foundation for its support of academics
Alumna Spotlight: Emily Scofield (MS '99)
Drumroll, please ... announcing the 2016 Bulldog 100!
UGA to launch inclusive, post-secondary education program in 2017
Alumna recognized by L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth Program
umano on Shark Tank
World Kindness Day
Interview with Ted Barco, director of the Student Veterans Resource Center
UGA law grad confirmed as vice chancellor on the Delaware Court of Chancery
Former Georgia Bulldog endows scholarships at UGA
UGA debate teams win Vanderbilt college debate tournament
UGA Miracle Rivalry Week
2015 40 Under 40 honoree Arthur Tripp, Jr (AB '09) named assistant to the president
Grady grads give back, help hire students
The power of THANK YOU
Ryan Seacrest to headline UGA’s spring Commencement ceremony, receive honorary degree
Introducing UGA Black Alumni
UGA Alumni Association Supports UGA iGEM’s Competition Success
Alumnus Spotlight: John Christopher “Kit” Cummings (BBA ’89)
Alumnus Spotlight: Jack B. Hood (AB ’69, JD ’71)
Alumnus and longtime supporter brings NASA to campus
Alumnus Spotlight: Joey Shonka (BS ’05)
Adeline Kenerly ’16 Named New Miss Georgia 2015
Checking in with Marc Gorlin (ABJ ‘95), No.1 Bulldog 100 business owner
UGA student honors grandfather with charity golf tournament
2015 UGA Farm Tour in Northeast Georgia
Thank you to the 2015 40 Under 40 Sponsors
Bigger than me: Alumna remembers first game day
Alumna Spotlight: Ailsa Von Dobeneck (BS ’07)
UGA students row for hemophilia research
UGA Virtual Networking: Meet a Bulldog
Alumnus Spotlight: Brinkley Warren (ABJ ‘05, MA ‘12)
Welcome back, students!
UGA alumnus honors wife’s memory through lung cancer awareness efforts
UGA to reduce class sizes by hiring faculty, adding more than 300 course sections
UGA Majorette is No. 1 College Twirler
Alumna’s songs featured on HBO’s “True Detective”
UGA’s Scott Angle selected to lead international agricultural organization
Seeking photos of young alumni
Record-breaking year: UGA fundraising hits ‘unprecedented level’
Alumnus Spotlight: Matt Tommey (BSED '96)
Alumna Spotlight: Former Gymdog Marcia Newby-Goodman (BSA ’10)
“Big Man on Campus” turns 90
Alumnus named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2015 Atlanta Man of the Year
Alumna Spotlight: Jennifer Bellamy (ABJ '08)
2015 Young Alumni Night at SweetWater Brewing Company
UGA builds tomorrow’s leaders with new partnership
Grab your shades, UGA is heading to California!
UGA Career Center Services for Alumni
President Morehead, UGA Athletic Association to support experiential learning
UGA alumna wins second Peabody Award
Young alumnus publishes novel for young adults
Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg
Harold G. Clarke (JD ’50) was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1979 and became one of the most influential jurists in our state’s history. It is with a heavy heart that I share news today of his passing at the age of 85. Clarke, who had been under hospice care for a prolonged illness, was surrounded by family. My deepest sympathies go to his family members.
Clarke’s time on the bench was characterized by his challenging lawyers to improve their work, his stance against inequality in the court system, and his efforts to improve the state’s indigent defense system. He was called a liberal activist by some and refreshingly progressive by others. But all would agree he was a gentle and unassuming man.
During World War II, Clarke became editor of the Pacific Stars and Stripes for the U.S. Army. When the war concluded, he earned his JD from UGA and, two years later, married Athens-native Nora Gordon. The couple moved to Forsyth where Clarke began his law practice and became editor/publisher of his father’s newspaper, the Monroe Advertiser.
From 1961 to 1971, Clarke served in the Georgia House of Representatives. Five years later, he took over as president of the State Bar of Georgia. Three years after that, in 1979, Clark was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by former Governor George Busbee. By 1990, he was chief justice. He retired from the court in 1994.
The Georgia graduate led our state’s Supreme Court through what is arguably one of its most transformative periods. According to the AJC, “After Clarke became chief justice in 1990, the court added its first African-American and female justices. The court issued opinions that broadened the rights of free speech and expression, struck down death sentences, cracked down on overly aggressive prosecutors and expanded individual liberties.”
Beyond his good work on the bench, Clarke was known for being an all-around good man. In 1992, Clarke temporarily stepped aside as chief justice to allow his friend, Justice Charles Weltner, to serve his last few months of his life (he’d been battling cancer) as chief justice. The AJC reported that, “after his swearing-in ceremony, Weltner returned to his office and, courtesy of Clarke, found new stationery bearing his name as chief justice.” This illustrates the kindness this man showed to everyone he met.
On behalf of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, I want to extend my sympathies to the Clarke family. I’d also like to congratulate Harold on a life well-lived; his actions and demeanor were appreciated by all Georgians and by the Bulldog family.
Read an extensive feature on Harold G. Clarke from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Join the University of Georgia for the fourth annual TEDxUGA on Friday, March 18.
TEDxUGA 2016: Illuminate will bring UGA’s brightest minds into the spotlight to share their stories, experiences, and ideas worth spreading. Today’s ideas will illuminate tomorrow’s possibilities. The faculty, staff, student and alumni presenters of TEDxUGA 2016 know that all it takes is a single spark. Several alumni will present at this year’s event:
- Phillip (AB ’06, ABJ ’06) and Eileen Blume – international award-winning, socially conscious photographers and owners of Blume Photography Studios, a 2016 Bulldog 100 business. The pair will be TEDxUGA’s first duo presenters.
