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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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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, 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 business opportunities at both the local and global levels, and to start "something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a nonprofit 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 participating 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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