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05.06.2013

Bulldog serves as world-renowned authority on French novelist

Dr. William “Bill” C. Carter (AB ’63, MA ’67) is a retired Distinguished Professor of French, Emeritus, from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a world-renowned authority on French novelist Marcel Proust.

With two new books, a medal from the French government, and numerous lectures and speaking engagements scheduled, Dr. Carter has quite a bit going on these days. I couldn’t help but boast about this great alumnus and his many endeavors in today’s blog post.

Published Works

This year marks 100 years since the publication of Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” the first volume of “In Search of Lost Time.” Regarded by many as the greatest piece of French literature, “In Search of Lost Time” is often considered the greatest novel of the 20th century. Dr. Carter, named “Proust’s definitive biographer” by literary critic Harold Bloom, has created a landmark edition of this literary work to celebrate the novel’s 100th anniversary. It will be released this fall by Yale University Press.

Awards

In April, La Renaissance Française, a nonprofit organization founded in France in 1916 by French president Raymond Poincaré, announced that Dr. Carter had been named an American recipient of its medals for the promotion of French language or culture. According to the organization, Dr. Carter is “a renowned scholar and biographer of the early 20th-century French novelist Marcel Proust [who] developed a film on Proust that was broadcast on PBS and is the creator of a web site devoted to Proust called “Proust-Ink” as well as a web-based course on Proust with an interactive forum.”

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Carter will be lecturing in France in June – at the Proust Museum in Illiers-Combrey on June 17, and in Cabourg on June 30. Later this fall, he will speak at the Boston Athenaeum on Nov. 12, and the Providence Athenaeum on Nov. 14. Three days later, he will be at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. And if you can believe it, the alumnus will continue to speak through December when he gives the closing plenary lecture at a Proust conference at the University of Exeter. This is especially illustrative of his Proust expertise as the conference will feature leading Proust scholars from around the world.

Best of luck to Dr. Carter during his travels this year. We are proud to have such an accomplished academic among our graduates, and look forward to following his career in the future!

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04.23.2014

Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action

Catherine Garner (MHP ’13) has a passion for preserving the historic buildings of Salisbury, NC. After finishing her undergraduate degree in geography and urban planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Garner interned with preservation planners in Winston-Salem. Fulfilled by the work, she chose to pursue the path of historic preservation, eventually earning her master's degree from UGA in preservation planning.

Since then, Garner has landed her dream job as Salisbury’s newest city planner and liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Commission. In this position, she help develop communities in which people want to live. She is involved in the city’s new "one-stop shop" for development services. The innovative program encourages local business owners to obtain city permits and a business license under the same roof. By streamlining the process, more local businesses will be involved in the city planning process.

Congratulations, Catherine! It’s great to see an alumna making a difference in her community. The work you do will impact Salisbury for generations to come.

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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 Newspapers, 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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