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
Former Bulldog making “Chic Comfort Food” on MasterChef
Father and son share a bond like no other
UGA alumna is on fire
Make miracles happen with Gwinnett Braves
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
UGA alumnus takes Nashville baseball fans back in time
Terry College presents alumni awards
Marshall Scholar meets Prince Charles
A whirlwind trip to the Peabody Awards in NYC
Former UGA Orientation Leader hopes to inspire others to serve their country
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 Honoree works to lead Georgians out of poverty
#CRAZYFORUGA (an insider’s guide to following UGA on Instagram)
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
Bulldog sisters make mark on wedding industry
Alumnus and Bulldog 100 honoree named Georgia Trend’s 2014 Most Respected Business Leader
President Obama honors Chemistry Professor Gary Douberly for energy research
Focus on Faculty: Tony Lowe
Catching up with Atlanta-based artist Britt Bass Turner
US Poet Laureate uses her past to speak to the unspeakable
Accomplished concert artist returns to Georgia
Caplan and Cobb: the new dynamic duo of Atlanta law
Alumna puts passion for historic preservation into action
Longtime UGA supporter hangs his “Gone Fishing” sign
McCall Wilder Designs offers timeless clothing options for children
UGA alum leads Nasa team on the precipice of discovery
Thank a Donor Day is today!
2014 UGA Day Tour
Thinc. at UGA Entrepreneurial Week
2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon
Alaina in Atlanta connects young professionals
Umano: where fashion and philanthropy meet
Julia Clark (MED '68) elected into prestigious Cosmos Club
The 2014 Ring Ceremony has arrived!
Focus on Faculty: Diane Marie Amann
The 73rd Peabody Awards are almost here!
FotoIN named to Technology Association of Georgia’s Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies List
40 Under 40 Spotlight - Brendan K. Hatcher (BBA '97)
Alumna Lisa Taylor (JD '01) serves those unable to serve themselves
An Interview with David Greene (BBA '04)
Josh Seehorn (BSFR '08, MNR '11) hikes cross country for North American Envirothon
Billy Payne (AB '69, JD '73) named Georgia Trustee by Georgia Historical Society
2014 Senior Signature Campaign
Wisdom from Athens
Dr. Michael Davis (PHD '05) awarded Don Brownlee Award
Alumni chosen as finalists for UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest.
Alumnus recognized by President Obama
Support students - get your UGA specialty tag today!
Calling All Alumni: Southern Italy & Sicily Garden and Farm Tour
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.
Saturdays Between the Hedges are here and it's time to cheer for the Bulldogs with fellow alumni, friends and fans from your local chapter of the UGA Alumni Association!
UGA Alumni Association chapters will be hosting game watching parties at more than 60 official locations throughout the 2014 football season. Whether you're reuniting with old college pals, looking to get back in touch with the university, traveling or new to a city, game watching parties are the perfect way to bring a little bit of Athens into your life.
Dust off your red and black, practice your Dawg bark and get ready to cheer for the boys in the Silver Britches.
Click here for detailed information about official chapter game watching parties.
Maren Clarke White (AB ’09) may be Athens-bred, but she is taking the Golden Isles by storm, one wedding at a time. After growing up in Athens and graduating from UGA with a degree in English, Maren packed her bags for St. Simons Island to work with the Sea Island Company’s esteemed wedding planning team.
Maren has been with the Sea Island Company for over four years and currently serves as the company’s wedding manager. As the wedding manager at this exclusive 5-Star Resort, Maren has the opportunity to plan high-end wedding events for an elite group of clients. Throughout her time at Sea Island, Maren has planned over 200 weddings and events and has worked with celebrity planners and couples. Maren will always hold Athens and her alma mater close to her heart as she is the daughter of Rebecca White, Dean of UGA’s School of Law, and Dan White, Director of Production at UGA’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and sister to Brendan White (JD ’11), a 2011 graduate of UGA’s School of Law.
Recently, Margaret Sullivan (BSFCS ’11, MA ’12) had the opportunity to catch up with this outstanding alumna. Read below to find out more about Maren’s amazing career.
How did you get into the wedding planning business?
My first job after college was at a boutique hotel, and my favorite part of the job was working on weddings and events. So when I saw the opening for a wedding coordinator at Sea Island, I knew that was the right move for me.
What advice do you have for others wanting to get into wedding planning?
Planning weddings, particularly at a resort like Sea Island, is in many ways a glamorous job. But what many people don’t realize about wedding planning is that you must be highly focused, able to pay close attention to detail, be very organized, able to adapt quickly to changes, as well as being able to think creatively and stylishly. And you need to be prepared for some blistered feet from long wedding days!
How did your time at UGA prepare you for your career?
As an English major at UGA, I learned the true strength of written and verbal communication. I have found this knowledge to be vital in communicating with my brides. Every bride has her own vision, and through words we find a way to translate her dreams into reality!
Have you planned many weddings for your friends or other fellow UGA alumni?
We do have a number of UGA alumni weddings, and that is always special to me! While I may not have known some of my UGA brides in college, they become fast friends during the planning process due to having UGA in common with one another! Sea Island’s wedding clientele comes from throughout the entire country, not just the southeast.
What’s your favorite wedding tradition?
When the groom first sees the bride. It brings tears to my eyes every time.
We recently sat down with the man behind Freshman Welcome, Assistant Director of Student Programs Evan Tighe (BSED '08, MA '11). The following recounts his experience this past Sunday when UGA welcomed thousands of members of the Class of 2018 into Sanford Stadium for this special event.
Last Sunday, I stood on the field of Sanford Stadium and witnessed something incredible.
After 20 minutes of direction from members of the Redcoat Marching Band, thousands of incoming freshmen from the UGA Class of 2018 formed a single entity on the soft green turf; they had formed the revered “Super G.”
Thousands of students, from a multitude of backgrounds, hometowns, interests and intended majors gathered in one spot for the same purpose.
Thousands of students.
Thousands of futures.
Thousands of dreams.
One united display of UGA pride.
After the official class photo was taken, I watched the students disperse and head in different directions. It was a perfect analogy, I realized. These students all have their own dreams. They will face their own challenges and realize their own successes. They will declare their own majors and they will decide their own path at UGA.
They will become our society’s next generation of doctors, veterinarians, botanists and scientists.
They will be our new businessmen and women, executives, lawyers and political leaders.
They will serve us as teachers, counselors, coaches and social workers.
They will inspire us as poets, dancers, artists and musicians.
They will build for us as engineers, architects, mechanics and designers.
And then, once UGA has prepared them for their rest of their lives, they will reunite once again on the field of Sanford Stadium to throw their caps in the air during Commencement. In a final display of solidarity, they will watch fireworks illuminate the stands of Sanford Stadium, where they cheered on the Bulldogs and sang “Glory, Glory” countless times. They will then go on to do great things in the world.
I am honored to advise a group of 35 students, the Student Alumni Council, who feel the same way. Even though they are not yet alumni, they have already made a monetary gift to UGA through the Georgia Fund.
Each freshman is just a tiny part of that “G.” It is only by coming together as a class that they can form the whole symbol. Each individual may only be able to give a little to the university. But together, small gifts build an incredible foundation which will vault the University of Georgia to even greater accomplishments.
UGA may just be one university, but it is our university.
Let’s support our students as fervently as we support our student-athletes on game day.
Let’s not allow our Georgia pride to cease at the gates of Sanford, Stegeman, or Foley.
Let’s show the world what the Red and Black is truly capable of. Make your gift today.