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04.08.2013

UGA residence hall named for former Governor George D. Busbee

UGA’s East Campus Village will soon have a new name for one of its residence halls. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents recently voted to approve the naming of Building 1512 after the late Georgia Governor George D. Busbee (BBA’49, LLB ’52).

Busbee, the 77th governor of Georgia, championed education during his time in office and established the statewide public kindergarten system. He also focused on economic development, prison reform, state constitution revision, and the restructuring of the Department of Human Resources.

Building 1512 opened in the fall of 2004 alongside three named residence halls—McWhorter Hall, Rooker Hall and Vandiver Hall. The apartment-style buildings offer two-, three- and four-bedroom options to more than 1,200 students.

A native of Vienna, Ga., Busbee enrolled as a student at UGA after attending both Georgia Military College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and serving in the U.S. Navy. After graduation, he started a law practice in Albany, Ga., where he and his wife Mary Elizabeth raised four children.

In 1956, Busbee was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served for 18 years. He served two consecutive terms as governor of Georgia – the first governor in the state to do so. After retiring from politics, Busbee lived with his family in Duluth and became a partner at King & Spalding. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 76.

The University is grateful for Busbee’s contributions to UGA and the state. I believe this honor will serve as a reminder for future generations of University students of the great work this graduate executed on behalf of his home state.

Information for this blog was sourced from the University of Georgia School of Law.

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

For the past three years, UGA Days has toured more than 26 cities, bringing administrators and coaches to cities across the southeast for evening gatherings with local alumni, friends and fans. This year's tour stops include Greenville, SC; Gainesville, GA; Dalton, GA; Orlando, FL; Savannah, GA; Albany, GA; Houston, TX; Tifton, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; and Gwinnett County, GA.

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's upcoming sports seasons, latest research initiatives and admissions information about the Class of 2018. 

Tomorrow, the 2014 tour will kick off in Greenville! Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark, 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 opportunities both local and global, and to start something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a not-for-profit 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 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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04.10.2014

2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon

It’s Honors Week at UGA, a time to celebrate outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni who have given so much to the university. Tomorrow, the UGA Alumni Association will host the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon. The event will take place this Friday, April 11, at noon at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.

At the luncheon, the Alumni Merit Award, the UGA Alumni Association's oldest honor, will be presented to Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63), known for her award-winning journalism and work as a foreign correspondent and M. Douglas Ivester (BBA '69), who spent over 20 years working with Coca-Cola.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Landrum (AB '72, MA '87) and Anne Sweaney, professor emerita in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will be honored with the Faculty Service Award. The Alumni Family of the Year award will go to Francis "Abit" Massey (BBA '49) and his family, known for their commitment to the community, poultry industry and UGA.

Click here for more information about the honorees and the event.

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