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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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True and loyal be.


Alma Mater, thee we'll honor,

True and loyal be,

Ever crowned with praise and glory,

Georgia, hail to thee.


So goes the chorus of the University of Georgia Alma Mater. Words we proudly sing before football games and commencement ceremonies. Do we ever stop to reflect on their meaning?

Today is #GivingTuesday, a national day of philanthropy. Many spent Friday filling shopping bags with gifts, shopping local on Saturday, and scouring the internet for deals yesterday. Today is the first day of December and a symbolic beginning to the season of giving. Let us not forget the individuals and organizations that depend on our generosity to thrive.

UGA can sometimes be forgotten as a nonprofit worthy of that generosity. Tuition and state dollars do not fully fund the research, service and teaching that takes at the university; private giving closes the gap. Those donations fund scholarships for students who cannot afford to attend UGA (even with the HOPE Scholarship), incredible facilities to house endless hours of studying and teaching, events to promote networking and career exploration, and much more!

Today, UGA reminds you to keep it in mind when making your end-of-year gifts – no matter their size. Because when it comes to our alma mater, we hail to thee.


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UGA honors The Coca-Cola Foundation for its support of academics

UGA recently honored The Coca-Cola Foundation for its legacy of supporting academics at the state's flagship institution of higher education.

In an on-field presentation before the Nov. 21 football game, Coca-Cola representatives-Kirk Glaze, director of community partnerships; Gene Rackley (BBA '90), director of federal government relations; and Scott Williamson (MMC '92), vice president of public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola North America-were recognized by UGA officials for The Coca-Cola Foundation's most recent gift of $1 million.

The money will provide additional funding for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program. UGA President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80), Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Kelly Kerner and Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholars Angel Hogg '18 and Michael Williams '18 joined the representatives from Coca-Cola to accept the gift on behalf of the university.

"We are immensely grateful for the continued support of one of our state's pre-eminent corporate partners," Morehead said. "Coca-Cola's generosity is providing vital support for deserving students from Georgia who are seeking to become the first in their families to earn a college degree." Continue reading.

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Alumna Spotlight: Emily Scofield (MS '99)

Emily Scofield (MS '99) published her first book, Coco & Dean: Explorers of the World, in April. The book is the first in a series of adventures Scofield is writing to educate children about environmental awareness. Scofield is the executive director for the U.S. Green Building Council's North Carolina Chapter. She leads members, volunteers and staff members across the state to promote sustainable construction practices under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. In the past few years, she has been named to the UGA Alumni Association's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and was a Charlotte Top Woman in Business in 2014.

Scofield lives in North Carolina with her husband, Tom, and their two children. She is an avid volunteer in the community working with organizations such as the American Heart Association, Providence United Methodist Church, Calvary Child Development Center, Communities in Schools and Habitat for Humanity.

Coco & Dean: Explorers of the World takes readers on three adventures with Coco and Dean. Readers learn how to conserve resources, the benefits of recycling and the importance of keeping oceans clean. Scofield exposes complex topics like ‘carbon footprints’ and ‘renewable resources' through each adventure. Not only is the reader engaged in learning about these topics in the story, there are study questions and links to environmental organizations in each chapter. 

The UGA Alumni Association is proud of this Bulldog and the work she is doing to improve the world around her! 

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