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08.05.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Jason Carter (JD ‘04)

For years, Jason Carter (JD ’04) has been actively and passionately spending nearly every moment of his time in service and defense of others. After completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, he followed in the footsteps of Lillian Carter, his great-grandmother, by volunteering for the United States Peace Corps, working with communities in South Africa.

Upon returning from Africa, he attended UGA’s School of Law, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While in law school, his book, Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Borders, was published by National Geographic.

Jason’s dedication to public service has continued following law school. An attorney at Atlanta firm Bondurant, Mixon & Elmore, he has logged hundreds of pro bono hours litigating on behalf of some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens. In 2010 he was elected to the Georgia State Senate to represent the 42nd District (DeKalb County).

Jason sits on the boards of several pro bono and non-profit organizations dedicated social and environmental causes. He has been named a “Rising Star” in Atlanta Magazine and “On the Rise” by the Fulton County Daily Report.

He speaks fondly of his time in Athens, recalling watching “David Greene’s pass to Verron Haynes and listening to the radio broadcast live, and (like many others) we Googled “hobnail boot.”

Jason credits the preparation of his professors and the relationships forged during his time at UGA for much of his success.

“The UGA School of Law prepared me not only for the substantive aspects of a rigorous law practice, but it also gave me the friendships and connections that have proved invaluable,” he said.

When asked for advice for current UGA students, Jason offered the following: “Be true to yourself; find something that truly moves and act on it; leave your comfort zone and seek out human connections where you might not expect them.”

An excellent example of practicing what you preach, don’ t you think?  Congratulations, Jason, for being selected to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and thank you for your service to Georgians and for exemplifying the excellent of UGA graduates!

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10.20.2014

Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)

Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 honoree Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) lves a busy and fulfilling life as owner and creative director of Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Hulsey’s work, inspired by her grandmother, is self-described as “timeless elegance that is ethereal and moody.” The majority of her designs feature unusual materials, such as pinecones and berries - something that caught the attention of both Pottery Barn and President Obama. Hulsey’s shop was selected to launch the design giant’s 2014 summer brand, and her floral designs were displayed at the White House last year.

A regular on Pottery Barn’s Have and Hold wedding blog, Hulsey informs brides-to-be on the art of creating garden fresh flower girl halos, cake stand centerpieces and seashore-inspired tablescapes.

Hulsey loves when opportunitues to work with fellow UGA alumni come along in her life. Hulsey began her relationship with Pottery Barn after the floral arrangements she designed for friend and fellow Grady grad Linsay Cheney Rudd’s (ABJ ’08) wedding were noticed by the blog. Hulsey also uses her friends in various photo shoots for Pottery Barn, including one for a driftwood lantern centerpiece tutorial that features Lea Lanier (BSED ’99).

  

Congratulations on all your success, Christy! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to many more years of your beautiful designs.

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10.15.2014

Pulaski County students experienced life at UGA

Guest Blogger: Michelle Wilder Rivers (MA '10)
Program Coordinator
Archway Partnership

To demonstrate the possibilities available through higher education, the Hawkinsville LIFE League worked with the UGA Archway Partnership and the Office of Institutional Diversity to bring students to campus in July. The goal of the trip was to increase the awareness of postsecondary education opportunities, and to provide direct access to college admissions information. 

LIFE League teaches life skills and encourages excellence through basketball and other programs for at-risk youth in Pulaski County.

The day started with a UGA police escort for the students similar to that given to the football team on game day. Basketball games at the Ramsey Student Center were preceded by a reception during which numerous UGA administrators welcomed students.

Throughout the day, students participated in events including tours of the Ramsey Student Center and Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall (where they met student-athletes Nasheema Oliver, Kenny Gaines, Marcus Thornton and Chris Conley). Students had lunch at the Village Commons dining hall and emjoyed an interactive session with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. LIFE Leaguers ended their day with pictures in front of Sanford Stadium before heading home.

Units across campus made the day possible including: Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Terry College of Business, Mary Frances Early, UGA Athletic Association, Recreational Sports, Parking Services, Food Services, UGA Police Department and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  

Those involved hope that providing these students with a day on the UGA campus illustrated the possibilities that exist through post-secondary education. It was a great day for the Bulldog Nation and I felt lucky to be part of such a life-changing event for so many young people.

Click here to view more photos from the students' visit to UGA. 

More information about the Archway Partnership, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at UGA, can be found at www.archwaypartnership.uga.edu.

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10.10.2014

Alumnus Sets Sights on Vonage

Former Google executive Alan Masarek (BBA ’82) is making big moves.

Later this year, Masarek will be joining Internet phone service provider Vonage as the chief executive officer. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Vonage, which is based in New Jersey, is an international company that reported $829 million in revenue last year. The company also has ties back to Georgia, with its business services division moving to Cobb County in the near future.

Over the years, Masarek has served as president of a healthcare IT company and co-founded AdOutlet, an online media buying platform, and Quickoffice, an app provider that was acquired by Google in 2012. Most recently, he was the director of Chrome and apps at Google.

Congratulations on your continued success, Alan! The UGA Alumni Association wishes you the best of luck in your new role.

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