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08.07.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Jinali Desai (PHARMD ‘07)

Jinali Desai (PHARMD ’07) touches thousands of lives daily through her role as senior director of Market Health and Wellness for Walmart.

While at UGA, she was guided by a group of what she describes as “some of the best professors in the nation.” One professor in particular, Dr. Christopher Cook, encouraged her to develop her leadership skills by taking a national position with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). As a regional representative for NCPA, she worked with several leaders in the industry, exposing her to the thought processes and strategies of national firms.

Dr. Desai now utilizes the expertise gained during that time to improve the affordability, accessibility and quality of pharmaceutical care for her company’s clients. This past year, she launched a program that focuses on the “power of one patient at a time.”

Describing success as a “journey,” Dr. Desai says that success means:

“1. Giving back to the community, mentoring students and leaving my surroundings in a better place than I found it. 2. Icreasing access to affordable and high quality healthcare. 3. Making a difference every day.”

When asked for advice to current UGA students, she shared the following:

“Education is far beyond the classroom. This is the time to explore, have an open mind to new experiences and a diverse thought process. Ensure you surround yourself with other who have a diverse thought process, background, and root.”

Dr. Desai, we are proud of the fact that your roots stretch across the globe, but also include UGA and Athens. Congratulations on being selected to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, and Go Dawgs!

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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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