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
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UGA named ‘Best Place for Student Veterans’
Warnell School honors distinguished alumni
A Bulldog Love Story
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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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Clear the Air at UGA
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
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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
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Terry College presents alumni awards
Marshall Scholar meets Prince Charles
A whirlwind trip to the Peabody Awards in NYC
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Alumni Career Services: New Director and Alumni Career Fair
Grady College announces recipients of 2014 Alumni Awards
Young Alumni Profile - Mel Baxter (AB '12)
Richmond Chapter donates to Student Veterans Resource Center
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Catherine Trieschmann
Ertharin Cousin (JD '82) named to 2014 TIME 100 Most Influential People
UGA Alumni Association pays tribute to UGA’s founder and first president with statue on North Campus
In his 13-year career with SunTrust Bank, Thomas Forsberg (BBA ’00, MBA ’10) has achieved steady professional growth. During that time, this exceptional graduate has also gone back to school, started a family, volunteered with a number of community organizations and helped foster relationships between fellow UGA alumni and their alma mater. And now, he’s been named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.
After graduating from UGA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2000, Forsberg became a credit analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta. Two years later, he became a SunTrust commercial banking portfolio manager. In 2004, he was named a first vice president and relationship manager for Diversified Commercial Banking, a role he still fills today in Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.
During his time with SunTrust, Forsberg has received numerous honors, including the Chairman’s Team Award, Peak Performer, Top Producer of Profits, Unsung Hero, and HERO Award.
In 2010, Forsberg became a Double Dawg when he graduated with his MBA from the Terry College of Business.
“While juggling my career, a growing family and the MBA workload, I received the highest performance recognition within our company. I attribute this success to the academic growth and personal development I experienced during the MBA program. I gained valuable work experience following my undergraduate degree; however, I excelled to new heights upon enrolling in the MBA program and have continued to grow since,” says Forsberg.
He is married to Ansley Mason Forsberg (BBA ’01), whom he met while attending UGA, and the couple has three children. In his free time, Forsberg serves as co-president of the Columbus Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the Columbus Terry College of Business Alumni Network.
"Thomas is an outstanding chapter leader because he is diligent about planning, organizing, and making everyone feel welcome at events. He's also great at staying in touch with people. His dedication, energy, hard work and great attitude all make me proud to call him a fellow UGA graduate," says Assistant Director of Regional Programs Danielle Alexander (MSW '11).
His community involvement is extensive, as well. He is a Columbus Airport Commissioner, treasurer for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Historic Columbus Foundation Board of Directors, a graduate of Leadership Columbus, and a member of the Columbus Chamber’s Young Professionals.
Congratulations to Thomas on this honor. He is a dedicated alumni leader for our organization and I know the graduates that live in the Columbus area are appreciative of his leadership and dedication to UGA.
The University of Georgia Alumni Association has released the 2015 Bulldog 100. This annual program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 450 nominations were submitted for the 2015 list.
The 2015 Bulldog 100 includes businesses of all sizes and from industries such as landscape design, marketing and orthodontics. Several areas of the country are represented, including companies from as far north as Chicago and as far west as Texas. Of the 100 businesses, 88 are located within the state of Georgia. The Atlanta office of Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors verified the information submitted by each company and ranked the businesses based on a compounded annual growth rate during a three-year period.
The public, including UGA alumni and friends, is invited to celebrate the Bulldog 100 honorees at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Feb. 7. The evening will begin with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony will feature a keynote address by Hala Moddelmog, the first female president and CEO of the Atlanta Metro Chamber. Moddelmog graduated from UGA in 1981 with a Master of Arts from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to joining the Atlanta Metro Chamber, Moddelmog was president of Arby's Restaurant Group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Church's Chicken.
Following her remarks, members of the Student Alumni Council will lead the highlight of the evening-the release of the final rankings and countdown of the 2015 Bulldog 100.
"Each year, the caliber of the Bulldog 100 businesses illustrates the important role that UGA graduates play in their communities' economic growth," said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA's executive director of alumni relations. "On campus, important work is being done to prepare students to become leading entrepreneurs. During the annual Bulldog 100 Celebration, I am proud to see the results of that rigorous academic environment."
To review the alphabetical list of honorees and to learn more about the Bulldog 100, including sponsorship opportunities, see www.alumni.uga.edu/b100.
This week, the UGA Alumni Association joined the campus community in celebrating International Education Week.
"International Education Week gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the role of international education in providing a well-rounded education and equipping students with the competencies for living and working in an intercultural environment," said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education.
Not only does UGA encourage students to travel and study abroad, the university also welcomes international students to call UGA home. Interacting with students from other countries - working on class projects, living in the same dorm, sharing a meal in the dining hall - creates a greater cultural and global awareness and helps prepare students for whatever life holds.
The UGA Alumni Association believes in the transformative power of international educational opportunities and is proud to support various study abroad scholarships across campus. Since 2006, it has have provided more than $50,000 in study abroad scholarships. Such funding has allowed students to study abroad in a varity of places, including Cortona, Costa Rica and Oxford.