- Marc Gorlin (ABJ ’95) – owner of Kabbage, Inc. and the 2015 No. 1 Bulldog 100 business, Roadie.
- Melaney Cook-Smith (BBA ’89) – founder of Books for Keeps, a grassroots effort to provide books to those children that might otherwise have none and a 2016 Bulldog 100 business.
- Reese Hoffa (BSED ’02) – represents the United States as an Olympic shot putter in London, Athens, and Beijing. He won the bronze medal in 2012 and is currently training for the 2016 Olympics.
Registration opens tomorrow, February 11, at 8:00 a.m. to all UGA alumni, students, faculty and staff.
Launched during the 2015 Homecoming Weekend in October, UGA Black Alumni is the official affinity group for black graduates of the University of Georgia. Similar to the Women of UGA program, UGA Black Alumni exists underneath the umbrella of the UGA Alumni Association and seeks to connect black alumni and students.
Each year, UGA enrolls an increasingly diverse student population and it is important to connect alumni and students with shared experiences to continue building a welcoming and supportive campus community.
“As a student and an alumna, one thing I felt was missing from my UGA experience was the presence and mentorship of UGA alumni who looked like me. In 2008, I saw the first Black Alumni Homecoming Tailgate on Myers Quad and was full of emotion,” said Ambre Reed (BSFCS ’09), a member of the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council. “The creation of UGA Black Alumni and its Black Alumni Leadership Council is so important to our community. Becoming involved was a no-brainer for me.”
The mission of UGA Black Alumni is five-fold: recruit black students, faculty and staff; support black students to completion of a degree program; engage current students and alumni by mentoring and professional development; ‘friendraising’ and fundraising for UGA needs; and serve as UGA ambassadors in the community and to fellow Bulldogs
Raymond Phillips (BS ’12), another member of the UGA Black Alumni Leadership Council says that groups like UGA Black Alumni and Women of UGA send an important message to the university community, as well as prospective students.
“The time and resources the university is investing into UGA Black Alumni demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion,” he said. “This investment shows there is a place for everyone at UGA, regardless of one’s race, gender or age.”
Reed echoed this message.
“The creation of UGA Black Alumni sends the message that the university not only sees diversity as an asset while on campus, but after graduation, too,” she said.
Serving as an ambassador for UGA, a key part of the group’s mission, involves activities like participating in Give That Dawg a Bone, a card-writing campaign in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which invites alumni to write notes to accepted students, encouraging them to call UGA home for the next four years.
Members of UGA Black Alumni also are invited to attend information sessions and recruitment fairs throughout the year, where they can educate talented black high school students about UGA, its traditions and culture.
Reed admits that as a high school student, she never considered attending UGA. It was not until a black recruiter visited her high school in metro Atlanta and spoke about UGA with passion and pride that she realized it could be a place that she, a black student, could feel accepted and comfortable.
The services that are now a core part of UGA Black Alumni are what helped recruit Ambre and are what will help recruit more talented and diverse students in the future.
Another key component of UGA Black Alumni is raising funds for the Black Alumni Scholarship, which supports up to four students a year. Charles Orgbon III, a member of the Class of 2017 and recipient of the Black Alumni Scholarship, is CEO of Greening Forward, one of America’s largest youth-driven environmental organizations. It is talented students like Orgbon, who are supported by the important work of UGA Black Alumni, that are helping to further cement UGA’s reputation as a top-tier public institution.
The UGA Alumni Association is proud to support UGA Black Alumni as it continues to engage the university’s more than 288,000 alumni around the world.
To learn more about UGA Black Alumni, visit www.alumni.uga.edu/blackalumni.
Interested in joining Ambre and Raymond on the Black Alumni Leadership Council? Click here.
To support students like Charles Orgbon III and other recipients of the Black Alumni Scholarship, click here.
One of the biggest attractions to the Atlanta music scene is its annual music festival, Music Midtown. From mainstream pop artists to rising rock bands, Music Midtown offers the crowds that gather performances from a wide variety of artists. For Peter Conlon (BBA '75), one of two founders of the festival and president of Peter Conlon Presents, this was the overall goal: to create an event fit for attendees of all music tastes and genres.
Conlon graduated from Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 1975. During his four years as an undergraduate student, he was a member of University Union where he first began booking rock concerts that featured artists such as Jethro Tull and the Allman Brothers. He attended law school for a short period of time after graduation, but then took a risk and dropped out to work as an intern for the Carter presidential campaign, a risk that ended up paying off through a victory.
Peter continued to work for Jimmy Carter throughout his presidential term. His position required that he help set up benefit concerts for the president. In 1982, Conlon partnered with Alex Cooley to begin his career in the music industry.
Music Midtown at Piedmont Park
After working many years booking concerts, the pair founded Music Midtown in 1994, inspired by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. After having to pull the plug on the event in 2005 due to low sales, the festival was reintroduced in 2011 and now takes up several stages across Piedmont Park, hosts more than 30 different artists, and attracts attendees from all over the nation. Moreover, since the festival’s relaunch, it has generated $50 million for the local economy each year.
Congratulations to Peter and best wishes for the continued success of Music Midtown!