Alumni open Athens’s only vegan restaurant
Alumna offers reusable wrapping
Mike Proctor (BBA ‘96) sells collegiate kettle corn
Warnell honors distinguished alumni
Focus on the Faculty: Kyle Johnsen
Dwayne Bass (AB '98) saves the planet one sculpture at a time
Need a special treat for the holidays? Amanda Wilbanks (AB ‘01) has you covered!
The Bitter Southerner provides insight into life as a Southerner
UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics
UGA alumna serves at America’s Cup
Alumna earns SPANX Leg Up Award
Atlanta alumna owns and operates Lacefield Designs
Investiture ceremony for UGA President Jere W. Morehead
Gus Arrendale (BSA ‘80) awarded National Humanitarian Medal
UGA Extension launches Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge
Founding director of Right Steps Inc., speaks in Athens
Alumni launch Sugarboo Designs
Former UGA football player hosts golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Happy Veterans Day!
An exciting week at UGA!
The 2013 McGladrey Classic
Stephen Roy (BSA '86) becomes president of Mack North American Sales & Marketing
Alumnus Mike Mulligan (PHD '72) creates career seminar
UGA alumna is creator of Liddabits
An action-packed weekend
Alumna featured on “Untold Stories of the ER”
Michael Giarrusso (ABJ ‘92) named AP global sports editor
Alumna creates beautiful lamps for a good cause
Tom Pashley (BBA ‘91) named president and COO of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club
Former 40 Under 40 honoree sees dream approach reality
UGA alumnae open Athens’s first blow dry bar
Alumna’s gift to Ellen DeGeneres featured on The Ellen Show
Stephen Walker (BBA ‘04) launches gourmet popcorn business
Eleven UGA alumni named to Georgia Trend 40 Under 40
Sixteen alumni honored by UGA Graduate School
Dewdrop Designs offers handmade paper and leather products
Robert Jones (MS ‘75) named president of University at Albany
Former UGA golfer Erik Compton earns PGA Tour Courage Award
Tom Shanahan (JD '98) named top lawyer for UNC system
UGA Alumni Night at the Bookstore
This UGA grad is betting you’ll eat bugs ...
Linnea West’s art blog endorsed by The Huffington Post
UGA grad and Southern Grace Farms earn 2013 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award
UGA alumnus receives highest honors for contribution to landscape architecture
UGA alumnus selected to serve as Colonial Williamsburg Foundation trustee
Three UGA grads return home to premiere film
Bradley Taylor (BS ‘95) featured in Garden & Gun
UGA grad partners with high school friend to offer athletic training services to young athletes
Four alumni honored with Blue Key Service Awards
Chad Eikhoff (BFA ‘97) is animating his way into the future
Comedy Central animated series co-creator is a UGA graduate
Seven alumni recognized by UGA College of Education
UGA graduate is voice of Boise State Broncos
UGA alumna breaks ground on new marketing firm
2013 40 Under 40 Awards Lunch a Success!
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Padgett “Pat” Wilson (AB ’96)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Albert Glover Way (PHD ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Raegan Tuff (PHD ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Mark Anthony Thomas (BA ’01)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Irving Steel (AB ’08)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Logan Smalley (BS ’06)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Richard Scott (BFA ’05)
UGA Opens Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kevin Scott (BA ’07)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Emily Hanson Scofield (MS ’92)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Robyn Painter (AB ’98)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Kim Nogi (ABJ ’09, BMUS ’09)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Timothy Murphy (BBA ’96)
40 Under 40 Spotlight: Michael McConnell (BA ’07)
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!
I have a number of vegan and vegetarian acquaintances and have heard the struggle they endure when it comes to eating out with their dietary restrictions. A member of our board recently emailed me about a new restaurant in Athens that caters to vegans - and it's owned by UGA alumni!
Vanessa Molina (M ‘84) and her husband, Juan Molina (AB ’82), are the owners of Athens’s only vegan restaurant, Echo. Echo was originally called Broad Street Coffee, but when the business moved to Washington Street in downtown Athens in August, it was renamed.
Although the location has changed, the Molinas dedication to veganism has not. Echo only uses organic food in its dishes. If high-quality produce is unavailable, the menu is simply updated to reflect that.
Echo offers late-night live music on the weekends. Since it opened in August, Echo has hosted bands such as Of Montreal’s Calvin Love to Brooklyn-based Air Waves.
On behalf of Athens-area vegans (and non-vegans), thank you for adding Echo to the Athens food scene. I look forward to hearing more about your restaurant and its success!
I imagine many of you are planning to give a few gifts this year. While gift giving is a fun holiday task that brings a smile to the face of a friend or family member, gift wrapping is another story.
Ashley Edmonds (AB '05, ABJ '05, MBA '11) understands this frustration - the roll of tape runs out, boxes can be hard to come by and, of course, wrapping is a time-intensive process. The alumna thus decided to develop a cure for our “wrapping blues.”
Edmonds is the founder of Lilywrap, an eco-friendly (and easy-to-use) gift wrap alternative. She says her “ah-ha moment” came after the holidays when she and her family filled three large garbage bags with wrapping paper. She later learned that 4 million tons of gift wrapping paper is wasted each year. On top of that, the average American spends three hours wrapping holiday gifts alone.
Her answer was simple: reusable gift wrap. Lilywrap offers a patent-pending stretchy fabric wrap that is durable and simple for even novice wrappers to use. Plus - it’s cute!
For her savvy business idea, SPANX recently named Edmonds the November 2013 Leg Up Winner. According to SPANX, the Leg Up awards provide female business owners with great exposure and a well-deserved "leg up."
On behalf of stressed holiday wrappers everywhere, thank you, Ashley, and best of luck as your business continues to grow.
You can learn more about Ashley Edmonds's Leg Up Award here.