Joey Sharp '15 was recently profiled as a UGA Amazing Student, where he shared the lasting impact of his study abroad experience.
The summer after my sophomore year I received funding from the Honors International Scholarship Program and spent 12 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, volunteering in a township clinic and conducting research on antiretroviral HIV treatment adherence. The work culminated in an article published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and, more importantly, the implementation of a more effective and efficient treatment program in the community. The experience confirmed my goal of pursuing an MD/MPH and a career in global health. - Joey Sharp '15, UGA Amazing Student
Each year, nearly 6 percent of the UGA student population participates in a study abroad program, with an additional 150-200 students from other universities transient enrolling. These statistics testify to UGA's reputation for providing high quality international academic experiences.
Click here to read more participation statistics from the Office of International Education.
Interested in supporting UGA study abroad programs and helping students like Joey Sharp? Click here.
Do you have a favorite memory from a UGA study abroad experience? We'd love to hear it! Email your story to Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lewis (AB '12, AB '12) at email@example.com.
After a childhood of frequent visits to Athens, Cheri Harden Leavy (BSED ’97) couldn’t resist the pull of the Classic City. During college, she transferred to UGA from Ole Miss and has been bleeding red and black ever since. Today, she is the founder of Bulldawg Illustrated, Guide2Athens and The Southern Coterie, three publications that cover the modern South.
UGA Alumni Association Assistant Director of Communications Jamie Lewis (AB '12, AB '12) spoke with Cheri about her experiences at the university that helped shape her career:
You started college at Ole Miss. What are your connections to UGA and what made you return to Georgia?
My father, Mac Harden (BBA ’77), graduated from UGA and his mother grew up in Watkinsville. We spent a lot of time on the family farm in Oconee County when I was growing up, so I have always loved the area and cheered for the Bulldogs. Generations of our family bleed red and black. I loved my time at Ole Miss; my father says I built my resume on classes that were interesting, but didn’t fit a degree (like "Anthropology of the Blues" and "Faulkner Studies"). I transferred to UGA and got serious. I stayed on the Dean’s List until I graduated from the College of Education, where I participated in the pilot year of the Collaborative Inquiry Teacher Education Program. I taught high school for several years, then joined The Brunswick News where I launched a Newspaper in Education program to showcase local student writing.
Along with your husband Vance (AB '94), you’ve started Bulldawg Illustrated, Guide2Athens and The Southern Coterie. Explain a little bit about what those are, the inspiration behind them and how your time at UGA prepared you for an entrepreneurial career.
Vance and I created Bulldawg Illustrated, a print newspaper and website that covers UGA sports and the Bulldog lifestyle. Now in its 12th year covering the South’s beloved tailgating and football, it is still a ton of fun. Six years ago, we created Guide2Athens. The pocket-sized square book and blog captures the people and businesses that make America’s best college town so culturally rich. We have loved getting involved in the Athens community and have had a home here for the last five years. When Athens isn’t beckoning, you can find us at home in St. Simons with our two golden retrievers.
I founded The Southern Coterie with my friend Whitney Long; it is a resource for the entrepreneurial South. Designed to offer a community of passionate business owners the opportunity to connect, collaborate and create, the “Southern C” network is capturing the South’s entrepreneurial renaissance one post at a time. The Southern C Summit brings the online content to life with a unique multi-day conference where attendees network and connect with the best and brightest names in Southern business and branding.
What is your most memorable UGA experience? Favorite UGA sports experience?
Meeting Herschel Walker for the first time at Vince Dooley’s home was pretty surreal. The Leavy Family/Brunswick News Publishing endowed a scholarship and we had brunch at the Dooley’s before the game. Vance, his brother, his brother’s wife and I went on the field that day to be recognized. Since we are all UGA graduates, that whole experience was pretty incredible. Herschel was on our Christmas card that year!
Since graduating, you and Vance have stayed involved with the university. Why do you think it’s important for alumni to stay connected to UGA once they’ve graduated?
Staying involved with the university provides you with an invaluable resource of connections to continue to support your growth personally and professionally. Vance and I enjoy supporting the philanthropic side of UGA. I attended the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, and now serve on the Georgia Museum of Art friend’s board. We also support our vibrant athletics programs.
I give back to students that are up-and-coming at the university. We have 15 interns from Grady. They bring me a tremendous amount of joy and I learn from them as much as I hope they do from me. I give them a great deal of responsibility and I have high expectations, but if they work hard, they can count on me after graduation.
I traveled recently to the West Coast and to Memphis, where I spent time with former interns. One even visited on her “engagement tour,” where she was introducing her future groom to family. We felt honored to be a stop on her travels. They turn into amazing friends as they get older and I couldn’t be prouder of their successes. The internships certainly feed the teacher side of me that was fostered while studying at UGA. I may not formally be in education any longer, but I am still using that skill set.
Can you give us a hint of what’s next for you?
Oh my goodness, there is no telling.
Vance and Cheri Leavy with Uga IX