Brothers make business a family affair
40 Under 40 honoree to direct UGA’s state government relations
UGA’s Thank-a-Teacher Program
Former UGA football player gives back to the community
Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN
Introducing Executive Director Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS '00)
UGA alumnus takes daring dive
UGA Alumni Association announces sixth annual Bulldog 100 list
2014 International Education Week
Alumna Spotlight: Cheri Leavy (BSED '97)
From the Desk of Provost Whitten: Food for Thought
Classic city sound from television to the silver screen
In remembrance of Carl E. Sanders (JD '48)
San Diego Chapter president leads successful career in medical illustration
UGA alumnus heads to Neverland
UGA named ‘Best Place for Student Veterans’
Warnell School honors distinguished alumni
A Bulldog Love Story
There’s no business like show business
UGA College of Education honors five alumni for career achievements
Bulldog advocates for arts education
Georgia agricultural leadership program graduates inaugural class
Former Diamond Dawg makes a difference for individuals with disabilities
UGA Graduate School honors 2014 Alumni of Distinction
Bulldogs in the Sunshine State
2014-2015 Signature Lecture Series
Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)
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Alumnus Sets Sights on Vonage
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Good Eats: Alton in ATH
Sic ‘Em City: Homecoming 2014
Georgia Fund receives generous gift from Lake Oconee Area Chapter
Former Bulldog’s Studio Shines in Storytelling
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees from the School of Law and Grady
40 Under 40 Class of 2014: Advice to Students
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees: Favorite UGA Memories
Class of 2014 40 Under 40 Honorees
2014 40 Under 40 Keynote Speaker: Kim Bearden (BSED '87)
Sounds of the Classic City
Official 2014 Game Watching Parties
Five questions with wedding planner Maren Clarke White (AB ‘09)
Reflecting on Freshman Welcome 2014
Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome
2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd
UGA Class of 2014 Summer Commencement
Former Bulldog making “Chic Comfort Food” on MasterChef
Father and son share a bond like no other
UGA alumna is on fire
Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves
2014 is “Going to the Dawgs”
A Bulldog reunion 30 years in the making
UGA alumnus named chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association
Five Questions with Richmond Chapter Vice President Taylor Jacobson (BS '09)
Atlanta Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
We are our Sisters’ Keepers
40 Under 40 Class of 2014 Announced
Focus on Faculty: Elizabeth Andress
Spotlight on Young Alumni: Angelique Jackson (ABJ '12)
Cortona presented with key to the Classic City
UGA alumnus takes Nashville baseball fans back in time
Terry College presents alumni awards
Marshall Scholar meets Prince Charles
A whirlwind trip to the Peabody Awards in NYC
Former UGA Orientation Leader hopes to inspire others to serve their country
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 Honoree works to lead Georgians out of poverty
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Kira Fonteneau (JD ’05) remembers the day like it was yesterday.
“I was sitting in Professor Ron Ellington’s Civil Procedures class as a [first-year law student] at UGA when he called on several members of our class who were unprepared. When he reached the fifth unprepared student, he calmly put down his marker and dismissed the class, telling us that he could not continue unless we were prepared. The class was dumbfounded. The most intense feeling of embarrassment and shame filled the room as we realized how disappointed he was. I will never forget that day – it was the day that I learned the importance of being prepared as a lawyer.”
Fonteneau learned that lesson and hasn’t looked back. The alumna graduated in 2005 from the UGA School of Law and became a litigation associate with Constangy, Brooks and Smith, LLP, in Birmingham, Ala. In late 2006, she established The Fonteneau Firm, LLC.
According to Julie Jun, a colleague and friend of Fonteneau’s, “Kira left a comfortable job with a big law firm to open her own shop, which she ran for several years. She was not simply successful, but she made such an impression on her peers, that she was eventually nominated and appointed to the position of public defender for Jefferson County, Ala., where Birmingham is located.”
In January 2013, Fonteneau was appointed to open and run the state of Alabama’s largest public defender office. In this role, she is responsible for recruiting, managing and training 39 attorneys and 29 support staff members.
In her free time, Fonteneau gives back to the Birmingham community. She has served on the American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors since 2007, the ACLU of Alabama Board of Directors since 2011, and the Holy Family Cristo Rey High School Junior Board of Directors since 2009. She has participated in the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program since 2006.
When asked what advice she would give to UGA students today, the alumna said, “You never know how the detours in life will prepare you for the future, so don’t feel like you have to plan your life in great detail.”
As Birmingham’s first public defender, there was no way Kira Fonteneau could have envisioned her career path to this point. But, she has obviously followed her own advice and found great success in our neighbor state to the west. Congratulations, Kira!
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.
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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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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.