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08.14.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Erin Hames (BSED ’02)

Erin Hames (BSED ’02) was named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013 because of her experience in and dedication to Georgia public policy.

After graduating from UGA in 2002, after just three years on campus, Hames began teaching sixth and eighth grade social studies at Wakefield Middle School in Raleigh, N.C.

At that time, Hames decided to change career paths. Although she earned a law degree in 2008 and then joined the Office of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, the alumna couldn’t turn her back on the idea of improving the lives of young people through education.

From 2006 to 2010, she served as Perdue’s policy director and education policy advisor. During that time, she was the executive sponsor for Georgia’s Race to the Top team that successfully secured a $400 million grant for the state.

In 2011, Hames joined the Office of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as deputy chief of staff for policy, a role she still fills today. As the leader of Governor Deal’s policy team and his chief policy advisor, Hames led the work to amend the Georgia Constitution to allow for state-authorized charter schools and she championed the preservation of Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K program.

When asked about her proudest achievement, Hames said, “By serving as the chief policy advisor for two of Georgia’s governors, I have had some incredible opportunities, including working to achieve passage of key pieces of legislation that will impact Georgians for years to come. I have been most passionate about those relating to the improvement of educational opportunities for Georgians.”

In the words of Tricia Chastain, a colleague and friend of Hames, “Erin has had a significant impact on the direction of this state – and we are better for it.” This is why I’m so pleased to have Erin Hames join the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Congratulations!

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04.18.2014

UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery

Above is an illustration of UGA-1785, the first star system to be named after a university.

Roger Hunter (BS ’78) is hoping to answer one of humanity’s greatest questions: can life exist on other planets? Hunter and the NASA Kepler team aim to expand the census of planets and alter our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. In the five years the Kepler telescope has been in orbit, the team has confirmed 961 additional planets in our solar system.

Hunter has kept a strong relationship with the university over the years. While many Bulldogs show their Georgia pride with car tags and coffee mugs, Hunter honored his alma mater by naming a planetary system UGA-1785.

This year, the Kepler team was awarded with the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy by the National Space Club. The award is given annually to those who have made the most impact on space activities.

Congratulations on the award, Roger! We cannot wait to see what you and your team will find!

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04.17.2014

Thank a Donor Day is today!

Thank A Donor Day

Did you know that UGA’s first donation was 633 acres of land from John Milledge? This land later became the site of our beloved University of Georgia. To celebrate private donations, the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, in partnership with the Student Alumni Council, is hosting the third annual Thank a Donor Day today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tate Student Center Plaza. During this annual event, students will have the opportunity to express their donor appreciation in a variety of ways.

Students are invited to write personalized thank you notes, sign a large thank you card and/or create video and photo messages of gratitude. These messages will be combined and shared in the coming weeks with donors near and far (click here to view last year's video). UGA "student celebrities" will be part of the event, too! Expect to see "Big Man on Campus" Rance Nix, Miss UGA Adeline Kenerly, the UGA Ballroom Performance Group, Hairy Dawg and more.

Thank a Donor Day educates the UGA community about the importance of private giving and offers students opportunities to thank donors for their generosity and encourage a culture of philanthropy at UGA. 

Follow along with the day's activities via the Thank a Donor Day Instagram accountFacebook page and Twitter handle. Students, be sure to stop by to express your gratitude - and receive some free giveaways. See you  there!

Update: Click here to view photos from this year's Thank a Donor Day!

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04.15.2014

2014 UGA Day Tour

The 2014 UGA Day Tour is launching tomorrow with its first stop in Greenville, S.C. For the past three years, the UGA Day Tour has brought administrators and coaches to more than 26 cities across the country. This year's stops include: Greenville, S.C.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dalton, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Albany, Ga.; Houston, Texas; Tifton, Ga.; Augusta, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; and Gwinnett County, Ga. Will YOU be there to join in the fun?

Each stop on the tour will feature one administrator and two athletic coaches. The program includes updates on UGA's latest research initiatives, athletic teams and the Class of 2018. On top of that, attendees will enjoy delicious food in each city and enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle will fellow Bulldog Faithful.

Put on your red and black and practice your Dawg bark because, 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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