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08.16.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Brendan K. Hatcher (BBA ’97)

Brendan “Kyle” Hatcher (BBA ’97) was named to this year’s 40 Under 40 because of his outstanding accomplishments as a diplomat. According to Michael Pennell, a colleague of Hatcher’s, Hatcher “has proven to be one of  America’s finest diplomats and government leaders in political and economic affairs, having led engagement with bilateral partners on stopping terrorism and human trafficking, as well as support for human rights and religious freedom/tolerance.”

After graduating from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in 1997, the former UGA Lacrosse co-captain and fraternity rush chairman went on to earn master’s degrees from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Foreign Service Institute for the Department of State.

Between 2002 and 2008, Hatcher worked for The Home Depot, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of State. In mid-2008, he became a political officer with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. During his two years there, he spearheaded political and social change. One of his biggest accomplishments was establishing sports leagues to foster intercultural connections in both Washington, D.C., and Moscow.

Hatcher’s efforts did not go unnoticed by Russian authorities, though, and the alumnus endured a long and public attack campaign by the Russian KGB to smear his reputation and prevent him from continuing his efforts to bring forth social change.

Hatcher then became an economic officer with the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas. There, the alumnus established a Caribbean model for fighting human trafficking which eventually led to the arrest of several high crime bosses. Hatcher also served as the mission disaster relief officer responsible for the evacuation of American government personnel during Hurricane Irene.

I was delighted to hear about Hatcher’s experience in the Peace Corps, where he served in Taraz, Kazakhstan. While there, he realized the Kazakhstan Ministry of Education lacked risk management curriculum. Hatcher reached out to former Terry College of Business professors for assistance in filling this void.

Sure enough, UGA Professor Rob Hoyt airmailed textbooks, teaching guides and spare supplies to Hatcher. I hear that, as of a few years ago, business professors in Kazakhstan were still building from Hatcher’s initial plan. What a fantastic story!

This doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of all of the responsibilities Hatcher has handled in his professional career. I encourage you to join me at the 2013 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on September 19 to meet him in person to learn more about his busy career.

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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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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 business opportunities at both the local and global levels, and to start "something in response.

That something might be a new for-profit company or a nonprofit 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 participating 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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