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07.26.2013

40 Under 40 Feature: Laurie Barron (BSED ’96)

Today’s featured 40 Under 40 honoree is Laurie Barron (BSED ’96), principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan, Ga.

Barron graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1996 and went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia in 1999, and a Doctor of Education from University of Sarasota in 2003. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a distinction held by only one percent of teachers in the U.S., and an adjunct professor at Mercer University.

Since taking over as principal at Smokey Road in 2004, Barron has raised the bar for the school’s academic standards. Smokey Road has not only seen an improvement in test scores, but also a decline in disciplinary problems.

According to Coweta County Schools Assistant Superintendent Marc Guy, Barron “has been a dynamic, innovative and extremely successful school leader. [She] has helped teachers do great things for student success in [the] school and the school system.”

Barron’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, either. In 2011, Smokey Road was named one of only five Breakthrough Schools by the MetLife Foundation NAASP and Georgia Breakout Middle School by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. It was also named a Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement Silver Award Winner for Greatest Gains for Achievement.

Due to her hard work and the support of a talented staff, the alumna was named the State of Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year and the MetLife NASSP National Middle School Principal of the Year for 2012-2013. She is a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force and numerous other professional organizations.

“My experiences at UGA prepared me not only for a successful career, but for what it means to be a well-rounded, productive citizen who gives back to the community,” said Barron. She cited organizations such as Blue Key, Mortar Board, Kappa Delta Epsilon and UGA at Oxford as being influential in her personal growth.

In her free time, Barron enjoys hiking, snow skiing, traveling, reading and UGA football. And, according to Guy, who nominated Barron for this honor, she creates some of the best tailgate dishes on Saturdays in Athens!

Congratulations and best wishes for continued success, Laurie. I fully expect to try one of your tailgate recipes in the near future!

Update: Laurie Barron has relocated to Montana, where the alumna has been named the Evergreen School District superintendent.

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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. 

In just two days, 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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