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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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08.18.2014

Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome

The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.

 

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08.07.2014

2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:

We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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08.04.2014

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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