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08.06.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Charnetta Colton (BS ‘99)

Dr. Charnetta Colton (BS ’99) made a big impact in Washington County, Georgia, during her time there, and not just through her work as a pediatrician at Children’s Healthcare Center of Sandersville. This Renaissance woman possesses talents in medicine, working with youth, journalism and playwriting and freely shared these gifts with the rural South Georgia community.

As a student at UGA, Dr. Colton wrote for Kross Cultures Magazine, currently published as InfUSion Magazine, producing work for which she received the “Most Journalistically Talented” award. That recognition spurred her onto becoming a Christian playwright with two productions to her name.

After conquering UGA’s pre-medicine undergraduate studies (she encourages current students not to flee from pre-medicine when they confront the immense challenge of organic chemistry), she moved onto Georgia State University for her master of science, then to Morehouse School of Medicine to attain her doctor of medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Emory University School of Medicine. As you can see, Dr. Colton is truly a product of the State of Georgia’s excellent higher education opportunities.

While in Sandersville, Dr. Colton served on board for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she was Medical Director of Cross Fit Kids, a program that encourages healthy living practices for children.

Dr. Colton recently relocated to Atlanta and now provides pediatric care for the patients at South Atlanta Pediatrics in Riverdale and Locust Grove.

She shared this interesting anecdote when asked about her motivation for success:

“As a student at UGA, I had a poster on my wall with a quote from Michael Jordan which stated, ‘I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.’ Success to me means accomplishing a goal or receiving a great reward while maintaining your integrity and, perhaps, enduring some failure.”

Dr. Colton, thank you for exemplifying the hard fought path to success for which UGA graduates have been so amply prepared during their time on campus. Your multifaceted contributions to your community inspire UGA alumni everywhere to harness their talents and contribute.  Congratulations on being selected to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and Go Dawgs!

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12.19.2014

Brothers make business a family affair

How do two brothers from tiny Hopeful, Georgia, manage to take Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit to a new level? Well, ask the Shirah brothers, Benjie (BSFR ’07, MFR ’10) and Jamey (BBA ’10). Since leaving Athens, the business-savvy brothers have embarked on a number of successful endeavors, including The Ivy Buckhead and Atlanta-based companies Kill Cliff – The Recovery Drink™ and Vida-Flo: The Hydration Station. Now, the brothers are heading in a new direction - your feet. 

This fall, Benjie and Jamey launched their latest project, JL The Brand, a flair-filled sock company. Together with friends, the brothers are working to add a little jazz to the mundane black and blue men’s suit with top-notch socks. 

Designed with unique patterns and colors, JL The Brand offers affordable high quality socks that add a subtle yet sophisticated pop to any outfit. JL The Brand socks are the perfect gift for any guy this holiday season! 

With the Shirah brothers’ keen eye for business development, these young alumni are sure make a lasting mark on Atlanta's entrepreneurial scene. 

Keep up with the Shirah's businesses on social media: 

@theivybuckhead
@govidaflo
@jlthebrand

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12.18.2014

40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations

Tobin R. "Toby" Carr (BBA '01, BSAE '01) was named associate vice president for government relations and director of state governmental relations at UGA. Vice President for Government Relations J. Griffin Doyle announced the appointment of Carr, who currently is planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Carr was appointed to his current DOT post in 2012, a position in which he has led a team of some 30 planning professionals in guiding strategic planning and project budget documents that direct state and federal resources to fund transportation projects. He graduated from the UGA Honors Program in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in business administration and agricultural engineering. Before assuming his DOT post, Carr served as Deal's transportation policy adviser and the governor's liaison to the Georgia House of Representatives. He previously was director of Deal's gubernatorial transition committee.

An active student leader while at UGA, Carr served as president of the Interfraternity Council and was named to Sphinx, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and the Arch Society. He currently serves on the UGA College of Engineering Alumni Advisory Board and was recognized in 2014 as a UGA 40 Under 40 and as the 2012 Blue Key Outstanding Young Alumnus Award winner.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to serve my alma mater in this role," Carr said. "I'm very grateful to Gov. Deal for his support of this new endeavor and to President Morehead and Vice President Doyle for giving me the opportunity to advance the mission of UGA."

Carr will serve as primary liaison between the university and state government officials, representing the university in all matters involving legislators, agencies, departments, and the other higher education institutions of Georgia. The transition will occur in early January.

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12.11.2014

UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program

Did a teacher at UGA enrich your life or create a spark that inspired you to pursue your dreams? Was there a professor or teaching assistant that pushed you to do your best and helped you discover your passion for a certain subject? 

Now is the time to let that teacher - and the university community - know how grateful you are for their effect on your life. UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning invites current UGA students and alumni to particpate in the Thank-a-Teacher program.

What is Thank-a-Teacher? It is a program that allows students and alumni to express gratitude for teachers who have impacted their lives in a profound and meaningful way. If a teacher (professor, instructor, teaching assistant) made a positive contribution to your experience at UGA, please consider sending them a brief note. You may choose to remain anonymous or have your name attached to the note. 

You will be asked to fill out a simple form and acknowledge your appreciation for your teacher's work, dedication and extra effort. Share a simple thank you or an anecdote to let that teacher know what you enjoyed about their class and why it was important to you. 

Click here to complete the Thank-a-Teacher form

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